Saturday Jan 28, 2023

Home or Resort? This Mt. Lebanon Home Manages to be Both – Pittsburgh Magazine



When John and Jessica Netzloff were deciding on a new career opportunity in a new city for John, one of the main points of discussion was whether to uproot their family from the house and neighborhood that they had fallen in love with. 

After all, it was their shared love of classic architecture that brought them to their home at 76 Standish Blvd. in Mt. Lebanon in the first place.

The couple recalls that although it was quite the looker, the four-bedroom, 4½ bath, Tudor-style home with a natural slate roof and stone exterior had sat on the market before they bought it in 2014. 

“The house had a pool, and it needed a little updating,” John recalls. “It looked like a project when it really wasn’t.” 

After they moved in and tackled a list of home improvement projects, they enjoyed every inch of the home. As they prepare to move out of Pittsburgh, they have listed the home for $849,000 (MLS# 1551827, Vera Purcell, Howard Hanna Real Estate,, 412/916-4488). It is open by appointment.  

The home features an unusual indoor pool with an adjacent dry sauna that adds a resort-like feel. It is attached to a wonderful outdoor space, which is originally what sealed the deal for the couple.

“It is basically borderline new,” John says. “We had the pool painted, updated the equipment digitally and, remotely, you can control it from your phone. We use it year-round.” 

The home’s charming arched front entry gives a wink and a nod to all the character found inside, including original wood floors, metal curved railings and French doors.

The layout has a spacious living room with a log-burning fireplace, as well as a nook adorned with wall sconces and built-in bookcases and windows; it would make a perfect home office. 

Doors lead to an addition added by a former owner. 

“That is why there is a stone wall,” Jessica says. “We had our piano back there and it was a playroom for our children.” 

The couple hired interior designer Emily Klapowski of You-Neek Designs to update the kitchen and formal dining room into a breezy, family-friendly space. 

“She used every inch of that space and made it much more user friendly,“ Jessica says. “The actual layout of the kitchen is the same. There used to be a [full] wall between the kitchen and the dining room and it’s now a peninsula.” 

Dark cabinets were exchanged for white, shaker-style ones. Klapowski also installed quartz countertops and a new ceramic tile plank floor; it is all illuminated by new can lights in the ceiling along with new pendant lighting over the peninsula and the adjoining dining room. 

Klapowski also incorporated a large pantry into the layout. 

“It has these beautiful spice racks that are built into the doors,” Jessica notes. “They are great. There are three shelves that pull out and drawers.” 

Other updates include a new backsplash, a built-in wine rack next to the refrigerator and a mini-coffee bar that could be used for a cooking …….


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