Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is frequently listed among the nation's top cities for millennials, and for good reason. The former steel capital and birthplace of Andy Warhol has a relatively low cost of living, good public schools, world-class academic and research institutions like Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, world-class museums (including the Warhol), and a thriving art, nightlife, and music scene.
It's about an hour's flight from both New York and Washington, D.C., and has a median home listing price of $219,900, making it one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. That market is expected to climb exponentially over the next few years, so if the Steelers are calling your name, and Pitt's calling you with a job, there's no reason to say no. Here's a taste of what's out there.
5325 Wilkins Ave., Squirrel Hill
This six-bedroom, six-bath house, also pictured top, is on the fancier side when it comes to Pittsburgh real estate. It was built in 1907, but has plenty of modern updates, like stainless steel kitchen appliances, a mirror-lined master bath, and a Tesla charger in the detached garage. Other highlights include a carriage house with an au-pair suite, a gorgeous butler staircase, and elegant chandeliers throughout. The Squirrel Hill neighborhood is one of the most popular in Pittsburgh, thanks in part to its proximity to both Carnegie Mellon and Chatham universities. The house is listed for $1,675,000.
5752 Kentucky Ave., Shadyside
For folks looking for more modest digs, there's this three-bedroom, two-bath townhouse, located in Pittsburgh's hip Shadyside neighborhood. Highlights include an updated kitchen, complete with a stainless steel stove and a granite breakfast bar; a brick fireplace in the living area; French doors that lead to a deck; and a master bedroom with its own dressing area. Shadyside, located in Pittsburgh's East End, features a number of popular dining spots along its several main retail strips (Walnut, Highland and Ellsworth), with noteworthy spots including Mediterranean eatery Casbah and Thai spot Noodlehead. The house is asking $490,000.
333 42nd St., Lawrenceville
This four-bedroom, two-bath townhouse features a massive eat-in kitchen outfitted with elegant wood cabinets, lots of closet space, office space, and a gigantic backyard with a newly built deck. There is also at least one gas-log fireplace, and both a living room and a finished basement game room, for ample private hang time. The house is located in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, one of the largest in the city and home to a slew of restaurants, music venues, bars, bars doubling as music venues, and Church Brew Works, a beer brewpub located in a former church. The house is being marketed for $329,900.
2705 Sarah St., South Side Flats
Pittsburgh's South Side is a pretty popping nightlife spot, thanks to the slew of bars, eateries, and other hotspots located along East Carson, the neighborhood's main drag. Though South Side Slopes has long been the more popular residential spot in the area, South Side Flats has started to become popular with younger buyers. This two-bedroom, three-bath loft-style house is located just one block from East Carson, and features a number of industrial-style touches, including a garage-door facade, cork floors, exposed pipes, metal-paneled ceilings, and lofted living nooks. This house is asking $529,000.
357 44th St., Strip District
This three-bedroom, four-bath single-family home was built in 1900, but has been recently updated, with highlights including a modern kitchen, a gorgeous master bathroom with a massive shower and separate tub, and a big paved yard. The house is located in Pittsburgh's Strip District, a historic hotspot that was once home to manufacturers like Heinz and U.S. Steel, but is now filled with street vendors, hip food spots, and the flagship Primanti Bros. location, where you can get your hands on some of the city's best sandwiches. It is seeking for $629,999.
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