Hot Property: A small townhouse in Oakmont that has a lot of charm



SSome houses are just built correctly, with a footprint and room sizes that make sense.

Christine Donahue’s house at 622 4th Street in Oakmont is a prime example. The 2,182 square feet of space in the classic Victorian interior suited his family perfectly. Over the years it has needed very few changes.

Just steps from the shops and restaurants of Oakmont, the 141-year-old house, built in 1880, is also listed as one of Oakmont’s historic Circa homes – and it still contains many original details.

“I moved in at the end of 2007,” says Donahue. “It used to be white and we painted the outside.”


The new color scheme is a classic colonial blue accented with dark hued shutters. Surrounded by mature trees and a simple sidewalk and driveway, the clean lines make it easy on the eyes.

Other renovations include a new kitchen and a small addition. After 15 years of living there, Donahue’s children have almost left school and the family is moving forward. The home is listed for $ 399,900 (MLS # 1524705, Lori Hummel, Howard Hanna Real Estate,, 412 / 287-1739). It is open by appointment.

Inside, the charming entrance is full of character, thanks to leaded side windows and transom, a detailed cove staircase and colorful stained glass windows. Quirky pocket doors open into the living room, where a warm fireplace, original half-window shutters, and crown moldings make this 15-by-14-square-foot space even larger.


Upon entering the 15 by 12 square foot dining room, you are greeted with an arched window, built-in china cabinet, fireplace, and a surprise – a second set of steps that leads you upstairs.

“I like the fact that there are two stairs,” says Donahue. “You can close part of the house and use the back. Pocket doors also add to this.

The walls of the dining room have also been opened to the newly renovated kitchen.


“The structure did not allow us to change the kitchen, but we were able to install an island,” says Donahue. “This widened the opening of the house and allowed for additional seating in addition to the dining room table.”

New cabinets, appliances, backsplash and kitchen lighting are complemented by quartz countertops. A stunning stainless steel apron sink adds a touch of spice, while open Edison bulb lighting brightens the space. The cleverly done makeover added usable real estate to both bedrooms.


Outside, an intimate covered porch extends the seasons. Surrounded by a waist-high palisade, the gently sloping backyard was also put to good use by Donahue’s children.

“We installed a zip line and a swing in the trees. It goes from the top of the yard to the house, ”she said.

The first floor has a full bathroom. There is also the aforementioned rear staircase, which leads to a bonus room installed above the garage.

“We used it as a playroom for the kids,” says Donahue.

Equipped with an oversized bean bag chair and a red mini-fridge, the cool lounging area has a skylight and carpeted floors. On the second floor are three bedrooms and a full bathroom.


The 15 by 13 square foot master bedroom has hardwood floors and half window shutters. The other two bedrooms are 16 x 12 square feet and 8 x 7 square feet respectively. All three bedrooms have large closets and lots of natural light. The house also has forced air, public water and sewerage and a one car garage with additional parking for the driveway.

Donahue says she particularly likes the house’s location across from St. Irenaeus Catholic Church and around the corner from popular restaurants such as What’s Cookin ‘at Casey’s and The Pub at 333. Weekly flea markets in the area , seasonal farmers markets, and easy access to schools also make this an all-round winner for added convenience.

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On: Oakmont (
Population: 6,303
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: A 40 minute drive to Pittsburgh International Airport. Street parking, public transportation and sidewalks.
Schools: Riverview School District (
District: Known for its old houses and old world charm, Oakmont is nestled along the Allegheny River and is home to the world famous Oakmont Country Club. A beautiful, bustling business district stretches out on both sides of Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue and is full of restaurants, bespoke shops and more. Oakmont Bakery offers dazzling treats, while the renovated Oaks Theater offers live entertainment. Many residents enjoy an evening stroll along sidewalks and walking trails.

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