A roomy front porch and ample parking are some of the exterior amenities at 3413 Beechwood Blvd. in Squirrel Hill.
By Rosa Colucci / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh real estate market has been hot. In the city, prices in East End neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville, Friendship and East Liberty soared, driving buyers toward Garfield, Bloomfield, Stanton Heights and other nearby neighborhoods.
In East Liberty, housing prices between Stanton Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard sometimes topped $300,000 as investors flipped properties. In Stanton Heights, prices exceeded $100 a square foot on several streets and Greenfield became an alternative for buyers priced out of Squirrel Hill.
However, the city property featured in Buying Here that drew the most attention wasn’t in the East End. More than 13,000 readers clicked on the online version of a story about 2403 Glenmawr St., Sheraden, a four-bedroom home on a small lot.
Priced at just $39,000 and built in 1896, the house has a spectacular view of the city and its three rivers. The house sat empty for 12 years and the lot was tended by neighbors. Owner Nicole Hana Kaneko had purchased the property in sheriff’s sale and planned to renovate it. But a job change forced her to relocate before she could lift a hammer. Shortly after the article appeared, the house sold for $31,500.
Two other homes with great views were not so lucky. One at 167 Pius St. on the South Side Slopes received a stunning renovation from a contractor who wisely added a garage in an area where parking is at a premium. David Mullins spared no expense in rebuilding the 115-year-old house over a three-year period, adding touches such as mahogany beadboard ceilings and handrails. With three bedrooms and three full baths, it was originally priced at $365,000 and is now listed at $349,000.
On Troy Hill on the North Side, 1717 Lowrie St. was born when a pizza shop burned down. Dan DelCampo decided to build the home of his dreams, a modern building hung on a hillside with extensive structural steel. The interior was left unfinished when Mr. DelCampo decided to sell, but he has complete drawing for the new owner. The 3,660-square-foot home has views of the Allegheny River and the Strip District from every floor. Originally listed at $799,000, it is now available for $699,000.
A more modest home in Squirrel Hill had no trouble finding a new owner. The five-bedroom house at 3413 Beechwood Blvd. boasts an oak-paneled entry, leaded-glass doors and stained-glass windows. The home was listed at $265,000 when the story ran in June and sold for $237,500 in August.
Nearby in Greenfield, another old charmer was discovered by the Majcen family from Croatia. They bought 704 Montclair St. for its caste-like atmosphere but also original details including original fireplace mantels, stained-glass windows and French doors between the rooms. The property also featured a multi-tiered deck built by a previous owner and the original Spanish tile roof. Originally listed for $179,000 in January, the four-bedroom, 2 ½-bath home closed in April for $183,000.
A corner house at 1214 James St. in Deutschtown was a mess when Heather Johnson and Camden Leeds bought it. With no design background but a good eye, they undertook an extensive renovation on the North Side house they purchased for $40,000 in April 2014. They completely gutted the house and gave it a mid-century modern flair. The lime green front door surely attracted buyers to stop by for a look. The house was listed at $324,000 in January and sold for $315,000 in March.
As the market continues to inch forward for 2017 and our region continues to grow, we look forward to showing you the most interesting homes for sale in Pittsburgh region.
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