1917 tree house

House - Private room · Berkshire Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, United States

"All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air... Not, too stuffy please. I want to sleep well and be comfortable when I wake. I want to walk to cool spots and park my car without a hassle." Congratulations! You found us!

Your host, Susan
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"All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air... Not, too stuffy please. I want to sleep well and be comfortable when I wake. I want to walk to cool spots and park my car without a hassle." Congratulations! You found us!

The Space

If you have to visit Cleveland regularly for business and wish you could just store your belongings in one place -- a comfortable place to land each time you return, or if you'd like to have a "pied a terre" closer to your work, this room can provide a comfortable alternative to hotel life. It can also be a great spot for a graduation weekend, a wedding or just visiting the land of Cleve.

I live here with three 30-40 something roommates -- a chemist for a local microbrewery, an administrator for a biomedical device company and doctoral candidate. They're quiet and friendly. So am I. My politics are on the left, and I prefer classical and jazz music, but more often than not, just the sounds of the great outdoors. I smoke, so you can, too. Just please don't burn anything. We share the kitchen and downstairs living space.

We also now share the house with a 2 year old mixed breed 25lb pooch who is daintily learning her manners. She's house-broken and learning to not jump up to greet visitors. Not yet ready to share her house unfortunately...

The room, furnished with a full bed, plenty of personal storage, closet, large dressers, desk and desk chair. Linens and towels are provided. Windows on the south and west sides offer natural light with a large pin oak shading the south windows. That's why it's a tree house; the room is enveloped in the midstory of a huge tree. The shared (with one other) bath includes a luxurious deep bathtub with shower.

There's a front porch and a lovely backyard with a picnic table and grape arbor. The living room has a working fireplace which is very nice in the winter. This unique arts and crafts house, with all the cool old features like pocket doors and built-ins, is lovingly restored, but not stuffy.

Cleveland Heights' best grocer is a few steps away and the house is an easy walk to the Cedar Lee and Coventry business districts. Best coffee, great restaurants, Cain Park summer concert and theater, galleries and best movie theater in Cleveland are nearby. It is a quick roll down the hill by car or bike or a 45 minute walk to the center of University Circle.

Access to all appliances including the laundry. Cable wifi. There's no AC - just shade and fans, no landline, no tv. It's old school comfortable. Restful.

Guest Access

Bedroom, bath, living room, kitchen, laundry, yard.

Interaction with Guests

I am a Clevelander and happy to suggest spots you may not have discovered via tripadvisor. I'm almost always here, give good directions and (season dependent) can share the fruit of my labor in the garden - growing food not lawns in this historic district.

You can see the hidden Cleveland - the one you've never heard about. Borrow a bike and take a ride. See the sunset over Lake Erie as Rockefeller did from his porch at Forest Hill or wind your way to Whiskey Island and see the setting sun burn into the western shoreline while the cityscape stands yards away at your back just on the other side of the mighty Cuyahoga. I've been hosting visitors for 30 years. I love it. Cleveland always surprises pleasantly.

The Neighborhood

Guests will enjoy all the amenities of the historic district: (website hidden)

Four doors down - Katz Diner and Speakeasy, longtime family owned local grocer steps away. Thai restaurant and Brew Pub a couple blocks away, myriad restaurants, coffee shops, movie theater and library in the nearby business district.

Getting around

The 32 busline and the 40 busline take you to the transit's red line (heavy rail). Like many industrial cities, public transit was undermined in the midcentury to make way for cars. We do have it, if you're patient and depending on where you need to go.

Other Things to Note

The city does not allow parking on the street between 3 and 6 am. I will arrange parking for you, if you have a car. On street parking is on the south side of the street (that's across the street from the house). On arrival, please pull into the drive to unload belongings if you have heavy or cumbersome things.

It would be helpful to know in advance if you might require refrigerator space, i.e. you're traveling with a cooler and wish to park some items in the fridge. Yes, you may use the kitchen. We practice leave it how you found it as regards dish washing and cleaning up after your food preparation and eating.

Laundry is also available in case you've just come from the woods and need to freshen up your duds.

Breakfast might include coffee (I make it really strong), tea (usually Earl Grey on hand), toast with butter, peanut butter, jam, maybe steelcut oatmeal. I can also do eggs or you're welcome to make them just as you prefer them. Please let me know if you take milk in your coffee or would like herbal tea or something else. The grocer is steps away, and if I know, I can be prepared. Thanks.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $5 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $275 /week
Monthly Price: $600 /month
Cleaning Fee: $5
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was our second time staying with Susan! We will never consider staying anywhere else in Cleveland. Everything is comfortable and clean. Susan is warm, interesting and knowledgable - a real joy to talk to and connect with. If you are considering this as an option, go ahead and book it. You will be happy you did!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I had an opportunity to visit Cleveland, where our daughter is a music student, and Susan Miller's 1917 tree house in Cleveland Heights was in an ideal location, only a mile from our daughter. We had never used airbnb before, so this was an experiment for us, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Susan and several longer-term renters were very welcoming in her century-old house. Our corner room (which you can see in the picture) is one flight up, and adjacent to a bathroom which was shared with two other renters, who were up and out early, so that caused no issues for availability. Warm and comfortable, despite the wacky late winter weather. We were very happy with the simple fare that Susan made available for breakfast- homemade oatmeal one morning, bagels another, freshly squeezed orange juice, etc. The house is just a short walk on Berkshire from Lee Road, where one can find a grocery store, pharmacy, coffee shops, movie theater, and wonderful restaurants (Joey's Italian Bistro and the Anatolia Turkish were our favorites) close by. And Susan is such a fun and interesting person to get to know. Her passion for the history of the house and area made for fascinating conversations over the time we were there. Other positives included both very reasonable rates and cancellation policies, especially compared with other airbnb listings in the area. We had a very pleasant stay. Thank you, Susan!

