Among new apartments in Pittsburgh, the race for impressive amenities is reaching a crescendo.

It’s not enough anymore to allow pets and to have a grill on the patio. Now offerings include yoga studios and workout centers, outdoor fire pits with large-screen TVs and 24-hour concierge services.

Pittsburgh’s newest apartment building, Coda on Centre — named after a musical term meaning an expanded cadence at the end of a piece — has all of these and more. It will also feature a musician-in-residence.

Oxford Development Company’s new 175-unit apartment on the Shadyside/East Liberty border features the baby grand piano that used to reside in the lobby of One Oxford Centre, Downtown. The musician-in-residence doesn’t have to use it — he or she might play guitar or violin or another instrument.

“They’ll be required to play music 15 to 20 hours a month in the lobby,” says Coda’s general manager, Tony Corsa, “and get a free apartment for three months.”

Coda on Centre photo by TH Carlisle

Even with its many amenities, the location of Coda on Centre still seems to be the main selling point.

“We’re in the middle of it all,” says Megan Stearman, marketing director for Oxford Development. “Walking distance to three grocery stores, everything in East Liberty, the East Busway, Shadyside and Bloomfield.”  (By our rough estimate, Coda on Centre is equidistant from the Market District Giant Eagle and Whole Foods.)

Each floor of the building features a vivid color, such as magenta, throughout the hallways. Studio apartments range from $1,197 to $1,425 per month. One-bedroom apartments are $1,410 to $1,715. A smaller number of two-bedroom units (1,077 square feet) go for $2,325 to $2,390.

In addition to the music, amenities include indoor parking, electric vehicle charging stations, a fitness center with virtual on-demand fitness classes on large video screens, a courtyard terrace with fire pits, and an outdoor grilling and dining area. There’s also a bar and social area on the ground floor which residents can rent out for parties.

The building was designed by WTW Architects with the goal of meeting a LEED Silver standard of sustainability. Due to be fully open in March, Coda’s green features include recycled flooring, low-VOC paint, high-efficiency appliances and green cleaning products.

Michael Machosky

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