Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pardon Our Mess...We're Building a Wall

If you live by us and have seen our mess, I'm so sorry! No, a tornado did not rip our yard apart...we're building a new wall. And like every other family I know, our projects take way longer to complete than expected (especially in monsoon-like conditions). Here's our new wall!

Just kidding! That's our old, very cracked concrete wall. 
 We knew we'd have to address it someday, and my husband just so happens to build walls for a living (a very handy trade to know in a city of walls). So what might cost us $15,000 to redo, we're getting for the cost of materials. It literally took my husband and another worker a week to jack hammer the entire wall. Once they got the steps out, we discovered this not-so-little hole:
 He dug it up and it's actually about a 6'x3' foot opening. My best guess is an old cistern? I was hoping for a secret passage way, but no, just a huge hole.

 So that's about as far as we got when the massive rains hit, and we've seriously gotten all of three days in the last month that were dry and sunny. Thus the mess and the apology to our neighbors.
 We're thinking of expanding the top level section where the huge bushes were and adding a nice water feature to drown out some of the traffic noise we deal with. Either way, the finish product will be way worth the wait. I'll be sure to update when it's done. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Give Cool Stuff, Buy Cool Stuff, Support Pitcairn


Hey everyone- just wanted to let you know about a little fundraiser that's near and dear to my husband's heart. PitCare, an organization in Pitcairn, where my husband grew up, is teaming up with ayptoday to raise money for their cause. Their purpose is to 

"help break the chains of generational poverty, strengthen families, and bring hope for the next generation, through education, job training, counseling, and Spiritual guidance".

 They are buying and redoing houses for people in their home-ownership program, as well as all kinds of mentor programs for children.. It's pretty neat, and I'd encourage you to take the time to read about it.
Here are two ways you can help. 
1. Donate
Donations will be collected on these dates:

Saturday, June 6—9:00am-Noon

Sunday, June 7—9:00am-Noon
Tuesday, June 9–6:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, June 12–10:00am-Noon
Saturday, June 13—9:00am-Noon
Sunday, June 14—9:00am-Noon
Wednesday, June17—10:00am-Noon
Friday, June 19—10:00am-Noon
Saturday, June 20—10:00am-Noon


Please bring them to New Covenant Church (2225 Grandview Ave., Monroeville) on the stated dates and times listed below. Shout out to Turner's Dairy for the use of the truck to store the items until the Auction Date.


2. Sign Up & Bid On Items at AYPtoday.com

I will update you with the auction date. 




SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION INCLUDE:
Jewelry
Coins
Sterling Silver
Household Items
Solid Wood Furniture
Tools
Sports Equipment
Outdoor Equipment
Automobiles
Art (Signed and Numbered Prints)
Antique Maps
Video Games and Consoles
Outdoor Furniture
Unopened Anything
Man Cave Items
New Upholstered Furniture
Valuable Sports Cards
New Clothing with Tags
Flat Screen TVs
Antiques
New Appliances
Lawn and Garden Equipment
Guns
Bikes
Metal Signs
Collectibles
Complete and Clean Childrens Toys


THINGS WE CANNOT ACCEPT:
Used Clothing
Old Upholstery
Tube Televisions
Broken Electronics and Appliances
Magazines
Dishes
Upright Pianos
Cassettes
VHS
Christmas Items in Bulk

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. 

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