About This Listing
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 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 and the backyard.
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 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. 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.
At some point before your arrival, 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 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.
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.
Travis was an amazing host! His home was beautiful and in close proximity to downtown, we had an amazing time in salt lake city!
Travis accommodated me very well. He had everything labeled when I arrived late. The house and room were perfectly described in the profile. Travis was very keen on answering questions I had about places to visit and eat. In the room he had many maps and guide books to choose from. The room has plenty of storage space and was clean and tidy when I arrived. The location was also fantastic as the house is 5 minute walk to the TRAK. Also a 5 minute drive to downtown as well. Travis was very friendly and a awesome person to converse with. He really makes you feel welcome and communicates well. Did I mention he has Super Nintendo!
Travis' place was ideal for me: Conveniently located, very comfortable, and with an awesome backyard. Travis was a great host -- especially appreciated how accomodating he was when I needed to leave my stuff after check-out as I had a late flight home. When so much of what's on Airbnb now is a polished luxe vacation rental, it was refreshing to stay in someone's actual home in the original spirit of "the sharing economy."
This was a last-minute trip and Travis was very accommodating and easy to communicate with during the stay, even inviting me to hang out with his friends in the backyard when I arrived. The house and room were clean. In addition, Travis had a lot of information in the room for guests wondering about things to do in the area. The best thing about Travis' place was the proximity to the Trax system. (less than a 5-minute walk) This made it very easy to get around SLC. Would definitely stay again!
Travis was a terrific host! I was unfortunately unable to meet Travis face to face during my visit due to my very busy schedule, but my stay was a very pleasant one. Travis' house is very cozy, and Travis was nice enough to label all the important features of his house in order to make it easy for his guests to navigate. The room for guests is quite comfortable and has a great deal of storage. I was particularly appreciative of the proximity of Travis' home to the "trax" system. I was able to take the train from the airport to within one block from Travis' home. I would highly recommend anyone coming to Salt Lake City to stay with Travis!
Travis house was very welcoming and even though we sadly did not meet Travis we knew we could always contact him if we had any questions.
On top of the really good location and very nice place, we met the neighbours who were more than fantastic.
We definitely would recommend this place and hope to return in the future ourselves.
Maxi & Nisha
Travis was a great host. He graciously welcomed me into his home and even took the time to sit down and chat. He's thought of every little detail that you could possibly wondered about and labeled it. I thought his level of attention to detail and care for his guests was really especially awesome in that way.
I recommend staying here!
About the Host, Travis
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.
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