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Over the last few years, the city of Pittsburgh has quickly started to become a new national hotspot for young and thrifty city dwellers. Since early 2012, Salon.com deemed Pittsburgh “the place to be,” National Geographic voted Pittsburgh as one of the top best places to visit, and the Economist Intelligence Unit identified Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the United States. This treasured status as “most livable” was quite possibly the impetus for using our Rustbelt city as the butt of a jealousy fueled joke in season 4 of the cult television series Arrested Development as not a single city in the state of California made the top twenty list of most livable cities in the entire world.  It is certainly an exciting time in Steel City history – for the first time in decades, the permanent population is swelling with artists, musicians, and others seeking the culture of the city. Nationally touring acts are no longer bypassing Pittsburgh in order to perform in our regional sister city, Cleveland, and there has even been recent talk of bringing the NFL draft to the city in the upcoming years.

 

As more and more Americans flood into our city of bridges, Lobos Management is here to help new residents secure quality apartments in the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Montrose Manor on Fifth Avenue, for instance, can offer residents easy access to the restaurants and night life on Highland Avenue, Walnut Street, and Ellsworth Avenue as well as close proximity to Mellon Park, the universities, and the area hospitals. This Shadyside apartment complex is just fifteen minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and features beautifully renovated units with plenty of storage and onsite laundry facilities. With properties located all around the city, Lobos Management is your go-to source for finding the perfect apartment in our country’s most livable city. For more information about Montrose Manor, Lobos Management, or to view our other listings, please visit us online at www.lobosmanagement.com or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.

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Shadyside has long been a destination for Pittsburgh area shopping, dining, and nightlife, but recent years have highlighted another neighborhood attraction – the annual Shadyside House Tour. Every September, the Shadyside Action Coalition sponsors this self-guided tour of roughly eight renovated, historic, or architecturally relevant homes, allowing curious visitors to learn about the rehab, styling, and history of the properties along the tour.   This annual home showcase celebrates its 35th year in 2013, clearly demonstrating the local interest in the community and the houses that dot the city blocks from Centre to Fifth and Neville to Penn Avenue. Proceeds raised from ticket sales to the House Tour are dedicated to funding scholarship programs at Winchester Thurston, providing assistance for children to attend the Shadyside Center for the Arts summer camp, as well as other community oriented projects: installing bicycle racks, neighborhood watch signs, and developing information packets for new residents of Shadyside. The House Tour is certainly one of the most interesting and original aspects of this popular Pittsburgh neighborhood as it offers non-residents the opportunity to briefly experience life in Shadyside.

 

Of course, the House Tour is also open to current residents of the neighborhood, and what better place to live than in Lobos Management’s James Manor. Located along the tour route on Ellsworth Avenue, James Manor offers one and two bedroom apartments with convenient off-street parking on site. Just blocks from the entryway to the building is the bustling business district of Ellsworth Avenue where boutique shops and high end restaurants draw visitors from all over the region. Notable restaurants include the Harris Grill, the Big Burrito Company’s Soba and Umi, and the 1947 Tavern. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other Shadyside 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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The city of Pittsburgh has two central arteries that run parallel through neighborhood after neighborhood: Penn and Liberty Avenues. Where South Aiken crosses the intersection at Centre Avenue – bridging Shadyside into Bloomfield – Liberty Avenue picks up and extends through the main drag of Bloomfield, on into the Strip District, and then into downtown Pittsburgh. Although Liberty is a relatively short stretch of city road, it does serve as a main passage through the very heart of the city where it converges with Penn Avenue at Point State Park. The much longer of these two roads, Penn Avenue, shoots away from Liberty at Main Street where Bloomfield meets Lawrenceville and continues through Garfield, East Liberty, Point Breeze, and Wilkinsburg until it merges into the William Penn Highway which eventually serves as a gateway to the Parkway East. Downtown, Penn Avenue is home to the Cultural District of the city where Heinz Hall, the Byham Theater, and the Benedum Center draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Continuing away from the Point, Penn Avenue cuts through the Strip District and into Lawrenceville, a neighborhood that is quickly becoming a city hotspot for arts, nightlife, and high end dining.

