I am also looking, but to retire back in the Johnstown area. What I've found is Richland/Geistown/Windber area are supported by industry/commercial, while Johnstown is losing business to the suburbs, again Richland area. I'm told by contractors that new homes are at a premium cost and don't seem too interested in building medium priced residential, but focus more in commercial building/retirement.
Westmont seems to carry old money homes that are dated and falling into the hands of their offspring, and are typically selling for much less than in the Richland area. The reason I see is the double to triple tax base in Westmont school district. While an upscale home in Richland may sell for $300k and taxed at $3700., the same home in Westmont will carry close to $11,000 in taxes and sell in the neighborhood of $230k. Overall tax bases seem to range $1850 to $3700 in Richland area, while Westmont ranges from around $5000 to $12,000. And those opting for the least home price may soon realize the longer range impact in accumulated excess taxes over the years, or any necessary increase by Westmont associated with the need for future additional tax dollars.
The bottom line is Westmont offers a much wider variety and quantity of seemingly quality, although dated homes, over Richland (Which I've also seen as dated in part). This might pose the question on how you are set on finances to support the tax base. Don't lose sight of this.
Also, from my view Lower Geistown towards Johnstown has a very dated highway and infrastructure system. Sewage systems are requiring basements in some cases to be ripped up to inspect and correct any deficiencies to satisfy codes.
Again, just a point of view/findings from someone still looking over the past year (2015 - 2016).