How a couple fell in love with a 100-year-old Victorian, and so do you

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OWhen they bought their century-old Victorian home in Crafton four years ago, first-time home buyers Bre and Mike Cleary quickly learned the difficulties of home ownership after a plumbing problem left them forced them to completely remodel their bathroom shortly after moving in.

“We were a bit naive,” says Bre. “We wanted a small repairman. We didn’t know how far we were going to go. We were 26, 27 years old.

Despite this, and in the years that followed, their affection for 92 E. Steuben St. never wavered. The house was one of the first the couple visited; Bre immediately fell in love with it and Mike was right behind her.

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At the time, they had no idea how much their lives would change living there. As well as growing their family at home, the couple say the projects they’ve taken on around the house have inspired a career move for Mike.

“My husband was working in the oil fields when we bought the house. He now works in the plumbing industry,” says Bre. “It made him change his whole career path; he loves it and we learned a lot along the way.

Having passed the location, the couple put the house on the market for $239,000 (MLS # 1580560, Lu Ryan, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com). It was agreed this week.

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Built in 1893, the four bedroom, two full bath home was one of the first in the community. It has high ceilings, an open floor plan that spans three stories, and over 2,800 square feet of living space. Sitting back from the sidewalk, the house has a long, lighted path that leads to a lovely porch that sits just below a charming two-story turret.

The exterior also has new siding, new second floor windows, and updated electrical service and wiring.

Inside, original hardwood floors and high baseboards highlight the interior design. The 22 square foot by 14 square foot living room is flooded with natural light from multiple windows. It also features a distinctive chimney topped with small cornices.

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The dining room is painted a delicious shade of blue that Bre attributes to the previous owners.

“We barely touched the paint on the house,” she says. “The dining room is Periwinkle Blue and we kept it because we liked it. It fits perfectly into the house.

The room also has a built-in corner cabinet on two ends, as well as original brass heating radiators which add a touch of charm to the room. A pair of double doors open onto the side patio, where mature trees provide shade for outdoor entertaining and grilling.

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Featuring butcher block countertops, the kitchen has a rear staircase that leads to the second floor. The solid wood cabinets were painted white by a previous owner, says Bre. Luxury vinyl plank flooring gives the room an upgraded feel, as does a stainless steel French door refrigerator.

A full bathroom on the first floor includes an alcove tub, single vanity, and toilet. The high paneling is painted a bright white.

On the second floor are four large bedrooms measuring 14 by 11 to 18 by 13 square feet respectively. The hallway’s original stained woodwork features a rosette detail complemented by high baseboards.

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Each bedroom has the original oak flooring. Featuring a trio of windows, the master bedroom features a spectacular original gas fireplace with a carved oak front and mirrored mantel dating back to the late 1800s. The fireplace is surrounded by green ceramic tiles .

Their daughter’s bedroom was another project the couple tackled.

“Before, there was a suspended ceiling,” says Bre. “We never touched it, but when we went to remodel the space, we found that the original ceiling plaster was falling off.”

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The couple removed and replaced the ceiling, and also installed a darling chandelier and charming wallpaper for their now 2-year-old daughter.

“She was the reason we made a lot of upgrades,” says Bre. “We removed all the buttons and tubes [wiring] out of the house when we found out we were pregnant. We didn’t feel comfortable bringing a newborn home without a new service. It was quite a large project. »

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The second floor also includes the bathroom that the couple remodeled at the start of their tenure at home. With new tiles, it has a new vanity and light fixtures.

The well maintained backyard is flat and includes a separate garage with street access. There is also a small planting bed and fire pit.

“We loved this house,” says Mike. “We hope the next owners care as much as we do.”

Drawing on her years of experience in the area’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci offers Hot Property, an inside look at unique and historic homes on the market. Each week, Hot Property goes 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 Magazine HOME, tracking home prices and sales and detailing where hot properties are located. Rosa can be contacted at [email protected]

About: Crafton (craftonborough.com)
Population: 5,770
Planes, trains and automobiles: 20 minutes drive from the airport.
Schools: Carlynton School District
Piece: Full of rich housing steeped in history, Crafton was named after James S. Craft, a lawyer who originally obtained the land. His son, Charles, sold portions of the land, which was incorporated into a borough in 1892.

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