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You could say the Tudor-style cottage at 115 Earlwood Road, Penn Hills, epitomizes the term "curb appeal."

The brick home has stone detailing around the chimney and a dormer window on the right balanced by a corbel on the left side, all framed by a beautifully landscaped front yard with a variety of flowering perennials, shrubs and trees.

Owners Megan and Christopher Honeycutt have put their 1½-story, four-bedroom home (MLS No. 1016623) in the Crescent Hills subdivision on the market for $159,000. Staci Rullo, associate broker and manager of the Northwood Realty Services' Penn Hills office (412-242-4411 or www.northwood.com), is holding an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. July 20.

Though the Allegheny County website says the house was built in 1950, Ms. Rullo, who lives around the corner, said it is probably slightly older.

"If I were looking for something I couldn't build today, this would be the house I'd want -- an original Tudor home with updates," she said.

The front yard features a patio constructed of red paving stones, with more than enough room for a table and chairs. There is also a 15- by-14-foot deck, spacious fenced-in yard and woods at the bottom of the yard.

"The sense of privacy in the backyard, it really added to the living space," said Mrs. Honeycutt with a bit of regret. "We recently added the fire pit and we haven't even had the chance to enjoy it yet."

The deck is linked by French doors to the 23- by- 13-foot eat-in kitchen. The breakfast room has oak hardwood flooring while the main kitchen area features a ceramic tile floor with a custom design in the center. The kitchen boasts cherry cabinets and a complete range of newer stainless-steel Frigidaire appliances that include a French-door refrigerator with ice and water dispensers, dishwasher and stove. The Corian counter tops have a natural stone tile backsplash.

"I'm going to miss that kitchen. It truly is a wonderful layout," Mrs. Honeycutt said.

The 17- by-12-foot living room and 12- by-11-foot dining room carry on the color scheme of the kitchen, with muted blues, reds and greens complementing the oak hardwood floors.

One end of the living room is a wall of windows. Along the longer wall is a wood-burning fireplace with a ceramic tile surround and carved oak mantelpiece.

There is a full bathroom on the first floor along with a 12- by-10-foot bedroom that the Honeycutts currently use as an office/den. The first-floor bedroom has access to the deck through a set of French doors.

The first-floor bathroom has a soaking tub with a tile surround and plenty of space for candles. Tile reaches around the room and halfway up the wall.

Upstairs there are three more bedrooms that measure 15 by 11 feet (master), 14 by 9 feet and 9 by 9 feet. The main bathroom is L-shaped with a tiled shower, a rainfall showerhead and glass block wall that lets in the light. There is a large cherry vanity with Corian counter top and a pantry-style cupboard at one end.

Updates made to the house over the past 10 years include windows and the gas-fueled furnace. There is also central air-conditioning. The integral garage has access to the finished 29- by-25-foot game room, which has wood paneling, neutral carpeting and a laundry room.

The Honeycutts said the house is close to for shopping in Plum, Verona and Oakmont, and is a 15- to 20-minute drive to Downtown.

The property has a 2014 county assessed value of $124,800 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.aspx). Over the last three years, six houses have sold on Earlwood Road for prices ranging from $16,293 in December 2011 to $160,000 paid for this property in October 2010 (www.realstats.net).

Mrs. Honeycutt enjoys the feeling of community she's found in Crescent Hills, "a small community but we have a very active citizens association" offering everything from plant sales to family picnics.

"They're always planning activities for people to get to know it each other ... even a house tour to see how people used the different space."

There is an annual membership fee of $10 that goes toward maintaining the community park and the newsletter along with the community's online portal.

"We worked really hard to make it look extra nice," said Mrs. Honeycutt, crediting previous owners for the landscaping.

"We dabble but we were fortunate that the previous owner left us a perfect garden with perennials. ... We just added a few here and there."

Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com.


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