Content by Sarah Martin
Homes for Sale in Shadyside, Pittsburgh- In the 19th century, Shadyside was nothing but vast farmlands and a collection of shady lanes. Today, the mature tree-lined Pittsburgh neighborhood is home to young professionals, affluent families, students, and apartment dwellers alike. Many residences in the area are renovated Victorian mansions, but modern apartment complexes and smaller townhomes line the streets as well. The under one square mile region has a small town feel since everything is within walking distance – restaurants, shops, parks, and even multiple schools fill the area.
Shadyside is located in the East End of Pittsburgh and is next to the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. In 2014, Shadyside was rated the best neighborhood in Pittsburgh for millennials. However, Shadyside was once home to many famous names such as Phipps, Mellon, and Negley. Numerous graduates from nearby schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Chatham University end up moving to the neighborhood for its vast and convenient amenities. Living in Shadyside, there is really no need to have a car. Businesses are located on three main streets: Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue, and South Highland Avenue. Need to get out of the neighborhood? The Port Authority bus system spans the area and makes it easy to get to other parts of Pittsburgh.
There is also the convenient Shadyside/East Liberty Pedestrian Bridge which links Shadyside’s residential area with the East Side shopping plaza. This bridge increases the walkability of the area even more. The accessibility factor to stores in East Liberty such as Whole Foods, the Trek Bike Shop, and Wine and Spirits is noteworthy.
Walnut Street is home to many trendy stores such as J. Crew, American Apparel, Lululemon Athletica, and even an Apple Store. Tired of chain stores? Stop in Kards Unlimited to find one of a kind gifts and quirky knickknacks. If you find yourself walking down Walnut during the day, do not leave before stopping in Prantl’s Bakery and trying their Burnt Almond Torte or grabbing a stack of hotcakes at Pamela’s Diner. Some other popular restaurants include Stack’d, Shady Grove, Girasole, and Cappy’s Café. There are many happening bars unique to the area as well. If you want to meet some locals, Le Mardi Gras has been in the neighborhood since 1954 or stop byMario’s East Side Saloon to spend the night with a younger crowd. Discover all of Shadyside's restaurants and businesses.
Many of the neighborhood’s businesses have changed over time to reflect the interests of its new residents– many of them self-proclaimed “yogis.” Some of the coolest new places include yoga studios such as Amazing Yoga and Yoga Flow.
The active Shadyside community has many annual events. Many agree the best to attend is the neighborhood’s Jam on Walnut, which is always held on the last Saturday in June, July and August. Residents and visitors gather to completely fill the closed off Walnut Street to hear live music and grab a drink in one of the many neighborhood bars. Profits from beer sold during the event go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Other popular events include the Arts Festival on Walnut, the Run Shadyside 5K, and the Shadyside House Tour.
Although the neighborhood is mainly residential and business oriented, it is located right next to Mellon Park. The historic park features the Walled Garden, The Mellon Park Tennis Center, playgrounds, basketball courts, and baseball fields.
Shadyside is also home to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where adults and youths alike can sign up for classes and workshops. Other schools in the Shadyside area include: The Liberty School, Winchester Thurston School, The Ellis School, and The University School.
As if there was not already everything you need, there is the Shadyside Hospital, a member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC Shadyside is a 520-bed tertiary care hospital and the medical staff includes over 1,000 primary care physicians. There are also many specialists in the fields of cardiology, oncology, and endocrinology who have offices within the neighborhood.
Shadyside has developed over the years from a quiet Victorian residential area to an ever-evolving hip neighborhood full of life. The area’s small size and distinctive events make it one of the greatest places Pittsburghers call home… and end up staying for a while.