1819 Bower Hill Road
1819 Bower Hill Road in Scott.

If you think no one buys a house during the holiday season, think again. This is when the serious buyers come out, says Cindy Sunseri of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

“Normally in the winter, the market starts to slow down, but buyers who are looking are, in fact, ready to buy,” says Sunseri, of the agency’s Mt. Lebanon office. “If somebody’s out looking in December, they’re a serious buyer. And with Covid and the low inventory [in Pittsburgh], people are buying anyway.”

Inventory is so low in the market — about half what she’s used to seeing — that properly priced homes may attract four to eight bidders. That means people who “didn’t get houses in summer or fall” are still looking. The pandemic also has prompted anecdotal evidence of people moving back home to be close to families.

“There’s been a gravitation to getting back with family, and people are coming back to Pittsburgh,” Sunseri says, “particularly because they are now working from home.”

It’s also a good time to buy because the 3 percent interest rate is “like free money,” she says. Here’s a look at what’s available in and around Pittsburgh at the $175,000 price point:

705 Perry Highway
705 Perry Highway in Ross.


Neighborhood: 705 Perry Highway, Ross

Asking price: $175,000

Style: Cape Cod

Description: Built in 1925, this 1.5-story home has charm built into its surprisingly spacious rooms. The hardwood flooring was recently refinished. One of the 3 bedrooms is a first-floor master with its own bath. The den has a bar, half-bath and access to the game room. The dining room has a bay window and custom built-in cabinets. A breakfast nook leads to the deck.

Woodbridge Drive in Ross
Woodbridge Drive in Ross.

Neighborhood: 211 Woodbridge Dr., Ross

Asking price: $174,900

Style: Condominium

Description: This 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath condo in the Woodbridge Community has intriguing features, including a wood-burning fireplace, marble entry, chair rail, wood steps and new sliding doors to the patio and front deck. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. There’s a 1-car integral garage. Community extras include a clubhouse, pool and walking paths.

630 Rectenwald Street
630 Rectenwald Street in Mount Oliver.


Neighborhood: 630 Rectenwald St., Mt. Oliver

Asking price: $170,000

Style: Two-story

Description: This remodeled home sits on a double, fenced lot in the city, with a detached garage in the alley behind. A full bath and laundry are downstairs; a second full bath is upstairs with the three bedrooms. Beautiful new flooring ties together the downstairs rooms. Kitchen and baths have been renovated with subway tile and granite countertops.

Living room of Bower Hill Rd. property.

Neighborhood: 1819 Bower Hill Road, Scott

Asking price: $179,900

Style: Two-story

Description: This brick home in Scott Township has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, and the sliding door leads to a partially covered patio and private backyard. This home has lots of storage, a laundry area and a 1-car integral garage with a wide driveway for extra parking. You can walk to a bus stop nearby.

11347 Althea Road
11347 Althea Road in Penn Hills.


Neighborhood: 11347 Althea Road, Penn Hills

Asking price: $179,900

Style: Two-story

Description: Stripped to its studs and rebuilt, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has an open concept layout with a large living room, formal dining room and nice-sized kitchen with quartz countertops. A sliding door in the dining room leads to a new deck; the front porch is new as well. The bedrooms have large closets. There’s a wide driveway and a 1-car integral garage.

507 Bon Air Road
507 Bon Air Road in Penn Hills.

Neighborhood: 507 Bon Air Road, Penn Hills

Asking price: $180,000

Style: Two-story

Description: Set back on a large secluded lot, this 2-bedroom, 1-bath home includes a fireplace in the living room, a kitchen with newer stainless-steel appliances and an updated bathroom. Storm windows, exterior doors, lighting, flooring and window blinds are all new. The walkout basement could be finished. There’s a cozy eating area outside, and a storage shed in the backyard.

61 School Street in Green Tree.


Neighborhood: 61 School St., Green Tree

Asking price: $179,900

Style: 1.5-story

Description: Built in 1953, this brick home looks small from the outside, but has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, as well as a large walkout basement with a “Pittsburgh potty.” The large, private yard has mature trees and a storage shed. There’s a rear deck, and a 1-car integral garage. The interior needs a little cosmetic updating, but the small kitchen has room for a table and chairs.

132 Bethlehem Church Road
132 Bethlehem Church Road in Aliquippa.

Neighborhood: 132 Bethlehem Church Rd., Aliquippa

Asking price: $174,900

Style: Two-story

Description: This home in the country offers privacy — with an acre of ground that includes a pond and a gazebo — but also convenience with easy access to I-376. Built in 1963, this home has 6 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It needs some maintenance and remodeling, but it’s full of potential. There’s a finished basement with a game room, studio and 2-car detached garage.

219 Natchez Street
219 Natchez Street in Mt. Washington.


Neighborhood: 219 Natchez St., Mt. Washington

Asking price: $174,900

Style: Two-story

Description: Built in 1910, this 2-bedroom, 1-bath home has been remodeled to feature a semi-open concept. The first floor has large living and dining areas, with an expansive kitchen in white, silver and gray. A stackable laundry area is convenient on the first floor; the upstairs bath has been remodeled as well. The flooring is new, as is the neutral paint throughout the home.

320 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
320 Fort Duquesne Boulevard Downtown.

Neighborhood: 320 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Apt. 7J

Asking price: $179,900

Style: Condominium

Description: This 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo on the seventh floor of a landmark Downtown building has outstanding river views, a doorman, a concierge and on-site maintenance. Leased, integral valet parking is available. Building amenities include security, a gym with saunas, lounge, billiards room and media room. Living here puts the fountain at the Point in your backyard.

Looking for more real estate? Read What $400,000 will buy you in Pittsburgh right now.

Sandra Tolliver is a freelance writer, editor and public relations professional in Upper St. Clair.