Buying Here: Ellison Place offers patio homes, townhouses with many options
February 10, 2017 12:00 AM
Attached two-story townhouses in the Ellison Place development in Castle Shannon.
By Rosa Colucci / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With large land parcels becoming scarce in Castle Shannon, Jim Dinert decided the time was right to build Ellison Place, a community of townhouses and patio homes off of Route 88 at the intersection of May Street.
“This is the last piece of ground in the Castle Shannon area to build on,” said the president of Senterra Building & Development. “There is no land in Brookline. They are totally sold out.”
The 19-home community offers three townhouse models and two patio home floor plans, with seven townhouses and seven patio homes currently available. The Linden townhouse model home at 2890 E. May St. Extension is open from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment (412-921-6689 or www.ellisonplace.info).
Mr. Dinert, who also built the nearby communities of Laurelwood and Colony Point in Scott, said the plan has been attracting many buyers with local ties, especially older residents.
“They don’t want to leave. ... Everyone loves the patio homes. We only introduced them in the last three weeks.”
Townhouse prices start at $238,500 for the Linden, $259,500 for the Willow and $289,900 for the Mulberry. Living space ranges from 1,750 square feet to 2,050 square feet. All have three bedrooms, 2½ baths and two-car garages. The attached units have brick exteriors, open floor plans and many finish upgrades. Tankless water heaters are standard.
The first floor of the Linden features a 21- by- 12-foot great room in the front and the 12-by-12-foot kitchen and 12- by 11-foot dining room in the rear. A sliding glass door leads to the 14-by-10-foot outdoor patio.
The model home’s kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets — one of four choices available — a center island and stainless-steel appliances.
Carpet is standard but hardwood floors are available as an upgrade. Also standard are ceramic tile in the kitchen and baths, a roof with a 30-year guarantee, Pella windows that tilt for easy cleaning, PEX water lines and Kohler fixtures.
There are 9-foot ceilings on the first floor. The 15-by-11-foot owner’s suite has a walk-in closet, double bowl vanity and solid-surface counter tops. The other two bedrooms measure 12 by 11 feet and are serviced by a full bath. The Willow and Mulberry models feature larger rooms, more closet space and a first-floor garage entry. A deck replaces the back patio.
Construction will begin in the spring on nine patio homes. The Aspen starts at $237,300 and the Douglas at $284,500. The Aspen floor plan has a one-car garage and an 11-by-11-foot owner’s suite.. To the left of the garage is a powder room, foyer and laundry room. The second floor includes two 14-by-11-foot bedrooms, one with a loft, a full bathroom and a 14½- by- 10-foot storage area.
The larger Douglas floor plan offers a two-car garage, a 13- by- 12-foot owner’s suite in the front and a foyer. Across the back of the home is a 38- by 14-foot open area that includes the kitchen, dining area and family room. A sliding door leads to the patio.
The second floor includes two bedrooms measuring 24 by 14 feet (loft) and 16 by 11 feet, a laundry center, a mechanical room and a 13-by-10-foot storage area. The homeowners association fee is $100 per month.
Mr. Dinert said business has been brisk in the new development. “It’s a great little community with a lot of convenience.”
Inside out: Many of the borough’s founders belonged to the local Presbyterian church. Buried in Bethel Church and St. Clair cemeteries are early settlers, most of them Scotch-Irish. In the 1780s, David Strawbridge owned a farm at the corner of present-day Poplar Avenue and Castle Shannon Boulevard that he called “Castle Shanahan.” He most likely grew rye.
The first railroad was established in 1872 and its most popular destination was Linden Grove, built as a spot for German picnickers and later embraced by other ethnic groups.
More than 8,300 residents call the 1.6-square-mile borough home and churches such as St. Anne Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Emmanuel Lutheran and First Presbyterian remain cornerstones of the community.
Schools: Keystone Oaks (www.kosd.org) serves Castle Shannon, Dormont and Green Tree
Average SAT scores: Reading, 506; Math 508; Writing, 491
Taxes for a property assessed at $100,000: $3,135.09
Borough: $838.50 (8.38 mills)
School: $1,907.71 (19.07 mills)
County: $388.88 (4.73 mills)*
Earned income tax: 1 percent
*Includes the Act 50 Homestead Exclusion, which reduces the assessed value of a primary residence by $18,000.
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