About this listing
"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!
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 brewery, a doctoral candidate and my son, a musician and music club manager. 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 3 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Guests are expected to behave courteously to others in the house, respectfully as regards the furnishings and appliances. In the house, we conserve energy and water. Hence we unplug electronic devices that may use vampire energy such as chargers and televisions (anything with a micro-controller built into it).
If you are in need of something and wonder if I have it on hand, please ask. If something seems to not be responding normally, or if something breaks, please ask or inform me immediately.
Please handle my home with care. Keeping your items tidy will help you to be sure that they are with you when you leave, and it will also help to insure that damages to the property are not incurred by accident.
Annie is a watchdog, and she will most likely alert when you arrive. If you will stay for longer than a day or two, or you will come and go, making friends with her will cause less disruption. It isn't precisely "love me, love my dog," but so as to not be treated as an intruder each time you arrive, it's best to spend a bit of time getting to know her. We value her watchdogness, but we also wish to respect others' rest.
For longer term guests, I am the maid service. Hence, I will change sheets and wash towels during your stay. This linen maintenance may also involve tidying to get to the surfaces of furnishings for cleaning, and you may arrive here to find a freshly made bed which required me to hang or fold clothing.
Please do not have mail sent to you at our address without discussing it with me first.
Susan treated us like old friends. She was super helpful in navigating us through the city, all the while making sure we took routes that would show us the town. She is extremely well versed on Cleveland history, and shared of the beaten path points of interest in downtown. She believes she would not be a good host without making sure she tells her guests about her beloved city. Her home was as described, clean, quiet, cozy, and the nooks and crannys full of her unique full life and family. I loved the big trees in her yard, and the shelter they bring outside and through our bedroom window. Just lovely. We planned our stay at Susans initially for the location, and easy access to a concert within walking distance to Cain Park. While the concert venue and location was perfect, in the end it was Susan herself who made the stay perfect. Her welcoming attitude, and good energy was the best. We were home. Amazing community and neighborhood is Susans little spot amongst the tall trees. Exceeded my expectations.
susan 'home is very quiet,beautiful,natural ,i like it very much~~~~ bedroom is big ,you can use everything. parking is free. we chat with each other . I have a good time in her home~~~~~~~
Susan was my first host. Very warm and welcoming host. Cosy place. Protective canine (Annie I think), befriend her early. That becomes easier I'm sure for travellers on an extended stay.
Great neighborhood, lovely home, and a very gracious host. I really enjoyed my stay. Thank you, Susan (and company).
Susan has been nothing but incredible to us. She recommended us to a lot of nice restaurants, and told us a lot about the attractions in Cleveland. Her house is neat and tidy, and is place in a very beautiful neighborhood. The room was beautiful, and everything in her house looked exactly like in the photos. Every morning she would make us coffee just so we can get a fresh start to our morning. We would recommend others to stay with her as she is one of the best host we've ever encountered.
Susan was so kind and caring even though we made a last minute reservation and then arrive late at night. Everything is as described. The room was warm and comfortable, the area was quiet, and her puppy was lovely! I wish for the next chance to visit to continue the heartwarming conversation with her.
Staying at the tree house was great. The location is in a beautiful neighborhood that has great character and isn't far from downtown Cleveland. Susan's home is spacious and very cozy. Susan herself is hilarious and wicked smart. My partner and I really enjoyed our conversations with her. Her dog is adorable and made for a great welcoming committee! I would love to stay here again.
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About the Host, Susan
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.