Laurie and David Hartman • Pittsburgh, PA
Although Laurie and David Hartman had a one-track
mind, well, maybe two or three, when settling near Pittsburgh,
now that they’re there, they say the reasons to retire in Pittsburgh are endless.
They left the Pittsburgh area nearly 25 years ago to raise
their family in Cincinnati. When they found themselves on
the cusp of retirement with both of their children off on their
own, they decided to return to the “Steel City.” They found
an area that they felt was intended for them and just recently
settled into their new Traditions home a few months ago. Laurie says she feels like she’s in a city she barely recognizes. “
Pittsburgh has been completely transformed,” she says.
Once upon a time, Pittsburgh struggled to keep young people
from leaving. Now, it attracts young professionals and families
from across the country. The old steel mills that gave Pittsburgh
its nickname were converted in recent years into shopping centers,
museums and public spaces. The arts are thriving, and cultural
and outdoor activities abound. There’s the symphony, the zoo, the
ballet, museums and Laurie’s personal favorite, the “new” North
Side. Bike paths and walking trails wind through and around the
city connecting numerous green spaces and parks.
“And, the people we’ve met here have just really been great,”
The Hartmans live in a community called Sewickley Ridge,
a Traditions of America development not too many miles from
everything that matters to them, two of which are a help center for inner city kids—Urban Impact, where David runs a
baseball league and Pine Valley Camp, which is just 20 minutes
away in Ellwood City.
“It’s what brought us here,” says Laurie. “They’re two of the
best inner-city programs in the U.S., and Dave is just really
committed to those kids.”
Laurie says she looks forward to traversing the state. She
rattles off a few Pennsylvania destinations from her list, “...the
vineyards up 79 toward New York; hiking in the Poconos; Pr-
esque Isle State Park; Allegheny National Park. Next month,
we’re taking our first official trip to Bedford Springs.
“When you’re our age and your kids are grown, you have
time to tour around and really enjoy where you are,” says Laurie. “Right now, we’re just loving where we’ve landed.”
Jan and Terry Deveney • Boalsburg, PA
Jan and Terry knew exactly what they wanted when they
retired. They wanted community, lots of activity and lots of
sports. They have undoubtedly found that in Boalsburg.
“We came here largely because of the university. Everything
we love to do is here – athletics, art events, theatre and recitals.
We can take classes, and there’s a sporting event almost every
night of the week,” Jan says.
The Deveneys have a daughter who’s currently in graduate
school at Penn State and a son living near Harrisburg, PA,
both of whom were always into sports.
The Deveneys aren’t your average sports enthusiasts,
though. They’re into all of it. They typically catch four to five
events each week, from football, men’s and women’s basketball
and ice hockey to men’s and women’s lacrosse, gymnastics and
men’s and women’s wrestling.
When they’re not at a game, they’re in the community
center with other Liberty Hill residents engaging in their own
“We use the clubhouse every single day,” Jan says. They’ve
joined a walking group, an aerobics group, a knitting group, a
ping pong group and multiple card groups. Oh, and they play
golf and go to the gym daily. It’s safe to say that the Deveneys
aren’t lacking in energy.
Having been born and raised in Pennsylvania, neither can
imagine being anywhere else. “We always knew we’d stay. We
know Pennsylvania, and we love it,” Jan says.
They’re surrounded by the people that they want to be
around doing the things they love to do together. “It’s kind of
what we’ve always wanted,” she says. “We couldn’t be happier.”