Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spacious Oakland Condo

The Park Plaza Condominiums at 128 N. Craig Street put you right in the heart of Oakland, close to universities, museums, businesses and hospitals.  Restaurants and shops are only steps away and transportation to downtown and throughout the city is nearby.  The building itself offers numerous amenities, including an exercise room, guest suite and roof-top deck with views of the city.  The attended front desk provides both convenience and security.  Garage parking is available for a monthly fee; the garage is attended 24 hours and offers valet parking and elevato rservice to the building.

In Unit 716 you’ll find all the additional amenities that make life in a condo so comfortable.  This is a huge apartment with great windows, lots of natural light and wonderful views.  Originally three bedrooms, the current owners have converted it to a large two-bedroom with a luxurious master suite including a private dressing area and bath. 
Need three bedrooms?  The unit could easily be converted back.  In addition to the spacious apartment, there’s a separate private storage room across the hall, complete with cedar closet, and it’s only steps to the laundry room.  This is an opportunity to purchase a real bargain in a fantastic location!

Contact:  Phil Marcus  412-422-1923  Phil@PhilMarcus.com

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cinema in the Parks

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy your favorite movies under the stars as Cinema in the Park returns for the summer!  Free movie showings beginning June 7 and continue throughout the summer months at parks all around the city.  Bring the kids along – most movies are G and PG rated, with a few PG-13s thrown in.  Films begin at dusk, but arrive early to get a good seat.

Arsenal Park, 39th & Butler Streets, Lawrenceville, Fridays
Brookline Memorial Park, Oakridge Street, Thursdays
Grandview Park, Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington, Saturdays
Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, Saturdays
Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill, Oakland, Sundays and Wednesdays
West End/Elliot Overlook, Tuesdays

Find more information, including directions and schedules, here, or call 412-422-6426.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

New This Week

819 Eathan Avenue, Brookline

Great 3 bedroom home with newer kitchen, bathroom and roof.  Lower level gameroom with half bath, beautiful huge deck overlooking a lush landscaped yard and lots of storage.  The extra large driveway will accommodate 4 cars, with additional on-street parking!

Contact:  Roberta Allen   412-287-4781  wrallen423@verizon.net

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

First Fridays at the Frick

Set aside the first Friday evening of each month this summer for an outdoor concert on the lawn in front of Clayton at the Frick Art and Historical Center.  The beautiful gardens and buildings surrounding the great lawn are the perfect setting for a picnic and live music.  Pack a picnic basket or purchase a gourmet picnic dinner from the CafĂ© at the Frick.  Concerts begin at 7 pm.  Arrive early to find the perfect spot for your picnic blanket or lawn chair!
Performers for this season are:

June 3:  Greg Abate, Jazz Saxophonist
July 1:  Daphne Alderson, Vocalist and band
August 5:  Marley’s Ghost, Bluegrass band
September 2:  St. Petersburg String Quartet, Chamber music

A donation of $5 is suggested.  Free parking is available in the lot off of Reynolds Street.

7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Comfortable in Morningside

Hidden away between downtown Pittsburgh and Highland Park, the community of Morningside is known for quiet tree-lined streets and sturdy two-story brick homes with front porches meant for sitting.  At less than two square miles in area, Morningside is a close-knit community where neighbors know each other and the highlight of the year is the St. Rocco Festival, two days in August featuring music, dance and fireworks.

A great view from the front porch
Farmland until the trolley came through in 1905, the area quickly developed into a quiet residential neighborhood.  Well-kept family homes line up along pleasant streets, punctuated by ball fields and playgrounds.  Spacious Highland Park and the Pittsburgh Zoo are within walking distance.  From this quiet residential setting, it’s just a few minutes trip to downtown Pittsburgh, the universities and hospitals of Oakland, or over the river to the North Side and Waterworks Mall.

1037 Duffield Street
This handsome home at 1037 Duffield Street epitomizes the Morningside home.  A lovely front door with stained glass windows welcomes you into the bright and spacious living room.  A finished basement with built-in bar is perfect for entertaining.  Or take the party outside on the semi-secluded back patio.  The spacious front porch is waiting for that special porch swing.  Relax and enjoy the view! 

