Pittsburgh is a big city with a small-town vibe. That’s why this month we’re focusing on one of the things we love best about our hometown — the quaint neighborhoods that abound. The local post office, bakery, and grocer are right around the corner from the homes we’re featuring this month, making it easy to know the neighbors and love the locale.
With Hanna as your maiden name it would seem like a no-brainer to get involved in the real estate market in Pittsburgh. “I always admired my dad and my aunts for their hard work and amazing talents,” Kelly Hanna Riley says. But it wasn’t until her husband started his own home-building company, Riley Homes, that she decided the business was right for her. “I loved watching him work and help build people their dream homes, and I wanted to be part of that awesome world.” Today, as a Howard Hanna Real Estate agent, Riley prides herself on her commitment to her clients. “My favorite part of my job is taking people’s hands and walking them through the process of buying or selling their single biggest investment. It is so emotional for them, and I love helping them navigate through it. I’ve met and befriended the most amazing people,” she says. “I also love to negotiate. I value my clients’ finances, and I take that job very seriously.” Working for the fourth largest real estate company in the country, Riley knows when the time is right to enter the market, and she says it’s now. “My advice for potential clients to get the most for their house in this market is to get your house on the market! We have tons of buyers and a shortage of inventory. This means that sellers whose homes are in good condition, are selling very quickly.” Kelly Hanna Riley, Howard Hanna Real Estate Agency, 412.418.5248. howardhanna.com.
Just Listed 331 Elizabeth Avenue
This dreamy Victorian abode in Avalon has five bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Built in 1905, the historic home was recently updated with all new vinyl siding and boasts 2,254 square feet of living space. The covered front porch is the perfect for sharing iced tea with the neighbors. Step inside and feast your eyes upon the grand foyer with its authentic, carved oak banister, reminiscent of bygone eras. The stained glass door, leaded glass transom windows, and pocket doors are highlights of the Victorian architecture running throughout the home. 331 Elizabeth Avenue is listed at $116,400. Contact Howard Hanna Real Esate Agent Ninette Tominac at 412.366.3100, or visit howardhanna.com.
A new family is getting ready to settle into this four bedroom, two full and two half-bath home in Seven Fields. The picturesque colonial is the perfect slate for new decorations for the upcoming holidays. The finished basement is spacious enough to create a haunted house for the kids, while the fenced in back yard leaves enough room to roam on the sunny fall days. The beautiful bright kitchen with wall-to-wall hardwood and white cabinetry make for a blissful breakfast, while the living room fireplace makes snuggling up with a cup of cocoa seem oh-so romantic. The property was listed by this month’s profiled agent, Kelly Hanna Riley. Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com.
Affordable Home Makeover Sylvie Del Duca, an interior designer with 25 years of experience, is now offering her services to a wider audience, virtually. Through her new website concept, Online Interior Designs, clients can start their renovations by filling out design questionnaires and choosing from affordable pre-packaged consultation services. “I never design for myself. I make sure to consider the client’s taste and budget, and make sure the space is coordinated, not just from one room to another, but the whole house. It has to flow,” says Del Duca of her design philosophy. Del Duca favors neutral color schemes enhanced with accents that are “personalized and colorful.” Online Interior Designs, onlineinteriordesigns.com.