Near CMU, Pitt, Oakland, Downtown-1

House - Private room · W Swissvale Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, United States

The Space

Welcome to The Mellor House Bed & Breakfast! The Mellor House offers free Wireless High Speed Internet service. The room can accommodate a maximum of three and includes a full breakfast. No smoking allowed. Weekly and monthly rates at reduced rates will appear after you proceed through the reservation process.

The room:
Spacious and bright, this beautifully restored and updated second floor bedroom includes a comfortable double bed. A twin size air mattress is available for a third person, such as a child or youth. A small desk with an antique rush chair for writing or study. (Ask me to tell you the folklore related to this chair!) A lovely slipper chair, with its back pillow, is perfect for reading. An attractive fireplace mantel adds interest. The 3/4 private bathroom, accessible only from within the bedroom has a tiled shower with marble foot rest, pedestal sink flanked by brass and crystal sconces, and toilet. Accommodations include off-street parking as well as a beautiful park-like setting with perennial gardens, pond and outdoor seating.

The home:
This lovely Victorian home was built in 1891 for the family of Michael R. Haymaker. Haymaker was a western Pennsylvania oil and natural gas producer. The house, constructed in the Queen Anne style characterized by a non-symmetrical house shape and facade, steeply pitched roof, fluted chimneys and ornamental brick and woodwork. The home was built on a lot that was formerly part of the grounds of the nearby Gardner Mansion. Edgewood was Pittsburgh's first commuter suburb, at a time when most white-collar Downtown employees lived within walking distance of their workplaces.

In 1922, George and Clara Mellor purchased the home. George Mellor was an Edgewood native, and vice-president of the C.C. Mellor Company, a Downtown Pittsburgh musical instrument store. Mellor's father, Charles Chauncey Mellor, was an early homeowner in Edgewood. He was the son of Edgewood's C.C. Mellor, for whom the Library was named. The Library is located across the street, within a block of the Mellor House B&B.

The community:
Edgewood Borough was founded in 1888. The borough is located 7 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and has a population of 3,311 in its .92 square miles. Edgewood Borough combines the tree-lined beauty of an old Pennsylvania town with the advantages of an unbeatable suburban locale. Our local police force makes sure that our community is safe and secure. And, The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation has designated Edgewood a historic district.

Edgewood Borough is located within walking distance of Regent Square and beautiful 476 acre Frick Park, with natural trails, as well as tennis courts. Regent Square boasts many interesting shops and local eateries. Ann Davis at Typhoon will help will all your lighting needs. Her inventory is set among unusual antiques and gift items. Hepatica is your 'go to' place for beautiful flowers, arrangements and centerpieces. Rachel and her staff are wonderful and talented. I quote from a review: "Rachel is an amazing artist and I can't imagine why anyone would choose another florist." David Knouse at Le Mix Antiques offers an eclectic assortment of furniture, furnishings, pottery and jewelry, both antique and Mid-Century Modern. In the same block, Sherri Goldstein and her staff at The Square Cafe offer vegan options and sidewalk seating. Across the street, D's Six Pax & Dogz is home to more than 1,000 craft micro-brews, imports and domestic beers. Root 174 believes in cooking with produce that is in season and sourced locally when possible. Their menu changes often, updated on their website by 3:30 daily. Annette and her crew at Styles by Cardamone offer many spa services including hair cuts, color, highlights, mani/pedi. Her masseuse will come to the house for your massage, by advance request.

The Edgewood Club at the corner of Pennwood and West Swissvale Avenues is located across the street, and in the same block as the Mellor House B&B. The historic building also houses the C.C. Mellor Library, one of the only libraries funded by Dale Carnegie not carrying his name. In 1916 it was decided that combining forces to raise funds for and construct a facility containing a library would be in everyone's best interest. The property was purchased by the Club from the Charles Mellor family at a greatly reduced price because of its intended community-centered use. The Edgewood Club is a popular venue for wedding receptions. More information can be found at the Club's website at (website hidden). The Mellor House B&B would be a delightful place for the bridal party to prepare! Or, envision pictures in the magnificent garden, featured on the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Tour 2013. (Note: The Edgewood CLUB is NOT to be confused with the Edgewood COUNTRY Club, which is actually in nearby Churchill, PA.)

