Highland Park has always been a desirable neighborhood.  It’s interesting how many beautiful needy properties there still are there – evidence of the rough period Pittsburgh has weathered.  Houses like this one will no doubt be harder to come by in the coming years.  I’ve always admired the “6 sisters” homes on North St. Clair Street and wondered what their future held.  The accepted story of their construction is that a contractor in the 1800s built them for six of his family members.  Akator Lagom Joint Ventures, in partnership with the Highland Park Community Development Corporation, just finished rehabbing one of them, and is working on the second.  The inside of the finished home is modern and spacious with an open floor plan on the first level.  All original woodwork was removed and cataloged, and reinstalled after new walls with insulation.  The facade renovation includes the original curved glass turret windows, original porch & eve moldings, and new wood picture windows.  The home is being offered by Coldwell Banker agent Pat Truschel.

photos – Kelly Carter
‘before’ photos – Akator Construction
staging – New Perspectives


This 1910 home and storefront in Central Lawrenceville is for sale via Coldwell Banker agent Sandy DeTemple.  The seller/owner purchased it in 2005 when it housed two section-8 apartments.  The storefront was boarded up.  The building has been the home of Trinity Gallery for several years.  It’s sad that the neighborhood will be losing the gallery, but the owners are starting a new life adventure outside of the city.  The commercial space has a large gallery with small kitchen + additional rooms.  The living spaces including kitchen are on the 2nd floor, with bedrooms on the 3rd.  There’s a photographer’s darkroom in the basement and an attached garage.  It’s a large building with lots of potential for someone looking to live and work in the same space.  The full listing can be found here.

Benjamin Moore “raincoat yellow”