Eastside Bond consists of three buildings which connect to the East Liberty Transit Center.

Construction is nearing completion on Eastside Bond in East Liberty which constitutes a major portion of the third phase of the Eastside developments along the border of East Liberty and Shadyside.

The East Side Bond development is made up of three large buildings with a public plaza and fountain between two of the buildings that connects to the East Liberty Transit Center at the East Busway. All three buildings have first-floor commercial, with the building closest to Highland Avenue outfitted for a restaurant.

Eastside Bond lounge
Lounge at Eastside Bond.

The new mixed-use development is currently 60% leased and over half of the apartment tenants have moved into the complex and are taking advantage of amenities such as the saltwater pool, dog-washing station, and health and wellness center with yoga studio.

Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom luxury apartments are available for lease ranging from $1,324 for a 499- square-foot studio (The Roup) to $4,383 for an 1840-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath, plus den (The Walnut). Features include nine-foot ceilings, stone countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, and a washer and dryer in each residence.

Other community features include a theater room and entertainment kitchen along with grills, fountains and fire pits. Eastside Bond is expected to be completed by September.

 Eastside Bond pool
The pool is open at Eastside Bond.

Many tenants will be able to go car-free since the area has a walk score of 94, with easy access to the shops of East Liberty and Shadyside as well as the East Liberty Transit Center, bike share, and bike garage. On-site commercial businesses are soon to follow as construction wraps up.

Eastside Bond is a partnership between Morgan Communities in Rochester and The Mosites Company here in Pittsburgh with The Design Collective as architect and P.J. Dick as the contractor. In order to create desirability and enhance the connection to the East Busway, the developers partnered with the Port Authority on the rebuilding of the East Liberty Transit Center.

“It was designed to be community-friendly,” says Victoria Jackman, property manager at Eastside Bond. “You don’t have to live here to access the plaza and Busway.”

Maya Haptas has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and is a freelance writer covering various topics from architecture and urban design to wellness and skateboarding. She is currently the assistant editor of Bigfoot Skateboarding Magazine.