"An affordable place in a great location, but not the most beautiful"
Alderson street is not the most beautiful in Pittsburgh. It ends at the brick wall of a garage. There is something like an auto body shop at the end of it. Cars go in, but maybe they don’t come out! That said, the street was a great place to live as a college student. It was extremely affordable, and even though the apartment buildings were run-down, turn-of-the-century buildings, they had a lot of charm with hardwood floors and stained glass on the ceilings of the stairwells. The other section of the street contained modest homes with front yards and sidewalks. Both parts of the street were safe and conveniently located in Squirrel Hill, near a tremendous number of amenities, including: a bowling alley (you don’t hear any noise, though), two movie theaters, and two long streets full of shops, restaurants, and bars. I really loved living there, but on the down side, there is a rodent problem on the apartment side of the street. A friend owned one of the houses on the more permanently residential side of the street and did not notice the rodents. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was a very affordable entry point into one of the city’s best neighborhoods.