With newcomers from other cities and plenty of amenity-laden rentals available, buyers can afford to be choosy, says Racheallee Lacek, a Sotheby’s International Realty agent who lives Downtown.
So even in a housing market with low inventory, people selling their homes in Pittsburgh should refresh stale properties as much as possible.
“If your home is not up to modern standards to a new buyer coming from the West Coast, New York, Chicago, then you will have to make sure the listing has the right price, the best brokerage marketing the property, and an incentive,” she says. First impressions are everything: “Make it marketable and wow the buyer on the first few photos or video.”
Pittsburgh home values have gone up nearly 10 percent over the past year, says Zillow, which predicts values will rise another 4.3 percent over the next year. The median price of homes listed for sale is $185,000, Zillow says, though it’s as high as $250,400 Downtown. The median rent is $1,350.
Realtors say many buyers are searching listings in the $300,000 to $350,000 range, which include condos and single-family homes. Here are some on the market:
Neighborhood: 229 E. Jefferson St., Central North Side
Asking price: $349,900
Description: Built in 2016, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome has spectacular rooftop views of the city skyline, says listing agent Dave Bryant with Northwood Realty Services. The new construction means a kitchen with granite countertops, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has a bath and walk-in closet. There’s a rooftop patio, a basement that could be finished and an attached one-car garage. In this location, says Bryant, you can enjoy fireworks year-round and music from concerts at PNC Park, Heinz Field and Stage AE. “You’re buying a lifestyle,” he says.
Neighborhood: 1329 Page St., Manchester
Asking price: $324,900
Style: Second Empire Victorian
Description: If a stately brick home built in 1920 is more your style, this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with a nice yard has refinished hardwood floors, four slate fireplaces, pocket doors and wood trim. The electric, plumbing, windows, furnace, hot water tank, roof and chimney have been updated; a pellet stove provides backup heat, says Mario Costanzo with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. There’s an addition off the kitchen with a wraparound porch, and from this street you can walk to restaurants, the stadiums, Rivers Casino and light rail station, he adds.
Neighborhood: 101 S. 11th St., South Side
Asking Price: $339,000
Description: Built in 1911, this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in the heart of the South Side has high-end finishes such as tiled shower stalls, a stamped concrete back patio, built-in cabinetry, security system with cameras, big-screen TVs in almost every room, and custom-built bedroom furniture, says Howard Hanna agent Erin Taylor. The kitchen has granite and stainless steel; a morning room off the kitchen has French doors leading to a fenced courtyard. Here, you’re within walking distance to restaurants and shops — even Duquesne University across the 10th Street Bridge, Taylor notes.
Neighborhood: 1 Pius St., C3, South Side
Asking price: $350,000
Description: The Romanesque Revival-style former St. Michael’s Church, a historic landmark designed by architect Charles Bartberger, was converted into residences in 2004. This two-bedroom, two-bath condo contains a portion of the original baptismal mosaic floors that have been restored and used in the hall entry, and it has an amazing master suite, says Leesa Belt-Haglund, the Keller Williams Realty listing agent. An elevator with keyed access opens into the dining area with a window wall overlooking the city. The home has two working fireplaces, in-unit laundry, a deck and common yard.
Neighborhood: 1619 Morningside Ave., Morningside
Asking price: $329,900
Description: This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home, built in 1930, is “a must-see” — a custom renovation in sought-after Morningside, says Christopher Carr with Simple Choice Realty. The open floor plan has exposed wood beams and hardwood flooring throughout the first and second floors. The dining room has sliding doors leading to a deck. The kitchen has a two-tiered island and 48-bottle wine chiller. The master bath has a spa-like feel. The third floor contains the third, loft-style bedroom. The house has LED lighting throughout, with new electrical service, new plumbing and HVAC, says Carr.