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There's No Place Like Dome!

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Overview
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
1 night minimum
Rental Home
Is it a spaceship? Yurt? Tent? No, it's a Yaca-Dome! And it's not just any old Yaca-Dome, it's the original Yaca-Dome! But we just call it 'The Igloo.' This unique home was built in 1969 by Pittsburgh native Joseph Yacoboni, who received a US Patent in 1975 for the construction method. Yaca-Domes were mentioned in the January 1975 issue Popular Science. MAXIMUM OVERNIGHT OCCUPANCY IS 6. For more than 2 guests, there will be a nightly fee for each additional person. All guests (including children & infants, regardless of their age) must be accounted for in total number of guests you select when submitting an inquiry or booking request, and the total number cannot be greater than 6 people. We offer our home as overnight lodging for the registered guests only, and we limit the number of non-...Is it a spaceship? Yurt? Tent? No, it's a Yaca-Dome! And it's not just any old Yaca-Dome, it's the original Yaca-Dome! But we just call it 'The Igloo.' This unique home was built in 1969 by Pittsburgh native Joseph Yacoboni, who received a US Patent in 1975 for the construction method. Yaca-Domes were mentioned in the January 1975 issue Popular Science. MAXIMUM OVERNIGHT OCCUPANCY IS 6. For more than 2 guests, there will be a nightly fee for each additional person. All guests (including children & infants, regardless of their age) must be accounted for in total number of guests you select when submitting an inquiry or booking request, and the total number cannot be greater than 6 people. We offer our home as overnight lodging for the registered guests only, and we limit the number of non-overnight visitors guests may invite to the property. WE DO NOT OFFER THE HOME FOR USE AS AN EVENT VENUE, and no parties or other large gatherings are permitted. No pets are permitted on the property. Please respect our right to decide how we allow our home to be used and how many people we feel our home can safely and comfortably accommodate, and do not ask us to consider making exceptions to these policies. TO SUBMIT AN INQUIRY, please complete the 'Your message to the owner' section. This allows you to ask any questions you have RE: the house, House Rules, Policies, etc. Also, we only feel comfortable welcoming guests into our home when we know a little about them, and will only consider inquiries/booking requests that include the following info: - purpose of trip - makeup/relationship of traveling party members (nuclear family, extended family, friends, group of couples, business associates, etc) - any special accommodations needed - breakdown of the number of guests per age group (as of date of arrival) as follows: --- under 1 year old --- 1 to 4 years old --- 5 to 12 years old --- 13 to 17 years old --- 18 to 25 years old --- 26 years old or older Features of the Igloo include: WiFi throughout the house (works on the patio, too) Central heat/AC Bedroom 1- King size bed, nightstand with lamp, chest of drawers, chair, side table with lamp, clock radio, closet, and ceiling fan, iron, ironing board Bedroom 2- Queen size bed, bedside table with lamp, chest of drawers, chair, small side table, floor lamp, clock radio, closet, ceiling fan Bedroom 3- Full size bed, side table, small shelf unit, narrow chest of drawers, floor lamp, table fan Living room- vintage MCM sofa and matching chair with open wood frames, coffee table and matching end tables, TV with Comcast cable (it is a 'smart TV', however you must use your own account if you want to log into Netflix, Amazon video, or similar services... the cable is a VERY basic package) *** Please note that THERE ARE NO SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE LIVING ROOM, and the sectional sofa (mentioned in a few guests' reviews and partially visible in at least 1 of the listing's photos) is no longer here*** Kitchen- gas range w/ convection oven, side by side fridge, microwave, automatic drip coffeemaker, French press, tea kettle, toaster, rice cooker, waffle iron, cookware, dinnerware, cutlery, starter supplies of paper products, coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, salt, pepper Bathroom- tub/shower combination, hair dryer, starter supply of TP Towels & linens- provided, and will be exchanged for fresh ones during stays of longer than a week Patio- outdoor dining set If your traveling party includes children, infants, and/or individuals with mobility issues, please note: - the home is NOT child proofed and there may be cleaning chemicals and other potentially hazardous household items that are not out of reach of children; the booking Guest and other adults in the group are responsible for supervising children at all times and for moving any potentially harmful items out of the reach of children - we do NOT provide cribs, playpens, highchairs, or any other baby gear - we do not provide toys, games, or other items to keep children entertained - the home's beds are pretty high; it is the responsibility of the booking Guest to determine prior to booking whether the beds are suitable for the needs of all traveling party members - there are NOT grab bars in the bathroom - the home's toilet (Kohler Rialto) is NOT an ADA height toilet Please note that there are some items and areas at the property that guests are not permitted to access. Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy, and for ensuring that all traveling party members and invited visitors (including children) also do so. The following areas and items are off limits to guests: - outdoor storage shed - furnace room - indoor storage room - upper corner cabinet in the kitchen (labeled 'NOT FOR GUEST USE' and contains items reserved solely for our personal use) - anything that is locked - anything labeled 'NOT FOR GUEST USE' PLEASE NOTE: For the privacy of our guests, the location marker shown on map is not the location of the home, but the home is less than a 5 minute drive from the marker. The home's actual location will be provided to confirmed guests only.More
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About the Owner
Azhar L
Languages spoken:Arabic, English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:May 2013
Interaction with guests
Guests will be met at the home for check in; this is why it is important that you contact us prior to your arrival date to discuss arrival plans.
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Relaxing and secluded setting within the urban environment - we even saw 6 wild turkeys walk up from the wooded hillside across the driveway. Good directions are needed to find the house the first time, but we quickly learned different ways into and out of...More

Date of stay: August 2017
1  Thank Jeffrey Z
Reviewed August 24, 2016

This property is in the Larimer area of Pittsburgh. Although geographically close to Highland Park, it is not accessible from the house. The house has great round windows with views of neighborhood trash cans and a small hill of discarded asphalt and concrete boulders. It...More

Date of stay: August 2016
7  Thank Karen G
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Reviewed May 11, 2015

When we arrived at the Dome, Lisa was there. Both cars that drove there got a little turned around, so it is confusing to find and not the best of neighborhoods. The house itself was cool (but could have used a little more cleaning-multiple fingerprints...More

Date of stay: March 2015
7  Thank stacybuckeye
Reviewed December 11, 2014

Traveled to Pittsburgh from Oregon for a weekend watching the Pens and Steelers. We ended up missing a couple of flights and arrived 7 hours later than planned. Through it all, Lisa (property owner) was very gracious and accommodating. She met us at 11 pm...More

Date of stay: November 2014
1  Thank milbu
Reviewed October 16, 2014

We had a great holiday in the Dome, loved the space and comfort. Visiting wildlife was fun, deer and voles just outside. Thanks.

Date of stay: October 2014
2  Thank BBKent
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
Stove
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Paper Towels Provided
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Microwave
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Toaster
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About the neighborhood
Despite being within the Pittsburgh city limits, the home's location feels more secluded than you might expect. It's in a wooded area, near the end of a quiet lane. Although the home sits a bit off the the beaten path, the bus stop is a quick 10 minute walk away. However, considering the location of the house in relation to the major bus lines, guests staying here usually prefer to have a vehicle with them, and we also strongly recommend this. Guests should also keep in mind that it is not uncommon for the Pittsburgh area to experience snow accumulation and icy road conditions at various times between November through March. While we do our best to ensure that the property's driveway and sidewalk are passable for our guests' arrival, the lane leading to the driveway is a public roadway, an...
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As our dome is not located near a convenient bus line, we recommend that guests have a vehicle, or plan on using Lyft or Uber.
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