This swanky enclave in the East End anchored by three separate shopping districts is still one of the city most well-regarded neighborhoods. Along Walnut Street you have major retails commingled with local shops and restaurants. Ellsworth Avenue is home to 5801, Pittsburgh’s most popular gay bar while S. Highland offers something for everyone whether you are craving ice cream from Millie’s or a over-hopped IPA from Urban Tap.
- Walkability. Tie up your trainers and hit the pavement. Within striking distances of a ten-minute stroll you can be at the Soba for a cocktail, Whole Foods for a quick dinner run or Lululemon for a new yoga mat.
- The Architecture. You might want to add ten minutes on to your aforementioned walk to take the long way past some of the prettiest homes in the city.
- Amenities. Apple, JCrew, Target, Weisshouse, Whole Foods, Market District, Williams-Sonoma, True Runner, Petsmart and more are all at your fingertips.
- Transit Options. Express bus service to Downtown, frequent service to Oakland as well as seven bikeshare stations and a handful of ZipCars. So do you really even need your car?
- Mellon Park. One of the prettiest parks in the city, this park begs for a lazy weekend picnic in the sun.
- Area. Shadyside is smack in the middle of the East End making trips to Squirrel Hill for dinner and a movie or Oakland for a game at the Pete a breeze.
- The Reputation. In the 80s/90s Shadyside was definitely synonymous with yuppy culture which the area hasn’t necessary done much to change it. As a result, the area isn’t seeing the wave of new/hip shops and restaurants that Lawrenceville and East Liberty has attracted.
- The Price. Given the location and clout, pricing can be pretty steep. But new complexes like Bakery Living are more than worth it with over the top amenities like complimentary Starbucks machines, yoga studios and more.