|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A lovely, privately owned, Single Family Home situated in a residential neighborhood in the EAST HILLS OF PITTSBURGH. Enjoy this lovely fully furnished 'Home Away From Home!' UNIVERSAL HOME is located minutes from the Penn Hills Exit off Interstate 376, a major auxiliary route within the Allegheny Plateau of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Quick access to many Pittsburgh Locales!
*Exceptionally Clean and Newly Remodeled
*Beautiful Fully Furnished Single Family Home
*3 Bedrooms; 1 and 1/2 Baths
*Spacious Living Room
*Large Open Dining Room
*Huge updated Kitchen Fully Equipped Including Dishwasher
*Charming Sunroom With Tiki Bar looking out onto a Gorgeous Private Lush Backyard
*Cozy Downstairs Family Room
*Laundry Room - Fully Equipped and Super Clean
*Central Air Conditioning/Heat
*Single Car Garage and Driveway parking with up to 2 spaces as well as limited front street parking (steep driveway and caution is needed back out of it!)
*Rate includes all utilities, cable tv, and high speed wireless internet
UNIVERSAL HOME features:
All 3 bedrooms are fully furnished with 'lovely comfortable surroundings' the number one objective.
Master Bedroom has a Queen Size Bed with a Mirrored Dresser, Wardrobe, and 1 Night Stand as well as flat screen wall mounted Cable TV. There is also an integral hanging closet.
Guest Room #1 has a Queen Size Bed with a Mirrored Dresser, Nightstand and flat screen wall mounted Cable TV, as well as an integral hanging closet.
Guest Room #2 has a Full Size Bed with a Mirrored Dresser and Cable TV, as well as an integral hanging closet.
Downstairs TV Room has a Queen Size Sleeper Sofa
FULL BATHROOM PLUS HALF BATHROOM
The Bedrooms share a beautiful ceramic, newly remodeled bathroom that features a Bathtub with Shower, and Linen Closet that sports luxurious bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. For added convenience, a Half Bath is located downstairs off the Family Room.
Warm colors with a new ceramic floor, cupboards, and new countertop creates a beautiful and welcoming kitchen that is quite roomy. To get you started, the pantry is stocked with the basic amenities (i.e. sugar, tea, coffee, sweetener, salt, pepper, as well as a spice rack). It is also fully equipped with everything you need; microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, glassware, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, serving dishes, etc.!
INVITING LIVING ROOM
This lovely Living Room is furnished with super comfy micro-fiber furniture and nicely decorated with a softly lighted, warm ambiance to create the perfect harmonious mood. Enjoy the cable tv options, and other amenities this beautifully decorated, open space will provide you and your family.
FORMAL DINING ROOM
An elegant dining room table and 7 chairs provides a lovely eating area where your family can gather for meals. It is a wonderful gathering area as it is open to both the Living Room and Kitchen.
BASEMENT TV/FAMILY ROOM
A lower level TV/Family Room provides another space for playing games or watching tv. Sofa pulls out into queen size bed.
LARGE WINDOWED SUNROOM
Includes a charming Bamboo Tiki Bar with 6 Stools, an artificial Lighted Palm Tree, and comfortable loveseat. swivel/rocker Wicker Chairs and Glass Tables. This is a wonderfully private room where you can be close to nature while viewing the lush backyard without a neighbor in sight! Don't be surprised if you see families of deer cavorting in the back yard. Also, the backyard is the home of a groundhog couple that have been named Mr. & Mrs. Pittsburgh Pete!
HUGE MANICURED BACKYARD
Find serenity and peace by stepping outside the glass Sunroom doors and onto a huge manicured back yard surrounded by lush greenery that provides cooling shade and complete privacy. Especially nice for pet owners! (though it should be noted that the backyard is NOT fenced-in but there is plenty of room for a pet stake and provides lots of roaming room)
Russ and I are the owners of Universal Home. A series of life-changing events led us to this venture of providing Furnished Short Term Lodgings. While some of the events may have been difficult, we are forever grateful for the doors that were opened and believe God has always been guiding us! We are focused on providing a clean, beautiful and comfortable home for you and your family. We will do everything we can to meet your expectations. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at 412-403-266. We believe you are guided and protected as well. Hope to see you soon! Barbara & W. Russell Dawson
Barbara Dawson, Property Manager purchased this house in 2013
We absolutely loved this home the moment we walked through the front doors. The huge welcoming kitchen and downstairs sunroom are our favorite rooms! We were so excited to furnish it and share it with Pittsburgh travelers. We love how it is literally minutes from Interstate 376, so it's easy access to just about anywhere in Pittsburgh. And right at the top of the street is a huge shopping plaza where just about everything you need is can be found, including a grocery store. It's so close you can walk there!
