If you're looking to live in a fun, hip neighborhood with lots of cool things to do, rent a place in Lawrenceville.
Lawrenceville is one of the largest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Located northeast of Downtown, it's one of the city's riverfront neighborhoods with an industrial past. There are three distinct sections of Lawrenceville: Upper, Central, and Lower Lawrenceville.
Whether you're driving, biking, walking, or using public transportation, there are plenty of ways to get to Lawrenceville. Home to 30 bike share bikes and 200+ on street parking spaces, you can generally find a place to ditch your car. There are also six bus routes that service Lawrenceville, and there are always ride share services cruising the streets.
When it comes to finding a place to live in Lawrenceville, you have lots of options. Old row homes are the norm, but new apartment complexes and condos are springing up across this expansive neighborhood quickly, which means inventory is abundant across a variety of price ranges.
Renters flock to this neighborhood for one main reason: Butler Street.
Butler Street is Lawrenceville’s main commercial thoroughfare. It’s also a main center for the arts, dining, and music across all of Pittsburgh. Local businesses run the gamut from bars, restaurants, and breweries to a funky bowling alley, a kickball cafe and an independent movie theater.
On average, a two bedroom rowhouse in this hipster hood will run you around $1,500. The majority of the new condos are being built with high end finishes and lots of amenities. And because of this, a one bedroom condo is typically listed at around $2,000 per month.
It was hard to narrow this list, but here are five Lawrenceville spots listed as “do not miss” by our team in Pittsburgh:
Spirit: This two-level, 10,000 square foot, multi-purpose space is a converted Moose Lodge that’s now a pizzeria, bar and event hall. The space hosts everything from a Sunday brunch buffet to professional wrestling, funk and soul, and their weekly Afro-Caribbean Saturdays. Bonus points for great vegan options!
Row House Cinema: Row House Cinema is a great night out. This 83-seat single screen theater is located in a historic row house in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The theater opened in June of 2014 with a special screen of Pulp Fiction and they’ve shown hundreds of new, old, popular, weird, amazing, and obscure movies since. Each week they choose a theme and show movies to match. They serve locally made concessions, all-natural popcorn, and have a huge selection of beer available on tap at the concession stand or in their adjoining bottle shop.
Wildcard: This beauty of a store offers a true escape for the hopeless romantics and Pittsburgh proud alike. Wildcard opened in October 2009 and has attracted a huge cult following in the city. Wildcard has the perfect blend of a little something for everyone. Guests are greeted by an array of rather “wild” cards upon entry, all independently made and produced in Pittsburgh. In addition, unique gifts are strewn about the store and include handmade jewelry, coffee table books, notebooks and agendas, and perfectly on-point native Pittsburgher t-shirts.
La Gourmandine: It’s not a stretch to call this a little taste of France in Pittsburgh. Owners Fabien and Lisanne Moreau were born and raised in France. And both of their parents grew up in the French countryside, except for Lisanne’s mom, who is from Pittsburgh, which is how the pair landed in the Steel City in 2006. Four years later, La Gourmandine opened its doors in Lawrenceville and since then has been one of the most popular destinations for baguettes, croissants and exquisite pastries, often having customers lining up outside to get their hands on these sweet treats.
Allegheny Wine Mixer: This wine bar and tap room features seasonally focused wine lists, an amazing cheese and cured meats menu, and delicious snacks like toasted cheese sandwiches. If you’re not into wine, it also sells craft beers and make lovely — and strong — cocktails. And yes, it’s named after Catalina Wine Mixer in the movie Stepbrothers.
Interested in finding a place to live in this hyper creative, vibrant Pittsburgh neighborhood? Check out what’s currently available for rent in Lawrenceville.
Fun Fact: Lawrenceville was once home to the Allegheny Arsenal, which manufactured ammunition for the Union army during the Civil War. In 1862, it was the site of a devastating explosion that killed 78 civilians.