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Homework: Penn State Master Gardeners to teach frugal gardening basics

By Tribune-Review
Frugal gardening workshop set Penn State Master Gardeners will have a workshop on frugal gardening Sept. 25 at the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Preservation Resource …

Leave assassin bugs to their work

By Jessica Walliser
For the past two weeks, my email inbox has been flooded with the exact same question from several readers: “What is this crazy insect I …

House Hunting: Hornbostel home features five bedrooms, large closets

By Bob Karlovits
Architect Henry Hornbostel spotted the dominant feature when he named a house he designed in Monroeville the “Valley Tower.” The stone building, nestled along Abers …

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 …

Minimalist desks: They simply get the job done

By The Washington Post
Is the home office doomed? Laptops allow us to work almost anywhere, paper storage has gone digital, and the notion of having the square-footage for a home office can be a pipe dream. Yet, for some, the ease with which …

Tween bedroom requires balance

By The Associated Press
Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated. It’s a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom. But will they reject at age …

How to remove welcome mats for insect invaders

By Mct Information Services
The waning days of summer are a good time to make sure your home isn’t putting out a welcome mat for insect invaders. Wasps, spiders, stink bugs and other pests often become more visible in the fall. And, they’re no …

How to update your home exterior with paints, trims

By The Associated Press
Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories, and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal. Here’s …

Pittsburgh home tours open doors on lush interiors

By Kellie B. Gormly
Homeowners from two Pittsburgh neighborhoods are proudly showcasing their houses in annual home tours that are coming up in the next few weeks: the Mexican …

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 …

Westmoreland historic homes, schoolhouse on tour

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Seven years ago, Michael and Carol Black were searching for a house in Greensburg when a friend told them about a three-story Colonial Revival home …

Antiques show organizers hope to attract new collectors

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Antiques appraiser J. Michael Flanigan knows there has been a shift under way to leading less-formal lives than Americans once did, but he’s not completely …

Homework: Rose Festival in Manchester open to budding rosarians

By Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Rose Society will have its annual Rose Festival on Sept. 13 at the Drew Mathieson Horticultural Center on the campus of the Bidwell Training Center in Manchester. Anyone can enter in any of the show’s many categories. Bring …

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, …