Location is Key in This Charming Shadyside Townhome

The three-bedroom home is located within walking distance of retail shops and restaurants.
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Sometimes location is everything — and there is no double 910 Bellefonte St. in Shadyside is a dream for anyone looking to live close to Pittsburgh’s amenities and attractions. 

The three-bedroom, 2½ bathroom townhome is just a block from the heart of the Walnut Street business corridor, where there’s a variety of coffeehouses, restaurants, retail shops and an Apple store. 

Built in 1970, the all-brick row house has a beautiful façade, complemented by black shutters and white trim, that fits in nicely with the street’s mix of old, new and updated housing. There’s also a lovely alcove where visitors may step in from the rain before they enter the home. It provides a one-car garage and long driveway to park a second vehicle. 

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Listed for $535,000 (MLS#1550472, Maryann Bacharach of Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com), it is open by appointment. 

Owners Kevin Israel and Kathleen Carr, who have lived in the home since 2007, call the location a blessing. 

“The best part of living on Bellefonte Street is being able to walk to all your favorite restaurants and not have to drive your car,” Carr says.  

Inside, a row of windows brings natural light into the home. The rooms also can accommodate large furniture, as evidenced by the beefy leather reclining sectional in the living room that seats eight and still leaves room for a pair of accent chairs. 

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The kitchen is an efficient galley-style and features stainless steel appliances. A parquet floor runs into the dining area, where the floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel as though you’re living in the trees. All of this is set off nicely by sage green walls that add a touch of biophilic design to the space. 

The three bedrooms are roomy and feature hardwood floors and plenty of closet space. There is enough flexibility in the design for the next owner to easily flip a room to outfit a pair of twin beds or a spacious home office. 

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The two full bathrooms include one with a tub/shower combination and another with a stand-alone, walk-in shower and double vanity. There’s also a powder room. 

The home has central air and forced air (gas) heating. There are no HOA fees. Water and sewage are the City of Pittsburgh 

The home also has a fenced-in backyard that is accessible through a sliding glass door in the basement. Outside, there’s a concrete hardscape, a walking path to the rear of the lot and a planting area. The private space could be easily upgraded for more outdoor living or as a play area for pets — and, of course, there’s also that location.

“It’s the best walking neighborhood in the city,” Carr adds. 

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About: Shadyside (shadysideaction.org)
Population: 14,317
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: A 25-minute commute to the airport. Daily transport via Port Authority, bike lanes, rideshare. On-street and metered parking.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh, within walking distance of Pittsburgh Liberty K-5, an all-school magnet with emphasis on Spanish. (pghschools.org)
Neighborhoods: Shadyside has three lively business districts along Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue and Centre and South Highland avenues. There is a wealth of shops, restaurants, retail and yoga studios within a 3-mile radius. Other amenities include UPMC Shadyside hospital, Chatham University, and several historic churches that serve as anchors in the community, including Third Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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