You know it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when a house that once belonged to Mr. Rogers comes on the market.
The Pittsburgh property is located at 5381 Northumberland St. and is on the market for $ 850,000. Fred Rogers and his wife Joanne lived in the 3,700-square-foot, centuries-old brick house during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The five bedroom, three bathroom home has a cheerful yellow front door that leads into a spacious foyer that leads to the living room and kitchen. There are two fireplaces, a large dining room and eat-in kitchen, plus a front patio and large yard with a basketball hoop and a driveway that leads to a two-car garage.
Current owner Allison Shin lived in the house for the last 10 years before deciding to downsize and bring it to market. According to a local Pittsburgh news blog, she had heard rumors that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers had once lived on the property but had no details.
The legendary children’s television host, writer, and producer lived on the property with his growing family as he worked on The Children’s Corner at WQED, which was rising to local and later national recognition in the 1960s. In the listing photos, Coldwell Banker’s real estate agent Linda Corcoran contained a newspaper clipping announcing the birth of Rogers’ son John, which listed 5381 Northumberland St. as her home address.
Shortly after the couple moved away, Rogers began hosting Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood – a popular children’s program that had been on WQED for more than 30 years. While the old house had nothing to do with the show, the porch looks similar to the one Mr. Rogers sometimes sat on when talking to a child audience on various subjects.
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