Apartment Living

Have the Best Picnic Ever

rebecca - Monday, July 10, 2017

It’s summer time. You’ve been waiting for this all year, and it’s finally here. Summer is the best time of the year to have a picnic with your loved ones. Many things can go wrong, but if you plan accordingly you can avoid picnic disasters that may ruin your time. Get ready to enjoy your time because we have the perfect tips for you!

What to bring:

  • Basket or Bag: to carry all your picnic essentials.
  • Blanket: to sit on while you enjoy your nice meal.
  • Silverware: to eat your food. Don’t forget spoons for dessert!
  • Napkins: just in case you spill something or get grease on your hands.
  • Umbrella: to make sure you are ready for any type of weather
  • Cups: to serve your favorite drink.
  • Music: to set the mood
  • Bug spray: the last thing you want is to have mosquitos bother you.
  • Food & Drinks: make sure to not forget the essentials!

Locations for your picnic in Pittsburgh:

  • Point State Park: If you’re not really into the nature scene, this is a great location to avoid grass. You can sit on the steps as you enjoy the fountains mist over you. Perfect for a hot day!
  • Mount Washington: Make a whole trip out of your picnic date. Take the Duquesne Incline and end up in Mount Washington where you can find a spot looking over Pittsburgh’s skyline. Then head over to grab ice cream in a nearby shop.
  • Randy Land: This is the perfect spot if you’re in for a wild ride. Visit Randy Land in the North Side and eat your food in Randy’s beautiful backyard that is open to the public free of charge. What makes this place special is the experience that comes with it. Sit down and listen to Randy’s tales as you enjoy a quick bite.
  • Frick Park: For the adventurer that wants to walk around after the picnic and explore new grounds. This 650-acre park is an excellent choice. Even your dog can tag along!
  • Schenley Plaza: Enjoy a beautiful day out by visiting this plaza that serves as an entrance to Schenley Park. After, head over and explore The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus.

Picnic Hacks:

  • Tic-Tack boxes: Use these recycled containers to pack your different spices.
  • To-go wine cups: Buy pre-packaged wine to make your day go smother and maximize the space in your basket.
  • To-go speaker: Bring a glass cup and stick your phone in there to turn up the music for a picnic full of dancing.
  • Disposable utensils: Once you’re done, throw away what you’ve used. This makes cleaning up easier.
  • Mason Jars: Use these, to pack certain foods like salads. You can eat out of the container making your picnic prep easier.
  • Shower Curtain: Lay a shower curtain under your blanket to avoid it from getting damp.
  • Pack cold foods: This way you don’t have to worry if your food getting cold. Remember, cheese platters go perfectly with wine.

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

rebecca - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

With #MDW coming up, students, teachers, and desk jockeys alike will enjoy the one-day extension of the last weekend in May. There are countless reasons to celebrate this weekend – especially to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  But also, Memorial Day marks the start of pool openings, extended hours at your favorite ice cream shops, and the return of countless summer activities in Pittsburgh like kayaking, shaved ice at Gus and Yia Yia’s, and farmer’s markets.

Let the Countdown Begin

Ah, the red, white, and blue. Memorial Day Weekend is the summer’s first patriotic holiday that honors American history. And like most holidays, there is a deep history. The origin of Memorial Day dates back to the years following the Civil War where many lives were lost. Memorial Day was created to honor the Americans that fought in the Civil War. Then, following WWI, the United States declared that Memorial Day would celebrate the brave men and women who lost their lives in all wars – present and future.

Many Americans celebrate now by visiting cemeteries or memorials or by participating in parades around the city.

With May 29th right around the corner marking the “unofficial start” of summer, what are your #MDW plans?

Memorial Day BBQ Ideas

Many Americans celebrate #MDW by having a cookout. Nothing says summertime than freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken on the grill. Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas!

Park View residents are in luck to have four areas to grill out on site. Choose from Park View One or Park View Two’s rooftop sundecks, or Park View Three and Four’s patios. Bring your food, drinks, and friends to enjoy these great amenities.

