AAfter unveiling some pretty spectacular high-end apartments around town this week, Hot Property returns a beautifully renovated century-old home that won’t break the bank.
Built in 1910 and located in Crafton, this four bedroom, three bathroom home is located at 40 Maplewood Ave. has been extensively renovated under the watchful eyes of Logan Drew and Joe Perri, the owners Almost Close Pittsburgh.
After completing a year of renovations, the home listed for $324,900 (MLS# 1564856, Joey Booker, Eternity Real Estate, eternity.com, 412.477.1204). It is open by appointment.
The home’s story began a few years ago when Drew moved back to Crafton with his wife and decided to invest in the neighborhood.
“I grew up here and moved to Southern California,” he says. “My wife persuaded me to move back home and we ended up buying a house in Crafton. We love it. We invest in the neighborhood. There is a special feeling that comes with it.”
He and Perri both have day jobs in tech and banking, but wanted to do something more hands-on. Drew had done several renovations during his stint out west, so he was familiar with what to expect. The couple bought this home as their first project and oversaw the renovations, including hiring contractors and subcontractors and handling simpler tasks like cleaning and painting.
A fresh coat of creamy white paint has since been applied to the house’s brick facade. It forms the backdrop for sharp black accents on the trim, shutters and front porch, including the ceiling and new glass door.
The original solid oak front door with the original leaded glass transom above lies behind the glass. Once inside, a neutral palette of soft gray paired with white trim lets the original character of the home shine.
The entrance shows the original railings and spindles. Underfoot is new luxury vinyl tile floors in a deep walnut tone. The original panel walls have been freshly painted white as has the rest of the original woodwork including the 5 inch baseboards.
A spacious living room features an original fireplace with a black decorative insert. The stone facade has been given a beautiful whitewash, allowing the original wooden shell to shine. The space opens onto the dining room, where an original bookcase with glass doors creates a beautiful storage alcove.
The entire home has been upgraded with decorative industrial lighting adding warmth and character throughout. This leads into the kitchen, which has been renovated to the bare minimum and includes white shaker cabinets and a quartz countertop. The new stainless steel appliance package includes a gas range, over-the-counter microwave, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator. A second, rear staircase was left in place.
“We disagreed and it almost became a pantry, but we finally agreed it was just too cool, so we didn’t,” says Drew.
Upstairs, the master bedroom hid a surprise that turned into another benefit.
“The bedroom had a living room attached to it,” says Drew. “It just made sense to make it an ensuite bathroom. We had to do the plumber hunt, but it was worth it.”
It was a good call; The new bathroom features a 72-inch double vanity, walk-in shower, and all-black bathtub fixtures. Underfoot were gray and white encaustic tiles in a beautiful pattern that adds a touch of pizzazz to the decor
The other two bedrooms are good sizes and include the original wardrobes and industrial style ceiling fans. They are served by a bathroom down the hall that has a single vanity and shower/tub combo.
A nice surprise awaits you on the third floor where the fourth bedroom features skylights installed by a previous owner.
Another pleasant surprise is in the walk-in basement.
“It has two cold cellars and it’s amazing,” says Drew. “It’s completely dry. It is ready to be further completed.”
The walls and floors were painted white. There is a wash area and a new bathroom with walk in shower has been installed where a Pittsburgh potty used to be.
“We built a walk-in shower that doubles as a dog wash basin if needed,” says Drew. “You can take them right through the basement door and clean them before you go upstairs.”
Mechanically, the home has received everything it needs to provide years of worry-free service, including a new roof, brand new HVAC system, plumbing, and a new water heater. Even the sewer line leading to the street was re-covered. The windows were previously replaced and still have a lot of life in them. In the back yard is a detached two car garage.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a quick home remodel wasn’t really on the cards, according to Drew and Perri.
“This one took a year, but we had a lot of focus on quality,” says Drew. “We wanted to deliver a beautiful house. We’re investing in this community and you’ll see us around Crafton. We love it here.”
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Around: Crafton, Pa. (craftonborough.com)
Airplanes, Trains & Cars: A 20 minute drive to the airport.
Schools: Carlynton School District
Neighborhoods: Filled with affluent housing stock steeped in history, Crafton was named for James S. Craft, an attorney who was originally granted the land. His son Charles sold parcels of land, which was incorporated into a county in 1892.