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

The Space

Townhouse of four floors on edge of Allegheny Commons Park in National Register Historic District Allegheny West; minutes to downtown Pittsburgh. Near River biking walking trails, free subway, museums, stadiums. Small private no frills 2nd floor guest room(single bed, dresser, refrigerator, microwave, kitchen style sink, desk). Access to kitchen, bathrooms, living rooms, weight room, wireless Internet, electric heater, 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.

Other Things to Note

The minimum stay is three nights.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $440 /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

Check In
  • 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 was a fine host, 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!

  • Jack was a fantastic host 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
  • My stay with Jack was fantastic! He was extremely hospitable and welcoming. The room and facilities were perfect for my stay and the location cannot be beat. I would definitely stay there again if in the area.

    November 2013
  • My stay with Jack on the North Shore was seriously more than I could have ever hoped for. He was extremely warm, kind, generous, and very interesting. He was helpful and really wanted to help me make the most of my short stay, but he was also not intrusive and made me feel really comfortable and at ease to do my own thing. He picked me up and dropped me off at the airport, he took me to the most amazing scenic outlook over the heart of Pittsburgh, he told me where to go for tea/coffee, good restaurants, and shared with me very interesting things about the neighborhood, which is exceedingly charming. The room was warm, quiet, and had what I needed (bed, desk, fridge, sink), plus full bath practically to myself, and free reign of the full kitchen if I so desired. It was easy to get to the subway to get downtown and beyond. I felt safe, at a home away from home, and really could not have asked for anything better.

    November 2013
  • The location is great! Public transit, to downtown, which is important to me is in a walking distance. A place to have a great sandwiches (they name it "the best sandwich in town") and tasty pizzas just right near Jack's house.

    The room is clean. There is a fridge and a microwave owen. Everythng I needed to had a quick meal is right in the room. Internet is also fast. I am more than satisfied with my stay there. Thanks!

    October 2013
  • I had a most wonderful stay at Jack's place on the North Side; I only wish I could have been there longer to enjoy Pittsburgh more. Jack is a generous, gracious, and fun-loving host. Since he's been involved with the renovation and historical preservation of several North Side structures, he offers an insider's view of Pittsburgh history and architecture and design.
    The guest room itself reflects Jack's fine and fun sense of architectural style and attention to detail. It is clean, bright, and I appreciated the high ceiling and the in-room sink, drawer space, desk, and refrigerator. The bathroom has been recently fully remodeled leaving intact some of the old architectural elements (like original door hardware.) If you're a renovation/remodel geek like me, you will appreciate some of these small touches that take you back to a different era yet are wonderfully functional and handsome still today.
    There is absolutely no reason to stay at a boring hotel when you can have such a rich cultural experience of Pittsburgh at Jack's place!

    October 2013
  • Great neighborhood, walking distance to beautiful park, Warhol museum, downtown, and cute neighborhood with good restaurants. Jack is a flawless host, room is a good size, very clean, easy to come and go (keypad lock), house is shared with Jack and an apartment tenant, but no noise problems. I was traveling through Pittsburgh on my bicycle, and Jack offered safe, indoor bicycle storage, as well as knowledge of the local trails. A great experience.

    October 2013
  • A very cute room in a wonderful house. Jack was friendly, courteous and very helpful. A few added touches made the stay feel tailor made for me. I felt perfectly accommodated! The room had everything you could need with a private bathroom right outside the door. Great location in a cute neighborhood that was also a short walk to the free subway. I had such a great time, thank you Jack!

    September 2013
    Response from Jack:

    Thanks for the nice review. I only wished you had stayed longer and we had time to talk - perhaps on the roof deck. Next time...
    But be happy the Pirates are in the Play-offs!
    Thank you Jeff.

  • Staying with jack was one of the best decisions I made before moving to Pittsburgh. My trip was last minute plan and Jack accepted my request and let me live with him. Room was nice and comfy and full of light. Jack showed me the entire house and it is very beautiful. He also took me for site seeing (that was really nice of him). Jack and his roommate Josh are very friendly and we had a nice time on the roof deck. I will definitely recommend everyone to go live here. It will be an awesome experience.

    August 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: 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 Methodist with its large Tiffany windows, the National Aviary, and nice inexpensive neighborhood restaurants/cafes : Peppi's, Lindo's, 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, a sink, 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, twin 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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