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RETRO RETREAT + FREE BLAST into the past in this one-of-a-kind GROOVY GETAWAY

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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North Belle Vernon House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms with showers, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6 comfortably

If your taste is more jukebox than Victrola? More poodle skirt than parasol? Then America's First Nostalgic Guesthouse, The Good Ol' Days House is for you. Relax during your stay in a home where the 1950s, 60s and 70s come alive. This recently restored & renovated family home is filled with authentic treasures that bring you back to the decades of America's past with its Nifty 50s Kitchen, an art deco style 1940s Dining Room, a living room in 'mod' 1960s decor, retro 70s bedrooms, and full basement with a Knotty Pine built in bar right out of the 50s along with vintage Pinball and Bowling machines. Take a step back in time with family and friends as you celebrate important milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, family & class reunions or just a weekend getaway to go back to a simpler time and remember those Good Ol' Days.

**The GOOD OL' DAY HOUSE was just featured on the television show WQEDs 'PITTSBURGH 360' on April 18, 2013! You can download the show from WQEDs website.

Restaurants: There are several excellent restaurants for fine dining in the area such as close-by The Back Porch & The Speer Street Grill, Lenora's in Perryopolis, & Lucchesi's in Monessen. You can also enjoy good home-style family type restaurants, fast food and other familiar chain restaurants all less than one mile away.

Pittsburgh dining is 25 miles or a 30, 45 minute drive.

Seven Springs is less than an hour away.

There are 2 yummy pizza shops, a Dairy Queen, Bakery & Grocery Store all within walking distance.

A friendly local 'watering hole' tavern is also within walking distance on the Main Street.

Shopping: Many vintage & antique shops are close by within a few minutes or up to a 15 minute drive. We have Gabriel Brothers, which is a 'Bargain Place' to shop for name brands & closeouts.

The Brand new Tanger Outlet Mall is 20 minutes away and there are 6 Shopping Malls all within a 30 - 45 minute drive. Such as South Hills Village, Westmoreland Mall, Uniontown Mall, Franklin Mall, Century III Mall and Monroeville Mall.

Churches: Just like in those Good Ol' Days when faith in God was the center of any community--- Churches of all denominations are nearby and most within walking distance to the home.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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i am a former Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. United States 1993 (crowned in Las Vegas), inventor & entrepreneur. This is the former family home of my Italian immigrant grandparents who moved here in 1949. It has been in our family for more than 60 years and now enjoys taking guests on a trip back to the eras of the 1950s, 60s & 70s! I am currently chairwoman of The Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust and we have renewed efforts to restore, and preserve the historical Coyle Theater located in Charleroi with hopes of opening it as a movie theater and entertainment complex in the heart of the Mid Monongahela Valley.

MELANIE PATTERSON purchased this house in 2008

Why MELANIE PATTERSON chose Pennsylvania

There is nothing like this anywhere. The house has been featured with Dave Crawley (KDKA & WQED Reporter) on WQED PITTSBURGH 360 where he has described the house as a 'time machine' taking you to decades of the 1950s, 60s, 70s & 80s. It is truly an experience for all generations...hope you remember how to percolate coffee, fill up ice cube trays, and operate and 8 track tape player...and we have WiFi available too -- just in case you need to stick around in this century too.

What makes this house unique

A free trip down memory lane with working Rotary phones, percolated coffee, stereos, LPs, 45s, eight track tape player, 1975 Pinball machine, Ms Pacman Tabletop game, vintage board games, polyester suit & bellbottoms in the boys' bedroom, Brownie outfit & 1950s Prom Dress in the girls' room, and lots of nostalgic experiences with family & friends that will truly be stored in your memory bank for future withdrawels. Shop in an old fashioned street filled with Antique shops, Boutiques, Bakery, Grocery store, Taverns & Churches & a Parochial school (that I attended as a child).

Guestbook comments from the manager

We've just spent an amazing week in your beautiful home. Thank you for opening the doors to the past -- your home unlocked memories that we will treasure for years to come. You are a warm and caring person and your love of live and family fills each room of this dear home. Being a child of the 50s, raised in a Polish Catholic Family, I just 'connected' with so many things in here. I truly felt as if I'd come home. Thank you so much for the treats, breakfast, you are very thoughtful. We wish you and your family all the best. Thanks for the Memories! With warmest regards and heartfelt appreciation.
Sep 2012
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RETRO RETREAT + FREE BLAST into the past in this one-of-a-kind GROOVY GETAWAY
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 60 reviews
St. Charles, MO

Amazing home and owner

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the large house on the same property. It is something to see!...worth the price of admission. Reminds us a little of the Christmas Story home. We hope to someday see this home used for a motion picture. It would be a perfect set for a remake of a "Happy Days" movie. Make sure you listen to the doorbell from the back door. I'll forever be grateful that we were blessed to stay in the home and to meet the lovely owner, Melanie. She is as warm as the home. We were also welcomed with a box of delicious donuts from the local bakery.

The home is on a busy street, but there is a portable fan in the home that is helpful for light sleepers. There is a small town feel to the entire area. It's about one hour from the airport. Make sure you check highway construction schedules and allow time for your flight. We returned on a holiday weekend, so highways were open.

