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Jan. 9, 2019

3 High Return To Dos For Home Sellers

Depending on your local market many repairs and improvements can actually have a low return right before selling your home. However these three suggestions are almost guaranteed to return many times the amount of money invested.

Posted in Home Sellers
Jan. 9, 2019

Westmoreland Museum of American Art

westmoreland museum of artThe Westmoreland Museum of Art has been remodeled and is making a huge impact on the city. As of this year admission is free and the museum is welcoming to people of all ages.

The Bridging the Gap on North Main Street bridge is the museums doing. The Museum allows writers from western pa to create poems and such that have to specifically fit the length of the bridge. The bridge having that text, which runs east and west, gives such a hometown feel to that entrance to the city.

The exterior of the museum itself entices you to want to see more. The mirror tiles on the front, the garden landscaping and exquisite architecture of the building itself are something to be seen.

There are various events at the museum and one is bound to spark your interest. It reminds me of the kind of place that never has a dull moment. They really put a lot of effort into bringing the community together. You’ll find everything from children’s art classes and yoga to pop up studios and art on tap. That right art on tap! All Saints Brewing Company and the Westmoreland Museum of Art have teamed up. What a place right?

Make sure you check it out! They are open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm and on Wednesdays from 11am-7pm. First Commonwealth Bank sponsors the Wednesday evening hours from 5-7pm. They will be closed Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day.

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Jan. 9, 2019

National Home Prices Up 6.34%

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Despite lower numbers of home sales across the US during 2018, home prices are on the rise. Within the state of Pennsylvania home prices are up approximately 4.4% from 2017. While that percentage will certainly vary from region to region within the state, in general housing is still trending upward. If you are interested in home values in your local area feel free to reach out to the Adam Slivka & Dave Nedley team for assistance.

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Posted in Irwin, Market Updates
Jan. 9, 2019

Jeannette Brick Ranch Home For Sale - 1230 Thompson Ave Jeannette, PA 15644

Beautiful Brick Ranch Home

brick single family home in jeannette Welcome home to 1230 Thompson Ave, a brick ranch situated within walking distance of the Elliot Company. The home features 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, hardwood floors, and much potential. Out back a covered patio provides a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Back inside the main floor features a large living room and bedrooms. Downstairs another finished space could serve as a game room or third bedroom if desired. In addition the basement provides plenty of storage. Perfect for a starter, step down, rental, or anyone looking for a 1 level home.

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Jan. 9, 2019

Amazing 2 Story Home in Penn Trafford Schools With 2 Acres of Land - 103 Davidson Lane Jeannette, PA 15644

davidson lane home Amazing one of a kind home tucked into a secluded serene setting. The main portion of the home features 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, a 2 car attached and another over sized 2 car integral garage. Integrated into the home is an in-law sweet with an additional bedroom , full bath, kitchen, and living space for a grand total of 5 beds & 3.5 baths. Gorgeous hardwood floors and wood working throughout the home. The master suite features jacuzzi tub, double vanity, and plenty of closet space. A partially finished and roughed in basement provides yet more space for entertaining, relaxing, or storage. Out back a private deck looks into gorgeous tree lines. The perfect home for anyone who wants that private feel, yet still be close to shopping and civilization.

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Posted in Penn Township
Jan. 9, 2019

Quiet Neighborhood Home - 422 Walnut Hunker

3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Home

walnut hunker home Fantastic 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Country style home. Large rooms throughout with high ceilings, 3 great sized bedrooms and excellent storage all over the home, HUGE upper level full bath, main level half bath, hot water tank 2018, roof 2011, boiler 2012, fully fenced yard, detached 2-car garage, and large walk-out basement. Peaceful neighborhood, perfect distance for a walk to the community playground. Located close to many of the local main routes.

Jan. 9, 2019

Beautiful Well Maintained Home & Level Yard - 507 Santone Drive

3 Bed, 2 Bath Home

santone drive homeThis well maintained 3 bed, 2 bath multi-level boasts a large flat yard, quiet neighborhood and convenience to shopping, dining, and travel via route 30. The large living room opens to the dining and kitchen creating an open airy flow perfect for entertaining. Just a few steps down a family room provides a second space for relaxing and access to the large flat yard out back. Down another level, is an additional 27’x21′ space that could easily be converted to a massive game room. Back up on the top floor the master suite bathroom has been updated along with the main bath. Also along the top level are well maintained hardwood floors. Out back the patio is perfect for sitting out enjoying the weather.

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Jan. 9, 2019

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College

A Remarkable Place

winne palmer nature reserveThe Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College is an remarkable place with 50 acres to explore you will be astonished in every moment you spend here. The barn hosts various events and is such a warm inviting and calming environment. You can walk the garden across from the barn as well as the path that takes you throughout the grounds. Winnie Palmer even has it’s very own insect hotel and the Palmer Pound is also a highlight of the property. They barn is open Tuesday through Friday 10-4. There you can meet Stella the Rabbit as well as Jasper and Jasmine the Box Turtles. There are also other animals the preserve invites in for shorter stays.

