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We are both working artists and educators. We spend our time working, listening to music, watching movies and visiting museums, and we enjoy good restaurants.
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This was an amazing place to be. The whole house had an amazing vibe and Martin and his wife made us feel very comfortable. We were shooting a music video in someone else's home, so I was sort of uncomfortable and nervous going in, but after meeting them and realizing how much into the different forms of art and opening they were, I was inspired. Definitely a place to stay! Thank you!
We had a great stay with Martin and Jesha. They are very gracious, not to mention fascinating people! The room was very comfortable and well-equipped as well. And the house is truly unique - if you stay there, you must take a tour around! Oh and breakfast was delicious.
Martin and Jesha are great hosts! They are cool people with a very cool house! They did everything to make our stay a wonderful experience. They upgraded our room, they gave us helpful advice on what we planned to do the next day, and they made great coffee/tea! I enjoyed talking to them and I wish I could stay there longer :)
It was wonderful to visit Martin and Jesha. Don't visit them if you are just looking for a place to stay. Visit them if you want to meet two very interesting people that love to talk about music, drawing, photography, movies, sculptures etc.; visit them if you want to see the unique piece of art they have turned their house into; visit them if you want to taste self-roasted coffee; visit them if you want to dive into the movie collection in their cinema etc. etc. etc.
All the other stuff is perfect too (super clean, nice rooms, exactly as in the pictures etc.) - but as I said, this place is much more than just that. Thanks Martin and Jesha!
One of the best AirBnB experiences to date! Beautiful, eclectic house with so much artwork to look at and enjoy. Martin was an exceptional host and we loved just sitting and talking to him about anything and everything (freshly roasted coffee was also amazing!). We had never thought that Pittsburgh would be a destination for us to visit, but now it's definitely on our list for quick getaways - along with a stay at the mirrored house. It should definitely be a point of interest in Pittsburgh. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend!!!
Martin was great! The room was neat and tidy – better than any hotel. He gave us a tour of his beautiful home and showed us his amazing art collection and personal work and studio. It was a pleasure to stay there! It really added to our experience of Pittsburgh and visiting Falling Water. Will recommend the stay to everyone.
The house is absolutely incredible and Martin is a wonderful host. My only regret is that we weren't able to spend more time with him! If you're looking for a spacious, beautiful spot, you've found it.
Martin is an excellent host! I wish i could've stayed longer. He has a spacious bed & bath on a separate level from other bedrooms. There is a great TV in room & he has an extensive DVD library to choose from. COFFEE in am was excellent! Loved seeing his art & hearing his music.
Staying with Martin was a lesson in living. Every detail of his home communicates a passion for art and design, and my short stay was a chance to realign my own aspirations for home life. Who would have thought an airbnb overnight could be so life-changing???
I awoke to the sound of Glenn Gould piano music, playing from one of the most incredible stereos I have ever heard (audiophiles - you won't want to miss this customized system). Martin tells me he usually has "Glenn Gould Sundays" but missed the routine by one day. The turntables (yes, two turntables) were ready to go for Martin's unbelievable catalog of recordings. I happen to love Sonny Rollins, and Martin was generous enough to pull out 5 different albums from his collection for me.
Breakfast was waiting for me - homemade oatmeal with fresh fruit and cream. Delicious. The coffee was truly fresh-roasted, there's a coffee roaster installed in the kitchen! Martin had the New York Times on the table, along with a wonderful variety of art publications and interesting periodicals. I wanted to read all afternoon with the life-like orchestral sound bellowing from the stereo and the coffee aroma oozing from the kitchen. Martin's kitchen is organized and designed like a high-end woodworking studio - an absolutely stunning display of modern kitchen tools hang from the walls, along with a professional stove and oven. I could only imagine the meals and parties created in this inviting space, and I was jealous my stay didn't coincide with such an event.
There's much more to say about my surprisingly wonderful stay, but I will leave it at this: If you are stopping ANYWHERE near Pittsburgh, DO NOT miss the opportunity to experience Martin Prekop's home. I cannot wait for my next excuse to visit and explore this unparalleled residence!!!
Thank you Martin - I'm grateful for your sincere hospitality!
Martin and Jesha have been the most wonderful hosts and created a Wonderful environment for us. The Artistic Setting of the house impressed us the most and we felt like staying at an Art museum With the real artists living in with us. Whether the living room, the kitchen and the studio and the bedroom
really made us want to stay there forever.
They treated us with respect and caring with methodical details taken cared for us. We will always go back to stay with them if we are in Pittsburgh again. We highly recommend this lovely place for any of you.
Jennifer and Andy
Martin's partner stayed here for 4 days. She left the room in a clean condition. Welcome back!
Martin and his partner left the apartment in very good condition. There was no problem at all.
Jesha is a very nice guest. She kept the house clean and treated everything friendly, especially to the cats. We talked a lot about travelling in Taiwan and she gave us lots of helpful information and inspired ideas. We are very happy to host Jesha and hope we can meet again.
Jesha is a great and kind guest.She share her project and work to (website hidden)'s verrrrry interesting.
See you (Jesha and Martin) next time))))
Jesha and Martin stayed with us for one night while visiting the Wexner Center. They were easy to have as guests. They were neat, tidy, polite and respectful of our home. We'd be happy to have them stay with us again!
Martin Prekop’s house is a treat, a phenomenon. People drive by just to get a glimpse of it and it has been written up in various art magazines because it is in itself something of a work of art. Martin is an accomplished artist, one who never tires of making things and then making them over and then doing something new and different. He was head of the Art Institute of Chicago and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh and is still a leading member of the Art Department in that College. When I say that his house is something of an art object, don’t get the wrong idea. He doesn’t live in some kind of colorless Andy Warhol (another famous Pittsburgh artist of course) slow movie or strange object. If you stay with him and Jesha you won’t find yourself in a bizarre world of abstract impressionism or anything else that might make a B&B less than completely comfortable and luxurious.
Martin does most of his artwork in a huge studio he himself built onto his house. He paints there, constructs, and photographs—even making his own camera. One of the things Martin does is build tropical fish tanks, big ones, really big ones—both fresh and salt-water tanks. The tanks are a delight in themselves, and the beautiful fish make for a wonderful room full of light, color and gentle fluid motion.
He has a huge converted swimming pool that is now an outdoor fish tank in his garden. The garden itself is a showcase for a variety of sculptures, some whimsical, some serious some just fun. The outside patio has an inscription of three words that help define his style: Subtlety, Dignity, Zest. As fine a set of words as one could hope to find I think. That text serves as a strong hint of Martin’s character and also might well remind one of the famous poetic/sculpture garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Little Sparta, in Scotland.
It should therefore be no surprise that Martin is an excellent cook (although Jesha will probably soon be better). Cooking is a creative art in itself, a site of creative transformation second to none. He brings to the cooking skills, an excellent understanding of wines and spirits as well.
Martin and Jesha’s BandB is very reasonably priced, and the host has selections of his work available for purchase, also at very reasonable prices.
So, guests who stay with Martin and Jesha are in for a real treat, feasts for the eyes, the soul, the mind, the palate. They will come away, rested, delighted, refreshed, probably more subtle, dignified and zesty.
"The House of Courage" is what I called the place. A home of two artists with lots of art.
The house itself is art.
Very comfortable, quiet, and inspiring. If you ever want to escape from a busy life and get refill with joy and energy, Martin's home is the place to go to enjoy a nice relaxing vacation.