Content by Sarah Martin
Homes For Sale in Downtown, Pittsburgh- Living in the “Golden Triangle” of Pittsburgh offers some of the fastest commutes to work, spectacular skyline views, and unique cultural opportunities. Downtown, Pittsburgh is home to young professionals, empty nesters, and families alike. There are now more than 7,000 residents in Pittsburgh’s fastest growing neighborhood. The area is located at the confluence of the Allegheny River to the north and the Monongahela River to the south whose joining forms the Ohio River. Here, the Golden Triangle forms the Point State Park area, and one of the most picturesque parts of the Steel City.
The Golden Triangle has multiple sub districts such as the Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, and the Cultural District, which is home to Heinz Hall, the Byham Theater, O'Reilly Theater, Benedum Center, Wood Street Galleries, restaurants, and housing. The original sites of Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, as well as theFort Pitt Museum are located in the Point State Park area. The Firstside neighborhood is Downtown's educational district and has a lot of high-rise student housing and other newly constructed residential options. The modernized and popular Market Square is located in the Fifth & Forbes Corridor Shopping District and the Grant Street area is the location for Pittsburgh's and Allegheny County's government buildings as well as some of the city's tallest skyscrapers. Offices for PNC Bank, U.S. Steel, PPG, Bank of New York Mellon, and Heinz are among the many that are located here.
There are so many different types of buildings downtown and the area has continually evolved over the years. It is common for residents to live in newly constructed condominiums, however many unique housing options are available in adapted buildings and spacious lofts in renovated historic buildings.
The surface streets of Downtown are based on two grid systems that intersect on Liberty Avenue and parallel the Allegheny River, with numbered streets, and the Monongahela River, with numbered avenues. For visitors, this can cause some confusion and it is more common to give directions based off of landmarks. Downtown is much more than a concrete jungle. There are many parks and plazas located in here, such as the aforementioned Point State Park which has an iconic fountain and spans a 36-acre area. Other popular nearby outdoor spaces include: Mellon Green, Market Square, Allegheny Riverfront Park, and the North Shore Riverfront Park. Mellon Square Park is one of the most innovative of the areas and is a 1.25-acre garden plaza constructed on top of a parking garage.
With so much open space devoted to outdoor activities and the proximity to the three rivers, living in Downtown has many unique opportunities not offered elsewhere. There are 24 miles of riverfront trails that are great for biking and during the Spring and Summer months make sure to check out Kayak Pittsburgh. This project offered by Venture Outdoors gives all ages the opportunity to explore the three rivers with flat-water kayaks.
Not the most athletic? Have no worries, Downtown is the hub to “Steeler Nation” and the perfect place to watch a variety of professional and collegiate sports games. The Pittsburgh Steelers are six-time Super Bowl Champions and play home games at Heinz Field located in the Greater Downtown area. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five World Series and play at PNC Park also located in the Greater Downtown area. This baseball stadium offers an amazing view of the skyline across the Allegheny River. Visit the Consol Energy Center to watch the three-time Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, or head over to Highmark Stadium to watch the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team. For more information on Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams click here.
Collegiate teams to watch include: the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, the Duquesne University Dukes, and the Point Park University Pioneers. Many of these teams play in the Greater Downtown area stadiums. Other schools in Downtown include: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12, and the City Charter High School.
Pittsburgh is also known as “The City of Bridges” and 10 of the city’s 446 bridges are located downtown connecting to points north and south. However, having a car is definitely optional when you live in Downtown, Pittsburgh. There are many public transportation options such as the Port Authority's extensive bus network, the light rail subway system known as the “T,” the Duquesne Incline, the Monongahela Incline, and a Greyhound bus terminal. There is also an Amtrak train station that connects Pittsburgh to other big cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and Chicago.
At one point in his or her way into Downtown, everyone should travel into the city via the Fort Pitt Tunnel to see why Pittsburgh is called “the only city with an entrance.” This sight of the city skyline is one of its most scenic views.
Downtown, Pittsburgh made Livability's list of the Top 10 Best Downtown’s. One of the main reasons the neighborhood is so livable is for the renovated Market Square area. Historic Market Square is a host to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bars, a farmer’s market, and free outdoor concerts. Throughout the year, students and downtown employees gather here often for lunch and to surf the web utilizing the area's free Wi-Fi. Check out the Oyster House when you visit Market Square. This old-school fish house and tavern is the oldest bar and restaurant in the city of Pittsburgh and opened in 1871. Other delicious restaurants in Downtown include:Meat & Potatoes, Sienna Mercato, and Butcher & the Rye. View a full list of dining options in and around Downtown here.
This historically rich area has so many events and opportunities to broaden your cultural horizons. Purchase tickets to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra or a show at the O'Reilly Theater. There are also many shopping opportunities in Downtown including department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's. VIew a full list of shopping options available in Downtown here.
Other popular events in Downtown include the Annual Light-Up Night in December, the Irish Fair in the Square, and The Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival which is a ten-day event of free music and art that ranks among the nation’s top 200 shows annually. View a full list of events in and around Downtown here.
Living in Downtown places you in walking distance of work, unlimited opportunities to play, and ultimately everything you need for the essential city experience.