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Testimonial Friendship is a quaint and quiet neighborhood, perfect for grad students, young professionals or families. Beautiful old Victorian era homes have been restored and divided into comfortable apartments with unique woodwork and quirky details... like my kitchen that was tiled from floor to ceiling! This is also a great neighborhood for those who are interested in renovating a home, as there are many affordable properties available. Best of all, it's just a quick walk or drive to the many shopping and dining options available in Shadyside, East Liberty and other East End neighborhoods. If you are looking for a suburb in the city, Friendship is a great choice!
-Nora C.


East Pittsburgh

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Friendship is a vibrant, diverse neighborhood in Pittsburgh's East End, located within a few miles of Downtown Pittsburgh, universities, world-class medical facilities, and thriving residential and commercial neighborhoods such as Shadyside, East Liberty and Bloomfield. Friendship's eclectic mix of Victorian and Edwardian houses and new loft spaces are home to professionals, artists, families and students.

Homes in this neighborhood stand along the edges of wide, handsome streets. They tend to be large, single-family homes on rectangular, flat lots. Many of the attics have also been converted into third-floor apartments - often with unique details like polished hardwood floors and stained glass windows.

Along with beautiful homes, Friendship features excellent access by public transportation and walking to other areas of the city. It has a community park, Baum Grove, and a state-of-the-art playground at Pittsburgh Montessori, the neighborhood's public school. Neighborhood events include a spring Folk and Flower Festival at Baum Grove and a fall house tour.
Friendship is home to several artists and craftspeople who live and work along the neighborhood's main street, Penn Avenue. Here you can find state-of-the-art dance and glass making facilities, as well as smaller art galleries and architecture and design firms.

Two neighborhood organizations, the Friendship Development Associates and the Friendship Preservation Group, work to promote the Friendship neighborhood through programs like the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative and the Elm Streets program - all of which make Friendship a great place to live.


Families in Friendship enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Friendship, including:
  • Pittsburgh Liberty International Studies K-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Fort Pitt PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Fulton International Studies PreK-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Dilworth Tradtional Academy PreK-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5
  • Pittsburgh Obama International Baccalaureate 6-12 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Peabody 9-12
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Friendship enjoy these branches:
  • Lawrenceville Library
  • East Liberty Library
  • Main (Oakland) Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

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