Coraopolis, Pa. | $269,900
A 1924 Cape Cod cottage with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.3-acre lot
Coraopolis, a small borough in Allegheny County with a population of about 6,000, is within easy commuting distance of Pittsburgh, about a 20-minute drive. Its small downtown, about 10 minutes away from this house by car, is a few blocks from the Ohio River. In recent years, a handful of breweries and coffee shops have sprung up along a stretch of Fourth Avenue, anchored by the borough’s Romanesque Revival train station, which local preservationists are in the process of restoring. This property is less than half a mile from a middle school and about 15 minutes from Robert Morris University, which has about 5,000 students.
Size: 1,092 square feet
Price per square foot: $247
Indoors: A driveway leads from the street to the garage, and a paved path connects this side of the property to the house.
The front door opens into a small foyer with hardwood floors and an arched doorway facing a living room with dark gray walls, white molding and a fireplace with a tile hearth.
The hardwood floors continue through the living room and into a spacious dining room with toile wallpaper and a chandelier. This room is connected to an updated kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Off the kitchen is a bedroom with two windows facing the home’s wraparound porch.
Stairs in the living room lead up to the second floor, where there are two more bedrooms: The primary bedroom has pale lavender walls and a deep closet with its original doorknob; next door is a cozy guest room with sloped ceilings. Across the hall is a bathroom with a porcelain pedestal sink and a combination bathtub and shower.
Outdoor space: An elevated porch that wraps around the sides and back of the house has a ceiling fan and several spots big enough for a dining table. It overlooks a yard planted with a neat row of flowers and mature trees, several strong enough to support a swing. The detached garage holds one car.
Taxes: $5,616 (estimated)
Contact: Michele Van Balen, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, 412-471-4900; sothebysrealty.com
Buffalo | $269,900
An Italianate house built around 1876, with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This home is close to several historic locations, including the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site — once a private residence, where the 26th president took the oath of office after the death of William McKinley — about half a mile away. Closer still is the Coit House next door, one of Buffalo’s oldest …….