*disclaimer: i have found that guest expectations vary wildly and that it is very important to manage these expectations; i would rather turn away guests than have disappointed ones. so, if you are accustomed to newly remodeled accommodations in fancy neighborhoods, this place is not for you. if you care about the quality of your mattress, this place is not for you. if you are bothered by uncomfortable toilet seats (i know, read the reviews, smh), this place is not for you. if you are concerned about the speed of your wifi signal, this place is not for you. there is no air conditioning here *gasp*. there is no TV *double gasp*
however, if want basic, cheap accommodations in a cool, urban neighborhood that is close to everything, this place is for you. if you sleep on couches sometimes, this place is for you. if you like to walk and ride bikes, this place is probably for you.
if you have any special requests or concerns please ask me beforehand and i will do my best to address them. i will tell you honestly if i do not think you will enjoy the place. thanks.*
welcome to your home base in beautiful pittsburgh pennsylvania.
you get to act like a local in your very own row house.
your host lives right around the corner if you need anything - and he knows all kinds of local history, great places to eat, drink and see shows, as well as some bizarre little places that make this town so great (st anthony's, maxo vanka murals, banjo night at the elks, etc). check my "guidebook in the upper right corner of the listing - i limited it to places that you could walk to, but this is just scratching the surface. your host family is fluent in english, russian, turkish and pittsburghese.
your place is a cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath row house with off street parking. great location in deutschtown - one of the city’s best located neighborhoods.
come on in, i'll show you around - living room is in the front of the house. check out those nice hardwood floors and that mantle. the stereo is over there - feel free to listen to anything from the eclectic record collection or tune into one of our awesome independent and college radio stations (yes, we have 4) or plug in your electronic device and flip the source to "aux". [update: record player broken :( working on a replacement]
through this lovely plaster arch is the dining room - it seats at least 6 so please have a dinner party. there is a full, eat-in kitchen in rear. the back patio with outdoor dining space is right off the kitchen. the rear brick courtyard an easily accommodate 2 cars. oh, there is also a ¾ bath with toilet, shower, and sink located right here off the dining room.
upstairs there is 1 queen futon in the large front bedroom. you'll also find a full bath with toilet, shower/bath, and sink upstairs. there is 1 longer-than-normal twin bed bed in the smaller rear bedroom too.
there is a desktop computer running windows XP with microsoft office and internet via (website hidden) chrome. there is an unsecured 802.11g wifi signal throughout the house for your own laptop, no password necessary and should pull between 3 and 5 bars depending on your machine and your location in the house.
the neighborhood is very dense and walkable, located adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh's central business district.
walkscore gives this place an 85 = "very walkable"
You can walk literally everywhere in just a few blocks:
- downtown (0.7 miles)
- convention center (0.7 miles)
- stadiums (0.6 miles)
- casino (1.2 miles)
- national aviary (0.6 miles)
- andy warhol museum (0.5 miles)
- mattress factory museum (0.7 miles)
- children’s museum (0.4 miles)
- local indy coffee shop (0.3 miles)
- local indy record shop (0.1 miles)
- thrift store (0.2 miles)
- drug store (0.2 miles)
- grocery store (0.3 miles)
- beer distributor (0.2 miles)
- liquor store (0.1 miles) (i can explain PA's insane liquor laws, sort of)
- penn brewery (0.6 miles)
- the strip district (our open air food market neighborhood) (0.9 miles)
- a ton of great bars and restaurants (many within 1 block!)
- the beautiful, 80 acre allegheny commons park (0.1 miles)
- 24 mile riverfront trail network that connects with Great Allegheny Passage to Wash DC (0.5 miles)
- subway aka “the T” (0.8 miles)
- public transit to universities in Oakland and elsewhere (0.1 miles)
- great highway access – interstates 279, 79, route 28 and 376 interchange can get you basically EVERYWHERE (0.3 miles)
1 box fan
1 ocillating floor fan
abundant natural light
stereo with ipod capabilities
record collection and turntable
the world wide interweb
laundromat across the street
knowledgeable host who lives nearby
bikes - i have 2 bikes you can use, 1 vintage womens road bike and 1 mixte. let me know if you'll be needing bikes so i can have them tuned up and ready to ride for you.
