Buying Here: Shaler

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If there’s one thing 500 Friday St. has, it’s history.

When owner Andrea Lynch was moving into her home in 2002 and remodeling the kitchen, she and her fiance removed a carpet and linoleum from the kitchen floor. On top of the hard wood floors were multiple newspapers -- likely used for padding between the wood floors and the linoleum. 

She kept the newspapers that weren’t torn, including a Wall Street Journal from 1973 and New York Times from 1972. She has a copy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned. She has a copy of the Pittsburgh Press, too. 

“I’m going to leave the newspapers for [new owners]. It seems like they go with the house,” Ms. Lynch said. 

The property, located in Shaler, was built in 1860 and maintains a true colonial style with the original woodwork. There are mantels in the bedroom and guest room and fireplaces in the living room and bedroom, giving the 2-story, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house an old fashioned look. 

A special part of the home is the leaded windows, which serve as a prism and filter rainbow light on sunny days. 

There are fireplaces in each of the three bedrooms, which measure 15 by 12 feet and 13 by 9 feet. The master bedroom is 15 by 12 feet. Ms. Lynch used another spare room as a bedroom, totaling four potential bedrooms. 

The attic could also serve as a playroom or private bedroom, and has finished walls and hard wood flooring.  

The house offers an electric stove, microwave oven and refrigerator, and the kitchen, remodeled in 2002, has Formica counter tops. There is also hot water heat, natural gas heat and a window unit air conditioner. 

“They’re modern amenities with Old World charm,” Realtor Lesley Foulk said. Her favorite part of the house, she says, is the character and old fashioned nuances, like the entryway and entrance to the house. The house has large windows to look out into the yard.

“I love, love, love the front of the house. When you walk in, it’s really stunning,” Ms. Foulk said. “It’s a corner lot and offers mature trees. The front porch is really charming.”

The house also boasts 12-foot ceilings and pocket doors in some rooms.

“The pocket doors are something neat because they’re historic and they work, which is amazing,” she said.

Ms. Lynch has made a couple of renovations to the house in the last eight years, including an improved kitchen with new cabinets, a refrigerator, stove and counter tops. She put in new flooring on the first level, put in new sinks in the bathroom and fixed some textured ceilings. 

The old fashioned look, however, has not been touched, though Ms. Lynch noted that the house has remained in wonderful shape in light of its age. She’s especially proud of the exterior.

The house is symmetrically placed on the lot, which is 117 by 63 by 107 by 64 feet. 

“There’s yard usage on all sides and there’s a lot of trees and pine trees in the front,” Ms. Lynch said. When she bought the house, the previous owners said they couldn’t sit out on the front porch because the sun was in their eyes. They had planted nascent pine trees then.

“Now, the trees have matured and it’s all shady in the front,” Ms. Lynch said. 

Her favorite part, though, is the spaciousness of the property.

“It’s great for entertaining, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of room.” 

The property is listed by Howard Hanna for $145,000. It is under contract. 

Kate Mishkin: or 412-263-1352


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