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7 Places to Take the Family this Holiday Season

Posted by Kate Oczypok on October 23, 2017  /  in Holidays In Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

Can you believe it? The holidays are almost upon us. If you’re wondering what to do with your family this year, we put together seven suggestions perfect for celebrating all things sparkly and magical this season.

1. Light Up Night

Information will be announced in early November and this website will have all the information you’ll need to know. The whole family will love the tree lighting, your older ones will have fun at the street concerts and the littler ones will love seeing Santa’s reindeer live at One Oxford Centre.

2. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

From December 1st through the 27th, enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s longstanding holiday traditions. See all your favorite iconic characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rat King and more.

3. Phipps’ Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show & Light Garden: Holiday Magic

This year’s theme is “Holiday Magic!” and you’ll certainly feel like it stepping into Phipps’ winter wonderland. A new garden railroad will be on display as well as special lighting in the sunken garden. Don’t forget to bundle up the whole family, buy some hot chocolates and wander around outside at the light garden too.

4. Ice skating at PPG Place

Take everyone out for an afternoon of ice skating fun at PPG Place. Your older children will love the Instagram-worthy photos in front of the massive Christmas tree in the center of the rink. The younger ones will have fun learning to skate amidst the other holiday revelers. The rink opens Friday Nov. 17th this year.

5. The Holiday Market at Market Square

Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, the holiday market combines international flair, local charm and lots of holiday gift ideas. You won’t want to miss all the fun! The market runs from Nov. 18th through Dec. 23rd.

6. Santa Cruise on the Gateway Clipper

If Grandma and Grandpa are visiting, you’ll love seeing their eyes light up when you take them and your little ones on this cruise. There’s nothing like seeing grandparents get such joy out of little ones interacting with Santa! There are two-hour Santa fun cruises and Santa breakfast options available as well.

7. Small business Saturday at any of the East End stores and boutiques

Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Forest Hills, Monroeville, Murrysville and more have many small businesses and boutiques perfect for small business Saturday.

 

 

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.

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

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.

Moda
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.

Petagogy
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.

Penhollows
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.

My Move to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services

Posted by Lauren Klein on May 24, 2017  /  in News, Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

I know it’s been almost ten weeks since I updated my blog, and I apologize for the radio silence. But I’ve had a good reason, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you!

On April 1, I affiliated myself as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services. For six weeks, it was the Wild Wild West as I transitioned to a new company and closed out dozens of RE/MAX clients. It was the craziest, most exciting, most rewarding six weeks of my career so far. And I’ve got to be honest, I’m really glad I’m on the other side of it now with a chance to breathe!

I have so much gratitude for the awesome five-and-a-half years I spent at RE/MAX Select. It was a time of remarkable professional growth for me; I surpassed every annual goal I set for myself. To all the wonderful colleagues, brokers and clients I met and had the privilege to work with during my time at RE/MAX, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ll always be grateful for each of you.

As I look ahead now to my next step with Coldwell Banker, I’m filled with energy. I’m excited to work with even more amazing people (big thanks to the team at Coldwell Banker for making my transition seamless!), to have some new technology at my fingertips (notice the new “Search” feature on my home page… you can search for a home anywhere in Pittsburgh now), and to see how much higher I can take this career that I am so blessed to have.

In addition to all of that, Chris and I are also busy with our various charity efforts. Hugs for Nan is already in the planning phase for next year, and we recently made a contribution to Make a Wish Foundation to send two kids with muscular dystrophy to summer camp. I know how blessed we are with our good fortune, and it’s my honor to share it with others.

Within the Klein household, there is plenty of activity, as well. My daughter — my baby! — just went to the Prom. (I can’t even believe it.) And my son also recently completed his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m a proud mama!

There is so much going on, and through all of it, my clients and colleagues remain a constant source of gratitude and joy in my life. I’m here because of you and the faith you put in me as a real estate professional. Thank you for everything.

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