Imagine Living Here – You Can Tour the Ultimate House

How would you decorate this 7,200-square-foot masterpiece? Come inside and see how the experts did it.

Admit it: If there's an open house in your neighborhood, you probably want to walk through it, even if you aren't in the market. 

If you are afflicted with nosy-neighbor syndrome, we have the ultimate open house for you.

Pittsburgh Magazine's first-ever Ultimate House will be open for public tours the weekends of Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27.

Located in Pine Township, this 7,200-square-foot home offers stunning views of a 10-acre lake. Built by Jeff Martin of Primrose Homes, its special features include an elevator, a two-story dining room, a pair of three-sided gas fireplaces and an outdoor living area. Custom-designed, this brand-new luxury residence showcases the latest trends and innovation in home and architectural design. 

Before its owners move in, you get to tour it. Click here to order tickets

Tickets cost $20 each, with all tour proceeds benefiting the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Tickets are good for one day only. All tours begin at Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus, where guests will park, present their ticket and then shuttle to the Ultimate House. Shuttles will run non-stop. Ages 12 and up only; no strollers; no high heels. Last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.


photo by dave cole

#NewTool: See how much it costs to live in Pittsburgh

We recently showed you how much $100 is worth in Pittsburgh, courtesy of an interactive map created by the Tax Foundation. It turns out, compared to many parts of the country, a hundred bucks goes pretty far in the 'Burgh. 

Now, the Economic Policy Institute has developed this slick, new tool that shows exactly how much money you have to spend to live in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and other regions throughout the country. Simply type in your ZIP code, the number of family members and go. Here’s what the think tank found it takes for a family with two adults and two children to survive here:

 graphics by the economic policy institute

Now compare that to Philadelphia:

A handy tool if you're thinking of moving, or need to reassure yourself that you already live in one of the more affordable cities in the country. 

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