Welcome to Pittsburgh, PA – home of championship-winning sports teams, top-notch health care, and some of the most affordable living you can find in the United States. Here in Pittsburgh, there’s something for everyone! We believe appealing activities, restaurants, night life, and neighborhoods are easy to find, but it always helps to have a guide. Coming from a real estate collective that resides in Pittsburgh and pays close attention to cultural and developmental trends, we’ve put together some of the best information to give you a sneak peak of the Steel City. From chic, up-and-coming neighborhoods to prestigious food destinations, here are some of the top reasons Pittsburgh, PA could and should be your next destination…once the pandemic makes it safe to do so!
Pittsburgh is Great City to Buy Property
First and foremost, the #1 reason to invest in Pittsburgh is its affordability compared to most major cities in the United States. Those who are drawn to this vast melting pot enjoy perusing a quaint urban environment, while saving more than a few bucks as compared to living in similarly sized cities. Whether you’re buying a house to settle down, renting for a short period of time, or investing in multiple properties, Pittsburgh is worth considering.
EBG Properties Investment Specialist Austin Daniel explains, “We get so many investors coming from the coastal areas, especially the New York-New Jersey area and California. Investment properties in those areas can be over $500,000 for the smallest little house that needs fully rehabbed. Instead, they can come to a second tier inland city and buy a light fixer upper for $75,000 or a turnkey investment anywhere between $100,000 to $140,000.”
In other words, Pittsburgh has some of the most bang for its buck when it comes to city living. Although the trend is starting to catch on and development has been in the works for years, there’s plenty of room for new investors as the city still has big plans for the next 10-20 years. This includes the Produce Terminal in the Strip District, the massive revitalization of the Lower Hill, the environmentally substantial Hazelwood Green project, and much more! For more information on local development projects, check out one of Pittsburgh’s most popular resources: NEXT Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh has a Healthily Diversified Economy
Previously, Pittsburgh’s economy was narrowly focused on the mass production of steel and other heavy metals. After the collapse of the steel industry in the late 1970s to early 1980s, as well as very little economic growth through the 1980s to 1990s, our economy is finally healthily diversified and is constantly making strides in the medical and higher education industries, in addition to young, cutting-edge tech companies popping up, primarily derived from students attending the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Currently, we have an abundance of autonomous vehicle companies, tech startups, biomedical device architects , and more. These are engines of growth that are creating new jobs and increasing housing prices. Additionally, we have made it onto a lot of national lists in the last 10 to 15 years of best places to live and cities of the future, putting our city on the radar for out of state investors that are searching for up-and-coming cities.
Pittsburgh has an Exciting Variety of Neighborhoods and Architecture
Pittsburgh’s various neighborhoods give visitors plenty of options when it comes to pricing and overall environment. If you’re interested in living close to Downtown and other convenient channels for getting around, we recommend choosing neighborhoods including Mt. Washington, Squirrel Hill, or Lawrenceville. These various neighborhoods have an attractive mix of residential living, while, simultaneously, giving its residents some close options for entertainment and nightlife. If you’re starting a family but still want to be in proximity to the city and all it has to offer, we suggest checking out neighborhoods like Perrysville, Bellevue, or Regent Square. These neighborhoods tend to have a lower price point for the space offered.
According to Daniel, “Pittsburgh still has a legacy of the gilded age industrialists which means we pack more punch than expected for a metro of our size in arts and entertainment. Tons of great old architecture, a strong local culture, and a stunning natural setting and topography, which is both a blessing and a curse. A city of many distinct neighborhoods means that Pittsburgh is the antithesis of the modern boring suburbs. Younger generations disillusioned by growing up in homogenous suburbs crave what our city has in spades, authenticity with a nice mixture of grandeur and grit.” Above all, there truly is something for everyone!
Pittsburgh is Rich in Restaurants, Breweries, and Food Festivals
Just as the city’s economy made a miraculous comeback, Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene has swiftly evolved into something special. Locals might say Pittsburgh and food go together like fries and sandwiches…of course, in reference to the hearty sandwiches provided at Pittsburgh’s historic restaurant, Primanti Brothers. Fries aside, the Steel City has adopted innovation from various incoming cultures, while staying true to its roots. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Pittsburgh is the top American food city for 2019, according to a San Francisco-based restaurant and hospitality consulting firm af&co., in its annual trends report.”
One of the standout neighborhoods for Pittsburgh food is the market neighborhood known as the Strip District. Once the sight of a booming railway, the Strip District remains one of Pittsburgh’s main hubs for some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city. With a plethora of restaurants and other odds-and-ends vendors, be sure to check out the Strip District if you’re looking to experience a real piece of Pittsburgh culture.
Aside from the Strip District, each neighborhood has its own flavor of popular restaurants. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Gaucho Parilla Argentina (Downtown)
- Tako (Downtown)
- Piccolo Forno (Lawrenceville)
- Morcilla (Lawrenceville)
- Two Sisters (East Liberty)
- Spork (Bloomfield)
- Superior Motors (Braddock)
- Fish nor Fowl (Garfield)
Pittsburgh has Plenty of Activities Happening around the City
Pittsburgh is a small city with tons to do! From various sporting events to a variety of museums, Pittsburgh has a wide variety of activities you can take part in around the city depending on your interests. If you’re taking the kids out, be sure to stop by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the National Aviary, or the Children’s Museum. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a luscious indoor/outdoor green space, featuring huge formal gardens and various species of exotic plants, perfect for sunny or rainy days. Pittsburgh’s multiple sports teams all play their home games around the city. When circumstances allow, watching the Steelers win on the North Shore or the Penguins play off in the Business District is always a hometown favorite.
Additionally, Pittsburgh has many outdoor activities within the city and surrounding areas. Immerse yourself in the 644 acre Frick Park, Pittsburgh largest historical regional park located in the Regent Square and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. Frick Park is best known for its countless trails through Pittsburgh’s mountainous terrain. Yearning to spend a sunny afternoon on the water? The North Shore has a great spot for renting kayaks and canoes – perfect for drifting down the Allegheny River.