 

With these two major arteries moving through so many city neighborhoods, it stands to reason that Lobos Management would have many properties available along these highly trafficked routes. In addition to the many properties maintained in the Shadyside / Bloomfield part of Pittsburgh, Lobos Management also has buildings all throughout the East End, providing quick access to Penn Avenue and ultimately to the Parkway East. Baum Grove, for instance, is just one block from Penn Circle; Lobos Management’s Highland Manor and Fenwyck Apartments are equally close to this important city street. For more information about Lobos Management or any of our other East End 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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Walnut Street in Shadyside has always been a hotspot for East End fashionistas; dozens of high end retail clothing stores and beauty salons dot the blocks between Aiken and Negley Avenue, cementing this small shopping district squarely at the heart of the thriving neighborhood. In addition to the retail storefronts, Walnut Street also houses art galleries, fine and casual dining, and several specialty stores including Caesars’s DesignBondstreet Shoes, and the city’s first Apple store. An afternoon of shopping and walking the promenade can cultivate an appetite, and there are many options for a casual meal: Sushi Too serves some of the best Maki and Shabu-Shabu in the city; La Feria offers Peruvian cuisine in a quaint café setting, and Up Modern Kitchen brings seasonal small plates with big flavors to the table. For those in search of satisfying a sweet tooth, there are several spots along Walnut to scratch that sweet itch. Prantl’s Bakery is arguably the most popular destination in Pittsburgh for baked goods. Known primarily for their Burnt Almond Torte, Prantl’s has been a confectionary institution in the Steel City for more than forty years.

 

With all of the shops, dining, and deserts available along these blocks of Walnut Street, Shadyside residents recognize their neighborhood as one of the most highly sought after residential areas in the Pittsburgh city limits. And because this location is so prime, residents of the neighborhood rarely move away from the blocks surrounding Walnut Street. Luckily, though, Lobos Management has a beautiful building located at 6333 Walnut Street: Walnut Commons. The large traditional style home blends into the neighborhood landscape flawlessly. With studios, one and two bedroom apartments available, living in the heart of Shadyside is a possibility for any renter – right here at Walnut Commons. For more information about Lobos Management, Walnut Commons, or any of our other Shadyside area apartments, please visit our website at www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement.    

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Every fall in Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park is the city’s annual “Fair in the Park,” an event sponsored by The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh where vendors, artists, and craft makers display and sell their works to eager collectors. With hundreds of merchant stalls dotting the hills of Mellon Park each September, there is sure to be something that will interest all guests of the fair: paintings, jewelry, handmade wool sweaters, artisanal foods and countless other crafty products. In addition to the arts vendors are several food stalls that serve up the best of Pittsburgh’s specialty sandwiches and snacks. Between the food and shopping, it is easy to spend a long afternoon enjoying the rustic culture of the Fair in the Park. A small stage is also installed onto the grounds for musical performances, short plays, and public addresses that inform park guests of upcoming events at the fair. For the 2012 Fair in the Park, the entertainment for all three days will be Pittsburgh’s own Squonk Opera, a musical dance show that integrates junkyard machinery with creative design and choreography.

 

Just across from Mellon Park – home to the annual Fair – is Lobos Management’s Bentley apartment building. Located at Fifth Avenue and Emerson Street, less than a block from the entrance to the park, the Bentley provides quick access to all that Mellon Park has to offer: tennis courts, the Phipps Garden Center, the annual Fair. In addition to the close proximity to the park, the Bentley also offers easy access to the high end shopping along Walnut Street in Shadyside, the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, and Chatham University, located just two blocks from the property. For more information about Lobos Management’s Bentley apartment building or any other Shadyside properties, please visit our website at www.lobosmanagement.com or track us down on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lobosmanagement

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Regency Court – located at 6005-6015 Fifth Avenue – offers easy access to public transportation, shopping, and plenty of cultural events and activities. As one of the longest streets in the city, Fifth Avenue crosses through some of Pittsburgh’s main destination neighborhoods: Shadyside, Oakland, Downtown, Point Breeze, and Squirrel Hill. Whether you’re looking to spend an evening shopping along Walnut Street in Shadyside, dancing in Oakland, attending live theater in Downtown’s Cultural District, or seeing a film in Squirrel Hill’s historic Manor Theatre, Regency Court provides quick access to all that the city has to offer.

 

Just blocks from Regency Court are two first rate cultural institutions – the PittsburghCenter for the Arts and Phipps Garden Center. The Center for the Arts offers a variety of summer programs for students, classes for families, as well as rotating exhibits that feature works of fine art and film. The Phipps Garden Center – an historic carriage house – offers space for meetings and banquets on the edge of the lush Mellon Park.

 

Another benefit to Regency Court is the building’s proximity to Chatham University, home to the Rachel Carson Institute. Chatham’s commitment to academic study in sustainability has made the University one of the leading institutions of higher learning to offer advanced degrees in sustainability and food studies.

