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The Ridge at Robinson
1501 Meredith Drive
1 Bed
2 Bed
3 Bed
5512 Baywood St
East Liberty
2 Bed
617 Mellon St
East Liberty
5 Bed
227 Anthony St
Mt. Oliver Boro
2 Bed
22 Edith Pl
Central Oakland
2 Bed
1810 Chessland St
Crafton Heights
2 Bed
841 N Lincoln Ave
Allegheny West
1 Bed
1690 Potomac Ave
1 Bed
2306 Sidney St.
Southside Flats
2 Bed
2961 Ruthwood Ave
2 Bed
4523 Corday Way
2 Bed
Regent Square
3 Bed
188 Universal Rd
3 Bed
1 Boundary St
Central Oakland
4 Bed
529 Summerlea St
2 Bed
Minerva St
3 Bed
2829 Patterson Street
Arlington Heights
2 Bed
12 Beaufort Ct
2 Bed
20 S. Euclid Ave., Apt. B1
Brighton Heights
1 Bed
950 Margarite Dr
1 Bed
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City Guide
Iron City

The ‘Burgh is a leftover steel town that feels like a city but operates like a hometown. The average joe’s tech knowledge (and fashion sense) is about ten to fifteen years behind major cities. If you’re coming here from a bustling metropolis, expect to deal with property management companies directly instead of apartment brokers—these are virtually unheard of in these parts.

Apartment hunting here truly is like hunting. Be prepared to commit both time and energy to pounding the pavement in the real world. Drive through the neighborhoods you’re interested in and keep your eyes peeled for the “For Rent” signs. This sounds like the most antiquated thing in the world—and it really might be—but Pittsburghian landlords aren’t exactly Silicon Valley elite. Inexpensive finds are rented out by people from a generation (or two) ago that don’t need or care to figure out more sophisticated methods: they’re happy waiting for you to call them. Also, be sure to check the classifieds in the Post-Gazette and Pennysaver (did we mention the old-timey technology?).

Outside Influences

It’s always easier to find an apartment in the winter (as opposed to the summer or fall) but this is especially true in places that see snow dumps measured in feet—not inches. Pittsburgh is no exception to this rule. If the cold and snow aren’t enough to detour you, think about those all those hills (we’re getting there…)

Don’t underestimate heating costs as you’re scoping out your new digs. In Pittsburgh, the weather will be well under the freezing point for months, and if electric isn’t included in your utilities then keep on looking. 100 year old houses are both very common and very drafty and staying warm can bleed your wallet dry.

City of Bridges

Pittsburgh is small (only 56 square miles), but thinking in terms of mileage can be dangerous here. Distance in Pittsburgh is only sort of related to commute time (they’re like second cousins), what’s more important is geography (they’re blood brothers). As a general rule of thumb you’re looking at a long commute if:

  1. You live on a hill. Hills equal winding roads that take forever to transverse and double your commute time in the snow.

  2. You live on the other side of a hill. This means tunnels, and tunnels scare people, and scared people drive slowly and turn five minute commutes into hour commutes. Yes, really.

  3. You’re across a river. There are 446 bridges in Pittsburgh, but only 10 connect to Downtown. Everyone headed between the city proper and its outlying areas gets bottlenecked at these spots making traffic essentially unavoidable if you live on the other side of a river (which is any direction other than east).

If you’re lured to the suburbs by the space and affordable housing make sure you plan the route to your daily destinations (work/grocery store) with as few of the above obstacles as possible. Unless:

  1. If you live north of the Allegheny and east of the Ohio rivers. Here you have a straight shot into the city via I-271.

  2. If you live in the southeast. The T, (subway/tram hybrid) takes you speedily & directly from Downtown to the up-and-coming Dormont area.

Our bike community is making a valiant effort to grow, but hills aren’t shrinking, public transit funding is being cut constantly and cyclists have nasty weather to contend with. It might not be the greenest suggestion in the world, but in Pittsburgh, you should probably drive. Ease your conscious and consider a hybrid.

Pittsburgh Particulars

Pittsburgh’s diversity of distinct neighborhoods rivals that of any major city.

Where the Bros Are: Oakland & Shadyside are college kid territory because like, dude, that’s where Carnegie Melon and the University of Pittsburgh are. Here, thrifty students live in either Fight-Club-style slightly dilapidated mansions with too many roommates or small rundown apartments. You’ll also find some low cost eats and a sliver of high-end shopping on Walnut Street (what someone once hilariously referred to as, “the Rodeo drive of Pittsburgh”) in Shadyside.

Dahntahn: Or “downtown”, to us non-natives, is a handful of blocks crammed with skyscrapers and few housing options. Those that exist are refurbed lofts reserved for young professionals with accompanying budgets. The adjacent Strip District is a hybrid farmer’s market/street bazaar that’s packed with plenty of famous restaurants (Pamela’s Diner, Primanti Bros. and DeLuca’s) and local jewels (Wholey’s Fish Market, La Prima Coffee and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company).

Hip-check: Lawrenceville & Bloomfield (aka “Little Italy”) blend together and are the heart of all things trendy in the ‘Burgh. The rowhouses of these two areas are filled with the majority of the city’s artists (READ: inexpensive rent) and are sprinkled with boutiques and restaurants. If you’re looking for nightlife of the non-skanky variety, this is your place.

Nuclear Family: Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, & Point Breeze are residential (almost suburban), complete with big yards, old houses, and parks. Highland Park (home to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium) has the same vibe as these other three ‘hoods but is located to the north & is slightly more expensive.

Now, get some Steeler’s gear and throw a few choice Pittsburghese phrases into rotation like “yinzer” or “jag off” and you’re all set! Welcome to the Paris of the Appalachians.

Pittsburgh Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Pittsburgh ranks on:
C- Plans for homeownership
B+ City satisfaction
C+ Confidence in the local economy
A Safety and crime rate
A+ Access to recreational activities
F Quality of schools
B+ State and local taxes
C- Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Pittsburgh's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Pittsburgh renters are generally satisfied with their city but express low satisfaction with the quality of local schools," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and while Pittsburgh has a lot to offer renters, both low satisfaction with schools and low proportion of renters who anticipate buying homes indicate that this highly mobile demographic may move away in the future."

Key findings in Pittsburgh include the following:

  • Renters gave Pittsburgh a B+ for city satisfaction, which ranks the Steel City in the top one-third of cities surveyed in our study.
  • Pittsburgh renters are slightly bearish on the local economy delivering a C+ grade with 24% believing that the local economy is on the right track, which is slightly below the national average of 25%.
  • Only 53% of renters plan to purchase a home versus the national average of 60%, giving Pittsburgh a C- and ranking near the bottom quartile of our study.
  • One of Pittsburgh's top grades was an A for safety, with 65% reporting satisfaction for this important category which is significantly better than both the national average (53%) and cross state Philadelphia's satisfaction rate (46%).
  • Pittsburgh's lowest grade is an F on quality of local schools, ranking near the bottom at 96 out of 100. Only 25% of respondents reported satisfaction versus 55% nationally.
  • Two Pennsylvania cities were graded for city satisfaction, with Pittsburgh earning a B+ and Philadelphia earning a C-.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.