At City View, #MDW is when the Olympic-sized heated swimming pool opens for the season! Opening May 27th, the pool’s hours will be 9am-9pm all weekend! Residents can use the patio grills and then take food down to the pool to socialize with neighbors. But remember – no glass is allowed by the pool!

And, just in time for summer, Carson Street Common’s grilling station opened on May 1st. With three grills and ample seating, residents can enjoy their own #MDW BBQ and enjoy this new amenity.

Faros Residential Offices Closed

Just a heads up – all management offices at Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of this holiday. However, there will be a maintenance and house worker scheduled in place for all properties if residents need assistance.

Get Social With Us!

How will you be using the outdoor amenities at your apartments? Share your photos on social media for a chance to win Pirates tickets! Enjoy and have a safe, fun holiday! Find and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parkviewpghwww.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/farosresidential).

May the Events Keep Coming

rebecca - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This May through early June, the activities in Pittsburgh seem endless. With four fun-filled festivals, unlimited farmer’s markets, races, and concerts, there truly won’t be a dull moment. With fingers crossed that the Pittsburgh Penguins advance to the Stanley Cup, the Eastern Conference Finals series is taking place this week. See the full schedule here. Also, not to mention, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season is in full swing. Grab a game, beer, and hot dog and find a game that fits your schedule by clicking here.

Without further ado, here are our pick for things to do around Pittsburgh!

Upcoming Festivals

These four upcoming festivals will give you a taste of summer, getting you into the mood for all that summer in the ‘Burgh has to offer. Look no further to these events – some paid and some FREE – for full enjoyment you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re going with your family, on a date, or solo, these festivals won’t disappoint because they are diverse, offer a wide variety of activities, and are happening this weekend through mid-June!

  • EQT Children’s Theater Festival: May 18-21
    • Pick from a handful of performances created specifically for kids, or choose a hands-on activity like planting seeds, participating in a Lego Derby or scavenger hunt.
    • Link: https://pghkids.trustarts.org/kids
  • South Side Dog Festival: May 21
    • Stop by this FREE event with your pup this Sunday from 12-5 p.m. It’s a block party on 24th & Carson St. with doggy contests, rescue visits, vendors, food/drink, giveaways, games and fun for all ages! Bring your Dog and enjoy a family-friendly day celebrating our furry friends!
    • Link: https://www.facebook.com/SouthSideDogFestival/ 
  • Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival: June 2-11
    • Pittsburgh’s iconic festival returns for another 10 days of art, entertainment, and delicious food. For the full band and vendor line up, check out their website to plan your trip!
    • Link: https://traf.trustarts.org/
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Life International Festival: June 16-18
    • World renowned musicians and new artists to watch will play jazz every night of the week in our city. There’s no place like Pittsburgh! For a full list of the featured artists and events, check out their link!
    • Link: http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/
Farmer’s Markets Around the City

Just because you live within City limits does not mean you should sacrifice delicious, homegrown fruits and vegetables and homemade jams, pasta, and bread. That’s where Pittsburgh’s farmer’s markets come in handy. Some markets open this weekend, with all markets open by June.

Upcoming Races Near Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Marathon has come, and gone, there are other 5k races and charity walks/runs to participate in. Keep up your motivation to get and stay fit by signing up! Check out the full listing in their link.

Can’t-Miss Events

Okay – so maybe we’re a little biased, but our summer events are going to be a blast. We want you to mark your calendars and save the date for our two most upcoming events – a Fiesta on the Roof and a Pool Party.

Upcoming Concerts Near Pittsburgh

City View Apartment residents have amazing accessibility to PPG Paints Arena, which is located right next to City View Apartments. This arena, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins who are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals, also hosts huge concerts. Here’s a list of upcoming musical performances at PPG Paints Arena:

Park View Apartments residents are in luck because they are a 10 minute walk to Stage AE, which is an indoor/outdoor concert venue located near Park View Apartments. In the summer time, concert-goers can sit out on the grass and listen to muscians or get up-close-and-personal with the bands by dancing right in front of the stage. This venue is hosting concerts as well, such as:

Get Social!

