720 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, PA 15003
Looking for a brick Victorian under $50,000? Then you’ve come to the right place. This circa 1906 three-story, five-bedroom, one-bath beauty is located in Ambridge, PA, on the Ohio River 18 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Incorporated in 1905, Ambridge was named after the American Bridge Company which attracted thousands of immigrants. The company produced steel for bridges, including the Verrazano in New York and San Francisco’s Oakland-Bay Bridge. As the steel mills grew, so did the town. That is until 1983, when the mills closed. Today, the town has about 7,000 residents is the home of Old Economy Village, a National Historic Landmark. The 32-acre site contains 19th-century buildings that remain from the Harmonist movement, a German communal sect that settled in Ambridge in 1825.
This 1906 Brick Victorian was built the year after Ambridge was incorporated. It features a wonderful front porch, original double front doors with beveled lead glass transom, bay windows and a gambrel roof line. You walk into a spacious foyer with a lovely room divider on the right. Hardwood floors throughout, cast iron radiators, pocket doors, original doors and trim grace this home. You’ll also find three amazing fireplace mantels, one each in the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The kitchen is serviceable, although ugly, and the bathroom is a large 10 x 10 updated space. As I said, if you are searching for a brick Victorian under $50,000 with original features in Pennsylvania, this is a hot contender.
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