Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bellevue Rehab 110-Year-Old House with New Open Interior Carries $239,000 Price Tag

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bellevue Rehab 110-Year-Old House with New Open Interior Carries $239,000 Price Tag

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Natalie Price caught the renovation bug from her brother.

"He was renovating a house in Bloomfield, and I kinda helped along the way. I enjoyed the design aspect, so I decided I was going to try it," she said.

She fell in love with 77 N. Harrison Ave. in Bellevue because of its stone facade and character. After a major rehab, the five-bedroom, two-bath house built in 1908 is on the market for $239,000 (MLS No. 1377812) with real estate agent Michelle Sager of Albert Anthony Real Estate (www.albertanthonyrealestate.com or 412-422-3430). It is open by appointment.

There were unforeseen challenges from the start.

"I bought the home from a group of overseas investors who turned out to be scammers. The disclosures stated there were no issues."

After the closing, she turned on the water, and every single pipe in the house burst, she said.

"I had to replace all of the water lines and plumbing from top to bottom. I had a certified, licensed plumber do all of the work."

She also had a mechanical engineer come in to level the home prior to the basement renovation. "It was old, dirt and rubble down there. When we checked it, it was 5-7 inches off level."

The house was jacked up and new beams installed. With that remediation done, contractors poured a concrete floor, installed flooring and completely finished the space.

Outside, the stone facade was covered in decades of industrial soot. Ms. Price had the exterior cleaned, so it is now two-tone. The ornate pillars are original and have an unusual pattern.

"That's how they were, and we repainted them exactly the same," Ms. Price said.

The front porch has a tongue-in-groove wood ceiling and leads to original double entry doors. Inside, the house now has an open floor plan, gray walls and gray-toned hardwood floors. The living room has a carved mantel and an electric fireplace insert. …

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