Yes, You Can Still Snag a Home in Lawrenceville for a Decent Price

Two renovated row houses on 42nd Street have different charms, but the same convenient location.
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Broadway lovers worldwide will forever connect 42nd Street to the musical of the same name as it follows tap-dancing ingenue Peggy Sawyer to stardom. It also happens to be an intersection off of the heart of Broadway in New York City, where a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo will list for close to a million dollars. 

Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood is also home to a 42nd Street, and while housing prices in the area have exploded in recent years, there still are deals to be found — and these two renovated listings, both on 42nd Street, prove it.    

“The houses were flipped by the same person, but they have different stories,” says Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Kaedi Knepshield, who is a neighborhood specialist. 

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Listed for $399,000 (MLS# 1582028), the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 136 42nd St. is what Knepshield describes as a classic, shotgun-style row house in a beautiful grayish blue.  

“It is one of my most favorite exteriors of any house I have ever sold,” she says. 

Built in 1900, the home is just 12 feet wide and retains its historical footprint and exterior. Featuring a mansard roof with fish-shake shingles, the painted, all-brick home has most of the original wood trim intact, making for a very handsome presentation. 

The interior layout includes a living room in the front of the home with the kitchen just behind it. An exposed brick wall that runs the length of the connecting wall is complemented by new flooring and a neutral paint scheme; the high ceilings are punctuated by LED spotlights. 

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In the kitchen are Energy Star appliances; soft-close, white Shaker-style cabinets; a trendy hexagon backsplash in porcelain accents and an oversized farmhouse sink. The clever l-shaped design leaves room for a hightop table. 

Attached to the kitchen, the bonus flex space is staged as a mudroom; there’s also a first-floor powder room. The back door leads out to a stamped concrete patio. 

On the second level are two generously sized bedrooms with a tray ceiling accent, spacious closets and plenty of natural light. The full bathroom features large-format shower wall tile and geometric floor tile with modern flair. The conveniently located laundry room is being sold with the energy-efficient, Samsung washer-and-dryer combination. 

On the third floor is a primary suite with an exposed brick wall and double closets, plus a direct view of Downtown’s skyline.

“You can see the top of the UPMC Building and a really great view of Lawrenceville,” Knepshield says.  

The ensuite bathroom features a double vanity, porcelain tile floor and a large soaking tub. Inside the freestanding shower is a dramatic, car-wash style bath fixture. 

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139 42nd St. 

A few doors away, 139 42nd St. is a sweet renovation with Mid-Century Modern flair. Built in 1880, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has vinyl siding in a neutral hue. It’s listed for $374,500 (MLS# 1587859). 

Inside, rigid core luxury vinyl plank flooring stretches throughout the home. In the living area is a wood accent wall with vertical planks that leads to the kitchen, where the light quartz counters meet a mosaic backsplash against white cabinets; LG Smart Appliances round out the offerings.  

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The first floor’s full bathroom features a black-and-white color scheme with a hexagon tile floor and white subway tile surround. 

Upstairs, the three bedrooms have interesting dormer angles and a neutral paint scheme. The striking bathroom has a black-and-white encaustic tile floor and black cabinetry; the white quartz countertops are topped with freestanding bowl sinks. 

Outside, the rear of the home has a stamped concrete patio. 

All About 42nd Street

Both of the 42nd Street homes have upgraded mechanical systems and central air conditioning. Knepshield says this area of Lawrenceville is unusually quiet because it’s a one-way street that leads aways from Butler Street, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, “so you don’t get the cut-through traffic,” she says.  

The location is also just a quick jaunt to Route 28 thanks to the proximity of the 40th Street bridge. 

Knepshield says homes on adjacent streets, including new properties being built from the ground up, have sold for more than $1 million, meaning the 42nd Street homes are a value price for home buyers trying to land a house in the neighborhood. 

“The street also has a nice mix of old and new residents, which is attractive,” she says. 

Drawing on her years of experience covering the region’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci’s Hot Property takes 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 onecordovaroad@gmail.com.

About: Lawrenceville
Population: 5,869
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: A 25-minute commute to the airport. Daily transport via Pittsburgh Regional Transit. City bike lanes on major arteries. Street parking.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh (pghschools.org)
Neighborhoods: Founded in 1814, the neighborhood comprises three distinct areas, Upper, Central and Lower Lawrenceville, that roughly span Butler Street from 38th to 62nd streets. Places of interest include Row House Cinema, the historic Allegheny Cemetery and numerous boutiques and acclaimed restaurants that line Butler Street.

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