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Old 12-21-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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hey guys i posted another forum before and that advice was good. Now i need some more input and help on apts in some neighborhoods ive chosen. Number one once again i am in my mid 20's young professional and i've chosen the following neighborhoods that im looking for a 1 bedroom apt with a balcony in. The following areas of Pittsburgh is where im trying to find a safe apt in and the highest i want to pay is between $800-$1,200 a month with utilities included if possible but if not it's ok. Ill pay utlities separate from rent and i would like to be in area where there is other young professionals as well. So if you guys know any apts that are safe in these areas please list them so i can call the property management and get some rental info and checkout online reviews. Thanks guys i apperciate it and looking forward to see what Pittsburgh has to offer.

Downtown

Squirrel Hill

Shadyside

Beechview

Troyhill

Southside Slopes

Point Breeze

Brookline
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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Lots of ads on craigs list for apartments in your areas of interest.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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What kind of apartment are you looking for? What kind of neighborhood? You should keep in mind that in a lot of the neighborhoods you mentioned, there aren't many apartment buildings or complexes. Apartments are in converted houses or other buildings, many don't have off-street parking, etc.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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A budget of $1000.00-$1200.00 is doable for a 1 bedroom even if you pay the utilities in most neighborhoods. I would not get too crazy limiting yourself to a "utilities included" place because you limit yourself. Your budget is respectable enough for Pittsburgh that you do not have to settle for a less desirable place just because it is "utilities included." I am sure you have enough common sense to decide if it is worth it to pay extra for the rental for a better place where you pay utilities. There is so much that goes into apartment rental pricing. If you want a laid out place right in the heart of Walnut Street in Shadyside, then you will have to increase your budget. There is no reason why you cannot find a nice flat in a safe neighborhood for $700.00--$800.00 for rent plus utilities for $150.00 or so. The biggest rip off is cable. I pay Verizon $156.00 per month for the phone, cable, internet service. I know cable is not a necessity, but much of that bill is the HD service. With big screen TVs with HD more affordable nowadays, why would I handicap my TV? I feel that cable companies realize this, and gouge people for a technology that is commonplace. Cable companies are artists of the rip off. If you are a big sports, movie and cable buff, and like a sharp picture, keep that in mind. Cable is not not cheap unless you get bare bones service and dial up internet.

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Old 12-21-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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hey guys i posted another forum before and that advice was good. Now i need some more input and help on apts in some neighborhoods ive chosen. Number one once again i am in my mid 20's young professional and i've chosen the following neighborhoods that im looking for a 1 bedroom apt with a balcony in. The following areas of Pittsburgh is where im trying to find a safe apt in and the highest i want to pay is between $800-$1,200 a month with utilities included if possible but if not it's ok. Ill pay utlities separate from rent and i would like to be in area where there is other young professionals as well. So if you guys know any apts that are safe in these areas please list them so i can call the property management and get some rental info and checkout online reviews. Thanks guys i apperciate it and looking forward to see what Pittsburgh has to offer.

Downtown

Squirrel Hill

Shadyside

Beechview

Troyhill

Southside Slopes

Point Breeze

Brookline
do you want a walkable area with businesses and a yuppie vibe? do you have a preference on how far from work you wish to be?

you have areas all over the city listed and very different types of area.

I would rule out troy hill, beechview, and brookline personally. nothing wrong with them, just not screaming of young professional mecca right now. downtown may be a bit out of budget depending on what you want.

point breeze is nice, but fairly family residential and not much business district to speak of.
squirrel hill/shadyside are always solid choices

other areas i would add to consider would be parts of the north side near federal/e ohio streets, parts of mt washington near shiloh st, regent square, highland park. all have their perks and downfalls depending what you really want and where you want to be.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Awkward Manor
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Finding a place with a balcony will be tough. They exist, but on the other hand I saw one on Craigslist that called the fire escape a balcony. Caveat emptor!
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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Yes I would like to be close to some restuarants and other businesses. But Id also would love to live downtown if i possibly could the job i will be taking is on the east side of Pittsburgh. Does Pittsburgh have a light rail or subway? I have a car but i still like to explore the city by being on a light rail or train as well.
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Allegheny Center has 1br units with balconies within your budget requirements, and parking in the building for your ride. Not all utilities are included, but heating and cooling are- its heated by the steam heat plant across from where Sears used to be.

A direct bus to the East End, the 54, starts its trip right outside your door over there.

Several restaurants, as well as stadiums and the casino are all on the North Side as well as other attractions
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Spring Church, PA (Until September 30, 2020) > Washington County, PA (Starting October 1, 2020)
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Yes I would like to be close to some restuarants and other businesses. But Id also would love to live downtown if i possibly could the job i will be taking is on the east side of Pittsburgh. Does Pittsburgh have a light rail or subway? I have a car but i still like to explore the city by being on a light rail or train as well.
I'm sure with your upper end of your budget you'd be fine finding a 1 Bedroom apartment downtown; that would guarantee a good amount of amenities nearby. Yes, Pittsburgh has a subway downtown that turns to light rail lines that travel to the south, but not east. There are tons of bus routes that head east though, along with a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line called the East Busway. There also will be a new BRT line traveling from Downtown to Oakland to Squirrel Hill that is going to be constructed in the coming year.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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The biggest rip off is cable. I pay Verizon $156.00 per month for the phone, cable, internet service. I know cable is not a necessity, but much of that bill is the HD service. With big screen TVs with HD more affordable nowadays, why would I handicap my TV? I feel that cable companies realize this, and gouge people for a technology that is commonplace. Cable companies are artists of the rip off. If you are a big sports, movie and cable buff, and like a sharp picture, keep that in mind. Cable is not not cheap unless you get bare bones service and dial up internet.
This might have been true a few years ago, but now there is more free HD content available on the internet (Youtube, TV stream sites) then I would have time to play even if I went at it 24/7. Not to mention that for under 50 bucks you can get a digital TV antenna that picks up most of the local channels in... wait for it... HD!

Anyone with a basic understanding on how to surf the internet is perfectly capable of cutting the cable for good and not missing a beat in 2013. Sports that aren't airing on the local channels might be the only compromise, but that is changing as well. I believe that you can buy some HD streaming sports packages online now (I haven't tried it myself but have heard good things).
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