Located in hip Lawerencville, this first floor suite offers privacy and authenticity. You'll be charmed by the restored woodwork, marble fireplace and freshly furnished space. This is a totally different experience close to everything and filled with local flavor.
Originally built in 1864, we carefully restored many beautiful details of this Italianate Victorian home. It is the widest house on the street and use to be a corner home. There is off-street parking for up to two cars that is shared with the second floor suite.
Guests have access to a shared, fully equipped kitchen with dishes to accommodate a family style dinner or nice celebration. You will have a private bathroom with claw foot tub and seperate shower, as well as plenty of mirror, light and storage. The bathroom has a hairdryer, electric clipper set, first aid kit, and some toiletries.
In the shared living room, there is a large officejet printer attached to the home WiFi for any home office needs. In the summer the back porch is a great place to sit, relax watch the various characters of the neighborhood shuffle around and say hi.
Interaction with guests
When possible, we will meet you to let you in the house, show you around and answer any questions to make you as comfortable as possible otherwise we will send self-checkin instructions by 2pm on checkin day. You will have an entry code for the exterior doors and a key for the lock for your suite.
Other things to note
If needed we can give you access to the washer and dryer or do your laundry for a small fee. We can also run some errands for you, it's just a matter of discussion and good timing.
- When other guests are present, quiet hours 10pm-9am
- Smoking allowed on back porch and outside
- $25 additional pet cleaning fee
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I live in between two cities Berlin and Pittsburgh, both have my heart. I have an old house in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, that I'm sure you'll love to visit. Other fun bits of trivia about me include having a degree in metal sculpture and art history, being obsessed with biking everywhere. I tend to be a slight technology-phobe which is ironic since I love techno music. Also, I spend a lot of time volunteering for various causes and am extremely active in the gay community in Pittsburgh.
On the city side of things, I have a deep love for Pittsburgh and it's surprising history. Exploring Pgh's 100 neighborhoods on bike never gets old for me. In the city, I try everything at least once, usually several times.
One of my more well known pastimes is exploring and photographing abandoned buildings right before or during demolition, this makes great fodder for my quirky conceptual Instagram feed (search/follow me at johnjavins on ). This will also yield endless insight into my world.
Otherwise, I'm very stable, upfront about everything, non-judgemental, and non-critical of everyone no matter what, since no one (especially me) can throw stones. For the most part, I get along with everyone I meet and love to hear everything about you, if you tell me. I'm highly protective of my friends as well and will move the earth for them and the same goes for my guests.
Generally when I travel, I bike locally, use public transportation when possible, take the megabus to any place I can, and fly otherwise. The less gas I can use in my truck the better, since that thing gets awful mileage.
---->As far as guests go, I'm looking for easy people who are independent and curious about Pittsburgh. Business Travelers are very welcome, each bedroom has an office area and quality amenities. If you are visiting for short-term work I have longer-term rental options. You must not be afraid of steps, as my house has plenty. I'm not looking to host big parties or rowdy groups. However larger groups (up to 7 downstair and 3 in the attic apartment) are welcome and I can negotiate a better deals.