As America has transitioned to a post-industrial economy, the former factory towns have, on the whole, not fared very well. Sellers in Detroit, once the thriving center of America's automobile industry, are now practically giving away the stately homes once inhabited by the Fords and Dodges. But the western Pennsylvania city of Pittsburgh, built on steel fortunes, has managed to reimagine itself as a medical and technology hub. Thanks to the economic stability, locals could afford to pour money into restoring some of the city's classic mansions—like the King estate we profiled last week. Turns out that Industrial Revolution money produced plenty of impressive estates, so we're taking a look at five on the market now, starting with the Dravo estate (above). Built in 1931, the six-bedroom brick spread boasts eight fireplaces, wrought iron doors, gothic arches, and a three-car garage. Located in the suburb of Sewickley, the house is listed for $4.9M.
? For those with a taste for greenery, the estate known as Sunny Ledge has you covered, because the $2.4M brick manse is literally covered in ivy. We're not sure if that's a positive considering the effect the plant can have on masonry, but the 15,000-square-foot house has 20 rooms including eight guest suites and a commercial kitchen.
? The interiors might be a little vanilla, but this white house in the Shadyside neighborhood lies close to some of the city's best schools and not far from downtown. Built in 1900, the six-bedroom mansion features a broad flagstone patio, dense flower beds, original moldings, hardwood floors, and two bathrooms in the master suite for $2.25M.
? This Italianate brick mansion has crisp, well-preserved interiors, plenty of old-school leaded windows, french doors galore, and a covered patio. The kitchen is a little '90s for our taste, but there's a floor-to-ceiling glass window that makes up for some of the white-on-white. There are other quirks, like a built-in sofa in the den, but, for $1.35M, this is one well turned out Pittsburgh home.
? Prices seem to peak in the desirable suburb of Sewickley, where this English Country reproduction is asking $3.9M. The builders did a surprisingly good job imitating the craftsmanship of the old world, while adding modern touches like central air conditioning and a game room. The real highlight, however, is the two-tiered, wood-paneled library with spiral staircase.
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