What’s Special About the Shadyside Neighborhood in Pittsburgh

In its early days, Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood was known for its acres of woods and numerous farms. Now, Shadyside is a highly desirable, historic destination that’s attracting record numbers of millennials and professionals to the East End. 

But what makes Shadyside such a draw? Keep reading to learn why living in Shadyside Pittsburgh is so popular! 

1. Shadyside Cultivates Culture 

Due in large part to its proximity to college campuses, Shadyside is home to many professors, school administrators, students, first-time renters, musicians, artists, and professionals. Living close to school, work, and activities has many benefits and have led to a thriving arts and culture scene in the neighborhood. 

Throughout the year, Shadyside hosts a variety of art exhibitions and events (such as the Shadyside Arts Festival held towards the end of summer), concerts (like the Jams on Walnut series during spring and summer), and special community events (including the Annual Sidewalk Sale). Plus, the renowned Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media is located right on Shady Avenue. This affinity for arts and culture has led to an influx of new residents to Shadyside. Step outside your door and you’re sure to find something fun and interesting happening in the neighborhood!  

2. Shadyside is Ideal for Shopping and Dining  

Shadyside is definitely not lacking when it comes to local boutiques, speciality shops, and top-notch restaurants, cafes and coffee shops! 

Residents and visitors flock to Walnut, Highland and Ellsworth Streets to enjoy some of the most unique local stores (Penhollows), check out the brand-name retailers (Sephora and The Gap to name a few), and find one-of-a-kind clothes (Hey Betty!), uncommon gifts and products (Kards Unlimited) and so much more. Casual dining, quick bites, and elegant meals are ready for consumption. Some of the local favorites include Mad Mex, Pamela’s Diner, Prantl’s Bakery, Mario’s East End Saloon, and many fantastic fooderies.   

3. Shadyside is a Walkable Town with Great Public Transportation

A highly walkable location, Shadyside lets you get to where you’re going quite quickly without the need for a car. 

If you’re looking to visit other popular areas of the city (such as Squirrel Hill) you can rely on Pittsburgh’s first-rate public transportation system. Almost every Shadyside street corner features a bus stop to take you where you need to go. 

Shadyside is also a very bike-friendly neighborhood with multiple bike rental kiosks. Part of a city-wide bike-sharing program, these kiosks make it easy for Shadyside residents to navigate the streets, get a great workout, and enjoy the beautiful greenery and architecture found around town.  

There is so much stuff that makes living in Shadyside Pittsburgh so special. Unfortunately, we don’t have time (or space) to list them all!

However, we can tell you that Shadyside Commons is a great place to call home, and moving to Pittsburgh is an experience in itself! Our award-winning one-and two-bedroom apartments offer a great mix of modern amenities and gorgeous views nestled in one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful and popular neighborhoods! Find your next ideal residence in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, PA!

To learn more about our currently available Shadyside apartments, please contact our leasing office today! 

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