Room for Three! View from the doorway.
Cozy, creative retreat in historical Lawrenceville
Cozy, creative retreat in historical Lawrenceville
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
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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.

The space


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).

Guest access

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! :)

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people $22 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $7 NZD
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) and other pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

49 Reviews

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Sylvan User Profile
September 2017
Lovely quiet space. Might have the friendliest kitty ever.

Lisa User Profile
September 2017
Lauren is friendly, professional, communicative, and clean. Her house is beautiful and comfortable and she has the cutest cat in Pittsburgh. Check in and check out were effortless and pleasant. Lauren was knowledgeable about the area, her advice led us to an incredible weekend. We would absolutely stay with her again (and you should too)!

Carolyn User Profile
September 2017
Super cozy. Very thoughtful in making sure guests have everything they need.

Gonzalo User Profile
September 2017
My partner and I had a delightful time at Lauren's. We were there for about a month and fully enjoyed our time there. Lauren is a kind and conscientious host, a wonderful conversationalist, and a fascinating person. Her cat, Miss Mittens, is probably the coolest cat I have ever met. The house was comfortable and quirky, everything worked well, and we had no issues. The house / block was super quiet, which we loved, and we made good use of the back patio for meals and deer / groundhog watching.

Tricia User Profile
July 2017
Lauren was a wonderful, lovely host. Made some great suggestions on where to eat (Nicky's Thai--try it); her house was very welcoming and cute. And she has possibly PA's cutest cat. ^_^

Danielle User Profile
July 2017
We really enjoyed our overnight stay at Lauren's home. There are some surprisingly steep hills to get there, but it's definitely worth it. Being nestled atop a wooded hill in the city makes Lauren's home a peaceful retreat for road weary travelers. Lauren is bubbly and welcoming. She has recommendations for food, sites, and parking. Mittens the cat did spend the night in our room and she was a cuddly delight. The room itself would comfortably sleep 3 people. If I come to Pittsburgh again, I'll ask to stay with Lauren again.

Angela User Profile
July 2017
I loved staying at Lauren's place. I stayed for six weeks while I took a summer class at Univ of Pitt and felt right at home. Lauren was a fantastic host, having coffee available and offering rides to the store to pick-up groceries. Having the pets around was a bonus. I love kitties, so I was in my element, and Mit and Kit were my little study buddies! Bedroom was very comfortable with an overhead fan. Powder room with toilet was literally three steps away, which was nice at night and mornings when I was running late. There is an exercise room, too. Lauren's is at the top of a hill. There's a staircase. I would meet the bus at the bottom of the hill everyday and climb to the top when I was dropped off. This was not a problem. It's Pittsburgh! There's hills! It added to the charm!! And after six weeks of this exercise, my legs are strong!! I felt very comfortable staying and studying at Lauren's. She was very respectful of study-time or just "me-time," but also very, very open if you're in the mood to chat. Lauren is so friendly, you'll feel like you've been old friends for years! Thanks, Lauren!! Can't wait to see you and the fur and feather babies again!!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in February 2014
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