East Liberty is a culturally diverse neighborhood where a remarkable transformation is unfolding. In it's golden era in the 1940s and '50s, East liberty exemplified a vibrant commercial center with a tight-knit residential community. Pittsburgh's "second downtown" declined rapidly in the '60s due to poor city planning which ultimately brought urban blight and crime upon the community. Through the highs and lows, the neighborhood is currently experiencing an expansive renaissance. Through a monumental development effort, new restaurants are popping up, hotels are experiencing regular visitors, and East Liberty is regaining its place once again as a thriving place for businesses, residential living and shopping. So much so that Lonely Planet named it number on it's list of Hot 'Hoods in the US. Entrepreneurs and startups continue to flock to East Liberty and Google has expanded their offices in Bakery Square just around the corner. Through the revitalization, many historic buildings have been rehabbed, starting with the Highland Building.
Standing since 1910, the Highland Building was built by legendary architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham, who also designed a few other famous Pittsburgh buildings including Union Station (now The Pennsylvanian), the Frick Building, and the Henry W. Oliver Building. The Highland Building initially welcomed physicians, dentists, two dressmakers, a manicurist, and a fifth-floor barber shop as it's first tenants. The rapid decline in the '60s caused the building to become vacant. It sat empty until Walnut Capital restored and reopened the building to it's first tenants in 2013. The expansion continued in 2016 with the addition of The Penn at Walnut on Highland, accompanied by first floor retail and restaurants. Read "The Steel City Spectacle" from Pittsburgh Quarterly for more information on the historic Highland building.
Beautiful apartment building near great restaurants. Multi-level security to enter the building.
Lauren - Google
We moved into the Penn next to the Highland Building last June. From the very beginning, we loved our experience. Our loft-style apartment was finished with all the conveniences we have grown accustomed to over the past few years of renting apartments in the South. As Texas natives, we were used to wide space, natural light, washer/dryer, parking lots, updated fixtures and excellent workout facilities. The Penn delivered on all of these amenities with an excellent staff to assist with an iss
Emily - Google
I've been living here for the last year and have had a really good experience. Every interaction I've had with the management staff has been extremely streamlined and professional. Location of the building and amenities provided are by far better than any other place I've lived in before and any other building I've looked into in Pittsburgh.
Cem - Google
A luxurious development in the middle of East Liberty. While some may have been displaced to build this place, this development could easily be transported to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago any high-end city. It is a really beautiful development and well done.
Anonymous - Google
From looking at apartments before moving in, to now living here for nearly 3 years, the entire staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Amenities including parking, gym, entertainment space, mail room are everything you would need. Location is unbeatable. Apartment itself is beautiful with an unbeatable view of Pittsburgh.
Leila - Google
The Penn building is brand new, everything is high end, the location is great (you can walk everywhere). The management is great, they are all so nice and attentive. Parking is covered, you can pay rent online, there are lots of amenities including a dog park area and a free coffee machine.
Daniel - Google
Very helpful & friendly staff! The building is in great walking distance to restaurants and great grocery stores.
Erin - Google
Great place to call home!
Zach - Google
I've lived here for a year and the building is wonderful, as are the people who live here. The other tenants and staff are so friendly and happy. The building is always clean. I recommend living at Walnut on Highland and will continue to renew my lease.
Jamie - Google
Apartments are modern and great. The office is great and easy to work with. Washer/dryer on the floors is convenient.
Gregory - Google
Prime location to everything you need! Located right near Target, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and tons of restaurants and shopping. Bakery Square a few minutes away down the road! This property includes amazing amenities that are a plus.
Alyssa - Facebook
Beautiful apartments, great amenities, and good value all at a phenomenal location. What really makes Walnut on Highland great though is the people-- property manager Courtney and the staff are kind, attentive, and provide wide range of services to the tenants.