Beautiful updated kitchen
Three bedrooms and three full baths make this a real family home.  Rooms are spacious with loads of storage.  Little touches of luxury include stained glass windows, crown molding and a working fireplace.  In addition to the family room with built-in bar and sink, the finished basement includes a laundry and integral garage.  The well-lit attic, with a window, is perfect for storing household items or as a playful hide away.

No maintenance worries here - 1999 was a good year for this home! The kitchen was updated with wood cabinetry, a dishwasher and an addition that includes a large counter area for meals or homework, a large bank of cabinets, a walk in closet and a full bath.  The roof was also replaced in ‘99 and the home continues to be well-maintained for a comfortable lifestyle.

Welcome Home!
Morningside remains a prosperous community of hard-working residents with strong roots.  This is a house just waiting to become a family home!

Contact Sharon Cartisano for a viewing. 
412-521-1000 ext. 250

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bring in the Farmers!

One of the joys of summer is fresh, fresh produce and there’s no better place to get it than a local Farmer’s Market.  Markets are beginning to set up all over Allegheny County.  In addition to the very best from our local farmers, many offer live plants and cut flowers, prepared foods, fresh breads and locally produced cheeses, jams and honey.  In addition to providing the freshest and most healthful foods, Farmer’s Markets are affordable, support local business and protect the environment by minimizing transportation and packaging costs.  All that and a yummy bag of kettle corn – what more could one ask?

Here’s a list of markets in Allegheny County - arranged by day of the week, so you can find a market whenever the urge strikes.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has put together a map showing all of the Farmer’s Markets in the area, including those outside of Allegheny County.  Check it out for more specific information on locations and dates.

Coraopolis:  Presbyterian Church, Broadway & Fifth, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting June 6
Dormont:  Tennis Courts, Banksville & Dormont Ave., 4 to 7 p.m., starting June 27
East Liberty:  5800 Penn Circle West, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Scott Township, Scott Park on Lindsay Road, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting June 6
Whitehall:  Caste Village Shopping Center, 3 to 7 p.m., starting June 6

Bethel Park:  Bethel Park Community Center Playground, 3 to 7 p.m.
Downtown: O’Toole Pediatric Fund WIC Office Farm Stand, 239 Fourth Ave.,
                        9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting June 8
New Brighton:  5th Ave. & 12th St., 4 to 7 p.m., starting June 21
South Side:  Sidney & 20th St., 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
West View:  456 Perry Highway behind West View Savings Bank, 4 to 7 p.m.

Bellevue:  Hawley Ave. between Lincoln & Citizen Way, 3 to 7 p.m.
Carrick:  Carrick Shopping Center, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting June 1
Mt. Lebanon: United Lutheran Church, 4 to 7 p.m., starts June 1
Oakland: Phipps Conservatory, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., starts June 1. Certified organic produce.
Tarentum:  First United Presbyterian Church, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting June 15

Beechview:  St. Catherine’s Church, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting June 9
Bloomfield:  Immaculate Conception School, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Castle Shannon: Willow Ave. between Poplar & Park, 4 to 7 p.m., starting June 16.
                                  Live music!
Downtown: Market Square, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Noon concert series!
Frazer Township:  Pittsburgh Mills, 3 to 7 p.m., starting June 2
Green Tree:  Green Tree Park, 4 to 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hills:  Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
                              Music on 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Upper St. Clair: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4 to 7 p.m., starting June 2
Verona:  736 E. Railroad Ave., 2 to 6 p.m., starting June 16
Wilkinsburg: South Avenue Methodist Church, 3 to 6 p.m., starting June 16

Downtown:  City-County Building, 400 Grant, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown:  Steel Plaza Farm Stand, Grant & Sixth, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Hills: Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 4 to 7 p.m., starting June 3
North Side:  E. Ohio & Cedar, across from Allegheny General Hospital. 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Oakland:  Sennot St. between Atwood & Meyran, noon to 5 p.m., starts July 8
Strip District: Pittsburgh Public Market, 2100 Smallman, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., year-round

