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Squirrel Hill: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 18, 2017  /  in Blog, Buyers, Neighborhoods, Pittsburgh, Sellers, Squirrel Hill  /  Comments off

Squirrel Hill is a wonderful neighborhood to settle in. There is plenty of affordable real estate and many homes perfect for families.

Squirrel Hill has a vibrant cultural center. There’s a branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. The community has a large Jewish population and houses the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh.

Outdoor types will love the Chatham University Arboretum, located in the neighborhood. There’s also parts of Schenley Park and Frick Park.

Squirrel Hill is also home to some wonderful schools. There’s Taylor Allderdice High School, established in 1927. It was named after the president of the National Tube Company and was also a member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board. Private schools include St. Edmund’s Academy, a private nonsectarian elementary school and Community Day School, which is an independent Jewish day school. There’s also Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and the Day School at the Children’s Institute.

Students can choose to spend their entire educational career in Squirrel Hill, as Carnegie Mellon and Chatham Universities are both in Squirrel Hill.

The neighborhood is represented on City Council by Corey O’Connor and Dan Gillman.

Notable Squirrel Hill residents include Myron Cope, famed Steelers broadcaster, Kathleen and Rob Marshall, theater directors and choreographers, and many others.

More information on Squirrel Hill listings can be found here.

 

Our Favorite Fall Spots and Activities in Pittsburgh

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 13, 2017  /  in Blog, Dowtown Pittsburgh, Holidays In Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Things To Do in Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

Fall is such a fun time of year and there’s always something to do in Pittsburgh. We put together a list of fun activities to do this October and November in the ‘burgh. Looking for more to do? Don’t miss Pittsburgh Beautiful’s weekly round-up of things to do each weekend.

Row House Cinema’s a Celebration of George Romero

Enjoy a week’s worth of movies celebrating the horror king. For $28, you’ll get a five movie pass, but please book ahead as the movies sell out quickly.

Best of Pittsburgh Party

The City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh party will celebrate all the best restaurants. Enjoy bites from winning restaurants, a Boomerang Booth and a live performance.

Haunted Fest

On Oct. 27th, you’ll want to head down to 31st St. Studios for a huge party celebrating Halloween. Enjoy a huge lineup of DJs and artists with a spooky twist.

Triple B Farms Fall Family Apple and Pumpkin Festival

Through Halloween, this fall festival mixed with a carnival is perfect for the whole family. They’ll all enjoy pick-your-own pumpkin patches, hayrides, and slides named after the Liberty Tube and Squirrel Hill Tunnel Slides, a haunted barn and more.

Fall Foliage Cruises with the Gateway Clipper

Catch the gorgeous fall leaves as they change from the deck of one of Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper Fleet. Choose from a lunch cruise or sightseeing cruises. There’s no better hospitality than a Gateway Clipper tour.

 

 

5 Squirrel Hill Homes Under $500,000

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 10, 2017  /  in Blog, Buyers, Homes For Sale, Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill  /  Comments off

Squirrel Hill is a vibrant neighborhood and full of affordable, spectacular real estate great for families, young couples and singles alike. We put together a list of five properties under $500,000 ready for move-in today.

1. 1649 Shady Ave.

This lovely 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath is a short walk to Squirrel Hill shops and boutiques. A gorgeous entryway will impress friends and family alike. If you’re a fan of fireplaces, you’ll enjoy decorative ones throughout the home. There’s also a beautiful stone deck in the backyard! For $399,000 it’s a great deal. Listing by Albert Anthony Real Estate

2. 1631 Denniston Ave.

This charming 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath Victorian is right in the heart of Squirrel Hill. You’ll be able to walk to any and all amenities in Squirrel Hill, but you won’t want to leave your cozy home that often. The grand foyer includes original woodwork throughout and amazing French doors and fireplaces. You’ll love the spacious kitchen and fenced in yard for family (and Fido!) to enjoy. For $430,000, it can’t be beat. Listing by Howard Hanna Shadyside Office

3. 5628 Marlborough Road

At $434,500, 5628 Marlborough Road is a 4-bedroom, 3-bath gem. This ranch home on a  quiet cul-de-sac is home to a brand-new designer custom kitchen and has a 2-car garage. The home has a fresh coat of paint and a finished family room. The large laundry room and family room are just waiting for a family to move in today. There’s a bonus extra fridge in the basement too! Listing by Your Town Realty LLC

4. 5742 Fifth Ave. #307

A beautifully renovated, sun-soaked two-story condo is ready for move-in! The 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo includes a loft and lovely deck off the master bedroom. A thoughtful layout allows for an open floor plan with multiple uses. The condo is in the heart of Shadyside and it’s all yours for $439,000. Listing by Howard Hanna Shadyside Office

5. 5549 Woodmont 

This three bedroom 1.1 bath home has a large living room perfect for families and a spacious garage and yard. The North of Forbes location is ideal too. Check out this $445,000 home before it’s scooped up. Listing by Howard Hanna Shadyside Office

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

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

  •  RE/MAX HERITAGE

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.

  •  HOWARD HANNA MURRYSVILLE OFFICE

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.

  •  COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE

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.

  •  HOWARD HANNA MURRYSVILLE OFFICE

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.

  •  COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE

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.

 

The Woods of Brandywine

Posted by Lauren Klein on August 21, 2017  /  in Blog, Buyers, Custom Home, Homes For Sale, New Construction  /  Comments off

I have worked with the wonderful people at Ryan Homes and can tell you that if you are looking for new construction in the Penn-Trafford School District, the Woods of Brandywine is the first place to check.  Contact me at any time and I can put you in touch with Lora for more information!

Congrats to Dawn – Winner of my Holiday Steelers Tickets “Give Back”

Posted by Lauren Klein on December 22, 2016  /  in Awards, Blog, Holidays In Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

Thanks to all who liked, shared and commented on my Giving Back For the Holidays post! It’s always great to have a little fun with my clients and followers, and always exciting to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful people in my life.

A special congratulations goes to Dawn… the mother of Ben and Carl, from Squirrel Hill.  She is the winner of the Steelers/Ravens tickets to see the game at Heinz Field on Christmas Day.  I met Dawn at Starbucks to present her with her tickets… and to my surprise she had some small gifts for me as well.  Talk about grateful!  We spent about an hour together and it was indeed a charming and enlightening experience.  Dawn explained to me that she was especially grateful for this Christmas because she was finally going to have both of her sons with her at the same time… only to find out she won the tickets.  So what does a mother do…?  Ben and Carl are now going to the Steelers game while mom cheers them on from the comfort of her living room on Christmas day.

holiday-steelers-ticket-winner-dawn

A mother myself… it brought tears to my eyes.  It’s what we do.  Thanks, Dawn, for a wonderful time and being such a great mom!  And thanks again to everyone for helping me help YOU achieve the dream of home ownership in Pittsburgh.  The pleasure is always mine.

 

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