Buying Here: Renovations add to architectural charm of Edgewood house
January 13, 2017 12:00 AM
The 110-year-old house at 117 Ivy St. has many architectural features, including 9-foot ceilings, decorative fireplaces and tall windows.
By Rosa Colucci / Post-Gazette
Kathy McShane was not looking to buy a house when she arrived at 117 Ivy St. in Edgewood.
“I actually looked at the house to rent. This house is so huge. It had enough characteristics that I liked it enough to buy it,” she said.
The 110-year-old house’s architectural features included 9-foot ceilings, decorative fireplaces and tall windows.
That was more than 25 years ago. The four-bedroom, 2½--bath house has served her family well. Now the time has come for Ms. McShane to downsize.
She has put the house on the market for $179,900 (MLS No. 1228608) with Aida Agovic-Corna of Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices (www.thepreferredrealty.com or 412-551-5500) It is open by appointment.
Ms. McShane’s renovation began with the front porch.
“It had a teeny front porch, basically to cover you when you open the door. When I had the back renovated, I added the porch on.”
Now, the original 5-by-6-foot space stretches the width of the front of the house.
The front door opens into the 19-by-16-foot living room. There, built-in shelving flanks a decorative fireplace with a stone surround. White-painted wainscoting contrasts with deep celadon green walls. The floors are covered in a WIlsonart laminate that looks like wood. At the far end, a wide entry leads to the dining room.
The 13-by-11-foot dining room has sunny yellow walls and three pendants that replaced a single overhead light. The space is well-lit thanks to tall windows.
The 17-by-11-foot kitchen has lots of cabinetry and all electric appliances. The wood cabinets were painted white by the homeowner and upgraded with black hardware. A new solid-surface counter top contains a double-bowl, stainless-steel sink with a high-neck, pull-out spray faucet and a dishwasher. In addition to the cooktop there is a wall oven. Built-in shelving for cookbooks and spices make an efficient use of the space.
Ms. McShane added a tile backsplash in shades of gray and white and made other additions.
“I put in a powder room, first-floor laundry room, a back deck and hot tub,” she said.
The laundry room has a stackable laundry unit, shelving and lots of room to store crafts and fold laundry. The powder room is larger than normal and the back deck was expanded to hold a six-person hot tub that may be sold with the house.
“I haven’t decided on that yet,” she said.
Upstairs on the second level, the 16-by- 13-foot master bedroom has a chair rail and a neutral color palette including tan plush carpeting. Two more bedrooms range in size from 13 by 10 feet to 16 by 12 feet. They are decorated in light, bright colors and all have large windows and carpeting.
A full bathroom services that level and includes a shower/tub combination. On the third floor is a full bathroom, bonus room and 19-by- 12-foot bedroom.
The basement is partially finished and features a new sump pump. There is also plumbing for a powder room and the original plumbing for the washer.
The house has on-street parkinig, newer vinyl windows, forced-air heat and central air-conditioning.
The Allegheny County 2016 assessed value is $90,500 (www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Default.aspx). Over the past three years, six houses have sold on Ivy Street for prices ranging from $47,000 in February 2014 to $189,900 in July of 2015.
Ms. McShane noted that the house is close to Frick Park, Regent Square, the Edgewood Library and the Edgewood Club. The city recently reopened a bike/pedestrian bridge that links the bike trail and Edgewood Towne Centre.
“I have loved living here,” she said. “There are lots of community events, light-up night and sports leagues. The people are wonderful.”
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Correction: The carpet on the second level is tan; the basement ceiling is unfinished and the dining room does not have a view of the back yard.
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