Sometimes when you are looking for accommodation, you happen to land by surprise in a neighborhood that you end up loving. This is what happened to Don Rosenthal and his late wife, Linda.
The couple decided to take a look at an American Four-Square Colonial at Mt. Washington. Located at 324 Bailey Avenue, there was a lot to like, including a few highlights.
“The thing I really liked?” There was a very large master bedroom and a huge closet, âsays Don. “The basement was done too.”
The house, which has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, had plenty of space for entertaining, which suited Linda perfectly. The couple liked to organize large parties of 40 to 50 people in the house.
âWe used the entire space, the front porch, the back porch and the living room,â Don recalls.
The house is now ready to receive the next generation of guests. It is listed at $ 499,999 (MLS # 1505613, Rachaellee Lacek, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, piattsir.com, 412 / 255-3404) and is open by appointment.
The all-brick exterior is easy to maintain. There are beds planted at the front of the house that lead to the porch. Beyond the original leaded glass windows is a spacious entrance with an oak-paneled staircase and hardwood floors, immediately setting a welcoming tone.
The generously sized living room and dining room have white paneling and beautiful moldings. In between, a pair of retractable doors separates the spaces, which the couple turned around.
âThe dining room was 20% larger than the living room, so we changed it,â says Don.
This made it easier to access the kitchen, where there are white cabinets with a cathedral arch and light gray countertops. The island can accommodate four people and the appliances are all made of stainless steel.
Don says the previous owners renovated much of the house, but the yard was left untouched.
âThere was a little porch next to the kitchen with a few steps leading up to the yard which had a tree in the corner,â he says. âWe made it an oasis.
This is an understatement.
The couple added a partially covered porch with several seating areas and a grill station. Steps lead you to a screened pond with a meditation bench, stone planters, and across the courtyard a cozy corner where several friends can chat. There are also several raised beds. Outdoor furniture is optional for sale.
âWe worked with a landscape architect,â says Don. “There are goldfish in the pond.”
The second floor of the house has a practical laundry room as well as an owner’s suite with a stained-glass bow window. The large en-suite bathroom has a separate jetted tub that requires a bath. A second bedroom is served by a full bathroom in the hallway.
The third floor has two more bedrooms, one with a library storage wall, and another full bathroom.
Don says he used the finished basement as a home office for his business, Economical welding.
âWe installed the ironwork on the outside of this house,â he says. “It was custom ornamental iron from my shop.”
The home has forced air heating and central air conditioning as well as tandem off street parking for two cars. It is located within walking distance of Mt. The many amenities of Washington.
âI love the neighborhood. We lived there for 18 years, âsays Don. âWe walked to the shops on Shiloh Street. [It was] easy to get to supermarket, bakery, ice cream shop, or you can head the other way to Allentown and go to Alla Famiglia. â
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About: Mount. Washington
Population: 14 567
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Only a 20 minute ride from the airport. Daily transport via the port authority, including two historic slopes. Parking on the street.
Schools: The City of Pittsburgh offers extensive Magnet programming, including the award-winning CAPA in the heart of downtown. (pittsburghschools.org)
District: Perched 367 feet above the river bank, Mt. Washington was named in the top three for views of cities in the world. Lookouts, inclines, and vistas stretching from all points to the top of town and the head of the Ohio River present wonders to hiking visitors. Grandview Avenue is packed with cliffside restaurants including Altius and LeMont, while St. Mary of the Mount Church watches over the city below.