About This Listing
Beautiful rooms available. Amazing light, huge space, sky lights, roof deck! Conveniently located to the north side, these private rooms with shared bath and shared kitchen are perfect for long or short-term visitors.
Couch folds in to a double-size bed and there are a supply of linens in the closet. This room also has a skylight and exposed beams and brick.
Third floor suite available. Two 16 x 16 rooms. Exposed brick, wood floors, skylights. Access to rooftop deck with panoramic view of Pittsburgh. Furnished with futons (one queen, one double) and each room has a desk, chair, dresser, arm chair and modest closet. All linens, bedding and towels are included.
The house is a 20 minute walk to downtown or about 8 minutes by bus. Commute to University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon is about 30-40 minutes by bus (500 or 54C direct; or pick up something from downtown) or about 15 minutes by car. Easy access to the highway. 5-minute walk to the grocery store or drug store; approximately 1 mile to the Strip District. Parking is street parking; one visitor permit is available. For purposes of approximate location, use the intersection of Cedar Avenue and E. Ohio Street (15212). (website hidden) also has a great public transit feature for Pittsburgh.
About the house
145-years old. Pine floors throughout. Exposed brick in about half the house.
Outside -- Lovely fenced yard and courtyard with BBQ.
First floor -- living room, dining room, coat area, kitchen
Second floor -- owner's bedroom, guestroom, bathroom (only one in house)
Third floor -- available guest suite, access to rooftop deck
Roof -- deck with lovely view of downtown and the northside
Basement -- laundry and other typical basement stuff
The house has wireless internet, but no cable.
Owner is a 38-year-old female professional-type who works downtown.
Two room and all common areas (bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, and laundry in basement).
The house has one bathroom and everyone staying in the house shares it. Towels are in the bathroom cupboard; help yourself.
Kitchen is fully-equipped and great for cooking or hanging out. You are welcome to use everything. Supplies for coffee are provided (French press or Clever Coffee Dripper and locally roasted Nicholas coffee)
The wi-fi enabled printer is on the first floor which guests are welcome to use (boarding passes, last minute copies of your presentation or resume, etc.)
Interaction with Guests
I live in the house, my bedroom on the second floor. I am happy to answer answer questions about Pittsburgh and provide recommendations both in advance and during your stay. Occasionally I am out-of-town in which case we will discuss arrangements for your arrival and I'm generally available by phone, text and email when I'm away.
I have lived in my home since 2004. My neighborhood is East Allegheny and it is convenient to tons of Pittsburgh. Lots of guests come without a car and walk, bike and use public transit to get around. The neighborhood also has great highway access so it's a great spot if you have business around or outside of the city.
My house is just half of a block off of a small business district street. This means you are two minute walk from the drug store, a couple ice cream spots, a few bars, a pastry shop, restaurants, and more. It also means you will hear folks leaving bars late at night, you will occasionally encounter people sitting on my stoop to take a break on a hot summer day, and you may notice buses at the very convenient bus stop. I'm also close to a major hospital so you will hear LifeFlight helicopters and ambulances a touch more than you are used to. This is an older and economically-diverse neighborhood so on the main drag, there are tons of folks who know each other and will stand around talking or holler across the street to a friend.
There is a lot of stuff in walking distance and a good number of buses. More details below. Only about half of my guests use a car while in town.
What's within a five-minute walk of the house?
-- bars and restaurants
-- the grocery store (Giant Eagle)
-- a gas station and convenience store (Sunoco)
-- drug store (Rite-aid)
-- bakery (Priory Fine Pastry -- pastry, donuts, middling coffee, panini)
UBER and Lyft both serve Pittsburgh.
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Very close to about a dozen bus lines. It's very easy to get to downtown (8 minutes), the Strip District (8 minutes), Oakland (25-30 minutes).
Walking distance to:
-- PNC Park (under a mile)
-- Heinz Field (1.2 miles)
-- Andy Warhol Museum (0.5 mile)
-- Mattress Factory (installation art museum) (0.8 mile or bus)
-- National Aviary (0.6 mile)
-- Children's Museum (0.4 mile)
-- Allegheny General Hospital (0.3 mile -- 5 minute walk!)
-- Convention Center (1 mile or bus)
-- Omni William Penn Hotel (1.1 miles or bus)
-- Amtrak Station (1.1 miles or bus)
-- Megabus drop off (0.9 mile or bus)
-- Greyhound station (1.1 miles or bus)
-- Market Square (1.2 miles or bus)
-- Consol Energy Center (1.4 miles or partial bus)
-- Strip District (1.1 miles or bus)
Need to go to Oakland?
