Location is key at this charming Shadyside townhouse

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SSometimes location is everything — and there’s no double 910 Bellefonte Street in Shadyside is a dream for anyone looking to live close to Pittsburgh’s amenities and attractions.

The three-bedroom, 2½-bathroom townhouse is just one block from the heart of the Walnut Street shopping corridor, home to a variety of cafes, restaurants, retail stores and an Apple store.

Built in 1970, the all-brick townhouse has a handsome facade, complemented by black shutters and white trim, that blends seamlessly with the street’s mix of old, new, and updated housing. There is also a lovely alcove where visitors can enter from the rain before entering the house. It offers a garage for one car and a long driveway to park a second vehicle.

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Listed for $535,000 (MLS # 1550472, Maryann Bacharach of Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com), it is open by appointment.

Owners Kevin Israel and Kathleen Carr, who have lived in the house since 2007, consider the place a blessing in their lives.

“The best part of living on Bellefonte Street is being able to walk to all your favorite restaurants and not have to drive your car,” Carr says.

Inside, a row of windows brings natural light into the house. Bedrooms can accommodate large pieces of furniture, too, as evidenced by the beefy leather reclining section in the living room that seats eight and still leaves room for a pair of accent chairs.

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The kitchen is an efficient galley style and features stainless steel appliances. Parquet runs through the dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you’re living in the trees. This is all nicely accented by sage green walls that add a touch of biophilic design to the space.

The three bedrooms are spacious and have parquet floors and plenty of closet space. There’s enough flexibility in the design that the next owner can easily flip a piece around to outfit a pair of twin beds or a spacious home office.

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The two full bathrooms include one with a tub/shower combination and another with a walk-in shower and double vanity. There is also a bathroom.

The house is equipped with a forced air and forced air (gas) central heating system. There are no HOA fees. Water and sewer is the city of Pittsburgh

The house also has a fenced back yard accessed through a sliding glass door in the basement. Outside there is concrete landscaping, a walking path at the back of the land and a planting area. The private space could easily be upgraded for more outdoor living or as a play area for pets – and, of course, there’s that place too.

“It’s the best walkable area in town,” adds Carr.

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On: Shaded side (shadysideaction.org)
Population: 14,317
Planes, trains and automobiles: 25 minutes from the airport. Daily transport via Port Authority, bike paths, carpooling. On-street parking and parking meter.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh, walking distance to Pittsburgh Liberty K-5, a magnet for all schools emphasizing Spanish. (pghschools.org)
Neighborhoods: Shadyside has three bustling business districts along Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue, and Center and South Highland Avenues. There are a multitude of shops, restaurants, retail stores and yoga studios within a 3 mile radius. Other amenities include UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Chatham University, and several historic churches that serve as anchors in the community, including Third Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, and Sacred Catholic Church. Heart.

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