What is Downtown Living Really Like?

We asked two Downtown Pittsburgh experts to share their insights.

Photo by Dave DiCello

Lumière is Pittsburgh Magazine’s 5th annual Ultimate House, but it’s our first located Downtown. The 17-story tower on Oliver Avenue is the first new Downtown residential development in more than six years, and the area offers residents a vibrant urban lifestyle like no other Pittsburgh neighborhood. 

 According to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s website, in the past 10 years, more than $1.9 billion has been invested in improving the neighborhood and more than 3,750 new residents have moved in. Young professionals, empty nesters and families are making their home Downtown.

 Living so close to Picklesburgh, Yoga in the Square and pop-up art installations sounds exciting, but what is different about living Downtown compared to other Pittsburgh neighborhoods?  You’re in the center of it all. 

 Within walking distance to our renowned cultural district, major sporting arenas, world-class restaurants and the pulse of the city’s central business district, there is plenty to do, eat and see,” says Billy Lane of Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Equally as important is the proximity and access to major arteries – getting you north, south, east, or west of the city in minutes.”

Public transit, ridesharing and carsharing make getting around easy.  Lumière residents can also take advantage of a bike-share program and an integral indoor parking garage operated by ALCO parking that they can access through a private, secure dedicated lobby.

 One of the benefits of urban living is convenience.  “Residents have opportunities to find fresh, local produce and groceries with weekly farmers markets that take place in Market Square and Mellon Square,” says Colten Gill, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

 Lumière residents can save time and participate in a new grocery delivery partnership with Giant Eagle.

 For other shopping needs, Downtown offers a fantastic selection of locally owned businesses and boutiques such as Larrimor’s, which has been in business in Downtown since 1939.

 “Just steps from 350 Oliver Ave, PG&H on Smithfield is a unique shop that you’ll only find in Downtown that features local makers of handmade products including home goods, personal accessories and freshly brewed coffee from Pittsburgh’s Redhawk Coffee,” says Gill. 

 Get a first-hand look into what Downtown living is like by visiting the 5th annual Ultimate House when it opens on Feb. 21.  For tickets visit, pittsburghmagazine.com/ultimate

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