South Oakland is a neighborhood in the eastern portion of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, about six miles (10 minutes) from the heart of the downtown area. This community is bounded by Kirkpatrick Street and Birmingham Bridge on the west; Fifth Avenue, Forbes Avenue, Halket Street, and Boulevard of the Allies on the north; and the railroad tracks on the east. On the south, the neighborhood extends to the river and Second Avenue, encompassing Interstate 376 within community bounds.
Although distinct from the neighborhoods of North, West and Central Oakland, locals often consider “Oakland” one big neighborhood. The area is known for its cultural attractions, grand architecture, charming natural beauty, and live entertainment. South Oakland is in the 15219 zip code area, within Allegheny County. The southern portion of the community, along the river, is primarily industrial, but the rest of the neighborhood is largely residential, including single-family homes, apartment complexes, and townhome/condominium communities.
The neighborhood of South Oakland is very conveniently located. The Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC is situated within neighborhood bounds, providing a convenient health care option for female residents. Immediately north of the neighborhood, easily within walking distance, is the University of Pittsburgh. The campus spans 132 acres, and Pitt is widely considered one of the best schools in the nation. Just east of Pitt (still within walking distance of South Oakland) is Carnegie Mellon University, another of the nation’s most prominent institutions.
Just east of the South Oakland neighborhood is Schenley Park, one of the largest and most popular parks in the city. The park spans 456 acres and offers a variety of attractions, including a skating rink, golf course, sports complexes, and the Philipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There are also hiking and biking trails, and leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park.