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.
Al is a very responsive and accommodating host -- he responds to emails and texts quickly. His home is warm, inviting, and comfortable. The neighborhood is quiet and lovely. My family used this unit as a home base during a wedding, and it was convenient and easy for all of us.
Al was great, easy-going and very helpful. He made us feel right at home. The house is lovely, the rooms comfy, and everything very clean. It was a great way to spend an extra night in the Twin Cities. Al even left us some simple, but yummy breakfast items that we really enjoyed. We wish we could have used the bikes, but the weather was crummy. We would definitely stay here again!
Al was a beyond gracious host - always available, always helpful. And the house? Gorgeous. If you're into woodworking, you'll love all the clever details, and if you're not, you'll love the light and comfortable space he's created. Couldn't ask for a better weekend retreat. Minneapolis is such a lovely place in the summer. His multiple bikes (in all sizes) were a godsend for a perfectly sunny day - literally within 30 min of checking in with Al, we were on our bikes & on our way to some waterfalls a short ride away. It rained the rest of the weekend and the house was a pleasure to relax in.
Patio in the back is great for chilling and the neighborhood is awesome - the legendary Matt's (for their juicy lucy) & several other coffee spots, bakeries, a pupusa place, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, like 450 parks & lakes - all within a 10-15 min walk.
And if you have a car, it won't take you more than 15 minutes to reach pretty much anywhere in Minneapolis.
Al himself is a really helpful, really chill guy who responded to every text or call within minutes. The perfect host.
It's the kind of property that defines the AirBnB experience. Definitely check it out!
Al's home is wonderful; exactly what we were looking for. Four of us (one couple, two friends) travelled to Minneapolis with the intent of seeing a show and doing some shopping. The location was only 15 minutes away from everything we wanted to do! The size of the home gave us lots of space to unwind. The neighborhood is safe and quiet. Al was there to welcome us to the home and shared a few suggestions about where we might like to shop, have coffee etc. He was very accommodating when we arrived a few hours later than planned due to some car trouble. & was just a text away if we had questions about the house. I would very strongly recommend this property to anyone traveling to Minneapolis.
Al was great! My girlfriend and I really enjoyed meeting Al and getting to know him during our short 3 day stay. It's always great meeting others who (email hidden) perspective and openness for life and new experiences. We truly appreciated Al's helpfulness and generosity relating to use of his selection of bikes and Prius! These were huge sells for us as access to both travel options really open doors for how one can explore the city or easily get to where they need.
The house was also very charming, very clean, offered everything we needed, and had some breakfast items in the fridge. Al's listing is very accurate and certainly exceeded our expectations. Although we didn't explore the neighborhood much, we at the the Citizen's Cafe (amazing) ~10 blocks away and rode bike through some of the surrounding parks en route to the nearby lakes. We also traveled from the airport via public transportation (tram + bus), which was convenient.
Overall, everything was great and we would definitely stay here again.
We had a great time staying at Al's place. Al has a very nice home in south minneapolis. He was great with communication and flexible with all the coordination. I recommend anyone looking for a place to stay to check out Al's place! Thanks Al!
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Our family stayed 4 nights at Al's Beds Bikes Breakfast over the Christmas holiday. This is a very comfortable older craftsman duplex home in a quiet residential neighborhood (this rental is on the lower level). Al was very cheerful, responsive and accommodating. Al had the snow shoveled and a little mini-Christmas tree on the table when we arrived. The kitchen was well stocked for it's (small) size. I recommend staying at Al's!
We had a great stay at this beautiful Craftsman home. A cozy respite from the cold. It was wonderful to cook and do laundry and practice yoga in the front porch area. Al was accommodating and so friendly. We only wish we were there in the summer to take full advantage of the tandem bike and all the biking trails around the neighborhood. Make sure to do your shopping at the local coöps like the Wedge and the Seward. We had a great time.
Al was a really great host and was always prompt with responding to any emails or texts.
I'd say there are no bells and whistles to the apartment, but it is certainly more than sufficient with a very homey vibe. And again, having a great person to correspond with helps too!
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