Hot Property: A Small But Mighty Cape Cod
The tidy two-bedroom brick home in Green Tree isn’t expected to be on the market for long.
Realtor Lu Ryan has lots of good things to say about her new listing at 119 Leon Road in Green Tree. The all-brick Cape Cod is the perfect tiny home for a variety of buyers.
“It really comes down to being a great home for a downsizer or first-time homebuyer,” says Ryan, who is representing the executors of the estate for this property. “There’s room for an office and living space. It’s very functional.”
The two-bedroom, one-bath home has 970 square feet of indoor living space. It also has a one-car integral garage and a nice, fenced-in yard with a view of the hills below.
It’s on the market for $182,000 (Lu Ryan, Howard Hanna Real Estate, MLS#1483483; 412/708-2300, howardhanna.com). It is open by appointment only in accordance with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.
A curved sidewalk meanders to the home’s front porch, while a bistro table for two that sits out front is the perfect place to share a coffee. Once inside, darling architectural touches welcome you.
All of the doors and trim are original solid wood that speaks to the home’s construction in 1942. Painted a crisp white, they provide a nice contrast to the rest of the home’s neutral color scheme and original oak floors. Peaked archways that lead you through the rooms give added charm.
To the right, the 18-by-11-square-foot living room features space-efficient media wall shelving. At the far end, a sliding glass door opens to a covered deck, where there’s outdoor seating for four. There is access to the kitchen from the deck as well.
The 11-by-10-square-foot dining room is simply staged and features a flush-mount light. It also has easy access to the stylish, workhorse kitchen.
A clever U-shape maximizes the 11-by-9 square-foot footprint. Newer cabinets, granite countertops and under-cabinet lighting show off the glass backsplash. A white appliance package features a gas stove, dishwasher and top-mount freezer.
The basement features an original “Pittsburgh Potty,” plus room for a laundry hook-up in the clean and dry space, which has tons of storage.
Upstairs, the bedrooms measure 13-by-12-square feet and 11-by-19-square feet respectively. The dormers are not exaggerated and make the rooms feel more spacious. The larger bedroom has a nook for a desk in front of a window.
In the bathroom, no expense was spared in the luxurious remodel. Radiant-heat floors warm you from below, and the sharp black-and-white tile makes a statement. There are three niches for all of your personal items, plus a new vanity and fixtures.
The bathroom has a Samsung stackable washer and dryer that could easily be moved downstairs if desired. The toilet is outfitted with an elongated bidet toilet seat.
Outside, there is a large, fenced-in yard.
“The home has privacy and walkability as it is close to Starbucks, Olive Garden and Boston Market,” Ryan says.
This home may be under agreement by the time you read this story, as Ryan says interest has been brisk and intense after a full weekend of scheduled showings.
“There are so few houses on the market in this area,” she says. “Four houses are active and 12 are contingent.”
Drawing on her years of experience covering the region’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci’s Hot Property will offer an inside look into unique and historic homes currently on the market. Each week, Hot Property goes behind the For Sale sign to share the story of a special Pittsburgh area home. And four times a year, Hot Property will give an in-depth look at the region’s real estate market in Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, track housing prices and sales and detail where the hot properties can be found. Rosa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About: Green Tree (greentreeboro.com)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Just a 17-minute commute to the airport. Daily transportation via Port Authority bus and a nearby Park-n-Ride. The driving commute is 4 miles to Downtown via the Fort Pitt Bridge.
Schools: Keystone Oaks School District (kosd.org/), comprised of Castle Shannon, Dormont and Green Tree. The average elementary class size is 22 students. Ranks among the top 15 districts in Western Pennsylvania. More than 21 sports at the high school level.
Neighborhood: There are nine public parks in the borough, including a municipal center gym. The parks feature nature centers, sporting fields and recreational walking trails. Wilson Park also has a swimming pool and a summer recreation program.