East Liberty: Across from Home Depot, 344 N. Sheridan Ave., 5 a.m. to noon, year-round.
Emsworth: 84 Center Ave & Vista, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monroeville:  Gateway High School, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mt. Lebanon:  600-750 Washington Road, 9 a.m. to noon
Sewickley: St. James Parish lot, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Strip District: 2216 Penn Ave. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organic produce, local meat and poultry.
Strip District:  Pittsburgh Public Market, 2100 Smallman, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round

Strip District: Pittsburgh Public Market, 2100 Smallman, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., year-round

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New on the Market

Look at the wonderful new properties our agents have listed in just the past few weeks!
5301 Fifth Avenue
Three units in this fantastic Shadyside building.  Convenient location, open floor plans, hardwood floors, granite entries, gourmet kitchens with state of the art appliances, granite counters, Kohler designed baths and exercise facilities with personal trainer.
Unit 1  3201 square feet with private balcony.
Unit 5  2634 square foot two-story with private balcony, cherry staircase and skylight.
Unit 8  2391 sq. ft. with private balcony and deck.
Contact:  MarianneDiPacido  412-613-8100  realestatemd@aol.com

5120 Fifth Avenue  #102
Wonderful Shadyside Condo!  New gourmet kitchen, new baths and hardwood floors throughout.  Low condo fee includes heat, water, snow removal and building maintenance. Great natural light, spacious rooms and large closets. Less than 10 minute walk to CMU or Walnut Street, close to Pitt and UPMC.
Contact:  Liz Caplan  412-302-2645  liz@pittsburghhomesite.com

Squirrel Hill
5673 Melvin Street
Completely remodeled home on a quiet one way street. Freshly painted.  New baths and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter top. Hardwood floors throughout. Family room on the first floor with exit to patio and a newly finished basement with powder room. Yard and garage.
Contact:  Smadar Blumenthal  412-414-5479 smadarblumenthal@yahoo.com

5404 Aylesboro Avenue
Classic ranch in the heart of Squirrel Hill.  Walk to CMU, Pitt and Schenley Park. Very well maintained home, Central A/C, hardwood floors, updated baths, very large lot. Two car tandem garage. 3 bedrooms on main level, bedroom and den on lower level.
Contact:  Liz Caplan  412-302-2645  liz@pittsburghhomesite.com


4782 Yew Street
Everything either brand new or almost brand new!  Beautiful home with great curb appeal. Bruce hardwood floors on first floor, carpet on 2nd, ceramic tile in baths. All new windows.  Roof, furnace, A/C 2009. Stainless appliances and laundry hook-up in kitchen, second bath in basement.  Truly ready to just move in.
Contact:  Charlene Haislip  412-606-3556  MetroPittsburghRealEstate@gmail.com

East Liberty 
7153 Wiltsie Street
Great Starter home. Beautiful bay window in living room. 4 glass block windows. Decorative safety bars on all first floor windows. New retaining walls along the driveway.
Contact:  Rick Smith  412-977-9916  rasmith0610@gmail.com

South Side 
52 S 19TH Street
Small in size, but grand in amenities and appointments. Custom kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances. Laundry on the first floor. Bonus room on third. Off street parking for a compact car. Totally renovated, updated mechanics, refinished hardwood floors and so much more.
Contact:  Danielle Gundlach  412-654-4749  danigundlach@me.com

Regent Square 
901 S Braddock
Oversized 6 bedroom home on a corner lot by Frick Park. Large entry, high ceilings and charm throughout. Currently used as legal 2 units with separate utilities but can be easily made into single family home. Beautiful front porch, deck and large flat back yard. Super house!!
Contact:  Smadar Blumenthal  412-414-5479 smadarblumenthal@yahoo.com

