A magical urban oasis in Pittsburgh's East End. Private third floor bedroom and 2nd floor bath. Amenities include pool, hot tub, Meditation Hut, kayaks and fresh eggs laid daily by resident hens. Minutes from Shadyside, Oakland and Downtown and everything Pittsburgh has to offer.
Choderwood is more than a house - it is a lifestyle! The house was built by the Corps of Engineers in 1905. The property is unique and sits on the Allegheny River at the Highland Park Dam, near the Pittsburgh Zoo, just minutes from Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville and Downtown. We bought the property in 2001 and have lovingly created gardens and other amenities to make you forget the outside world once you come through the gates. Choderwood includes koi ponds and streams, a greenhouse enclosed swimming pool, a hot tub overlooking the Allegheny River and the Buddha Bed, a fire pit on the banks of the Allegheny, a Meditation Hut with hammock, an organic potager garden and chicken coops in The Farm.
Parking is free. Come in through the gates into an oasis of calm in the City!
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There is plenty of space for you to relax and let your cares wash away.
Choderwood is off the City's beaten track. We only have one neighbor who lives in a twin house also built by the Corps of Engineers. In the last decade, Pittsburgh has recognized the value of its riverfront for residential living rather than for the traditional industrial uses. The Corps houses at the Highland Park Dam (Lock No. 2) on the Allegheny River are the only private homes situated on Pittsburgh's Three Rivers. We love our "neighborhood" because it is country living minutes from Downtown and the City's East End (Shadyside, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, Highland Park and East Liberty).
Because we are off the beaten path in the City, you will need a car to get around.
No smoking! No drugs! Relax and enjoy!
"Urban retreat" is a perfect description. All of Pittsburgh's attractions are close by and yet, behind the gate is a green paradise. Jody and Steve are gracious hosts whose attention to detail (snack basket in our room; travel pamphlets; nourishing breakfast) made our stay both comfortable and fun. A truly unique experience.
This is about the rarest place I have ever stayed in the states. This house, the surrounds and the houseboats are testament to Jody and Steven's ingenuity and determination to create a true retreat within the boundaries of the city. The rare gardens and view overlooking the river... and each of their listings are filled with their own particular character. The breakfasts are perfect. Both Jody and Steven are welcoming and generous hosts, ready to assist at all times. I cannot overstate the quality of this place. I will definitely be returning.
The host were extremely warm and welcoming. They gave us a tour of the house and amenities including hot tub, pool, meditation hut, fire pit. The house is lovely and they provide breakfast in the morning. We enjoyed a very relaxing stay at Choderwood, the little oasis of the city.
My teenage daughter and I had a very nice stay. We were on a short father/daughter road trip and we wanted to stay somewhere somewhat unique. That's what we got. Jody and Steve were very friendly. The room had a nice view over the river, and it along with the bathroom were clean. Fondest memory was going down to their dock at early morning and watching the sun rise and shine on the river. We'd definitely go back.
Great experience. Would recommend to anyone visiting Pittsburgh to check this place out..its worth the visit.
Amazing place.. Best Airbnb experience to date. Beautiful home, gracious hosts, friendly pets .. Can't say enough good things.. Going to return soon.
Had a beautiful stay at this location. Jody and Stephen are warm and helpful hosts and made us feel right at home. If you pull up and aren't sure if you're in the right place, you probably are. It was a little chilly in Pittsburgh during our stay, but we still had a great time and the lodgings couldn't have been cozier. Highly recommend Choderwood for a relaxing getaway.
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