HOT PROPERTY: Modern design makes this home a standout in the historic East Liberty District
IWith a sea of historic homes, this new development in the heart of East Liberty is a standout.
When Christian and Betsy Yates bought their home just a few years ago, they invested in the community and their neighbors. They had no reason to leave the area they loved, except for family.
The couple and their children recently moved to Savannah to be near a sick family member, which they say was the right choice — as difficult as it was for them to leave Pittsburgh.
The Yates hope the next residents of their home will find the same sense of community they did in their short time 5727 Hayes Street.
“I’m jealous of who gets this house next. “The location is exciting, with so many walkable options,” says Betsy. “There’s a great mix of people we’ve been neighbors with — people who have lived there for decades or some people who are relatively new to the neighborhood.
There are even some local entrepreneurs, like the creators of Leona Ice Cream, who live a few houses away. They are wonderful people and story very great.”
Listed by Sarah Madea of RE/MAX Select Realty for $865,000, the three-bedroom home was developed by East Freedom Development Company And designed by architect Benjamin Maguire to Energy star Certificates. It was built in 2020 by a Pittsburgh company B. W. Campbell.
With 3 1/2 bathrooms, an integrated two-car garage and a rooftop deck with sweeping views spanning 3,598 square feet, the three-story home is truly unusual in a neighborhood of Dutch Colonials and American Quays.
“In an age where new construction often shares walls, the personal space and private backyard this property offers is truly unique,” says Madea.
Madea also points out that the living areas are designed for socializing, whether between family members or guests. “This home has broader living areas perfect for hosting and entertaining,” she says. “New construction in the city is usually narrower.”
With hardwood floors throughout, the home also features high-end finishes. Both the kitchen and bathrooms were designed in conjunction with Crescent Supply It is only a “builder’s core”. The kitchen is equipped with high-quality stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.
The front door enters the basement, where one of the three bedrooms is located. A flight of stairs takes guests to the central living area. On this main floor, the open-plan kitchen extends into the living area on one side and the dining area on the other. There is also a long island with a large counter-height dining area.
The entire space is filled with natural light thanks to the large windows throughout the house. A deck extends from the living area and overlooks a flat backyard. The upper level contains the master suite, a third bedroom, and a laundry room. From this floor, the stairs go out to the roof.
For potential buyers concerned about the environmental aspects of the home, they will also be pleased to find that although there is a two-car garage, it is located in a completely walkable area.
“The location can’t be beat,” says Madea. “You’re walking distance to restaurants on Bryant Street. You’re also walking distance to the new Whole Foods and more restaurants and cafes on Penn Avenue. East Liberty is great because it’s a ‘flat’ neighborhood.”
It’s not necessary to use a car to commute to some of the city’s top tech employers, like Google and Duolingo — they’re just a short walk away. Yes, Target is also located nearby, but so are many local businesses, including Redstart RoastersA bird-friendly café.
The rooftop deck, which the current owners say they already miss, is one feature they can’t wait for the next residents to fall in love with. Not only is there a work from home setup at the top of this property, but it is the best place to unwind once work is over for the evening.
“It’s no surprise that the rooftop deck offers a great sunset view,” Betsy says. “But surprisingly, with the parapet walls, it feels like a quiet oasis, especially in the treetops.”
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Planes, trains and cars: Located on the east end of the city, East Liberty has easy access to public trails, Route 28 and other city neighborhoods via car or public bus system. It’s easy to get a carpool in this neighborhood, and the airport is about 30 minutes away. The neighborhood is walkable with good bike infrastructure, however Plans In the works to make it better.
Schools: Pittsburgh Public Schools (pghschools.org)
alive: East Liberty is a neighborhood in constant flux. New development has often pushed long-time residents out as prices rise, while community groups work to find ways to increase amenities while maintaining affordability. Newly developed Liberty Green Park, an Urban Redevelopment Association project, is located on the edge of East Liberty and is a great gathering place for families. Overall, the neighborhood is known for its walkability, bustling shopping district, and many restaurants. With Target, Home Depot, and several large grocery stores in the neighborhood, there’s rarely a reason to leave.