About this listing
Multi-floor loft/half-chalet space centrally located in Pittsburgh within walking distance of most everything. Highlights include observation deck, foosball table, giant stereo system and vinyl records.
***Before continuing: If you do not have at minimum of a profile photo with your actual face shown and identity verification, I will not book anything*** I never book anybody without a photo, short bio, and a verification. (The photo should be of you and not of a baby, a pet, a large group of friends, and generally from within the last 5 years). Please briefly state your intentions for travelling to Pittsburgh (i.e. conference, fun? etc.) Also, for general security reasons, it is very rare for me to book to somebody already living within Pittsburgh. Thank you for your understanding. All inquiries are welcome!
Things have changed (for the better) slightly since the professional photos were taken in 2012. The "essence" of the place is still the same. The only real difference is that there is now a queen-sized platform bed, and a full-size memory foam futon in the large bedroom (The drum set is no longer there). Additionally, a twin XL sofa bed was added to the stereo room in place of the tan futon in the photos. So- there are total 3 beds, plus 1 air bed.
Ideal for artists/musicians/people who are open-minded- full of instruments, old recording gear, and vinyl records. Or- great for 20's-30's age couples or friends coming through Pittsburgh planning a fun weekend or sports outing. 1970's-"esque". International friendly, 420, and LGBT friendly. NOT IDEAL FOR: families, pets, babies, children, and/or the elderly. There are 2 flights of stairs and no elevator. You or somebody in your group must be able to communicate in basic-level English. Spanish and Portuguese are also spoken fluently here.
Highlights include rooftop observation deck with full skyline city view and chaises, indoor hot tub (extra), full kitchen with outdoor gas grill (on a 2nd lower level small deck), Foosball table, dart board, TV (with cable), tons of DVD's, surround sound system (for movies or "plug & play" device), vintage Nintendo, N64, PS2, full upstairs vintage stereo system with vinyl records/CD player/plug & play input. Free Wi-Fi access.
Bedrooms: there are two connected rooms separated by locking french doors. Currently, the one large room features both a Queen bed, and Full sized futon (NOTE: both of these beds are in the same room). There is a twin XL sofa bed in the adjacent "stereo room"- this person would still have to enter the other main bedroom to use the bathroom- The one bathroom is at the far end of the large main bedroom. There is one additional twin air mattress. The bed linens are provided and cleaned. The one large private bathroom has a large walk-in shower (fits 2 people). There is a large walk-in closet with hangers. Central AC/Heat (your room has its own temperature control). Please note: the furnace/AC is located within a closet within the room. Therefore- be forewarned that you can hear the heater/AC turn on and off if you are a light sleeper or the type of person that would complain about this in a review or at a hotel. However, I have never had to use the heat, and barely use the AC in the summer because the upstairs rooms receive residual from the other spaces in the house. There are also ceiling fans in some of the rooms. Or- you can open any of the windows. Additionally- space heaters and box fans are available upon request. Please note- obviously, July and August are hotter, and January and February are colder- so please understand that the host cannot change the outside weather and during these times of the year- it may seem hotter or colder than normal.
Clean bath towels and large jacuzzi/beach towels are provided as necessary. Hair dryer is provided. *Clothes iron is available upon request*. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash is included (or you may bring your own).
Large grey sectional couch shown in downstairs pictures is in certain instances available to sleep on- but the living room is not guaranteed as a "private" room as it is the entryway into the place and connects to the kitchen.
Also available upon request: Washer/dryer is located in basement costs $1.00 per wash/(the dryer is free). Detergent is provided. Please note: **The host is not responsible for the cleanliness or appearance of the building's basement**. The host is also not responsible if you damage or shrink your clothes. There is also a neighborhood laundromat 3 blocks away from the building. There are no dry cleaners within walking distance, sorry (somebody actually complained about this).
