The Space100 year old home with cozy, artsy vibe. I am a full-time photographer and mostly work from home, so I've worked hard to make my house feel happy, creative, and comfortable.
Lots of fun spaces in the house, including a gym and library, which has lofted ceilings. The only full bath in the house is on the first floor (this is a weird Pittsburgh thing, a lot of older houses have this), but there is a powder room on the second floor right by all the bedrooms. You have two beds in your room, a full sized futon with a brand new three inch foam topper on top of the mattress, and a regular twin bed. Both are cozy.
I have two pets, a snuggly, adorable, super affectionate cat named Mittens, who will promptly love you, and a snarky, hilarious African Grey parrot named Thandi. Mittens is loving having new people in the house, and most guests have been letting her hang out in the guest bedroom because she cuddles, so just a warning that she's in the habit now and she'll probably want to cuddle with you too! Thandi is wary of strangers, so she won't want to hang out with you, but you may hear her during daylight hours chatting away (she sounds like a person, it's pretty funny). Guest AccessYour bedroom is private, but other than my bedroom and office pretty much the rest of the house you'll share with me, including both bathrooms. On the first floor is the full bath, kitchen, and tv/eating/lounging room, all which you are free to use whenever. My office is also on the first floor, that's usually where I am most days, working.
On the second floor is the guest room, powder room, gym, and library. I usually use the gym most days for a bit, but my times can be flexible, depending on if you're also interested in using it. The library is super cozy. It's great for reading and getting work done, and it's free for you to use during the day when I'm at home. It's off limits at night though, and when I'm out, as my bedroom is lofted off of there and Thandi's cage is there too (when I'm not home that's where she'll be hanging out, so I generally shut the door for more quiet).
There's also a cute front porch and bigger back patio, all which are open for use spring-summer-fall. Interaction with GuestsMost days I'm around, working from home, so you can feel free to bug me with any questions. I will generally leave you to your thing, though I love getting to know new people and am usually up for a chat if you're feeling inclined. The NeighborhoodLawrenceville is one of the most popular areas in Pittsburgh, and it's been hailed as one of the best neighborhoods in America! We have tons of amazing restaurants, boutiques, galleries, bars, and lots of other fun places to check out along Butler Street. Pittsburgh was recently named the number one foodie city in America as well!
Having been an old industrial city, a lot of the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh still have that gritty look to them, and Lawrenceville is no exception. But don't let the working class vibe scare you, it's a safe neighborhood, and my street in particular has neighbors that look out for each other. Obviously we're in a city suburb, so there's always a chance of something happening, but I've been here for years now and feel perfectly safe walking around both day and night. Getting AroundThe bus has some stops right on Butler street, which is just down the hill, maybe a 5-10 min walk.
Lawrenceville proper is flat, but there are lots of hills right around it and my street happens to be up one of those steep hills. Just a head's up, as walking down to Butler street will require a hike back up some pretty steep inclines. But it's less than a 5 minute drive down the road to all the cool things the neighborhood has to offer. Other Things to NoteParking is limited but available; you'll have the spot in front of my house during your stay. If there are more cars there are a few places at the end of my street to tuck the second car away.
Lawrenceville proper is flat, but there are lots of hills right around it and my street happens to be up one of those steep hills. Just a head's up, as walking down to Butler street will require a hike back up some pretty steep inclines. But it's less than a 5 minute drive down the road to all the cool things the neighborhood has to offer.
The parrot is usually excellently behaved in regards to not making loud noises super early, but occasionally she'll start chatting quietly to herself once the sun starts rising. I do my best to be aware and curb it, and she is covered up at night, but it is something that occasionally happens, FYI, albeit pretty rare. Once I'm up for the day I take her downstairs with me. At that point she does often chat a bit in the mornings, so you may occasionally hear random gibberish and noises. I try to keep her as quiet as I can, and luckily she doesn't scream, but taking is her nature, and if you're super sensitive to every noise this might not be the place for you. Honesty in general she's pretty quiet, even when she's talking, and usually people are amused by the amazing things she says, but I wanted to make sure people are aware of the occasional bird gibberish! :)