If you’re looking for a home in Pittsburgh, act fast if you find something you like.

With limited inventory and interest rates around 3 percent on a 30-year loan, it’s a seller’s market, says real estate agent Jen Mascaro with Coldwell Banker. There are lots of buyers and not enough listings.

“As soon as a house hits the market, it’s getting dozens of showings and it usually sells within one or two days,” says Mascaro, of Plum. “All these buyers were all just waiting, and once we were allowed to show houses again, it opened the floodgates.”

Homes priced around $200,000 are “the sweet spot,” she says, because they sell particularly quickly. From a unique carriage house studio apartment to several suburban homes with large yards, here are some properties available in that price range:


Neighborhood: 2349 Orlando Place, Blackridge

Asking price: $199,000

Style: Two-story

Description: This 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath brick home, built in 1950, has old-school charm such as a slate roof and window boxes, and attributes for a young family such as a lower-level game room and large backyard with a play area and gardens. The kitchen and dining room both open onto the deck. A sunroom is a bonus, and there’s a one-car garage and storage shed.

Neighborhood: 5850 Centre Ave., Apt. 605, Shadyside

Asking price: $199,900

Style: Condominium

Description: The Lofts at Shadyside have a wall of windows, high ceilings and an open floor plan with a clean, modern look. This 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo is located within walking distance of Whole Foods and other shops and restaurants. The HOA includes heating, air conditioning, water, sewer, trash removal, fitness center, and a parking space.


Neighborhood: 1829 Crafton Blvd., Banksville-Westwood

Asking price: $199,900

Style: Victorian

Description: This stone home listed by Mascaro was built in 1900 and has 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, a covered front porch, stained-glass windows, arched doorways and intricate woodwork. There’s a first-floor laundry room and a spacious deck. The third-floor bedrooms could convert to an office, playroom or den. The full basement leads to a covered patio and fenced-in backyard.

Neighborhood: 153 Angena Dr., Banksville-Westwood

Asking price: $200,000

Style: Split-level

Description: If a split-level house is more your style, this home built in 1956 has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and is located on a quiet, no-outlet street close to the Carnegie business district. It has a large eat-in kitchen and a knotty pine family room with a kitchenette. The home has two covered porches and a large, terraced backyard that offers space for gardening or kids’ activities.


Neighborhood: 3836 Brighton Road, Brighton Heights

Asking price: $199,999

Style: Double-entry, single-family

Description: With 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home has lots of space beyond its stately, formal entry. Built in 1910, it has original hardwood flooring, four fireplaces and high ceilings. The oversized kitchen is new, as are the appliances, furnace and air conditioning system. The backyard is fenced for privacy. The one-car garage has a new door.

Neighborhood: 1517 Manhattan St, Manchester

Asking price: $199,900

Style: Studio

Description: Here’s a one-of-a-kind studio, converted from an 1870 carriage house and located in a historic North Side neighborhood. The renovation included exposed brick décor, radiant heat concrete floors, a custom kitchen with bar/eating area, and a “telephone booth” sleeping area. There’s even a laundry room and office area. The bath has a tiled, walk-in shower.


Neighborhood: 811 Shadycrest Road, Beechview

Asking price: $199,850

Style: Two-story

Description: Two lots form a huge side yard for this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home. Located close to the South Hills Junction T stop and Tropical Park, the home has a front porch, garden and integral one-car garage. The stone fireplace is log-burning. Built in 1950, it also has modern lifestyle features such as a formal dining room, finished game room and laundry area.

Neighborhood: 4561 Mapledale Drive, Homestead

Asking price: $199,900

Style: Ranch

Description: The gorgeous flooring and upscale fixtures make this remodeled, 1960 ranch home one of a kind. Located in the Gates Manor community within Pittsburgh city limits, it has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and parking for 4 cars. Besides the kitchen, the bathrooms have been updated. The lower level could be a game room, and there’s a covered back patio.

Sandra Tolliver

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