19 Lincoln: Etna
Details: 3 beds / 1 bath
Address: 19 Lincoln Street / Pittsburgh, PA 15223
Just between Lawrenceville and Highland Park, a bridge by the name of 62nd Street connects East Pittsburgh to the north bank of the Allegheny River. Along that bank is a wee borough, less than one square mile in size, but home to enough retired steel mills and furnaces to share a name with a Sicilian volcano. Today, Etna — no longer rooted in industry — follows in the footsteps of its desirable East End neighbors. As the old river town’s business district and residential landscape are slowly-but-surely redeveloped, locals are noticing. And moving. Offering inexpensive housing in a supreme location, Etna’s a smart option for young, first-time homebuyers optimistic about the future.
The homes you’ll find here are far from polished, but most have the bones to handle a massive makeover. Even 19 Lincoln Street — a 130-year-old colonial we stumbled upon (and promptly scooped up) this year. Now, we won’t lie to you. This place needs work. But you’d be foolish to pass up ceilings as high, and a backyard as level. The home’s windows are double-paned, and those hardwood floors? They’re original, and they’re stunning. If you’ve got the energy and the means to flex your creative muscles on this one, it’s best to act quickly. Like the neighborhood it calls home, this casa’s the epitome of rediscovered potential. Dream big and make it yours.