    April 2014
  • I was on a short visit to Cleveland Heights. I was able to make reservations for a groovy pad very near to Cedar and Lee Roads, with ease and very good communication. Upon my arrival, I found it to be very close to lots of far-out stuff to explore. Little pubs, brew house, shops, theater and Coventry, within a freezing cold walk. ( meaning very nearby even in snow, sleet and rain!) I was able to do "Big City" stuff, without all of the hassles of downtown living. Close to the train, easy by bus, and right convenient to and from the Airport. Susan is a tremendous host and beautiful soul. Her home as all my favorite books, groovy art and her very wise perspective made it a wonderful stay. Seriously. She is exactly what is great about Air BnB. Be a traveler, not a tourist. The accommodations were private, very clean, in a super duper preserved Victorian. I felt like family.She even mailed my coat home to me that I had left behind. It was never difficult, awkward or uncomfortable. Just a really great stay.

    April 2014
  • Susan was so kind to me and made my first airbnb experience truly wonderful! I took a cab to her house very late at night and there she was, waiting for me! Her house is very quiet and I was able to study and sleep very comfortably. She made my life tremendously easier when she drove me to the interview I went to Cleveland for and taught me a lot about the history of Cleveland.
    Susan, thank you for opening your home up and taking such good care of me :)
    Hope the winter goes away fast so you can start gardening again!

    January 2014
  • By far the nice-est Airbnb experience I have ever had! Very friendly and caring host, super clean and organized apartment and sweet dog in addition. Very helpful in addressing all my concerns and I mean this literally. I have stayed with my own friends elsewhere in the US and I can definitely say that this Airbnb experience was much nicer than staying with my own friends! I would go back and live at this apartment each time I am in Cleveland. Susan has my highest possible recommendation as a host!

    January 2014
  • Susan provides a comfortable place to stay near many interesting things to do. Be sure to ask her about Cleveland's landmarks and history, she is a very knowledgable resident! My boyfriend, originally from Cleveland, learned things he never knew about the city from Susan. The house is charming, parking is convenient, and her puppy Annie was an endearing welcoming party.

    January 2014
  • I had a great time here. Susan is a welcoming host. The room is clean and quiet.

    January 2014
  • When I was little, I used to think I wanted to live in a big house on a hill with all my friends. Susan is definitely in that 'circle of trust'. After hearing about what she is doing with her neighbors, I wanted to be part of her community, involved in creating the 'sharing' future we love so much about Airbnb. She made Cleveland not just a stop on our journey but a highlight. And Chloe got the best workout from her sweet dog Annie, that she was a little slow getting out of bed the next day. Super bonus! We <3 Susan and Annie!

    December 2013
    Response from Susan:

    Awww... That's so sweet. We'd love to have you as part of our community. Hope Chloe is recovered from the big play date, soon! <3

    December 2013
  • This was my first Air BnB experience and it was incredible! Susan is such a gracious and interesting host... and along with her friendly dog Annie Belle they really made us feel at home. The house is beautiful and full of history and each item seems to have a personal history of its own. Our bedroom was large, cozy and very comfortable, and the shared bathroom was always available. Next time I'm in the Cleveland Heights area this is exactly where I'll be staying. Highly recommended!

    December 2013
  • Meeting and staying in Susan's home is what makes Air BnB so special. The house, it's rooms, walls and floors, staircases and woodwork seem unchanged since built, but cared for. The historic and beautiful furniture is classic and fun. In my room, the dressers are thoughtfully left empty for belongings. Plenty of options for lighting, a table desk, a closet to hang clothes, a good bed and leafy trees make this corner bedroom a nice place to come home to. The bathroom, while shared, was always available, clean and cozy like the rest of the house. The house and its host are an education in Cleveland's history, present and future, which is fabulously unique in the world of conventional lodging. You are guaranteed to have intellectual conversations in the kitchen with Susan and her roommates, not unlike a hostel. There is plenty of room to lounge around the cozy living room, although because of my schedule, I couldn't take advantage of it. The neighborhood is beautiful and walkable to very nearby shops on Lee Street and there are long, brick alleys that are just way cool. Susan is a welcoming and fascinating person with a lot of knowledge about Cleveland. She will accommodate whatever you need, offering to make breakfast and coffee if you like. It is obvious that she likes to host and meet guests. I chose Susan's place because I wanted to experience Cleveland while visiting my daughter in Oberlin. Cleveland Heights and the nearby Shaker Heights are not to be missed if you are the kind of traveller who wants to immerse themselves outside of the tourist hotspots. Susan's house is a home, a place unlike any other I've stayed on Air BnB. I look forward to staying again and encourage others to do so.

    November 2013
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Bachelor's in Dance from University of South Florida
I am retired from the arts world (modern dance) and enjoy gardening and activism. Mostly I enjoy continuing to learn, my son and my friends. I'm not a big traveler. I like my "Howard's End" here in the Heights of the rustbelt. It has a rich history. I love hosting folks and learning from guests. I'm engaged in my neighborhood, an historic district, but with a "city repair" bent; sharing assets, skills, time, gardens. I'm fascinated by permaculture, and I'm forever working on how to make this little plot a food forest. I garden on my yard, my neighbor's yard and at a vacant house across the street. I'm learning. I've been known to circulate initiative and referendum petitions, fight city hall and just say "no thanks" to bad ideas that arise in our culture locally and globally. I study monetary policy and theory when I'm not gardening or organizing with neighbors and friends. I enjoy British drama and the classics and documentaries. I appreciate history, coffee, beer, dogs (cats, too) and the natural world. I'm shrinking my carbon foot print as best I can in this old family home. I chose it in 1989 and still choose it today.
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