819 Collins: Highland Park
List price: $499,900
Details: 5 beds / 3.5 baths / 2,500 sq ft
Built by: Michael Wright, Steel Town Properties
Address: 819 Collins Street / Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Contact Jesse Wig with Lifespace at 412.925.2668 to schedule a private showing.
It’s easy to pinpoint the homes that have been rehabbed by Steel Town Properties — and not just because there are more than 120 of them. The local development company has made its mark on Pittsburgh with several defining features: sleek kitchens with mosaic backsplashes, well-preserved hardwood flooring, and showers tiled so intricately they could pass as artwork. Just to name a few.
Both Lawrenceville and the South Side are portfolios brimming with Steel Town’s work. But perhaps most memorable is a recent Highland Park endeavor — a former grocery built in the late 1800s. Fronted by longtime real estate developer and realtor Michael Wright, the project resulted in a $515,000 home that we’re led to believe is a gift from the real estate gods. (Seriously — see for yourself.) That place is occupied, obviously, but you needn’t fret.
Wright and company have just wrapped another transformation in Highland Park. And beyond the fact that it meshes modern and 117-year-old elements in a way that makes us rethink everything we thought we knew about home design, 819 Collins Street is officially on the market. Meaning you’re able to purchase it. And live in it. And pinch yourself daily as you roam all 2,500 square feet.
Regarding entryways, we’re not sure we’ve seen one so welcoming. The first level’s open layout is interrupted only by a carved wooden staircase; otherwise, the living and dining areas align seamlessly. It’s unusual, in our experience, for a house with ceilings so high and finishes so rich to feel lived-in — but this one nails it. From its exposed-brick accent walls to the French-country-inspired kitchen that appears to have materialized directly from a Williams Sonoma showroom, 819 Collins has mastered the art of mindful restoration. Sure, you’ll pass as royalty in these five luxurious bedrooms and 3.5 baths, but never at the expense of ultimate comfort. Speaking of, if you’re a firm champion of the home bar (hand-raise), few are as opulent — or as efficient — as the one here, surrounded by tin, mosaic tile, and granite in equal parts.
At the risk of inducing panic, heed caution: This utopian pearl of a house won’t grace the market for long. If you’ve even the tiniest inkling to make it yours, drop us a line. Best to hustle, while you’re at it. We predict you won’t be alone in doing so.