Ron and Marilyn

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Good Ol ' Days

  • 5 of 5

Great experience!! We will stay again. Took us back in time. Many memories from the pinball machine to the pac man game. Melanie was a great hostess. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your family and so glad you felt this was your home away from home for the Christmas holiday. You sure filled the homse with laughter, memories and great food using several homemade recipes in the kitchen. Wouldn't mind if a few leftovers were left in the 'fridge'. Thank you for staying at The Good Ol' Days House and hope you will return in the future to go back to the past!
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Philadelphia, PA USA

A wonderful, wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect! Melanie is the quintessential host, always going the extra mile--and then some--for her guests, On entering the home, we first encountered a chalkboard welcoming us by name, on top of a box with a cornucopia of goodies from the 100-year-old bakery down the street, not to mention gourmet treats for our dog. Melanie provides EVERYTHING you need for your stay, including soaps, toothpaste, shampoos, mouthwash. The towels are custom-made and beautiful, the linens fine. The home itself is magnificent--a glorious trip down memory lane, with functioning old refrigerator, tv, record player, Pac Man player--plus old magazines, photos, ads. board games, toys, postcards everywhere. Wherever your eyes turn you are fascinated by object after object. Shift your feet a bit and see many, many more. And when you think you've seen everything, you haven't. Look carefully and you'll see something (more accurately, some things) you hadn't noticed before. North Belle Vernon is a charming little community, too. A small town with its own mom and pop restaurants and stores. And if for some reason you like national chains, within a couple miles you'll find them, too. It's obvious that I can't say enough good things about Melanie, the home, and North Belle Vernon. Even better, they're all true.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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lovely trip to the past!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and nostalgic. relaxing and still comfortable(thank you for the fans and window a/c i do need that lol!) made me feel like i was at my great grandma's house, also love how close we are to a getaway(we live nearby)

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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It is nice to have a central location

  • 5 of 5

Location is easy for family to come and go. It is a fun for the kids which allows the grown ups to visit. Melanie is a great host.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Terrific blast to the past!

  • 4 of 5

Our entire family loved the Good Ol' Days Home...especially the kids with all the games and memorabilia! Very comfortable and lovely hosts. Be aware that this step into the past is just that, so does not include whole house air (a window unit only, but was adequate), and no microwave. Other than that, a very pleasant experience with grocery, DQ, and any other conveniences very close by. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: We enjoyed having your family as guests and loved sharing a piece of the past with your grandchildren!!! Best wishes to you all and hope to see you again for another enjoyable trip to the past!!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Pittsburgh International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sonny's Grill
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Cedarbrook Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 70
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Back Porch Restaurant
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Seven Springs
Car: necessary

Our nostalgic vacation home is located on the main street of a small quiet town located south of Pittsburgh on Broad Avenue. The 'avenue' is filled with hair & nail salons, pizza & sandwich shops, a doctor's office, a dentist, a chiropractor, a ladies boutique shop, pharmacy, funeral homes, a newsstand, churches, taverns,an old-fashioned bakery, a cute little day care center & 2 antique shops located right across the street in this residential area of the avenue. We are an hour away from Pittsburgh, 30 minutes from Washington, Greensburg or Uniontown. One hour drive to Seven Springs Resort, the Ohio and West Virginia borders. Close by are Shopping Plazas, Outlet Malls, Fine Restaurants, Antique stores, and bicycling, golfing, swimming, Historic Amusement Parks, Casinos and a Water Park lend itself to many outdoor recreational activities that are available. Nearest Golf Course is the Cedarbrook Golf Course, and the Willowbrook Golf Course, being less than a mile away and about 2 miles apart from each other. There are 2 miniature golf courses nearby for those who just want to 'put around' and have fun.


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Fall/Winter 2016
Sep 7 2016 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

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The trip down Memory Lane is FREE!!! No other vacation house rental in the country allows you to 'experience yesterday' once more! Create and store new memories with family and friends in your own nostalgia bank!

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North Belle Vernon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Rumpus Room
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The upstairs bathroom has a refinished 1928 clawfoot tub original to the house along with a new Walk-in corner Shower Unit. It reflects a 1930s decor yet has all new plumbing and fixtures. The house is equipped with a Rennai hot water heating system which provides hot-water on demand at all times. The powder room on the main floor was added during the renovations and used to be a closet. It's convenient and in the middle of the house. The full bathroom in the Rumpus Room (basement) has a walk-in shower with a ceramic tile bathroom heated floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • We have in addition to the beds in each room, a folding cot, several 'air' mattresses that are great for kids or teenagers who want to use them in the other areas of the house such as the basement rumpus room -- or living room areas. There are plenty of pillows and blankets, and the sheets are authentic vintage and right out of the original packages from the 1960s & 70s.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The home has 3 floors that include second floor bedrooms & bathroom. A powder room is located on the main floor with a full bath in the basement. Stairs are necessary in order to use this facility for overnight stays. The home was built in 1928 and is a classic American Foursquare home. The home is also equipped with unique nostalgic items from the 1950s, 60s & 70s including a 1969 Pinball Machine, 1980s Ms. Pacman tabletop game, a Knotty Pine Bar in the Rumpus Room, Table-top Juke Box, and 1940s candy machine, and much more! 'Mr. Bubble' bubble bath, 'Lemon-Up & Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific' Shampoos too.

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