This Tudor-style duplex will have you investing in Squirrel Hill

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LLocated minutes from the Five Points intersection of Wilkins Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill, the upper/lower duplex at 1430-1432 Severn Street offers an opportunity to become both a homeowner and a landlord in one of the most desirable neighborhoods. popular in Pittsburgh.

The completely renovated, all-brick, Tudor-style property is listed for $625,000 with Fred Harr of Howard Hanna Real Estate (MLS # 1548556). It is open by appointment.

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OWner Meagan Carpenter says her parents bought the rental property more than 30 years ago – and she also lived there.

“I was working downtown and going to graduate school,” she says. “I remember when I lived there you could smell the cooking coming up from the old Nabisco factory. [at Bakery Square on Penn Avenue].”

These days, you can get a baked treat just by walking around the corner from the family business. Five Points Artisan Bakery. The property is also within walking distance to the Squirrel Hill business district with restaurants and shopping, Mellon and Frick parks, and historic Homewood Cemetery.

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The attractive exterior has two tall, two-story columns as a distinctive design detail. Behind each column are arched entrance doors to the separate units. The porch floor is painted bright cherry red.

The first floor unit has new luxury vinyl plank flooring and a new fireplace front in a stunning black granite. Through another arched entrance is the dining room.

Just beyond that, the kitchen has new Shaker-style white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a nice neutral backsplash. The entire interior has also been repainted, including doors, ceiling, walls and woodwork.

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Fresh showroom bathroom features a white-on-white vanity with additional storage and gray walls. The tub features an integrated tile surround, new bath accessories and built-in shelving.

Both bedrooms are generous in size and have large windows that let in lots of natural light.

“All of the renovations were done within the last 18 months,” says Carpenter. “Everything is new and I hired a contractor to do the job. The house was dated and needed a complete refresh before being sold.

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The second floor unit has all the same updates and features as the first floor, but includes a small third bedroom with the potential to be a home office or nursery. It also has a nice covered balcony accessed by a pair of French doors.

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Each unit has its own washer and dryer and gas heater by radiator. There are window air conditioners but no central air conditioning. The back has a small fenced yard.

Carpenter says her family has never had trouble finding tenants for the units, and now that they’re fully updated, she thinks they’ll be in even greater demand. New owners (and tenants) will also benefit from longtime neighbors.

“When I came back after 25 years and visited the property, the neighbor recognized me,” says Carpenter. “It was so nice.”

On: Squirrel Hill (shuc.org)
Population: 15 110
Planes, trains and automobiles: 27 minutes from the airport. Daily transportation via Port Authority Bus. Street parking.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh (pittsburghschools.org).
Neighborhoods: One of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, the tree-lined streets of Squirrel Hill are home to several business districts and parks. The community is tight-knit and diverse, making it a popular location for long-time owners, students, and newcomers.

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