About Us

Since 1965, when it was founded by Frank West (1932 - 2005), Franklin West, Inc. has been a family-owned and operated apartment management company focusing on the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and the nearby communities of Butler (Forest Heights Apartments), Oakmont (Oakmont Landing) and Gibsonia/Allison Park (Orchard Hill). With nearly 1,000 apartments and townhouses, Franklin West offers unique residences to meet the needs and desires of a diverse clientele. Our apartments include restored Historic Landmark art deco buildings, renovated Victorian-era mansions, and “resort-style” apartment complexes complete with pool and fitness facilities. To look for an apartment in any of these communities, please click on the area highlighted above or go to the Apartments & Townhouses section of this website.

Over the years, Franklin West has selected and carefully restored buildings of historic value – preserving the original characteristics of the time period by pairing contemporary interiors seamlessly with high ceilings, fireplaces, hardwood floors, and original stained glass to create unique, comfortable residences of architectural beauty and integrity. Franklin West has also built apartment buildings and townhouses – such as the critically-acclaimed Alder Townhouses in Shadyside’s East End and Forest Heights in Butler – that have added value to the urban and suburban neighborhoods they serve.

In addition to Franklin West’s standard high-quality 24-hour maintenance service, Franklin West offers a number of other optional services to its residents, such as its complimentary “Half Hour Handyman” service to assist you in hanging pictures, blinds or curtains. If you are interested in scheduling a maintenance request, please call your local Franklin West management office or see the Maintainence request form on this website.

Franklin West has built a reputation over the past 40 years as the area’s leader in residential multi-family development, construction, renovation, maintenance, and management. The company is now managed by his wife, Sara; daughter, Caroline West; and son-in-law, Antonio Castracani. A selection of articles about Franklin West is available in the News section.