Check out these custom-designed condos, living spaces that decrease outdoor upkeep and increase the emphasis on interior style.

 

This condo is comprised of five combined units. Shown here is the great room.

This condo is comprised of five combined units. Shown here is the great room.

Unique Unit

If the new owners of unit 26H in Gateway Towers are Pittsburgh sports fans (is that even a question?), they can forget about braving the frigid cold or sweltering heat at Heinz Field and PNC Park. According to Howard Hanna Real Estate agent Michael King, they can see everything from the comfort of their own home. “It has a full-on view of the river. It’s really spectacular,” King says of the largest condo on the top residential floor. “You don’t even need to leave the house to watch the game. You can just have your binoculars.”

The monochramatic design evokes a modern feel.

The monochramatic design evokes a modern feel.

The current owners spared no expense to create a sprawling, 5,300-square-foot condo, made from five units that the owners acquired over 17 years. The space boasts two bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The current owner notes that the halls and lobby of the building are in the process of being redone.

The central space is devoted to an entertainment area complete with a grand piano, sectional couch, and an additional seating area. An encased big-screen TV, bar, ceiling-to-floor bookshelves, and an adjoining trophy room line the back wall. Lights and speakers for the entire condo can be adjusted with a portable remote. The home also has an immaculate kitchen, a large laundry room, a gym, tanning room, and a cedar closet.

The white and cream-painted walls are highlighted with dark accents, which King says match the cream travertine flooring and establish a light and airy feel. The current owner “paid very close attention to detail and the layout of the apartment itself,” by custom-designing the window treatments and some of the furniture to match the contemporary yet classic space, says King. “It is a perfectly balanced condo.”

320 Fort Duquesne Boulevard is listed at $1.2 million. For more information, contact Howard Hanna Real Estate Agent Michael King at 724.713.0642, or visit 320fortduquesneblvd26h.howardhanna.com.

 

One of 40 units within the Village at Stonegate.

One of 40 units within the Village at Stonegate.

Customizable Condos

Sometimes, condos can be “cookie cutter,” says Prudential Preferred Realty agent Helene Nseir. But those located at the Village at Stonegate “can be designed for your lifestyle, [for example] if you want a bigger great room or if you want a sunroom on the back. That customization makes them very nice.”

The insides of the condos are made-to-order, for example, with customized shelving.

The insides of the condos are made-to-order, for example, with customized shelving.

The villas, located in Westmoreland County along Route 130 in Harrison City, are two-story spaces with three bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite, two-and-a-half baths, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, great room, and two-car garage. Nseir describes the villas as having a traditional design that also “incorporates a lot of European flair and luxury,” and highlights the use of wrought iron balusters and natural travertine stone accents. Each condo also features maple cabinetry, granite countertops, crown molding, and decorative accent painting.

Contractor and developer Ray Snoznik has created three different villa models — which are named Asciano, Bellagio, and Castello — that can be outfitted with options. These add-ons including an additional bedroom, finished basement, five-foot ceramic shower with a glass-block wall, and various options for fireplace design and placement. There are 40 villas total, and two are currently on the market. (Six have already sold in the past 19 months, and construction is underway for more.)

Owners are afforded maintenance-free living at The Village at Stonegate, as the association is responsible for mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, or any other exterior maintenance or repairs; all services are covered by a monthly homeowner’s fee. There are also off-street parking lots in the event that owners want to throw a housewarming (or Steelers Sunday) party. — Nicole Stempak

The Village at Stonegate condos start at $264,900. For more information, contact Prudential Preferred Realty at 724.838.3660, or visit thevillageatstonegate.info.



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