Buying Here: Sharpsburg

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Like many small towns in the region, Sharpsburg's Main Street is several blocks of small shops lined with red-brick sidewalks.

The commercial property at 608 Main St., Sharpsburg (MLS No. 977791) includes a newly renovated storefront and a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor. The property is priced at $150,000 with Deborah E. Kane of Howard Hanna (412-996-1530 or An open house will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mini massages.

"It's a handsome building," Mrs. Kane said.

A faux shingle roof breaks the facade into sections of light stucco and dark brown woodwork at street level. There is a wide picture window on the first floor and a smaller double window for the apartment on the second floor.

Owner Rosaria Stabile is extremely proud of the work her husband, Anthony, a licensed contractor and owner of Innovative Remodeling Concepts, did on the first-floor renovations.

"We bought the property years ago and it looked nothing like it does now," she said. "He got in there, had a good feeling about it and did his magic."

The shop, which has an old world European look, is currently used by the Stabiles for Got Gold Pittsburgh, their gold and diamond brokerage business. They have plans to turn it into a place where little girls can celebrate their birthdays.

"I have a daughter who is 8 named Antonella," Mrs. Stabile said. "You know how girls are. They like to get together and paint their nails ... you know, the princess thing."

The Stabiles plan to move the new business to another location when the property sells, but would be willing to discuss other options with buyers.

The main floor is now divided into three sections -- showroom in the front, spa area in the middle and dressing room in the back. The showroom features dark-stained hardwood floors with tall baseboards. The high ceilings are trimmed in distinctive crown molding and a tray ceiling with recessed lighting.

Painted a soft shade of cream, the front room features a counter by the door and a large window that brings in light and offers passersby a glimpse inside.

"Right now when you walk in the showroom, we have couches. We're going to have the area set up like a craft area where the girls will be making their own sugar scrub," Mrs. Stabile said. The furniture is available if a buyer is interested.

An archway with two steps leads to the central spa room. The travertine marble floor and crisp white walls give the room an open feeling that is enhanced by a chandelier. There are two powder rooms with more travertine tile on the sides of the room.

"There are French doors off that room that we're setting up as the dressing room where the girls can go and get into their spa attire," Mrs. Stabile said.

With 700 square feet, the first floor could be adapted to numerous commercial enterprises, Mrs. Kane said.

"I think it has a beautiful appeal and could be used for all types of businesses -- art gallery, fashion design, florist," she said. "So many different things with it being so centrally located."

The second-floor apartment, which has its own entrance, offers either rental income or a very short commute for the new owner.

"We just had tenants move out and my husband went in to renovate," Mrs. Stabile said. Designed with an open floor plan, it has a spacious living room, two bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen and full bathroom.

There is brand-new, neutral-colored carpeting in the living room and the walls are a soft shade of gray. The previous tenants set the L-shaped room up as a living and dining combination but it could also be set it up as a home office.

The kitchen has dark cabinets and the countertops are rustic tile. There is a refrigerator and gas stove included and room for a washer and dryer behind bi-fold doors. There is a large bathroom with a tub shower combination with a ceramic-tile surround and two bedrooms with berber carpeting.

A bonus for either the store or the apartment is the fenced-in patio area at the rear of the building. There is room for a table, chairs and a grill. While there is no attached garage or parking pad, Mrs. Stabile says there is sufficient street parking on Main Street and additional parking in the rear.

Mr. Stabile drywalled the large basement, which has a newer gas furnace supplying forced-air heat. The electrical wiring has been updated and there is a 2-year-old flat rolled roof.

The property's assessed value is $45,500 ( Over the past three years, 17 properties have sold on Main Street in Sharpsburg for prices ranging from $12,000 in September 2010 to $325,000 in September 2012 (

The apartment is currently vacant, but Mrs. Stabile says it's easy to find tenants because of the convenience and amenities the area offers.

"Sharpsburg has some very nice restaurants. It has turned into a cool little area and so convenient to Downtown Pittsburgh," Mrs. Kane said.

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