When the real estate agents refer to a property as unique, you figure it's just part of the sales pitch. In the case of 304 Robb St. (MLS No. 916456) in Kennedy, it's not.
Listed at $270,000 with Darleen Clements of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services, this four-bedroom, three-bath house doesn't fit into a style per se. It's a house with its own style and lots of interesting updates, thanks to homeowners Hubert "Bert" and Diane Antes.
"Thirty years ago, we got married and needed a house. [We] wanted to raise a family and wanted to be in Montour School District," Mr. Antes said.
What started in 1967 as a run-of-the-mill, four-bedroom home soon became something a bit bigger. Mr. Antes is a car buff and needed room for his cars, so 10 years ago he added a 32- by 30-foot garage with room for up to four cars.
"I work on classic cars, mostly Fords, Mustangs," Mr. Antes said. "My son has a high-performance Cyclone, which he races [and] he does engine work in there."
Completely decked out, the heated garage has an insulated garage door and a compressed air system to run power tools. There's also a built-in work bench with plenty of storage below. Another plus is the cathedral ceiling with a storage loft and skylight. There's even an electric hoist, making it a breeze to hide away Christmas decorations.
"This is for anybody who's into cars, boats, motorcycles or woodworking," Mr. Antes said. "It would be nice for someone with a woodshop as there's a central vacuum [system] so they can pull all the dust away."
The vacuum system runs throughout the house.
"There's a special outlet in all of the rooms so you can take the hose and just plug it in," Ms. Clement said. "That way you don't have to drag a vacuum around."
On the first floor is the 17- by 14-foot master bedroom with a large walk-in closet and master bath. Nearby is 29- by 27-foot living room that was added on at the same time as the garage. It features a vent-free gas fireplace, slanted ceiling, walk-in closet and three skylights.
"When you're there during the day, you don't even have to turn on the lights because there is so much sunlight," Ms. Clement said.
The family room measures 18 by 16 feet and the dining room, which has a stone fireplace reaching to the ceiling, is 20 by 14 feet.
The 29- by 27-foot kitchen is equipped with an electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, disposal, trash compactor, new Maytag refrigerator and an island/breakfast area with a gas cooktop. There are also a few surprises.
"In the kitchen there is a motion detector that turns on lights under the cabinets," Mr. Antes said. "So if you walk in there at night, the floor lights up."
Upstairs are three bedrooms measuring 19 by 12 feet, 16 by 9 feet and 14 by 9 feet. All have hardwood floors.
The large basement has wainscoting, a checkered vinyl floor and a touch of nostalgia -- an old fashioned wood-burning stove on a brick hearth.
Ideal for a family gathering is the back patio with a fire pit. For a more intimate setting try the gazebo crowned with flowering purple wisteria.
"Under my gazebo there's a 280-gallon pond with fish and a turtle ... although I'm taking the turtle," Mr. Antes said.
A waterfall, run by a small pump, helps circulate the water, keeping it clear.
A nice touch is the series of outlets around the roofline for holiday lighting; one switch turns them all on. Clearly Mr. Antes tried to think of everything.
"He's put a lot of work into the home," his wife said.
The original windows and doors were replaced and there is a newer high-efficiency gas furnace, central air conditioning and a 50-gallon water tank.
Now empty-nesters, the couple is looking for something a little smaller.
"Both of my boys bought homes this year and my daughter is a nurse in Hawaii. ... I don't think she'll be coming back," Mr. Antes said in a nod to the 14-degree temperature outside.
The house is close to state routes 60 and 65 and interstates 376 and 279 and numerous shopping centers in Robinson and Moon.
"I can see I-279 from my house but my refrigerator makes more noise than the highway," Mr. Antes said.
"So many ways you can go [to Downtown], you can choose your shortest route. You don't even have to get on the Parkway. You have options," said Mrs. Clement, the Realtor.
For more information, call 412-264-8300, ext. 272 or go to www.pittsburghmoves.com.homes
Liz Gray: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1978. First Published January 26, 2013 5:00 AM