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7 Homes in Monroeville with 3+ Bedrooms

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 09, 2017  /  in Blog, Buyers, Monroeville  /  Comments off

If you’re a family with lots of children, or perhaps your in-laws or parents decided it was best to live with you, you’ll want to check out these seven homes in the Monroeville area with a look. They’re spacious, cozy and move-in ready for a family today! Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at any time to arrange a showing!

1. 311 Shalimar

This luxury home is unique, inviting and classy. Five bedrooms and four spa-like baths make this a lovely, homey piece of real estate. There’s even an in-home movie theater! Enjoy an outdoor entertainment center and bocce ball court and a spectacular six-car garage. Listed by Piatt Sothebys International Realty

2. 601 Arden

This 4-bedroom home with a beautiful governor’s driveway is just begging for a family to move in ASAP. An open concept family room welcomes you into a casual dining area and kitchen for a light, airy feel. A master suite includes a gas fireplace and soaking tub. The spacious deck will make for some perfect outdoor spring and summer entertaining. Listed by Re/Max Select Realty

3. 110 Mount Vernon Dr.

Another five-bedroom home, this lovely abode on Mount Vernon Dr. is situated on a quiet, peaceful street. Enjoy a granite kitchen, gorgeous bathrooms with granite sinks, a glass shower and soaking tub and more. There’s also a possibility of an in-law’s suite. This home comes with lots of storage and space for busy families with lots of possessions. Listed by Re/Max Heritage

4. 123 Oak Pointe Dr.

This home sits on a quiet cul de sac and is minutes to the parkway, universities, downtown Pittsburgh and more. There’s shiny hardwood floors throughout the entryway, kitchen, dining room and more. In the family room you’ll find a surround sound system perfect for cozy movie nights in. Don’t miss the jacuzzi, his and her closets and more. Listed by Howard Hanna East Suburban Office

5. 336 Coleman Dr.

This beautiful five-bedroom, 2.5 bath brick home has a double driveway that brings in spacious off-street parking. Enjoy brand-new kitchen cabinets, countertops, new stove and a fresh coat of paint. This move-in ready home is going to go fast, don’t miss it. Listed by Keller Williams Pittsburgh East

6. 111 Bradberry Dr.

This Colonial is five bedrooms and ready to show off a fresh coat of paint. Updates to the home include a master bedroom just four years old, a new refrigerator and more. The large bay window in the living room just bathes the home in light and there’s a spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinets for storage. Catch up on the morning paper at the breakfast nook and so, so much more. Listing by Coldwell Banker Real Estate

7. 420 Franklin Heights Dr.

This well maintained four bedroom home includes wall to wall hardwood floors, a family room with a fireplace, gorgeous landscaping (complete with a waterfall and pond) and more. The home is move-in ready and in a great location, close to all the main roads and shopping. Listed by Re/Max Heritage

7 East End Homes We Adore

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 25, 2017  /  in Forest Hills, Homes For Sale, Monroeville, Neighborhoods, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill  /  Comments off

If you’re looking to buy in the East End of Pittsburgh, you’re in luck! We put together a list of seven beautiful homes in the area that are currently on the market. From majestic Shadyside homes to cozy Squirrel Hill ranches, you’ll want to check out all of these.

1. 5228 Westminster, Shadyside

This luxurious home on a gorgeous tree-lined street in Shadyside is full of every possible amenity one could imagine. Imagine mornings in oversized rooms bathed in sunlight, a gourmet cook’s kitchen, indoor/outdoor pool with a hot rub and more. It’s also just a short walk to shopping in Shadyside or Oakland’s cultural district. More on 5228 Westminster here.
*Listed by Howard Hanna Shadyside Office

2. 5387 Northumberland St., Squirrel Hill North

This charming home is located directly across from the golf course at Schenley Park, making it the perfect spot for golf lovers to move into. The front gardens are bathed in sunlight and the first floor is home to a gorgeous wood-paneled library and a breakfast nook. More on 5387 Northumberland St. here.
Listed by Howard Hanna Squirrel Hill Office

