ing up in a navy family, Ann Bridgham spent quite a lot of her life transferring. So when she settled down for good inside the Pittsburgh house 16 years prior to now, she entered a novel part of her life.

“It amazes me,” she says. “I had in no way lived in anyone place for larger than two to three years. I meet people on this metropolis they normally know everyone; their households have been there with out finish.”

Her home at 37 Vilsack St. is in a bit slice of Etna that borders Shaler. In-built 1905, the two-unit Victorian had been reworked from a single-family home sooner than Bridgham purchased it and nonetheless retains a lot of its distinctive choices.

The house, which sits on a level, fenced-in double lot, is now listed for $224,000 (MLS# 1566742, Monica Sample, Piatt Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty, It is open by appointment.

The surface’s neutral-hued vinyl siding is complemented by crisp white trim along with primary Victorian aspect on the perfect dormer peak. There’s a swing on the doorway porch and a grouping of distinctive stained glass dwelling home windows that embody transoms, along with a phenomenal full-size, decorative window which may be a prelude to the time-honored touches inside. There’s moreover a detached, two-car storage

The entry is in near-perfect scenario from the time when the home was constructed and includes a spindle staircase, curved landing, paneled double-entry doorways and the distinctive hardwood flooring.

When Bridgham bought the house, the entry had a shag carpet that led up the steps.

“It was correct out of the ’70s,” she says. “I pulled up the carpet and had the flooring refinished.”

Each of the home’s two objects has one mattress room and one bathroom. The first-floor unit choices the distinctive stained woodwork. The lounge and mattress room every have ornate hearth mantels with picket columns, iron hearth grids and tile; the mirrors above them have miniature capitals on the columns.

The lounge has a built-in cabinet with drawers and glass doorways. A bow window permits a great deal of mild.

The utilitarian kitchen is obvious and neat; it includes a unusual, unpainted six-panel door that opens to the rear yard. Pocket doorways end result within the one mattress room.

The second-floor unit incorporates the equivalent construction as below, along with the spacious most vital room with a bow window, a giant mattress room and a giant, basic kitchen. Painted white, the woodwork on this unit pops in direction of the residing house’s neutral-hued paint.The mattress room has shiny blue partitions.

Bridgham, who used to journey her bike Downtown to work, known as the home’s location walkable along with bikeable. She recollects driving alongside Bridge Avenue until she reached the Good Allegheny Passage trailhead in Millvale, located only one mile away.

“I’d moreover bike to Hartwood Acres,” she says. “It’s simply 6 miles — and I’m outdated.”

The setting up has a extra moderen roof and utilities, along with central air-conditioning, are billable to each unit.

Etna has been current course of a renaissance of late. Along with the Riverfront Park, which was redeveloped from a former brownfield, the town boasts new and established consuming locations, along with The Rear End Gastropub, E-Metropolis Bar and Grille, Hong Kong Fashion and Alioto’s. The eateries are joined by art work galleries, hair salons, a lot of gyms and Pollak’s Candies, which has been making gourmand sweets since 1948.

After her early nomadic life, Bridgham says she notably appreciates Etna’s cozy, small-town enchantment.

“Summer season nights are pleasant to easily stop by the ballpark and watch a recreation and easily take all of it in,” she says.

Drawing on her years of experience overlaying the realm’s precise property commerce, Rosa Colucci’s Scorching Property takes an inside look into distinctive and historic homes in the intervening time accessible in the marketplace. Each week, Scorching Property goes behind the For Sale sign to share the story of a selected Pittsburgh house home. And 4 events a 12 months, Scorching Property will give an in-depth take a look on the space’s precise property market in Pittsburgh Journal HOME, observe housing prices and product sales and aspect the place the latest properties is likely to be found. Rosa is likely to be reached at


























About: Etna (

Inhabitants: 3,924

Planes, Trains & Autos: A 25-minute commute to the airport. Every day transport by the use of Pittsburgh Regional Transit. Bike path entry and highway highway parking.

Colleges: Shaler Area Faculty District. (

Neighborhoods: Masking one sq. mile alongside the Allegheny River, Etna is just 10 minutes from Downtown and likewise provides simple accessibility to the North Hills and Fox Chapel. In 2019, the borough was named the first EcoDistrict within the USA after introducing a lot of sustainability initiatives that included altering all highway lighting to LED and routing stormwater by way of above-ground grates that slowly filter rainwater once more to the earth.