This home will be a true reflection of the new owner.

Known as the “Mirror House,” the residence is covered in mirrors on the outside as well as inside on walls, ceilings — pretty much everywhere one looks they see themselves.

You kind of have to see it to believe it.

And now you can because it’s on the market for $899,000 with Linda DiBucci of Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty.

The home is currently owned by Martin and Jesha Prekop.

They plan to move to Upstate New York to be closer to his family and also spend time in Taiwan, her home country.

Built in 1969, it sits behind high bushes along Field Club Road in O’Hara. A long driveway that spans the front of the home can accommodate several cars. As you enter, your vehicle is reflected in the mirrors attached to the bricks.

A former dean at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland, Martin Prekop began decorating each brick with mirrors in 1995. As he put mirrors on to cover it up, he said he loved the reflection.

“When I bought the home, it was especially ugly and really, really dark,” said Prekop, who purchased it in 1993. “It was pink and green and was a campfire-style inside with a steering wheel (designed) chandelier. So I started putting mirrors on the brick and then purchased mirrors from a company going out of business and added mirrors inside.

“I also decided to add skylights to give the home more natural light.”

There are 25 skylights in the 5,000 square foot home that sits on 1½ acres.

“He transformed this home,” his wife said. “There is so much detail in this house.”


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The living room in the “Mirror House” was designed for relaxing while listening to music.


Prekop said he wanted to make the split-level house a piece of sculpture.

He turned the four-car garage into a wood shop so he could create shelves, tables, cut mirrors, paint items and do whatever needed to be done. He removed part of a wall in the kitchen to make a pass-through to the table. He built shelves for a coffee bar. The house has a Wolf industrial stove that is gas and electric, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler.

Prekop wanted to improve the house for better listening because of his love of records. He filled the place with state-of-the-art sound systems. They call it a “Hi-Fi” stereo listening experience, one they said was unique in the U.S., and perhaps in the world. The Prekops play music on Magnepan 30.7 and vintage Klipschorn systems. There is equipment from the 1960s, some of which was found via eBay.


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The music room, at times, showcased other artists’ exhibits.


The music room is used as an art studio to showcase other artists’ work. It has a 12-foot ceiling.

Prekop said he is ready to move.

“It’s time for the next chapter of our lives,” he said.


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A home theater, perfect for relaxing to watch a movie.


The home is decorated with artwork created by Prekop. There is a 9-foot screen in the movie room.

There is a dark room where Prekop developed pictures and framed them. He built the deck out back and cut the mirrors to fit throughout the house.

“This is the perfect entertaining spot,” he said as he stood on the deck overlooking plush woods.

They want a smaller house, so they will leave all of the integrated pieces such as shelves and mirrors because they were designed specifically for this home. Many of the black-and-white pieces will stay, such as cabinets and chairs and tables. Prekop chose a black-and-white theme throughout the home because of his passion for black-and-white photography.


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Black-and-white design in the bathroom of the house in O’Hara which has a sunken tub.


The home has three full and three bedrooms. It has a working fireplace in the living room. The primary bedroom is 18 feet by 22 feet and has a spacious bathroom with a shower and a sunken tub.

At one time, the house was used as an Airbnb for overnight stays.

During most of the pandemic, the couple lived in Taiwan. When they returned, they used it as an “Airbnb Experience” where guests could rent the space for three hours on weekends and enjoy music and movies because the pandemic prevented overnight accommodations.

They have had visitors from all over the world.

The couple met in the house when Martin Prekop hosted a Super Bowl party in 2009, which the Steelers won.

He invited colleagues and friends from Carnegie Mellon, who invited Jesha, who was studying at the university at the time.

“I am not sure how I am going to feel,” Jesha said. “Maybe once it sells, I will feel sad. It’s hard to imagine someone else living here.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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