Please do not smoke cigarettes inside, thanks.
neighborhood – deutschtown
trail maps - friends of the riverfront
history: this place was originally built for robert adair back around 1872. he was a brick maker (a moulder) from ireland and lived here with his wife and 7 kids (which is crazy to think about once you see how small this place is for a family of 9). it was 51 james street back when it was built but the house number changed along with some of the names of the surrounding streets after the forced annexation of allegheny city by the city of pittsburgh back in 1906.
Lance had alerted us to the construction happening next door prior to our arrival. I was a little surprised and initially concerned to find that the construction was being done on the open shell of a home that was attached to 823 James Street. Thankfully, my concerns were quickly put to rest...The interior of Lance's place was clean, modern in a mid-century sort of way, and comfortable. As mentioned in other reviews, the location is terrific. The surrounding neighborhoods are interesting. Max's Allegheny Tavern was everything I had hoped for. This place suited my needs to a T (which, by the way is also relatively close if you don't mind a good walk.) Thanks Lance!
Let me first say that I'm the type of person who can sleep anywhere, who camps, and has otherwise has lower expectations for comfort than most people. I'll also say that I slept very well curled up on the couch (it was firmer than the bed), and took nice hot showers, which was really all I was looking for.
So, guests should know...if I were a real estate agent, I'd say this place is a real fixer-upper...with a lot of character...and potential...with a dash of carnival funhouse thrown in. The floors and the stairs are not level, the walls are not flat. There are boards missing from the siding. The upstairs bathroom has a door that's off its hinge. My friend who shared the house with me forgot this fact in the middle of the night when he went to the bathroom and tried to close the door...the door fell on him (he was ok, though a bit shaken). As Lance says, the place has spotty internet. All in all, it was fine by my standards, but after asking around at hotel prices, I think there are better values to be found.
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The house is conveniently located to everything. It's close to museums, the convention center and the Aviary. Nothing was more than a 12 minute ride from the house. We all enjoyed our stay.
The house is spacious and in a convenient location to the Warhol museum, PNC park, and walking bridges to downtown Pittsburgh. The place is very basically equipped and simply furnished, but if that is all you need, it works great. Easy to park, easy to check in and check out, and when we forgot a pair of prescription sunglasses in the house, Lance made sure to get in touch and return them to us. Not a lot of amenities in the immediate vicinity of the house (markets, restaurants or bars aside from the James Street Gastropub which was nice) but really easy to get around from there to nearby areas.
Very stylish place, super close to the city. Lance is very easy to work with and I'm sure I'll stay again.
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The house is funky but functional. Nice coffee press, futon on couch, parking worked in back of house. Lance was super - responded immediately to my questions. Nice at Legends he recommended, park nearby for our toddler. All walkable. We enjoyed. Thanks, Lance!
Lance is very nice and accommodating, but the house needs work and was not very clean for our stay.Pay close attention to the pictures and you will notice that the toilet seats are smaller than the toilets which is uncomfortable.We didn't notice and wished we had. Some windows have no curtains making the dining room visible to the outside. Some windows had no screens so air circulation was limited. Futon squeaks while trying to sleep. Off street parking was great. People of Pittsburgh were warm, inviting and helpful. Great coffee shop close by: Just Bean Coffee House on East Ohio. Say Hi to Matt.If we could we would rate this place at 2.5 stars.
I had an enjoyable time staying in this house, but I also took the time to go through Lance's entire listing and look at the area the house was in before booking so I understood what to expect. This is definitely an urban area with a lot of bars and restaurants to go to, but is not a squeaky clean suburb with chain stores on the corner. Also, the larger bed is a futon, and the smaller bed is a twin, both of which are clearly stated in the listing. The parking pad in the back had ample room, and it was an easy walk to the Aviary and PNC park.