So, you have decided to become a Steelers fan. Get ready to fine tune your taste buds to Primanti Brothers and take up saying yins (you guys), buying gumbands (hair bands), and redding (cleaning) up your room…and figure out which of the 90 neighborhood to move into.
Yes, you read that last part right: ninety neighborhoods. Don’t worry, we won’t bore you by detailing every single one. For this segment we will cover some gems in the North, South, Downtown and West End. As you read on, keep in mind we are here to help you unpack so you can start checking out your new digs quicker.
North Shore and North Side
The North Shore and North Side focus on the community and history, with a heavy helping of sports. Heinz Field and PNC Park both find homes here and make it easy to catch a Steelers or Pirates game. Hop on the “T” or other public transportation options to quickly explore the diverse area and attractions.
Check out Rivers Casino, The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Kayak Pittsburgh, National Aviary, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, Randyland, the North Shore Trail or City of Asylum. There are so many things to do in this side of town, living here makes it convenient to go explore.
This area is home to families and retirees. Because of its northside location, it boasts gorgeous skyline views and yet stays quiet. A peaceful community that puts emphasis on the word “community.” Summer Hill Citizens Committee holds street cleanups and monthly meetings.
The median home price for the Summer Hill neighborhood is $100k and average income is $53.4k. This neighborhood is 83% safer than other Pittsburgh cities. With affordability and safety, not to mention a quick hop to I-279, living here is convenient to explore outside the neighborhood.
If you want to stay local, there is plenty to do. Riverview Park and the Allegheny Observatory are nearby. You can visit the Annex PGH for clothing or household items made by a local artist, drop into the Schorr Family Bakery, Nicky’s Thai Kitchen which has won various awards for Best Thai six years running or head over to Hog’s Head Bar & Grill for brew, wings, and potato skins.
South Side and Station Square
If you are looking for flair, color, entertainment, all walks of life… a place where history and culture blend… then meet the South Side. The South Side is actually two sides: the South Side Slopes and the South Side Flats. The slopes are mostly residential, whereas the flats are shopping and commercial. Entertainment, shopping and nightlife are especially prominent at Station Square.
While in the South Side, check out these attractions: City Theatre, Southside Works shopping, The Workers sculpture, or bike the Great Allegheny Passage. Finally, consider attending the StepTrek in October where “trekkers” experience the amazing views of Pittsburgh, as South Side Slopes is home to 68 sets of public stairs and over 5400 steps…but who’s counting?
Brookline is a historic neighborhood home to many families or retirees. Like Summer Hill, it’s quiet streets and community-oriented focus lend it a safe feel. The median home price is around $91.2k, making it affordable for many first time home buyers.
Being in close proximity to the Liberty Tunnel and the “T” subway lends way to a quick commute for work or play downtown. There is plenty to do in Brookline, itself. Brookline Memorial Park offers a recreation center with playground, hockey rink, athletic fields and green space. Before visiting, stop by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Brookline location to check out a book to read under the trees.
If shopping is more your jam, Vintage Grace Boutique sells homemade jewelry and clothing. Do you get a little hangry while shopping? No frets – Brookline hosts a variety of eateries to grab some local favs such as Pitaland’s stuffed grape leaves, Las Palmas Carniceria and it’s topping bar, Scoops ice cream for your sweet tooth and Brook-Line N Sinker’s for a cheap drink and daily specials.
Mount Washington is known for its breathtaking panoramic views of the skyline – in particular the night downtown scene. In fact, USA Today names Mount Washington second in its top 10 list for top views in America. Grandview Avenue is a gorgeous stop for capturing this beauty.
Post-college grads and mid-twenty year olds populate this area of town, although you can also find millionaires dwelling here when they are home from traveling and business. The median household income in this neighborhood is $49.7k and average home cost is $115.5k. With its slopes, hiring movers to unpack your moving van will definitely save your legs for exploring this neighborhood.
Mount Washington is a dog-walker’s paradise. Emerald View Park showcases 9 and 11 mile loops for walking and taking in the scenery. Not interested in footing it? Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines are perfect for capturing the view without the walk.
