About this listing
Welcome to the Art Room!
One bedroom with private entrance, private bath (with shower) mini fridge, microwave and wifi. Front yard and patio is also exclusively for guest use.
Our property is one of the last historic homes on the north side of Miami. Home to Italian fresco artists, the Scalisi Brothers, the property is full of hidden gardens, mosaic patios, tall coconut and palm trees, fruiting banana trees and pineapple plants, and flowering orchids. Lounge in a hammock or sit along the canal for the good fortune of siting a manatee.
Located a block from Biscayne Blvd (Hwy 1), we are walking distance to gourmet cafes, Americana eateries, a local grocery store, and multiple bus stops. Ten minutes east is the nearest public beach and ten minutes south is downtown Miami.
We love to:
Walk to Ironside for pizza. cupcakes and espresso
Walk to Blue Collar Cafe for the brisket and bread pudding
Bike to Dogma for gourmet hotdogs
Bike over the JFK Causeway to the beach
Lounge in the hammock
Eat bananas off the tree and drink fresh coconuts
-Betsy and fam in the Caza Grande
Common questions about the property:
Do you provide sheets and towels? Yes
Is there access to your kitchen or laundry room?
No, the room is attached to the house, but does not have access to the big house. Of course, don't hesitate to ask if you need any favors.
Exactly what is in the room?
Queen size bed, desk, office chair, dresser, small closet, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, electric kettle, air conditioner, ceiling fan, and a couple of lamps.
How is your wifi signal?
Pretty good. Most guests successfully stream movies
Guests only have access to their private room and bath. They also have a private patio with table and chairs. Though it is attached to the house, the room does not open into our house so there is no access to our living space or kitchen. We gladly share the hammocks, outdoor "dining room" and bananas in the back yard with guests.
Interaction with Guests
We both work from home, but because the guest room opens to the front yard and we primarily use the back door and back yard, we hardly ever cross paths with guests. Occasionally, I'll peak out the front door and say "hello" if I see you coming in or leave a hot loaf of banana bread hanging on your door. We love meeting new people and hearing about your travels, so if you're looking for company, come find us in the back yard in the evenings when the weather is nice.
It's very easy to get to down town Miami (Arsht Center for the Preforming Arts, the Miami Heat Stadium, Bayfront Park, etc...) and to "The Beach" (that is, the town of Miami Beach including South Beach, and of course, all the actual beaches) via bus. We live at the intersection of two main bus routes, one going North/South and the other going East/West. That's about as good as it gets in Miami.
If you're hoping to see more of South Florida than Miami and Miami Beach (like the Everglades, the Keys, or any of the state parks), you'll probably want to rent a car.
Currently, we have a vehicle available for rent on site through Relay Rides, but you must be an approved Relay Ride driver in order to reserve the vehicle. Sometimes we have bikes available for rent on site, and so does a neighbor. Message me for more info on any of these options.
Other Things to Note
Street parking is ample and free. Guests have a private gate and path to their room.
Our family lives in the adjoining house and we share the yard with guests, so please be considerate of noise that may effect our sleeping. We would love your friends to come check out the property, but please clear visitors with us first.
No smoking in the room or near the house.
Please park on the street and use the guest gate to enter the property.
Very nice place and the best hosts ever! The garden is absolutely stunning!!
This place is fantastic. It is centrally located right near everything we could possibly want. Julia spent her first week of work here, and it had everything we needed. The little things made everything work here, the personal touches that she added like the soft drinks and the raman made the place feel genuinely like home.
We loved it.
Where to start? The room was great, the host even better. She received us with a warm smile and a delicious treat made specially for us as we are vegetarian. We really enjoyed our stay and will recommend it (phone number hidden)%
Betsy's place was fabulous, I stayed there for almost a month while looking for a place of my own, and it was cosy, clean and had everything you could ask for.
I would recommend this place to anyone
Betsy went above and beyond! She left home-made treats. A cute welcome message on the door and both her and her husband was very chatty and gave plenty of advice on the area and things to do / eat / see.
The room Bed was phenomenal, the room was nice and clean, and everything was pretty much perfect.
10/10 - Would stay here again (and have already rebooked)
I enjoyed staying in the Art Room. The hosts, Betsy & Niko, were very warm and welcoming. Betsy prepared some delicious snacks for me during my stay, and I got a chance to learn about the history of the house and the architect who built it. Thanks again Betsy!
This was my 4th stay at The Art Room. Every time it just gets better. The room is clean, private and perfect for my short business trips. It would also work for a longer stay if I had the time to play a little in Miami. The owner just put in a new refrigerator, which I promptly filled so I could prepare my own allergy-free meals. The property outside the room is tropical, fairly large and very inviting, with a couple of places to sit if you want to relax. Although the room feels like home, it is separate from the owner's household so there is a strong sense of privacy and independence. You can bet I will be back on my next trip to this area!
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About the Host, Betsy
From San Francisco's East Bay. We like good food, especially when we grow it. We like to play, especially outside. We prefer a long walk to a short drive.