There are workshops and events planned for each season. In winter they have a Santa Wild Wonder Land for the kids and a Colonial Christmas pop-up workshop for adults. If there is snowfall then they’ll happily loan you snow a pair of shoes free of charge! What a place right?!

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve celebrates Earth Day with a Party for the Planet. They host the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center’s monarch butterfly release. They have a bee festival, summer camps for kids adult programs, field trips, and can even be rented for birthday parties.

The inspirational Winnie Walzer Palmer started this project with the goal of wanting to preserve the land and her family sure did finish it with touches that would have made her incredibly proud. The build being based on educating the community about nature’s importance has brought her dream to life in a very humble way. be sure to check it our whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours, it’s good stop to make.

Posted in Greensburg
Jan. 9, 2019

Greensburg Holiday Parade

Bringing the Community Together

greensburg holiday paradeThe Greensburg parade really puts focus on bringing the community together. People of all ages have been coming together, forming groups and creating a Christmas theme of their choosing to be a part of this parade for 27 years. This year the parade will begin Saturday the 17th at noon. It starts at North Main Street near the museum, which is newly remodeled and holds various events of it’s own that are worth checking out. It ends at the corner of South Main and Fourth Street, near City Hall. You will notice that the traffic will start being redirected at 10:45 until after the parade is over. Typically you can expect the parade lasts anywhere from one to two hours. Even at two hours you won’t loose interest. Parking can be found throughout the city. About 8000 people attend but the parade and the route gives plenty of room for everyone to get a front row spot.

The school marching bands, characters such as the Perogies & Pirate Parrot, various classic cars, several dance studios do performances and even the lamas are dressed in their Christmas best. Even real life ducks participated last year. Those are just a few, amongst the many, that you can expect to see spreading Christmas cheer as they make their way down Main Street. Make sure to bring a bag for all of the candy that the parade participants throw on their way by. The first year that we went we didn’t know any better and our pockets were stuffed full within the first 15 minutes. I know that more candy is just what we all need so bring a bag! I’ve been told there is a church in town that offers cookies and hot cocoa to the public. Rain or shine make sure you stay put so you can wave to Santa who saves his debut until the very end.

My own children look forward to this particular parade year after year. Not even the cold and heavy rain could keep them away. The parade always goes on and since being completely soaked our first year, we have learned to dress appropriately. We always see friendly faces and it is such a great kickoff to the season. Be sure to mark it on your calendars, it’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving. We know you’ll enjoy it just as much as we do.

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Posted in Greensburg
Jan. 9, 2019

Irwin Light Up Night


irwin light up nightIrwin light up night is an event that has been part of traditions for many years! It’s a great way to meet people and see familiar faces. Maybe you’ll know their names or maybe you won’t but either way, everyone is a friend there. Irwin puts so much effort and life into this event, locals know it’s one not to be missed. All of the restaurants cheerfully open their doors to welcome the community. As Main Street shuts down the vendors line up up to host the many that come to see them. Live music will fill the streets with Christmas spirit that will surely get you geared up for the hustle and bustle season. If you’ve been wanting to see The Lamp’s comeback, a story worth checking out, and will play the Polar Express before and after the parade. Get your tickets at the box office ahead of time because they will run out. The big Christmas tree is not forgotten on this occasion and hosts it’s own personal lighting that sets the scene for the parade will begin. Children laugh as the many entertainers make way down the street and parents soak up the children’s happiness. They’d tell you that Irwin puts on one of the best parades for this tradition. After Santa makes his grand debut in the parade he can be found in the S&T Bank lobby for all his little admirers to visit. This year will mark the 37th year and you better believe it is one not to be missed. Don’t forget that additional parking can be in Norwin Hills. If that Hills reference sends your mind straight to popcorn, soft pretzels and coke icee’s then be sure to hit up Main Street for all the sweet treats you could want and sub that icee for a hot cocoa.

This year it will be on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 From 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

4:00pm Main Street closes…Stores and Restaurants are OPEN! Food Vendors Set Up

5:00pm Music Entertainment – Orchestra at 5th & Main

5:00pm Dance Entertainment – 4th & Main …Janet’s Dance Studio & Queen of Angels Choir

5:00pm Movie at The Lamp

6:00pm I Am Music Singers at Christmas Tree at 3rd & Main

6:25pm Lighting of Christmas Tree at 3rd & Main

6:30pm Parade Begins

7:30pm or after Parade, Santa will be in the S&T Bank lobby at 3rd & Main

Shuttles to/from Norwin Hills parking lot will run 5:00-9:00pm to 6th Street

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“Light Up Night” is a trademark of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Information from Downtown Irwin Website

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