OWhen Bill and Roe Hurst were lucky enough to return to Pittsburgh to be closer to their family, they fell in love with a one-of-a-kind brick home in Mt. Lebanon that had plenty of room for their five children.
Built in 1922, the home at 1170 Washington Road is full of arts and crafts design details, including natural wood trim and built-in shelving. The half-acre tabletop lot also provided plenty of space for the large family to roam around.
“Our children could walk to school and we could walk downtown and enjoy the restaurants. It’s just nice to have so many things so close,” Bill says.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is now more space than those nearly empty nests need. It is listed for sale for $599,900 (MLS # 1518797, Vera Purcell of Howard Hanna Real Estate, 412/916-4488, howardhanna.com). It is open by appointment.
The house has a storybook quality to it, thanks to the low roofline and a charming brow window that’s a nod and nod to what’s inside. A right veranda and a left veranda flank the main area of the house. These two charming spaces are very popular with visitors.
The large driveway has plenty of space to park and also leads to the back of the house, where the couple have extended the landscape to accommodate a number of cars while still retaining the plentiful yard space.
“For me, the yard is a very nice feature. We can fit 20 cars between the front and the cars going to the back,” says Bill.
That theory was tested in full last year when the couple held a home wedding for their son after the coronavirus pandemic put a wrench in the original plans.
“We set up tents in the back,” Bill recalls, adding that there was plenty of room for guests.
Inside, the entrance to the house has slate tiled flooring and natural woodwork. A single glass door with mullions leads to the 22 square foot by 14 square foot family room, where a natural stone fireplace, coffered ceiling and maple floors add to the inviting atmosphere.
The opposite end of the room features a pair of stunning fitted wardrobes that flank the entrance to the dining area, which includes an amazing window seat with a special feature: a heater with a seat cover to keep you warm during Winter. Another pair of doors take you to the veranda, where another fireplace awaits. It’s a cozy getaway that’s perfect for snuggling up with a book.
The couple remodeled the 12-square-foot by 12-square-foot kitchen, installing maple floors and tall cabinets with a maple-stained finish and crown moldings. The cleverly designed space can even accommodate a small television hidden above the refrigerator. Stone counters, stainless steel appliances and a large pantry complete the space.
The couple also converted one of the doors into a window, which allowed for seating in the kitchen. Custom rattan shades and neutral paint colors bring the space together.
There is also a lovely boudoir which once served as a bedroom on the first floor; It’s a total game changer for anyone looking for a single level life.
“There’s a big closet in there and a door that leads to the full bathroom on the first floor,” Bill says.
The beautiful bathroom has classic white subway tiles, black checkerboard details and the original built-in medicine cabinets and sconces. A large linen closet and tub/shower combination make this a very usable space.
The couple also remodeled the basement, and it’s a great place for a family to enjoy movie nights.
“It was a typical open space that I separated for a hobby room, laundry room, pantry, and work room with tools,” says Bill.
Upstairs, the bedrooms are full of charm. Painted in robin’s egg blue which plays wonderfully against the original wood floors, the master bedroom has an eyebrow window, which lets in plenty of light. A full bathroom with a double sink vanity is accessible from the bedroom and from the hallway.
Two more rooms sit above the added two-car garage. These rooms have access to a rear balcony. The third bedroom is painted in dusty lavender and serves as an office.
Another bathroom in the corridor serves these bedrooms. There is also a closet/ironing room which includes shelves, hooks and floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets with their original wooden doors with latch closures still intact.
“We’ve always liked old wooden houses with a natural finish,” adds Bill. “But what sold us was the fact that we have five kids and there was plenty of room.”
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On: Mount Lebanon (mtlebanon.org)
Population: 33 137
Planes, trains and automobiles: 25 minutes from the airport. Daily transport via Port Authority T-Rail line and street buses. Parking in the street, with meter and with permit.
Schools: The Mt. Lebanon School District ranks among the best academically, with 93% of its graduates going on to post-secondary education. (mtlsd.org)
Neighborhoods: Mt. Lebanon has one of the most dynamic and thriving (and dog-friendly) business districts in Allegheny County. Take a stroll and visit Rollier’s Hardware, Uptown Coffee and The Fabric Place. Restaurants range from a quick grab for a slice of pizza at Mineo’s to upscale meals at Bistro 19. Benches and trees welcome visitors and the historic churches along Main Street are a wonder to behold at any time. time of year.