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Old 08-22-2019, 08:23 PM
 
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Hello, I am moving to Pittsburgh for work and need to find an apartment fairly quick. Iíve done some research and asked around but would like some more opinions on certain areas.

Oakland - I have found reasonable prices apartments in This area but have been told it can be quite loud with college parties. Is this true for the area? I am a younger person so I donít mind living in a college area but not sure about not getting proper sleep each night lol. Also, is Oakland generally a safe area?

Bellevue - I have also found some decent price apartments in the Bellevue area. What is the reputation of Bellevue? Is it quite? Safe?

I will be working downtown fyi.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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I dont spend a ton of time in Oakland other than concerts or eating or showing homes but while there are a lot of college students I've never noticed anything crazy even in the evenings. I am sure there is some noise at times but would think you could find something quiet too. As for Bellevue, very different from Oakland. I actually live about 5 min west of there and my mother just sold her home in Bellevue. It is less urban feeling than Oakland even though it is still pretty close to the city. Has a nice downtown, working class town and more family/residential than somewhere like Oakland. Bellevue just opened a few new nicer restaurants, one brewery just opened 2 weeks ago though it's been too busy every time I went to try it. You can be downtown in about 10 miin without traffic, with maybe 20 or so depending on how bad it is that day and which route you take.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Weirton, W. Va.
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Hello, I am moving to Pittsburgh for work and need to find an apartment fairly quick. Iíve done some research and asked around but would like some more opinions on certain areas.

Oakland - I have found reasonable prices apartments in This area but have been told it can be quite loud with college parties. Is this true for the area? I am a younger person so I donít mind living in a college area but not sure about not getting proper sleep each night lol. Also, is Oakland generally a safe area?

Bellevue - I have also found some decent price apartments in the Bellevue area. What is the reputation of Bellevue? Is it quite? Safe?

I will be working downtown fyi.

Thanks for your help!
I would avoid Oakland at all costs.

Bellevue is a much better options because it is a good area and safe. The north side would be a good place as well as the city neighborhood of Beechview, which is the only Latino neighborhood in the city and you can walk to the rail station and take the trolley into downtown. I would also recommend Dormont Borough and Mt. Lebanon. They are suburbs that border the city and the rail line cuts through there and through beechview before stopping downtown. You will save a buck or two on rent and all of those neighborhoods are more quiet than Oakland.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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In Oakland, if the street has a bunch of litter, there's probably mostly students on the street because undergraduates can't put the garbage in bags or cans.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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What is your housing preference (house/rowhouse/condo/apartment)? What is your budget? Is a walkable neighborhood and public transit very important? I wouldn't focus on Oakland or Bellevue probably, but if you respond with the answers to those questions above, then people here can point you in the right direction.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:15 AM
 
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Living downtown is a great place for a transplant to start out, but if those prices are too high, look for an apartment in the Mexican War Streets section of the North Side, or maybe the Park View apartments.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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being a younger person and new to the area, I would suggest looking at the south side, north side, mt Washington, Bloomfield, friendship. All have good access to downtown, plenty of things to do and would be a good choice for a young single person. each has their specific positives and negatives compared to the other.

the biggest problem with Oakland is you are going to typically find either very dumpy outdated, borderline terrible condition apartments or brand new luxury apartments. If a landlord does not have a place rented at this point in Oakland, its very unlikely they will get it rented until Jan or next Aug so you can definitely find good deals on these, but the luxury units are expensive and they won't be cutting rates based on the time of year. Just be aware that it does frequently get pretty hectic. There are quieter portions, but those also are in the portions of the neighborhood that have been considered to be slightly sketchy still.

As mentioned, knowing your budget and list of wants in a neighborhood would be a big help.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:58 AM
 
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being a younger person and new to the area, I would suggest looking at the south side, north side, mt Washington, Bloomfield, friendship. All have good access to downtown, plenty of things to do and would be a good choice for a young single person. each has their specific positives and negatives compared to the other.

the biggest problem with Oakland is you are going to typically find either very dumpy outdated, borderline terrible condition apartments or brand new luxury apartments. If a landlord does not have a place rented at this point in Oakland, its very unlikely they will get it rented until Jan or next Aug so you can definitely find good deals on these, but the luxury units are expensive and they won't be cutting rates based on the time of year. Just be aware that it does frequently get pretty hectic. There are quieter portions, but those also are in the portions of the neighborhood that have been considered to be slightly sketchy still.

As mentioned, knowing your budget and list of wants in a neighborhood would be a big help.
My budget is about $800 a month
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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Oakland has two subsets of neighborhoods: "Downtown Oakland" and "Uptown Oakland." Downtown is the area closest to the University of Pittsburgh, roughly anything west of Bellefield Avenue following the Fifth/Forbes avenue corridors. The undergraduate (noisy and messy) area is mostly south of Forbes Avenue. "Uptown," where I lived when I first moved to Pittsburgh in my 20s, is roughly east of Bellefield Avenue and north of Fifth Avenue. It's a lot more sedate and has lots of apartment buildings in your price range for a small apartment. I didn't have a car when I moved here, but it was no problem because I could walk or take a bus almost anywhere. Try looking "uptown." It's a good area for anyone new to the city.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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My budget is about $800 a month
So I'm under 30 and living in Bellevue and I really like it here since it's pretty safe and it's quite walkable to many businesses. It's not exactly urban like Lawrenceville, but it feels much less like a suburb than many areas in the city. I do think it could be one of the more "in" places in the area in the 2020's. I was new to the area though, I think I'd look at Mt. Washington more as there are more in the way of younger people without kids, so it would likely be easier to meet people than Bellevue.
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