The Edgewood Club and CC Mellor Library building which was formally opened in 1918, is interesting architecturally because it is exactly fitted to its triangular plot. The building, designed by architect Edward B. Lee, is white stucco with a Spanish tile roof, a pergola and line of columns. According to Franklin Toker, author of "Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait," it is "a public monument...altogether one of the best public buildings in the city." Its unique architecture accentuates the building as a focal point within the community.

Community:
The nearby Edgewood Towne Center is a large neighborhood shopping center, within walking distance of the Mellor House B&B. The anchor store is a privately owned and newly renovated grocery store, Giant Eagle Market District. Other stores include Ashley Stewart, AT&T, Burton’s Total Pets, Dollar Tree, Dots, Foot Locker, Gamestop, Habitat for Humanity Restore, H&R Block, How Lee Chinese Restaurant, Katsur Dental, Kmart, Mirror Image Salon, Planet Fitness (24 hours), Radio Shack, Rainbow Kids, Sally Beauty, Scoops Sports Bar, Sneaker Villa, Subway, Supernails and PA Wine & Spirits Liquor Store. On the outer perimeter of the Towne Center, you will find Applebees, a Beer Distributorship, Eat n’ Park, PNC Bank, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. Oh, and can't forget to mention my favorite dentists at Edgewood Dental Associates, also on the outer perimeter.

The house is no more than a 15 minute drive from great attractions such as The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. To the south, Kennywood Amusement Park, Sandcastle Water Park and The Waterfront Mall are about 4.0 miles, 11 minutes. The entrance ramp to 376 East and West (also known as "The Parkway"), is located 0.3 miles from the house, at the end of the street. Squirrel Hill is 2.5 miles or about 9 minutes from the house, which is 6 miles or 13 minutes from Oakland, and 7.5 miles or 20 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh and the Cultural District.

Public transportation to all points can be reached within a short distance of the house. Nearby is a Park & Ride, as well as a main stop on the East Busway bus route. Your hostess and proprietor, Kate, will help you with all your transportation information needs.

Negotiable:
For guests who are interested in long stays we will offer special rates and negotiate on price depending on the season, demand, and availability. Please send an inquiry with details.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $599 /week
Monthly Price: $949 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • Katherine was an EXTRAORDINARY host!

    My stay with her was so pleasant that I extended my trip.

    Her accomdations by far surpassed my expecations. This is not jus a room on Airbnb. It's a real bed and breakfast. Her home is absolutely beautiful. You would have thought that it belonged to one of the Carnegie's. Its breathtaking, the finishing, the chandeliers, the classical accents. It's like something out of Better Homes and Gardesns. Its so lovely you dont want to leave. The guest bedroom is absolutely charming. Even has it's own private bath. Oh, and the breakfast....... Katherine is an extrodinary cook. On my first day, she made pumkin pancakes from scratch. My second day she made this wonderful baked oatmeal with fresh fruits. On my third day, breakfast burritoes. She had breakfast ready for me at 6AM, becuse she new I needed to leave the house early. Each day I travelled to CMU. it was so easy to get there. I took a bus down the street from her house, and it droped me off right at the campus. The best thing was getting to know Katherine. She's so kind and generous. She's the kind of person that host people becuase she loves to be hospitable. It's not like a business. It's just in her nature. I had a wondeful stay. You'd be very fortunate to stay there too.

    November 2012
  • Katherine was an EXTRAORDINARY host!

    Her accomdations by far surpassed my expecations. This is not jus a room on Airbnb. It's a real bed and breakfast.

    Her home is absolutely beautiful. You would have thought that it belonged to one of the Carnegie's. Its breathtaking, the finishing, the chandeliers, the classical accents. It's like something out of Better Homes and Gardesns. Its so lovely you dont want to leave. The guest bedroom is absolutely charming. Even has it's own private bath.

    Oh, and the breakfast....... Katherine is an extrodinary cook. On my first day, she made pumkin pancakes from scratch. My second day she made this wonderful baked oatmeal with fresh fruits. On my third day, breakfast burritoes. She had breakfast ready for me at 6AM, becuse she new I needed to leave the house early.

    Each day I travelled to CMU. it was so easy to get there. I took a bus down the street from her house, and it droped me off right at the campus.

    The best thing was getting to know Katherine. She's so kind and generous. She's the kind of person that host people becuase she loves to be hospitable. It's not like a business. It's just in her nature.

    I had a wondeful stay. You'd be very fortunate to stay there too.

    November 2012
  • I would strongly recommend this accommodation to anyone!

