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Pittsburgh view from Washingtons Landing

Tis’ The Season To Count Our Blessings…

As 2019 nears an end and we are all readying for the Thanksgiving table let us count our blessings. Thinking of our family and friends near and dear, far away, those who have gone to be with Our Lord.

2019 has been memorable for me as a realtor. I have met and befriended many and you know who you are. It has been my pleasure to look through the ‘looking glass’ and smile at Gay, Diana, Erika & Dan, Karen, Marlene, Agatha & Fred, Charan & Sarah, Doug & David, Megan & Steve, Diane & Ron & Genevieve, Devon & Ian, Kim & Hansel, Phyllis & Bob, Jarred, Ellen, Yolanda & Roy, Hua & Yitao, Sandra, Alexis & Jason, Kimberly, Loreline, Liz & Kevin, Denise & Mark, Juan, Bea & Mark, Mandy & Todd, Rachel & Mike.

My favorite part of my job is getting to know each and every one of you. You are special. And so as Mr. Rogers make its debut may I say “Won’t you be my neighbor…”

7007 Penn Avenue in Point Breeze –She’s a lady

Photo by Roy Engelbrecht

One wintry evening in Pittsburgh at the grand Heinz Hall, I sat ready to listen to another phenomenal production of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In wandered a lovely woman named Diana who sat next to me. We sparked up a conversation, she with her British accent, about how lucky we are to have the Symphony in Pittsburgh.

I mentioned I was a realtor and she replied, “Oh, I have a large home I should sell in Point Breeze. And it has a pool. I’ve got to get my kids in from out-of-town to help me sort out all my collectibles and keepsakes.” I gave her my card.

Several months later, Diana called me and we made arrangements to meet at her home — and what a grand home. She has lived there with her beloved husband William for over twenty years. I felt the love and deep-rooted contentment of residing there with so many warm memories for so many precious years.

Diana, who hails from Oxford, England, and Bill, who is of Scottish descent, had fallen in love with the house at first sight. Diana took to the large kitchen and Bill determined that the sitting room’ was spacious enough for a set of eight Scottish dancers. And so it became their home.

The formal living room aka the sitting room features gas log fireplace with hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and gilded molding. Photo by Roy Engelbrecht.They enjoyed entertaining, dining an dancing on many evenings with their friends and family. Since the property also has a heated in-ground pool, they indulged in many evening dips.

Exquisite detail in woodwork, built-in book & display cases. Photo by Roy Engelbrecht.

The magnolia tree, azaleas and rhododendron are breathtaking from the front porch.Diana is an extraordinary gardener who welcomes each new perennial bud, from tulips, peonies, and bleeding hearts to the Wisteria wrapped around the front porch pillars. Throughout the season, more pop up: hostas, lilies of the valley, Swiss gentian, and cowslip.

The property is on a private lane with stone pillars and wrought iron fence owned by H. J. Heinz adjacent to Penn Avenue. Flowers adorn the fence and provide for a wonderful backdrop of gardens.

See the full listing: 7007 Penn Avenue was just listed on West Penn Multi-List #1393267 with Re/Max Select Realty.

Contact Maggie Jayson:  412-999-9528 cell or 724-933-6300 x110 for showings.

Presented by RE/MAX Select Realty, 5817 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206.

For more properties check out her 17 Standish Road

Article originally published in NEXTPittsburgh

English Manor For Sale in Rosslyn Farms

New to Pittsburgh? Check out Rosslyn Farms, a premier suburban neighborhood minutes from Downtown, off the Parkway West, where you’ll find this beautiful property.

This multi-level house is a fusion of a charming English Manor home and colonial cottage in a bucolic setting.

Welcome to 17 Standish Road in the heart of Rosslyn Farms. All photography by Roy Engelbrecht.

Enjoy the privacy and seclusion of this stately all stone home situated on a terraced property. 

You will love the private deck — perfect for outdoor entertaining.

The inviting entry with French doors leads to the charming formal living room with an original stone fireplace adorned by a custom handmade wrought iron screen.

The floors are beautiful random plank oak throughout the living room and dining room.