 

In addition to these area attractions, the location of Regency Court provides quick access to shopping and services. Intersecting Fifth Avenue at Regency Court is South Highland Avenue, a prime spot for dining, nightlife, and shopping. South Highland Avenue offers quick access to the Whole Foods MarketTrader Joe’s, and Giant Eagle. Also, the newly constructed Target Superstore is just blocks away. Many casual dining options dot the blocks of Highland from Fifth Avenue to Ellsworth Avenue. Notable restaurants include Mad MexBuffalo Blues, and Pizza Perfecta. For a taste of Shadyside’s fine dining options, Casbah offers delicious seasonal fare and an extensive selection of wines from their cellar. Whether dining casually or more formally, a fantastic option for dessert is OhYeah! Ice Cream and Coffee Company. In addition to the many flavors of ice cream, Oh Yeah! also offers dozens of additional mix-ins that can customize each ice cream order into something new and exciting. They also serve several flavors of soy ice cream for vegan and lactose intolerant customers, making this the perfect place for anyone who enjoys an after dinner treat. All of this and more is just a few short blocks from Lobos Management’s Regency Court. 

 

Lobos Management’s Regency Court offers large one bedroom apartments with professionally installed ceramic tile kitchens and bathrooms. Many units in the building also have granite vanities and recently installed hardwood floors making these apartments a beautiful living option in a lively neighborhood.

 

For more information about Regency Court, please see the property’s dedicated page on the Lobos Management website: http://lobosmanagement.com/regency-court-apartments/

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One of our most popular rental destinations is the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s East End.  Often, our potential renters tell us they are interested in Shadyside because the neighborhood was recommended by friends who have lived in or know the Pittsburgh area.  Although they know they want to live in Shadyside, new renters often have not seen for themselves what makes the neighborhood so appealing.  Because of this, I’d like to provide a few details of why I think Shadyside is a great spot for our renters.

  1. Restaurants:  Shadyside offers one of the most diverse restaurant districts in the city.  Within a few blocks, you can dine on cuisine with origins in Peru (La Feria), Mexico (Mad Mex), Japan (Sushi Too, Soba, and Umi), Thailand (Kanok), the Mediterranean (Casbah), China (China Palace, Tasty Chinese), Italy (Girasole), and France (Brasserie 33).  However, if you are like my father, you probably seek out “good, old-fashioned, American cuisine.”  Fortunately, Shadyside also offers distinguished establishments of this type (Buffalo Blues, Pamela’s, Pittsburgh Deli Company, and Harris Grill).  If you expand your range by a few blocks, you can also find two incredible Ethiopian restaurants (Tana and Abay) and a pretty good Caribbean place (Royal Caribbean).  Of course, there is also a freaky postmodern breakfast joint (the Waffle Shop), and a rotating cuisine lunch stand that should help broaden our collective grasp on world politics (Conflict Kitchen).  At most places, the menus are extensive, and several of the establishments have vegetarian/vegan options.  With so many accessible choices, it’s easy for renters to explore different international fares every night of the week!
  2. Shopping:  The Walnut Street shopping district has a nice mix of big box chain stores and quirky independent retailers.  Flagship stores that draw shoppers to the area include Apple, Williams Sonoma, Banana Republic, and the Gap.  You can buy specialty baked goods at Prantl’s and find laugh-out-loud funny or sentimental cards for all occasions at Kards Unlimited.  There are also several coffee shops on Walnut, so you can take a break from shopping to recharge on caffeine and people watch.  Not far from Walnut Street is a newer East End shopping development, which includes Whole Foods Market, Target, Trader Joes, Giant Eagle, Anthropologie, Trek Bicycles, and Gamestop.  In short, there are tons of options within easy walking distance.
  3. Arts/Entertainment: On the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues is the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, which enriches the community with a variety of musical/theatrical performances, visual installations, and educational experiences.  If you really like to “get your art on,” there are several smaller galleries, such as Aspire and Mendelson, sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.  Shadyside hosts an annual arts festival in which artists and vendors from all over the map come to peddle wares and make connections with local buyers.  Additionally, the neighborhood hosts a big concert each summer, known as the “Walnut Street Jam.”  Here, spectators get the chance to enjoy high-profile national musical acts for free.  Granted, the acts are not always contemporary (The Spin Doctors and Concrete Blonde have been recent headliners), but they’re usually pretty good.  However, if you’re looking for newer music and not 1990s MTV has-beens, there is a great venue at the intersection of Baum and North Highland, the Shadow Lounge.

This is just a brief sample of the amenities Shadyside has to offer our renters.  Upon arriving at your new rental property in the neighborhood, you will undoubtedly find other attractions suited to fit your own specific interests.  Fortunately, Lobos Management has several buildings in this neighborhood that allow our residents to all sorts of great attractions like the ones mentioned above.  Apartment types range from studios to four-bedroom units and property styles range from townhouses, to renovated Victorians, to large apartment complexes.

 


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