skfoto t1_jdxmg6q wrote

This has already been posted and discussed multiple times. IIRC it’s over a year old.

  1. It’s only looking at average data for the metro area, so all those dilapidated $30k houses in Homewood and McKees Rocks are included in the numbers. I assure you you’ll be paying $250-$300k minimum to live in a place you actually want to live (and that’s still far cheaper than most of the country)

  2. If you could theoretically find a house for under $100k that you could move into without needing to do serious rehab, good luck using your $42k salary to afford things like food once you’ve paid for your mortgage, insurance, taxes, utilities, etc.

  3. (Maybe) I can’t read the fine print on my phone because the image quality is terrible but I also remember from the last time it was posted these figures include something like 20% down. How you going to save up tens of thousands of dollars while living on $42k a year?

TLDR if you made $42.9k and bought the shittiest habitable house you could find you’d still only be able to pay for the house, never mind everything else you need to survive. Also the data is old.


skfoto t1_jaeba3g wrote

I grew up in a house built in 1925. My parents now live in a house built in 1926 and I currently own one built in 1923.

None of these houses have ever had a drop of water enter the basement.

If your house is old enough to have a natural stone foundation and/or dirt floor basement, sure, expect some water. But any house with a modern foundation and poured concrete basement floor should not regularly have water coming in.


skfoto t1_jadewjb wrote

Reply to comment by i_am_nk in Viewing homes in the area by Ar30la

And if the basement looks suspiciously pristine and fresh, start snooping. Even a “good” basement in a well-maintained home should have a little grime here and there.


skfoto t1_j9v8x5x wrote

AWD is not necessary. I run snow tires on my FWD car and it’s easily tackled everything I’ve tried driving through. Though if we keep having winters like this one snow tires aren’t even necessary. Damn near could get by on racing tires in this weather.


skfoto t1_j9ui5h1 wrote

I worked in the car business from 2007 to 2019 and I can assure you that any customer request that arrived on our fax machine (the number to which was not posted anywhere) would've gone straight into the trash, if it was even found at all amidst all the junk the banks and vehicle wholesalers would fax to us.

Online is THE way to shop in this day and age.


skfoto t1_j96y96k wrote


This has been asked at least 30 times or more in the past couple weeks and there is a megathread about it pinned to the top of the subreddit.

The pollution from the East Palestine train wreck is not going to affect Pittsburgh.


skfoto t1_j8wt4n3 wrote

If you want a safe and quiet (by city standards) place to live I would also suggest Brighton Heights or Bellevue. My wife and I have been in Brighton Heights for 3 years and enjoy it. Nice homes, nice sense of community, and it's close enough to the North Shore to enjoy all the amenities. For context- to get from here to where you were looking at staying it's a ~10 minute bus ride or 20 minute bike ride (less if you're fast). Or an easy Uber ride if you'd rather do that.

Bellevue is also very nice and has its own little "main street" area with lots of amenities (it's also very close to Brighton Heights, which opens up your options if you choose to live in BH). But it's a bit further from the city. Not much further, but if you're trying to get there without a car for a night of drinking or whatever it does make a slight difference.


skfoto t1_j6nyoz9 wrote

Because the parking terminals are supplied by a third party vendor to the city (and administrated by the city) and PRT is a county agency.

So once you design a combination parking terminal and connect card reader, then you’ll have to get two separate agencies in agreement on operating them.

Alternatively you can just use your phone to take care of both your connect card account and your parking fees.


skfoto t1_j6n2ryu wrote

We've been going to Rustic Ridge in Wexford for over 10 years now, they're definitely in your price range.

They're pretty low-frills, just a basic kennel, but the owners have been doing it for decades and take wonderful care of the dogs.


skfoto t1_j6i555t wrote

I put out a pile of flattened boxes last week that was about 3 feet high and they took it.

They also once took a treadmill box that was literally the size of a casket so I think you'll be fine.


skfoto t1_j5umyfu wrote

Very safe, low crime, really nice Main Street area with lots of amenities. Close to the city and also shopping in the burbs. Lots of old houses which are beautiful but can come with “old house problems” such as poor heating/cooling efficiency and need for repairs/upkeep. Lots of the apartments are old houses split into duplexes and triplexes so you may run into that if you’re looking for a place to rent.

If you have kids (or plan to) be aware that the school district offers no buses or transportation and you’ll be responsible for getting the kids to school on your own.


skfoto t1_j4hwph0 wrote

Most of the area is actually very walkable. The problem is in a lot of places (Perry North for example) there’s hardly anything to walk to.

Pittsburghers and especially those from the Northside will tell people looking to move that you have to check out the neighborhood block by block, meaning within a span of a couple blocks you can go from abandoned houses to beautifully restored Victorians. But the problem is a lot of the people looking to make a buck (mostly house flippers) don’t take any of that into account. Their data tells them that a remodeled 3br/2ba in 15212 is worth on average $250k and that’s what they stick to even in a place like Perry North. In an area like that, drop the price to $175k and you’ll have an offer within days, even in a rough looking area. But they don’t do their market research like people familiar with the area because they aren’t.