Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

TULL BUYS HOUSE IN EDGEWORTH $15 MILLION HOME HAS NINE BEDROOMS AND SKI SLOPE WITH SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES [Corrected 02/18/17]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

TULL BUYS HOUSE IN EDGEWORTH $15 MILLION HOME HAS NINE BEDROOMS AND SKI SLOPE WITH SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES [Corrected 02/18/17]

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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on February 17, 2017.A story Tuesday about the sale of a house in Edgeworth incorrectly identified Joe Zemba as a real estate agent with Prudential Preferred Realty. His license is inactive and he no longer works for the company, whose name was changed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices two years ago.

Thomas Tull, a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers who is building a state-of-the-art organic farm and dairy in Washington County, has added to his real estate holdings in Western Pennsylvania.

On Friday, Mr. Tull and his wife, Alba, purchased 445 Woodland Road in Edgeworth from fellow entrepreneur and tech giant Glen Meakem and his wife, Diane, for $15 million. In 2007, the Meakems built the 14,474-square-foot house with nine bedrooms, five fireplaces, five full baths, four powder rooms and a mini ski slope with snowmaking capabilities.

Five years earlier, the Meakems demolished a much older house on the site, the Thomas Leet Shields House, which was built in 1854 by one of the Sewickley Valley's founding families. They paid a total of $2.1 million for the historic house, a barn, an old three-bedroom cottage and an adjoining brick house. All were torn down to make way for the new house.

The Tulls' latest purchase comes less than a year after they paid $3.65 million for a 157-acre farm in Robinson, Washington County, that will raise at least 40 dairy cows and organically grown lettuce, tomatoes and apples.

The Tulls also own Muottas, a historic house not far from their new house. In 2015-16, the Tulls paid a total of $7 million for the 111-year-old stone house and 115 acres in Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Leet.

In December 2015, Mr. Tull created an uproar when he applied for a permit to demolish the historic house and build a new house on that site. A month later, he decided instead to move Muottas to another part of the tract. Last fall, Millcraft Development Services moved the historic house intact and built a new access road for it. That property will be listed for sale soon, according to a Tull family spokesperson.

The Tulls, who also own a $5. …

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