Hot Property: Breathtaking view is a surprise in Greenfield



IIt’s kind of a joke that the native Pittsburghers never leave, or always boomerang their homes, but it’s actually true – just ask Gretchen Hamm.

A native of East Ender who attended Allderdice High School, she left Pittsburgh after school to work on the West Coast. Family ties and a love for the area brought her back to the area, where she purchased a four bedroom house at 331 Kaercher Street in Greenfield.


Among the many selling points of the house, one of them stood out particularly: a spectacular view of the city.

“You can’t replace that point of view,” says Hamm. “You can see Oakland all the way to The Point.”.

The scenic also includes several bridges, downtown skyscrapers, and Mount Washington’s Grandview Avenue properties.


The house is not too shabby either. Owned by the same family for over 50 years, it underwent a brief rehab before Hamm bought it. She is now recalled to the West Coast by her employer, and the house is back on the market.

Listed for $ 250,000 (MLS # 1518034, Ilona Tassone, Howard Hanna Real Estate,, 412 / 448-6607), it is open by appointment.

Built in 1920, the house has many desirable features, such as the original paneled staircase entrance as well as two original stained glass windows.

“They were painted on a brown color; I didn’t even know they were there, ”Hamm recalls. “We removed the paint with great difficulty.”


The entrance hallway has two curved walls and luxury vinyl plank flooring. The kitchen and the carpeted living and dining areas have been opened up to each other, filling the rooms with lots of light.

Hamm and his family painted the interior of the house in a neutral gray paint paired with a glossy white trim. It was a smart choice; As you enter the living space, the walls recede, letting the view of the city shine from the back deck.

A large fireplace in the living room also attracts attention. The renovated kitchen is functional and efficient with espresso-colored cabinets, a gray backsplash and a glass-fronted pantry. The original rear staircase allows easy secondary access to the upper levels of the house.


Served by a full bathroom, four bedrooms spread over the two upper levels, plus a laundry room.

Between the pandemic and working remotely, Hamm says a project remained on her home improvement wishlist before she decided to put the house up for sale.

“I would have loved to finish the basement because it would be a great art studio,” she says. “There is an antique sink over there.” The basement also houses a second full bathroom with a tub.

Sitting on a corner, the all-brick home has a curved walkway leading to the front door and a large porch perfect for relaxing with friends.


At the rear, a car park can accommodate two small cars. A large terrace is connected by a small porch which leads to the basement. Mechanically, the 1,800 square foot home is heated with natural gas and no central air conditioning. Water and sewers are public.

“I loved the community life here and the proximity to Schenley Park and Frick Park,” says Hamm, who adds that she may one day return to the area.

Drawing on her years of experience in the area’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci offers Hot Property, an inside look at the unique and historic homes on the market. Each week, Hot Property passes behind the For Sale sign to share the story of a special Pittsburgh area home. And four times a year, Hot Property provides an in-depth look at the area’s real estate market in Pittsburgh HOME Magazine, tracking home prices and sales, and detailing where hot properties are located. Rosa can be contacted at [email protected]

On: Greenfield

Population: 7 294

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Very accessible on foot, with bike paths, public transport via Port Authority and carpooling. Getting to Pittsburgh International Airport by car is a 30-minute ride and is also available via connecting bus lines.

Schools: City of Pittsburgh, with a vast array of magnets. (

District: Nestled between Squirrel Hill, Hazelwood and Homestead, Greenfield has two small business districts. Sloping hills, one-way streets and 26 distinct flights of City Steps offer panoramic views of the city. The housing stock is affordable, lively and interesting.


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