1000s of people live in downtown Pittsburgh. Why don’t you?


Downtown Pittsburgh continues to draw investment meant to turn it into a livable neighborhood. There have been two major announcements recently:

Faros Properties has finalized plans to invest $100 million in two major apartment properties in downtown

According to a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article, investment firms are looking at Gateway Center for upgrade and profit. This could improve the apartments there and continue to increase the people calling 15222 home.

One of the pages of this local magazine (it is a PDF you’ll have to download) is a great listing of all the apartment buildings in or close to downtown Pittsburgh.

The address Jess and I call home is on Liberty Avenue in the heart of downtown. We are also near the Arcade Comedy Theater, the Harris Theater, Point State Park, multiple art galleries and the new restaurant row on Penn Avenue. During the Spring and Summer, you can look out your front door or window and see events ranging from the Pittsburgh Marathon to the International Jazz Festival. Check out this Google search for art galleries in our zip code – 15222. I used to live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh – Murrysville to be exact – and never made it to Wholey’s in the Strip District until I moved downtown. You haven’t experienced Pittsburgh until you have been there.

My fiancee and I also work in the Strip District and since we are carless, we walk to work every day. Public transportation, biking and Uber/Lyft help us get around town at little cost. (full disclosure: Jess is an Uber ambassador. Her free Uber credit code that anyone in the United States can use to get $20 off their first ride is GoJessica)

I’ve grown up in Pittsburgh. I moved here to go to school at La Roche College and ultimately graduated from Point Park in downtown before it was a university. I had a helluva college experience where I made mistakes. I’ve had my own business and been a local band booking agent. I’ve met great people and have seen this city change in ways I couldn’t begin to describe. I’ve even fallen in love at first site in Pittsburgh – I met my fiancee while we both worked at Education Management Corporation (EDMC).

There will not be many posts about the Steelers, Pirates or Penguins here. My sole purpose for this site is to show how awesome it is to live where my fiancee and I do. We talked about it for years and finally decided to make the commitment. What we are hearing from Mayor Peduto’s administration is giving us a lot of confidence for the city’s future.

You can move down here too. More buildings are being leased for apartments. There are many styles and price ranges. If it is your dream to live in a world class city that has world class culture, make the leap. America is slowly starting to move back to its cities.


I’m going to start listing some resources for people to use if they would like to live downtown:

Lauren Klein is a RE/MAX agent that was FANTASTICALLY helpful to me and my wife in writing the Carlyle post. Please stop by her site at Pittsburgh Property Diva.

Here is a cool blog that deserves some love! Oneburgh

I am officially an affiliate for a Pittsburgh based that helps connects consumers with Pittsburgh made products. Please visit Eatlocal Shopsmall

I have compiled a list of bloggers I try to read all the time here.


26 thoughts on “1000s of people live in downtown Pittsburgh. Why don’t you?

  1. Hi Michael. Found you here after you favorited my tweet.

    I’m a lifelong Steelers fan (RIP Myron Cope) who annoys a certain Bears fan (@transituser6645 who also blogs here!) with frequent playings of The Terrible Towel videos and history. And remind her that we have 6 rings!

    I have a soft spot for the Pirates, as the ’79 World Series is the first I can remember watching. “We are family!” I am however a Giants fan, if they are out, I can root Pirates, hehe.

    Thanks for the favorite on Twitter, and I have followed you here.

    Have a great Friday. And make sure Steeltown is working ok today! πŸ˜‰

  2. Micheal – I got your comment about the door ahead – but for some reason can’t approve it or reply to it – it seems. But we of the Legion would love to see your Pittsburgh selections πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Michael,
    I am very glad that you enjoyed the recent article we posted on the exciting revitalization taking place in Detroit. The Wall Street Journal offers a great resource of important news to share. I love city living and am very hopeful that we will see a true renaissance in the urban cores throughout America. Best wishes to you in 2014, Happy New Year!

  4. I just nominated you for the Liebster award . . . I realize it’s quite a rigamaroll to accept but I do want to pass on the admiration that was given to me in a nomination . . . . more Pittsburgh!!!!

  5. Mike β€”

    Thanks for your kind comment about the Warehouse in Schenectady. I’ve taken many shots in that vein, but most are from other cities, and like you, I’m trying to focus on my own back yard for now.

  6. Hello. This is Marty Levine from Pop City. We’re doing a roundup of local socaial media-ites worth following and one of our other article participants recommended you. If you’re interested potentially in being part of our article, kindly email me at MLL2525@yahoo.com. Thanks.

    • Hello! We are really excited about the new place! It’s got 20 foot ceilings and windows that are almost as high. We’ll be near the toonseum, the arcade comedy club, the harris theater and the bricolage theater.

  7. Hello!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: β€œTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer

  8. Hello Mike,

    I’d like to invite you to our Dishcrawl this Tuesday in the Strip District! Please get in touch if you are interested.


    Colleen Coll
    Dishcrawl Pittsburgh Ambassador

  9. Pingback: an open letter in support of lyft and uber in pittsburgh | Downtown Living

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