S.sometimes you just hit a lucky find a house on a great street.
This is what happened when Marcie Solomon and her husband were looking for an apartment in 2007. You ended up in a mid-century modern gem at 6581 Rosemoor Street, a little-known cul-de-sac in Squirrel Hill.
“The house has some super cool features – and it was just a great street,” says Solomon.
The two-entry house has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and lots of Pinterest-worthy features that give it a fresh and peppy feel.
The couple, who are moving just a few blocks away, say they decided to sell because they needed more home office space. They got the Rosemoor St. house for $ 399,000 (MLS # 1499397, Sherri Mayer, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com). It’s in consultation.
The house, built in 1956, is one of the first things you notice about the house, a large wall of windows next to the front door. It previously had a solid nine-pane grid, but the pair replaced it with three sash windows that let in lots of light and air.
The floor plan includes living and dining rooms, a kitchen and a powder room on the main level. A small flight of stairs leads to three bedrooms and a full bathroom, while four steps lead down to a mezzanine room and another four steps lead to the full basement.
When they bought the house, Solomon says it was visually busy.
“The wallpaper [in the kitchen] was extra classic 80s, ”she says. “It had pink splatters. There was a white floral wallpaper in the dining room and there was also wallpaper in the living room. ”
The couple removed the wallpaper, painted, and dug up the house’s original wooden floors. In the kitchen, they opted for the pink countertops that matched the black and pink back walls and the floor. A chrome leg supports the cantilevered worktop. The custom top has a sliding area for extra space. Bar stools in black and chrome, together with stainless steel appliances, add a fresh touch.
The dining room is painted in an energetic yellow. Downstairs on the mezzanine, the walls made of real pine wood and a parquet floor testify to the history of the house. The room opens to a covered terrace at the back of the house where an enclosed garden is perfect for the family dog.
The basement has been nicely renovated and now serves as a small family room or guest suite.
“The bathroom in the basement was in really good shape,” says Solomon. “We added a Murphy bed when there are guests.”
The master bedroom, painted in a light gray hue, has a wall with spacious wardrobes and a ceiling fan. The room that was used by the daughter of the Solomon Islands still has a charming decal of a tree with owls on the wall. The third bedroom had a surprising view.
“We dug an extra window in the house,” says Solomon.
The window was previously covered with wall panels. The couple’s savvy contractor reopened it and found when they fitted a new window, also found a vintage marble windowsill that matched the rest of the house. Now the room is flooded with light.
The other hidden gem is a small laundry chute known to the smaller residents of the house.
“It’s so small that we used it as a pacifier dump,” says Solomon. “They went down the slide when it was time to say goodbye to them.”
Other improvements include a new roof, gutters and dashboards. The couple also painted all of the moldings and recently repainted the floors on the main level.
Solomon has only good things to say about her time on Rosemoor Street.
“It’s a bit of a hidden gem. It’s safe for kids, ”she says. “There is no traffic and it is convenient to many places. It was a great trick or treat street. “
With many years of experience in the region’s real estate industry, Rosa Coluccis Hot Property offers a glimpse into unique and historic homes currently on the market. Every week, Hot Property goes behind the For Sale sign to tell the story of a special home in the Pittsburgh area. And four times a year in Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, Hot Property gives a detailed look at the region’s real estate market, tracks real estate prices and sales and shows details of where the hot properties can be found. Rosa can be reached at email@example.com
Over: Squirrel Hill
Planes, Trains & Cars: A 30 minute drive to the airport. Daily transportation via Port Authority, Rideshare and Healthy Bike Network. Parking on the street.
Schools: The city of Pittsburgh has an extensive magnet program, including the award-winning CAPA in the heart of downtown. ((pittsburghschools.org)
Area: Squirrel Hill’s historic, eclectic, and vibrant landmarks include Frick Park, Schenley Park, Bob O’Connor Golf Course, and portions of Chatham and Carnegie Mellon Universities. The business district meets at the top of Forbes and Murray avenues. Restaurants, tea houses and a cinema invite you to an entertaining evening. When it comes to real estate, some of the city’s oldest and most interesting homes are located within their boundaries. The neighborhood was home to notable Pittsburghers, including Fred Rogers, director Rob Marshall, and several of the city’s mayors.