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Old 09-03-2019, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Downtown Cranberry Twp.
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Dormont would explode if the city annexed it because the property taxes would decrease. It would be sited within Pittsburgh Police Zone 6, which is one of the better zones, too. I don't think the city schools that Dormont would feed into would be that much worse than Keystone Oaks.
I agree, but unlikely to happen and as it stands right now the taxes are ridiculous.
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Old Yesterday, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Lebanon Heights
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The idea of Pittsburgh annexing Dormont seems to have made some strange bedfellows here on city-data. I definitely do not want debate that issue with these two posters. SRC, on the one hand, holds his convictions passionately, writes incredibly well, and has a command of the relevant data. And Erieguy, for his part, frequently channels Balki Bartokomous in his arguments ("Don't be ridiculous, Cousin Larry"). Not going there.

That said, in a previous post, I referenced a Dormont house that sold in June 2018 for 335k. When I checked the assessment back in March, I recorded that it had only been reassessed at $211k, which seemed a little low. Now that I check the house again, it appears to have been reassessed at $292k, which seems to confirm some of the worst concerns mentioned here. (Not sure if I just looked at the numbers wrong back in March, or if, perhaps, the homeowner "won" on the first level appeal, but lost on the second.) Not sure how we encourage this re-development of homes and in-flux of new residents, without making the taxes prohibitively expensive. I would love to see some "cap" on what I single family home owner could pay a year in taxes, but it doesn't seem like the school district cares about this, or further, that there is any large constituency for such a policy (but for, likely, the handful of folks who are buying these houses and getting whacked with reassessments).

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Old Yesterday, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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What kills me about Dormont is the 9.97 millage rate for the Boro. It's usually the more distressed areas that have a rate that high. East Pgh at 13, North Braddock at 11, and the winner Wilkinsburg at 14. Not sure how they justify that, they have so many other tax streams.

As to the house in question that sold for 335K, it's right on the mark at 292K, 87% of sale price.
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Old Today, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (lovely hills but no ocean...)
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Bumping this thread again for yet another Dormont rehab. This one looks more likely than the other to fetch this initial asking price. The rehab here represents what appears to be a very efficient turnarnound, with the rehabber purchasing the home from a bank for around 145k in just March 2019.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...6_M46790-50764
UPDATE: House is pending sale. 5 days after listing. Oh well... Nice place.
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Old Today, 07:17 PM
 
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I'm so sorry to read this since so many people are opening up the first floors of historic/older homes. Is it more difficult to "un"-open concept something than it is to open concept it?
No, itís easy to rewall. They usually donít open a load bearing wall, although it can be done for $$. All a wall is is 2x4 framing, 16 inches on center and drywall. Tape and mud and paint. Now ó trim may be an issue. You might be able to use various trim to match your trim, or you may have to take off a piece of trim and have more milled.

If you can swing a hammer, you can put up walls.
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Old Today, 08:35 PM
 
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No, itís easy to rewall. They usually donít open a load bearing wall, although it can be done for $$. All a wall is is 2x4 framing, 16 inches on center and drywall. Tape and mud and paint. Now ó trim may be an issue. You might be able to use various trim to match your trim, or you may have to take off a piece of trim and have more milled.

If you can swing a hammer, you can put up walls.
You are correct. I would rather frame in 100 walls than take down a wall with multiple hvac ducts, electrical and sewer lines.
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