Buying Here: Home in Alto Piano plan hits all of the right notes
December 2, 2016 12:22 PM
The front of 1020 Skyline Drive in Cecil features a stone- and brick-covered facade.
By Rosa Colucci / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Joel and Michele Lopacinski like the Alto Piano plan so much that they have bought homes there twice.
“We’ve been in this house for three years. We loved the lot and the pool,” she said.
Now with young children and the need to be closer to family, they have put 1020 Skyline Drive in Cecil, Washington County, on the market for $689,000 (MLS No. 1224737) with Wendy Weaver of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (412-561-7400 ext. 286 or www.howardhanna.com). It is open by appointment.
The house has four bedrooms, 4½ baths and a view of rolling hills that goes on for miles. Built seven years ago as a custom home, it has a brick and stone facade and a four-car garage.
The 22-by-9-foot entry rises two stories and features warm oak floors that continue throughout the first floor. To the right, a pair of French doors lead to a 12-by-12-foot office with 9-foot ceilings, track lighting and crown molding.
On the left, a 14-by-15-foot dining room has white oak paneling and soft gray walls. Both rooms are linked to the 24-by-19-foot kitchen. The homeowners tweaked the original design.
“We added a cabinet under the peninsula island. It’s a double-door pullout for trash,” Ms. Lopacinski said.
White cabinets and neutral colored granite tops are accented by a tumbled stone backsplash. There is a potfiller faucet above the six-burner Jenn-Air gas cooktop. A pair of wall ovens and the dishwasher and refrigerator were made by Bosch. The custom kitchen includes pull-out drawers for pots and pans and two slender pull-outs for canned goods. A kick-drawer at the base holds cookie sheets.
The adjacent two-story family room measures 29 by 15 feet and features a wall of windows and a wood-burning fireplace.
“When it is on in the winter, the heat rises and warms the second floor,” Ms. Lopacinski noted.
Sliding glass doors provide access to the large deck where the homeowners enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Upstairs, the 23- by- 14-foot master bedroom has soft gray walls, a wall of windows and a sliding door to a Juliet balcony. There are two walk-in closets, one accessed through sliding doors from the master bath.
There, a luxury shower has a rainshower head and two sets of wall sprays. Nearby is a deep soaking tub. Two vanities have granite tops and a grooming station in between.
The other three bedrooms range in size from 10 by 11 feet to 11 by 15 feet. One is decorated in a “Star Wars” theme. The other is pink and has an attached bathroom with full shower. The third bedroom was an open loft but the owners closed it for their children’s safety. It doubles as a guest bedroom with a sleeper sofa and a laundry center hidden behind closet doors.
The finished basement measures 31 by 25 feet. A home theater has an electric fireplace insert, a professional projection screen, a ceiling-mounted projector and a sound system. The screen is visible from outside.
The basement also includes a small exercise room with rubber flooring and a kids’ playroom.
“The floors are luxury vinyl tile that looks like wood,” Ms. Lopacinski said. “The basement is a walkout and pool traffic goes through there.”
A 15,000-gallon in-ground pool has a saltwater filtration and treatment system. Nearby is a large play area with an outdoor sound system.
Mechanicals include zone heating and central air-conditioning. The property’s assessed value is $37,433 (www.co.washington.pa.us/). In the past four years, three houses have sold on Skyline Drive for prices ranging from $575,000 in March 2012 to $670,000 in December 2013 (www.realstats.net).
Nearby shopping centers include Donaldson’s Crossroads and Newbury Town Center.
“This is a great neighborhood. It is uncommon to have such a private lot in a development,” Ms. Lopacinski said.
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Inside out: Cecil Township was established in 1781 and has a population of 11,271 people living within its 26.4 square miles. Its huge Southpointe development includes offices for Consol Energy, Millcraft Industries and Ansys.
The township is also the home of the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, which is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Military burials are held there daily and are available to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty requirement and were not discharged dishonorably.
The Stephenson-Campbell property is on the U.S. Register of Historic places and features four buildings including a 1778 log house and a 1929 Sears & Roebuck mail-order house. The log house is one of the few that predate 1780 still standing in Western Pennsylvania.
Schools: Canon McMillian (cmsd.k12.pa.us) The high school is ranked 78 out of 688 in the state.
Average SAT scores: Reading, 520; Math, 527; Writing, 502 (Canon McMillan High School)
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