Buying Here: Overbrook house may have been a starter for GI returning from WWII
January 27, 2017 12:00 AM
452 Queenston St. in Overbrook with three bedrooms and one full bath. This s a great starter home at just $110,000.
By Rosa Colucci / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
There’s still lots of affordable housing stock in the city, including well-built starter homes for soldiers returning from World War II.
Built in 1948, a classic Colonial at 452 Queenston St. in Overbrook is a perfect example. It’s solid brick with three bedrooms, 1½ baths and a one-car garage. Owner Sue Giesmann has owned the home since June 2000.
On a tidy street with gentle curves and hills, the two-story house sits on a 110- by- 45-foot lot.
“I was renting across the street and always admired the home. When the elderly gentleman who lived there passed away, there was an opportunity to buy it,” Ms. Giesmann said.
Now she has decided to downsize and is selling it for $110,000 (MLS No. 1259376) with Roger Rech of Coldwell Banker Real Estate (412-487-0500 or www.coldwellbankerhomes.com). It is open by appointment.
The small front porch leads to a 7- by- 7-foot entry. The house is divided by a center staircase with the living room on the left and dining room on the right. Wall-to-wall carpet covers the floor in both spaces. The 21- by 12-foot living room is bright with white walls and lots of windows.
The dining room, which also has large windows, measures 12 by 12 feet and leads to the 15- by 8-foot kitchen.
Most people would say the kitchen needs updating but lovers of mid-century modern design might want to save its indestructible white steel cabinets and counter tops trimmed in stainless steel. Pinterest-loving design bloggers could turn it into a charming retro kitchen in no time.
Though it has a small eating area on one side, it could be made more functional by adding a small island with a few stools and enough counter space to double as a food prep area.
On the second floor, the master bedroom measures 15 by 15 feet. There and in a second 12- by- 11-foot bedroom, plush carpeting goes from wall to wall.
The third bedroom, which measures 10 by 9 feet, was probably used as a nursery when the home was built. Today, it’s a cozy bedroom with green plush carpet and room for a twin bed.
The full bathroom has its original almond-colored tile with a deep burgundy feature stripe. Its mid-century modern details continue into the shower and bath area. Fresh paint and new accessories would make it even better.
The full basement has painted cinder-block walls, mechanical systems, a laundry area and access to the one-car garage. The space Is dry, safe and clean.
A long walkway is well landscaped from the street to the front steps, with sidewalk lighting and wide beds to plant seasonal flowers. There are open grassy areas on the right side and in the backyard. There, mature trees and shrubs line the back and grass surrounds a small deck and covered back porch.
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