Arizona vs. Pittsburgh- Historic Homes Face Off

superbowlWell, it’s 17-7, Steelers ahead at half-time after a spectacular interception and James Harrison’s amazing 100-yard return for the touchdown that put Pittsburgh ahead by 10. It was the longest play in Super Bowl history. With the historic nature of that touchdown in mind, and with a contest between Pittsburgh and Arizona still in play, we thought it would be interesting to pit Pittsburgh’s best historic home offering against Phoenix’s and run the “Historic Homes Superbowl” !

The only rules- Under $1 million (to keep it affordable), and more than 50 years old. Here are our two picks, based on, well…. I guess the choice was pretty subjective- they’re both just pretty cool historic houses. Choose your winner by commenting below, or feel free to write in your own house from either of the two locations. The contenders ….

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221 East Moody Street, New Castle, PA

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A 40-room Stone villa built in 1913 and given as a wedding gift for Charles and Grace Philips Johnson. 12 Bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half-baths, a marble library, 5 solariums, an elevator, and an indoor lap pool. The home retains much of the original period detail like stain glass doors & windows, 20” crown moldings, original chandeliers & wall sconces, magnificent picture frame hardwood floors, imported tile & marble used in flooring & fireplace surrounds. Set on a city lot encompassing almost 2 acres of landscaped lawn & gardens, complete w/walking paths, hidden ponds, stone wishing well & stone picnic pavilion. Currently a private residence, but would make a great Bed & Breakfast. $895,000. More Details and Photos Here.



509 West Portland Street, Phoenix, AZ

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This 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath beautifully appointed Craftsman bungalow is a true marriage of vintage architecture & modern living. Nestled on tranquil and prestigious Portland St, feel the pulse of downtown Phoenix while drinking in mountain & city views from your master suite. Originally built in 1919, this faithful restoration showcases period tile work, carpentry details & original leaded glass & stained woodwork thru out. Entirely rebuilt; all new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, mechanical, insulation, and the list goes on. If your desire is to live in Downtown Phoenix in an original and true to period historic masterpiece, This could be your house! Offered at $945,000. More Details & Photos Here.

nj1Maybe you just liked Bruce Springsteen’s halftme show. Honorable Mention goes to this stunning restored Victorian in Freehold, NJ- the town “the Boss” grew up in.  Exquisite moldings, doors, built-ins, parquet floors, high ceilings, 3 fireplaces, window seats, 10 large rooms, 2 1/2 baths. The exterior is embraced by a 3 sided wrap around porch, carport & patio on a beautiful level lot. The crowning glory is the original huge 2 story carriage house that affords a myriad of possibilities. $610,000.  More Details Here.

There you have them- pick your winner by commenting below. Still time to pick your winner in the real game- 11:30 left and still 17-7.


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