5922 Howe Street in Shadyside
5922 Howe Street in Shadyside.

In Pittsburgh’s real estate market, multiple offers are the new normal,” says Pete Hric, because inventory remains so low.

“There’s not a lot for sale and that’s caused one of the wildest summers for people looking to buy that I’ve ever experienced,” says Hric, a member of the Matt Durbin Team at eXp Realty. At times, he says, “It’s been difficult to find something when someone’s looking.”

One house in Castle Shannon, priced at under $200,000, drew 24 offers. “That’s been consistent — multiple offers have become the new normal,” Hric says.

During the height of the pandemic, people who didn’t have to move apparently decided to wait and now, in the sellers’ market, they can get higher prices for their homes. Add to that low interest rates of around 3.5 percent on a conventional, 30-year mortgage and it’s a busy fall for real estate agents.

Another post-pandemic trend Hric sees is people seeking a home office or extra bedroom for that purpose: “Friends of mine reached out to me earlier this summer. They were living in a two-bedroom and more or less had gotten tired of being on each other’s conference calls, working back-to-back in the spare bedroom. A need for separation of spaces is something I’m seeing, somewhere you can close the door.”

At $350,000, there are homes available around the region, but many still attract multiple offers and are selling fast. Here’s a sampling:

NORTH

553 Thompson Run Road, Ross Twp.

Neighborhood: 533 Thompson Run Rd., Ross Twp
Asking price: $349,449
Style: Two-story

Description: Built in 1950, this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath brick home is located on a nearly one-acre wooded lot in the North Hills School District. The large kitchen and dining room have hardwood floors; the living room has access to a deck and an expansive backyard. A den could become a fifth bedroom or home office. There’s a carport, single-car garage and garden shed.

524 Avery St. North Side

Neighborhood: 524 Avery St., North Side
Asking price: $345,000
Style: Row house

Description: Located between the National Aviary and The Priory, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home was built in 1993 to match older homes in the area. Gleaming hardwood floors flow from the living room to dining room to the recently updated kitchen. French doors lead to a stone courtyard and a one-car parking pad. The master bedroom has skylights and separate closets.

WEST

1094 Greentree Rd. Green Tree

Neighborhood: 1094 Greentree Rd., Green Tree
Asking price: $349,000
Style: Contemporary

Description: Built in 1999, this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home has three levels of living space with lots of natural light and spectacular views, including from the two-level deck. The home has lots of wood, a fireplace and a game room with a bar. There’s a two-car garage and room for more parking along the oversized driveway. Next door is a parklet with established landscaping.

432 Blue Ridge Dr. Coraopolis

Neighborhood: 432 Blue Ridge Dr., Coraopolis
Asking price: $349,924
Style: Two-story

Description: Graceful design, arches and woodwork add to the beauty of this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath cul-de-sac home with a large, tree-lined backyard. The eat-in kitchen features an island and opens to the family room with a gas fireplace. A first-floor bonus room could be an office or playroom. The finished basement and spacious covered back patio offer additional living space.

SOUTH

2411 Bonnie Dell Drive, South Park

Neighborhood: 2411 Bonnie Dell Dr., South Park
Asking price: $350,000
Style: Two-story

Description: The open-concept living space in this custom-built home includes a large foyer, eat-in kitchen and family room with a gas fireplace. The bedrooms are large, and the master bedroom has a balcony and spa-like bath. The deck has a patio and pond beneath it. The partially finished basement is equipped with plumbing for a full bath and primed for a fourth bedroom.

132 Sheffield Lane in McMurray/Canonsburg.

Neighborhood: 132 Sheffield Lane, McMurray/Canonsburg
Asking price: $350,000
Style: Raised ranch

Description: Built in 1972, this well-maintained home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a two-car garage and a large fenced yard with a deck and covered patio. The remodeled kitchen has quartz countertops and a large island. The kitchen opens to the dining room and living room. One bedroom on the lower level could be a guest room or an office. The family room has a fireplace.

560 Peebles Street in Regent Square.

EAST

Neighborhood: 560 Peebles St., Regent Square
Asking price: $350,000
Style: Three-story

Description: This 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath brick home with an inviting front porch screams Pittsburgh. The sleek, contemporary kitchen has a pantry and opens to the dining room, with access to a private, fenced backyard with seating areas. Hardwood floors add to the home’s charm, as does the gas fireplace in the living room. Frick Park and restaurants are nearby.

5922 Howe Street in Shadyside.

Neighborhood: 5922 Howe St., Shadyside
Asking price: $347,500
Style: Condo

Description: This two-story condo in the heart of Shadyside has 2 large bedrooms and 2 baths. An exposed brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling and large windows add style to the living/dining area. The first-floor bedroom has access to a rear staircase. The second-floor master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. Walnut Street, Bakery Square and other attractions are nearby.

GREATER DOWNTOWN

300 Fourth Avenue Downtown.

Neighborhood: 300 Fourth Ave., Unit 602
Asking price: $350,000
Style: High-rise condo

Description: This 2-bedroom, 2-bath corner unit at The Carlyle offers panoramic views of Downtown including PPG Place. An open floor plan, with the kitchen, dining and living areas flowing into one another, makes the space feel even larger. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and bathroom with a large shower. The building includes a game room and fitness space.

1 Bigbee Street in Mount Washington.

Neighborhood: 1 Bigbee St., Mt. Washington
Asking price: $349,900
Style: Townhome

Description: This end-unit townhome near Emerald View Park has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a finished basement and two off-street parking spaces. Built in 1920, it has been renovated, with an updated kitchen and hardwood flooring throughout. The master bedroom has a fireplace and French doors leading to a private deck; both bedrooms have picturesque city views.

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Sandra Tolliver

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