About this listing
Stay at one of the most unique and breathtaking places in Louisville. Open the door to this 1,400 square foot upper floor loft, with 12 foot ceilings, and in front of you is an entire wall of windows overlooking downtown and the falls of the Ohio River. The windows are over 40 feet in length and 8 feet in height. Every day I wake up deliriously happy because the first thing I see in the morning is this view, and I stay that way all day for the same reason. I would love for you to experience this during your time in Louisville!
A string of adjectives for you that describe my space. . . Sun-drenched, Modern, Urban and Industrial Chic. The open floor plan allows you to enjoy time together with your friends, and the distinct spaces created using curtains, bookcases and furniture allow you to have more intimate spaces when you choose. The exposed concrete floors give you a raw, industrial feel while the carefully chosen decor warms up the space for a truly comfortable stay in an edgy space.
The space is 1 of 4 upper-floor river-view lofts in the historic Glassworks Building in downtown Louisville. Glassworks is a multi-use facility dedicated to the art of glass featuring 2 working glass studios, 2 glass galleries, a walk-in workshop and daily tours. That gives you a lot to do before you even step outside the building.
****Another nearly identical in floorplan and comparably decorated and furnished loft is available one floor up to accommodate up to 14 more people. (Check out "My Other Listings" in the right-hand side bar of this listing for details on this space or contact me for the link to the other listing.) Have a large group? We've got you covered with 2 stunning spaces in the same building!****
Staying here, you are in the Glassworks District, adjacent to Museum Row. Without leaving a 2-block radius you can:
--Take the elevator down to Jazzyblu for a cocktail and a spot of live music or, if it's the weekend, chill in their cozy lounge, Blu, with dance music;
--Watch glass blowing artisans working it on the ground level;
--Walk to the world-renowned 21C Museum Hotel which houses restaurant Proof on Main and the 21C contemporary art museum;
--Stroll just a fraction further to up-and-coming restaurant St Charles Exchange and choose a libation from their lengthy cocktail list that showcases turn of the century mixed drinks in a casually elegant space reminiscent of a 1900's hotel lobby bar;
--Meander down Museum Row which includes Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, 21c Museum Hotel, The Muhammad Ali Center and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts;
--or Jog to the Louisville Riverwalk for your morning run in Waterfront Park.
There is more, but I couldn't risk losing your interest by making this section even longer!
Venture a little further east (1.3 miles) on Market on the free downtown TARC trolley and you will find a plethora of amazing and unique restaurants. Louisville (email hidden) and this section, NuLu, is at the heart of the up-and-coming restaurant scene. Also, enjoy antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores.
Still with me? Let's go a little further down the road to The Highlands (about 3 miles to the southeast). Sometimes referred to as "Restaurant Row," the Highlands in Louisville is best known for its eclectic local shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In fact, the three mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue that intersects the Highlands has the highest density of bars and restaurants in Louisville.
I could keep going, but you are only staying for a couple of days, right?
AMENITIES--It is our goal to make your stay better than any 5-star hotel. To that end your stay includes:
--Daily Housekeeping (except Sunday)
--Key Card Access Elevator
--Concierge Service (provided by yours truly!)
--Bottled Water, Complimentary
--Mini Bar (at your request we will stock the kitchen with items from a shopping list you give us, just reimburse us for the cost of the groceries, no up-charge!)
--Toiletries (Traveling is hard enough these days without having to squeeze all of your toiletry needs into a little plastic baggy just to make the TSA happy. So, we have included shampoo, conditioner + bath gel in the bathroom just for you.)
--Laundry, Pressing and Dry Cleaning available (at a nominal cost)
--Iron and Ironing Board
--High-speed Password-protected Wifi
--42 Inch Flat Screen LCD HDTV
--Keurig Coffee Maker
--iPod / Android / iPad / Tablet / Whatever-System-You-Use-For-Music Speakers
--And did I mention Breathtaking Views of the Ohio River?
