Buying Here: Tarentum


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When the house two doors down from their own went up for sale two years ago, Harry Mangol and his wife, Ann, saw it as an opportunity.

"It was in really bad shape, so I bought it from the bank and fixed it up so my property value wouldn't go down," Mr. Mangol said. "I knew everything about the house as all three houses were the same, built in 1897. ... I knew I could fix it as I had already rebuilt one."

His home had been broken into three apartments, and he turned it back into a single-family home.

Now the Mangols are putting the three-story yellow brick home at 124 E. Eighth Ave. in Tarentum (MLS No. 957147) on the market for $45,000 with Janet Czekalski of Czekalski Real Estate (724-226-0700, ext. 111, or http://crehomes.com).

Mrs. Czekalski describes the house as "Victorian style with a big foyer and open staircase and leaded-glass windows in many places."

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A big difference between this house and its neighbors is that Mr. Mangol replaced the plaster walls on the first and second floor with drywall. And some of the older windows were replaced with thermal windows.

A majority of the original molding is intact, although some of it has been painted. That is not the case with the oak-paneled staircase with detailed newel posts in the 12-by-12-foot foyer, which also has hardwood floors and stained-glass windows.

Off the foyer and through French doors is the 13-by-13-foot living room with a decorative fireplace. Connected to the living room by a wide doorway is the dining room. The kitchen is an area that offers unlimited opportunities for the new owner. The sink is at one end of the large 12-by-12-foot room, and the cabinets are in a separate pantry area.

One of the most interesting design details is the tin ceiling and vintage lighting fixture on the first-floor landing.

On the second floor are four bedrooms and an updated bathroom with a shower/tub combination. The master bedroom offers a large walk-in 13-by-12-foot cedar closet and new carpeting.

The house has hot-water heating and on-street parking.

The property has a 2013 county assessed value of $25,000 (1223-L-182, http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.aspx). Over the past three years, 14 properties have sold on East Eighth Avenue for prices ranging from $10,000 in October 2010 to $87,500 in January 2012 (www.realstats.net).


SALES SNAPSHOT


BRACKENRIDGE


2012

2013

SALES

33

47

MEDIAN PRICE

$25,000

$38,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$181,500

$135,000



CHESWICK


2012

2013

SALES

19

29

MEDIAN PRICE

$100,000

$88,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$150,000

$140,000



EAST DEER


2012

2013

SALES

27

31

MEDIAN PRICE

$173,500

$173,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$445,000

$449,000



FAWN


2012

2013

SALES

21

19

MEDIAN PRICE

$62,000

$83,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$232,000

$271,000



FRAZER


2012

2013

SALES

8

15

MEDIAN PRICE

$59,000

$84,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$330,000

$330,000



HARMAR


2012

2013

SALES

38

68

MEDIAN PRICE

$119,900

$105,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$465,000

$635,000

HARRISON


2012

2013

SALES

124

189

MEDIAN PRICE

$60,000

$78,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$500,000

$333,000



SPRINGDALE BOROUGH


2012

2013

SALES

000

000

MEDIAN PRICE

$000,000

$000,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$000,000

$000,000



SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP


2012

2013

SALES

24

17

MEDIAN PRICE

$113,000

$91,700

HIGHEST PRICE

$199,000

$170,000



TARENTUM


2012

2013

SALES

63

62

MEDIAN PRICE

$23,500

$25,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$125,000

$122,500



WEST DEER


2012

2013

SALES

137

222

MEDIAN PRICE

$149,000

$157,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$434,421

$434,421


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Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com. First Published May 4, 2013 4:00 AM


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