Home or resort? This house in Mount Lebanon can be both

Photographs by Mark J. Hollowinski, MJH صور Pictures

WJohn and Jessica Netzloff were deciding about a new business opportunity in a new town for John, and one of the main points of discussion was whether their family should be uprooted from the home and neighborhood they had fallen in love with.

After all, it was their shared love of classic architecture that brought them home at 76 Standish Blvd. In Mount Lebanon in the first place.

The couple remember that while it looked great, the four-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 4-story home and Tudor-style home with a natural slate roof and stone exterior was on the market before they bought it in 2014.

“The house had a swimming pool, and needed a little updating,” John recalls. “It seemed like a project when it really wasn’t.”

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After they moved home and tackled a list of home improvement projects, they enjoyed every inch of the home. As they prepared to move out of Pittsburgh, they listed the home for $849,000 (MLS #1551827, Vera Purcell, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com, 412/916-4488). It is open by appointment.

The house has an unusual indoor pool with an adjoining dry sauna that adds a resort-like feel. It’s connected to a great outdoor space, which is what originally led to the couple’s agreement.

“It’s a new frontier,” John says. “We painted the pool and upgraded the equipment digitally, and you can control it remotely from your phone. We use it all year round.”

The home’s charming arched front entrance gives a wink and nod to all the character inside, including the original wood floors, curved metal railings, and French doors.


The design includes a spacious living room with a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a corner decorated with wall sconces, bookcases and built-in windows; It would be a perfect home office.

The doors lead to the addition of a previous owner.

“That’s why there’s a stone wall,” says Jessica. “The piano brought us back there and it was a playroom for our kids.”

The couple hired interior designer Emily Klapowski You-Neek . Designs To update the formal kitchen and dining room into a breezy, family-friendly space.

“I used every inch of that space and made it more user-friendly,” says Jessica. ‘The actual design of the kitchen is the same. There used to be a coil [full] A wall between the kitchen and dining room which is now a peninsula.


The dark cabinets were replaced with white Shaker-style ones. Klapowski also installed new quartz countertops and a ceramic tile floor; Everything is lit by the new ceiling-mounted case lights along with the new pendant lighting over the peninsula and the adjacent dining room.

Klapowski also incorporated a large pantry into the design.

“It has these pretty spice racks built right into the doors,” notes Jessica. “They’re great. There are three pull out shelves and two drawers.”

Other updates include a new backsplash, a built-in wine rack next to the fridge and a small coffee bar that can be used for the cooking center. Stainless steel appliances include a double door, six-burner gas range.


The second level contains a basic bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and two additional bedrooms, which are served by a hall bathroom. Each of the bedrooms has arched alcoves with windows that add character to the space. There is also plenty of storage space in the closet.

The rooms are painted in neutral gray and the decoration is painted white. The third floor has two large and equipped rooms and a full bathroom.

“We had a daybed there for the guests,” Jessica says. “It was very helpful.”


There is also a full basement with a full bathroom, suspended ceiling, bookshelves and rugs. The couple also added a tape.

“My friend is a contractor and we installed it together,” John says. “It was my man cave, and I kept my sports memorabilia there.”

A door leads to the garage and then to the indoor pool house. The A-frame structure has white beams, a shingle roof and skylights. The space is stunning to watch from a loft – another great lounge space – accessed via a railing spiral staircase.

The dry stone sauna is lined with cedar wood and is spacious enough for two to three people at a time.

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Outside, a completely renovated deck was used by the couple almost all year round. They installed new composite decking and fencing, and with elevation, it became a treetop experience.

“There is a large pink magnolia lily at eye level. When it blooms, it’s just beautiful,” says Jessica.

Designed by Pittsburgh Socialights, the roof also has an attractive blue and white sailcloth to combat the heat and translucent lamps that light up the night.

In their new town, the couple say they searched long and hard for a neighborhood with the same feel as their old one – but they’ll never forget the home they left behind.

“All of our guests have always said that visiting us is like being at a resort,” says Jessica. “It’s a great home to raise a family in, and the neighborhood is great. The street is amazing. If you absolutely want to be entertained, this is perfect.”

Drawing on her years of experience covering the region’s real estate industry, Rosa Colucci’s Hot Property offers an inside look at the unique and historic homes currently on the market. Every week, Hot Property goes behind the For Sale banner to share the story of a Pittsburgh-area home. Four times a year, Hot Property will take an in-depth look at the area’s real estate market at Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, tracking home prices, sales and details of where hot properties can be found. Rosa can be reached at [email protected]

on: Mountain. Lebanon (mtlebanon.org)
Population: 33137
Planes, trains and cars: 25 minutes to the airport. Daily transportation via the Port Authority T-Rail and street buses. On the street, with counters, parking by permit.
Schools: Niche.com gives the Mount Lebanon school district an A+ rating. (mtlsd.org)
alive: Mount Lebanon has the most vibrant, prosperous, and dog-friendly commercial area. Stroll and visit Rollier’s Hardware, Uptown Coffee, and The Fabric Place. Restaurants range from a quick slice at Menu to fine dining in Bistro 19. Benches and trees welcome visitors, and historic churches line the street.

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