Artistic house, close to downtown!

House - Private room · S Union St, Des Moines, IA 50315, United States

Our cozy house offers lots of space. We're centrally located, near downtown, the airport, and bus access. The house has many comfortable places to read, work, or talk.

The Space

An art-filled home on a treeful hilltop.

We are artists, cooks, and bone collectors. Our home is pleasant and full of things to explore, including lots of board games, comics, and books. Our space best accommodates 1-2 people.

Guests have wifi access, a private room, and are welcome to use the house as their own -- read books in the library. Work at the kitchen table. Play music in the living room.

This house is half home, half studio. You are wise to expect to see projects in progress, paintings drying in the library, and possibly be present during a photo shoot or a band practice. We give all guests a heads-up as to upcoming ongoings they should be aware of.

Cat meets most of the guests. Scott is more elusive. One of us is available most evenings, though aside from meals we are mostly tucked away.

We are close to downtown DSM.

Buses stop at the bottom of our hill, a block away. They will take you downtown, and from downtown anywhere else you need to go. Taxis also available.

We have awesome cats.

Guest Access

Guests are welcome to use the main floor of the house as their own. Enjoy the stereo, cook up a storm in the kitchen, take a long and relaxing bath. The deck outside is private and enjoyable as well.

We mostly keep the basement as a private space.

Interaction with Guests

Cat is House Captain and is available for any needs or questions you encounter. We mostly stick to ourselves, working in our respective studios, but we have an open door

We often invite guests to game and movie nights, and our friends have met many AirBNB guests.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is quiet, and provides a nice walk. Climb the hill for beautiful views of the city. Head a couple blocks west for a hike in Macrae Park. Go north and you'll hit the Des Moines city trail system and Riverwalk leading downtown.

Getting around

Busses run a block from our house.

Parking is available for guests in our driveway.

The airport is a <$10 taxi ride away. If driving, take a left out of the air port and drive a mile or so to Park Avenue. Take a right, and drive another mile or two. At the bottom of a hill there is a four way stop sign at South Union. Turn left. Drive one mile, almost to the end of the street: we are the last house on the right side of South Union Street.

Other Things to Note

Our house is busy but never chaotic. We try to practice overcommunication. Cat keeps late studio hours, so expect light activity at night (though if you need a good night's sleep, let her know and she'll be happy to accommodate completely). Under normal circumstances you should expect to hear her pad around the house, talking to cats, moving paintings, using a microwave. Noisier activities (vacuuming, cleaning) are reserved for daytime hours.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $300 /week
Monthly Price: $900 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Great experience. Not only did Scott and Cat took me in last minute but also accommodate with my late arrival (10:30). The house is cozy, clean, and welcoming. The host very friendly and helpful. I agree with all the positive comments other reviewers left. This is a great place to stay if you need to be go to downtown and the airport. I will definitely come back if I need to stay in Des Moines again.

    March 2014
  • Scott and Cat were wonderful! I was traveling for a business trip and will now be moving to Des Moines in a few weeks. They were beyond accommodating and were nice. The house was very clean and organized. I really felt like I was at home the entire time I was there and there were a wealth of knowledge on the city. It was really close to downtown and the freeway which made getting around very easy.

    I will add that this was my first time using AirBnB and I'm so glad that I did. I don't think I could have picked a better place to stay on my trip and thankful that I decided to stay with them instead of a hotel. Scott and Cat are great people and excited to meet more like minded folks after my move!

    March 2014
  • Scott and Cat are excellent hosts who made my three-week stay in Des Moines a breeze. They were so welcoming, it felt like being at home. They went beyond the call of duty by helping me with a few things that would have otherwise been impossible, such as finding new homes for some of my aging mother's things and letting me do a bit of her extra laundry at their house.

    The house is well located in a nice neighborhood between theairport and the middle of downtown. The room is clean and the breakfast and snacks are ample and tasty, sometimes even exotic. The WiFi is fast and stable. (I'm a computer person and rely on that.) I like to try and keep in shape while away from home, and they have a nice space for that and some spare light weights I could borrow.

    It was a blast to check out thecool and beautiful art they create,
    both visual and aural.

    Scott and Cat are imaginative, kind, people and come to think of it,
    so are their three cats.

    I can't think of a nicer place to stay.

    January 2014
  • Scott and Kat are very good hosts with a clean and comfortable room. They're three cats are friendly, and my wife and I enjoyed the one night stay we had. Good luck with the band, Kat.

    October 2013
  • Scott and Cat are wonderful, creative people. Their guest bedroom furnished the best sleep I had had in weeks; charmingly decorated and very cozy to boot. I couldn't recommend them highly enough...!

    October 2013
  • Very nice stay, Quiet and clean house. Very friendly hosts.

    August 2013
  • Kat is a delightful host, and her cats are adorable. Thank you very much.

    August 2013
  • We had a great time staying with Cat and Scott. They were both very welcoming. They had a lot of helpful information to share with us about Des Moines. The room was very comfortable. We had fun getting to know this great couple and their three lovely cats.

    July 2013
  • Had a great cozy stay in Des Monies with Scott and Cat. I was visiting town during 2 major events, and the only hotels left in the area had universally terrible reviews... So I came over to air bnb for the rescue. The room was super cute, the cats were cuddly and the location was perfect for jaunting downtown or heading over to Drake University. They really saved my trip!

    June 2013
  • Cat was an incredible host - warm, generous, and made sure my stay in Des Moines was unforgettable. She is very involved in the creative scene in the city and hosts wonderful community events, which gave me an unique and marvelous view into the heart of the Des Moines. I would enthusiastically recommend this house to anyone who wants to discover what makes Iowa great!

    May 2013
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Cat is an artist and Scott is a designer. We both work in the house. Cat is very outgoing and Scott is very elusive. Cat's favorite dish is pho. Scott wants to be a Ghostbuster when he grows up. We like to wander around cities, eat food, and see art. We host many AirBNB guests a year, and you would feel like a houseguest during your stay.
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