Shadyside is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Pittsburgh for homeowners and renters alike. The compact neighborhood in the east end is charming and retail-heavy, with both large national chains and local shops lining Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue. Its historic mansions and tree-lined side streets give it a quiet, residential feel, despite being in the heart of the city. Perhaps that’s why Forbes named it the #1 neighborhood in Pittsburgh for Young Professionals in 2015.
If you’re a young professional in Pittsburgh, you’re probably a renter. Even if those gorgeous Shadyside mansions are a few years in your future, there are still plenty of places for rent. Here are five of our favorite Shadyside apartments for rent.
- Centre Lofts
High ceilings, exposed brick, enormous windows — these apartments are exactly what you’d expect from a refurbed loft. But Centre Lofts have a host of modern amenities to go along with the historic charm. Covered parking, state-of-the-art security, and a fully equipped exercise room are only a few of the amenities on offer. Porches and sundecks allow residents great views of the neighborhood, and the building’s location is just steps away from the shops on Ellsworth and Walnut.
- South Negley Apartments
This building’s funky exterior gives way to elegant, minimalist interiors. With huge bay windows and high ceilings, these modest one-bedrooms feel bigger than they are. Plus, they’re a block off Walnut. Hard to beat that for location.
- 5806 Ellsworth Avenue
Spacious and beautifully restored, these luxurious apartments recall some of the mansions in Shadyside. The interiors are definitely luxe, with built-in bookshelves, decorative fireplaces, and antique touches like exposed wood beams. And with in-unit laundry and a storage facility in the building, you — and your belongings — never have to leave. Not that you’d want to.
- Ellsworth Mansion
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a mansion, here’s your chance. This restored beauty on Ellsworth will give you many of the perks of #mansionlife, without the pesky mortgage. Just a block off Walnut, it’s conveniently located close to shopping, dining, nightlife, and the area’s Whole Foods.
- Bakery Living Orange
One of two large apartment complexes on the eastern border of Shadyside — its sister complex is Bakery Living Blue — this complex is brand new and decked out with a host of desirable amenities. There are plenty of layouts available, from studios to two-bedrooms to loft-style apartments with interior staircases. The interiors include hardwood floors, state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, and vaulted ceilings. But it’s the common spaces that really shine at Bakery Living Orange. Tenants can relax at spacious outdoor patio areas, swim in an indoor/outdoor pool, play pool and watch sports in a gigantic common room, or just relax in front of one of the community fireplaces. (That’ll come in handy during Pittsburgh’s often-brutal winters.)