Go On, Be Nebby with the Architecturally Diverse Bellevue House Tour
Featuring everything from cozy bungalows to stately grand homes and churches, the tour celebrates the borough’s diverse charms.
An architectural historian and preservationist, as well as a real estate agent, Justin Greenawalt and his husband, Christopher Eddie, took their time lovingly restoring their Arts-and-Crafts-style home along North Euclid Avenue in Bellevue to its former glory.
In August, the couple purchased the house next door, which, although it had been stripped of its original details, still maintained its unique bungalow-style layout. In the time since, the couple has been busy sourcing architectural millwork and other vintage items to rejuvenate the historic home — and now they’re offering the public a peek inside.
The under-construction home, as well as the couple’s updated home, are two of eight diverse properties featured on Bellevue’s sixth “Live, Worship, Shop” house tour taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
Featuring houses, churches and local businesses, the event is making its return this fall after a two-year hiatus following the coronavirus pandemic. The tour’s name references the quirky, Las Vegas-style “Live, Worship, Shop” sign along Route 65 that welcomes visitors to the borough just north of the city.
“Bellevue has continued to evolve and grow during the last few years, and it’s nice to show off our little town to the greater Pittsburgh area,” says tour chair Susan Stabnau.
New this year, the tour will celebrate Bellevue’s varied food scene by offering samples from area restaurants at each stop, including Greek pastries from Evia, doughnuts from Valkyrie, chips and guacamole from 202 Hometown Tacos and pub food from Grille 565.
Bellevue-based PSquare Scents also provided each homeowner on the tour a candle that captures the essence of their property, according to publicity coordinator Theresa Gallick.
“Some homeowners picked a candle from their many offerings,” Gallick says. “Others have made a custom blend to capture the uniqueness of their home. This curated collection of candles is one of many raffle prize baskets we offer at registration.”
Stabnau says homes on the tour range from cozy bungalows to stately grand houses. The tour also showcases homes in various states of construction, among them properties that have just started major remodels and those that have been completely restored.
“Across America, people choose to live, work, and play in historic, well-established, walkable neighborhoods,” Stabnau says. “Residents move to places like Bellevue because they desire to live somewhere distinctive and unique with an authentic sense of place.”
Registration for the self-guided tour takes place at Christ the King Church, located at 10 N. Fremont Ave. Tickets are $30 if purchased online and $35 when purchased at registration. Gallick says Northgate School District also is loaning the tour a van — with a few special drivers — to pick up walkers along the route who need a break.
“You may be surprised to know that the van drivers are the superintendent of the district, Dr. Caroline Johns, on the first shift and the principal of Bellevue Elementary, Dr. Michael Amick, taking the second shift,” she says. “We want to highlight the cooperative aspect of our town.”
The event operates under the umbrella of Bona Fide Bellevue, a nonprofit community development corporation that aims to attract businesses and residents to Bellevue. Besides the house tour, the organization sponsors clean-up days and oversees a popular farmers’ market.
For more information on the tour, including tickets, visit here.