3. 122 Bel Aire, Monroeville

This home boasts a first floor master suite in a peaceful cul-de-sac, located just minutes from the Turnpike (road trip anyone?). There’s a large family room with a gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a spacious deck perfect for entertaining. There’s a first floor laundry room and large finished basement too. More on 122 Bel Aire here.
*Listed by Re/Max Advanced Realtors

4. 4929 Ashbaugh Rd., Murrysville

This Tudor-style home is on a huge 8.7 acres. Families can enjoy a huge game room area and a rear courtyard with a concrete stamped patio. The amenities are endless, from crown moldings, to gas fireplaces, a first floor office with bookshelves and more. This four-bedroom home even includes a screened-in porch. More on 4929 Ashbaugh Rd. here.
Listed by Berkshire Hathaway Preferred Realty

5. 422 Hampton Ave., Forest Hills

An amazingly beautiful three-bedroom, two-full bath townhouse is available. On a one-way, tree lined street, this home has central air, a furnished basement with full bath and a spectacular rear deck with a hot tub. You’re just minutes from family-friendly amenities too like Frick Park, the Edgewood Club and more. More on 422 Hampton Ave. here.
*Listed by Albert Anthony Real Estate

6. 5398 Darlington Rd., Squirrel Hill South

A five-bedroom, four full bath home on a lovely Squirrel Hill Street. It is a cozy, private ranch home right near Schenley Park, just minutes from Pittsburgh hospitals, Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. A huge family room is just begging to have guests in and there are two wood-burning marble and brick fireplaces too. There’s even a custom wood paneled entertainment room and wine bar too. More on 5398 Darlington Rd. here.
*Listed by Berkshire Hathaway Preferred Realty

7. 321 S. Graham St., Shadyside

This amazing six-bedroom home is the perfect oasis in the city. There’s stained glass art atop the grand staircase as you enter the foyer and a granite counter-topped kitchen too. Entertain in the great room with beautifully stained artwork. More on 321 S. Graham St. here.
*Listed by Kefalos & Assoc. R.E.

The Pittsburgh Property Diva may not be the listing agent on these homes, the listing agency is referenced at the end of each of the homes’ descriptions.  However, if you have questions on any of these homes, or buying any home listed for sale in the Pittsburgh area, you can contact me at any time!




5 Great Affordable Homes for Families in Forest Hills

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 24, 2017  /  in Buyers, Forest Hills, Homes For Sale  /  Comments off

Forest Hills is a lovely suburb in the East End perfect for families. Here are just five of the many affordable homes on the market right now ready for you to move in.

1. 814 S. Trenton

This home has five bedrooms, perfect for families who frequently have guests. Enjoy the elegance of the early 1900s and completely modern living. Original stained glass windows, a butler’s pantry and a completely rewired electrical system are just some of the amenities. Bedrooms have ample space and closets, including a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. The home is steps from a popular coffee spot. Listed by Howard Hanna East Suburban Office

2. 7714 Brashear St.

This four bedroom three-story home is gorgeous and charming. Original woodwork, four fireplaces and hardwood floors give the home lots of potential. A formal dining room and walking distance to public transportation round out the wonderful aspects of this beautiful home. Listing by Keller Williams Realty

3. 617 Cascade Rd.

Young families will love to know that this home is impeccably maintained. Its modern and fresh charm is completely move-in ready. Enjoy a completely remodeled kitchen perfect for family dinners. There’s also a finished lower level with a walk out to a spectacular deck. Listing by Coldwell Banker Real Estate

4. 601 Edgewood Rd.

This four bedroom two bath Colonial is located in the Edgewood Acres section of the neighborhood. It’s well maintained and rooms are spacious and bright. The large eat-in kitchen takes you outside to a covered patio perfect for grilling with the whole family. Listing by Howard Hanna Fox Chapel Office

5. 352 Barclay Ave.

