Those visiting Pittsburgh for the first time are constantly surprised to find that this city is not at all what they expected. Native Pittsburghers are well accustomed to the gasp that regularly occurs when first-time visitors travelling from the airport through the Fort Pitt tunnels and under Mount Washington reach the other side. The beautiful, vibrant city that springs up in front of them is startling, not only for its beauty, but also for everything that it has to offer. Pittsburgh consistently ranks in the top 20 of this country’s “Most Livable Cities” and has topped a list 6 times since 2000.
Approximately 15,000 people live in downtown Pittsburgh, situated between lush hills and mountains and surrounded by three converging rivers, the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. The views that are created by this unusual topography are truly breathtaking.
Young professionals, down-sizing baby boomers, and, yes, even families are choosing to live in downtown Pittsburgh for a variety of reasons. The New York Times called Pittsburgh “a cool—dare we say hip—city”. The cultural district, Point State Park, football, baseball and hockey stadiums, museums, shopping, restaurants, and easy commute to work are just a few of these reasons. The Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail begins here in the city and goes all the way to Cumberland Maryland. Boating, kayaking and various water sports are all right here.
Prices for townhomes and condos vary widely in the city, and there are a range of new residential buildings, both in process and on the drawing boards. In general, you’ll find that “per square foot” pricing for real estate in Downtown Pittsburgh is more reasonable than in many other major metropolitan areas of comparable size. There are a significant range of luxury condominiums and townhomes available for purchase in the city.
A significant property tax abatement is still available in some parts of the City of Pittsburgh to those who purchase condos or town homes that are either newly constructed or located in existing buildings that have been fully renovated.
- Pittsburgh PA Population: 305,704 (as of 2017)
- Population Metropolitan Pittsburgh: 2,353,045 (26nd largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.)
- Area of City: 56 square miles