Post # 1
I posted before when my husband and I were trying to decide between living in DC in Pittsburgh. Well, we decided to move to Pittsburgh! Now we’re looking for a place to rent and can’t decide between two.
The first one is in Mount Washington.
- REALLY great location – we’d be able to use city transporation, walk places, or a quick car ride. it’s definitely more of the city vibe we were hoping for.
- two bathrooms
- central heat/air
- fenced in yard (we have 3 dogs!)
- Not much curb appeal
- Inside is dated and a couple of rooms are dark blue and would definitely need to be painted
- No working fireplace (I’m from FL so this is pretty disappointing. I’ve pictured cold snowy nights with us snuggling next to the fireplace)
The other is in Edgewood
- It is so stinkin cute
- Recently updated
- Newer appliances
- Really nice deck/front porch
- Great fireplace
- No central a/c (it does have some window units)
- Only 1 bathroom
- No fence (but we could probably add one)
I don’t think there’s a bad choice. Rent is the same in both places as is square footage. I definitely like the Edgewood house better, but I feel like we’re sacrificing on location. So, which is better? Location or house?
Post # 2
ImaStarr: I’m not familiar with those areas, but how far is the Edgewood house from the city center?
Does the Mount Washington house have a fireplace that could be fixed? Or just no fireplace at all?
DH and I recently moved from the burbs to be closer to the city and I absolutely LOVE the fact that we can walk to restaurants/stores and we’re right on a park too. So I might lean towards the Mt. Washington one, just because of that.
Post # 3
Ryansgirl: I’m really not familiar with the area at all, but I think Edgewood is more in the Oakland area. Maps says it would be a 13 min drive to market square w/o traffic. I’m pretty certain the fireplace in Mt. Washington is filled in.
Post # 4
I didn’t vote, because to me it depends on some other circumstances…I know you said you’re renting, but is this short-term or long-term? If it’s short-term, I’d probably get the one with the better location so you can enjoy the “city vibe” more in the time you have there. If it’s long term, then I might go for the nicer house that I feel more cozy in. I think it really depends on which things you personally prioritize, but like you said, they both sound like good options! Good luck!
Post # 5
I would choose the adorable house! I really enjoy coming home to a house I love!
Post # 6
ImaStarr: I am very familiar with both areas and to be honest I would feel much safer on Mt Washington(as long as you aren’t too close to Mt. Oliver) than I would in Edgewood.
Post # 7
ImaStarr: plus mt Washington had Red Beards which is a great bar with awesome food! oh and La Tavola as well which is hands down one of the best italian restaurants in the city and BYOB
Post # 8
I’d go with the location. There are various electric or fake fireplaces you can buy, and even some of the fake ones give off heat.
Post # 9
Magpie86: We’ll rent for at least a year. If we like it we may stay longer, but we’ll probably start looking in the Spring to buy something. We didn’t want to rush and try to buy something now, so we decided to rent and give ourselves time to see what’s out there.
Post # 10
ImaStarr: That makes sense! Even though I usually would prioritize house over location, if this particular place isn’t long term, then I vote for location!
Post # 11
Curb appeal would only be a factor to me if I were buying. You can buy a plug in fireplace or a media stand for your TV that has a fireplace built in. They are very realistic in appearance and the heat they give off. Central air, two bathrooms and fenced in yard would seal the deal for me.
Post # 12
As someone with dogs, there is NO way I would live in a house without a fenced in yard. And I also wouldn’t pay to have a fence put up on someone else’s property. And I love my central air.
Post # 13
Which pros are more important to you? IMO the Mt. Washington pros are more appealing.
A fenced in yard for your dogs almost sees like a must have–You wouldn’t want to pay for a fence on someone else’s property! I guess if you have three small dogs a fence wouldnt be that big of a deal though.
Think about your lifestyle too. Are you more of a home-body or like to go out and spend a lot of time in the city? Is the nicer house that much further away?
Also as a side thought, you can always negotiate with the landlord–like new paint. Maybe the Edgewood landlord would be willing to put up a fence.
Post # 14
Since you’re renting (not buying) and new to the city, I think location wins! You’ll get to experience more of the city that way.
In terms of a fireplace, my parents have some gas heaters (example – http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/145/b4/b40baa42-4e99-43c8-8751-2151c20fb789_145.jpg) that are awesome… and they make freestanding wood-burning stoves too, if you want the smell and sound of a wood fire (I’m a sucker for real wood fires!)
Post # 15
Definitely house 1. Painting is so much less expensive than adding a fence.