Buying Here: Sewickley


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While most people would be excited at the prospect of moving to our nation's capital, that is not completely true for Mary Malyszka.

She is sad to be leaving the Sewickley house that has been home for her and her husband, Bill, since they moved here from Washington D.C. two years ago.

"Wish I could take this home and transplant it back to D.C.," Mrs. Malyszka said.

The family has put their three-story classic Victorian at 716 Broad St. on the market for $490,000 (MLS No. 954055) with listing agent Jill Stehnach of Prudential Preferred Realty (412-716-8634 or www.prudentialpreferred.com). An open house is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. May 19.

Mrs. Stehnach said two of the house's big selling points are the size of its lot and proximity to the heart of Sewickley. "Almost a half acre ... super hard to find in the village," she said.

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Built in 1907 for Thomas Wood, assistant to the president of Carnegie Steel, the house is rich in both history and craftsmanship. From the in-laid hardwood floors to the paneled stairway, the home's details draw in visitors the moment they walk in the door.

"Quintessential Victorian that hasn't been mucked up," Mrs. Stehnach said. "It doesn't have any oddities in the interior to which you would stop and say 'What were they thinking?"'

A recently painted covered porch ushers you into the 18-by-13-foot foyer. A leaded-glass window on the landing is one of several in the house.

Off to the right and through a set of panel pocket doors is the 16- by 15-foot living room whose hardwood floors continue through a second set of pocket doors into the 16- by 13-foot dining room with built-in cupboards. High ceilings show off the tall windows and decorative fireplaces in both rooms.

Many houses built at the turn of the century featured fireplaces that held Taylor burners and therefore were not very deep. The new owner would need to invest time and money into reconstructing the fireboxes to make them useable for wood or gas burning. This also applies to the fireplace in the 17-by-14-foot family room and the three bedroom fireplaces. Each fireplace has a different mantel and tile surround.

After a bad experience with chipped granite in a previous home, Mrs. Malyszka has been very pleased with the Corian countertops in the kitchen. Renovated by the previous owner, the 14- by 11-foot cook's kitchen has cherry wood cabinets, a Jenn-Air cooktop, a bottom freezer refrigerator and built-in dishwasher. The addition of a small prep sink makes for easier entertaining.

The kitchen's pantry area can double as a mudroom and there is a back door for easy access to the rear deck, yard and carriage house.

The house has four sizable bedrooms on the second floor. The master and another bedroom each measure 15 by 13 feet and the others are 17 by 13 feet, 13 by 10 feet and 12 by 9 feet. There is a third-floor suite with a room that could be a home office or an exercise room, or even a kitchenette.

A nice detail for a family with young children is the second door from the master bath leading to the main bathroom. Mom can be close to hand on bath night yet still have her own space.

Both the master bath and main bathroom, which boasts a clawfoot tub, were updated in the past five years with new ceramic flooring and fresh paint. The Malyzkas are leaving behind a recently installed high-efficiency washer and dryer.

Other updates include painting several rooms and both the front and back porch. The garage had its doors repaired and received a new coat of paint, too. With only four owners in a span of more than 100 years, the home has been well maintained, with updated electrical and plumbing and the original slate roof.

The home is convenient to the shops, restaurants and galleries that line Beaver Street and not far from War Memorial Park.

"We wanted to walk to the library, walk to the grocery store," said Mrs. Malyszka. "Didn't want to be chained to our car anymore."

It is approximately a 17-minute commute to Downtown Pittsburgh and maybe a slight bit longer to Pittsburgh International Airport. Across the street is Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital. In most cases having a hospital right across the street might not seem ideal. Not here. An ordinance was put into place several years ago that ambulances have to turn off their sirens before they come up the hill to the hospital so not to disturb the neighborhood.

The property has a county assessed value of $440,300 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.aspx). Over the past three years, five houses including this one have sold on Broad Street for prices ranging from $135,000 in May 2011 to $501,000 in August 2009 (www.realstats.net).

To Mrs. Malyszka, vintage details that can't be replicated along with a great back yard make the house special.

"I stand at my kitchen window and I look at my backyard with the 100-year-old trees and my carriage house and it's like a picture," she said.


SALES SNAPSHOT


ALEPPO


2012

2013

SALES

26

30

MEDIAN PRICE

$163,500

$147,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$470,000

$535,000



BELL ACRES


2012

2013

SALES

23

25

MEDIAN PRICE

$130,000

$260,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,085,000

$1,085,000



EMSWORTH


2012

2013

SALES

29

47

MEDIAN PRICE

$72,250

$79,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$196,100

$210,000



GLENFIELD


2012

2013

SALES

2

3

MEDIAN PRICE

$100,000

$70,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$150,000

$180,000



HAYSVILLE


2012

2013

SALES

1

0

MEDIAN PRICE

$31,000

NA

HIGHEST PRICE

$31,000 NA



KILBUCK


2012

2013

SALES

4

13

MEDIAN PRICE

$161,400

$184,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$190,000

$651,000

OHIO


2012

2013

SALES

153

195X

MEDIAN PRICE

$280,185

$299,365

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,518,000

$800,511



OSBORNE


2012

2013

SALES

6

15

MEDIAN PRICE

$150,000

$415,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$670,000

$1,050,000



SEWICKLEY


2012

2013

SALES

56

86

MEDIAN PRICE

$225,000

$230,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,222,500

$1,493,000



SEWICKLEY HEIGHTS


2012

2013

SALES

7

9

MEDIAN PRICE

$950,000

$100,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$2,400,000

$2,400,000



SEWICKLEY HILLS


2012

2013

SALES

14

29

MEDIAN PRICE

$498,239

$461,995

HIGHEST PRICE

$691,193

$1,050,000


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Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com. First Published May 11, 2013 4:00 AM


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