We've had many guests comment on the deer and other wildlife they've been able to observe in the backyard from the sunroom that is basically 3 walls of windows.
The house was very neat and the owner was very helpful. The host, Barbara, responded to msgs and requests quickly. Also, the location was very convenient. It was close to grocery shops, restaurants and not far from downtown area. The nice thing about the property was we got to use the garage and it added a lot ease for entry and exit. However, it would be more handy for guests if the owner could leave a hairdryer in the bathroom and some aluminum foils in the kitchen. Overall, we had a great stay there.
The house was exactly as advertised and we were definitely satisfied. We stayed there with three kids for a week and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The only things that I felt could have been stocked better were trash bags and toilet paper as we had to go out and buy both of these items after just a couple of days. (maybe also add a corkscrew as we had a heck of a time opening a bottle of wine!) We were also serenaded many, many times by the fire department just up the road. I think it was just a busy week as it was Thanksgiving and people must have been burning things left and right! The alarm went off seven times one day, with the earliest being 7:10 am and the latest being 11:30 pm. We started to get used to it after awhile and it just became a running joke for the family. I wish it would have been warmer so we could have taken more advantage of the really cute tiki room downstairs and the great backyard. We did see deer out back almost daily which was a nice treat! How comfortable the house was, along with the great location close to supermarkets, shops, and restaurants, made it a great choice for us and if we need to stay in that area again, we will likely choose this house.
Listing says the owner replies to inquiries within one hour. After 9 hours, I inquired again only to get a snippy response. Should have heeded that.
Driveway is steep, in roofer terms it is about a 5 - 12 pitch. Bushes on both sides of the driveway, right at the road so vision is not possible and it is a busy street. A spotter for the traffic was required for safe exit of the driveway. Walkway is broken and uneven, not what you want your elderly relatives trying to negotiate.
We were glad to have the bleach wipes with us for light switches, doors and drawers. Oven was last clean at the factory. Plastic tape over the ventilation window in the shower. Electric junction box covers held in place with masking tape and drywall mud in one bedroom. "Vintage" woodwork throughout the house. Noises inside the walls of the bedrooms interrupted sleep for all of us each night. Organic waste was found on floors. (have pics of that and the oven)
It was weatherproof, and warm in most rooms.
All in all, not a good experience, nor an owner I'd choose to do business with again. A star rating is required by this site so one is given.
close to city ....and Turnpike etc .....good location ..Barb was great to work with ..very kind .....professional, etc .....
We stayed 5 days and had a great time! We took advantage of the BBQ and the Tiki Room during this time. One of the things we enjoyed was seeing all the wild animals run through the the back yard , deer, fox and some animal we could not make out, at dusk. The place was very clean and comfortable. I like the fact there was a "throw" blanket to cuddle up with in the living room. We were able to prepare our meals, as there was ample cookware and dishes. We never had to purchase anything during our stay. Shopping was very close, for whatever our needs were.I liked the fact, even though there are TV's in every bedroom and living room, I could go down to the family room, turn the TV on early in the morning, and not bother anyone. I would totally recommend this home for those that want "A home away from home". It was very nice that the property manager left a "welcome letter" giving all info needed to stay or questions we might have. I would recommend this property .
The property was in a good location and the wildlife in the garden was wonderful. The property itself needed some work done. There was a mixed smell of damp and air fresheners. Ceiling tiles were held up (some unsuccessfully)with sticky tape, the crockery was chipped, the cutlery partly plastic, no garden furniture, towels threadbare, a screen door had a panel missing. It would not take a lot of investment to make this a high class holiday home but not there at the moment!
Had a great time. A home away from home.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
January & Februrary Special
Jan 8 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Once booking has been confirmed, you will receive a "Welcome Letter" that includes pertinent information about the property such as address, personal passcode to the front door, internet passkey, garbage dates, etc.
NO DAILY HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE – While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate.
PLEASE NOTE: The $85 cleaning/linen/towel fee that you pay is to prepare and disinfect the home, linens and towels PRIOR to your stay. It does NOT INCLUDE cleaning up after guests post stay. Any extra time required by our cleaning crew to prepare the home for our next guests, due to uncleanliness, furniture moving, excessive garbage removal/bagging, dirty dishes/counters, etc. will be deducted from your security deposit at the rate of $25/hour/cleaning crew member. Please understand that to clean the entire home as well as prepare linens and towels for a 3BR 1.5 single family home costs much more than the cleaning fee that we are charging. In order to continue to keep this cost low for our valued guests who value our property, additional cleaning required to restore the property post stay will be charged to the party who left it as such. This is rarely a problem and we thank you for the care you take with our property and furnishings.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.