Smokey Robinson puts Pine home on the market
With a 45-by-41-foot game room and a family room that holds a piano easily, a house in Pine looks designed for entertaining.
It only makes sense. After all, it is owned by singer Smokey Robinson and his wife, Frances.
But Coldwell Banker Realtor Kevin Mihm says Smokey finds nothing miraculous about the weather in Western Pennsylvania. He and Frances have put the house they have owned for eight years up for sale for $1.3 million.
If furnishing a five-bedroom home with a 28-by-18-foot family room seems a challenge, Frances will leave all of the furniture for $165,000.
Some of that furniture was made especially for the house, Mihm says. The huge game room in the basement has a couch so long “you could probably put 20 people on it,” he says. The dining room has a glass table designed for the room.
The brick house of 6,100 square feet, which includes the finished basement, sits on a rolling property about an acre in size in the Heights of North Park development. It has a four-car garage and is fenced in to keep deer from munching their way through the two-layer backyard.
That backyard has a patio with a pergola, a retractable awning and a fountain.
But the interior of the house is its most striking element.
“She is a designer, so there are a lot of built-ins,” Mihm says standing in a sitting room filled with floor-to-ceiling bookcases. The Robinsons did not build the house, which was four years old when they bought it, but she added many of the items that make it stand out.
They have several houses across the United States, he says, and do not spend a great deal of time in any of them. In the huge, basement-level game room, Mihm opens several of the empty drawers in the entertainment center across from the 20-person couch.
“I don’t think they have ever been used,” he says.
The kitchen and breakfast nook — in a house where “nooks” are room-sized — spans 31 feet. The cooking area has two ovens, two dishwashers and a large wine-cooler. But an oenophile need not worry; there also is a wine cellar in the basement.
All of the bedrooms are spacious, but the master is 28 by 21 feet and includes an en suite with a walk-in, glass-brick shower.
The cooktop in the kitchen is in one of the granite countertops and has a fan behind it that lowers when not in use.
Speaking of lowering, the chandelier in the two-story foyer is on a control to bring it down to ground level for cleaning or maintenance.
The floors are hardwood in some rooms and travertine tile in most of the others. Even the garage is floored with tile.
Some of the walls, such as those in the master bedroom, are upholstered, which seems an excessive touch, but interested clients “have not mentioned it once,” Mihm says.
The upper reaches of the rooms are impressive, too, many with beams in the ceilings and a turning staircase in the foyer with a balcony overlook.
“It is over-the-top,” Mihm says of the house.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7852or [email protected].