But that dilapidated house—with fenestration clearly intended to absorb the spectacle of the Pittsburgh skyline—burns in my memory. Even in 2006 that would not have happened in a city with a robust economy; it would have never happened, and Mount Washington wouldn’t remain sleepy, geriatric, and lower middle class.
The real estate development this blogger is looking for is further up the Mon along the South Side Slopes. What does a market look like that has a glut of properties with a great view? Pittsburgh. Simply put, such gorgeous sight lines aren't at a premium.
More dear is an Oakland location near CMU and Pitt. But I wouldn't expect an outsider to know any of the above. I'm not sure most locals understand what is going on in their city. The real estate market in Pittsburgh is one of the most robust in the entire country, at least right now. Regardless, there are other reasons why Mt. Washington doesn't look like Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. A moribund economy is a factor, but the city is full of inexpensive spectacular views.