This beautiful Colonial is just begging for a family to move in. A cozy raised brick hearth fireplace perfect for fun nights in and an old-fashioned tree swing make for a perfect home. There’s an oversized two-car garage too. All you need is furniture and you’re ready to do some serious living! Listed by Howard Hanna East Suburban Office

Of course, not all of these homes are listed by The Pittsburgh Property Diva… the listing office is mentioned at the end of each description.  If you are planning on buying a home in Forest Hills, you can call me at any time and I am happy to show you any home on the market in Pittsburgh!


What to do this Fall in Shadyside

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 19, 2017  /  in Neighborhoods, Shadyside  /  Comments off

Shadyside is a vibrant, active community, full of plenty to do. This fall, try out all of these events and places to go. There should be enough to keep you busy on the weekends all summer long!

Jam on Walnut

Join the whole neighborhood as Walnut Street is blocked off October 21st at 7 p.m. for an outdoor concert. Typically Jam on Walnuts attract 5,000 people for the block party. Funds raised will go toward Humane Animal Rescue.

Run Shadyside

On Saturday Oct. 7th, a 5K run and 1 mile family fun walk will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Shadyside. Many consider it a fast-moving house tour—while you’re there check out all of the listings in the area.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

This fall, Shadyside’s Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will call itself home to many exhibits. There’s Laura Jean McLaughlin’s “Shards in Leotards,” where shards and broken pieces are place together to create new “visual experiences.” Also worth checking out is Desiree Palermo’s “Fleeting Elation.” The exhibit focuses on making art while emphasizing materials and using paint in full.

The Tipsy Cow

This friendly neighborhood eatery is home to trivia nights and lots of delicious specials like half off wing night, half off happy hour on weekdays and more. Their chicken fingers and wings offer so many flavors the whole family will be happy.

Visit Hey Betty!

You’re going to need a few new pieces to your fall wardrobe right? Hey Betty! is a vintage clothing shop in the neighborhood perfect for that unique something. The shop will reopen with their new fall merchandise on Sept. 26th. Get out of the ordinary, unique pieces that will have everyone wondering where you snagged such a special item.



5 Murrysville Homes We Love (On the Market Now!)

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 18, 2017  /  in Blog, Buyers, Homes For Sale, Luxury Home  /  Comments off

Murrysville is a gorgeous suburb of Pittsburgh full of charming homes ready for a family to move into. Here are just some of the homes for sale in Murrysville.  Don’t hesitate to contact the Pittsburgh Property Diva with any questions!

5003 Clydesdale Circle


We are just in love with this gorgeous full brick Nash built home. Families will adore the spacious rooms and tons of space on a cul-de-sac. You’ll want to have tons of parties with the heated pool in the back and you’ll love the master suite privacy. Speaking of the master suite, you’ll need to check out the his and her walk-ins and oversized tub. Move in before the holidays and get ready for some serious entertaining!

2979 Trafford Rd.


This four bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home is charming and also perfect for a family. The home comes with an intercom system, jet spray tub, lovely kitchen island and security system. You’ll feel cozy and at home with this one!

3373 Windgate Dr.


This spectacular home built on 2.6 acres is completely private, landscaped to perfection and includes wooded surroundings that frame the estate beautifully. There is a grand entryway with retractable chandelier and other fun amenities like fireplaces and a in-suite master wet bar perfect for that post-work cocktail. The outdoor living space is a must-see too. See it before it’s scooped up!

3391 Lake Ridge Dr.


This whopping SIX bedroom, five full bath home is located in the highly sought after Lake Ridge Estates. You’ll love the gourmet high-end kitchen with granite countertops. There’s also a great room with a gas fireplace and built-in bookcases. There’s also a private guest bedroom with a full bath. You’ll want to make an immediate visit to the clubhouse and pool in the warmer months too. Families will adore this one—see it while you can!