Forest Hills
715 Cascade Road
Fabulous Tudor on a great street. Kitchen/Family Room with vaulted ceilings and skylights. French doors out to a 12x24 deck. Side porch off the Living Room is great for entertaining. See a virtual tour of this well maintained home.
Contact:  MarianneDiPacido  412-613-8100  realestatemd@aol.com

2134 Royal Street
If you're looking for a house with good Karma, your search ends here.  Fully updated with beautiful appointments. Tiffany style light fixtures throughout. Gas log fireplace in the living room. Huge back yard. Come quickly at this price won't last!!
Contact:  Danielle Gundlach  412-654-4749  danigundlach@me.com

Penn Hills 
203 Pennoak Drive
3-4 bedroom home in the Churchill Valle area of Penn Hills.  Large eat-in kitchen with bench table included. Ceiling fan in DR. Partially finished basement, great for office or game room. Beautiful fenced back yard with storage shed. Large covered patio off kitchen, great for cookouts.
Contact:  Rick Smith  412-977-9916  rasmith0610@gmail.com

1325 Beechview Avenue
Spacious 3 bedroom solid brick home with a long driveway one car garage. Gorgeous wood trim, judges paneling and wonderful staircase accented by a stained glass window. Pretty front porch, cute back porch and nice flat back yard. Call today for a private showing!
Contact:  Roberta Allen  412-287-4781  wrallen423@verizon.net

69 N Harrison
Large, gracious Bellevue Victorian sitting handsomely on corner lot. Tons of natural light, 1st floor has circular flow, front & back stairs. Master Suite has dressing room and its own full bath. Kitchen tells you you are home! Large covered front porch and 2-car detached garage.
Contact:  Charlene Haislip  412-606-3556  MetroPittsburghRealEstate@gmail.com

New Castle 
221 E Moody
Beautiful 6 bedroom, 5 ½ bath Victorian.  Stained glass, fabulous original woodwork. Take a virtual tour to see all the wonderful details!
Contact:  Sherry Cramer  724-516-3732  sherry@sherrycramer.net

10 Walnut Street  #8
New York style contemporary condo in a historic landmark building.  Low maintenance fee.  Two assigned parking spaces.  Open and spacious, 20 foot ceilings, chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer hookups.  Only 12 units in building and no two alike!  Special financing available.  Take a virtual tour here.
Contact:  Sherry Cramer  724-516-3732  sherry@sherrycramer.net

Wilmington Township
3213 New Wilmington Road
Simply stunning!  6000 sq ft including attached apartment fabulous for au pair or mother-in-law suite. Beautifully landscaped 2+ acres, in-ground pool ,attached and detached garages.HSE completely renovated ‘07.  Granite Kitchen with stainless steel appliances. State of the art cooling/heat system.  LOW utilities.  Take the virtual tour for all the details!
Contact:  Sherry Cramer  724-516-3732  sherry@sherrycramer.net

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Life in the Burgh – Greek Food Festivals

Spring and summer in Pittsburgh bring loads of goodies, not least of which are the Greek food festivals.  Sponsored by Greek Orthodox Churches throughout the city, these tasty fundraising events are a fun way to enjoy delicious authentic home-cooked Greek food at very reasonable prices. Most churches have a place to sit and enjoy your meal, or grab a takeout box and head to the nearest park for a uniquely Pittsburgh picnic!

This summer’s lineup includes:

May 1-6          St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
                        419 S. Dithridge St., Oakland
                        Including live music, dancing and cathedral tours

                        302 W. North Avenue, North Side

                        601 West McMurray Road, Canonsburg

                        2111 Davidson Street, Aliquippa

June 15-18    Holy Cross Church
                        123 Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon

                        12 Washington Avenue, Oakmont
                         Live music and ethnic dancing

July 21-24     Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
                         2930 Beaver Road, Ambridge

                         1672 Electric Avenue, East Pittsburgh

                        1205 Grand Boulevard, Monessen

                         1128 Summit St., McKeesport

Some churches also offer music, entertainment and dancing during the festival weekend.  Check their websites for hours, directions and entertainment schedules.