About this listing
Perfect for short term or long term stays and internships - recently redecorated to include a desk. 20 minutes to virtually anywhere in the area. Includes a private, attached bath and use of a fully equipped kitchen.
Located in one of Jacksonville's nicer neighborhoods just south of Historic San Marco is what is commonly known as The Duck Pond. Just a few doors from there I have a comfortable room with queen bed and 'en suite' private bath. Lots of natural light brings in some green from the outside.
This is a perfect location for tourists, students, interns or other visitors to our wonderful medical facilities or people traveling for work or school - either short or long term. Many interns have taken advantage of the proximity to medical facilities and businesses. You are twenty minutes to the beach, twenty minutes to Mayo Clinic, ten minutes to Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, and minutes to Historic San Marco, downtown and Riverside - where you will find St. Vincent's Medical Center, the sports complex, Nemour's/Wolfson's Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Baptist Medical Center and clinics, along with assorted office buildings, clubs and restaurants.
The neighborhood is quiet and safe and there is secure parking in the back of the house, off the street. If you are a runner, walker, or cyclist you can run, walk and cycle for miles without ever having to go near a busy or noisy main street, all the while feeling safe as you walk, run or ride through some of Jacksonville's most beautiful neighborhoods.
The only caveat is that you must love dogs. I live with two pups - a little, very friendly Chihuahua named Strider and a medium sized mutt, who acts as the official greeter, named Shayla. Both love people and are quiet for the most part, though they do sound the alarm if another dog walks by or someone approaches the house. They take their job as watch dogs very seriously.
I work from home as a professor, writer and entrepreneur so I am often available should you have questions, special requests, etc. Wifi, access to a desk and plenty of places to sit and read, talk and/or relax are available.
Have a specific question, need or request? Please ask. People move into this neighborhood and stay for a lifetime - once you experience it you will understand why.
This room has a small private bath attached and you will have use of a well tooled kitchen, TV with Netflix and Amazon Plus, Wifi, hanging closet space and a small chest of drawers --- whatever you need for a short term or long term stay. If you are a long term guest you actually have a cable hook up in the room so if you travel with your own ;-), you can watch in privacy, though Netflix and Amazon Plus are only available in the living room with the cable box. My guest rooms are located on the opposite side of the house from the kitchen and my room; the area can be closed off from the rest of the house for more quiet or privacy.
Interaction with Guests
If you would like some interaction, I will be as available as you need me. Since I work from home I am often here to answer questions and provide suggestions and directions.
If you happen to join me for a cup of coffee in the morning or sitting around the TV later in the evening, I'd love to get to know you as we solve the problems of the world, discuss travel, cooking, culture, or just discuss the day's activities.
If privacy and no interaction at all is preferred, I simply go about my business as I would otherwise.
If you are unfamiliar with the city, considered by some to be one of Florida's best kept secrets, this San Marco area is one of Jacksonville's oldest and nicest neighborhoods. Many of the people who live here have done so for a very long time or for generations. The homes all have a great deal of character, the streets are wide and safe to walk and run and people look out for one another. It is a perfect respite after a busy day, provides a relaxing environment if a break from activity is needed, and access to some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and theaters you can find in the San Marco, Riverside, downtown area.
It is only a mile into the artsy San Marco village where there are shoppes, galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, clubs and bars. Another 2 minute drive and you are downtown and in 5 minutes you are in Riverside, another of Jacksonville's interesting and artful communities.
Jacksonville covers a large geographical area - over 800 square miles - and things are spread out, so an auto is your best option. There is a bus stop at the end of the street, though this is better suited for people who may be staying longer term for work, school, internships, etc. and who have more time flexibility; the buses don't run on the same frequency you may be accustomed to in a larger city. Previous guests have had good success using Uber.
Other Things to Note
This location is very conducive to short and long term stays, and especially for internships, summer jobs, etc. Special situations are not a problem. Even if the room does not look like it is available the entire time you may need it, just send me a message to see if I can make something work for you.
A full list of the house rules is provided when you check in. This provides the most important items, some of which can be deal breakers.
Since I work from home I have plenty of flexibility to help with any needs or requests you may have during your stay. No request is too strange, though I do reserve the right to say no ;-). Here are a few things that you will want to consider in advance.
1. No smoking - of anything.
2. You must love dogs. They are part of my family and are very friendly but they come with some rules. Please do not let them out unless you first check with me. This is for their safety and my sanity.
3. If you have an interest in watching the TV, please be aware that the dogs like to sit on the sofa when someone is watching the television, so be prepared for company.
4. There is secure wifi here in the house. If you need access, I can provide you with the access code.
5. No additional guests - if you make new friends during your stay, please connect and socialize with them in one of the many bars, clubs, restaurants and coffee shops that are close by.
4. For short term stays, please leave any used towels on the bathroom floor before you leave so I know what needs to go in the laundry.
If you are staying long term (a month or more) you will be responsible for keeping your room clean - though I do have a housekeeper who cleans bi-weekly, which is usually enough for most people. Cleaning supplies are located in the bathrooms and elsewhere in the house if you would like to do any additional work between housekeeper visits.
5. When coming and going, parking is in the back of the house behind the gate; please close and lock the gate -always. This contains the dogs, and prevents them from escaping into the street where bad things can happen to these precious but clueless creatures.
6. Please remember that this is my home - I will do everything I can to make you feel at home, but some of the amenities you may be accustomed to (turn down service, mints on your pillow - will not be provided - LOL!! However, I hope that what you don't get in amenities and services are more than made up for by the AirBnB experience of cultural exchange, conversation, and good fellowship.
About the Host, Linda
I am a corporate refugee from sales and marketing who is now a college professor and author in a new and much more satisfying career. With my file folder full of book ideas I am looking forward to writing and traveling more so I can spend more time taking my ideas from file to flight :-). If I could do it all over again I would be a cultural anthropologist.
From the time I was a young girl I was always curious about people who were not quite like me. As a host I get to meet so many interesting people that there are days when it seems I have already started my cultural anthropology career.
What do I like? My favorite food on the planet is Indian. I can't imagine life without my dogs, my books, my computer, yoga, and my hiking shoes. I love being outdoors and am a pretty good vegetarian cook, throwing small dinner parties with a handful of close friends. I meditate daily, travel a couple of times a year and truly appreciate the gift of every sunrise.
I grew up in Central New York state in the U.S., but have lived in London, California, Texas and Florida for most of my adult life. Still, I find it interesting how much it feels like home when I go back upstate NY to visit. Sometimes, our first homes are wonderful places to be from :-).