Remember, we want to make your visit to the Derby City a wonderful experience--really and truly we do--so please contact us if extra luxuries are needed. We will assess what mountains need to be moved and acquire the equipment to move said mountains.
DRIVING DISTANCE FROM POINTS OF INTEREST:
--Churchill Downs: 13 minutes (4.2 miles)
--SDF, Louisville International Airport: 12 minutes (7 miles)
--LOU, Bowman Field Airport for personal aircraft: 12 minutes (7.3 miles)
--INTERSTATES: I-64: 3 minutes (0.2 miles); I-65: 5 minutes (1.1 miles); I-71: 6 minutes (2.4 miles); I-264/Watterson Expy: 10 minutes (5.9 miles)
ENTERTAINMENT: Centrally located for walking or driving a very short distance to some of the best dining and bars in Louisville--Downtown/Main Street (you can see it from the window!); E Market Street/NuLu (1.3 miles); Old Louisville (2 miles); Bardstown Road (3 miles); and Frankfort Avenue (3 miles).
Downtown Louisville and Main Street restaurants and bars such as Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, MilkWood (a new creation by Chef Edward Lee of Top Chef fame), Hillbilly Tea, Doc Crow's and Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar.
Old Louisville restaurants such as 610 Magnolia (Chef Edward Lee's original Louisville creation) and Smoketown USA.
NuLu/East Market Street restaurants and bars such as Harvest, Decca, Wiltshire, Rye, Ghyslain, Mayan Café, Taco Punk, Toast on Market, Garage Bar, Please + Thank You, Haymarket Whiskey Bar and Louisville Beer Store.
Bardstown Road restaurants and bars such as Jack Fry's, Lilly's, Asiatique, Dragon King's Daughter, Ramsi's Café on the World, Monkey Wrench and Nowhere Bar.
Frankfort Ave/Crescent Hill/Clifton restaurants and bars such as Varanese, El Mundo, Grape Leaf, Porcini, The Comfy Cow and Blue Dog Bakery & Café.
Here's the deal. . . I love my city, and I love to help people fall in love with my city. So you could not be in better hands concierge-wise! Let me know what you want to make your Derby City weekend perfect and I'll help you set it up.
Sleeping--Sleeps up to 20 people (that's up to 10 queen-size beds)
There are 5 distinct sleeping areas, yet because of the furniture layout it can sleep up to 10 with visual privacy and up to 20 with a little less privacy for 14 of the guests. The master bedroom has a queen size memory foam mattress, mirrored vanity and lounging couch. It has been sectioned off from the space with bookcases and curtains. The 2nd Bedroom is sectioned off with a wall and a curtained doorway and has a queen size memory foam mattress. We can also put in up to 8 more queen-size, memory-foam beds to accommodate up to 20 guests total.
Bathroom--1 Bathroom. (For guest numbers above 6 access to a 2nd bathroom can be provided. Ask me for details.)
There is one toilet, one sink, one mirror, three medicine cabinets, one shower with a tub, and all the clean and new towels you could want.
Eating and Dining areas--Dining area seats up to 13+ people.
There are 2 areas to eat in the dining area: a kitchen table that seats up to 6 and a bar-stool height table that seats up to 7 (from this table you can stare off into the view. . .). Said "bar-stool height table" doubles for quite a few uses, such as a buffet table, a conference table, a standing desk, a dining table (as we've discussed) and, oh yeah, a 42 inch LCD HDTV is sunk inside this virtuoso of a table. So, if you prefer to watch TV while you eat, just command it to rise from the center of the table and stare at it to your heart's content! Did you want to eat? Well, the Kitchen is stocked with appliances and amenities for your dining pleasure. (If there is an appliance that you want, chances are I have it in my personal space + can make it available to you. As they say, "Ask + you shall receive"--well, most probably, if I have what you are looking for!) Also, additional tables can be set up to accommodate larger groups.
Entertaining and Lounging--Welcome to the Lounge Pit. . .
