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Homes for Sale in East Liberty, Pittsburgh - East Liberty is one of Pittsburgh’s most culturally diverse and evolving neighborhoods. It is located in Pittsburgh’s East End and is bordered by Highland Park, Morningside, Stanton Heights, Garfield, Friendship, Shadyside, and Larimer.
The neighborhood’s name dates back to the American Revolution. In Old English, “liberty” meant a plot of common land on the outskirts of a town and East Liberty was just that – a grazing area east of the new city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s well-known Alexander Negley and his son Jacob developed the village of East Liberty and built the Pittsburgh-Greensburg turnpike through the neighborhood in 1816. Quickly, this area became a trading and busy commercial center.
Thomas Mellon married Jacob Negley’s daughter Sarah Jane Negley and sold the land near East Liberty that she inherited in the mid 1800’s. With this money Thomas and Sarah Mellon were able to transform East Liberty. The area became a transportation center after Thomas Mellon was able to develop Pittsburgh’s first trolley lines through the neighborhood. A single-track railroad was created that connected Philadelphia to Pittsburgh through East Liberty. This allowed people to travel all over Pennsylvania and by the 1940’s East Liberty was an essential marketplace destination and prosperous theater scene.
However, Pittsburgh’s “second downtown” saw a rapid decline in the 1960’s when an urban renewal project for the area terribly failed. The area became overcrowded and in attempts to fix the congestion, the new traffic patterns just took people away from the shopping district completely. New suburban-style developments in East Liberty were never filled and many were left vacant. The neighborhood became an area for crime and unorganized leadership.
Over the past few decades, East Liberty has completely transformed. In 1999, a community plan was designed and implemented and another was implemented in 2010 to continue with the neighborhood’s facelift. Today, East Liberty is a safe, up-and-coming spot and developers as well as young professionals have clearly taken notice. Looking for more information on how East Liberty Development, Inc. works alongside neighborhood stakeholders to continually implement the 1999 and 2010 Community Plans?
Commercial investments began pouring into East Liberty – places such as Home Depot, Target, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. There are multiple popular stores and restaurants now thriving in East Liberty. Make sure to check out: Union Pig and Chicken, The Livermore, BRGR, Spoon, and Paris 66 Bistro. Walnut Capital’s Bakery Square neighbors East Liberty. Bakery Square is a newly constructed area with stores such as Free People, Ragged Row, and there is even room for Google’s 66,000 square foot Pittsburgh headquarters. For a full list of shopping and parking areas in East Liberty click here.
Universities such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh are only a few minutes from East Liberty. Students are looking for places to live and recent graduates are looking for places to stay. New residencies for young professionals are very common in East Liberty and a majority of the current residents rent homes instead of own them. The average home price in 2010 in East Liberty was $81,500. A home in East Liberty could easily become your next best investment opportunity.
Something that has not changed over time is East Liberty’s location in the heart of the East End.The East Liberty Transit Center is planned to be completed in late 2016 and will serve more than 800 buses daily. There is also a plan for a parking garage with over 500 spots and a storage area for bicycles.
Other attractions in East Liberty include the East Liberty Carnegie Library, the Farmers’ Market Cooperative of East Liberty, and the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, an area landmark that is nicknamed the "Cathedral of Hope".
East Liberty is actually no longer “up-and-coming” – it is up and thriving right now. Become a part of this revitalized community today. The neighborhood has one of the richest histories in Pittsburgh and one of the most promising futures.