HAs the marriage winds down, Rich Hoyland found the perfect home for the next phase of his life amid the coronavirus pandemic, when his real estate agent brought him to 209 Pin Oak Drive in the Sunset Ridge neighborhood of Pine.
Built by Infinity Custom Homes as a showcase Smart Home, it features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half baths, and over 4,500 square feet of living space.
The interior was designed and staged by Tiffany Brooks, who brought a contemporary touch that belied the farmhouse-style bones of the house.
Seeing that the house had everything he needed, Hoyland quickly bought it.
“I got nothing out of the divorce, and this house came to me turnkey with everything in it – towels, furniture and even clothes from the staging,” he says. “It was crazy.”
Now that the kids are about to come out of the nest, Hoyland decided it was time to downsize. He listed the home for $1.5 million (MLS # 1560264, Jeannine Mullen, Howard Hanna Real Estate, 412-780-9979). It is open by appointment.
The house has an exciting color story that begins on the outside; the plank and batten facade is mixed with siding in shades of blue and tan, while stained cedar porch columns provide warmth atop stone plinths.
A double wide front door leads to the open concept home. The two-story entrance features a one-of-a-kind light sculpture by J. Pickens that is a mix of gears and bicycle wheels.
To the left, the desk is painted a deep aubergine purple which also covers the bookcases and built-in ceilings. Rich, contemporary artwork adds pops of color, a theme that echoes in the home’s sophisticated design.
“The first time I saw it, I was amazed,” says Hoyland. “It’s so lively and beautifully decorated.”
Flanking the opposite side, the dining room takes its bold color to a different place – the ceiling. The cool fern green hue mimics the feeling of being outdoors, as do the botanical print curtains and green velvet chairs.
In the hallway, a planter is accented by a mural of Pittsburgh’s past. The gritty steel mill scene is illuminated at night by a pair of oval sconces.
The anchor of the house is the kitchen and the great room, which is done in shades of black and white. The cabinets are fitted with light green glass. One of the standouts is the kitchen’s bold “X” pattern tile, which is repeated on everything from the backsplash to the built-in wine bar to the counter stools.
A tech lover’s dream, the kitchen appliances are all Energy Star rated and feature smart controls. A wall of cabinets in the breakfast nook includes a beverage center and coffee bar. The vaulted ceiling has a trio of skylights with automatic motorized shades.
In the family room is a riveted wood coffered ceiling, a dramatic fireplace and a contemporary chandelier alongside a large picture window.
Accessed from the kitchen area, the outdoor terrace features sophisticated technology, including a retractable television that rises from a built-in stone front cabinet. The covered space is finished with more cedar accents and a row of skylights on the roof.
Along with the stackable washer and dryer, the smart laundry room has a dog washer as well as an automatic pet feeder that connects to your smartphone to send notifications when food is low.
In the bathroom, the walls and ceiling are bathed in a deep plum hue that highlights the floral basin. Smart technology in this area includes an optional mirror and a toilet with a bidet.
Equipped with a Mitsubishi air conditioning system that keeps everything at the perfect temperature, the three-car garage has wall-mounted bike racks and custom storage. In one of the main bays, an alcove has been transformed into a workout area with a digital weight management system coupled with a virtual trainer to create a personalized experience. There is also a weight rack, punching bag and lockers.
Upstairs, the four bedrooms include the magnificent master suite, which features rich dark chocolate colored walls and ceilings, large windows and orb-shaped sconces.
The organic shapes of the tub and sinks vie for attention in the adjoining bathroom, which also houses a shower with six programmable wall jets, rain shower head and waterproof speakers. In the washrooms are a wall hung toilet with personal cleaning options and a heated seat.
Wi-Fi enabled smart mirrors are voice activated to adjust lighting and also access streaming apps. There is also a custom walk-in closet fitted with warm wood finishes and cream carpet.
Hoyland, who works in technology, says he loves all the smart home features.
“It took me 30 to 45 days to really learn about it,” he says. “Even the beds are smart beds; they analyze your sleep.
The other three bedrooms in the home mirror the decor of a small child, teen, and luxury guest suite, which is painted a bright teal with white accents. The herringbone wall tile in the adjoining bathroom echoes this color choice. The tech continues in the black-and-white kids’ bathroom, which features a Bluetooth-enabled toilet, programmable shower, and Wi-Fi-connected mirrors.
With its thyme green walls and ceiling, the vast lower level impresses. Black-and-white accents, including in artwork and furniture, temper the bright color choice. There’s also a play area with Skee-Ball tables and fun, retro arcade games.
The exterior includes a private covered outdoor patio. The backyard also has a lovely pergola which could be the perfect place to relax with a book.
Hoyland adds that the house has proven to be a wonderful respite for this stage of life.
“I have three kids and they come and go and use everything,” he says. “[There are] smart TVs, a wonderful sound system; the whole house can be controlled from your iPad or iPhone. Everything is also programmed via Alexa.
More importantly, the house has become a place of celebration for his family.
“Birthday parties, Christmas, my kids were blown away,” Hoyland says. “Everyone is having so much fun here. I am just very lucky that this opportunity presented itself at this time in my life.
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About: Pine (twp.pine.pa.us)
Planes, trains and automobiles: 40 minutes from the airport.
Schools: Pine-Richland School District (pinerichland.org)
Neighborhoods: Thanks to an explosion of new homes and other commercial developments, Pine has grown dramatically in recent years. Incorporated in 1796, the township spans nearly 17 square miles and is easily accessible by highways 79 and 279, making it a prime location for city commuters.