Downtown Pittsburgh, lovingly known as “dahntahn” or the Golden Triangle, has seen a huge revival in the last few years. What used to be mainly a business district is now a bustling metropolis with stylish restaurants, rooftop bars, cultural attractions, and urban living. Eighth & Penn is a new residential space downtown in a unique half-restored, half-brand new location.

Living in Downtown Pittsburgh

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The appeal of living downtown is quickly catching up to the draw of other trendy neighborhoods like Lawrenceville, Shadyside and East Liberty. Walkability is a big reason why. Lots of young professionals are working downtown, so being close to numerous downtown  happy hour spots is a benefit. Ditching a long commute and an expensive parking pass are more reasons why downtown is becoming a popular place to live.

The cultural district draws in dozens of plays, ballets and operas every year. Imagine being able to grab a last-minute ticket and walk down to catch a show. Being in close proximity to PPG Paints Arena means not having to park or take an Uber to Pens games or concerts. And you can easily take the T for free across the river to the North Shore for a Pirates or Steelers game.

In 2019, you can get around not having close access to a typical grocery store. Services like Grubhub, Uber Eats, grocery delivery, and meal kits make eating well easy in this urban environment. Eighth & Penn and other apartment buildings make grocery shopping easy with AmazonFresh and Instacart partnerships. Most buildings have 24-hour concierge services which allow you to grocery shop on your lunch break without leaving your office.

Urban Living: Eighth & Penn

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Two historic buildings on Penn Ave., both previously owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, have been restored as residential space. The historic character of these buildings was maintained on the exterior, with new modern features added inside. The McNally Building (711 Penn Ave.) and the Bonn Building (713 Penn Ave.) were originally built in the 1890s. A space that was a parking lot on the corner of 8th & Penn is the new part of the building. This new construction will have an industrial feel with a steel and glass façade.

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Eighth & Penn includes 136 apartments, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units. The luxury complex comes with amenities you would expect and some that may surprise you. Residents will have access to a fitness center, club room, and a rooftop terrace.

To add to the walkability benefit, retail space is available at the street level. This just means closer restaurants and shopping from your apartment! And yes, the buildings will be lined with tall, large windows to give you a glimpse of the city just outside your home.

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Apartments at Eighth & Penn will be open Spring 2019. Discover downtown living at

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