A Love for interesting architecture led Kurt Wallnau and his wife, Kai Wei, to purchase the C7 unit in the Angel’s Arms development on the slopes of the south side. Located in the old Saint-Michel-Archange church, the unique residences at 1, rue Pius offer a breathtaking view of the city.
âWe’re looking for things that aren’t right, different, or unusual,â Wallnau says. “Our agent suggested we take a look at this place and we fell in love with this one.”
Now listed for $ 319,000 (MLS # 1518341, Adam Cannon, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, piattsir.com, 412 / 670-6203), the 1,367 square foot condo houses two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a loft. Open by appointment only, the condo has access to the street via a magnificent arched entrance.
The couple say they didn’t decide to sell their unit until they found another home that upset them both.
âIt’s very Frank Lloyd Wright style,â Wallnau says.
And while they settle into the new dig, the couple still love to brag about the old one, which Wallnau said had a great vibe.
This could be because the unit is located in the baptismal font of the old church. As you enter the large doorways, an interesting layout and high ceilings draw you in, as does a large brass pendant that visually defines the entrance. A staircase on the left brings you to the attic.
In the kitchen there is a beautiful island peninsula. Glass cabinets are aesthetically pleasing, with fixtures hidden from direct view. Stone countertops and warm woods create a beautiful color palette.
The living room is anchored by a set of three large doors with wavy stained glass that rise approximately 13 feet high. Dramatic function plays well in an alcove that perfectly houses a media center. Just above, a large window fills the space with interesting views of the sky, bringing light into the space.
Behind the doors is a bedroom with soft gray walls, bright sconces and a pair of spacious closets. A side door opens onto the main hallway, which leads to the full bathroom and a utility room with utility room.
Soils have their own living history.
âThese are original maples. They have dark stripes where the original benches were, âsays Wallnau. âIt’s very organic and alive.
The stairs leading to the loft are completed by a modern handrail. A runner with a Greek key detail adds interest.
The loft is a beautiful suite with one bedroom, a closet and a full bathroom that includes a walk-in shower and a glass sink. If desired, there is room for a bed and a desk area.
The couple found the space very suitable for entertaining. Wei notes that they often held meetings for 20 to 30 people in the apartment and that once they even had a wedding.
âWe had an outside tent in the backyard and used our unit,â she says. âThe wedding took place upstairs. The lightness of the place is so pleasant.
The couple also found that their guests appreciated the convenience of the location, especially since they could easily explore the neighborhood amenities on their own.
âWhen my parents came, they loved to hike and experience the River Walking Trail,â Wei says of the public trail that runs along the edge of the Monongahela River. “They found him and took we the.”
Wallnau adds that the unit is unlike any other place in Pittsburgh that they used to call home.
âIf you feel anything when you walk in, it’s because it’s steeped in history,â he says.
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On: South sides (Southsideslopes.org)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Public transport via the port authority. Parking on the street. Carpooling.
Schools: The City of Pittsburgh offers extensive Magnet programming, including CAPA in the heart of downtown. (pghschools.org).
District: Known for its winding streets and breathtaking views, the area was one of the first to be settled along the Monongahela River by John Ormsby. As riverine industries took hold, immigrants settled in small houses built on the slopes. The first wooden stairs were built for residents to get to and from work. These have given way to the concrete public stairs for which Pittsburgh is known.