Tour Homes in the Mexican War Streets

The Sept. 13 event features food trucks and more.



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Take a closer look at some of Pittsburgh’s oldest and finest homes with the 46th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour, set for 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Tickets for self-guided tour in the historic North Side are $18 presale or $20 on the day of the tour. The event also features food trucks and vendors from Franktuary, Burgh Bites, Oh My Grill and Commonplace Coffee. Proceeds benefit the Mexican War Streets Society's preservation efforts.

Head to the Neighborhood Flea — which pops up on the second Sunday of each month — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. The eclectic urban marketplace, located in the parking lot bounded by 23rd Street, Penn Avenue and Smallman Street in the Strip District, features a mix of vintage-clothing collections, handmade works, artist prints, housewares and much more.

ultimate house

There’s a certain voyeuristic thrill that comes with watching the gorgeous homes paraded on HGTV shows such as “Property Brothers” (after the obligatory makeover, of course) and “House Hunters.” The custom furniture! The marble countertops! Jonathan and Drew! They’re amazing, right?  

While we can’t promise an appearance by HGTV’s twin hunks, Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House, presented by Peoples Natural Gas, contains fantastic rooms — furnished and designed by local businesses — that showcase the latest trends in contemporary design and luxury home building.

Built by Primrose Homes, the luxurious multi-million-dollar home located in Pine Township’s Lake MacLeod neighborhood is open for tours Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27.

Tickets are $20, and all proceeds benefit The Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

All attendees will park at Chatham University Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, where they will present their tickets and shuttle to the home.

(For tickets, or to see photos of the home, visit

design inspiration

Even as a young girl, Carrie Lehmann, owner of CL Interiors, LLC in Sewickley, loved visiting furniture showrooms and touring model homes. “I craved the chance to create these spaces for not only myself, but for others as well,” says Lehmann, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s interior design program.

For this two-story great room, part of a home in a wooded setting, Lehmann went with a minimalist look by using a mostly monotone palette. She brought warmth into the room by adding splashes of red.

“I love how you can sit in the space with all its grandness, yet feel cozy at the same time,” she says.

The room’s furnishings are from a furniture manufacturer located outside of Hickory, N.C., while the paintings were commissioned for this client, Lehmann says. Prior to her redesign, the room felt cold and lifeless, she says.

“I chose this new design style to complement the house and make it feel warm and inviting with the materials and soft textures,” she says.


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