I'm a guy with a spare bedroom in a house at the intersection of I-15 and I-80. Half block from train stop that connects to downtown, airport, and the U of Utah. 1.5 miles from city center. 30 minutes to the ski resorts. Very walkable. Ski Utah!
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 within a block of 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.
A bike with a lock is available to guests on multiple day visits.
Porch, Patio, Backyard
There is a big front porch which really adds alot 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.
There is additional space in the living room for 1 person. I have air mattresses in all sizes, as well as a cot that sets up quickly.
Solid Plaster Walls
The house has solid plaster walls and I've added sound-proofing material to the doors for privacy.
I've hosted a few extended stays and they have all gone really well. I'd like to think of it as a specialty. With my schedule, you'll likely have the place to yourself for at least half of your stay.
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.
Smoking is allowed outside.
I don't have any pets (people with allergies ask this). [There are lots of cats in the neighborhood and its endless fun to sit on the deck with the laser pointer and play with the cats.] I don't allow pets into the house but my yard is completely fenced so I can allow dogs to stay in the backyard for the night.
The bed in the room is full size. It is a 6 inch thick mattress with a futon type frame. It is very comfortable, and 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. Food is not provided but coffee is on the house.
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.
When you book the place, I will give you a passcode that you will enter to unlock the front door. 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 10 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.
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.
Sadly we never got to meet Travis! But he made sure to make us feel welcome :) the house was clean and so well organized, with little signs answering questions before you even made them! Awesome! And also he checked up on us making sure we made the most of our stay in SLC! Thank you so much :)
Great cozy spot near public transit. The neighborhood seems a little sketchy at first but the neighbors were friendly and helpful and Travis is an excellent host.
Great host! The room is exactly as described. Travis clearly puts a lot of effort into making the space feel comfortable, clean and safe for his guests. Nearby access to the train station made transit downtown a breeze. I stayed for three days while attending a conference, and found the location very convenient.
We loved staying at Travis's house! The listing was very accurate, Travis was quick to respond to messages, and very accommodating of our late arrival time. The combo on the front door made for a hassle free arrival and departure.
The bed was super comfy, and although the bedroom is small, the shelving was perfect for all our things.
We would definitely stay again if in town.
Travis was very welcoming and his place literally is right on the Trax line and also walkable to downtown (about 20 mins), which was very convenient. He's filled his place with personality. I would recommend his place for any single travelers to Salt Lake.
Travis was a great host. Everything in the house was tidy and well marked. His house was very convenient for taking the Trax downtown and he explained to us how to use it. Comfy bed in a quiet room. Great place to land if you need to stay in SLC.
Travis was an excellent and gracious host, and was obviously experienced at making a guest feel welcome. Communicating with him was no problem before and during my stay. Directions and instructions for getting in were clear. The house is cozy, clean, and welcoming, on a quiet street in a nice neighborhood, just steps from light rail and very close to the freeway. The room and bed were great, and Travis was fun to talk to but also good at letting me do my own thing. Highly recommended!
I'm a guy with a spare bedroom in a house in Salt Lake City. I'm an electronics technician in the semiconductor industry. When I'm not working, I like to travel and be outdoors. Mostly skiing, biking, and hiking. I work a condensed work week of 12 hour shifts, and I try to make the most of my days off.
If you're looking for an extended stay, like a week or more, my place could be a good solution. I've hosted a number of them on this site, and they have all gone really well. Chances are, you'll have the place to yourself for at least half of your stay.
If you are moving to Salt Lake City, we can pull up a map and talk about where you might want to live. Whether you need to buy a house, a car, find somewhere to hike, or meet some new people, I can point you in the right direction. I love my city and the surrounding area and its fun to introduce people to it.
I've skied at Snowbird and Alta for years, so if you're in SLC for a ski trip, we can talk local skiing.
I'm into old school funk and other good music, outdoor sports, good beer, good vegetables, and other things that are good.
I'm into AirBNB because I figure that if I have an extra room in a house at the crossroads of I-15 and I-80, and a few minutes from some of the best skiing in the world, I might as well put it to good use.