This 1926 Craftsman double bungalow (duplex) has all the detail and flexibility its architectural style suggests. The hand crafted woodwork that frames the home's interior, goes from dark to light as you move through the house, from a deep walnut framing the sunporch, living room, and dining room, to the original oak cabinetry of the kitchen, to the bright scrubbed pine in both bedrooms.
This property can sleep six quite comfortably, eight with just a bit of imagination. The master bedroom has a queen bed as well as a comfy chair and table for reading or lounging. The second bedroom has a full bed, a functional desk, a chair and bookshelf. We encourage guests to borrow or trade books from the bookshelf as their interests dictate.
The open sun porch has a pullout sofa bed (queen), vintage swivel chair and lots of windows and plants. Perfect for sitting, talking, reading or gazing. We have an additional deluxe queen size air mattress (the double decker) which can fit on the opposite end of the sunporch for larger parties.
The dining room overlooks the flower garden through a horizontal panel of three windows. The dining table (built in the same period as the house) is solid walnut with an Art Deco Sunburst pattern and seating for 8.
The kitchen is functional for cooking and equipped with pots, pans, cutlery and other utensils. There are sufficient tablesettings, plates, bowls, glasses, etc to serve eight. Guests will also find a breakfast basket filled with pastries fruits yogurts orange juice, etc...enough for your entire party's first breakfast in your temporary home. Coffee and tea are always provided.
The backyard is partially enclosed with a privacy fence and has a patio table and chairs with umbrella. Great for barbecuing or just sitting and relaxing from Spring through Fall. There is also an enclosed back porch with screened windows looking out over the backyard.
The house is located a half block off the Bike Boulevard, a right-of-way street for bicycles, and less than ten minutes ride from the Minnehaha Parkway bike trail which follows The Creek to beautiful Minnehaha Falls. We have four adult bikes and two kids bikes for guests to use for leisure or general transportation. 15 minutes ride to The Lakes or downtown via the bike lanes.
If biking isn't your preferred mode of transportation, We are located only one block off the Bloomington Avenue and 38th street bus lines (#14 and 23)) and about 10 blocks from the light rail.
If all other modes of transportation fail we are happy to rideshare with our 2010 Toyota Prius between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM and on a case-by-case basis after 7 PM. We are usually working during the day so the car just sits most of the time. We are happy to share with guests who have a valid drivers license and who will take our family pledge not to drink (or text) and drive. We also ask that guests put a little gas in her according to their usage, but it's never much since it's a hybrid.
We only ask that guests make themselves as comfortable as possible, while still respecting the integrity of the property and the neighborhood.
Staying here was a great experience. Al and Avra were great communicators and very helpful. I highly recommend Al, Avra and this lovely apartment!!
The neighborhood is fabulous. There are tons of great restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The space was great for our purpose, a baby shower, and Al was extremely gracious to let us host it there.
Beware though, this listing really only sleeps 4, the pull out sofa is really old, and from what our friend said, extremely uncomfortable. One other thing, perhaps I missed it, but I didn't realize this was the bottom level of a duplex and the upstairs neighbors were very loud, I don't think on purpose, just the natural clunking around of heavy shoes and whatnot.
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I've stayed in a dozen AirBnBs, and I've got to say that Al was the best host I've ever had. He is incredibly responsive, welcoming & considerate, making last minute concessions that really make you appreciate AirBnB over a hotel. The photos and location are as described. The neighborhood has a suburban feel, but located 10-12 min cab ride south of downtown. The bicycle offering was my selling point, but Al also let me borrow his truck for a day as I made some client visits. Would absolutely recommend staying with Al -- he is the model host of what AirBnb is all about.
My stay here was wonderful. Owner was thoughtful, generous, and overall welcoming. I will be vacationing here again.
Al's house was a great home base for our wedding weekend. It was clean and the best stocked vacation rental I've ever had. It's also in a good location.
Al is easy to communicate with and a sweetheart to boot. We all felt like old friend houseguests and not a renters. Highly recommended!!
This duplex was absolutely charming, the location was great, and Al is the best. We got in fairly late and he had already stocked the kitchen with some breakfast food and fruit so that we wouldn't be dying the next day. Knowing we had a 3-yr old with us, he hooked up the carriage to one of the bikes so that we could all cruise around easily. Al was incredibly considerate and a truly phenomenal host.
The duplex is an absolutely charming craftsman. Great location not far from delicious restaurants (I'd recommend French Meadow Bakery/Cafe) and within walking distance from an awesome bike trail and gorgeous park.
All around, a pretty great experience.
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I am a writer and attorney living between New York, Minneapolis and Marrekech. I love travel and travelers. I have visited 48 states, 24 countries, and lived abroad. My family and I have a natural love for the process of traveling and we always do whatever we can to help our guests have a great travel experience.