A lovely (and large) bedroom in a beautifully appointed home in the best area of Chicago. Close to the lake, transit, exciting nighlife....not to mention complete with an overly friendly cat named Angus and a rather outgoing host
If you choose to stay with us, you give to experience something that straddles the lines of a little too perfect, a little too quirky, a little too posh, and a little too Martha Stewart. The flat is in a creeky-old, yet very typical, Chicago building. It is on the 8 step elevated ground floor and is blessed with broad expanses of windows that face into a courtyard.
Our home was once four separate apartments that have been stitched together. Each retains all of it's original character and is a mix of modern elements introduced into the vintage building. This bedroom is about 15' by 15' with a wall of windows and is what would be the formal 'dining room' for one of the flats. It comes complete with original built-ins and beautifully painted woodwork and walls. The room is entered by a pair of French doors that have had the glass obscured for privacy. It includes a full size (a bit smaller than a queen, ok for two normal sized people) four poster bed, great linens, and really lovely curtains.
It is commonly home to one friendly young black cat, well groomed, who may or may not be present depending on the whims of the guest.
The ambiance of the flat is something else entirely. The space is filled with beautifully painted serene rooms that are home to a well curated collection of French and American furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s. A rotating collection of modern 20th century fine art and pottery keeps the rooms fresh and interesting. One note about the furnishings; folks who are terribly allergic to wool or adverse to cow hides and taxidermy will find the interior stuffed with enough wool kilims, mohair upholstered things, and fuzzy animal hides to perhaps be uncomforatble.
Host A self admitted gay fellow and is a white collar professional with perfect taste, a stellar sense of purpose, and a writing style / sense of humor that can only be described as unique and self assured. If you need cultural information or any product that is home related, he is the guy to turn to. Hosts B, and C are three more happy gay fellows, all in their early to late 20s and white collar professionals.
The basics of the flat include two proper baths, living room with TV and comfy sofa, a real kitchen, a cocktail kitchen, a dining room, and lots of room to spread out in the lower level as needed. Wifi is everywhere.
If needed, guests can have access to professional cooking appliances (8 burner stove, Subzero fridge, Dornbracht fittings) and a dining room that comfortably seats 6 to 8 people around a modern table.
Their are other airbnb rooms that share the space, including one the shares the immediate bath. Let me know if you need to book multiple rooms.
The location is stunning. Literally a two minute walk from the red (main) line train, a 10 to 15 minute stroll to the lakefront parks, so close to Wrigley field you can sometimes hear the roar of the crowd, and so close to the booming nightlife of the 'boystown' gay clubs and the sports bars up and down Clark....all of that is outside of the front door but the street is quiet. Within a minute of walking you can be at a nice coffee shop, and there are well over a hundred places to eat (and three grocery stores!) within a 15 block radius.
Common sense abounds. Tidy up after yourself, don't track in unspeakable things on your shoes, coasters under sweaty glasses on wood surfaces, and attempt to not hula hoop whilst showering. It is an old building, so noise will travel up to the neighbors (email hidden) keep the TV at a normal level, try to not shout into your mobile, and (much as we do think they are adorable) this is not a child appropriate dwelling. You are welcomed to use the kitchen (goodness knows we don't) and even entertain...we just ask that you return everything to it's tidy state when you are done.
The room and flat was exactly as advertised. We had a very agreeable stay at David's - apart from the weather (however, that wasn't up to him). The neighbourhood is great, esp. for eating out. Thanks again, David!
Our experience was great. David is a wonderful host. The room/house is immaculate and very well maintained. My girlfriend Lisa and I were in town to catch a cubs game. David's house is less than two blocks from the wrigley field...Perfect location. We highly recommend David's house for any one looking to go to a Cubs game or spending time in the north side.
David's apartment is fantastic and the room where we stayed was great. David has an exquisite taste in interior decoration which catered for a great experience and a very warm atmosphere. David's two friendly cats further contributed to this very positive impression. The neighborhood is quiet and safe and very convenient to reach public transportation. The room was as announced in the listing and everything went smoothly upon our arrival.
David is a terrific host. Everything is ready and waiting for you. He is personable, interesting and fun. I actually timed this visit to make sure that I would be able to stay at his Airbnb space. This is a practice I will continue. The home is well situated to public transportation, and a great number of restaurants, clubs and shops.
I had a wonderful time staying in David's home. He and his permanent tenants were so welcoming and great to talk to. David gave me great recommendations and information while I was there. It was located right near the train and I always felt safe walking around the neighborhood on my own.This being my first Air BnB and traveling on my own I did not know what to expect but staying in David's home has definitely set the bar for the next time I travel. It was great having a place to stay where there were other people to interact with and of course the friendly cats that roam the apartment.
David's apartment was clean and impeccably decorated. True to all of the pictures, there are also some interesting and quirky surprises as well! I loved all of the decor. It was truly such a special place to stay and can only hope I get the pleasure of staying the next time I visit Chicago.
We loved staying at David's place! One block away from the Red Line and 2 minutes to Wrigley Field! Tons of bars and restaurants and shopping around. The neighborhood is safe and lively! The bedroom is spacious and clean, cool decorations everywhere. We'll be back!!
My mom and I stayed at David's place for a long weekend and had a great time. First the decor is fantastic! It provides such a unique place to spend your down time. The place is clean and very comfortable. The location is convenient as well--on a quiet street that felt very secure, and walking distance to the red line.
We didn't have a chance to see David for very long, but his roommates and the rest of the people living and staying in the complex are incredibly welcoming. It's a fluid social space so you can interact with people as much as you'd like.
I would certainly recommend staying with David! Professional, clean, friendly, and such an attractive space.
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In a nutshell, I am a fun 30s fellow who lives in Chicago and does high end interior design work.
I have always been interested in showing hospitality to others. Before airbnb this was mostly done by inviting friends and others over to my home for dinner or cocktails....but I find it equally rewarding to be able to host a traveler and know that my home with influence their trip for the better.
As I am getting older I have decided that I really want to travel and see more of the world...but limited finances (coupled with my refusal to sit int he back of planes) as well as a desire to really get to see how people live and just not how tourists are treated makes this a great option for me!
I have quite a few different interests, but I am very into anything design related (architecture, shops, urban life) and am an avid collector of mid century furnishings and love modern art from around 1910 to 1960. I am happy to have one black cat (I like cat's but one is just enough to keep it interesting) and love to entertain friends often. I am also a sucker for British TV, and you will often find BBC America in the background.
I was lucky enough to have the New York Times recently devote two entire pages to me in their home section, making me sound much more interesting in print as compared with in reality and publishing some lovely pictures of my life.
Oh, and my favorite color is that of a wet seal.....greenish gray and shiny!