Monday, May 25, 2015

Real Estate Monday: Central North Shore- 2 for 1

Are you finding that investors are getting more creative with their flips? I am, and it makes me happy. I'm actually contemplating working with one, and if so, you can be sure I'll lobby for some unique features. Here are two homes- one of which isn't necessarily a flip- but both fairly creative, fitting in perfectly with the eclectic area that surrounds them.
915 Peralta St. Pittsburgh, Pa 15212 for $245,000.
It's got three bedrooms and two and a half baths. I love all the exposed brick, the open kitchen floor plan, and the different wood tones throughout the house. Take a look:

Now for a super- kitschy house in the same area...
607 Middle Street listed at $250,000- 2bed/1bath
It's more of an artsy, loft-style house, with an open master bedroom occupying the second floor. The third floor has this barn-like ladder to access it, and these neat pull out bins. It'd be awesome for a young teen, I'm sure. All the details in the house have been well thought out. It definitely caters towards my need to be more minimalist.

 Which one would you pick?

* I am not the listing agent for any of the homes I share on Real Estate Mondays, unless otherwise stated. I do not receive any compensation for these posts. If you'd like more information on any of the homes, please contact me via email or cell and I'd be happy to schedule a showing for you. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Real Estate Wednesday: Polish Hill

I know it's supposed to be Real Estate Monday, but today's Wednesday and this cool house just popped on the market this morning- so we're going with it.
I love me a good renovation, and I love a good deal. $240,000 seems pretty inexpensive to me to get a fully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.
3602 Bethoven Polish Hill 
 Slightly unassuming on the outside...
 ...but super open and bright on the inside. 

 I love all the light flooding into the kitchen.

 This feels like some chic, New York hotel bathroom. 
I'm not sure if these bedrooms have doors, but still pretty awesome.  

 ...and I'm always a sucker for exposed beams. 
Most modern renovations feel cold to me, but this house feels warm and inviting, doesn't it? 

*While I'm not the listing agent for any of the houses I display on my Real Estate Monday/Wednesday posts, I'm happy to show this house or any house you may be looking at. Please don't hesitate to call or email me. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Fixer Upper" Fan

Like many of you, I love the new HGTV show Fixer Upper. It combines my love for decorating, fixing up, and real estate all in one. I don't often share my faith with you on here, but my husband sent me this video this morning and I just thought I'd share it with y'all.

Maybe you can relate. Or maybe not yet, but this video spoke to me. Here's the link to Joanna's blog. I love scrolling back to her older blog posts to see what she was talking about before she was discovered. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Real Estate Monday: Squirrel Hill

Happy Real Estate Monday. Most of the time I try to stay within a "reasonable" budget, but reasonable is relative, really. Today I'm highlighting a dream home for me. I LOVE the style of this Spanish-looking home, and while, yes, it needs some love, the end result could be A-mazing. So someone please buy this, and let me help you renovate it, ok? Good.
Here's 135 Westland Dr. Squirrel Hill, Pa 15217  a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom villa listed for $640,000.
I believe this is overlooking the back and side of the house. 
The foyer. Look at that awesome stairwell and Spanish tile. I'd rip off the orange carpet on the stairs and either refinish the wood (if in good shape) or paint the stairs a shocking black and white. 

The living room. 
Hang on, let me wipe the drool from my lip. Just kidding. But seriously, wide-plank wooden floors, 20 ft beamed-arched ceilings, a fireplace, and French doors that open onto this luxurious patio. 
Look at that cute Juliet balcony. 

Here's where the renovating starts happening. I'd do something like this with the kitchen (inspiration photos from Domaine Home). 

 I'd be sure to incorporate lots of Spanish tile in the backsplash, and chevron laid wood floors are always fun.

Isn't this the coolest doorway/window you've ever seen? 

How about a hand-carved bar off your entry way? 

Now I kind of like this bathroom, but I'd totally seek to update it a little. Maybe replace the wall paper with something like in this photo

There's lots more pics on the zillow website I listed. As always, if you're in the market for a new house, give me a call, I'd be happy to help you look. Have a wonderful Monday. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Real Estate Monday: South Side

It's about time for another REM post. And, yes, I'm a sucker for staging... anything decorated nicely automatically catches my eye! Can you blame me? Plus, this house makes me long for summer time and bike riding those great trails along the river. Come on warm weather!
75 S 16th Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15203*** $249,900 3 bed/1.5 bath right on the flat part of the South Side Works area and close to the river. Doesn't get much better, does it?

I found this remodel to be very tasteful and cheery. 
While I'm not the listing agent, feel free to contact me today if you don't already have a Realtor and would like to see this house, or others like it. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Get Motivated to Clean Your House

Want to know how to get motivated to clean your entire house? Throw a party! Seriously, it's like a kick-in-the-butt jump start to cleaning.
Here's what I'll title "Calm Before the Storm"- aka pre-rescheduled family Christmas party where we stuffed 40+ family members in our little house.

I don't think I ever shared our kitchen backsplash either. Or maybe I did. Either way, our kitchen has never been this clean.
It was fun while it lasted. Here's a couple pictures I took during the party. Bingo is a family tradition- that's why everyone's hunkered down over their cards. 
We also had a little snow ball fight action. My daughter got creamed in the face, poor thing. 
 And what party is complete without some "paint face" as Taliila likes to call it. 

 Plus, I finally took pics of all the furniture in our garage that's for sale. Yay for feeling accomplished! Maybe I'll even get around to redoing some of these pieces. Or you can buy them and send me pics of them redone. :)


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