This not-so-little yellow-brick house is an oasis in Robinson
SSometimes the house of your dreams requires vision and patience to make it a reality. That’s what Sandy and Dan Stehle learned when they bought their house in October 1985.
Located at 711 Baldwin Road in Robinson, the house was something of a local legend.
“This house was known as ‘Little Yellow House on the Hill,'” Sandy explains. “It was built in 1958. It was a one-and-a-half-story Cape Cod, and the family that lived in that house raised four kids there.”
Sitting on 2 acres, its colorful history includes use as a fruit farm, horse farm and poultry farm – in that order. Sandy says that when the Kowalski family purchased the property in 1965, Little Yellow House on the Hill became residential property once and for all.
In 1992, the Stehles undertook a massive renovation of the house, doubling its original size and expanding outdoor living to include a swimming pool and gazebo. The home now has four bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms and over 2,600 square feet of living space – too much for those empty nests.
The couple listed the home for sale for $475,000 (MLS # 1527549, Deanna Marra, Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com). It is open by appointment.
The house’s exterior is brick and siding, and its Cape Cod roots are evident from the shell of the original house, which has been left intact on one side. After the couple added the right side of the house (the construction was done by Dan, his father-in-law and other contractors), they drilled through the exterior wall to join the addition to the house, then remodeled the original house. in a large living space.
Entry is now through a double panel front door which includes a pair of fully glazed storm doors. They flood the main entrance and the hallway with light. Once inside, you can see the original brick fireplace in the entryway and the wide passageways to the interior living space. A combination of carpet and tiles make up the ground floor.
To the left, the dining room and kitchen of the original house have been integrated into one large space that measures a generous 36 feet by 20 feet combined. The couple love cheerful colors and the beach: it’s a theme through their design choices, and a story the effervescent Sandy likes to tell in every room with her decorating choices.
Natural woodwork and walls painted in light teal bring a pop touch to the kitchen. A mobile island can accommodate three people and the wide open space allows for seating in multiple spaces. The laminate flooring is in a modern gray tone.
New farmhouse-style pendant lighting and gray and white granite countertops set the kitchen up for a quick paint update if someone wants to change the space to a neutral color scheme.
Across from the entrance, the 30 square foot by 22 square foot family room is filled with many attractive features including large wooden beams and pillars. A wood-burning fireplace anchors the room at the back.
“The fireplace is a Heatilator. The heat generated fills the first floor and up to the master bedroom,” says Sandy.
The room also includes a bar that the couple built especially for the holidays.
“We used to easily entertain 30 people in the house, and all the family parties were here because of the indoor and outdoor space,” adds Sandy.
The first floor also includes a powder room with grasscloth wallpaper. The kitchen opens to a terrace with a tiki bar theme. There is also a shaded gazebo and plenty of seating. On the lower level is an additional terrace leading to the fenced swimming pool.
The lower level of the home also includes a finished 21 square foot by 12 square foot playroom, as well as tons of storage. Behind a set of louvered doors is a washer/dryer combo. The space leads to a large shaded patio where the hardscape and a fire pit are a nice respite after a day of swimming in the pool.
There is a two car garage and a large driveway that can accommodate six cars. Even with all of this, there is still plenty of land surrounded by mature trees.
Back inside, the home’s second floor features four bedrooms, including a remodeled 16-square-foot by 14-square-foot master suite with skylights and a bathroom outfitted with a whirlpool tub.
The smallest of the other three bedrooms is used as an office and has a wall adorned with a waterfall graphic which Sandy says has been nice to work in during these stressful pandemic times. Bedrooms are carpeted and bathed in light through a combination of skylights and/or windows. There is a full bathroom in the hallway.
Sandy, who has worked in the Strip District for years, says the home’s location near Interstate 79 and the Chartiers Country Club is perfect.
“It’s convenient to downtown, Oakland, universities, the airport, shopping at Robinson Town Center and Settler’s Ridge,” she says.
What stands out about the house is how much the Stehles clearly loved him and made him their own over the years.
“We made this house our oasis for the way we lived,” says Sandy. “In the end, we didn’t have to travel far because everyone came here to visit us. It was always a joy.
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