In every room, there’s ample light with park-like views from every window.

The updated kitchen has a tête-à-tête breakfast area, handsome hardwood cabinetry with stone countertops and backsplash, and stainless steel appliances.

The master en-suite features multiple closets, lots of storage and a master bath jet tub shower.

Meticulously updated and lovingly maintained throughout, this home also features a spacious attached double car garage.

Neill Stouffer of Neill C Stouffer Fine Interiors recently visited the home and was impressed with the charm and exceptional decor throughout the home as well as the meticulous detail.

“And the vistas from every window are breathtaking,” said Stouffer.

The owners of the home have enjoyed the proximity to both Downtown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport. While they welcome retirement, it comes with a move to the Carolinas and the need to say goodbye to their beloved home and the neighborhood they love.

Maggie Jayson

Maggie Jayson.

Rosslyn Farms is minutes from I-79, Southpointe, I-376 and I-279.

It is a unique community like no other. Neighborhood events including social gatherings, a Fourth of July parade with all-day festivities, wine and cheese parties and a neighborhood book club.

It’s an old-fashioned neighborhood where kids happily hang out, building forts, playing ball on the soccer fields and swimming at the Rosslyn Farms pool.

For more information, please contact Maggie Jayson with Select Realty at 412-999-9528 or 724-933-6300 x110.

See the complete listing here:  MLS#1388138

Note: Maggie raised her family and lived in Rosslyn Farms for more than 25 years.

“It is a place truly like no other. The magic of Rosslyn Farms will never leave you!” said Jayson.

Article originally published on NEXTPittsburgh

Getting Your Listing Summer Ready!

Concierge realtor…so you are looking to put your home on the market? Bring in the professional who will put on the shine, add the lipstick and the true ‘fixes’ to give your home the look.

Recently I resurrected a small ranch home. First the executor arranged to have an estate sale. The remainder of contents went to charities and the dump. Next came the professionals to give the home a deep clean. Then the plumber, electrician, and finally the painter. Paint is probably the best remedy for making a home ‘fresh.’ Its worth every penny and then some.

 

I added some furniture including sofa in grey with accent pillows, white birch logs in the fireplace, dining room table with flowering tower.

The photographer did his magic. And its show time. Open house.

Offers a’coming!

Yes, that’s me…your concierge realtor…Maggie Jayson!  

For more information and to view the above listing click here

48 Waterfront Drive | Your Summer Home is Here!

If that video doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will! Wow! What an incredible home.

This exquisite end unit townhouse features an open floor plan with views of the water, rich hardwood floors, gas log fireplace and a panacea of windows opening to a private deck. It also features an eat-in kitchen with island, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile counter tops and artisan backslash. There are four bedrooms including a master en suite. The third floor bedroom can be the perfect mother-in law suite, home office or entertainment center with full bath room. Enjoy a terraced backyard with perennials and a shoreline walkway. The ground floor is finished and makes a great game room. The integral double car garage has plenty of storage space to enjoy all of you hobbies. Enjoy private sidewalks, city lights, waterfront views and downtown access in minutes. Other features include: Walking/biking trails around the island, onsite marina, Three Rivers Rowing club, Redfin Blues Restaurant, and is close to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities, UPMC and Allegheny Hospitals, Penn Avenue and Pittsburgh’s cultural district. 

The Pirates season is here. Skip the traffic and take your boat to the game.

Call me…let’s talk business.

Click below to see the complete listing

MLS #1238785

Chapter 43: The Day in the Life of A Realtor

6:00 AM    Rise & shine. Take the dog out for a morning walk. Enjoy the views of the river along the trail. Quick cup of coffee while perusing the latest TV news.

8:00 AM    Hit the road with today’s showing itinerary. Arrive at RE/MAX office and meet new client and her sister.

2:00 PM    15 showings later, I drive back to my office with client and her sister. Talking about her selection and how soon she would like to close.

3:00 PM     Off to meet family looking for their first new home. Viewing three selections. Finishing at dusk.

6:00 PM     Driving home, looking forward to crashing with my dog, dinner on the sofa with a little TV. Prepping for Sunday open house by the computer.

