Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Italian Renaissance Mansion in Historic Highland Park

Highland Park is known for its turn of the century mansions, many featuring beautiful original woodwork and stained glass windows.  But very few retain their original splendor while incorporating all the latest amenities.  Fully refurbished and updated for the 21st century, this 100+ year old Italianate home is one of the best.

The front entry and staircase are marvels of ornate turn of the century woodwork, lovingly restored to its original gleam.  Exotic original wood floors throughout the house have been refinished and antique hardware has been refurbished or replaced. Original features include stained glass windows, plaster walls, antique alabaster chandeliers, working gas fireplaces and Victorian bathroom fixtures.  A beautifully landscaped garden and pergola provide a secluded spot to relax outdoors.

Skillfully integrated into these lush Victorian surroundings are all the conveniences you’d expect of a modern home.  The kitchen and pantry feature new appliances and cabinets.  Plumbing and electrical systems have been replaced, including a new AC/furnace and two water heaters.  The antique tiger oak vanity in the second floor master suite shares the spotlight with a new tile shower, 90 gallon soaking tub and large walk-in closet with washer/dryer.  Two additional large rooms, ideal for bedroom or office space, complete the second floor.  On the spacious third floor, the former servant’s quarters have been restored as an independent living space with updated kitchen, bath and private entry. 

Situated near the park, it’s just a short walk to Sunday jazz concerts or a brisk walk around the reservoir.  A short distance away is the Pittsburgh Zoo and weekly open air market.  Trendy restaurants and shops, universities and hospitals are an easy commute away and it’s a quick ten-minute drive to the Cultural District, stadiums and all that Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer.

A virtual tour offers additional photos of this beautiful home.  For more information contact Esther Jarrett at ekjarrett@gmail.com or 412-521-1000 x220.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Expanded Megabus Service from Pittsburgh

Megabus at PPG Place
Megabus.com has made Pittsburgh the sixth hub on its fast-growing North American network, adding service to nine new cities: Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Detroit, Toronto, Erie and Buffalo.  That brings to 15 the number of cities served directly from Pittsburgh by the carrier; cities already accessible from Pittsburgh were State College, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Camden, N.J. 

Trips to the new cities can be booked immediately, with service beginning on May 11.  Travelers who make reservations well in advance can sometimes travel for as little as $1, but prices rise as the travel date draws nearer and buses begin to fill.   The company uses both single- and double-decker buses and offers free Wi-Fi and power outlets.

Megabus.com is able to offer lower fares because it doesn't maintain bus stations and takes most of its reservations online.  Trips from Pittsburgh originate at a stop on 11th Street under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Pittsburgh joins Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington, D.C., as hubs for the company, which relaunched service here less than a year ago.  The Megabus network currently connects over 40 cities throughout the Northeast and Central states.