About this listing
Park-like property in the historic urban core. Tranquil yard, patios and pavilion. Comfortable and contemporary renovation of a very old farmhouse, in the vicinity of Cherokee Street Art and Antiques districts, convenient to Soulard and Downtown.
Sunny, two story house on a half acre in South City, with beds for six in three rooms, and room for a few more if you count day beds, fold out things and air mattresses... I think 11 is the current record. Off street parking for multiple cars, and one garage space available for guests.
Bright guest room with queen bed and its own tiny little powder room. King bed in second room. Trundle bed, two single beds, in third room. Full bath on the second floor, with bathtub/shower. Full bath on the first floor with shower.
After exploring the great cultural adventures of St. Louis or participating in whatever business or occasion brought you to town, you can enjoy the tranquility of a large yard, patios and hottub, as well as the bright and comfortable interior spaces.
Open floor plan on the main floor. Bedrooms on the second floor. Wireless internet throughout the house and yard, of (website hidden) in the living area, with Roku internet tv (Netflix and Hulu subscribed)
By "gym", we mean there are free weights and a bench in the basement. Have at it. It's a very manly set-up.
The house is older than city record-keeping, originally a dairy farm, and is on the historic maps, but was completely renovated in 1991. So while historic, it feels like contemporary construction. All that's left of the "old" are the high ceilings and tall windows, the bannister and the porches.
We are located close to and are part of the old city and historic areas (Soulard, Lafayette Square, Benton Park), adjacent to the Cherokee arts district. and easily accessible to downtown by car, bike or bus, which has been great for guests attending conferences and trainings at the downtown hotels, or even stadium goers. We are not terribly accessible to the Central West End or Washington University and the Delmar Loop, so guests who have lots to do in that part of town will find this location out of the way. 6-10 miles or a 20 minute drive to all that very separate part of town, but no direct public transportation. Bikes are very useful in this city. A vehicle makes it all very easy.
Hardly any reason at all to cook with all the great restaurants in South City, but if you like to cook, the kitchen is well-outfitted and easy to use, and there is a grill on the back deck. There are a all kinds of terrific restaurants within a mile or two for any meal, from casual to hip to high cuisine.
Generally, guests are welcome to whatever is on hand and should not feel they need to go out and prowl for nosh late at night. They are welcome to, and there are some good late night places these days, but it is St. Louis, not NYC, and the city does go to sleep around 10pm. Benton Park Cafe is open continuously through Friday and Saturday nights, open fairly late on week nights, is delightfully everything to everyone, and is about one mile north of us, so remember that if you are night owls. Shameless Grounds is a few blocks closer and also delicious and open fairly late.
Our house is a convenient location for travelers, but by the same token it is very near hwy 55 and South Broadway, so there are some traffic sounds. An oasis, but indeed an urban location. The photos don't look it, and it doesn't seem so when you are here, but we are in the city.
RV parking and electrical hook up in the driveway... so if you are traveling with your own turtle-shell, you can park it here. Clean out available as well, it turns out. Off-street parking for everyone, for that matter.
Entire house, yard, parking area, hottub/cool pool.... in the summer months we like it at 94 degrees! Feels warm but cools you down.
One car garage with automatic door opener available for guests.
Interaction with Guests
We greet guests on arrival and introduce them to the property whenever possible, and are available by phone/text all the time for questions or assistance with anything. We stay nearby in our other house, and can address things promptly. Normally Susan will come by every other day at a convenient time for the guests, and make sure the towels are sufficient, tidy up the water features (birds wreck them most every day when the dogs are not around), and answer any questions that come up.
Urban neighborhood, with plenty of everything. Convenient by car to everything in the city. Bus lines serve the neighborhood. Many people get around on foot or by bicycle. Adjacent to the Cherokee commercial corridor. Close to Soulard and Benton Park. So much delicious food and good music, patios everywhere, and nearly all the patios are dog-friendly
Car is great, and we have off street parking, and a garage space available on request. Bus lines are convenient to points north, Soulard, downtown. Bikes are terrific, and some guests have brought theirs along. We do not have any extra bikes at this time, though.
Smoking outdoors only. Be civilized.
There are pets who live here, but won't be at the house when you stay here. So, no animals, but it is not safe for people with severe allergies.
Guests are welcome to bring their own well-behaved pets. The yard is completely fenced and a dog paradise.