The building is centrally located in Pittsburgh within walking, biking, or driving distance of anything including a local supermarket, restaurants, bars, liquor store, beer store, Sunoco gas station w/ 24 hour mini-mart. 5-10 minute walk to Downtown, Cultural District, Theater District, PNC Park (baseball), Heinz Field (football), Convention Center, the Consol Energy Arena (hockey, etc.), the National Aviary, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory Museum, Randyland, The New Hazlett Theater, The Heinz History Center, The Strip District Markets (and nightclubs), The Original Primanti Bros., The Priory Grand Hall (wedding/event hall), a public swimming pool ($4 non-members; open Memorial Day - Labor Day) and all public transportation including Greyhound, Megabus, Amtrak, and the 28X "Airport Flyer" public bus (exact fares subject to change). Large city park directly across the street. Police patrolled area, and hospital ER is within 2 minutes. The entrance/exit to Interstate 79 in under 1 minute will connect you to any other major highway and the PA Turnpike. Please understand- this is the "CITY" of Pittsburgh so please expect anything/everything common of any major American city. The host is not responsible for anything that occurs to you or your guests outside of the property.
PARKING: host has ONE pass to park in the residential permit area. One garage parking space is available only if you have more than 1 vehicle or an outstanding reason. Please confer with host regarding the number of vehicles you plan to have (if any).
The Host! is native Pittsburgher who knows virtually everything about sites, nightlife, history, etc. and can make informed recommendations or suggestions. Also can drive around, pickup, and/or, drop-off at the airport, bus stations, etc., or give tours, for additional costs (or for nothing/ 6 pack of beer) depending on personal availability, circumstances, practicality, and the distance/costs. (Please pre-discuss any transportation needs in advance!) In general, late evening and weekend arrivals and departures have a higher chance of any host-provided transportation- especially the airport. The host has a 7 passenger van.
The host also lives at the property on another separate floor/space with his wife. We speak (fluently) Spanish, Portuguese, English, Galician, and German. The host and his wife also use the kitchen but respect your privacy while doing so (for instance, we may make a cup of coffee, clean up, and then leave). We use the kitchen only during "normal" daytime hours (i.e. we do not cook food at 3 AM).
Note on musical items: As shown, there is a real spinet piano in the living room. There is an acoustic guitar available. The analog recording equipment may require prior knowledge, or guidance from the host and has been moved to a separate area not included in the photos. Other musical instruments (which may require knowledge), and the drum kit are subject to availability depending on gig scheduling. The drum kit is not guaranteed to be there. Sometimes, under certain circumstances, the hosts band may take instruments out for gigging purposes and you will be informed in advance. Additionally, you may also make request that the instruments (except the wooden piano in the living room) be completely removed from the rooms for additional space. All instrument usage and availability is subject to the host's discretion and comfort with you using it.
We also book to touring bands and other groups privately and sometimes it does not reflect on the AirBnb calendar. Any availability is subject to AirBnb pre-approval guidelines and final review. Sorry, there is no "insta-book" feature with this listing.
Notes on pricing/other conditions:
I can negotiate a lower rate for parties of 1-2 except weekends and peak-season (spring, summer, early fall). The maximum amount of allowed people in the listing may vary because sometimes couples share the same bed together.
The Hot Tub you may add separately. This costs $40 per usage and the hot tub will be set up for you, cleaned, etc. NOTE: when you arrive, the hot tub is not always cleaned and ready to use ! The water may be dirty, etc. Due to past abuse from guests, the risk of flooding, and the 2 hours of cleaning time, the hot tub remains subject to discussion. Please feel free to let the host know that you are interested in the hot tub and we will be happy to provide additional information.
Lastly, if you intend to have a party with lots of people outside of your immediate group renting the space or are renting for the purpose of having a party- this must be FULLY FULLY FULLY discussed in advance and may require additional fees, security deposit, waiver, and/or possible denial of your request. You and your immediate group are totally welcome to party as much as you want and can drink and 420. Most likely- the host will party with you if you ask. If you book the place for 2 people and then throw a party for 10 people without asking- you are subject to removal from the property and will not be refunded. If you are having an unauthorized party and people are trashing stuff, etc. the police would likely be called if the issue cannot be resolved in an amicable manner.
