LLast week, several real estate agents joined together in their collective marketing efforts to highlight three historic luxury properties for sale in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods.
The estates all have ties to prominent local families whose business endeavors enabled them to build homes that later became important landmarks in the city. Each is over 100 years old – and each is a true Pittsburgh gem.
The Kelly House
1145 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill (MLS # 1506982, Nettie Mercer, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com) Photo credit: hover properties
Designed by Pittsburgh architectural firm McClure & Spahr and built by Henry Shenk & Company in 1905, this spectacular home was built to last. Set on 1.4 acres, the 117-year-old home is now on the market for $4.4 million.
Spanning 14,300 square feet, the home features 9 bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. Its red brick stone exterior features sandstone accents on the windows and arches, paired with classic black shutters.
The interior’s marble-clad vestibule and carved quarter-sawn oak ceilings and staircase bear witness to the height of the Industrial Age, when the region’s magnates and bankers showcased their wealth in style.
Still, real estate agent Nettie Mercer says one of the most interesting things about the estate is its level of preservation.
“All the marble, intricate paneling and plaster work throughout the house is beautiful,” she says. “Many estate agents who visited last week were simply amazed at the way the house was maintained.”
This is no small feat considering the age of the house. Other must-see features include a spectacular dining room with a built-in display case, plaster ceiling and stunning crystal chandeliers. The majestic billiard room also offers entertainment in an elegant space.
Several rooms have fireplaces and hand-carved paneled walls. Despite the size, Mercer says the house is very livable and perfect for a large family.
“There’s a kitchen with dining area, a home office, and plenty of space to get together or have privacy,” she says. “A lot of people really appreciate the separation of rooms in the house.”
There is also a home gym and an extensive wine cellar. Serene grounds include mature trees, a koi pond, and a waterfall. The house is open by appointment.
“It’s a big house waiting for a lively group to occupy it,” Mercer says.
5501 Elgin Street, Highland Park (MLS# 1537752, Mark Jennings, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, experiencebaywood.com)
Original $2.98 Million Alexander King Estate Featured in Pittsburgh Magazine before. Built in 1880, the house has been lovingly restored by Dr. Frank Brown and his wife, Maura. Their labor of love brought the Second Empire back to the brink of ruin, returning it to a remarkable home.
Interior rooms feature historic wall coverings from Bradbury & Bradbury. Restored plaster wall moldings complement the hand painted wall ceilings and original inlaid parquet and mahogany floors. Other features include a cook’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, and an elaborate library with mahogany bookcases and a coffered ceiling.
The estate is also situated on a 1.8 acre parcel at the end of a private road, making it a rural gem in an urban setting. The house is open by appointment.
Listed for $4.4 million, this classic revival home boasts 11,782 square feet of living space that has undergone a comprehensive restoration, including an infrastructural overhaul.
The exterior’s all-white color scheme continues inside, giving a contemporary vibe to the six bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms. Vintage glass and lighting nod to the past, while the sleek, modern chef’s kitchen makes cooking easy.
The original details remain throughout the house, including the floor and the stained glass windows.
Giving the outdoor space a resort feel is an added guesthouse. There is also an inground pool and a covered terrace. The house is open by appointment.
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