Derby City Penthouse Loft Best View

Loft - Entire home/apt · West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202, United States

The Space

Glassworks Building--815 W Market St, penthouse riverview loft

Stay at one of the most unique and breathtaking places in Louisville. Open the door to this 1,400 square foot penthouse loft, with 14 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 7 1/2+ 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 groupings of furniture allow you to have more intimate gatherings 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 3 penthouse riverview 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.

Plus, enjoy the convenience of private underground secure parking with a key card access elevator. Should you need anything during your stay, there is 24-hour security at the lobby front desk.

****Another nearly identical in floorplan and comparably decorated and furnished loft is available one floor below 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 is a foodie town 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
--Private Underground Secure Parking with Key Card Access Elevator (for one car)
--Concierge Service (provided by yours truly!)
--Driving Service (Don't want to have to worry about parking at Churchill Downs, the Waterfront for Forecastle, etc.? We can drive you. It's not a town-car, but it's a one-year old Honda Accord Crosstour with leather seats. If you can handle that, we would be happy to drive you to where you need to be. Fine Print: up to 2 pick-ups and drop-offs each at no charge; more pick-ups or drop-offs for a charge; and all complimentary transportation is for within I-265, i.e. the Gene Snyder.)
--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!)
--Babysitting Available (at a nominal cost)
--Plush Robe and Slippers (4 included for use during your stay)
--Hair Dryer
--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. Why don't you tell us your brand preferences and we will have them waiting for you at no extra cost? Fine Print: Up to a $40 cost that is. After that, just pay us the difference and we will have whatever toiletries you desire awaiting your arrival.)
--Wake Up Call available
--Laundry, Pressing and Dry Cleaning available
--Iron and Ironing Board
--High-speed Password-protected Wifi
--60 Inch Flat Screen LCD HDTV
--Full Kitchen
--Coffee Maker
--Writing Desk
--iPod / Android / iPad / Tablet / Whatever-System-You-Use-For-Music Bluetooth-enabled Speakers
--Alarm Clock
--Original Art
--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.

--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 4 distinct sleeping areas, and because of the furniture layout it can sleep up to 8 with visual privacy and up to 20 with less privacy for 18 of the guests. The master bedroom has a queen size memory foam mattress. It has been sectioned off from the space with curtains. The 2nd Bedroom is also sectioned off with curtains 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, one large medicine cabinet, one shower with a tub, and all the clean and new towels you could want.

Eating and Dining areas--Dining area seats 4-16+ people.
Good news! We have the technology to set up a table to accommodate the size of your party!! To sit at you will find white leather chairs that are soft like butter. Speaking of butter, 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!)

Entertaining and Lounging--Welcome to the Lounge Pit. . .
There are 2 hang out spaces. In one, I have a large modular, white leather, sectional sofa that can be set up as an 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, the other nesting area is centered around an HDTV that is larger than should be legal. Yep, that's to entertain 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.


Let's talk!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 12
Extra people: $29 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $500
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I cannot thank the host Sarah enough for providing such wonderful accommodations and service. The views were great and everything was immaculate when we arrived. She also went above and beyond what was expected by letting us check in early and providing breakfast in the morning. Would definitely recommend staying here.

    March 2014
  • Loft is awesome. We only stayed for one night, and it was just me and my wife, and we loved the space. What a great way to spend a few nights in Louisville - and it's probably less than most area hotels. This would be an even better option if you were coming into town with another couple or two provided everyone is fairly comfortable with each other. There's plenty of room for 6 people, but it is an open loft and the only separation are curtains which can be drawn across the space, partitioning off certain areas.

    Sarah was easy to work with and responsive. This was our first AirBNB experience and it set a positive tone for the future.

    March 2014
  • Sarah took care of everything we needed and was very responsive! The loft was spacious and perfect for a group gathering. Would book this space or one of her other units in the Glassworks building any time.

    March 2014
  • Sarah is a great host! She was very tentative to my group and always had great feedback and recommendations on what to do. If you are ever in the Louisville area, I highly recommend Sarah's beautiful lofts. Thank you Sarah!

    November 2013
  • We had a group of 9-10 people for 4 nights in Louisville. Sarah was very easy to work with and quite organized - her online form accompanying the booking was very helpful. She was easily available via text message when we needed anything.

    October 2013
  • I rented a loft space from Sarah for a bachelorette party I was throwing. Sarah was amazing! So helpful and flexible.
    She accomodated me with early check-in so that I could get the space decorated and even assisted me in hanging a piñata.
    I opted for the free continental breakfast offerred and although there were only 3 of us that eneded up spending the night, she provided enough breakfast for 10 people!
    I can only hope that all of my airbnb experiences are this great, but Sarah was so aawesome that I'm not sure I could come across anyone comparable!
    I will definitely be renting another loft for my 30th birthday party!

    September 2013
  • Sarah was a great host! The space is great, with amazing views. Central location, and her recommendations for places to go were spot on. I would definitely stay here again next time I am in Louisville!

    July 2013
  • The Derby City Penthouse cultivated by Sarah McCauley is more than one of a kind, it is exceptional. I once lived in Louisville and was returning for a visit with my girlfriend from Honolulu. I was looking for a place to stay that offered ease in access to and from downtown, a walking friendly environment with restaurant and local attractions, a view of the city for morning and evening, and a modern cosmopolitan ambiance. The Derby City Penthouse offered all of these, and did so with sense of southern hospitality provided by Sarah and her team. The loft itself is fantastic, situated in an old industrial building one block from the river in downtown. It has maintained the rustic feeling of its industrial roots with a layered finish of comfort and stylish modern luxury. It was a perfect fit for my girlfriend and I, both world travelers that love urban modernity and the simplicity of the good life. Thanks Sarah for realizing this vision!!!

    July 2013
  • This space was amazing and the host, Sarah, even better! I am so glad that I decided to go this route to celebrate my 30th birthday. Sarah was more than accommodating and willing to set up the space however we needed. She was a thrill do deal with and very pleasant, even stopped by to make sure we had everything we needed. I cannot wait to use this loft in the future for other events, and possibly stay the night next time. We were able to have a DJ and approximately 50 people throughout the night comfortably. I will definitely use airbnb again and can only hope that I come across a host like Sarah.

    May 2013
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KCD, Ballard High School, Kentucky Country Day, University of Cincinnati, Flight Safety Academy, Columbia University
I have tried out many occupations in my life including: airline pilot, sales + graphic design among others. What I've been best at is being an entrepreneur. And so that's what I do, start businesses!
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!
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