4805 Greenhead Ct.


An open-style floor plan makes this amazing home even better. Enter into the two-story foyer that is incredibly dramatic. Families will love the cozy natural stone gas fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and mahogany stained maple cabinetry. Those who love projects, there’s an unfinished area in this home with a separate entrance, perfect for a gym, office or in-law suite.


Adopting A Pet Checklist

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 17, 2017  /  in Blog, Giving Back, News, Pets  /  Comments off

During an adopt-a-pet benefit sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Pittsburgh Property Diva and her lovely family adopted a dog and cat! After congratulating her family on these wonderful additions, we were inspired to write a post on adopting a pet. If you’re thinking of adding to your family in the form of a furry loved one, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Do you have any current pets?

If you have current animals living with you, you’ll need to make sure they get along with your new pet you are planning to bring in. Ask questions at the adoption center to make sure your new pet gets along with other members of its same species.

2. Does your living space accommodate your pet?

Are you looking for an active dog but live in a one or two-bedroom condo? You may want to reconsider a dog that doesn’t require as much exercise, or perhaps think about a cat.

3. How does your work situation match with your pet?

If you’re choosing to adopt a cat, you won’t have too many issues working full-time. If you are going to get a dog and working from home, you should be good as far as being around for walks. If you are choosing a dog and working out of the home, you’ll need to have a dog walker lined up.

4. Choose a vet and groomer.

Make your life easier and have a veterinarian and groomer ready to go. If you have some lined up and ready, you will be more at ease when your new pet comes home with you.

5. Microchip and register your pet.

Make sure you get your pet registered and microchipped when you bring them home. More often than not, the adoption center can help you with getting all of that together.

6. Introduce your little human family members slowly.

Dogs and babies sure are cute, but it is important to remember to gradually introduce your new pet to your small children in your household. That way, you are avoiding any potential bad interactions.

7. Consider behavioral training.

If you are adopting a new puppy, you may want to consider behavioral training for them. That way, they can learn how to behave around guests, bathroom habits and more.

Rescueing a dog or cat can be one of the kindest and most fulfilling things you can do… you just need to be prepared.  Here are Spike, the dog and Ollie, the cat.  Welcome to the family!

Things to do This Fall in Monroeville

Posted by Kate Oczypok on September 05, 2017  /  in Blog, Monroeville, Things To Do in Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

Summer has come to an end here in Pittsburgh but we have so many wonderful ideas for the fall. If you’ve just moved to the vibrant neighborhood that is Monroeville, we put together a list of fun things to do with the kids, with the spouse and with your friends.

By yourself
Author Kelly Haywiser on “You Are So Much More”

Sept. 13th, 7-8:30 p.m., Free

Monroeville Public Library Gallery Space

The inspirational author will share her insight on her new book “You are So Much More: A Woman’s Holistic Guide to Peace, Passion and Purpose.” Attendees will learn how to manage life’s challenges through simple practices of self-discovery.

With the friends
Soul Line Dance Class

Sept. 27th, 7-8:30 p.m., Free

Monroeville Public Library Gallery Space

Grab an autumnal cider drink with friends before heading to this dance class that will make sure you are well-versed in line dances. Anything from the Cupid Shuffle to the Electric Slide to the Wobble will be covered. Bring your whole group and make sure you’re more than prepared for your next wedding!

With the spouse
Holiday House Reunion Party

Oct. 13th, 5-11 p.m., $30

Monroeville Convention Center

This tribute to Motown show will feature club-style tables and chairs and a cash bar. There will also be dining options, so come early and have dinner with your significant other before you enjoy the show!

With the kids
Pumpkin Decorating Night

Oct. 26th, 6-7 p.m., $9

Monroeville Community Park

Bring your own pumpkin to carve and/or decorate. Leave your decorated pumpkins to be judged in a Halloween family fun night pumpkin judging contest. Paint and supplies will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Your Guide to Dining in Squirrel Hill

Posted by Kate Oczypok on August 31, 2017  /  in Dining, Neighborhoods, Squirrel Hill  /  Comments off


If you’ve just moved to the Squirrel Hill area, or are contemplating buying in the neighborhood, you’ll want to read this dining guide with five delicious options to try once you’re all moved in. Click on the title of each restaurant for more information.

