Located at 31 on the Allegheny Riverst The street and Route 28, Washington’s Landing, is one of Pittsburgh’s most charming and beautiful neighborhoods.
Formerly known as Herr’s Island, the brownfield site was redeveloped in 1987 as a mixed-use redevelopment. Along with the new name, the island (just two miles from downtown) has acquired a new identity as a marina, restaurants and 88 homes. From $249,000 he produced units priced at $580,000. That was a lot of money at the time, and a bold move for buyers who jumped into that market.
Since then, the island has become a destination for rowers, boaters and bikers, with businesses (including Pittsburgh Magazine) calling the island’s office park home.
When Dr. Daniel Murariu and his wife Casciana moved to the area in 2019, they were thrilled to purchase 71 Waterfront Drive.
Currently relocating for work, they list a home for $750,000 (MLS# 1566731, Meg Alarcon, Howard Hanna Real Estate, 412-979-2878, howardhanna.com). We operate on a reservation basis.
“I was in Houston after training at MD Anderson and came here to work at Allegheny General Hospital,” says Daniel. “Move [again] It’s bittersweet.
With 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an office upstairs that doubles as a 3rd bedroom, this home has 4 complete levels of living. Other interesting features include a lower level theater room with all the bells and whistles.
Along with the house, the couple says they fell in love with the home’s convenient location.
вЂњOur master bedroom faces the water, and it was so beautiful to walk up to the scenery,вЂќ says Danielle. “Sometimes in the morning I would watch the rowers go by and have a cup of coffee.”
The home’s elegant entrance features two glass doors that let in plenty of light. A few steps up leads to the main living space with an open concept kitchen and dining room. Solid oak hardwood floors are found throughout the home. A grand piano is placed in the bow window.
“I went to music school when I was younger,” says Daniel. “It was a great room to entertain. [live] Music when our friends finished.
The kitchen features natural cherry cabinetry that rises from the ceiling. The ends of the cabinet he finished in two different stains and are angled side by side to add a modern touch. A chimney exhaust hangs above the stove on the island of the peninsula, and there are plenty of counter seats.
Stainless steel appliances and midnight granite countertops complete the kitchen design. The dining area on the peninsula side of the kitchen provides ample space for a large table.
Opposite the kitchen is a wall of windows and glass doors that access the upper deck with plenty of outdoor seating. The couple also set up an outdoor fire table perfect for enjoying autumn evenings.
“The Homeowners Association recently installed a new Trex deck,” adds Daniel.
Upstairs, the two bedrooms include a primary suite with river views. The well-appointed en-suite bathroom includes a wet area with a large Jacuzzi bath, double vanity sinks, and a large shower wall with double bath facilities.
The second bedroom with a second full bathroom has a dormer ceiling and further river views. His spacious 3rd office/bedroom has an impressive dormer and oak floors.
“It was perfect for visiting family or using as my own study area while studying for my MBA,” says Daniel. “I like playing chess, so I used the room for that activity.”
The lower level theater room features a 3D projector system, large white screen, surround sound, and dark paint including a black ceiling to enhance your theater experience.
“It was one of our favorites,” says Daniel. “I didn’t need to go see the latest movie because it was at home.”
Sliding glass doors lead to a low-rise outdoor space with nature at your doorstep. A half bathroom rounds out the layout.
The couple, who have an infant, said they love the island’s diverse lifestyle, from retirees to young working adults.
“We spent evenings walking around the island and spending a lot of time at the Marina’s Redfin Blues,” says Daniel. “Our neighbor has a dock and we sat on the water to visit.”
He adds that the area’s history is also fascinating.
“If you walk to the other side of the island, you can see where George Washington almost drowned,” he says.
“My wife would like to take this house with us.”
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about: Washington’s Landing is actually considered part of Troy Hill. The island is accessible by car from River Avenue. Bike and pedestrian trails run the length of the island, leading to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the North Shore.
population: There are 88 houses on the island.
Planes, trains, cars: Commuting time to the airport is 30 minutes.
school: city of pittsburgh
neighborhood: Once a brownfield, the island used to be an animal processing plant. According to stories, farmers at the top of Troy Hill used to go down Rialto Street to process animals. Boats and walkers criss-cross daily along the land, which has undergone a thorough and comprehensive cleanup over the years, transforming the island into the nature reserve it is today. Along with the creatures, you can spot flowering plants and trees along the trail.