Buying Here: North Strabane


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The neighborhood surrounding 121 Griffwood Drive in North Strabane, Washington County (MLS No. 918495), is quiet and lush with greenery.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home sits on 2 level acres with many trees, giving it an almost rural feeling. That continues in front, with carefully trimmed bushes and trees creating a serene setting by a new concrete driveway and sidewalk.

The four-bedroom, three-bath house has more than 4,000 square feet of living space and is on the market for $565,000 through Janet Sember of Northwood Realty ( 724-747-1193 or www.northwood.com).

Approaching the front door via a stone path offers a look at the split-level's 1950s midcentury-modern contemporary inspiration, while the cedar-and-stone exterior and large windows give the home a bright, young feel.

The current owners, who lived in the home for six months after purchasing it from the family member who built it, have done a number of upgrades in the past two months. New paint covers the walls throughout the home, as well as new carpeting and beautiful crown molding.

The home, built in 1957, features an impressive, 32- by 14-foot living room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and brand-new, dark-stained hardwood flooring. The room spans the length of the rear of the home and has large windows with a view of the backyard. At one end is a dining area with chandelier.

The 26- by 11-foot kitchen has new stainless-steel appliances, ceramic-tile floor and hardwood cabinetry. There is a separate eat-in area.

A small staircase just outside the foyer leads to a lower-level family room with large windows, stone walls, a wood-burning fireplace and a corner wet bar. The 24- by 14-foot family room connects to a large glass poolroom with a stone fountain that the current owners have never used.

The 32- by 16-foot pool, one of the home's best features, is surrounded by a chain-link fence and offers a view of the landscape. Nearby is another fenced area that would work well to contain pets. The entire backyard is spacious and perfect for entertaining.

Another unique feature is an apartment on the lower level, just right to use as a mother-in-law suite or for extra space for a teenager. The apartment has a kitchen, living room and what could be a fifth bedroom.

The other four bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom measures 16 by 14 feet and the others are 15 by 13 feet, 14 by 11 feet and 12 by 10 feet.

Other amenites include central air-conditioning , an intercom and a security system.

Over the last three years, one house has sold on Griffwood Drive for $157,900 in June 2010 (www.realstats.net). The property has an assessment of $38,750 (www.co.washington.pa.us/wcmtp/tri.asp).

The property is about three miles from Route 19, close to several strip shopping centers with shops and restaurants. An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today.


SALES SNAPSHOT

1ST WARD/DOWNTOWN-BLUFF

20112012
SALES2417
MEDIAN PRICE$259,000$250,000
HIGHEST PRICE$535,000$480,000


2ND WARD/DOWNTOWN-STRIP

20112012
SALES7552
MEDIAN PRICE$260,000$287,000
HIGHEST PRICE$808,000$1,285,000


3RD WARD/HILL DISTRICT

20112012
SALES2320
MEDIAN PRICE$40,000$66,500
HIGHEST PRICE$165,000$183,500


4TH WARD/OAKLAND

20112012
SALES126139
MEDIAN PRICE$110,000$102,500
HIGHEST PRICE$800,000 $740,000


5TH WARD/HILL-SCHENLEY HEIGHTS

20112012
SALES3448
MEDIAN PRICE$24,500$34,047
HIGHEST PRICE$365,000 $277,000


6TH WARD/STRIP-POLISH HILL

20112012
SALES6359
MEDIAN PRICE$60,000$48,800
HIGHEST PRICE$610,000$329,000
7TH WARD/SHADYSIDE

20112012
SALES175163
MEDIAN PRICE$225,000$260,504
HIGHEST PRICE$1,360,700$1,750,000


8TH WARD/BLOOMFIELD

20112012
SALES7990
MEDIAN PRICE$117,000$108,000
HIGHEST PRICE$370,000$395,000


9TH WARD/LAWRENCEVILLE

20112012
SALES117106
MEDIAN PRICE$67,500$90,100
HIGHEST PRICE$271,920$306,419


10TH WARD/MORNINGSIDE

20112012
SALES209206
MEDIAN PRICE$50,000$57,500
HIGHEST PRICE$265,000$230,000


11TH WARD/HIGHLAND PARK

20112012
SALES134137
MEDIAN PRICE$109,900$139,000
HIGHEST PRICE$550,000$784,500

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Sanjena Sathian: ssathian@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1408. First Published June 17, 2012 4:00 AM


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