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The Best Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh to Live, Eat, and Play

Elke Peeters
City of Pittsburgh
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Also known as “The City that Built America”, Pittsburgh played a crucial role in U.S. history due to the once-thriving steel industry throughout the Industrial Revolution. Nestled between the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River, Pittsburgh’s location made it perfect for transporting materials in and out of the city. Although the steel industry eventually collapsed, Pittsburgh remained a thriving hub for company headquarters such as Heinz and Westinghouse. Recently, Pittsburgh has expanded into offering new attractions, reinvigorating neighborhoods, and hosting countless one-of-a-kind experiences.  


Top Neighborhoods Around “The Burgh”


Squirrel Hill: With easy access to Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill offers a family-friendly, yet urban atmosphere. Since it is on the bus line, this town offers an easy commute to downtown, along with countless restaurants and coffee shops. Love the outdoors? Schenley Park Cafe is the ideal spot to host small gatherings from Weddings to Birthday parties.


Oakland: From Universities to nationally recognized Hospitals, Oakland offered the hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle for the students and professionals who reside there. It’s also home to several attractions such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryThe Cathedral of Learning, and Heinz Memorial Chapel.

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South Side: This vibrant and lively neighborhood offers dozens of bars and restaurants to those who enjoy the nightlife experience. Located right along the Monongahela River, the South Side is easily accessible for those who work Downtown. If you want to experience a unique alternative to sight-seeing, check out the Southside Riverfront Park and Trail. Starting at the Birmingham Bridge, this park features picnic space, and a public boat and canoe launch.


Lawrenceville: Lawrenceville is a rapidly evolving neighborhood with countless newly developed apartment buildings, and a growing assortment of coffee shops and bars. Looking for a taste of France right in your backyard? La Gourmandine bakery offers pastries, lunch options, and freshly baked bread to satisfy any craving.


Shadyside: If your perfect day consists of taking a stroll while window shopping at high-end retailers, consider Shadyside your go-to destination. With stately mansions and large homes renovated into apartments, this historic neighborhood knows how to charm its residents. On a sunny day, consider walking over to Mellon Park, a beautiful and historic garden located directly behind the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.


The Strip District: This Pittsburgh neighborhood offers a unique array of ethnic grocery stores, seasonal farmers' markets, and casual dining for breakfast and lunch. Everything is an easy walk and offers access to the city’s bike trails. Diverse yourself in the cities rich history at the Heinz History Center, featuring 250 years of Pennsylvanian History, making it the largest history museum in the state.  


North Side: This up-and-coming neighborhood is continually transforming itself time and time again. Catch a Steelers or Pirates game at either of our home stadiums or win some money at the slots within the Three Rivers Casino. One of the most memorable experiences you may have will be at the Andy Warhol Museum which features archived materials, paintings, drawings, and commercial illustrations.


East Liberty: Out of all the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, East Liberty may have changed the most. Featuring the city’s top luxury lofts, numerous fine-dining restaurants, and home to top hotels such as the Ace Hotel and Hotel Indigo, this neighborhood has plenty to offer.



Cost of Living

Pittsburgh is one of the most livable cities in the country due to its low cost of living and affordable housing market. According to Zillow, the median home value in Pittsburgh is $161,240, with the median list price per square foot being $141. For renters, similar can be said because according to smart asset, the median cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $727. Utilities and food are hardly expensive comparable to national standards. For example, the recommended monthly budget for food is $328.07.


Final Steps

Convinced to make the move? Whether you are moving to one of Pittsburgh’s many suburbs or decided on a cozy loft in the city, this city has countless opportunities. No matter what you decide, find an affordable option to make your move that much easier. STORExpress offers a free moving truck for renters. Just visit one of our locations for more information.

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