Happy first anniversary to us! Prudential Realty’s blog has officially been around for a whole year. In honor of this milestone, we’ve rounded up our top 5 posts. These are the posts that have gotten the most views/visitors.
Bado’s is a favorite local eatery of ours. Situated in the middle of the picturesque Shops on Beverly in Mt. Lebanon, the self-described pizza grill and alehouse has something on the menu for everyone.
Have your own favorite Prudential Realty post? Let us know, and you might see follow-up posts in the coming year!
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the Pittsburgh area is gearing up for Christmas. If you have family visiting, here are some things to do and sites to see.
If your family is coming to town early, consider taking them to Light Up Night tonight.
The Peoples Gas Holiday Market opens in Market Square at 11 a.m. today and runs through Tuesday, December 23. Take your family to eat delicious foods from around the world, enjoy local entertainment, and buy extra special gifts. Adults will appreciate the cultural diversity and kids will be excited to meet Santa! Pictures with Santa are free if you give a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
This weekend is the Castle Shannon VFD Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Craft Show. Parking and admission are free, and the show is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re looking for a personal, handmade gift, you’ll probably find it at one of the 120+ tables in the CSVFD Memorial Hall and Fireman’s Hall.
The Castle Shannon Library is hosting Be Thankful Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. The reading is for kids ages 4-10 and requires registration.
This weekend is the last weekend of the Three Rivers Film Festival, held at various theaters throughout the city. The last films of the festival are all playing at the Harris Theatre. Actress is playing at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by What Now? Remind Me at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, The King and the Mockingbird plays at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Contemporary Choreographers show at Point Park University, performed by their Conservatory Dance Company, is in its last weekend. The show through November 23. Their next show—and the last for 2014—is the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It runs December 5-14.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is also in its last weekend at the Benedum Center. Tonight’s performance starts at 8 p.m. an there are matinee and evening shows through Sunday.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Studios is hosting The Nutcracker Holiday Party this Sunday, November 23. from noon to 3 p.m. There will be dance classes, holiday crafts, and performances from the show.
Disney’s Newsies is playing November 25-30 at the Benedum center.
If you’re looking for a musical performance of a totally different nature, the Misfits are playing the Altar Bar on Saturday, November 29. Doors open at 7 p.m.
If you have a history buff in the family, take them to the Senator John Heinz History Center to check out Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia. The exhibit is on display until January 4.
All of these events are conveniently located for residents of several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills. Downtown locations are easily accessible via the “T”.
Light Up Night is in its 54th year, and it promises to be a fun-filled evening in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, November 21.
The festivities start at noon with the Official Tree Lighting Ceremonies:
Noon: City-County Building Tree Lighting and U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Creche
5:30 p.m. Allegheny Courthouse Lighting
5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Lighting & Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
6 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
6:45 p.m. Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling
7 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with rooftop fireworks
Music for all tastes will be featured at various stages throughout downtown Pittsburgh:
Clemente Bridge BNY Mellon New Music Stage
EQT Jazzmasters Stage
Northwest Savings Bank Stage
Plus, Jamie Lynn Spears (Brittany’s younger sister) is performing at the Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling.
One Oxford Centre is offering fun for the whole family. Santa will arrive at 5:45, just in time for the tree lighting. He’ll be around, along with his reindeer, until 9 p.m. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ride starting at 8:45.
There will be ice carvings and live music by the Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet and the Max Leak Trio at Fifth Avenue Place along with other family friendly activities.
At 9:38 p.m., Zambelli Internationale will set off the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale from the Warhol Bridge.
The ice rink at PPG Place Plaza will be open until midnight, and $1 of each skate admission will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Finding parking in the city can be challenging and expensive, and if you’re new in town, the old Pittsburgh trick of reserving your spot with a chair looks downright outlandish. So what’s an apartment hunter to do?
First things first, when you schedule an appointment to tour an apartment or house, ask where you should park when you get there. While large complexes with private parking lots might have “Future Resident” parking, plenty of places don’t have the space to offer that convenience. So unless you’re visiting a gated community, you’ll probably have to park on the street.
So this is why you ask where to park when you schedule your tour, to let the local experts steer you in the right direction.
If you arrive at your destination and feel confused about how the parking works, read any signs carefully and follow your gut. If a curb is yellow or you see a hydrant, don’t park there. If you read a sign that says “Permit Parking Only,” don’t park there. Don’t be afraid to ask when you meet up with your appointment, “I parked over there, is that OK?” That’s always a good question to ask.
Questions about parking are among the most important to ask when looking for a new home. You might be dazzled by low rent, but don’t forget to consider any additional costs for a parking permit or covered parking. Survey the area and ask how hard it is to find a spot on the street. Ask where your guests are allowed to park. You might find that comparing parking situations can help you choose between prospective apartments. It’s also a good idea at this time to ask where you’d be allowed to park a moving van and for how long. In Castle Shannon, for example, street parking of trailers is prohibited.
Once you’re officially a resident in your new home, your landlord will most likely give you instructions for where to park. If not, be sure to ask for clarification. Always remember to follow the parking guidelines set out by your landlord and municipality. Breaking the rules could lead to tickets, tow trucks, and angry neighbors. Here are a few no-no’s to keep in mind:
Never block a dumpster
Don’t let your guests park in permit only spots
Never take a neighbor’s assigned spot
Don’t block in another car
Don’t block a driveway or garage
Additionally, if your landlord issued you a parking permit—even if it was free—keep it up-to-date. If you replace your car, make sure your landlord updates their records and gives you a new permit if necessary. If you get an additional vehicle, get that on file and permitted as well. If your landlord only issues one permit per apartment, find alternate parking for your second vehicle to avoid inconveniencing your neighbors and getting ticketed, or worse, towed.