We want to hear from you! What are your favorite events happening this month? Interact with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parkviewpgh, www.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/farosresidential)

Pool Party At City View Apartments

rebecca - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to spend your days outside enjoying the sun but the city heat can leave you sweltering. Luckily, our City View Apartments located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, are equipped with an Olympic-sized swimming pool to keep you cooled off all summer long!

While the pool is a great place to relax it is also ideal to amp up your summer workout! Don’t waste a beautiful day inside at the gym; get on outside and into the pool to sculpt your summer body. Pair these 8 water exercises with some laps for the ultimate pool workout!

  1. Jogging—just like you would on land! Zigzag as you run in one direction and then run through the current on the way back and forth for five minutes.
  2. Tread water—Shoot for five minutes or however long you can last!
  3. Pool edge Push ups—Place hands on edge of the pool deck and push and lift your body out of the water for 2 sets of 15.
  4. Flutter kicks—Extend your legs and stretch out flat across the surface of the water. Kick for 30 seconds at a moderate pace, speed up for next 15 seconds, and then kick as fast as you can for 15 more seconds. Repeat 5 times.
  5. Barre-style workout—Grasp onto edge of the pool and extend one leg back, point your toes, and lift your leg up to work your glutes. Next, lift your leg out to the side and cross it back in front to work your adductors, alternating legs for 3 sets of 15.
  6. Bicycles—Put your elbows on the side of the pool and bicycle for 2 minutes.
  7. Water sit-ups—Hook your knees over the edge of the pool, placing hands on the chest and sit up. If you want to challenge yourself even more, place your hands behind your head and submerse yourself completely under the water between each sit up. Do 2 sets of 10.
  8. Water savasana—Float motionless in the water, eyes closed, limbs out for as long as you would like!

Our two full-sized tennis courts and the sand volleyball court offer even more opportunities to get active this summer without being trapped in doors.

Looking to relax? Invite your friends over to grill up a tasty lunch on our Tree House patio before heading down to the pool area to lounge!

The outdoor amenities of City View will leave you feeling like you’ve traveled to a tropical resort without ever leaving the city!

Pool hours are as follows:

  • May 27th through June 10th—3 p.m. to 9p.m.
  • June 11th through August 21st—9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 22nd through September 3rd—3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The pool will be closed for the summer starting September 4th.

Saturday July 15th, all three of our apartment complexes are invited to join us for a nighttime pool party from 8 to 11 p.m.! City View, Park View and Carson Street residents can mingle over hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones while swimming in the pool or relaxing on the deck. Once the sun sets, find a great spot to watch Jaws on a big screen TV from right in the pool! Please RSVP for this entertaining night to rnagy@farosproperties.com. Did we mention there will be raffles for Pirate Tickets? Don’t miss out!

Fiesta on the Roof

rebecca - Friday, May 12, 2017

There is no time to siesta because we are throwing a fiesta!

June 15th all residents from Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons are invited to fiesta with us on the rooftop of Park View One! What better way to enjoy one of the first nights of summer than with a killer view of the city and neighbors from all of our apartment complexes!

There will be appetizers catered by Steel Cactus to munch, Margarita snow cones to sip on, and mariachi music to dance to. Don’t forget the event is BYOT (Bring your own tequila) to amp up your snow cone!  So, come on over and fiesta with us to be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates game! It is going to be a great night for fun, food, and friends. We can’t wait to fiesta like there is no mañana with you!

Park View Apartments Rooftop Perks

Park View Apartments residents can enjoy the rooftop all summer long. Park View Apartments have fabulous rooftop lounges complete with cozy, reclined chairs and out-of-this-world views of the city that will make you never want to leave. The good news is Park View residents don’t have to!

