Summer 2022|volume 15|Issue 4

    Steel City Real Estate

    The Most Exciting Place to Live in Pittsburgh
    Darla K. Jobkar

    Darla K. Jobkar

    Pittsburgh knows a good thing, and it knows when it’s time to share that good thing with urban homebuyers. As more and more individuals continue considering urban centers for downsizing options or luxury living in a convenient location, the Strip District is surpassing the city’s areas for residential growth and development. Since Pittsburgh is built on a triangle (Golden Triangle), there’s finite space Downtown, which means that most of what can be developed for residential purposes has already been created. Go a little farther down Liberty or Penn avenues, however, and in the heart of the most vibrant community in the city, you’ll find that developers and builders are struggling to keep up with the national demand for homes in Pittsburgh’s most famous section of town.

    Here are some interesting Strip District facts: 
    James O’Hara and George Bayard owned the Strip, which was first known as the Northern Liberties of Pittsburgh, or Bayardstown. It was an ideal place for foundries, mills, and factories, since it’s so close to train tracks and the rivers. Today, the architecture reflects its rich history, and residences such as 2500 Smallman, Otto Milk, Smallman Place, and the Cork Factory retain the original facades and architectural elements that make the Strip a historical gem.

    Immigrants came to the Strip for work in droves, as Pittsburgh was an industrial bulwark in America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Companies like Alcoa, Heinz, U.S. Steel, Westinghouse, and Pittsburgh Reduction Company got their start in this area of town. Andrew Carnegie himself frequented the area for business and spent much time in its iron mills.

    By the 1900s, wholesale produce business in the Strip was at an all-time high. It even overtook heavy industry as the predominant commerce. The demand for wholesale storefronts, offices, and auction-house space resulted in the demolition of most of the Strip’s residential property, a shortage that wouldn’t right itself until now!

    A horrible flood in 1936 (known as the St. Patrick’s Day flood) sent water to 20 feet above flood stage. In the economic trough of the Great Depression, the Strip District had shanty communities where laid-off workers built dwellings in the wake of the industrial downfall.

    Today, the Strip has some of the most unique properties in the city, simply because it’s a mix of industrial, retail, and residential. Many of the old train tracks still exist, and wholesalers, businesses, and cultural organizations harmoniously coexist within its corridors. Almost every ethnicity is represented in wholesale and retail food establishments/markets, and some of the city’s original churches (e.g., St. Patrick’s) still stand and operate. The Heinz History Museum, the Opera, and the Ballet, along with a bevy of restaurants, hotels, clubs, and bars, call the Strip home. Add to this the thriving new residential units, retail at the Terminal Building, and convenience to Downtown and the rivers—and the Strip retains its winning streak as the most exciting place to live in the City of Pittsburgh!

    Darla K. Jobkar is a full-time, top-producing realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. She has been serving the Greater Pittsburgh area for the past 27 years, and she is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Darla holds the following real estate designations: Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer’s Representative, and graduate of the Realtor’s Institute. For more information about the Darla K. Jobkar Real Estate Team, visit her website at DarlaSellsRealEstate.com or the Berkshire website, ThePreferredRealty.com. And follow Darla at facebook.com/StripDistrictPgh and twitter.com/darlajobkar.

    Darla K. Jobkar is a full-time, top-producing realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. She has been serving the Greater Pittsburgh area for the past 27 years, and she is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Darla holds the following real estate designations: Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer’s Representative, and graduate of the Realtor’s Institute. For more information about the Darla K. Jobkar Real Estate Team, visit her website at DarlaSellsRealEstate.com or the Berkshire website, ThePreferredRealty.com. And follow Darla at facebook.com/StripDistrictPgh and twitter.com/darlajobkar.