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Oakland is the educational and medical epicenter of Pittsburgh,,alongside museums, startup companies, historical landmarks and restaurants galore.

Thriving Oakland is surrounded by prestigious universities, cutting-edge medical centers, world-renowned cultural institutions, grand architecture, quaint coffee shops, international cuisine, and specialty shops. It is made up of four distinct sections, including South Oakland, North Oakland, West Oakland, and Central Oakland (where most of the students dwell).

It is a home to Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC and nearby Carlow University, as well as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the main branch of the Carnegie Library. Nearby Schenley Park contains 456 acres of trails and attractions including a green oasis Phipps Conservatory & Botanical GardensThe University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning dominates Oakland skyline. Within a stone’s throw is the Heinz Chapel, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the towering St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. George Orthodox Cathedralthe largest mosque in the city The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and Pittsburgh Chinese Church.

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Median Home Value

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Area Feel
Urban, European

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Must Go Places in Oakland

As one of Pittsburgh's liveliest neighborhoods, you'll find cool coffee shops, multi-cultural eateries and interesting specialty shops alongside grand architecture. The Oaklander hotel is located in the heart of  the neighborhood, with great restaurant Spirits & Tales on the 10th floor. The Porch is a laid-back gathering place at Schenley Plaza. Union Grill is a bustling spot known for piled-high burgers & waffle-cut fries, while Lucca Ristorante serves Tuscan classics. Art museum restaurant The Cafe Carnegie is a newly transformed space featuring a comfortable full-service dining area and a walk-up espresso and wine bar.


The thousands of students like Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop, aka the O, known for heaping mounds of French fries, as well Piada Italian Street FoodHello Bistro, Mount Everest Sushi, and Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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