About This Listing
Artsy 2 bedroom house with Wifi, garden, patio, yard & cat, 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
Something interesting to look at in every direction!
Eclectic and artsy on the inside, boxy brick structure on the outside, old school back porch and quaint yard (with deer regularly traveling through, cherry and walnut trees), a giant pine in the front yard. Interior is vintage modern eclectic with art on the walls, a record player, big beautiful picture windows with views of trees and southern exposure sunsets.
A beautiful, short-haired tortie cat lives here and is part of the deal so if you're not cat-friendly/are allergic, this is not a good option. Don't worry, the place does not smell like cat at all! She is very low-maintenance and only requires dry food, water, an occasional pat on the head and maybe being let out if it's warm weather (there is absolutely no expectation to deal with litter!). She may hide for a day or even two when guests are here but eventually warms up and has been known to even “entertain” once she breaks her initial shyness ☺. The House Manual has more details. So far all of my guests have said she is a great cat to hang with.
ABOUT CALENDAR & AVAILABILITY
Since this is our primary residence, we are more there than not. However, if a date range you're looking for shows as unavailable on my calendar, feel free to inquire as we may be able to accommodate weekend stays as needed.
FOR FOLKS WITH KIDDIES
As you can see from the pics, we have many small things and breakables throughout the house. It would be too extensive for us to child proof whenever we have a guest, so you should take that into consideration for your choice.
I'm an artist, designer and art educator with a liberal/tolerant world view. I'm thorough, efficient, and a good communicator who wants your stay to be as pleasant and hassle-free as possible.
ABOUT THE PLACE...
Cute and well-equipped with electric stove, frig, blender, microwave, electric tea pot & coffee pot but no dishwasher.
Full bath and powder room. Good shower and deep, old fashioned (though not claw footed) tub.
Queen bed in the master bedroom with memory foam mattress, full in second bedroom has a foam-topped mattress. There is also a pull out Ikea chair that converts into a twin mattress bed, and a sectional sofa that's comfy enough to sleep on.
There is a small basement studio available for art-making.
LAUNDRY ON PREMISES
Washer & dryer
Attached garage for 1 compact car (my Honda Fit fits nicely but a larger sedan or SUV will not). Driveway fits 2 cars.
See "Neighborhood" section for details.
Family and friends from cities where real estate is through the roof, can't stop gushing about this place when they visit. Good energy and pleasant vibes. :-)
Nice digs, back yard, lots of green (flowers in Spring), quiet rest, central location.
Interaction with Guests
I like open channels of communication. If something can't be found or goes wrong, a call to my cell phone is welcome. In turn, I like to be able to reach my guests easily.
This is an older (1950s) residential neighborhood made up of mostly brick houses, a mix of ethnicities, ages, and styles. 20 minutes to downtown Pittsburgh, The North Side (Warhol Museum, Children's Museum, Mattress Factory installation art gallery), and Oakland colleges and Carnegie Museum(s). 10 minute bus or car ride to the hip and trendy Lawrenceville where great cafés (Espresso a Mano), restaurants (from Thai to Mexican), and shops (Pavement, if you like shoes) abound. 10 minutes in another direction to the lovely Highland Park (don't miss the Taza D'oro Café, several outstanding restaurants for brunch, lunch, dinner on Bryant Street, such as Park Bruges and E2, and, in the main entrance of Highland Park, the beautifully restored fountain and gardens).
As mentioned, this is a residential area with no cafes/restaurants in walking distance, so you'll need a car...or be an adept biker who can handle the very steep hills back up to the house.
In a 10 minute drive you can easily get to many excellent cafes and restaurants.
That said, it's only 1 block to Stanton Ave (a main bus line) that gets you to Negley in about 5 minutes where you can transfer to many other bus lines.
Absolutely no smoking inside or outside.
No additional pets. The one we have here would not be pleased.
Everything was as promised and more, the house was clean, quiet and located close to Lawrenceville, which is a fun place to explore. We felt very much at home while staying here we even got to cuddle with Cha Cha the cat, always a plus! Staying here was one of the highlights of our trip, and we really enjoyed all the suggestions Tj made for where to eat and what to see while we explored Pittsburgh! Thank you again for sharing your space. I would highly recommend others stay here, especially if you are looking for a great experience!
It's easy to find Tj, and the house is really comfortable, beautiful for two people. Check-in and check-out were easy, and the neighborhood is nice too. Recommend it!
TJ was an excellent host! Friendly, prompt and very hospitable.The house was super cosy, very clean and welcoming. The location of the house could not have been more perfect for us. A short drive into the city centre with easy access everywhere. Her recommendations of places to eat nearby were spot on. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay in Pittsburgh.
Had a wonderful stay at this cozy little house. It's perfect for two and ChaCha the cat who will make you feel right at home. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to meet the owner but in our communication she seemed very friendly. Convenient to many restaurants and the city of Pittsburgh, you can't go wrong.
Terese's home was great, and very comfortable! The cat was no problem at all! The location is about 15min from Univ. of Pitt, and 5min from restaurants and other grocers. Home is in a nice neighborhood. Very communicate and easy to deal with. I would recommend staying here!
Terese was friendly and pleasant. She was prompt in meeting me for check-in which was really important as I was on a tight schedule for my trip! Her home was very lovely and clean. It had a wonderful, warm energy. I felt very relaxed in the space. The official "host", Cha-Cha was a very sweet cat. He was quiet and kept to himself, except for the occasional wandering out for a rub and a pet, which we were more than happy to oblige! She left some delicious bread, butter and jam, as well as yogurt, granola and eggs for us to have for breakfast.The neighborhood was very quiet and I felt completely safe while staying in the house. I would definitely stay here again on a return trip to Pittsburgh.