a trip or getting dropped off by a taxi
after a vacation as simple as it would
be in a suburban driveway.
People who choose downtown
want an active lifestyle filled with
social engagements and culture, says
Angie Paiano, who grew up in the
North Hills but says she couldn’t
imagine living anywhere but downtown today. As a leasing consultant
for PMC Property Group, Paiano
meets people each day who “just
want to come to the city.” Her
company owns four downtown
apartment complexes that offer
rentals ranging from studios starting
at $1,000 per month to one- to two-bedroom, two-floor lofts with stairs
in the units starting at $1,600.
Three of those buildings are on
Penn Avenue: Penn Garrison and
908 Penn Avenue are on a quiet,
tree-lined stretch between Ninth
Street and Garrison Place, and 526
Penn Avenue is off Sixth Street,
closer to the Point. The fourth,
201 Stanwix, is the former Bell
Telephone Building on Stanwix
Street, where tenants enter through
a gleaming, retro marble lobby.
In all four buildings, such
architectural touches as exposed
brick walls and steel beams remind
tenants these were once industrial
spaces tied to Pittsburgh’s history.
Roof decks offer a place to soak
in the city while grilling a steak or
hanging out with neighbors. Huge
windows in units make the most of
gorgeous views and sunshine.
Paiano says some residents move
downtown because they’re starting
over or just looking for a change.
“Down here, you can make
friends,” says Paiano. People are active — often out several nights each
week at events and restaurants. If
you want to socialize, she says, you’ll
find lots of company.
Then there are those young
parents. Although the PDP’s survey
found that only 6 percent of downtown households included three or
more people in late 2013, downtown
couples who had babies last year
aren’t necessarily high-tailing it out
of town. At least not yet.
“We are starting to see strollers,”
says Jeremy Waldrup, president and
CEO of the PDP.