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One of the most eclectic and original tourist destinations in the Pittsburgh area is Swissvale’s Trundle Manor, an art house / gallery that offers public tours of their “cabinet of curiosities.” In the words of the curators, “Trundle Manor is a private collection of weird things that has been made available to the public [including] items such as taxidermy, jarred specimens, medical implements, and bizarre weaponry” – clearly not your average museum. In fact, it is very difficult to discern exactly what Trundle Manor is, and that’s precisely how curators Mr. Arm and Velda Von Minx like it. The mystery, it would seem, is actually part of the experience which helps to bring a dynamic and sensory reaction from visitors. The curiosities are not just contained to the art house space, however. Trundle Manor – at its heart – is part of the long American tradition of carnival sideshows. With the recent addition of the Trundle Manor Traveling Creepshow, experiencing a small taste of the gothic and grotesque is no longer just contained to their physical space in Swissvale. This traveling sideshow comes complete with a mobile tent to house the oddities, several performers / members of the manor, and a rotating exhibit of “bizarre beasts and collectibles.” For Pittsburgh residents who are unfamiliar with this fascinating little twist on the museum / art house, it is definitely worth visiting. And it is located just blocks from Frick Park.

 

Through the park in Squirrel Hill are several Lobos Management properties making access to Trundle Manor as simple as a quick trip on a PAT bus.  Located at 5619 Hobart Street, Hobart Square is a beautifully maintained apartment complex that offers one and two bedroom units, renovated kitchens, and onsite laundry.  Some units in Hobart Square provide access to balconies which overlook the neighborhood and bring fresh air into the building. In addition to its proximity to Trundle Manor, this Lobos Management property also offers quick access to the business district of Squirrel Hill where specialty stores and restaurants dot the blocks of Murray and Forbes. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Squirrel Hill apartments, please visit our website at http://www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.    

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Like any major American city, Pittsburgh offers residents access to many indoor gymnasiums and workout facilities. Urban Active in Bakery Square – recently acquired by the ubiquitous chain, LA Fitness – houses a miniature cinema in its cardiovascular wing providing entertainment for joggers and tread climbers. Shadyside’s X and the Fitness Factory are state of the art facilities that are just blocks away from Oakland, Bloomfield, and Highland Park. Although these gyms do tend to become relatively crowded during peak workout hours, the equipment and services offered are worth the wait. Club One Fitness has locations throughout the city and is consistently voted the number one health club in the area. The East End facility features a full aquatic center and therapeutic spa that offers sauna, steam bath and massage. Club One also houses an aerobic dance studio in its smaller Squirrel Hill studio space (called Bodiography) where group exercise sessions and private classes are available to area residents. Bodiography is the area’s premier studio for ballet, jazz, and modern dance where patrons can choose from a wide variety of a la carte classes. The cost per class is an affordable $15 / session.

 

Within blocks of this Club One facility is Lobos Management’s Hobart Square, a large apartment complex that offers one and two bedroom rentals with fully renovated kitchens and plenty of storage space. Hobart Square allows easy access to area shopping, nightlife, and dining, and is just a few blocks from the historic Manor Theater where blockbusters and art films grace the silver screen. And, of course, Bodiography is easily accessible from this Lobos Management property making Hobart Square the perfect location for any area resident with a desire to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Squirrel Hill area apartments, please visit our website at http://www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.

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