Utilize the luxurious grills any time of the week to create your favorite summer dishes, and you won’t have to waste any time cooking inside on beautiful days. You can even bring your pups on up to the outdoor patio to enjoy the fresh air while you soak up the sun!

Zambelli Fireworks Nights

At night, head on out to the rooftop area where you will get a spectacular view of the fireworks when our Pirates’ hit a home-run! Also, select Fridays of the season are Zambelli Fireworks night, so invite your friends on over, grab a seat and enjoy the show! Listed below are the dates of the firework shows you won’t want to miss!

  • June 9th
  • June 30th
  • August 18th
  • September 1st
  • September 22nd

With so many options for Park View Apartment residents to enjoy their rooftop, it is the most opportune time to get to know your neighbors. Whether you are lounging in the sun or grilling up dinner after work, it a great time to socialize! Summer is the perfect time to grill up easy-to-share appetizers like these Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers! This is a great recipe that is quick, easy and can be modified to your taste and to the size of your crowd!

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 pineapples peeled and sliced into ½ inch by 2 inch pieces
  • *For the Teriyaki Sauce: ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup pineapple juice, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1-tablespoon sriracha
  1. Make combine marinade ingredients. Simmer everything until the sugar has melted before setting aside to cool.
  2. Marinate the shrimp in the marinade for 30 minutes, skewer shrimp and pineapples slices and grill over medium-high heat until cooked and slightly charred, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Faros Residential is Pet Friendly

rebecca - Thursday, May 11, 2017
May is National Pet Month

Did you know May is National Pet Month? That’s right – there’s a whole month dedicated to your furry friends. Whether you have a cat or a dog, your pet is part of your family, and as an amazing perk of Park View Apartments, City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, we are pet-friendly!

Your furry friends are welcome in all of our apartment communities because we know how important it is to have your pet by your side. Not only that, but pets can also improve your lifestyle, help prevent allergies in young children, and act as great companions with anyone who suffered from stroke, heart attack, or people living with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Pets help out with these additional three elements:

Decreases Stress

Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can “increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.” These mood-altering hormonal changes can help you relax when you feel like you have a million things on your plate. Stress is bad for your overall health so if something as simple as petting your animal can help decrease stress, then it’s worth it!

Improves Mood

Pets can turn a bad day into a good one. Long day at work? When you get home to your apartment, your pet will be so excited to see you that you won’t have time to fret over your day. Pets just want love (okay, and food, water, and pet-appropriate exercise). But they don’t ask much of you and the giving nature of pets can help improve your mood.

Helps People Socialize

In need of a wingman or wingwoman to give you the confidence to make friends or find a relationship? Look no further to your pets – especially dogs. When you take your dog for a walk before or after work, your dog will most likely notice other dogs and want to make friends. Pet-people are drawn to other pet-people because their pets are a commonality. Kick up a conversation about your pets.

Park View Apartment residents are also fortunate to have a dog park where both pets and owners can socialize. As for City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, both communities have walking trails nearby that are perfect for dog walks and runs.

Getting a Pet at Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons

Thinking about getting a pet? No problem! Faros Residential properties are pet-friendly! While we do have some breed restrictions for dogs, we welcome furry friends of all sizes. If you have a question about a specific breed, our property managers would be happy to discuss our restrictions with you. If you’re starting from scratch, here are the best pets and dog breeds for apartment living:

  1. Cats
  2. Pugs
  3. Shih Tzu
  4. King Charles Spaniel
  5. Chihuahua
  6. Bichon Frise
  7. Boston and Yorkshire Terriers
  8. Greyhounds
Faros Residential Pet Photo Contest

We’re celebrating National Pet Month the way we know best – with a pet photo contest! We want to see your pets on our social media channels! If you submit a photo from now until the end of May of your pet, we will put you in a raffle to win Pirates tickets for the 2017 season! Make sure you like Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons on Facebook and follow Faros Residential on Instagram to share your photos.

