About this listing
I'm a guy with a spare bedroom in a house at the intersection of I-15 and I-80, the Crossroads of the West. I like to take people skiing, biking, and desert rambling with my friends. I also like to help people find housing in SLC. My place is a half block from a train stop that connects to downtown, the airport, and the U of Utah in minutes. 1.5 miles from city center. 30 minutes to the ski resorts. Very walkable.
(see pics of the new treehouse. We call it the Sky Deck. You are totally welcome to go up there. Most relaxing place ever.)
The space is mostly unique for its location on the light rail line, proximity to downtown and U of Utah, and easy access to I-80 and I-15. This makes it a nice convenient stop for travelers, revelers, adventurers, skiiers, and business trippers.
The house is a block within the southern end of the downtown district, so there is alot of excellent stuff within short walking distance. (I'm about 1 mile from the center of downtown). If you hop on Trax (light rail train), you can take any of the 3 trains, (every 5 minutes) and you're downtown central in 7 minutes. The house is a half block from a stop on the train system.
University of Utah is 12 minutes away by train or automobile.
Salt Lake Community College is 1 mile away, 6 minutes by bus.
Treehouse, Porch, Patio, Backyard
My neighbor and I just built a treehouse in the tree between our houses. We call it the Sky Deck. You are welcome to go up there. Its of course very relaxing up there. See pictures.
There is a big front porch which really adds a lot of space and gets the morning sun. Good spot for coffee. There is also a patio in the back with some deck chairs and a grill for the afternoon sun. When the weather is warm, you can even camp in the backyard if you would like. (I have all the necessary gear and I don't care if it gets used and used up). There is a hammock tied up in the back corner of the yard.
Smoking is allowed outside on the deck, in the backyard, and in the treehouse.
Solid Plaster Walls
The house has solid plaster walls and I've added sound-proofing material to the doors for privacy.
I usually have the room ready to go so don't hesitate to book on short notice.
If you need an office, there is a new coffee shop about a half mile from the house that functions as an office for people all day long. Its called Publik, and the place is incredible. One of the best designed interiors I've ever seen for any public space.
The bed in the guest room is full size. It is a 6 inch thick mattress with a memory foam topper on futon type frame. I've only heard good things about it.
There is only the one bathroom in the house. Fortunately I'm a very low maintenance guy and I don't spend much time in there.
You will have access to wi-fi, cable TV, shower, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and free parking. Think of it as a (clean, fancy) hostel.
Private parking: there is a parking spot, inside my gate in front of the house, that you can park on. There is a motion light right above it, and I can lock the gate at your request.
Guests are welcome to full access to the kitchen, minus the food. There are two open shelves in the pantry for guests.
Interaction with guests
I always play it by ear...I may or may not hang around at the house that evening. The level of interaction with the host is totally up to the guest.
If you know your estimated arrival time, I will be able to tell you if I will be at the house at that time.
My property manager, Mike, lives just down the street and his phone number will be listed as a secondary contact.
If I walk over to the neighborhood pub or to a friend's house, you are welcome to come along.
I play the innkeeper as I carry on with my day.
If you need information to optimize your experience in Salt Lake and the surrounding region, just ask.
If you're considering a move to Salt Lake City, I don't mind taking the time to discuss the neighborhoods you might like and what to expect in SLC. Call it "value added"; which I think is the whole idea behind AirBNB.
(see the Guidebook section in the tab at the top. I actually took the time to fill it out.)
Most restaurants and businesses in the area are locally owned. This area is known for its awesome (and inexpensive) asian restaurants and taco trucks.
There is a dive bar down the street, which is next to a nice breakfast spot, which is across the street from an incredible vegan/raw foods cafe. Next to that there's a nice coffee shop.
There are two large parks each about a mile away. There is a small park about 500 ft to the north, which is great for laying out with a book.
If you hop on the train and head north, you're in the heart of downtown in about 7 minutes.
It's one of the more ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Salt Lake City proper.
There is very convenient public transit, as previously mentioned. I'm nearest to the 1300 south stop. Also, the house is about .3 miles from the I-15/80 exit. I-15 and I-80 coincide at this point for a couple miles.
The University of Utah is 12 minutes away via the Red Line or automobile. SLCC is 1 mile away and is a quick bus ride.
The airport is a 10 minute drive from the house. You can take the Green Line train to/from the airport and that takes about 30 minutes.
Other things to note
It is helpful to me if I can get your estimated time of arrival. You can check in as early as 5 pm; Checkout is 11 am, unless otherwise arranged. The more communication, the better. The Wi-Fi info will be written down in your room. Everything is pretty straight-forward and intuitive.
You can check in as early as 4 pm and checkout as late as 11 am. Arrangements can be made for extended check times. This is one of the many advantages of Airbnb that I like to offer.
Again, think of it as a (clean, comfy, orderly) hostel. Everything is pretty straight-forward, easy and intuitive. There are no special rules; just common sense. The more communication the better.
I'm a guy with a spare bedroom in a house in Salt Lake City, the Crossroads of the West. I like to take people skiing, biking, desert rambling, and exploring, along with my friends. I also like to help people find housing as they move to SLC.
Salt Lake City is an up and coming city which is a great place to be. You can have a great time here in Portland's Little Brother City.