Buying Here: Duquesne Heights


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In the world of real estate, there is an old saying -- "Location sells." If ever a house confirms that, it is 136 Cohassett St., Duquesne Heights (MLS No. 961169).

The four-bedroom, one-bath house is listed at $179,900 through Mary Wolf of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services (412-942-1200 or www.pittsburghmoves.com).

It is currently under contract.

The three-story Colonial is located in one of Pittsburgh's lesser-known neighborhoods. Duquesne Heights is just west of Mount Washington and has almost as spectacular views of the Point -- without the premium price. This house is a little over a block away from the postcard views and restaurants of Grandview Avenue.

"[The current owners] put new life into a very good house," Mrs. Wolf said. "It's a very comfortable home and the neighbors are really welcoming."

The home has had only two owners since its construction in 1927. The beautiful wood paneling and gas-burning fireplace in the 17-by-11-foot living room are original details and reflect the care taken over nearly a century.

It also has a beautiful stained-glass window on the staircase landing.

"I think it has extremely good bones and it has character from the warm woodwork," said Mrs. Wolf.

Built-ins in the living room and dining room offer plenty of storage and display space. Another fireplace in the dining room was closed off by the original owner, but it and another one in an upstairs bedroom could be made functional again.

The 7-by-10-foot eat-in kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, new countertops, mosaic tile backsplash and high-end appliances. The shining star is the large white ceramic farmhouse sink beneath a large window that overlooks the backyard.

Pretty touches include dark ceramic tile flooring, brushed aluminum lighting with frosted glass, glass-front cabinets and soft green walls.

The four bedrooms are split between the two upper floors. On the second floor, you find two 15-by-11-foot bedrooms and the full bathroom with a shower bath combo.

The original penny tile floor and white ceramic wall tiles that reach to the window are highlighted by rich blue paint and crisp white accessories.

Two bedrooms on the third floor measure 17 by 11 feet and 16 by 13 feet and are set up as the master suite with one as a sitting room that could be turned into a bathroom and walk-in closet.

The front porch offers great outdoors sitting with a vintage ceiling fan circulating a light breeze on hot days.

Around the back is a stone patio at the end of the back yard. The current owners have put time in with the landscaping and it shows.

An alley runs behind the house, and there is enough room at the end of the property for a parking pad.

You would need to get city approval for any plans, but it is an alternative to the current on-street parking.

Over the past three years, two properties have sold on Cohassett Street: one for $252,600 in September 2010 and the other for $273,000 in October 2010 (www.realstats.net).

The 2013 county assessed value is $54,500 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.aspx).

The current owner's daughter lived at the house while attending college.

"So convenient to the hospitals and Downtown and to the main arteries, you can get to everywhere from there," said Mrs. Wolf.


SALES SNAPSHOT


CARNEGIE


2012

2013

SALES

116

150

MEDIAN PRICE

$87,000

$82,700

HIGHEST PRICE

$400,000

$204,500



CRAFTON


2012

2013

SALES

83

90

MEDIAN PRICE

$100,000

$100,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$240,000

$266,000



HEIDELBERG


2012

2013

SALES

11

26

MEDIAN PRICE

$84,000

$86,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$117,000

$150,000



INGRAM


2012

2013

SALES

35

48

MEDIAN PRICE

$74,500

$84,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$183,000

$193,500



KENNEDY


2012

2013

SALES

119

184

MEDIAN PRICE

$143,000

$165,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$611,800

$340,000



McKEES ROCKS


2012

2013

SALES

88

89

MEDIAN PRICE

$22,500

$20,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$200,000

$87,000

NEVILLE


2012

2013

SALES

11

19

MEDIAN PRICE

$75,000

$68,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$394,000

$394,000



ROSSLYN FARMS


2012

2013

SALES

8

11

MEDIAN PRICE

$294,500

$315,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$450,000

$450,000



STOWE


2012

2013

SALES

101

112

MEDIAN PRICE

$20,500

$26,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$185,000

$117,900



19TH WARD/DUQUESNE HEIGHTS


2012

2013

SALES

419

530

MEDIAN PRICE

$68,000

$74,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,100,000

$1,100,000



28TH WARD/WEST END


2012

2013

SALES

138

150

MEDIAN PRICE

$70,000

$73,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$325,000

$236,000


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Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com. First Published June 22, 2013 4:00 AM


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