Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cape Cod with Clinker Brick Has Served Family for 3 Generations

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cape Cod with Clinker Brick Has Served Family for 3 Generations

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Three generations of the Kauf family have lived at 40 Pocono Drive in Green Tree since Howard F. Kauf laid the first stone with contractor Cecil Hall in 1938.

"It's always been the family home," said Jeannie Conklin-Kauf, who inherited the home with her husband, Howard C. Kauf, in 2011.

"Everyone thought we were crazy when we didn't list it right away. We have been doing renovations since then," she said.

Now ready and for sale by owner for $247,000 (Zillow Home ID No. 11346770), the house will open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The charming Cape Cod-style home has an exterior made from clinker brick and stone. The original slate roof has been well-maintained and the front door and a small window are both made from bullseye glass.

On the right is the 21-by-12-foot living room whose fireplace has a brick surround and hearth. The wood-burner has a gas line or could be converted the electric. At the far end of the room is a bay window.

An arched doorway leads to the 13-by-12-foot dining room, which has a pair of china closets and a new brass chandelier from Lighting by Erik.

"My husband remembers dinners with the grandparents complete with white tablecloths and napkins," Ms. Conklin-Kauf said.

The 12-by-11-foot kitchen has custom cherry cabinets, composite counter tops and a stainless-steel sink. A breakfast nook was removed to make room for a larger table. The small chandelier with crystal teardrop accents was added recently.

In 1950, a large addition extended the first floor and basement area. It has clinker brick on the outside and includes a 20-by-15-foot bedroom and a 12-by-8-foot bath that has since been updated with a new vanity and soaking tub. Two large closets have mirrored fronts. A laundry is hidden in another closet. Beneath a large window is a radiator inside a window seat. …

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