c. 1900 – Pittsburgh, PA

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118 Biddle Ave, (Wilkinsburg) Pittsburgh, PA 15221

  • $350,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 4660 Sq Ft
This exquisite home is a rare find for the neighborhood. A beautiful, Victorian, owner occupied Triplex with incredible detail, quality and charm. All original woodwork, pocket doors, (5) fireplaces, stained glass windows, marble flooring, hardwoods, window bench in dining room, central a/c on first 2 floors. 1st floor laundry and full bath off eat-in kitchen. Steam room in basement and additional space for game room and ample storage. 2 apartments on 3rd floor with separate entrance and access to basement laundry. Income covers property taxes and utilities. Lovely front porch, private back deck overlooking small yard and all 3 levels have a screened-in porch. 2-car detached garage. Sits on a corner lot, 2 blocks from Frick Park. This home has been loved, enjoyed, well maintained and is a one-of-a-kind.
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Allison Pochapin, Coldwell Banker Real Estate,
(412) 363-4000

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24 Comments on c. 1900 – Pittsburgh, PA

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  1. DebraJ says: 2 comments

    Beautiful — but I’d have to get rid of all that ceiling tile.

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    • Michael Mackin says: 2672 comments

      I agree with you Debra. Unfortunately I don’t think it will be as easy as just removing the tiles and taking down the tracks. I get the feeling that the reason they are there is because of the conversion of the third floor to two apartments. More than likely the ceiling tiles hide all the electrical and mechanical needed to make this conversion happen. If the house was still mine, I would probably do it, keeping in mind the larger cost of repairing the alterations done on the third floor!

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    • Karen says: 1145 comments

      I had a ceiling tile like that in my house. Before I and my mom pulled it all out and I had drywall put up. I have NO idea why anyone would put that junk up, especially in a house like this let alone my ranch!

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  2. Randy C says: 426 comments

    Well, lots of beautiful woodwork and windows in this house. I would definitely convert back to single home, get rid of the tile floor in the entry way, canned and flourescent lighting, drop ceilings and totally modernized kitchen, mirrored closet doors and “hollywood” light fixtures. I know I sound overly critical, but I don’t really mean to. This could be a beautiful showcase, just needs a lot of “un-doing”. The street view appears very nice.

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    • Kevin says: 91 comments

      Beautiful Mansion, but do agree with Randy, however would want to see how apartments affect the house before making that decision. Ready income can be a huge help.

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      • Randy C says: 426 comments

        Point well taken. I’m just way too selfish to want to share a home with renters, but then I’m not buying so probably doesn’t matter in my dreams.

        By the way, nice to meet you Kevin. I’m such a stickler for natural woodwork that many don’t agree with me on lots of otherwise nice homes. Nice to have an ally!!

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I think most OHD readers prefer natural wood work. Those that don’t mind I think are afraid to say they like it because of the “stickler” backlash over liking something that may or may not have been painted originally. There’s enough “us” versus “them” mentality in the world today as it is, let’s not drag it into OHD.

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          • Randy C says: 426 comments

            No problem. I was attempting humor by making fun of my own narrow preferences. I in no way was attempting to create adversity among the OHD followers. Keep up the great work on the site. You have many followers who obviously enjoy it (including myself). I will refrain from further comments.

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          • DianeEG says: 534 comments

            Kelly, I’m not second guessing you but would you again explain how you decide when all comments are closed on a house? I know you can refuse individual comments. Does it become too time consuming if there are many comments not appropriate for this site? Sometimes when I’ve worked my way through the pictures, I get excited to hear comments or explanations or history only to find all comments have been closed off. I wonder what could have been said or how many times it was said to have you make that decision. Again, not asking because I’m criticizing your judgement – only trying to understand. Thanks.

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          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            I don’t (or usually don’t) disallow comments that I don’t agree with. As long as a comment doesn’t break the comment rules, even if I strongly disagree, it’s allowed.

            I’d like to keep comments a fun place to hang out, learn and enjoy old houses without someone feeling like they have to defend themselves because they happen to like something someone else does not.

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        • Kevin says: 91 comments

          I also really enjoy the beauty of natural woodwork. If the renters were separate from the two main floors were I would want to be, and didn’t alter the house too bad, then maybe I would be ok with them to help pay the large bills, would certainly help when owning a Victorian Mansion. But I do understand what you mean. Now having said that, I would never alter a house to accommodate renters, it would have to be already existing and done tastefully and could be undone once a person is established or keep to help maintain the premises.

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  3. Todd says: 12 comments

    Any ideas what that white band on the front is?

    • Michael Mackin says: 2672 comments

      That is where the front porch originally attached to the house. If you look at the twin sister next door, you see the porch originally ran all the way across the front! The masonry here was never meant to be seen and may have been a different brick or block to make up the course to the second floor. It appears they stuccoed over this area.

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    • John says: 1 comments

      Probably, the existing porch is half of what it once was, and that’s where they filled-in when it was removed. There are a lot of houses around Pittsburgh with that trait. This house is in my neighborhood and the house next to it, which is its twin, still has a full-width porch.

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  4. DonS says: 49 comments

    For a multifamily it appears to be in nice shape, and has been cared for, but much would have to be done to restore it to its original form. Yes, the ceilings definitely have to go. The yard space seems to be almost entirely non-functional where recreational activities are concerned. PA truly has an amazing housing stock.

  5. Linda R says: 196 comments

    I am physically yearning for that window on the landing! The front door glass and bathroom windows also. Agree with above comments about removing the 1970’s modifications and ceiling tiles, but that is no biggie. I would need some more ceiling lights from the 1900 era.

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  6. Don from Manassas says: 43 comments

    Beautiful home. The ceiling tiles have to go, and if it were me, I’d get a good brick mason and put a brick façade on the garage, or tear it down. At present it doesn’t match the house at all. I’d rather have a backyard but I can understand having a garage.

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  7. Old House Wannabe says: 18 comments

    I kind of like having a twin house right next door, but not a fan of the shared fire escape. Both houses must be, or were, owned by the same owner. This would explain why the fire escapes are joined together on the third floor. Shows in street view too. Anyway, having a twin house next door can help in recreating some of the details that might have been lost in previous remodels. As for the garage, it needs to go. I’d rather have the back yard space.

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  8. Colleen J says: 1061 comments

    At my age, owner occupied with tastefully done apartments to help with the mortgage and upkeep of this big beautiful old gal, why not? Now if I were rich and didn’t have to have tenants sure why not, but if it came to me affording a beautiful home like this and I needed the help with costs, I’m in. Now that was a mouthful. Some things I would change is ceiling and lighting, but what a treasure this one is.

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  9. I’m not sure I understand the comments about the lack of a back yard – there is a backyard; it’s just not huge. However, it seems ample enough to have a small gathering of friends/family or just to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Also if you have a puppy that doesn’t need large spaces to siphon off extra energy. To me, the smallish backyard is a plus: less lawn maintenance. And it looks like the majority of it is in the shade all day. I thoroughly agree about the front porch, though; including restoring the Ionic columns.

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  10. Miss-Apple37 says: 1155 comments

    Nice big mansion! Hey, have you noticed on the streetview that this house and her twin next door share the same fire escape for their 3rd floor appartments? https://goo.gl/maps/XaMW97VpjLm

    • says: 191 comments

      I wonder if the same person once owned both structures when that fire escape was built? Kind of odd otherwise, but I know nothing of PA building codes. I am still awe stricken and completely blown away by the fireplace with red brick.

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