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What you get for $275,000: A little goes a long way in Pittsburgh real estate

New York Times heads to Pittsburgh in its latest "Great Homes and Destinations" piece that explores "what you get for $275,000."

While that amount would barely buy an efficiency in some cities, less than thirty-thou buys a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood. The 3,150-square-foot house -- with a pine-shaded backyard -- costs only $88.57 per square foot.

About the neighborhood, the Times explains, "Lawrenceville has many town houses like this one, but the neighborhood was also the site of a major arsenal in the Civil War era, and after that, several steel plants. This house is about a half-block from Butler Street, a commercial corridor with boutiques, galleries and restaurants. (Dozen, a bakery, serves more than 25 types of cupcakes; Sugar Boutique, a clothing shop, carries the work of several local designers.) Lawrenceville is about two miles north of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Downtown is just west of the universities."

As for the house itself?

"The house was built in 1889 and was completely renovated by the current owners, who maintained the original staircase, tin cornices in the kitchen, tin ceilings in several rooms and most of the hardwood floors. Downstairs, where the house's common areas are, several walls were knocked out to open the space. Many of the materials used in the renovation were green. The second level, which was also opened up, has a master suite with a bedroom at one end, and a dressing area with two walk-in closets on the other. A few steps up from that are two guest bedrooms. The fourth bedroom, currently used for storage, is on the third level."

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