    The house is beautiful and spacious. Katharine is an amazing host and cooks the most delicious meals. The family is very hospitable and fun to talk to. The room is big and comfortable. The internet speed is great and I could video chat, and stream videos easily.

    I did not have a car but getting around the city was extremely easy. The bus stop is just a minute away. Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh and downtown are just one bus away.

    November 2012
    Katharine (Kate)
    Response from Katharine (Kate):

    Thank you, Samir! You're a wonderful guest, too! Thank you for mentioning the internet and the bus, which might be of concern to others.
    Blessings,
    Kate

  • All i can say is that this place is heaven on earth! It is an amazing house with a really nice room. The bathroom is attached to it so you can get up and shower right away. Katharine and her family are so much fun to have around. We had dinner together( Kate's home-made pea soup) and when i woke up breakfast was already made (even at 5:30am). So if you are looking for a bed in Pittsburgh that is definitely a place to stay. Thanks for the great times, Kate!!

    November 2012
    Katharine (Kate)
    Response from Katharine (Kate):

    You're a great guest! It was a pleasure having you with us. Come again! Blessings on your schoolwork.
    Kate

  • Katharine is a great host. She made me feel right at home with warm conversation, delicious meals and a comfortable room and bed. The house is in a location that has easy access to buses headed down town or to Oakland. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay in the area.

    October 2012
    Katharine (Kate)
    Response from Katharine (Kate):

    Thank you, Kyle! You're a wonderful guest and we love having you stay with us whenever you can!

  • I had a great stay with Kate. She went far above and beyond any expectations I could have had. I stayed with her while I looked for an apartment (I just moved to Pittsburgh) and she was so helpful with recommendations about neighborhoods and realtors. She even drove around with me looking for places. Anyone who stays here will immediately feel comfortable and right at home. Kate is very hospitable and will make your stay fantastic. I can't express enough my gratitude towards Kate for such a great week. She really made me feel welcome and made my move to Pittsburgh immensely easier. The house itself is very comfortable and nice, as well, and it is in a nice neighborhood, less than a mile from Regent Square and Frick Park. I loved it here and will recommend all my visitors stay here!

    October 2012
    Katharine (Kate)
    Response from Katharine (Kate):

    Thank you, Trista. You were a wonderful guest too! It was easy to be hospitable because you're such a lovely person!

  • What a great experience! I felt like a queen. The home is beautiful, roomy and spotless. The garden is also beautiful and quiet with multiple lounging places to enjoy the outdoors. Kate made us feel like royalty. She even made gluten free Belgian Waffles for me specially and they were delicious! If you are in the Pittsburgh area and want to experience Pittsburgh Hospitality, this is definitely where you want to stay.

    October 2012
    Katharine (Kate)
    Response from Katharine (Kate):

    Thank you, Cindy. It was a joy to have you at our home. You are a marvelous guest. Now we know that Belgian waffles can be gluten free! (We used rice flour, and they were yummy.)

  • Kate runs the perfect bed & breakfast. Beautiful decor, a comfortable room with a clean, well lit attached bath, the sweetest dog, & amazing breakfasts. I was able to meet Kate's Boarders and we even wen on a hike together. Getting around Pittsburgh by public transport was a breeze and I enjoyed walking past the lovely old houses on my way to local shops & restaurants. I also enjoyed reading on the patio in the evenings. If you forgot a book, there's even a library across the street!

    September 2013
  • Kate's place is just amazing. Her b&b is wonderfully decorated, the rooms are confortable, spotless and absolutely lovely. Kate is an extraordinarily gentle, sweet and caring host, she puts passion in everything she does and she did everything possible for making us feel like home. We highly reccomend her place to everyone who wants to spend some time in Pittsburgh!

    August 2013
  • This is the second time my father and his wife stayed here. I live nearby. This is where they will stay whenever they visit me.

    July 2013
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The Masters School, Bethel Seminary
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I am mother of three girls (27, 23 and 16) and an English setter named Lady. I love gardening and cooking. Opening our home to others is an expression of my gift of hospitality. I am the Director of Children's Ministries at Church of the Ascension in Oakland, about 15 minutes from our home in Edgewood. I am also the staff liaison at Ascension for two ministries to people with cognitive disabilities. In addition, I am completing an online Masters program in Children and Family Ministry through Bethel Seminary. Just call me a gardening, lifetime learner with an appetite!
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