Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, 15201
Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods. Initially, a working-class neighborhood, the area attracted artists in the early 2000s and then boomed when UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh relocated to the area in 2009. Nowadays, it’s filled with a mix of long-time residents, hip artists, and young professionals attracted by the diverse, edgy urban community and the thriving arts, medical and tech culture. The neighborhood is home to Pittsburgh’s Center for Contemporary Craft, the annual Art All Night exhibition, a multitude of galleries, and CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, and RIDC’s Tech Forge.
The industrial Pittsburgh vibe and a busy business district, filled with local small businesses and the cities best restaurants and breweries, are a destination for visitors to the neighborhood and a draw for buyers searching for an area where there is always something to do. Located adjacent to downtown along the banks of the Allegheny River, Lawrenceville is a commuter’s dream with options for walking, biking, driving, or hopping a bus to town.
Housing in Lawrenceville reflects its blue-collar past, with pre-1900 rowhomes making up the majority of the neighborhood. The attraction of the creative class to the area is evident in the eclectic styles reflected in the houses. It’s not uncommon to see wild paint colors, metal siding, industrial details, painted murals, and art incorporated into the interior and exterior of the homes. Many neighborhood homes are renovated but keep the heart, and the slightly crooked stairs and sandstone basements, of 100-year-old homes. However, not all housing choices in Lawrenceville are old. Vigorous new construction in the past decade has sandwiched modern homes, with modern amenities, between the Victorians. While prices are higher for renovated and new homes, budget-conscious buyers can still find homes that need some love and imagination for a reasonable price with a lot of upward potential.
Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s largest neighborhoods and is divided into Lower, Central, and Upper Lawrenceville. Each area has developed on a different timeline, and prices can differ for a similar home in another part of the neighborhood. Overall, it is one of the highest appreciating and most active sales neighborhoods, with prices regularly increasing over 10% a year. Thinking it might be time for you to move in or move out of Lawrenceville? Call me if you are looking for a real estate agent to buy or sell your home in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.