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Which would you rather do on a Saturday morning?

A) Hit the links for a round of golf

B) take a dip in the pool

C) mow your lawn or shovel snow off your sidewalk and driveway

If your answer is A or B, you're the target market for The Links at Deer Run.

The 11/2-story brick and vinyl-sided Colonial model at 1116 Links Way is a quad-style patio home (MLS No. 913280) on the market for $244,000 through Kathy Charles of Prudential Preferred Reality (724-776-3686, ext. 332 or www.prudentialpreferred.com). The model is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Weaver Homes (www.weaverhomes.com) has been building quad-style units for 10 years and designed the model home's interior with the updates that patio homebuyers are looking for, said real estate agent Kathy Charles.

"I call it 'a staycation.' ... It gives you more time for the things you want to do," she said.

The 16- by 14-foot living room has a hardwood floor, gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling and connected 12- by 12-foot dining room. Upgrades include ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, laundry room and three bathrooms.

The 15- by 10-foot eat-in kitchen features white Merillat cabinetry, a built-in pantry and Moen fixtures.

The Whirlpool gas stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, side-by-side refrigerator and over-the-range microwave are included along with an appliance garage to hide electronics that tend to clutter up everyone's countertop. A peninsula with seating separates the kitchen from the dining room.

The first-floor, 15- by 13-foot master bedroom has a walk-in closet and four-piece bathroom.

Another first-floor bedroom also measures 15 by 13 feet and has a full bath that can be accessed from the 6- by 5-foot foyer.

The second floor has an open floor plan and full bathroom.

With all that sunlight and 42 by 14 feet of space, it could serve as a great room for entertaining, a second master bedroom or a fabulous home office.

The builder put in Pella windows, gas forced-air heating, central air conditioning and a Guardian security system with motion detectors. The monthly fee for the system is not included in the home purchase.

The Links in Deer Run will eventually have 72 quad style patio homes along with 34 paired villas and six single villas. There are three patio homes on Link Ways currently on the market; 1116, 1155 and 1139, which is under agreement.

The patio style home comes in two models. The three-bedrooms version has 1,930 square feet including a large finished second floor with full bath and a base price of $214,650.

The two-bedroom has 1,150 square feet on one floor and a base price of $199,900. Each home has an attached two-car garage, with a raised panel door and automatic opener, and is pre-wired for cable.

There is one paired villa (MLS No. 917460) available for sale at $338,900. It has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,450 square feet of living space including an open floor plan with a bright solarium.

Amenities at The Links at Deer Run include use of the clubhouse, which features a party room, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, big-screen TV, in-ground heated pool, playground and tennis and bocce courts.

All residents are eligible for reduced membership at the Pittsburgh National Golf Club (www.pittsburghnationalgolfclub.com/) that surrounds the development.

The community association fee is $184 per month and covers all outside maintenance, mowing, mulching, trimming and snow removal.

It also includes maintenace of the Owens Corning shingle roof.


SALES SNAPSHOT


BRACKENRIDGE


2011

2012

SALES

39

35

MEDIAN PRICE

$35,500

$34,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$181,500

$135,000



CHESWICK


2011

2012

SALES

15

21

MEDIAN PRICE

$105,040

$87,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$205,000

$140,000



EAST DEER


2011

2012

SALES

25

20

MEDIAN PRICE

$48,500

$18,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$135,000

$155,000



FAWN


2011

2012

SALES

22

12

MEDIAN PRICE

$76,000

$92,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$232,000

$271,000



FRAZER


2011

2012

SALES

10

8

MEDIAN PRICE

$30,000

$84,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$127,900

$330,000



HARMAR


2011

2012

SALES

26

52

MEDIAN PRICE

$88,000

$119,9000

HIGHEST PRICE

$522,500

$635,000

HARRISON


2011

2012

SALES

125

143

MEDIAN PRICE

$65,000

$65,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$500,000

$199,665



SPRINGDALE BOROUGH


2011

2012

SALES

32

39

MEDIAN PRICE

$77,500

$67,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$132000

$134,500



SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP


2011

2012

SALES

23

13

MEDIAN PRICE

$110,000

$75,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$199,000

$182,000



TARENTUM


2011

2012

SALES

64

49

MEDIAN PRICE

$25,000

$21,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$130000

$122,500



WEST DEER


2011

2012

SALES

128

163

MEDIAN PRICE

$149000

$153,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$334,900

$434,421


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Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1978. First Published December 15, 2012 5:00 AM


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