Hi, my name is Jack Schmitt. Jack likes to play racquetball, refinish wood furniture, meditate, practice yoga, tour old places and attend films in theaters - Sci-Fi, historical, biographical, Star Wars. Jack volunteers on the Boards of Directors of historic preservation and heritage groups and is helping to restore historic religious structures and this Allegheny West neighborhood. Jack coordinates a monthly speakers series about spirituality and likes sitting on the roof deck on quiet evenings. Some of my favorite places to travel are Williamsburg, Va., Geneva on the Lake, Ohio, and the Shenandoah Valley; but I would consider going back to Hawaii if you would send me for a month or two. Undergrad B.S.Ed.study was done at Duquesne University and Dayton. Jack taught high school and has a Masters Degree in Counseling from I.U.P. He developed and managed student rental housing for 35 years. A favorite recently read book is Richard Rohr's The Naked Now. I'm mostly a vegetarian but enjoy some chicken and ocean bred fish.
If you select me as host, you will have a private room and 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 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, as you can tell.
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