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The townhouse at 396 Newburn Drive in Scott would look much like its neighbors, if not for Brigitta Day.

Her cheery color palette and modern updates set apart this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath unit on the market for $133,000 through Suzy Voss of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (412-833-3600 or www.howardhanna.com).

The two-story end unit in the Jamestown Condominiums has a brick exterior with painted shutters. A brick arch highlights the front window while grass and neatly groomed boxwood and seasonal flowers provide a welcoming entrance.

The entry and main hallway are painted a light buttery yellow with white wainscoting, a spindle railing and hardwood floor. Ms. Day has lived in the home for 10 years.

"It's been lovingly cared for. It is updated everywhere. I am looking to prepare for a time when I am less mobile and that is why I am leaving. It is hard to move," she said.

The main living space on the first floor is covered in wall-to-wall white carpet. The combination living room/dining room measures 30 by 16 feet, with the dining area closer to the kitchen. A rustic pendant light with a muted white shade casts a warm glow over the dining table.

Just beyond, the 13-by- 8-foot galley kitchen has been updated with IKEA cabinetry. Warm wood cabinet fronts feature soft-close doors and drawers and sleek chrome pulls.

"It is totally new with a different layout," Ms. Day said. "The refrigerator does not protrude into the space anymore."

Appliances have a black finish and include white counter tops, a smooth-top electric stove, an over-the-stove microwave and a dishwasher. The stove has a stainless-steel backsplash with an IKEA utility rail that can be customized.

"I installed an extra-deep stainless-steel sink. It is so useful and works well. I like to cook and there is lots of space."

Large glass patio doors let in lots of light and provide easy access to the private, fenced stone patio. The patio, which measures 14 by 10 feet, functions as an outside room, the owner said.

Shrubs provide privacy and a tree in the corner gives shade.

The first-floor powder room has a white pedestal sink and medicine cabinet that complement the yellow walls and chrome fixtures. There is also a coat closet and storage closet on the first floor, but no basement. Additional storage is provided in the complex.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and full bath. The master bedroom is painted a spring green and has an extra-large, extra-deep closet. The second bedroom has a similar-sized closet and another that holds a stackable washer/dryer. The main bathroom features white walls and blue ceramic tile. The vanity, sink and wall storage are all in a warm oak.

The property has a county assessed value of $90,800 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Default.aspx). Over the past three years, two other units on Newburn Drive have sold for $109,900 in November 2011 and $126,000 in April 2012 (www.realstats.net).

The monthly condo fee is $278 and includes gas heat, water, sewage, grounds maintenance, snow removal and care of the community pool, which includes a children's pool.

"The pool has a lifeguard. When my grandchildren visited this summer, they had to pass the deep test to swim in the adult pool. It is very well managed," Ms. Day said.

Owners have designated parking spaces and there is also additional public parking.

"The location is very convenient," Ms. Day said. "I can be at the Fort Pitt Tunnels in less than 10 minutes. It's also very close to uptown Mt. Lebanon, and has easy access to Banksville Road. We are such a mix of young and old. It is a lively community and people know and watch out for each other."

The home is open by appointment.

Rosa Colucci: 412-263-1661 or rcolucci@post-gazette.com.


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