About This Listing
Lots to do and see and eat. Easy to get everywhere from here. A real City-feel!
A second double bed and private bath is available in the Loft; inquire about special pricing.
Townhouse near Allegheny Commons Park in National Register Historic District Allegheny West; minutes to downtown Pittsburgh...Allegheny General Hospital, Heinz Field and PNC Park. Near River Heritage Trail for biking and walking, free subway, museums, stadiums.
Large private 2nd floor guest room with private bath, soaking tub, double bed, dresser, refrigerator, microwave, kitchenette, desk. Wi-Fi, Access to house kitchen, living room, weight room, secure lock, self-controlled heat, two roof decks. House built in 1870; had alcohol still in attic during Prohibition and shooting gallery in basement; quirky layout; eclectic furnishings; homemade soups, many kinds of teas; breakfast/sandwich shoppe next door; Thai quality restaurant nearby.
Free subway to downtown Pittsburgh or walk in 15 minutes. Churches near-by. Use of washer, dryer, bicycles in summer;
Owner is retired quiet guy and Duquesne University grad who is very active in historic preservation, lives simply, plays racquetball, hikes & bikes, meditates, makes super soup!
Nearby is Andy Warhol Museum, churches, Mattress Factory Museum, Carnegie Science Center, WWII Submarine on Ohio River, Rivers Casino, Children's Museum, Heinz Field, YMCA, historic walking tours, restored Victorian homes and gardens, Lake Elizabeth, National Aviary, Pirates (PNC) Park, Monterrey Cafe Irish Pub.
All local Interstates converge nearby so access by vehicle is easy. If available owner offers prearranged ride from and to airport.
PRIVATE BATHROOM with SOAKING TUB;
KITCHENETTE in guest room. Washer and dryer. Roof deck overlooking Allegheny Commons Park and City Skyline. A second double bed/guest room is available ; inquire about special pricing.
Interaction with Guests
I personally welcome guests and am available for questions and directions around City. I'm available by cell phone at all times and live on the premises.
Nice park and residents! Lots of trees and brick sidewalks!
Subway is free and nearby.
(website hidden) LYFT or UBER to arrange inexpensive ride from airport or around town. They offer transport which is very inexpensive. You can walk Downtown in 20 minutes.
Other Things to Note
The minimum stay is two nights. Friday and Saturday rates are $25 higher. A second double bed is available in the Loft; inquire about special pricing.
Prefer no air fresheners. No smokers. Guests may use the house kitchen and laundry and clean up after themselves. Keep personal effects in guest room. Keep loud sounds down between 11 PM to 8 AM. Additional overnight guests permitted with prearrangement. Guests will keep house door locked securely and close windows in room when going out. Parking for autos is done with parking permit nearby. Owner can help with directions and nice places to visit. This is someone's home and you are a very special guest!
The experience my wife and I had was phenomenal. The house had an incredible amount of character and the amenities and the rooms were exactly as described. An added bonus was access to the rooftop deck, which was absolutely incredible in terms of peacefulness, privacy and provided an unforgettable view of the city. Jack was equally as great; he was extremely congenial, knowledgeable and a fantastic host. It was hard to leave and we will be back!
Jack was a great host and arranged for somebody to welcome me when he couldn't make it in time due to a cancelled flight. Staying at the house was super convenient as it was only a short walk to the metro which takes you downtown for free. The room description was accurate and I felt very much home.
Overall, this was a great option for me during my conference attendance in downtown Pittsburgh.
I had a wonderful stay! Jack was away the weekend I was here, but his tenant Josh was there to welcome me and show me around the house. The room was very comfortable and quiet, and well-stocked with snacks, drinks, coffee, and tea. I had a great lunch at Benjamin's down the street, and there were a bunch of other restaurants I wish I had had time to try. The Mattress Factory museum was within walking distance, and was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I wish had I been able to stay for longer than just a weekend!
When planning a recent business trip to Pittsburgh, I chose Jack’s place over the downtown conference hotel, and I’m so glad I did. He’s a great host, accommodating and generous but never intrusive, and his lovely home is in an interesting and historic part of the city, right next to Pittsburgh’s oldest park, that I might not have explored otherwise. I had two very good meals just down the street: one at Nicky’s Thai and one at Benjamin's Burger Bar, which I'd describe as more of a gastropub and which has really good wines by the glass, if you care about that sort of thing.
Jack was very responsive from the get-go, answering questions – usually within an hour – about parking, driving directions, and walking times to downtown. When I arrived, he supplied a street-parking permit and showed me where to leave my car. Then he took me on a tour of the house, which ended on the beautiful roof deck – the perfect vantage point for a quick orientation of the neighbourhood, a subject on which he’s both knowledgeable and passionate. I didn’t have time, unfortunately, to take advantage of his offer to drive me to the overlook on the south side of the city (next visit!), but we did fit in a tour of the nearby Methodist church he’s had a hand in preserving and its gorgeous Tiffany windows.
