Around the Point

With exciting options for work and play, these Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the places a rising number of urbanites want to call home. Attractive new housing options are popping up to meet the demand of folks young, old and in between who want to take advantage of the easy access to entertainment, an exploding dining scene and iconic city scenery.



What's Here?

Downtown
Known as the Golden Triangle, Downtown begins at the Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio. The heart of the Pittsburgh metropolitan region, Downtown is home to many of the area’s leading businesses and organizations as well as the vibrant Cultural District and the fountain at Point State Park.

South Shore
There’s no shortage of things to do in this part of town, whether you’re a longtime local or just visiting. The Monongahela and Duquesne inclines offer sweeping views of the city while Station Square has plenty of shopping and dining options.
 

Strip District
A food lover’s dream, the Strip is where many home cooks begin their days, on the hunt for fresh produce. Stop by the Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. (2010 Penn Ave., pennmac.com) for meats, cheeses and more, or Robert Wholey & Co. (1711 Penn Ave., wholey.com) for some of the freshest fish in town.

Bluff
Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood is dominated by UPMC Mercy and Duquesne University. Its residents enjoy quick commutes to Downtown and Oakland.

Crawford-Roberts
This Hill District community ended the area’s reputation as a “food desert” when it became home to the Shop ’n Save at Centre Heldman Plaza. The shopping center has helped to bring new businesses and jobs to the Centre Avenue corridor.

Bedford Dwellings
This small neighborhood overlooking the Strip District and Polish Hill contains a housing development and a handful of parks.

Middle Hill
Making up the biggest section of the Hill District, the Middle Hill is rooted in history. Its thoroughfare Wylie Avenue once was home to some of the most popular jazz venues in the country.

Upper Hill
Stop by Robert E. Williams Memorial Park (Adelaide and Milwaukee streets) in this quiet community to take in sweeping views of the city’s East End.
 

Eat

Meat & Potatoes offers a casually cool vibe and indulgent menu options in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District Downtown. The gastropub specializes in comfort food and is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-show meal.  649 Penn Ave., meatandpotatoespgh.com.

Looking to take your sandwich game up a notch? Stop by Thin Man Sandwich Shop in the Strip for delicious, original creations. The namesake sandwich, The Thin Man, features its popular chicken liver mousse.  50 21st St., thinmansandwichshop.com.

The Commoner, in the Hotel Monaco, serves upscale American tavern classics plus beer and wine on tap. Its proximity to Consol Energy Center is ideal for anyone on the way to a game or show, but if you have time, pop upstairs for a peek at the Downtown hotel’s signature whimsical decor.   458 Strawberry Way, thecommonerpgh.com.
 

Drink

Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District is an oenophile’s must-stop, whether for a tasting or to take in one of the frequent shows hosted in the intimate wine cellar.  2815 Penn Ave., pittsburghwinery.com.

Gasoline Street Coffee Company, just outside of Duquesne University’s Uptown campus, specializes in locally roasted coffee products, cold brew and all-natural smoothies — and it’s steps away from the Three Rivers Heritage trail and the First Avenue “T” station.  643 First Ave., facebook.com/gasolinestreetcoffeecompany.

Adjacent to the main dining room of Station Square’s Grand Concourse, the Gandy Dancer Saloon is the city’s most dapper spot for a happy hour cocktail or a selection from the seasonal seafood menu.  100 West Station Square Drive, gandydancersaloon.com.
 

Shop

Stop by the PensGear Team Store at Consol Energy Center for all of your Penguins merchandise so you can cheer on the black and gold in (officially licensed) style.  1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; penguins.nhl.com.
 

Artistry in the Strip District has something for everyone looking to inject some serious style into their decor. Including handcrafted furniture, custom woven rugs and one-of-a-kind accessories, the wares at Artistry will suit any aesthetic.  2613 Smallman St., artistryathome.com

Market St. Grocery offers Market Square shoppers an array of dry goods, produce, fresh meat and seafood, baked goods and a variety of prepared hot and cold foods. Sample a sweet from Gaby et Jules patisserie, select a bottle from the Wine Room or recharge at the coffee bar.  435 Market St., marketstreetgrocery.com.
 

Do

Play out-of-towner for the day with a tour of the city. Several companies specialize in giving visitors and locals a fun new way to look at the history, scenery and waterways, whether on a double-decker bus with The Pittsburgh Tour Company (pghtours.com), amphibious vehicle with Just Ducky Tours (justduckytours.com) or 1920s-style conveyance with Molly’s Trolleys (mollystrolleyspittsburgh.com).

Hill House’s Kaufmann Center, located in Crawford-Roberts, features the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, a state-of-the-art space where musical, cultural and arts performances, speaking engagements and more regularly are held.  1825 Centre Ave., hillhouse.org.

Stroll back through 250 years of Pittsburgh’s past at the Sen. John Heinz History Center. Exhibits span six floors and include the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and plenty of interactive elements for visitors of all ages.  1212 Smallman St., Strip District; heinzhistorycenter.org.
 


 

photo by laura petrilla
 

Food Critic's Pick

Diners looking for a good time Downtown should head to täko, the third restaurant in the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group (the group’s adjacent Butcher & the Rye and nearby Meat & Potatoes also are excellent Downtown choices). Tacos, all served on freshly pressed tortillas, range from traditional choices such as carnitas and baja to more adventurous selections such as octopus. The bar here also is outstanding. (214 Sixth St., takopgh.com) — Hal B. Klein
 

Signature Event

Local food trucks are out in full force, the music is flowing from Friday night through Sunday and the crowds are more navigable than during other Downtown festivals. Be sure to check out the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, held every June in the Cultural District and featuring notable local acts mixed with international headliners. Outdoor performances are free with tickets required for select indoor performances. (pittsburghjazzlive.com) — Lauren Davidson

 

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21 Great Communities

Around the Point

With exciting options for work, play and attractive new housing – these Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the places a rising number of urbanites want to call home.

