Pittsburgh is the kind of town where it’s still common to find families who have lived in the same place for 40 years. The city is full of cool little neighborhoods — and cool people — so why move?
After all, that’s exactly how Jim and Rebecca Stehle ended up staying at 1825 Kleber St. in Brighton Heights for over four decades.
“We moved here in 1982,” says Rebecca. “It was very close, a very family street. At the time, children were still playing in the street.
The Stehles raised three children in the four bedroom, one full and two half bath home. Now empty nests, they moved to a nearby one-level ranch.
“We were one of the last original families to be there that long,” adds Rebecca.
They listed their home for $364,999 (MLS # 1574846Racheallee Lacek, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, 412-225-3404, piattsir.com). It is open by appointment.
The Stehles are only the second family to own the two-story Craftsman-style home, which was built in 1930. The brick-and-siding home sits on a good-sized lot and features a lovely porch as well as a large garden. a front yard. with careful landscaping. The driveway is capable of parking two cars in tandem.
Inside, the house opens to a generously sized upholstered living room with the original trim and stain still intact. The fireplace has a stone facade and is flanked by a pair of windows. There is also a handy coat closet.
“Some of the rooms still have hardwood,” Rebecca says. “We have added a new sub-floor in the bedrooms with carpeting.”
At the back of the dining room is a large window with a built-in seat. A picture rail runs around the circumference of the room; The wall is painted creamy white below the balustrade, while a soft jacquard print wallpaper above adds a nice touch.
As their family grew, the Stehles say they entertained a lot at home. Over the years they have remodeled the kitchen twice, the last time four years ago.
“We upgraded the cabinets, bought all new stainless steel appliances and replaced the countertops,” says Rebecca. “We’ve also added a nice new wallpaper.”
They made the most of the kitchen layout by adding a stack of practical yet fashionable open shelving to a fireplace wall. The couple also moved a back door, turning a once underutilized space into a mudroom.
“The door opened directly into the backyard,” says Jim. “We decided that if we put the door to the side, we could continue with the cabinets. We modified the back so that the exit also goes to the new side patio.
Due to the above ground pool, the yard had to be fully fenced. A large leisure deck surrounds the pool, and there’s an extra safety rail the couple have installed for their grandchildren. The courtyard also accommodates a large storage shed.
On the second floor of the house are three bedrooms and a full bathroom. Facing the street, the front master bedroom has wallpaper, picture rail, crown molding and a row of three windows. There is also an en-suite shower room and good sized closets.
The other two bedrooms are similar in square footage. One is upholstered and the other is painted blue; The decor of both plays nicely against the natural stained woodwork.
The full bathroom on the second floor includes an alcove tub, single vanity, and large window. There is also a wall heater which keeps the space warm during the winter months.
The third floor has been wonderfully finished with the addition of closets and a clever paint job that enhances the skylights in the ceiling. The couple also replaced the skylight when replacing the roof in 2021.
“We had two sons and they wanted their bedroom up there,” Rebecca says of finishing the attic.
The large open basement includes a laundry room and a separate powder room with a white porcelain pedestal sink.
As they move on to the next phase of their lives, Rebecca says they will take their fond memories of the neighborhood with them.
“We had grandparents on both sides who lived in Brighton Heights,” she says. “There’s a great sense of community and family that we all really enjoyed.”
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About: Brighton Heights (brightonheights.org)
Planes, trains and automobiles: 21 minutes from the airport. Daily transportation via Pittsburgh Regional Transit. Street parking, carpooling.
Schools: Pittsburgh Public Schools (pghschools.org).
Piece: The neighborhood is experiencing a revival, thanks to its convenient location along Route 65 as well as an impressive inventory of stately homes and churches laden with ornamental woodwork, stained glass windows and original fireplaces. An annual neighborhood house tour features many of these elegant buildings. Large maple trees, a local swimming pool, access to Riverview Park and a strong community group also attract many buyers. Eleven distinct sets of urban steps keep the neighborhood connected.