The room itself is comfy, clean and very quiet. I arrived on a mild spring day, but the temperature dropped that evening and Jack, knowing I wouldn’t be back until later, was considerate enough to turn on the space heater in my room so it would be cozy when I returned.
I walked between the north shore and my conference in the Golden Triangle as much as possible, usually via the river walk and the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Fort Duquesne Bridge (twenty minutes or so, depending on your speed), but the (free!) subway is only a five-minute walk from Jack’s house and runs frequently.
I look forward to staying here again and exploring more of Pittsburgh, and I highly recommend Jack’s home to anyone else who’s planning a visit.
Jack is an incredible host. He is so hospitable and so welcoming. I loved getting to know him over my stay. And, not to mention, his home is beautiful. It's located in a great part of town and is a wonderful historical building. I really enjoyed my stay; hopefully, I will be able to stay again next time I am visiting Pittsburgh!
Jack is a great guy, he was the best host I ever had. The house is big and it is well localized. I hope the opportunity to stay there again.
About the Host, Jack
Hi, I'm Jack Schmitt.
This listing is called the "fun North Shore" because this is a gentrified neighborhood with so much to do - read more below...and it is walking distance to downtown Pittsburgh just over the Allegheny River.
In our home here, you will have a private room, private kitchenette, and private bathroom in a 22 room Victorian townhouse built in 1870. This is a Federal Historic District called Allegheny West. This home is a 15 minute walk into downtown Pittsburgh, to the Stadiums, Mattress Factory Art Museum, Mexican War Streets, and the River Heritage Trail that connects with the Great Allegheny Passage to Washington D.C..
The Allegheny Commons Park with Lake Elizabeth and the National Aviary is across the street near where Gus makes ice balls from his brightly painted cart. In this valley our Springs, Autumns and Winters are warmer and very beautiful. Allegheny West is a nice little neighborhood of tree-lined streets, restored historic homes, restaurants, parks and museums.
Within minutes walk are: Allegheny General Hospital, the Mattress Factory Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Children's Museum, the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field, PNC (Pirates) Park, Carnegie Library, the Community College of Allegheny County, St. Peter's Cathedral Church, Calvary United Methodist with Tiffany windows, Banjo Club Wednesday at the Elks, the National Aviary with its Penguins and Eagles, nice inexpensive neighborhood restaurants/cafes : Peppi's, Lindo's, Monterrey Cafe Irish Pub, Carmi, The Modern, Nikky's Thai Kitchen, Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe, Georgio's, Subway. This is a fun place to live for a few days or a month! The second weekend in each December is the fantastic Victorian Christmas Candlelight House Tour.
Within a few more minutes of driving are: University of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museums, Mount Washington, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Consol Center, West End Overlook, Heinz Hall, The Benedum, Market Square, Carnegie Mellon, Frick Fine Arts Center, Phipps Conservatory, Soldiers and Sailor's Memorial Hall, the Strip District, the great US Steel Building and PPG Place.
From this neighborhood is immediate access to the main Interstates East, West, South and North. The subway station with free rides to downtown is nearby. Walking downtown takes 15 minutes. From the airport the drive is about 20 minutes to the front door! Lyft and Uber are popular taxi services. Parking here is easy in front of the house and with a special Parking Permit just around the corner. Mountain skiing, snowboarding or just watching others do it while lounging before a cozy fire is just an hour away at Hidden Valley or Seven Springs on Laurel Mountain.
When here at home, enjoy the roof decks with their views of the hills, daytime or night City skyline, and Victorian rooftops - watching sunsets or the weekly fireworks, for yoga at dawn, or tanning times. Detergents are provided in the laundry. You will also be able to view satellite TV in the living room...or use the weight room, sit on the front stoop and talk to the neighbors. WiFi works throughout the house. This is a home in a restored City neighborhood.
Your second floor room has a refrigerator, microwave, kitchenette, private bathroom with soaking tub, snacks, teas and coffee, dishes and silverware, WiFi access, four large bright windows with views of gardens and the Concolor fir. There's an air conditioner in Summer and personal electric heat in Winter. Also in the room is a real full size comfy bed.
The first motorcycle policeman in Pittsburgh owned this house; he parked the cycle in the little courtyard under your window. In the basement was his shooting range and the bulls eye targets are still there along with the ricocheted lead pieces embedded in the rafters. He was also a sign painter and painted the Clark Bar signs for the Clark Candy Company; Mr. and Mrs. Clark lived around the corner. Dan Rooney, owner of the Steelers, now lives around the corner. During Prohibition it is said the house had a moonshine still operating in the attic; the hootch was served in a basement Speakeasy next door.
You won't see me much but we will run in to each other enjoying the roof deck or visiting in the living room. Two bicycles live here; you may use in the Commons Park or the River Heritage Trail. If you come during Christmastide, from Thanksgiving to Candlemas, there will be a white welcome candle in each window. This is a real home and not a hotel, on Pittsburgh's fun north shore!