The New North

If you venture to this neighborhood only to attend a sporting event or concert at PNC Park or Heinz Field, you’re missing out; the area is full of restaurants, museums, cultural landmarks and churches, as well as some lovely historic homes.

The Old Allegheny Slopes

No matter where you drive or walk in The Old Allegheny Slopes, you are probably going up or down a hill. This makes for a lot of good views, along with hidden surprises tucked into these city neighborhoods.

The Northern 'Burbs

The area commonly referred to as the North Hills maintains its long-held status as a fine suburban place to live or go for a walk in a nature park, but the area also offers plenty of shopping and dining and play options.

The Near East

There’s a reason all of the out-of-town trend pieces praising Pittsburgh’s 21st-century rebirth seem to focus on these neighborhoods. This thriving part of the city is where design, the arts, restaurant culture and high-end shopping are integrated into Pittsburgh’s working-class bones.

Where 8 Meets 28

The river communities that have been home to many families with histories in steel- and glass-making have a wealth of quaint, independent retail stores, restaurants and businesses, as well as much-loved libraries, festivals and community days.

Allegheny River Communities

Each borough and municipality in this northeastern corner of Allegheny County contains surprises. To those who live along the river’s edge, they’re familiar, hometown destinations and sights; to visitors, they’re spots worth making the drive out along (the finally construction-free) Route 28.

College Town

When people talk about the revitalization of Pittsburgh, it usually involves the tagline meds and eds — and meds and eds it is in College Town. You’ll find the sprawling buildings of Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as several UPMC medical complexes.

Green Pittsburgh

Green Pittsburgh is a story of the birth and rebirth of our city: students and young professionals flock to Squirrel Hill and Shadyside, adding vibrancy that radiates from top universities. Meanwhile, redevelopment in Hazelwood and Glen Hazel offers new chances for affordable housing and a blossoming community.

The Hidden East End

The Mellons, Fricks, Carnegies and Westinghouses built their mansions in this most-stylish part of town. But their departure for greener and more secluded pastures — and the mass relocation of families here after the razing of the Lower Hill — left much of this area economically depressed for decades. Now the long-awaited renaissance of East Liberty is beginning to bring major reinvestment here, too.

The Eastern Border

Most of these communities, which lie to the east of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, are residential suburbs with small business districts. There also are tons of beauty in these hills, which are packed with historic homes, parks, schools and churches, as well as evidence of Pittsburgh’s steel-making and industrial past.
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The Sprawling Suburbs

Roadways, which prompted the construction of shopping malls, always have played a key role in this region’s growth. Research labs for U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and others attracted engineers from around the world, particularly India, and the new immigrants often built temples — one of which is a familiar sight perched on a hillside overlooking I-376

The Mon and Beyond

Past meets the present in the communities making up Pittsburgh’s eastern and Mon Valley regions. Here you’ll encounter reminders of where we started as leaders in the steel industry and — while plenty of these small towns still face challenges — you’ll find glimpses of where we’re going in neighborhoods moving towards revitalization.

Scaling the Mountain

There’s a lot happening in the area between the South Side and the Hilltop, and every time you visit, it seems a new business has cropped up. The communities around Mount Washington enjoy beautiful views of the city as well as parks, strong neighborhood associations and ethnic restaurants.

The Reborn 'Burbs

This is where the city’s southern suburbs begin, at the edge of the city limits and drifting into the areas closest to Pittsburgh proper. Along the south bank of the Monongahela River — in an area with heavy industrial roots — you’ll find neighborhoods in the midst of revitalization, with plenty of business and more quaint places to live.

Far Down the River

Pittsburgh loves its blue-collar industrial history, and at the heart of that are the communities that make up the Mon Valley. Where the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers meet is the beginning of a network of proud, tight-knit communities with lots of trails and woods to explore, plenty of fishing spots and — important for any community — a wealth of beloved soft-serve ice cream stands.

The Southern Suburbs

With their abundance of green spaces, thriving business districts and walkable sidewalk communities, Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs offer plenty of incentive for families looking for a peaceful place to call home. Though mere minutes from Downtown, these neighborhoods make residents feel as though they are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Midwest

The neighborhoods west of Downtown were among the region’s first. Most were part of Chartiers Township, which (like the creek) was named for Pierre Chartier, a local trader of French and Shawnee parentage who later became a chief. Formerly farmland, most of this area was transformed by industry into working-class neighborhoods, a legacy which persists today.

Down the Highways

While driving southbound on Interstate 79, don’t be scared to take an exit and explore. These townships and boroughs range from scenic farmland to busy main streets. Regardless of the surroundings, the areas in this region all offer plenty to experience.

The Far-Flung 'Burbs

These primarily residential communities have spent the past years growing — and becoming more and more popular. With Pittsburgh International Airport nearby and increasing economic development, it’s easy to see why so many call this end of the region home.

The Ohio River Valley

The lands north of the Ohio River became part of the Depreciation Lands used to pay Revolutionary War veterans for their service. The numerous small boroughs and townships along Ohio River Boulevard are collected into slightly larger (but still compact) school districts, befitting their continued status as popular hometowns to raise families generation after generation.
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