Thanks for checking out the listing ! Feel free to ask any questions or make any offers. We try to answer as many requests as possible ! Please remember this is not a hotel and must consider personal needs and safety in addition to whether or not this would be a good fit for you based on your personality profile.
Kitchen, large lower living room (with foosball, darts, piano, and TV), stereo listening room (1 twin XL bed), large roof deck, lower small deck w/ gas grill (attached to kitchen). Large bedroom (2 beds=1 room), 1 large bathroom with walk-in shower, hair dryer. Walk-in closet. EXTRAS: Hot tub, basement laundry room, clothes iron. Garage available only if you have more than one vehicle.
Interaction with Guests
I interact as much or as little as the guest(s) wants me to. As noted in the listing- I do live onsite in a separate part of the house with my wife and am generally "on call" as needed for any reason. Usually, if you offer me a beer or something, I am happy to hang out with you and talk about Pittsburgh, or other topics.
Laid back, not a lot of crazy nightlife that causes disturbances. There are some nice restaurants and bars/pubs with real local Pittsburgh people and no gimmicks. Centrally located and within walking, biking, driving distance or anything within the city. Really close to the stadiums and downtown. It's an inner-city urban environment so expect to see/hear things common to any major US city and a diverse population of people and cultures. There is also a hospital nearby so occasionally you will hear sirens, etc.
Walking, biking, driving, public buses (host is not familiar with the bus system or schedules but can try to help) There is a subway (metro) within 10 minute walk that operates from a station that is directly adjacent to the "home plate" corner of PNC Park (baseball stadium).
Other Things to Note
We have hosted people from all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, India, Syria, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, England, Ireland,Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Russia, and South Korea.
Rules are shared once you confirm a reservation. If you need them earlier, please feel free to ask.
Our stay was amazing! Alex was a great host and was so helpful. We had anything we would ever need!
This apartment is really unique and truly awesome!
It more than comfortably fit three of us.
There is a record player and a lot of records, an N64 (with Mario Kart) and a roof top patio with a great view of the skyline. The neighborhood is in transition but totally safe with lots of bars and restaurant nearby. Alex and Maria are wonderful and accommodating hosts. I highly recommend this apartment!
First of all Alex and Maria are great hosts! Great communication with Alex thru the chat and with Maria in person ! Maria introduced us with theirs absolutely fabulous house! It is possible either having the rest on the roof with remarkable view on the downtown or playing a video games from 90s. Also a great decoration as guitars and rock posters make you feel like in hall of fame of rock'n'roll, that's incredible! Can't admit convenient location, great park zone just across the road and it is close from heart of the city. While 20 minutes walking to downtown you have a great opportunity explore 19th century European architecture. Highly recommend! Thank you so much guys!
Alex's house is very cool !! And room is so comfortable.
Also Alex is so kind.
I'm so happy to stay at his house.
Alex's place was the perfect spot for my friends and I to stay for a weekend in Pittsburgh- you really can't beat the rooftop deck. The place is really awesome and in a great location. We walked and used Lyft the whole time. Alex was really accommodating and gave us tips for the city.
Alex was an amazing host who provided good local suggestions and was extremely friendly. Perfect place to stay for our weekend attending a wedding at the national aviary. Would definitely recommend!
Alex and his wife were very friendly and their place is exactly as described. The bedroom is huge and we had plenty of space to spread out. I loved the seventies vibe and all the fun stuff he has, but unfortunately our schedule didn't leave us much time to enjoy it. The location worked well for us as we could walk to the stadium and it was a quick cab ride to other destinations. All amenities such as shampoo, towels, hairdryer were provided. We would definitely stay here again if we ever make it back to Pittsburgh. Thanks Alex!
About the Host, Alexander
Artist, musician, social provocateur. Native Pittsburgher, also lived in Chicago for 7 years. Has traveled many places worldwide and is a fan of geography.