A cozy, creative retreat (complete with super friendly snuggly kitty!) surrounded by nature, with nearby access to all the shops, restaurants, and bars Lawrenceville has to offer. Close to the Strip District, downtown Pittsburgh, and the river trail.
You'll have your own comfortable room, which includes a full futon with topper and twin bed. Shared access to gym, library, TV room, kitchen, 1.5 baths, and great outdoor spaces. Enjoy the artistic vibe, and the peace of nature in the city.
*PLEASE READ BELOW ABOUT MY PETS* :)
1200 square foot 100 year old home up a *steep*, *winding* hill tucked into a nook of woods. House has a 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.
PLEASE BE AWARE: 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 loves to come in and visit. If you don't want her to, that's fine, but be prepared to have her give a little scratch on the door a few times if it's shut. She will go away after a few tries, but I guarantee, if you're here, she wants to come in and snuggle. She's in this habit now, and I have no idea how to break it, so if you're not comfortable dealing with a cat who wants to come in your room, this isn't the place for you. But she's really sweet and friendly! And again, you don't have to let her in, but she will want to come in, so be prepared to ignore little cat knocks on the door. Thandi the parrot on the other hand 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).
Your 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 guests
Most 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.
Other things to note
Parking 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! :)
Please tidy up after yourself when hanging out in the house. Please do your dishes. Happy to have pets, but must be discussed with me first, as the safety of my pets is my main priority. but in general, most pets are fine. Smoking allowed outside only and butts must be properly disposed of.