mg1185 wrote: mhd08 wrote:
mg1185 wrote:Thanks so much, I'll check them out! Any areas you would recommend staying out of (unsafe neighborhoods?)-
I'm not looking for suburban safety, unlocked doors, and kids playing in the street- but I'd rather not have to deal with drughouses and burglaries. We spent quite a few years in that kind of neighborhood in Buffalo, and I'd rather not have to do that again.
I'm not from Pittsburgh so I'm really only familiar with the neighborhoods near Oakland. You might want to get someone else's opinion on neighborhoods outside of that area. But from what I do know I'd say to definitely stay away from Wilkinsburg and probably Oakland. Oakland is a lot of undergrads and, from what I hear, a lot of slumlords, but if you want to be really close to the law school I guess it's not the worst area. I would say to check out Shadyside, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield and Squirrel Hill. Shadyside, IMO, is the nicest area, but at the same time it's a target for car theft because it's a more affluent neigborhood. You're in a city so there's going to be crime everywhere you go. Nothing horrible that I've heard of, though.
Hope this helps.
Thanks, this definitely helps. These are actually some of the areas we've been looking at, particularly Lawrenceville, so I guess we're on the right track. Do you know anything about Regent Square? There's a rental company that has a lot of reasonably priced rentals there, but it is close to Wilkinsburg, so I'm on the fence about checking them out...
Pittsburgh lifer here, and I think Lawrenceville is incredibly overpriced, and has high crime rates and a lot of drugs. People ask way too much for apartments there because its a "trendy" hipster neighborhood. It's a bad area to live in IMO. I've worked there and my mom has for the last decade, and I wouldn't never live there, nor would my parents be happy if that's where I moved.
Highland park is better because its way cheaper and slightly safer. Friendship is okay. Bloomfield is solid and reasonable. Places like aspinwall and blawnox are like Lawrenceville and highland park price wise, but much safer and much more white, if that's something you want.
Squirell hill and shady side are over priced because students think it's nicer than it really is. Oakland is shitty and over run by drunken under grads, but it's super heap. You can get a place for under $300 a month.
I'm living in Harmarville/cheswick/fox chapel area, which is like 25 minutes away via car and is a quiet place to live, cheap, and around a bunch of nice and cheap places to eat and drink. I'm down to car pool with anyone near the area.
If you plan to drive, check out springdale, harmar, cheswick, fox chapel, aspinwall, blawnox, and west deer. Yeah you get a free bus pass, but the busses get super jammed during commuting times and run late. For instance, the 71b can just skip for an hour and there's no way of knowing if it is going to be an hour late. Like the one that comes around 430 will just not come until 530 randomly. It's nice to take the bus though, but it's not always pleasent.
I work in Oakland so driving is my best option. So if anyone lives on my way to Oakland I would be up for car pooling or working out an arrangement to pay for parking and gas.
If people have questions about the city, hmu on this site. I've lived here my whole life except for undergrad. I went through half a semester last yr and re enrolled this semester.