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Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces

By Chris Togneri
MENTOR, Ohio — Sheila Consaul’s front yard is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio. Her walkway is a stone jetty that extends a half-mile …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Sept. 14

By Sam Spatter
A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $4.9 million Property: 601 W. Pike St., …

Willis decides Beverly Hills mansion is expendable

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Bruce Willis has sold his walled and gated mansion in Beverly Hills for $16.5 million. The Spanish-style house, built in 1928, has …

Real estate notes: $20M renovation of Aleppo health center complete

By Sam Spatter
• The completion of a $20 million renovation of the Sturgeon Health Care Center at Masonic Village in Aleppo, which included a 66,000-square-foot addition, resulted in eight 16-bed units, called neighborhoods. Included are 88 private rooms, each with a bathroom, …

Earthen fort a centerpiece of Mt. Washington housing development

By Bob Karlovits
Jeff Paul’s company bought some land and ended up with a fort. Now the fort is playing a role in the 26-home Woods at Bradley …

City planners to hear about hotel planned for former Federal Reserve building

By Sam Spatter
The planned $30 million makeover of the former Federal Reserve building, Downtown, into a new Drury Inn & Suites hotel will include more parking and 190 guest rooms. A July 1, 2015, opening of the hotel on Grant Street is …

Firearms, seasonal items top agenda at local sales

By John Altdorfer
Big guns are the draw at a Greensburg auction as a North Hills estate provides a few tricks and treats for Halloween. In East Liberty, …

Getting pre-qualified, understanding market are key steps in home buying

By Bob Karlovits
Making a successful offer on a home seems as easy as striking up a friendship. But it can have the frustrations of a bad relationship …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Sept. 7

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $1.525 million Property …

Real estate notes: Monroeville hospice purchase expands Concordia’s reach

By Sam Spatter
• When Concordia Lutheran Ministries recently added the Cedars of Monroeville to its list of elder care service providers, it became the third-largest provider of elder care services in the Pittsburgh region. Terms of the sale were not revealed. However, …

Streep sells Hollywood Hills home to A-Rod

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — A-list actress Meryl Streep has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for $4.8 …

Homework: Turn a planter into a relaxing water feature

By Tribune-Review
If you have limited space or want an interesting water feature, patio or container ponds are an easy option, says Marc Hachadourian, director of the …

Kitchen redo updates home while retaining its character

By Bob Karlovits
When Ian and Carol James first saw their house in Squirrel Hill, “we knew there something terribly wrong,” Carol says. It wasn’t the usual stuff …

FYI Hardware: Don’t be left in the dark when buying a generator

By Ed Pfeifer
Nearly two years ago, in the days immediately following Super Storm Sandy, the east coast was reeling from the devastation caused by the storm’s violence. Homes were damaged or destroyed, roads were closed, there was flooding and water supplies were …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Aug. 31

By Sam Spatter
Deals of the week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $1.525 million Property …

Real estate notes: Levin Mattress store coming to Shadyside

By Sam Spatter
• Levin Furniture’s second location within Pittsburgh will be a Levin Mattress-only store in a former Blockbuster store at 5458 Baum Blvd., Shadyside. Levin has leased the building from McKnight Realty Co. and plans to open by mid-October, said Levin …