I have a large modular, leather, sectional sofa that can be set up as a huge U-shaped couch or as, what I believe is technically called, a lounge pit with the extra ottomans filling the center. It's a great spot to chill and watch a movie or two or even get some work done on your laptop. Speaking of getting work done, you will have high-speed, password-protected WiFi coursing through your computer. But what will you listen to whilst you are trapped in the lounge pit? How about my iPhone/Andriod/MP3 player docking speakers. Yeah, I think that should about do it. Oh wait, remember that hidden TV? It swivels 360 degrees so you can watch it from virtually anywhere in the loft. Yep, that covers you, the lounge-y one lounging in the lounge pit.
No smoking, no pets (I would get kicked out of my place and I know you don't want that.)
Refundable Damage Deposit and Rental Agreement required.
PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES THOROUGHLY BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION THANKS!
My lofts are on primarily residential floors of the building, ie. these spaces are people's homes. I ask that you respect the public areas, the tenants and my home. Thanks! (PS: I know all caps can be construed as yelling over the Internet, but in this case I have used caps to indicate the gist of the House Rules. I wouldn't yell at you ;D)
1) The building owner requires that I keep a copy of *every* Guest's ID on file. That means *EVERY* GUEST that occupies the space, including but not limited to all guests who receive a key, an elevator keycard or a garage door opener, are required to PROVIDE THEIR ID FOR COPYING (to be copied in the modern way by taking a digital photograph).
2) The building owner maintains a 100% smoke-free building. This means there is absolutely NO SMOKING allowed anywhere indoors. If you disregard this, you risk getting me kicked out of my Lofts. This would make you responsible for all costs associated with early termination of my leases and any and all other costs that may be be incurred by me due to you or your guests disregarding this House Rule. Regardless of whether I lose my lease, you agree to forfeit your entire security deposit in order to return the Loft to a smoke-free status. Better not to risk it and just go to the outdoor smoking area to which the front-desk guard can direct you!
3) Once you are inside the Loft with the door closed it is pretty hard for you to be too loud to bother your neighbors. But the hallway acts like an amplifier into the homes of everyone on the floor. I ask that you and your guests DO NOT LOITER OR TALK LOUDLY IN THE HALLWAYS.
4) It is imperative that you DO NOT LEAVE WINDOWS OPEN WHEN YOU ARE AWAY. When it rains with a window open, the rain very easily gets inside and damages furniture, carpets, etc. If you do leave windows open when you are away from the Loft, you are responsible for 100% of any damage that occurs.
--Please PLACE ANY DIRTY TOWELS IN HAMPER PROVIDED. My towels are white and I would appreciate you helping me keep them as clean as possible.
--WHITE TOWELS ARE FOR DRYING AFTER BATHING ONLY.
--FOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL: please use supplied cotton balls, cotton pads or black wash cloths only. Make-up is very hard to remove from the white towels. For any white towels used in this way a claim will be made against the security deposit to replace the towel containing make-up residue.
--FOR CLEAN UP OF SPILLS, ETC: call me, use paper towels or use "junk" towels that I will show you at check-in.
6) NO ILLEGAL ACTIVITY: either physically or virtually (ie, over the internet provided).
The building owner says the following is...PROHIBITED CONDUCT:
You and your occupants or guests may not engage in the following activities:
1) Loud or obnoxious conduct;
2) Disturbing or threatening the rights, comfort, health, safety, or convenience of others (including our agents and employees) in or near the apartment community;
3) Disrupting our business operations;
4) Manufacturing, delivering, possessing with intent to deliver, or otherwise possessing a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia;
5) Engaging in or threatening violence;
6) Possessing a gun, knife, or other weapon on the premises;
7) Tampering with utilities or telecommunications;
8) Bringing hazardous materials into the apartment community.
REPLACEMENT COSTS: $60/item not returned
Items to be returned in operational condition: Elevator Keycards, Keys and Garage Door Openers.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I grew up in Louisville, KY, and then traveled all over the world. Plus, I have lived in many places throughout the US. Throughout that time Louisville has always remained my favorite city. There is just too much that is great + unique about this city I call home once again!