-- 30 minutes on the 54 bus -- picks up at the corner near my house
-- 10 minute drive
-- 3 miles on foot
What's in Oakland?
-- University of Pittsburgh
-- Carnegie Museum of Art
-- Carnegie Museum of Natural History (that's where all the dinosaurs are!)
-- Carnegie Mellon University
-- Legume/Butterjoint (one of my favorite restaurants)
Airport transit options
-- Lyft or Uber -- use your smartphone app; I think they're about $35
-- Taxi -- available at the taxi stand at the airport. About $50 including tip
-- SuperShuttle -- see their website for details. I think you would schedule this in advance and that the cost is about $35
-- City bus -- the 28X serves the airport to downtown. I think the fee is $3.75 and is paid in cash upon entering the bus (bus driver does not make change). Exit the bus downtown and then either take a second bus to the the northside (if you are doing this, pay an extra $1 when you get on the 28X and ask for a transfer), or walk (about a mile), or take a cab ($7), uber or lyft
Please be respectful that there are bedrooms on the second floor where people may be resting or sleeping.
No smoking inside the house. Clean up after yourself in the kitchen. Lock the doors when leaving.
You are welcome to invite guests as long as I'm given a heads up and they do not stay overnight.
Although I was unable to make the trip up, Erica was very accommodating to any questions and concerns that I had. She was also very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area providing me with suggestions on what to do as well as where to go.
The house was relatively easy to find and everybody was nice to me in the neighborhood.The room was very well kept and comfortable. Erica was very helpful and kindly told me everything I needed to know about the house, my room, and the neighborhood. I would recommend Erica's room to anybody looking for a nice, short stay in pittsburgh
Thank you Erica! We enjoyed our stay in your place. It is a lovely house close to a)most everything. The description of the room and amenities are accurate. We arrived earlier than scheduled, but Erica responded fairly quck and let us in. She even made up our rooms literally in 10 minutes. We did some light cooking as well. The kitchen has all the essential cooking utensils and pretty much anything you can think of as condiments even though we did not use the condiments. The bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are all vey clean. We would recommend your place to our friends.
Erica was kind and welcoming to our party, and was accommodating when we had an extra guest. The only complaint we had was that noise carried easily in the house, which required us to be asked to quiet down, despite us not being terribly loud, while staying on the top floor.
Jase, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, though I would have preferred had you brought feedback to me directly.
Noise levels categorized "party discussion levels" after 10:30pm definitely need to be addressed, even though in the four years I have been hosting Airbnb guests, this was the first time I have had to ask guests to quiet down. Because I could easily hear this in my bedroom, I assumed the other Airbnb pair of guests in my house could hear it as well and may have been disrupted by your groups noise. I strive to have each guest who stays at my house have a pleasant experience, so I appreciated that your group immediately quieted down after I asked. Hoping to not limit the experience of your group's time together, I did offer that you could use the living room and dining room on the first floor, from which the sound doesn’t carry as well, although your group declined.
Based on the experience of the group size associated with your stay, I have reverted to not having groups of more than four stay in the Lofty Rooms. This was my first attempt at a group of 5 (that really ended up being 6 after your request upon arrival for an additional person). This will hopefully cut down on any future situations where noise is a factor.
Erica was wonderful. She was accommodating with the timing of our arrival, provided all the necessary information well in advance, and even set up an ironing board knowing that we were going to a formal event! She is personable, easy to get in touch with, and knows the ropes with it comes to the hotspots around Pittsburgh.
Erica was a really good host. She talked to us and explain all our questions about the house. The house is really good, there were some papers with contacts and address of "what to do in the city" on the table, and the wifi was great. The view on the roof is amazing!
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About the Host, Erica
Though I grew up California, I've spent almost half my life in Pittsburgh. I love it here and I love sharing my home and town with visitors.
My house is an 1885 row house on the northside of Pittsburgh (what was long ago Allegheny City). Tall, long, and skinny, the house was beautifully restored by the prior owners and I enjoy stewarding it during my ownership (over ten years).
When I'm not home, I like traveling, spending time with my friends, walking about the parks and doing yoga. When I'm home, I like cooking and, let's be honest, watching internet TV.
I also list rooms at my friend Sareeta's house.
Hablo un poco de espanol.
I am also managing a property in the Napa Valley, so if you are interested in hearing more, please send me a message.