A Program of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Hamnett Place Restoration Phase II

After a successful first phase of restored for-sale housing, coupled with over $11 million dollars of development in the area, PHLF has completed three more beautifully restored single-family homes as part of its second phase of housing in the Hamnett Place neighborhood, a National Register-listed historic district in Wilkinsburg.

All houses come with a special $20,000 deferred soft second mortgage. Income restrictions do apply. Pricing and additional information is below. Click on the house addresses for a comprehensive photo gallery on each house.

·      517 Jeanette St. $125,000

·      833 Holland Ave. $127,000

·      845 Holland Ave. $125,000

Click here to see the brochure. Each home features new electrical, HVAC system, plumbing, insulation, and off-street parking. Interested parties should contact David Farkas at 412-471-5808, david@phlf.org for more information.

The following income restrictions by household apply to qualified prospective buyers:

Single-person household— $53,750
2-person household— $61,450
3-person household— $69,100
4-person household— $76,800
5-person household— $82,950
6-person household— $89,100
7-person household— $95,250
8-person household— $101,400

Funded with assistance from The Allegheny Foundation and the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, the second phase of single-family house restoration in Wilkinsburg started in November 2010 and is on schedule for completion in fall 2011.

Three houses, 517 Jeanette Street, 833 and 845 Holland Avenues, which sat empty and abandoned for years are now primed for re-sale as part of our ongoing restoration of houses in the Hamnett Place neighborhood, a National Register-listed historic district.

Of the three houses, 517 Jeanette Street was in the worst condition when we started work on phase two. Its restoration is important because it enhances the impact of the restoration of three houses— 516, 522 and 524 Jeanette Street— which started in 2005.

833 Holland Avenue represents a combination of our abilities in building restoration and promoting the acquisition of vacant lots. The property had two houses on either side that were in poor shape, and were unsafe.

PHLF successfully obtained the side lots through Allegheny County’s Vacant Lot program, and were included in the sale of the house. Now, what were formerly three blighted properties is one restored house with an expansive side and rear yard.

845 Holland Avenue was a grand single family home that like so many in the neighborhood was divided into multiple apartments. Our work focused on restoring the property to single-family use, while maintaining as much of the original features as possible.

This included much of the decorative wood trim on the first floor, as well as the impressive solid wood front doors. Now, the building is looking better than ever, and will be inhabited by homeowners rather than renters.

All three houses are over 1,900 square feet and feature energy efficient building systems, insulation and windows, off street parking, and beautifully crafted interiors and exteriors. The houses are being sold to moderate-income buyers, ensuring that Hamnett Place remains an economically diverse neighborhood.

The 12-month project cost $1 million with funding from PHLF, The Allegheny Foundation, and the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Landmarks Design Associates provided architectural services and Mistick Construction was the general contractor on the project.