From French doors, to original hardwood floors and stone fire places, we scoured the market for the top five most charming homes for sale in Pittsburgh right now. Keep reading to find out more about these gorgeous homes from Highland Park to Mount Lebanon and everywhere in between!
1. Highland Park Five Bedroom
What makes this home charming: Right from the start, the striking blue paint accents on the outside are eye-catching. Add in plenty of French doors, refinished hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room, original built-ins, a decorative fireplace in the dining room, and a built-in china closet and you have one very charming home. The updated kitchen also features the original pantry and powder room. See the full listing here.
2. Lawrenceville Four Bedroom
What makes this home charming: This three story Victorian stunner has its original brick and stone facade and includes unique architectural features such as stained glass windows, original woodwork, high ceilings, marble fireplace mantles in living and dining areas, and a backyard garden and patio. See the full listing here.
3. North Oakland Five Bedroom
What makes this home charming: Located in the heart of tree-lined Schenley Farms, this charming home has a spacious front porch, a grand entry leading to a formal living room with a gas log fireplace. The home's formal dining room boasts leaded glass windows, a fireplace, and a window seat. The eat-in kitchen is equipped with butcher block countertops and cherry cabinets. See the full listing here.
4. Mount Lebanon Three Bedroom
What makes this home charming: This 18th century castle-inspired brick Tudor is full of old world charm with two Juliet balconies, soaring ceilings, and a turret staircase. The living room features a cathedral ceiling, balcony, stained glass, a stone fireplaces, and a crystal chandelier. Beamed cathedral ceilings, French doors, palladium windows, an open concept turret staircase, and much more all add to the charm in this beautiful home. See the full listing here.
5. South Side Two Bedroom
What makes this home charming: With exposed brick, hardwood floors, and a private fenced-in yard, it's hard not to love this charming homes located in the heart of the Flats. Adding to the home's appeal and charm is also a fenced-in yard, and a loft. See the full listing here.
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Maybe you've heard of the tiny house trend from a friend, or perhaps you've seen the television shows: Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Builders, Tiny House, Big Living, and more. Maybe you're just hearing of this unique movement in the real estate industry.
What is the Tiny House Movement?
The tiny house movement is an architectural and social movement that promotes living simply in smaller-than-average homes. There isn't a set definition as to what constitutes a tiny house, but it is generally accepted that any home under 1,000 square feet is considered a small home, while any home less than 400 square feet is considered a tiny home.
In 1950, the average size of a new single family home was 983 square feet. Home sizes have been growing since then, with the average size of a new single family home being reported at 2,662 square feet in 2013. It's no wonder many people are perplexed by the growing popularity of the tiny house movement. We did some research and found out the driving forces behind the tiny house trend.
It should come as no surprise that a tiny house has a smaller price tag than a mansion. The money saved on one's mortgage can be used for other purposes. According to the Huffington Post, a tiny house usually costs homebuyers $20,000 to $50,000.
Not only are tiny homes generally less expensive, taxes, building costs, heating, maintenance, and repair costs are also lower the smaller a home is.
Some tiny home owners report that they chose their new abode in order to live a more simple life. Less clutter, minimalism, self-sufficiency, financial freedom, and reduced consumption are all appealing to those looking to downsize to a tiny house.
Homeowners are also flocking to tiny houses due to the smaller impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of a tiny house is noticeably smaller than the average home today. Because buildings cause an estimated 1/3 of greenhouse gasses, having a tiny home will dramatically reduce this number.
Some tiny houses are built with reclaimed or recycled materials, and utilize energy efficient tools such as solar panels and rain water gathering, which are also great for the environment.
Quite a few tiny housess can be hitched to a truck and moved to a new location. Homeowners find this appealing and enjoy the fact that they can bring their home with them whenever and wherever they want to travel.
The Future of Tiny Houses
What does the future of the tiny house movement look like? It seems like this trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon. With new television shows cropping up each season, businesses offering customized tiny homes, and some companies putting plans into motion to build tiny home developments, we can expect to see more tiny houses in the future.
The latest Pittsburgh real estate news, including why Dick's Sporting Goods is backing off on its proposed store expansion, a new hotel in McCandless, and which long-empty department store is going to become a storage facility.
Dick's Sporting Goods Backing Off on Store Expansion
"Dick’s Sporting Goods is cutting back on its plans for store growth, a reaction to a wave of store closings in the retail industry, even as it works to solidify its position as the predominant chain in its sector in the United States."
Manufacturer Narrows Plant Search to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit
"A manufacturer that has licensed ignition technology developed at West Virginia University is looking to build a factory in either Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Detroit."
Buying Here: The Tannery's New Construction in North Side's Deutchtown Neighborhood
"Deutschtown residents like to brag about this Central North Side neighborhood’s convenient location close to I-279, Downtown and the shops on East Ohio Street. But someone looking for a new home in the area officially known as East Allegheny often had to settle for an old row house that had been gutted and given all new floors, windows and fixtures."
Resident Asks Wilkinsburg to Demolish Neighboring House, Citing Disrepair
"Wilkinsburg has torn down nearly 100 properties in the past year, according to the borough manager, but one resident wants at least one more demolished."
New Hotel Opens in McCandless
"The North Hills has a new hotel open and operating."
Ohio Architecture Firm Opens Pittsburgh Office
"Cincinnati-based BHDP Architecture announced it has opened a new office in Pittsburgh."
Long-Empty Department Store to Become Storage Facility
"A long-empty Montgomery Ward store in Lower Burrell is slated for a new use after 16 years as an empty store."
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