Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rooms with a View First Side Condo Puts a Couple on Top of a Thriving City

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rooms with a View First Side Condo Puts a Couple on Top of a Thriving City

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Everyone loves the views from Debbie and Rick Peterson's condo in 151 First Side, especially their young grandsons visiting from North Carolina.

"When they leave, every window has fingerprints and nose prints on it," she said, laughing.

That's understandable. On one side, their double unit on the 18th floor offers views up and down the Monongahela River, including a half-dozen bridges, the Gateway Clipper fleet, Highmark Stadium and Station Square across the river. On the city side, you can see PPG Place, Market Square, even fireworks over by PNC Park on the North Side.

The bird's-eye vantage point has given the Petersons a new appreciation for Downtown buildings.

"You can really see the architecture from up here, the top parts of buildings you can't see from the ground," Ms. Peterson said.

And the views inside aren't bad either. Modern furniture and a neutral color palette make for a sleek, comfortable living space that complements rather than competes with the panoramic views on three sides. It's hard to believe it was just raw space when the couple bought the two units less than three years ago. Originally from Corry, Pa., they rented an apartment on the North Shore for 2 1/ 2 years after Mr. Peterson opened an office in the North Hills to run businesses here and in Erie.

"I grew up in the country," his wife said. "I wanted to be a city slicker."

Developer Ralph Falbo, a friend, convinced them to take a look at his condominiums on Fort Pitt Boulevard. It was love at First Side, er sight.

"We wanted balconies. We wanted to be able to grill," Ms. Peterson said.

They got both. They call their balcony overlooking the Mon the front terrace.

"We love the balcony. Every nice night we sit out there. We have dinner at a high table," she said.

Tall planters hold a changing array of colorful flowers planted and tended by neighbor Libby Milsak. Recently, it was yellow begonias, purple salvia, pansies, yellow acorus grass and redtwig dogwoods. …

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