Terrific & amazing hosts! Susan is the bomb she went out of her way to make us feel comfortable & taken care off. Thank you both so much yall are awesome! House was even better than the pictures it was very spacious & felt just like home. Everything was very clean & well maintained. As we got close to house I was a little skeptical of the area but after a day or so you could easily tell this is a part of town that is going through a major face lift & a sought after area to buy in. This is not just a house in a neighborhood it is a compound. The house is elevated with privacy fence around the entire place and has very large privacy shrubs and trees. I don't even think I saw a neighbor honestly. It defiantly didn't feel like I was in downtown StL.
What sets this house apart is the back yard though it is legit! I was in town with bunch a of buddies & we spend almost all of our time outside when we were at the house. The backyard alone is worth the money to rent this place. Do yourself a favor cancel the hotel you will be glad you did.
The house was absolutely beautiful, and Susan was so welcoming. As a non-native to STL, I was happy that she was she was more than willing to provide suggestions for places to eat for our group of nine. I wish we were staying for much longer than a weekend!
We spent the July 4th weekend at Urban Oasis. Loved the homey feel and the privacy of the side yard garden area with hot tub, fountains and wonderful foliage. This is where we spent most of our time while at the house. The hosts had helpful hints posted around the house that made it more comfortable for us to stay there and invited us to use/eat/drink whatever food we found. The house is easy to get to and close by several attractions in St. Louis. We took in the Botanical Gardens, Busch Stadium and Forest Park. We took our time exploring the Cherokee community and sampled a variety of local restaurants. Anheuser Busch is near also nearby, but we didn't fit that into our schedule. The neighborhood appears to be in transition with a number of the older homes in various stages of restoration.
This was our first airbnb experience and it was a very good one. The hostess checked in on us several times during our visit via email (they were out of town) to make certain everything was going well. We enjoyed our mix of relaxation and exploring - the home made it easy to do so.
Wow, what a wonderful experience! Susan was great and very forgiving of our ever-changing arrival schedule. The Urban-Oasis was everything pictured and more! I only wished we had more time to really enjoy the backyard and relaxed more, but the sights of St. Louis awaited.
Thanks for a great time and if the opportunity arises we would definitely pick this location again for a return visit.
We enjoyed the house's back patio and how conveniently located it was to the downtown attractions. Susan and Geoff were awesome hosts and friendly people with lots of recommendations of place to eat and things to do.
We enjoyed our time there!
As first time users of Airbnb and having my in-laws from France with us we could not have found a better hostess than Susan or a better space than her beautiful house!
The house was located conveniently close to the highlights of St. Louis and Susan is a walking talking Wikipedia of where to eat and things to do in St. Louis.
I highly recommend this urban oasis!
We came out for my father's 70th birthday to go to the opera and baseball. It was the perfect home for the family to get together. Susan was a very welcoming host, was very attentive and available for any questions we had during our stay. The home is absolutely lovely, and the backyard is a serene place to spend time with friends and family. We loved spending evenings and mornings on the back porch, eating breakfast and watching the cardinals in the garden. We ended up having 8 of us at the house and were able to comfortably fit everyone in. The house is large, well kept and well stocked with all the necessities. We will definitely stay here again for another summer trip to the St. Louis opera.
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About the Host, Susan
Non-natives (from Pittsburgh and the SF bay area), who love The City, any city, but especially cities that have retained the story of their settling in their architecture and culture.... St. Louis in spades.
Like many unrepentant house collectors in the midwest, we have several, in various states of improvement, which is why we can share the best one, our Urban Oasis, with visitors. We are usually busy working on one thing or another, building a new water feature, installing a ceiling. (Maybe the water feature is a fountain, maybe a bathroom... it's all fun and games until someone gets wet. Oh, wait. No, it's still fun.)
Jeff works for the federal government and rides his bike to the office. I design and make clothing, and write about that and other stuff, too.
Plus, we love dogs, and St. Louis loves dogs, so that is working out great for us. (Not so good for you if you are allergic... we keep a clean house and de-fur, but it is a Sisyphean task.)
As you may have gathered, we are child-free and do not recommend bringing children to the house... It is not child-safe, let alone "proofed", but also it wouldn't be much of an "Oasis" then, would it? You can, however, bring a pet or two, if they are well-behaved and won't get on the furniture.
Cheers, and happy trails to you wherever you wander.