Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Which Buying Here Houses Sold This Year?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Which Buying Here Houses Sold This Year?

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While everyone was talking this year about the real estate markets in Lawrenceville and East Liberty, suburban Pittsburgh houses were quietly selling at close to asking price - if Buying Here is any indication.

Of the 50 properties featured in this space in 2016, the majority were in suburban Allegheny, Butler, Beaver and Westmoreland counties. Many houses sold within months of being listed. The exceptions were the three properties priced at over $1 million. All three are still on the market.

David and Cathy Johnson's dream house started with a pony.

"Our kids got into horses and we wanted a place for them with a barn," Mr. Johnson said.

That wish resulted in a six-bedroom,10-bath custom-built home on 22 acres in Peters, Washington County. The house at 179-199 Johnston Road (MLS No. 1226589) features a grand floating double staircase and lush views of their 22 acres, which includes a large stables. Originally, priced at $8.15 million, it has been reduced to $7.95 million. The listing will be removed from the multilist for a few weeks and return in the spring.

To the north in Sewickley Heights, Steelers Hall of Famer Lynn Swann put 181 Merriman Road (MLS No. 1226640) on the market when he was offered the athletic director's job at his alma mater, the University of Southern California.

The five-bedroom, seven-bath ranch-style home was designed by Tasso Katselas, the same architect responsible for Pittsburgh International Airport, and features Spanish quarry tile floors and lots of stone. Amenities include a vaulted wine cellar and outdoor driving range. Originally listed at $2.25 million, it's now available for $1.995 million.

The last of the million-dollar babies is 1320 Woodbridge Drive (MLS No. 1065903) in Unity, Westmoreland County. Built and occupied by builder Bryan Grejtak and his family, the 9,000-square-foot home is a study in contemporary design and stone, glass and granite. It was originally priced at $1.249 million and now listed at $1.1 million.

Sometimes special houses find that just-right buyer. The house at 369 Mill Dam Road, Indiana Township, has its own special charm. Built by Michael Ferraro on 2.5 acres from reclaimed barnwood and stone in 1980, the house was exactly what Lee and Don Newcomb were looking for. They have added six separate outdoor spaces to take advantage of its views and private lake. The couple paid $550,354 for the property originally listed for $599,000.

Carter Evans, a young renovator who learned his craft working alongside his grandfather, bought 57 Hawthorne Ave. in Crafton intending to live there. After beautifully renovating the six-bedroom, three-bath house built in 1890, the 21-year-old changed his mind and decided to sell it. Originally listed for $249,000, the property sold in November for $195,000. …

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