Rendering of the View at Muriel. Image courtesy of Margittai Architects.

Construction is well underway for six new townhomes on the 1100 block of Muriel Street in the South Side Flats. Pricing starts at $719,000 for the 3,000 square-foot units at The View at Muriel, each of which will feature an open floor plan, gas fireplaces and plenty of light from a “sky court.”

Residents of the two-bedroom luxury townhouses will each have their own den, upper-level entertainment room with wet bar and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Downtown.

And no need for parking chairs — each unit will also feature an integral two-car garage.

Buyers will have the opportunity to select from a range of standard and upgraded finish options, and once under agreement, the units — which are all currently for sale — are expected to be complete within four months.

South Side-based architecture firm Margittai Architects is designing the townhomes — a departure from its usual work in adaptive reuse. Builder Brian Young of 412 Development challenged the firm to design a “one-of-a-kind townhouse development that took advantage of the site’s location, so that he could provide something completely new to the housing market,” says Peter Margittai, principal.

He believes the open-concept floor plan, stair atrium and split-level configuration set The View at Muriel apart from other luxury townhomes on the market.

“A ‘sky court’ extends from the first floor through the roof, providing natural light to enter all areas of the home, and blurring the lines between interior and exterior,” adds Catalina Pagnotta, an architect with the firm.

A South Side resident, Young has also developed townhomes at Larkins Way and 27th Street and at Bradish and Sarah Streets. He’s excited to introduce a new crop of residents to what he calls a “vibrant and walkable community.”

Broker Jenny Barnick of One80 Real Estate Services in Lawrenceville believes the new townhomes will fill a void in Pittsburgh’s housing stock.

“As Pittsburgh has been undergoing a Renaissance in recent years, demand has increased dramatically for high-performing new construction dwellings within walking distance of our bustling Downtown,” says Barnick.

“We are able to educate buyers through the entire new construction process,” she says, adding that, as city specialists, they like to inform buyers of the many amenities Pittsburgh has to offer.

“Once the View at Muriel is completed,” Margittai says, “there will truly be nothing like it in the city.”

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