House - Private room · Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, United States

Lots to do and see and eat. Easy to get everywhere from here.

Your host, Jack
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Lots to do and see and eat. Easy to get everywhere from here.

The Space

Townhouse on edge of 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 no frills 2nd floor guest room with private bath with deep soaking tub, double bed, dresser, refrigerator, microwave, kitchenette, desk. Access to house kitchen, living room, weight room, wireless Internet, 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.

Guest Access

KITCHENETTE in guest room. Washer and dryer. Two roof decks overlooking Allegheny Commons Park and City Skyline.

Interaction with Guests

I am here to greet new guests and I live in this house.

Getting around

Yes - subway is free and nearby.
(website hidden) LYFT to arrange inexpensive ride from airport or around town. They offer free drinks, food and a suggested price for transport which is very inexpensive. Walk Downtown in 20 minutes.

Other Things to Note

The minimum stay is three nights on weekends that include a Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Weekend rates are $20 higher. Weekday minimum stay two nights from Mon through Thursday.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $480 /week
Monthly Price: $1750 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I will agree with everything said by previous guests. This (email hidden) (email hidden) and a very good price. So; I was very happy with my stay and would make that my choice again when returning to Pittsburgh!

    June 2014
  • Jack was very accommodating and thoughtful of guests. He has made arrangements to (email hidden), be helpful and share information/(his wealth of) knowledge of Pittsburgh, his neighborhood, and general. He went out of his way to make sure all went well for me. Location was very convenient to Golden Triangle. Neighborhood was extremely quiet at night. I would definitely stay with him again.

    June 2014
  • Jack's listing is extremely comfortable, clean and warm, and sits in a very lush and pleasant part of Pittsburgh. Jack was extremely friendly and helpful during my brief stay, always willing for a good chat (particularly up on the roof deck!) but understanding of my privacy also.

    Would not hesitate to stay with Jack again. Highly recommend his place to all!

    June 2014
  • I really enjoyed my time staying at Jack's BnB in Pittsburgh. Jack was very welcoming, gracious and hospitable. The room was quiet, relaxing and large enough with a comfortable bed, desk, sink, microwave and mini-refrigerator. His house is part of the historical district know as West Allegheny, which is worth the tour with many 19th century home in excellent condition. Don't miss the roof deck for the sunset and cool breezes looking toward downtown Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh waterfront area and downtown are only a 10 minute walk. During my conversations with Jack, I learned a lot about the history of Pittsburgh and Western PA. Thanks for a very enjoyable stay!

    June 2014
  • My stay worked out beautifully at Jack's home. Jack was generous and gracious and I appreciated the extra attention to detail that he extended that made my stay relaxing and homey. I enjoyed being able to make a cup of tea in the room at night without having to ask or be a bother. The rooftop deck was such a nice surprise (email hidden) to sit after a long day. I have to go back so I can read more about Croatia! (reading material in the room) I recommend Jack's place!

    May 2014
  • Very quaint neighborhood with lots of great little cafes for eating. Jack was very friendly and accommodating and the facilities were clean and completely met our needs for our stay. Would highly recommend. The rooftop deck and view was awesome!

    May 2014
  • Jack is a generous and gracious host, and is happy to chat or leave you alone as you please. The room is private, with lots of natural light and you get a bathroom to yourself. Would definitely recommend to friends.

    May 2014
  • I stayed with Jack while attending a conference at the Wyndham. Jack was very accommodating, and flexible with check-in/check-out times. During check-in, I got a tour of his very cool, historic home, including roof patio and basement with wall paintings from an earlier owner dating back to the early 20th century. The room was very comfortable, and complete with small fridge, dishes and sinks, and artwork of Pittsburgh.

    The location was very convenient to downtown Pittsburgh, with a ~10 minute walk to the subway station which is two (free) stops from downtown and runs quite frequently. There are good restaurants close by, along with a very large park. On my last evening in town, Jack kindly offered to take me to a nearby overlook to see the city at night.

    Overall, a very cool, comfortable place to stay convenient to downtown Pittsburgh.

    April 2014
  • Jack's 19th century home is located in Pittsburgh's gracious historic district. The room and its adjoining bath is at the top of the first flight of stairs and very private. It overlooks a small courtyard in the back, and is wonderfully quiet. A few steps away are good restaurants and a lovely, large city park. I was in Pittsburgh on business, and either walked or rode the (free) subway to downtown, which takes 20 minutes or so. Jack (email hidden), and went out of his way to make my stay as pleasant as possible. For years, he has been involved in preservation and restoration of historic buildings in the city, so history buffs will get an additional bonus by staying with him! Thank you, Jack!

    March 2014
    Response from Jack:

    Linda- You and I must be in tune with each other. I have been thinking of writing you all afternoon and asking for a review. I was going to ask you to pick some good "tiles/cubes" and put together a few words for a review! And here you do it! Thank you for your kind words.

    I hope you are continuing to do well in your travels...and sales. I am suffering that terrible stomach virus for over a week now and hope it is over soon. Spring is bursting in Pittsburgh just now - the roof deck is wonderful sitting in the sun and the evenings. I'm very busy with seasonal things and getting ready for the next guest, Sergio, from Chile. Come back soon!

    March 2014
  • Jack (email hidden) and made me feel right at home.The house is located in a great neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Jack really made my trip to Pittsburgh extra special with his hospitality and knowledge of the area. The room was cozy and comfortable. I hope to return soon. I highly recommended this place for your stay in the city!!

    December 2013
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Hi, my name is Jack Schmitt. Jack likes to play racquetball, refinish wood furniture, meditate, practice yoga, garden, make soup, tour old places and attend films in theaters. If you select me as host, you will have a private room and a bathroom in a Victorian townhouse built in 1870 and live in a Federal Historic District called Allegheny West. From here it is a 15 minute casual walk through the park into downtown Pittsburgh, to the Heritage River Trail which connects with Washington D.C. The Allegheny Commons Park with Lake Elizabeth is across the street near where Gus makes ice balls from his brightly painted cart. There is a bocce court across the street; Wednesday is bocce night in the neighborhood. 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 its large Tiffany windows, the National Aviary, and nice inexpensive neighborhood restaurants/cafes : Peppi's, Lindo's, Monterrey Cafe Irish Pub, The Modern, Nikky's Thai Kitchen, Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe, Georgio's, Subway. . From this neighborhood access to the main Interstates East, West, South and North is within blocks. The subway station with free rides to downtown is nearby. Walking downtown takes 15 minutes. The bus stops across the street. Parking here is easy in front of the house and with a special Parking Permit just around the corner. When here at home, you may enjoy the roof decks with their views of the Ohio River hills and the City skyline, and Victorian rooftops - either at sunset and for fireworks, for yoga at dawn, or for tanning times. You'll be able to use the kitchen and laundry. Detergents are provided. You will also be able to view Cable TV in the weight room recliner, or in the living room...or sit on the front stoop and talk to the neighbors. This is a home in a restored City neighborhood. Your second floor room has a refrigerator, a 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 bed, full size. A college student lives on the first floor and he is very interested in biking, football, and swimming. The first motorcycle policeman in Pittsburgh owned this house and parked the cycle in the little courtyard. 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; Mr. Clark lived around the corner. During Prohibition he, is said to have had a moonshine still operating in the attic; the hootch was served in a Speakeasy in the basement next door. His family owned the house from about 1921 till 1977 when Jack bought it. You won't see me much but we may run in to each other in the kitchen, hallways or sitting on the roof deck. Two bicycles live here which you may use with a friend to see this level part of town and the River Trail. And 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.
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