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5 East End Homes Perfect for Moving Into Now

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 30, 2017  /  in Buyers, Homes For Sale, Monroeville, Murrysville, Neighborhoods, Regent Square, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill  /  Comments off

 

The East End of Pittsburgh is a perfect area to settle in with a family. There are great schools, plenty to do and many gorgeous homes kept up extremely well. We compiled a list of five homes in the area worthy of a look.

1. Shadyside – 300 N. Woodland Rd., #2A

This stunning condo in Shadyside combines traditional craftsmanship with updated amenities. Enjoy original crown moldings and custom ceilings. There’s a formal living and dining room too. The bright kitchen is a standout, with a marble floor and granite countertops. The lower level has a separate 2-room suite and bath too. This three-bedroom three bath home is ideal for a young professional, newlyweds or small family who appreciate elegance, quality and unparalleled views. Listed by Howard Hanna Murrysville

2. Squirrel Hill – 6632 Wilkins Ave.

If you want updates, this home will give them to you! Enjoy completely updated mechanics and landscaping and spectacular three floors of living space. There’s also a large, flat, private backyard accessible via a patio area off the kitchen. This four-bedroom home in Squirrel Hill is truly charming and move-in ready for a family today. Listed by Coldwell Banker Real Estate

3. Monroeville – 128 Hidden Valley Rd.

This gorgeous custom-built home includes majestic Cathedral ceilings, natural light and impeccably made hardwood floors. There is a large stone fireplace in the great room perfect for those chilly fall nights. If you’re a family who adores entertaining, this is the place for you. Enjoy an expansive kitchen, built-in gas grill, concrete patio and more. There’s also a unique catwalk to the upper bedrooms, overlooking the great room and entryway. Listed by Re/Max Heritage

4. Murrysville – 3129 Treeline Dr.

This four bedroom, four bath home is situated on over one acre of gorgeous nature, with trees and grass all around. There’s a large less than five years old kitchen, a built-in double oven, gas cooktop, oak cabinetry and more. Enjoy relaxing evenings on a peaceful outdoor deck, a spacious master bedroom suite and more. Listed by Howard Hanna Murrysville 

5.  Regent Square – 821 Mifflin Ave.

This renovated two-story home is located in Regent Square  just minutes from downtown, Oakland and many major highways. There is a huge living room perfect for nights with all your friends and family (can we say Steeler parties?) and an equally large kitchen. The possibilities are endless with this home with unique touches like a rear bedroom with a little deck off of it. Listed by Re/Max Advanced Realtors

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Shadyside: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 16, 2017  /  in Buyers, Neighborhoods, Pittsburgh, Sellers, Shadyside  /  Comments off

 

Interested in buying real estate in Shadyside but would like to learn more about the area? We put together a brief post on everything you need to know before you invest in buying in the community.

Shadyside is a neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh. The neighborhood got its name from a Pennsylvania Railroad station in the area, named for its shady lanes. You’ll be well cared for moving to Shadyside, as a neighborhood institution is Shadyside Hospital, a member of the UPMC. Those who love the outdoors will be pleased to know a portion of Mellon Park is located in Shadyside.

Millennials looking to buy will be pleased to know Shadyside was rated the best neighborhood for millennials in 2014.

If you love to shop, Shadyside is home to boutiques and well-known outposts of stores like White House Black Market and Williams Sonoma. Shadyside is incredibly walkable too, with all three popular streets for businesses and shops close to each other.

Those who live in Shadyside have not changed since the 1920s—the neighborhood has always been full of families, young professionals, artists, musicians and students, many of whom live in apartments. There is an extensive bus system in Pittsburgh that serves Shadyside.

For families looking to move to Shadyside, schools are excellent. In addition to the public school system, Shadyside is also home to The Liberty School (a public school that is a magnet school), Winchester Thurston School, The Ellis School and the University School.

Shadyside has an active neighborhood association as well, known as the Shadyside Action Coalition. The coalition’s goals are to preserve values and laws of the community.

If you’re interested in seeing what’s currently on the market in Shadyside, click here.

Murrysville: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 11, 2017  /  in Buyers, Murrysville, Neighborhoods, Sellers  /  Comments off

 

Looking to buy real estate in the Murrysville area but are curious about the neighborhood and all it has to offer? We put together a brief post on the community.

Murrysville is a home rule municipality and formerly a borough in Westmoreland County. It became a home rule municipality in 1976.

The neighborhood is governed by a mayor who is elected every other year. Said mayor has a seven-member council whose members are elected every four years. The mayor has executive and administrative powers. In the mid-’70s, the Murrysville community transitioned through many forms of government and four legal name changes (including Franklin Township, Franklin Borough, Murrysville Borough and the Municipality of Murrysville). It’s been under the home rule charter since ’76.

Your children will be well-educated in Murrysville. The municipality is within the Franklin Regional School District. It operates five schools and boasts a high school graduation rate of 99.3 percent. The national average for public high schools is only 82 percent.

Notable people who grew up in Murrysville include actress Julie Benz, Robert Moose, former Pirates pitches from 1967 through ’76, Candace Otto, Miss PA 2003 and Dance Moms dancer Maddie Ziegler.

Murrysville is a cozy, welcoming town. Since 1933, it has had a tree sign spelling out the word “Murrysville.” The trees were landscaped by the local Boy Scout troop. In 1947 the sign was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the world’s biggest arboreal sign. Unfortunately it no longer holds that title.

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 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!

 

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.

 

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!

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