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As a cultural hub of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh continues to draw some of the most exciting arts and entertainment in the country, and 2014 is already poised to be an outstanding year for live music. American hit maker, Billy Joel, returns to Pittsburgh at the end of February to tickle the ivories and lead a crooning crowd through several choruses of “Piano Man.” The following month continues the celebration of classic American rock music as more than a dozen guitarists grace the stage of the Benedum Center on the “Experience Hendrix” tour. Some of the more notable guitarists being featured in the show are Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde (of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society). March also brings one of the hottest tickets of the springtime to the Petersen Events Center as the wildly popular Avett Brothers return to Pittsburgh with supporting group, Old Crow Medicine Show. This will certainly be a hit with the many college students residing in Oakland.

Lobos Management has several properties that are a stone’s throw from the Events Center, offering residents quick access to the busy and bustling streets of Oakland.  Craig Manor, for instance, is just blocks from the University of Pittsburgh and from Carnegie Mellon University making it an ideal apartment building for anyone with regular business in Oakland. Craig Manor is conveniently located and offers easy access to public transportation, shopping, dining and nightlife. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Oakland area apartments, please visit our website at www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.        

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As the largest metropolitan area in Western Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh is a cultural center and hometown identifier for residents from all around the region. People from Somerset in the east, Grove City to the north, and Washington to the south can all casually refer to Pittsburgh as home, and that’s an original characteristic in an American city. A “Pittsburgher,” as demonstrated here, does not necessarily refer to one who lives within the city limits, but rather, to an entire geographic region that spans hundreds of miles in circumference. As such, the Steel City has evolved into the focal point for regional culture. With world class museums, arts, and musical performances available in the city, it becomes easy to overlook some of the more specialized cultural offerings. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, for instance, although not heralded as a “must see” attraction for area visitors, is a jewel to the area. The large conservatory features 12,000 square feet of paths that wind through the tropical forests, around waterfalls and fish ponds, and through gardens of exotic plants and flowers. The space regularly features installations from world renowned sculptors and artists whose works are seamlessly built into the landscape of the building’s design. A recent exhibit of work by visionary sculptor Dale Chihuly brought spectators from around the globe to witness the magnificent integration of flora and hand blown glass…truly a once in a lifetime spectacle where art and nature seemed to inspire each other simultaneously. The stunning beauty of the gardens is also an available site for wedding ceremonies, private functions, and elegant business retreats, and it’s all located on the northwestern edge of Schenley Park.

 

Lobos Management’s London Terrace – located on North Craig Street in Oakland – is just blocks from the spectacular gardens at Phipps. With efficiency and one bedroom apartments available in the large complex, London Terrace offers quick access to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, as well as the bustling business and entertainment district in Oakland. Culturally speaking, this small corner of Pittsburgh rivals downtown’s official “Cultural District,” and much of this has to do with the presence of little jewels like the Phipps Botanical Gardens. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Oakland 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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Despite its geographic size and population, the city of Pittsburgh is often referred to as a “small city” or a “big town,” and much of this homey feeling has to do with the manner in which one neighborhood is connected to another: by bridge. In other major American cities, traversing from one district to the next can require multiple bus routes, lengthy subway commutes, or excessive traffic, but in the city of Pittsburgh, passing into a new zip code is as easy as crossing a river. Oakland – the bustling and heavily populated collegiate neighborhood – is located across the Monongahela from another densely populated neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s South Side. The main throughway in Oakland, Fifth Avenue, is bisected by the Birmingham Bridge which crosses over the Mon, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Orsmby Field, and T-bones at East Carson Street. Alternatively, the Hot Metal Bridge connects Oakland to the South Side via Bates Street / Second Avenue and dead ends at the newly constructed SouthSide Works, a shopping plaza that includes an Urban Outfitters, Sur La Table, and a movie theater. Where Oakland is full of studious pedestrians wandering from building to building, the South Side is a distinctly different neighborhood with an atmosphere of its own. From 10th Street to 29th Street, the long blocks of East Carson are home to countless bars and restaurants making a busy weekend night on the South Side feel like Fat Tuesday in the French Quarter.  With access to shopping, dining, and a wealth of watering holes just across the Hot Metal or Birmingham Bridge, the South Side can offer an exciting evening away from the books, libraries, and study groups of Oakland.

 

Lobos Management maintains a property at the intersection of Atwood and Bates Street – the very road that leads to the Hot Metal Bridge and the glimmering lights of Carson Street. With studios and a five bedroom apartment available in the raised ranch style building, residents of 402 Atwood Street enjoy the many benefits of living between North Oakland and East Carson Street: access to higher education, affordable dining options, and the many bars and nightclubs on the South Side. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Oakland 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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Music – it is said – is a great unifier of people and culture, and for years, Oakland was at the heart of the thriving Pittsburgh scene. Throughout recent decades, though, Oakland has seen venues come and go, each with a certain amount of Steel City charm. The Decade in Oakland hosted legendary rock shows featuring U2, the Police, the Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughn up until closing its doors in 1995. The Graffiti on Baum Boulevard had a capacity of 600 making it an ideal location for midsized concerts, hosting acts like Nirvana, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Bonnie Raitt until closing in 2000. From 1996 until 2004, Club Laga hosted some of the most cutting edge punk and rock shows in Western Pennsylvania but was ultimately sold in order to build housing for local college students. Bands that performed at Laga included Blink 182, the Wu Tang Clan, Dashboard Confessional, and Coheed and Cambria. These are just of few of the now defunct live music venues in Oakland, but there are still a handful of places to see a show in the Pitt / CMU vicinity. The Sphinx Café and Hookah Bar opened in 2004 and occasionally features musical performances by local bands. And when Bruce Springsteen returns to town to jam with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, they often play at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Also, the University of Pittsburgh’s Peterson Events Center brings in nationally touring acts that are open to the public. Although Oakland is no longer a city destination for live music, there are still some opportunities for enjoying a night out in this bustling Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Living in Oakland provides easy access to all that the area has to offer, and Lobos Management has many properties in the neighborhood. The Saxony building at 229 North Craig Street has one and two bedroom apartments, renovated kitchens, easily accessible laundry rooms, and available indoor parking. Located along the public transportation line, residents of the Saxony can easily get to a venue in Oakland or to one of the many live music destinations located in other parts of the city. For more information about Lobos Management, the Saxony apartments, or any of our other Oakland 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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North Oakland has always been the cultural melting pot of Pittsburgh, and its many restaurants and boutique grocery stores reflect the diverse population of the neighborhood. For a casual dining experience, Oakland is home to Middle Eastern restaurants like Khalil’s II and Ali Baba, Indian fare at Tamarind and India Garden, Mexican cuisine at Mad Mex, affordable Chinese at Golden Palace Buffet and Lulu’s Noodles, and traditional American food at Joe Mama’s, Fuel and Fuddle, and the Original Hot Dog Shop (referred to by locals simply as “the O.”) In addition to the many restaurants located in Oakland, specialty grocery stores also dot the landscape: Salem Halal Meats and Groceries and Bombay Mart, both located just blocks from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Situated in the heart of all of this culinary diversity is Lobos Management’s Royal Windsor apartment building. The property boasts both covered and off-street parking, plenty of storage space, and fully equipped, newly renovated kitchens.  Located along the public transportation line, the Royal Windsor offers easy access to Oakland, Shadyside, Bloomfield, and all that the Steel City has to offer. For more information about Lobos Management, Royal Windsor, or any of our other properties in North Oakland, please visit our website at http://www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.

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