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bicycling, vegetarian, basketball playing, music listening, family man from pittsburgh pa with an intense interest in planning, architecture and design. advocate for all things urban, indie and anything to do with my hometown.
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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.
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.
Lance & his family would be welcome back at any time.
Lance and his family are one of the best hosts you can have in Pittsburgh! They are extremely knowledgeable about all things Yinzer and will never steer you wrong. They are excellent resources for anything from sports to sauerkraut (big doin's in the 'burgh :)
Lance is a friend, former colleague, and several time work-trip mate. He's thoughtful, interesting, respectful, engaging, and just the sort of person I would want for an ambassador to a new place--especially quirky/cool Pittsburgh! You won't be disappointed.