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It's easy to see why someone would love 210 Edgewater Drive in Center, Beaver County (MLS No. 914025). The log house sits on a stunning 2 acres surrounded by pristine woods and mature landscaping. It looks as if it was plucked right out of a magazine.

Homeowner Marty Peduzzi had his eye on it from the very beginning. "I saw the house as it was being built and always liked it."

He and wife Linda went back five times to look at it. "You know when you only go to look ..." he said, laughing.

Now, eight years later, the couple have decided to downsize from the four-bedroom home of their dreams, putting it on the market with Chris Murphy of RE/MAX Select Realty (724-933-6300 ext. 220 or www.selecthomefinder.com) for $339,900.

Mr. Peduzzi says that house is perfectly situated on a high, grassy knoll so that no one can build around it.

"There is a creek and a stone bridge, at least 100 feet long out front," he said, adding that they have the feeling of being out in the country yet close to amenities near Route 60.

The home itself is all of wood construction, inside and out. A natural flagstone path winds up to the front porch that features pale blue spindle railings. The owners have an oval rag rug on the floor and a pair of rockers to set the scene.

Following the path to the side leads to a large patio, perfectly situated to take advantage of the mix of shade and sun. Mature landscaping and shrubs add more green and texture. The back of the home has a large, covered porch that is level with the land. A large hot tub and cookout space makes an additional outdoor room.

Inside, the house has warm glow from floor to ceiling thanks to exposed logs and beams, lots of windows and a mix of natural finishes.

The living room measures 21 by 20 feet with a two-story cathedral ceiling featuring exposed beams and trusses. But the showpiece of this spectacular room is a two-story stone fireplace. One side is gently curved to hug the main staircase that wraps around the second floor in the rear. Mr. Peduzzi said that the previous owners burned wood in it, but he custom-ordered a gas fireplace insert that he loves.

"It throws a lot of heat into the room and has a remote control. It's very idyllic when it snows out here."

The kitchen perfectly matches the architecture of the home. The 21-by-13-foot space has mostly open wood shelving at various heights, leaving space for canisters and decorative items. Lower, built-in cabinets with exposed black iron hinges are beneath solid-surface counters tops. A rustic, natural-finish butcher block island is topped by a hearty pot rack filled with pots in every size and shape -- both decorative and functional.

The star of the room is the Elmira Stove Works stove in candy-apple red. "The previous owner had it made. It cost him more than $5,000," Mr. Peduzzi said.

A double-bowl gray ceramic sink, stainless-steel refrigerator and dishwasher round out the appliances while a pair of punched-tin light fixtures provide downlighting and whimsy. A gray ceramic tile floor adds to the rustic feel. The dining measuring 13 by 11 feet features a long slender table with high-back chairs.

There's more entertaining space in the 20-by-15-foot family room. Solid wood beams and a large ceiling fan hang over a huge sectional couch. A custom bar in the back features carved columns with the same finish as the walls. (The bar is for sale separately.)

The first-floor powder room has a two wallpapered walls with a border that runs around the room. The vanity is a converted chest of drawers with separate brass fixtures for hot and cold. The vanity mirror was cleverly hung to take advantage of the carved wood base, a decorative arch. A pair of rustic lanterns hang from the ceiling.

The first floor also features a 10- by 9-foot office and access to the garage/mud room/laundry area. There is also a half-bath with a shower, but no sink.

At the top of the stairs to the second floor is a generous loft accented with three leaded-glass windows. Three of the four bedrooms measure 14 by 9 feet and are serviced by a full bath.

The 20-by-18-foot master bedroom has a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows accentuating the roof peak. The Peduzzis angled their king-size bed to see the view when they awaken. An en suite bathroom has a rustic spa feeling with a large bathtub set in a platform and a separate vanity area with double bowl sinks and a tub/shower combo.

The all-wood interior is surprisingly easy to maintain, Mr. Peduzzi said. "The walls, you just occasionally dust them and use a Swiffer on the floors. Everything is easy -- all of the wood is sealed."

He noted some other interesting things about the home:

"It has a working pump on the property that accesses water from the spring that flows from the hillside," he said, adding that he uses the pump water to maintain landscaping and outdoor plants.

"The builder also built the house on a crawlspace" without a basement. "It is very dry in there."

The home has central air conditioning by Trane; the upstairs rooms and loft are on a separate unit. The compact baseboard units have mini-compressors putting out heated or cool air. Each room can be individually temperature controlled, a distinct savings in a home with 2,700 square feet of living space.

The property has an assessed value of $72.500 (www.beavercountypa.gov/assessment-tax-claim-office-property-search). Over the past three years, five properties have sold on Edgewater Drive for prices ranging from $152,750 in July 2010 to $205,000 in May 2011 (www.realstats.net).

Mr. and Mrs. Peduzzi have mixed feelings about leaving the house.

"We are getting older," he said. "The home has a great location and we love our neighbors. It is going to take a special buyer. Not everyone is attracted to a log home."


SALES SNAPSHOT

ALIQUIPPA

20112012
SALES138106
MEDIAN PRICE$25,500$36,855
HIGHEST PRICE$145,000$200,000


AMBRIDGE

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SALES9886
MEDIAN PRICE$28,000$32,500
HIGHEST PRICE$150,000$95,005


BADEN

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SALES4142
MEDIAN PRICE$73,000$85,900
HIGHEST PRICE$160,000$175,000


CENTER

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SALES129142
MEDIAN PRICE$148,000$156,000
HIGHEST PRICE$627,00 $470,000


CONWAY

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SALES2618
MEDIAN PRICE$98,000$106,000
HIGHEST PRICE$270,500 $278,500


ECONOMY

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MEDIAN PRICE$159,999$180,000
HIGHEST PRICE$400,369$465,000
EDGEWORTH

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SALES3933
MEDIAN PRICE$487,000$495,000
HIGHEST PRICE$2,418,075$1,450,000


HOPEWELL

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SALES155186
MEDIAN PRICE$104,000$106,000
HIGHEST PRICE$390,000$479,000


LEET

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MEDIAN PRICE$135,000$70,000
HIGHEST PRICE$740,000$520,000


LEETSDALE

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MEDIAN PRICE$39,000$69,000
HIGHEST PRICE$250000$315,000


HARMONY

20112012
SALES4345
MEDIAN PRICE$69,000$71,000
HIGHEST PRICE$169,900$176,000

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Rosa Colucci: 412-263-1661. Join Rosa at PGU on Nov. 7 to learn about wallpaper and paint. Visit www.post-gazette.com/pgu to register. First Published September 15, 2012 4:00 AM


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