One wintry evening in Pittsburgh at the grand Heinz Hall, I sat ready to listen to another phenomenal production of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
. In wandered a lovely woman named Diana who sat next to me. We sparked up a conversation, she with her British accent, about how lucky we are to have the Symphony in Pittsburgh.
I mentioned I was a realtor and she replied, “Oh, I have a large home I should sell in Point Breeze. And it has a pool. I’ve got to get my kids in from out-of-town to help me sort out all my collectibles and keepsakes.” I gave her my card.
Several months later, Diana called me and we made arrangements to meet at her home — and what a grand home. She has lived there with her beloved husband William for over twenty years. I felt the love and deep-rooted contentment of residing there with so many warm memories for so many precious years.
Diana, who hails from Oxford, England, and Bill, who is of Scottish descent, had fallen in love with the house at first sight. Diana took to the large kitchen and Bill determined that the sitting room’ was spacious enough for a set of eight Scottish dancers. And so it became their home.
The formal living room aka the sitting room features gas log fireplace with hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and gilded molding. Photo by Roy Engelbrecht.
They enjoyed entertaining, dining an dancing on many evenings with their friends and family. Since the property also has a heated in-ground pool, they indulged in many evening dips.
Exquisite detail in woodwork, built-in book & display cases. Photo by Roy Engelbrecht.
The magnolia tree, azaleas and rhododendron are breathtaking from the front porch.
Diana is an extraordinary gardener who welcomes each new perennial bud, from tulips, peonies, and bleeding hearts to the Wisteria wrapped around the front porch pillars. Throughout the season, more pop up: hostas, lilies of the valley, Swiss gentian, and cowslip.
The property is on a private lane with stone pillars and wrought iron fence owned by H. J. Heinz adjacent to Penn Avenue. Flowers adorn the fence and provide for a wonderful backdrop of gardens.
Contact Maggie Jayson:
412-999-9528 cell or 724-933-6300 x110 for showings.
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