8:00 PM    Conference call with out of town buyer and lender. Respond to emails and texts. Address any concerns before powering down. 

Working as a full time realtor encompasses hours and hours of preparation and attention to detail, setting up itinerary to view homes, assisting clients in making once in a life time decisions. Decisions that will affect them and their dear ones for years to come.

I love working with people. Learning about them, making them feel comfortable to rest assured that I will have only their best interest at heart. Helping them network with finding contractors, window washers, insurance carriers, babysitters, new grocery stores, restaurants and best new friends.

As I take my morning walk along the path with my dog, enjoying the river, feeling the sun’s rays across my cheeks, I know this is where I want to be ‘right now, right here’ with my ‘new found’ career of just ten years. Financially it’s been my best year yet, but the joy of knowing that I continue to learn and love every aspect of my job is the real reason I continue on this journey. Can’t wait to see what the morning brings…

Washington’s Landing

A place like no other in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Just imagine living on an island in the middle of the City with marinas, walking trails, nature at its best, sidewalks and City lights. Amazing views as the sun rises against the 31st Street Bridge. Glistening waters with early morning rowers swiftly gliding by. Midday walkers and bicyclists enjoying the trails. Evening sunsets and jewel-like City skyline views. A community of 88 homes on the one side of the island and commercial/retail space on the other. Three Rivers Rowing Association, Redfin Blue Restaurant, Washington’s Landing Marina and Tennis courts. Downtown Pittsburgh “resort living” on the Allegheny River with green space.

So many folks have found a love affair with Washington’s Landing. One such testimony is that of owners Kathy and Lou Testoni. Kathy and Lou decided the ‘big house’ was just too much work and they wanted to start a new chapter in their life.

“We began to investigate our options in moving from our home. Washington’s Landing became a top selection.  I am an active cyclist, and my wife is an active gardener.  Having the bike path literally in our back yard and having an environment that is in a park-like setting was a big draw to Washington’s Landing as well. Initially, we missed the old house, but after more than 4 months we have both stated we don’t miss it anymore.  It’s not better or worse than what we used to have, but it’s more conducive to the  lifestyle we were looking forward to in our ‘out-years’–less worry, more fun and way more relaxing.”

So many more stories of wonderful Washington’s Landing folks to be told and so many more for those who will find their new home on the island.

Just a little bit of heaven…waking up each day to nature, breathtaking views…come see what Washington’s Landing has in store for you…

Photos produced by Larry Kilian over the years, while living on the island. He is an accomplished photojournalist.

Day in the Life of a Realtor: Preamble

T’was nine years ago when I stood on the porch of my home on a calm morn awaiting the moving truck. I was alone, scared, teary-eyed, and yes, alone. 29 Priscilla Lane had been my home for over 30 years. I raised my two sons there. That was the only place they ever knew to call ‘home.’ It was a beautiful retreat with over one acre.

And now it was time to let go, sell the home and move onward…

And so up the long driveway I heard footsteps…there appeared a slim man with gray hair. He drawled, “Lady, where w goin’?”

His name was Don. From that moment on he became a storyteller, a jokester, and endless monologue of life’s journeys.  The day was a whirlwind.

When we were all packed up I walked out the door and put the past behind. I know I will always have the memories but life moves forward. Houses and property are just that. We cannot get attached to structures.

Since that day I have had the pleasure of working with many clients, having Don move them. Some new stories, some edited monologues. Always a delight. Always refreshing.

Thank you, Don for having such great insight into the human spirit and your kind words.

The Look

It’s that first impression that strikes buyers. They walk in that door and either like it or hate it. That is why it is so important to make the first impression lasting.

As a seller’s agent I provide complimentary staging. As well as detailed itinerary of possible improvements, repairs to the home prior to listing.

Certainly the exterior, landscaping are a must in presentation. And there is nothing better than replacing door hardware. It’s not expensive and makes such a difference.

It wasn’t until about a year into selling real estate that I noticed the financial impact staging has on offers.

The spring market will be here before we know it. I am offering complimentary staging consults. Shoot me an email and together let’s get your home ready for the biggest selling season of the year!