Now for the food! If you are going to live in this picture-perfect setting, shouldn’t you know where Instagram worthy food spots are? Of course you should. Check out Shiloh Grill or Micro Diner for breakfast. When lunch comes, head over to Cafe Cravings or Pack & Dogs, but save room for dinner. Visit Bigham Tavern for wings or Redbeard’s Bar & Grill to catch the Steelers while you eat. Of course, classic dive bars make Mount Washington fun for all of legal age.
Like most downtown city-scapes, dwelling here costs a pretty penny. The Strip is likely the place to live in the downtown area, which we will touch on in a moment but first, let’s quickly explore Pittsburgh’s walkable downtown area.
Located right at the tip of the triangle, Point State Park is a must. Be sure to check out its 150 foot fountain where the water actually comes from a glacier stream underwater.
In the city, you can rent bikes to explore, attend festivals including the summer’s Three Rivers Art Festival, hit up Market Square for food and events or go on guided or free tours of the city. With a welcoming vibe, Pittsburgh’s downtown has open arms for all that want to explore her.
The Strip is a half mile long and is just as it is called – a strip of land sitting between the Allegheny River and a mountain. This area is often where empty nesters come to settle back into life post school-aged kids. The median sales price of houses lands around $239.9k, with the median income around $70k, making it an area to live when well established in a career.
New lofts and condos are popping up, as well as restaurants and vendors.
The Strip is known as a foodie heaven, an area where flavor bursts with each step, invigorating and enticing. The small area has ethnic grocers and produce stands, meat and fish markets and sidewalk vendors. Breathe in and feel your stomach grumble in anticipation.
Primanti Brothers can be found on the strip and their sandwiches come loaded with french fries, coleslaw and tomatoes. Bring an appetite and a bib when you go. Pamela’s offers classic breakfast, Lidia’s Pittsburgh Restaurant gives authentic Italian food a hospitatable feel, and Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille offers up shrimp, oysters, lobster, sushi and more. La Prima and 21st Street Coffee brew specialty coffees, lattes and espresso.
Aside from food, night clubs, unique shops, wholesale markets and distilleries complete the Strip. Maggie’s Farm distills award winning rums and Wigle Whiskey makes a variety of organic grain to bottle spirits and even allows tours of the distillery.
You can catch some local history, exhibits and even the Heinz Ketchup exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center. If art is what colors your world, check out the Society for Contemporary Craft. You will find a world of craft and classes to stretch your imagination.
The West End sports neighborhoods like Carnegie and Oakwood. If you are exploring the West End, make sure to stop by Pittsburgh’s West End’s Overlook, which gives a scenic view of the city.
Being a walkable neighborhood, you can take to the streets to explore the adorable shops. The median income is $46.5k and house cost is $185.7k. The city welcomes all types of homeowners – from individuals to families, young and old, they claim something for everyone. In fact, the neighborhood is encouraged to take to the streets the second Friday of every month for the Carnegie Crawl where street vendors, music and more come out to play.
Waking up in a new place requires a cup of Joe and the Carnegie Coffee Company is just the place! If you’d rather “wine” down, hit up Apis Mead and Winery. Not so much into food and drink but looking for shops – no frets, pet. We have you covered. Country Chic Sisters Boutique and Glam Earth Organic Boutique & Spa are for you! Check out everything Carnegie has to offer!
Oakwood is where singles, young professionals, families and retirees all meet. With an average of 88% safer than most cities in Pittsburgh, a medium home price of $98.2k and income of $54.3k, this affordable and slightly rustic feel provides options for everyone. The homes in Oakwood have green space and woods with a yard to use as you’d like. The community is close, hosting block parties and community cleanup days.
Make sure to check out some of the local hot spots while exploring Oakwood. Oakwood Park, Crafton Public Library, and AMF Noble Manor Lanes all feature family friendly venues. Looking for food and drink? Check out The Ugly Dog Saloon, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Egg-R-Us and Big Daddy’s Donuts.
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