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Shedding its industrial past, riverfront living goes upscale

After living on the river for two years at Washington’s Landing, Gail James and his wife Gay Fogarty a year ago relocated to Chapel Harbor at the Water where he walks along the Allegheny River with his two dogs at least twice a day, admiring wildlife and witnessing changes along the river.

“There’s a lot of interesting bird life at all times during the year,” Mr. James said.

He and his neighbors in the upscale, mixed housing development in O’Hara are among a growing number of Pittsburgh residents seizing the opportunity to make their homes along the three rivers now that more residential housing developers are recognizing the demand for riverfront living.

Chapel Harbor at the Water is a 48-acre tract that consists of condominiums, town homes, carriage homes and single-family homes ranging in price from $300,000 for a town home to about $1 million for single-family homes and condos. It also has a business office area and UPMC Lighthouse, which is an independent living facility.

Other riverfront communities in the Pittsburgh area that have attracted high-end buyers include Oakmont’s Edgewater development, the former site of Edgewater Steel facility; and Washington’s Landing, formerly known as Herr’s Island, a former meat processing slaughter house.

“Previously industrial sites have been converted to luxury housing, and people can’t get enough of these housing units along cleaned-up sites on the riverfront,” said Vivien Li, president of RiverLife, a Downtown-based riverfront advocacy group.

“People love being on the trail and open spaces, and close to the symphony, museums and the Cultural District,” Ms. Li said. “There are people moving from places like Fox Chapel to live on the riverfront.“

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