Ffirst impressions count. Owner Ian Knott remembers exactly how it felt when he first drove through the wooded cul-de-sac of the Swansea Crescent neighborhood in Hampton Township.
âAmazed,â he said. âIt reminded me of where I grew up in New Jersey. I like being in the trees and feeling like I’m in the woods.
Situated on a full acre, the colonial style four bedroom, two and a half bath home sits on a private wooded lot. At the back of the house, a large terrace overlooks the trees to enjoy it all year round. As an added bonus, pristine woods lead directly to Hartwood Acres.
âWe used to walk there to see the concerts,â Knott says. “But you can listen to them from the deck, unless the crickets are really loud.”
Not a bad problem to have.
After 22 years of enjoying the house, the Empty Breeder is now pulling stakes and heading south. He listed 3078 Swansea Crescent West for $ 515,000 (MLS # 15012377, Regis Beattie, eXp Realty, 412 / 855-8225, exprealty.com). It is open by appointment.
The exterior of the house is freshly painted in an earthy color palette, with green shutters that blend in with the surroundings. A stacked stone wall is filled with natural scenery and leads to the two car garage.
Inside, a gray tile floor is durable and neutral. Nature-inspired wallpaper fills the walls of the entryway and upstairs hallways, while a red powder room features a cabinet-style carved vanity with a black stone top.
A formal living room is centered by a fireplace wall flanked by bookcases and there is a wall of windows that let in plenty of light. Oak hardwood floors below run through the rest of the first and entire second floor.
Entertaining is easy as the space flows to the formal dining room, where the paneling and moldings give it a dignified air. There is a simple brass chandelier and built-in bookcases with a red back, which nicely show off a glass collection. An arch window accommodates a window seat.
A swing door leads into the kitchen, where the owners painted the cabinets, installed stone counters, and upgraded the floors. The result is an easy-going space that also has a service wall. It is also flooded with light thanks to windows and a patio door that opens onto the aft deck.
âOne of the best things about the house that I discovered during COVID,â adds Knott. âThe rear faces south. In the summer the trees provide shade and in the winter there are no leaves so it is filled with pure sun all day long penetrating the back of the house.
The den is another great place to relax. Knott installed a brick fireplace wall and ledge fireplace that complemented the wood beams. There is a large sliding door which also opens onto the aft deck.
The house is not open plan, which Knott says he prefers. The return of defined spaces is also a design trend many see the value of after being on top of each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
âIt’s nice to be able to go into the den, close the door and watch whatever I want on TV,â Knott says.
Upstairs, a two-person office has built-in shelving and a desk, making it a great work-from-home setup.
The four bedrooms are super spacious and have large closets. Knott’s daughter’s former bedroom is painted in yellow and pink tones, with decorative moldings. The other bedrooms are painted in neutral tones.
The master bedroom is served by an en-suite bathroom with a large pedestal shower and built-in niches above the sink. Large format tiles and a 72 inch vanity complete the space.
A second full bathroom was renovated just before the house was put on the market. It includes a double vanity with gray and white granite, white subway tiles and new brushed nickel fixtures.
The house also has natural gas heating, public water and a semi-finished basement with laundry room. It is located a short drive from the Hampton Pool and only a few minutes from the Hampton Elementary School.
Over two decades later, Knott knows his first impression of the house was the right one.
âWe went around Fox Chapel. We couldn’t have enough house for the money, âhe says. “It was the best decision.”
Drawing on her years of experience in the area’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci offers Hot Property, an inside look at the unique and historic homes on the market. Each week, Hot Property passes behind the For Sale sign to share the story of a special Pittsburgh area home. And four times a year, Hot Property provides an in-depth look at the area’s real estate market in Pittsburgh HOME Magazine, tracking home prices and sales, and detailing where hot properties are located. Rosa can be contacted at [email protected].
On: Township of Hampton (hampton.pa.org)
Population: 18 363
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: A 40 minute ride to the airport. Daily transport mainly by car, Port Authority. A 20 minute ride to downtown.
Schools: Hampton Township School District (ht-sd.org). The current enrollment of 3,024 students is served in five school buildings. Education tracks and offerings include STEAM, Chinese language, a creative space, and plenty of extracurricular activities.
District: The township was settled at the time of the War of Independence at the end of the 18e century. It was originally called Tally Cavey. Many of the early settlers had roads named for them, including James Sample, Henry McCully, and John McNeal.