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)
-- Wyndham Grand (1.2 miles or mostly by 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.
October 15, 2015 -- Quick note on me currently. I broke my leg in early August and was unable to host Airbnb reservations for several weeks. I'm getting back in the swing of things. I can get around pretty well but am wearing a boot on my recovering leg. This means you might here a "thump thump thump" as I walk down the hall or I might be a bit slow to answer the front door when you arrive. I'm expecting everything to be back to normal come November. I appreciate how kind guests have been through this.
Back to the regular profile --
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).
Little House is a house that I have owned since 2010 (after watching it sit empty for the better part of 6 years). I rent it out as a whole house or by the room. It's a great little house, though on an ugly alley.
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.
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.