Luxury living at its finest: the Trimont offers spectacular views of the city



Yesou can’t miss the triangular-shaped staircase building that sits atop Mount Washington — and it’s by design.

Built in 1983, the Trimont’s unusual footprint mimics the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela rivers below, and the stair treads from the exterior highlight the very mountain on which it sits.


Unit 1140C is a penthouse unit inside the building featuring a private elevator, three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. Listed for $1.49 million (MLS # 1537542, Vera Purcell, Howard Hanna Real Estate,, it is open by appointment.

The city of Pittsburgh and the Trimont were unknown to Darice Venderly when she moved into the unit in April 2017 from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“My daughter moved to Pittsburgh and wanted family support,” Venderly recalled. “I said to the agent, ‘I can’t do anything where I have to go up steep hills.'”


So instead of taking the steep climb of PJ McArdle Roadway, her real estate agent drove her through the back of Mount Washington via Woodruff Street, where she fell in love with the downtown view from the Trimont penthouse. .

“I turned to the right and saw the view and said, ‘This is it,'” she says.

While the view was nice, the interior needed some work. Venderly said it looked like the space hadn’t changed since the Trimont was built; her granddaughter commented that it “looked scary”.

Still, Venderly made the sale, only to get a shock on her first night in the building as she watched TV.

“I thought I heard gunshots,” she said. “But the Pirates had a home run and they set off fireworks.”

It was a fun introduction to a Pittsburgh baseball tradition at PNC Park that Venderly said delighted her friends and family the entire time she lived here.

“They were asking, ‘What is the occasion?'” I said, ‘Who knows?’ It has become a part of life,” she says.


To overcome the “creepy” design, Venderly had the unit redesigned down to the uprights. Today there is a circular floor plan with specialty finishes and millwork.

“All floors were replaced with ceramic tiles, and several bathrooms, the kitchen and the living room also received a radiant heating treatment,” says Venderly.

Remodeled by Caruso Cabinet in North Huntingdon, the kitchen has granite countertops. The cabinets have a nice glaze overlay as well as side panels. There is also a glass cabinet that overlooks a dining room as well as a 24 square foot by 25 square foot family room.

The entire space opens up to the smaller of the two patios, which has a grill.


There is also a dining room and living room measuring 34 square feet by 24 square feet of the same size that open onto each other, creating a generous floor plan that flows directly into the larger terraces. Realtor Vera Purcell notes that the unit has a one-of-a-kind view.

“It covers three points from east to south,” she says.

The master bedroom has also been completely reconfigured for maximum storage, including the addition of mirrors and glass to visually expand the space. The old closet has been replaced with a custom version made by Inspired Closets by Tom.

“There was a closet in the bedroom that had a sink,” Venderly recalled.

She had the sink moved to the master bathroom, where she took out the pink jacuzzi tub and installed a separate shower and a real tub in its place.

The other two bedrooms in the unit are 19 square feet by 14 square feet and 15 square feet by 13 square feet. There is also a renovated laundry room with storage.

Venderly takes credit for the decor of the charming powder room, which includes a sink and charcoal canvas wallpaper.

Building amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, doorman and concierge services, outdoor grilling area, underground parking, fitness center, and guest suites. The sale also includes three parking spaces located near the elevator.

Now a full-time resident of Florida because the grandchildren she moved to Pittsburgh to care for are in school, Venderly says her fond memories of home and the city’s traditions remain.

“The Fourth of July parties were the best,” she says. “You’re at eye level with the fireworks.”

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On: Mount Washington
Population: 14,567
Planes, trains and automobiles: 20 minutes drive from the airport. Daily transport via Port Authority, including two historic slopes. Street parking.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh. (
District: Perched 367 feet above the river bank, Mount Washington has been named one of the top three city views in the world. The viewpoints, slopes, and a sweeping panorama from all points from the top of the city and the head of the Ohio River are a permanent tourist attraction. Grandview Avenue is packed with cliffside restaurants including Altius and LeMont, while St. Mary on the Mount Church keeps a watchful eye on the city below.


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