Buying Here: South Fayette

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"South Fayette is a very desirable area right now," says Lorrie Crummie, regional sales manager-South for Heartland Homes. "There's a lot of interest in that school district and the convenience of that area."

The regional home builder's response is Newbury, a neotraditional residential development that will include retail areas, sidewalks, streetlights, a community firepit -- even a sled-riding hill.

"Only in Pittsburgh would you have a sled-riding hill," she said, laughing.

The houses are also a little different than most new plans. Each has a wide front porch and stands a little closer to the street for a more neighborly feel. The quarter-acre lots are more typical of older neighborhoods and some boast deeper, more level backyards than many suburban communities.

The model home at 1224 Newbury Highland (MLS No. 889421) has the best of Newbury's amenities, with five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and a three-car garage. It's priced at $615,060 and open from noon to 5 p.m. weekends and by appointment weekdays ( or 412-564-5426).

Newbury will eventually have 200 single-family homes and townhomes. Sixty-five have been sold so far, including 12 townhomes. Single-family homes, which have at least four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and 2,300 square feet of living space, start in the $390,000s. Townhomes have at least three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, 1,500 to 2,300 square feet and start in the $220,000s.

Exteriors feature HardiePlank fiber cement siding, concrete floors on the front porch and 20- by 14-foot composite rear decks off the breakfast area. The 16- by 11-foot kitchen in the model has custom maple cabinetry that runs from floor to ceiling and is topped by decorative glass-doored cabinets. Other features include contemporary Kohler fixtures, glass-tile backsplash, granite counter tops and stainless-steel KitchenAid appliances. The floors in the kitchen and the rest of the first floor are hardwood.

The kitchen looks into and flows into the 24- by 16-foot family room, which boasts lots of large Andersen windows and a Heat & Glo gas fireplace with wood mantel. There is also a formal 12- by 10-foot dining room with wainscoting and tray ceiling, a similar-sized study and a 9- by 7-foot laundry room. The ceilings are 10 feet on the first floor, 9 feet on the second floor.

The four bedrooms upstairs range in size from the 18- by 16-foot master to 11 by 11 feet. A fifth bonus room could be used as another bedroom, an office or hobby room. The master bath has a soaking tub, ceramic-tiled shower with heavy glass door and double-bowl sink. The finished walkout basement is currently used as a design center.

Newbury, developed by EQA Landmark Communities on industrial land formerly used by Beazer East, is only the second neotraditional "lifestyle" community for Heartland Homes. The other is Edgewater in Oakmont, in which Heartland partnered with another developer.

"This is on the cutting edge of master plan development," Ms. Crummie said.

BRIDGEVILLE 2011 2012SALES 57 58

MEDIAN PRICE $85,000 $85,000

HIGHEST PRICE $198,000 $270,000

COLLIER 2011 2012SALES 120 160

MEDIAN PRICE $238,619 $260,000

HIGHEST PRICE $2,700,000 $1,051,331

CORAOPOLIS 2011 2012SALES 80 55

MEDIAN PRICE $50,000 $50,778

HIGHEST PRICE $523,000 $167,500

CRESCENT TWP. 2011 2012SALES 34 26

MEDIAN PRICE $113,000 $85,000

HIGHEST PRICE $280,000 $325,000

FINDLAY 2011 2012SALES 48 76

MEDIAN PRICE $146,000 $171,500

HIGHEST PRICE $329,190 $400,000

MOON 2011 2012SALES 336 357

MEDIAN PRICE $189,000 $181,450

HIGHEST PRICE $1,850,000 $905,000

NORTH FAYETTE 2011 2012SALES 177 218

MEDIAN PRICE $177,900 $164,330

HIGHEST PRICE $450,000 $475,000

OAKDALE 2011 2012SALES 8 17

MEDIAN PRICE $84,800 $84,900

HIGHEST PRICE $139,000 $163,000

ROBINSON 2011 2012SALES 153 168

MEDIAN PRICE $178,430 $160,000

HIGHEST PRICE $500,000 $490,727

SCOTT 2011 2012SALES 186 230

MEDIAN PRICE $118,000 $121,000

HIGHEST PRICE $334,243 $425,000

SOUTH FAYETTE 2011 2012SALES 255 268

MEDIAN PRICE $190,000 $200,125

HIGHEST PRICE $574,209 $590,423


Kevin Kirkland: or 412-263-1978. First Published September 2, 2012 4:00 AM


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