AAfter exploring Pittsburgh Historic Estatesa stylish town condo and a beautiful stone Tudor style house in Mount Lebanon with indoor swimming pool, Hot Property this week focuses on a charming neighborhood that often flies under the radar – Bellevue.
The three-bedroom, one-bath home for sale at 38 S. Fremont Ave. is a Pittsburgh classic. Built in 1915, the century-old property is also just blocks from the shops and restaurants of Lincoln Avenue.
Owner Sherry McGinnis says she’s only selling the house because she’s taking on more caregiving duties for an aging family member. She listed it at $237,000 (MLS # 1547215, Jennifer Waters, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com). It is open by appointment.
A porch with a stone facade and the original terracotta tile floor adds character to the yellow-sided house. McGinnis says it’s also a great gathering place to listen to live music being played at Clock on Lincolna gourmet restaurant housed in a historic building.
“On Saturdays, I would sit on the porch listening,” McGinnis says. “Neighbors would arrive and I would invite them. It’s always such a beautiful evening.
Inside, the welcoming feeling continues with new windows on the sunny first floor and a spacious layout.
“I walk in and feel like home,” McGinnis says. “You can see the living room, the dining room, the kitchen and the veranda. It’s like an open concept because the doors are so wide.
The 16-square-foot by 12-square-foot living room is centered by the original stacked stone fireplace and hardwood floors, which McGinnis uncovered after ripping up the rugs.
“When the bodybuilders came, they said it was the first time the floors had been touched,” says McGinnis. “For a century-old house, I was shocked.”
The 15 square foot by 12 square foot dining room features a coffered ceiling and a row of windows. The light-filled front veranda, which has seven windows, has been used as an office during the pandemic.
“It was just awesome to sit and watch the snow fall,” McGinnis said.
The kitchen has solid oak cabinets, formica countertops, a stainless steel sink and new appliances. Luxury vinyl plank floors installed by McGinnis are easy to maintain.
Upstairs are three generously sized bedrooms as well as an updated bathroom with new vanity and light fixtures.
“I loved [my] huge room. There is a walk-in closet in the bedroom, and then a second walk-in closet,” says McGinnis. “It’s really unusual for an older house.”
The basement has dry storage, laundry and utility space. The house also has radiator heating.
At the rear of the building is an integrated garage for one car and a flat, fenced back yard, ideal for a small pet.
McGinnis adds that her neighbors, whom she often met at restaurants in Bellevue, are what she will miss most in the area.
“I have a retired policeman next door watching over me and a neighbor down the street who takes care of the pets,” she says. “On Saturdays, when I head to 202 [Hometown Tacos], I always meet friends. It’s just a beautiful welcoming city.
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About: Nice view (bellevuepa.org)
Planes, trains and automobiles: 21 minutes from the airport. Daily transport via Port Authority. Street parking. Carpooling.
Schools: Northgate School District (northgatesd.net).
Piece: Incorporated in 1867, the tiny borough is just 1 square mile – but it packs a punch. There is a public library, three public parks and a public swimming pool. The business district along Lincoln Avenue is home to the famous Lincoln Bakery. Recent additions to the dining scene include Lincoln’s Brewery, 202 Hometown Taco, and classic local eateries such as Joe’s Rusty Nail, Thai Tamarind, and Grille 565. Bellevue is popular with many first-time home buyers who are drawn to by affordable housing, public transit options and high walkability score.