Apartment Hunters: Pittsburgh

The 14 best Pittsburgh apartments for rent in May 2019

Larry David artwork, a spiral staircase, a gilded mansion — it’s all up for grabs this month.

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The month of May has arrived, and if your lease is up and you need to find a new place before your summer stay-cation starts, allow us to help.

As is our wont, we’ve scoured the interwebs for the best apartments for rent in Pittsburgh this month — some more practical than others. As always, we’ve prioritized places with walkable neighborhoods, public transit access, and character (no plain cookie-cutter apartments here), all in an effort to make apartment hunting a little easier.

Some highlights:

  • A gold-crazy townhome in Carrick
  • A spiral staircase in Bloomfield
  • A priceless Larry David portrait in Lawrenceville

But we’ve also found tons of practicality for those into that sort of thing.

Whether you’re looking for a new place or you’re just window-shopping, these Pittsburgh apartments are worth your time (and money) right now. Get ’em while they’re hot (or while the listings are still up) — and check out what’s still available from last month. Also sign up here to have our guide emailed to you each month.

Let’s dive right in. Summer will be here before you know it.


140 Carver Living Room 3

Do you hear that echo?

courtesy of AMANDA H MOFFITT

140 Carver St. (Larimer)

2 bedrooms, $725 per month

This two-bedroom with hardwood floors and a sprawling floor plan boasts quick drives to the shops on Penn Avenue and the Waterworks Mall. If you don’t have a car, don’t worry. There’s plenty within walking distance, too.


336 South Graham St. (Bloomfield)

1 bedroom, $860 per month

Couldn’t resist including this $860-a-month one-bedroom with A SPIRAL STAIRCASE connecting the upstairs living room and kitchen to the downstairs bedroom and bath. It’s quirky, alright. But the quirk doesn’t end there.

The unit in a converted Victorian home also features a retro-style counter separating the kitchen from the living room, a decorative fireplace, and stained glass in the living room. And, let’s not forget, it’s in a great neighborhood that’s super close to all the retail and food Centre Avenue has to offer.

(Disclaimer: The spiral staircase may take some getting used to.)


440 South Graham St. (Bloomfield)

1 bedroom, $895 per month

Capture the authenticity your Downton Abbey-themed watch parties always lacked in this one-bedroom with throwback woodwork in the building’s entryway, a window seat, and a decorative fireplace in the living room.


2715 Murray Ave. (Squirrel Hill)

1 bedroom, $1,000 per month

If you’ve always wanted to live in a landmark, here’s your chance. Originally built as a luxury hotel and apartment building, The Morrowfield was converted to apartments-only in the 1940’s. Eighty years later, one of those apartments could be yours.

Of course, it’s in Squirrel Hill and close to grocers, bakeries, toy shops, bagel shops, old-fashioned delis — *inhales sharply* —  a movie theater, supermarkets, pharmacies and on and on and on. The universities are also close, and minutes away by bus or shuttle.


Dinner is served.

Dinner is served.

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5700 Bryant St. (Highland Park)

1 bedroom, $1,050 per month

Because I like to eat, I will quickly point out that this place is literally across the street from The Park Place Pub and Park Bruges. But for those less enamored with the culinary arts, I will note that it also sports granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, updated bathrooms, hardwood floors, and a big bedroom big closet — perfect for storing all the outfits you’ll wear on your many, many visits to Park Bruges.


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"... everything's waiting for you."

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130 7th St. (Downtown)

1 bedroom, $1,350 per month

“You can always go Downtown,” Petula Clark sang, and here’s your chance. This one-bedroom, one-bath apartment is located in the historic Century Building, which sits Downtown in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Breathtaking views? Check. Access to public transit? Check and check. Cultural amenities? The best Pittsburgh has to offer.


Oh my.

Oh my.

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2313 Athena St. (Carrick)

4 bedrooms, $1,600 per month

Capture the authenticity your Real Housewives-themed watch parties have been missing with this wild — and I mean wild — townhome in Carrick. Having never seen anything quite like this before, I’m going to let the listing do the talking: “This home features hardwood floors, a grand staircase full of gold accents, stained glass windows, decorative tile, a grandiose master bathroom, a balcony for a space to sit outside, and a garage.” (Click the linked street address above for more photos.)


399 Bailey Ave. (Mount Washington)

2 bedrooms, $1,795 per month

This is your room with a view — or maybe the view. This two-bedroom apartment includes a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. But you’re probably gonna spend all your time staring out the windows at Downtown Pittsburgh, which, in our deeply biased opinion, is the most beautiful urban landscape in the country. The apartment has two bedrooms, two baths, a den, and more. It’s close to Grandview and also close to the shops in Allentown. Win-win-win.


1918 Morrell St. (Brighton Heights)

3 bedrooms, $1,900 per month

Fully rehabbed with a loft, a double sink in the upstairs bathroom, a very open layout, a sunroom, and USB-capable outlets, this three-bedroom apartment in Brighton Heights is cool looking and convenient: It’s only a short ride to Downtown by car or bus. (Personal note: We at The Incline would also like USB-capable outlets in our apartments now.)


5721 Elwood St. (Shadyside)

2 bedrooms, $1,920 per month

Walnut Street adjacent, this two-bedroom unit is also a real looker. It’s got terrazzo floors in the building’s shared hallway, quartz countertops, hardwood laminate floors and ceramic tile in the bathroom. It’s surrounded by more grocery stores than you’ll know what to do with and the same goes for public transit options.


MBR 1

A masterpiece of a master bedroom.

Courtesy of listing agent

West North Avenue at Manhattan Street (Manchester)

3 bedrooms, $2,100 per month

A completely renovated 2,000 square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with a studio/third bedroom, 10-foot high-ceilings, exposed brick walls, a large kitchen island, and abundant natural light? Cool. But is it close to anything? Oh, most definitely. The stadiums, the casino, the North Shore, restaurants, the riverfront trail, and more, are within a mile, give or take. There’s free light rail service to downtown. And if you’re a motorist, it’s got quick access to basically every highway the city has to offer.


4405 Butler Street

Island magic.

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4405 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)

2 bedrooms, $2,499 per month

At this point, we probably don’t have to tell you that this two-bedroom Lawrenceville pad is close to a bevy of shops and bars and restaurants. It’s Lawrenceville, and the year is 2019. But we will stress that this place includes a “huge” roof deck, a bedroom on the first floor and one on the second, a bonus loft room, exposed brick, and lots of natural light.


825 South Braddock Ave. (Regent Square)

5 bedrooms, $2,895 per month

So new it hurts. Renovated top to bottom, this five-bedroom apartment — yes, five-bedroom — has more amenities than I’m able to list here. It’s also just a short walk from Frick Park and steps from public transportation, with a simple commute to Downtown, Oakland and the east end.


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Hatfield Street and Home Street (Lawrenceville)

2 bedrooms, $3,200 per month

Three stories of loft space in Lawrenceville? Sure, but only if that Larry David portrait stays. (Click the street address above for Craigslist photos. You won’t regret it.)