Pirates Ticket Raffles

admin - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

With Pre-Season and Opening Day behind us, the Pirates’ 2016 Season is heating up. And, we have tickets for YOU to all home games! Want to get in on the action and view games from our amazing seats? Make sure you follow us on Facebook for your property, and subscribe to our e-blasts through Rent Café! Haven’t liked our pages yet? We’ll make it easy for you by clicking the links below!

And check out our past raffle winners and their experiences below!

Light Up Night 2015

admin - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy 55th Birthday Light Up Night!

Light Up Night is a Pittsburgh tradition that has survived decades. From its brief hiatus in the 1970s to conserve energy, to its explosive revival in the ‘80s, which brought cheer back to a town sans steel, Light Up Night is to Pittsburgh what the Terrible Towel is to the Steelers – an indispensable part of the season.

What started as a literal “lighting up” of the major department storefronts at exactly 6 p.m. in 1960 has matured in its 55 years to include official tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating at PPG Place, concerts, and an amazing Zambelli Fireworks Display.  See the full schedule here: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/holidays

Tradition is one thing, but what’s the best part about Light Up Night? It’s happening right outside your apartment! City living has its perks – like being able to walk to all of these great events! But if you plan on driving anywhere Friday 11/20/15, take notice of these road closures: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/news/pittsburgh-downtown-partnership-announces-road-closures-associated-with-light-up-night

So this year, grab some friends from your apartment and head down to Light Up Night to celebrate 55 years of Pittsburgh pride and kick off #holidays2015 the right way. Don’t feel like dealing with crowds? Your rooftop terraces, balconies, and community patios are perfect locations to catch the firework finale! 

Holiday Shopping: Part 1

admin - Friday, November 6, 2015

for the Holidays: Part 1

Some people are born with this amazing talent that enables them to buy the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, or just a ‘hey I’m thinking of you’ moment, this person succeeds each and every time.

 During this upcoming holiday season, those perfect-gift-givers probably have a list,they’ll check it twice, and when the time comes for you to open their present, it will undoubtedly be exactly what you wanted. But for those who need more of a nudge and a push in the right direction, Pittsburgh has some great events in November that will get you set for the holidays. 

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer 

Mission: Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is a one-of-a-kind vintage vendor fair that melds community, creative inspiration and nostalgia for one day.


· November 6 – 6pm-9pm

· November 7 –9am-3pm


· Teamster’s Hall Local 249, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

More Info: http://pghvintagemixer.com/about/

I Made It! Market

Mission: I Made It! Market (IMI) is a nomadic indie crafts marketplace that provides opportunities for artists to bring their wares to market. We partner with neighborhood, mainstreet, community, arts, and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness for their organizations and to assist them in improving the communities we share


· November 27 — 12pm-8pm

· November 28 — 11am-6pm


· NOVA Place (Formerly Allegheny Center Mall)

More Info: http://imadeitmarket.com/about/  

Black Friday:

Most stores open their doors as early as Thanksgiving night to provide one-day deals. This year, REI stores, like the one in South Side by Carson Street Commons, will be closing their stores on Black Friday instead, hoping to spread a message to encourage people to go outdoors.  Will REI set a trend for future Black Fridays? I guess we’ll have to see.

When: November 27 – All day

Where: All over Pittsburgh (except REI)

More Info: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/gifts/black-friday-101

2015 Pittsburgh Marathon

admin - Monday, April 27, 2015
The UPMC Sports Medicine 5K and DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will be held on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.  Due to Park View’s location, we want to inform you that you may be affected by road closures during both days of these events.
  • On Saturday, May 2nd, roads in our neighborhood will close at 5:00am and reopen at 9:00am.
  • On Sunday, May 3rd, roads in our neighborhood will close at 5:30am and reopen at approximately 9:30am.
For your reference, we’ve attached road closure maps.  If you would like a copy of the maps, please stop by the concierge desk at Park View One at any time.  If you have any questions regarding the closures, please contact the Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Marathon office at 412-586-7785.