1. Taiwanese Bistro Café 33

dining in squirrel hill

Taiwanese cuisine comes to Squirrel Hill in a converted laundromat behind the Shady Ave. Starbucks. As unsavory as that description sounds, this café is the epitome of cool. Potstickers are a must-try as are the mini soup dumplings with absolutely decadent dipping sauce. Not to be missed either are the just slightly crispy scallion pancakes served around a thick piece of beef.

2. Aladdin’s Eatery

dining in squirrel hill

This Lebanese-American restaurant has earned rave reviews for its simple, healthy cuisine. There are multiple locations across the Pittsburgh area, but the Squirrel Hill version is a standout. Their traditional kabobs are perfect for a busy takeout night when the family is running around. Don’t forget some of tantalizingly good hummus as a side.

3. Murray Ave. Grill

dining in squirrel hill

This neighborhood bar and grill is a cozy spot for meeting up for a girls’ night or taking the family for a weekend dinner. The restaurant has called Squirrel Hill home for over 30 years, so chances are you’ll meet quite a few regulars during your visit. Their Buffalo wings are a standout, and their burgers and BBQ chicken sandwich are not to be missed. Best of all, they have a great kids menu with sliders, chicken fingers, grilled cheese or a grilled chicken salad.

4. Napoli Pizzeria

dining in squirrel hill

For those nights you just don’t want to go out, Napoli Pizzeria does dinner for you. Order online through Eat24 and get delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pizza, calzones, hoagies and more. Napoli also recently started delivering six-packs, rounding out your perfect pizza night.

5. Pink Box Bakery Café

dining in squirrel hill

We couldn’t finish this list without adding a dessert place! If you’re craving a sweet treat, Pink Box Bakery Café is the neighborhood place for you. Enjoy items like organic banana chocolate cake, almond brittle cookies, bubble tea and more. If you’re looking for a great place for a birthday cake, their cakes are impeccably decorated.


Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Shadyside

Posted by Kate Oczypok on August 30, 2017  /  in Neighborhoods, Pittsburgh, Shadyside, Shopping  /  Comments off


The holidays are fast approaching and if you’ve decided to buy a home in Shadyside, you’re in luck. There are multiple cute, quirky and fun shops to find a unique, one-of-a-kind item just in time for the holiday season, many easily in walking distance to your home.

Dina Ellen
817 S. Aiken Ave.

shopping in shadyside

Dina Ellen is full of gorgeous women’s fashions and is always on point with what’s on trend. This fall, expect to see lots of chunky knit sweaters, frayed jeans, boots, and deep reds. Their accessories are always on point too. Dina Ellen’s hours are typically 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Picket Fence
5426 Walnut St.

shopping in shadyside

This super sweet lifestyle boutique is home to fashions for women, home, baby and kids. They also have a selection of Pittsburgh gifts. Outfit your little ones in fun frocks like star-print leggings and a matching top, or adorable little wristlets for preteens. For mom, expect to see lots of vintage items and plenty of color with a boho twist.

5401 Walnut St.

shopping in shadyside

This men’s clothing store has been around since 1990—and it’s longtime sophistication shows. If you’re looking to update your fall wardrobe with supple leather jackets from Rag & Bone or a Christmas gift for your significant other of a cozy sweater or two, you’ll want to check out Moda.

5880 Ellsworth Ave.

shopping in shadyside

Of course we can’t leave your furry loved ones out of the mix! Petagogy is all about pet nutrition. They are locally owned and operated and offer a huge array of healthy and of course fun products for your pet. There are tons of treats and food and toys and accessories.

244A South Highland Ave.

shopping in shadyside

This home goods store also sells new and rare books. If you’re looking for great gifts like luxury candles, glasses and mugs, office and barware decor, Penhollows is the place for you.


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