Turn-of-the-century Victorian

House - Private room · W Utica St, Buffalo, NY 14222, United States

The Space


We're glad you stopped by, and we hope you'll enjoy the quiet comfort of this place we call home.


Our prices for the first room are based on double occupancy. If there are two in your party - and you need separate rooms - simply make a reservation for "3" guests which will automatically book two rooms and add a modest $35.00 for the additional room per night.


You are staying in the home originally built for Dr. George Allan Rowe in 1898. Two newly-remodeled, airconditioned private second-floor bedrooms, queen-sized beds in each, with spotless shared bath directly opposite your room; a convenient half-bath on the main level, and liberal run-of-the-house, including kitchen and laundry. You and your party will be our only guests in the house, and you'll have your own keys to your rooms and the house. Come and go as you please! Children and infants welcome.

Free high-speed wifi gives you access to your email, Netflix account and hulu for access to television, or enjoy cable television in the sun room. Light continental breakfast (cereals, coffee, teas, toast, milk, etc.) available. Encourage Scott to make you a fresh loaf of banana bread. Please let us know of any particular diet requests you may have.

Comfortable living room, formal dining room, sun-room / library and garden with BBQ facilities / fire pit and patio seating for six.


As with most Victorian homes in Elmwood Village, all parking is on-street. (Don't worry; you'll find a spot! We always do - and always close to home, too.) From November 15th to April 1st there is no overnight parking on West Utica from 1:30am - 7:00am to make way for snow plowing. (Don't worry; there is ample parking on Ashland and Norwood - two cross streets on either end of out block.)


We prefer you arrive around 3:00pm. Please request an earlier or later arrival if you expect to arrive in Buffalo outside of these times. If you realize you are running late, please call us so we know when to expect you.


Check out hopstop for transportation options. We're on a major bus-route with easy transfers to Niagara Falls, light-rail, Greyhound, Amtrak and Buffalo Niagara International airport. We're happy to give you a needed ride as our schedules allow. Please let us know in advance.

The Buffalo Metro Rail Station on the corner of Main and West Utica Streets is a ten-minute walk (or a quick bus ride) giving you access to the University at Buffalo South Campus, Buffalo Zoo, Delaware Park, Canisius College, Medaille College, the Anchor Bar (birthplace of the original Buffalo Wings), Allentown, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo Theater District, the Buffalo Convention Center, Coca Cola Field (home to the Buffalo Bisons), First Niagara Center (home to the Buffalo Sabres), the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Waterfront. Current Metro Rail / Bus one-way fare is $2.00 (Seniors travel for $1.00). A Day-Pass is a bargain at $5.00 (Seniors travel for $2.50).

The #20 Bus runs along Elmwood Avenue and gets you to downtown Buffalo - a mere 2 mile trip - giving you access to Buffalo City Hall, the Electric Tower, Ellicott Square Building, Guaranty Building, the Old Post Office, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Coca-cola Field and Shea's Performing Arts Center.


The bus is cash-only, accepting dollar bills and coins. A Day-Pass will get you to the Falls and back for $5.00. The 1 hour and 25 minute ride gives you a chance to see the local sites (including Grand Island). Catch the #12 Bus across the street from the house; transfer to the #40 which takes you to the Falls. Take your passport if you intend to walk across the Rainbow Bridge to view the Falls from the Canadian side and be prepared to pay the 50 cent cash toll to reenter the USA.


Bring your Passport! We're right on the Canadian border with close access to 28 wineries (including Inniskillin, Marynissen, and Reif Estate) Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto. Consider extending your stay for a wonderful day-trip to Canada. The Niagara Falls are a twenty-minute car drive away; Toronto a mere hour and a half's drive. The Peace Bridge border crossing to Canada is minutes away and easy to get to. Take advantage of the Duty-Free shopping on both sides of the international border.


Elmwood Village is one of Buffalo’s top shopping and entertainment districts. Bordered by the city’s museum district on one end (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center), and Allentown on the other (heart (email hidden)ly GLBT nightlife), Elmwood Avenue (two blocks East from our home) features a host of boutiques, cozy coffee shops, bars, art galleries and restaurants - all within walking distance of the house.


A short walk takes you to THE PLACE - the local pub - with traditional pub fare including a delicious fish-fry ($8 - 15.00). Across the way you'll find VERA PIZZERIA which offers traditional cocktails mixed to perfection, and gourmet pizza (try the Fennel Taleggio) and fresh fish, poultry and meat options in a hipster atmosphere ($11 - 30:00). ACROPOLIS features Greek and Mediterranean specialties ($5 - 15.00). The BLUE MONK is Buffalo's first European-style gastropub offering gourmet Belgian-style pub fare such as pommes frites, authentic Québec-style poutine and beer-steamed mussels ($10-15). CASA-DI-PIZZA is a popular neighborhood pizzeria and Italian restaurant ($5-15). The THIRSTY BUFFALO is one of Elmwood Avenue's most popular bars serving inexpensive pub grub ($5-15). CECELIA'S offers Italian food and martinis in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Summers are wonderful, as the patio is typically jammed ($20-30). PANO'S is the largest and most popular restaurant on the Elmwood Strip (and our personal favourite) serving Greek and Mediterranean cuisine ($10-20). SOLÉ offers South American cuisine: delicious guacamole is prepared tableside, and they also serve tapas-style appetizers and some of Buffalo's best cocktails at their full bar ($15-40). You'll find a more extensive listing of eateries and public houses on your bedside table.


We welcome your email enquiries. Please give us as much detail as you feel is necessary for us to assist you in making a good decision. Until you make and we accept a reservation, neither your direct contact information or ours is available to either party. Because airbnb provides for direct email communication, please help us to be efficient by responding to our replies in a timely manner. Even if you've changed your mind - or if your plans have changed - thanks for letting us know.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This was the second time I stayed with Blane and Scott and it was every bit as good as the first. They are very thoughtful hosts and their house is so nice; but their real skill as hosts is in their ability to make you feel right at home and to engage with you at a level of real interest as opposed to simple niceties that would normally typify a hotel and it's guests. Blane and Scott made me dinner, sandwiches for my lunch and even left a dinner pre made when Blane took ill. Long story short, perfect accommodation and hosts. I was visiting buffalo for business but now I would return solely to catch up with 2 people I feel have become friends. I have no doubt you will understand what I mean of you choose to stay here...which you should!

    February 2014
    Blane & Scott
    Response from Blane & Scott:

    We're delighted you chose to visit a second time, Ali, and enjoyed catching up on all your news. Please let us know when you'll next be in Buffalo. We hope to see you again!

  • Blane and Scott were kind, gracious hosts. They truly opened their home to us and made us feel welcome. The bed was very comfortable and everything in the house was pristine. They gave us some wonderful restaurant recommendations in their neighborhood, which were all walkable. We would absolutely stay with them again!

    October 2013
    Blane & Scott
    Response from Blane & Scott:

    Glad you enjoyed your very first stay through airbnb with us. Hope to see you again the next time you're in Western New York.

  • The reservation was canceled 26 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    September 2013
  • Blane & Scott are wonderful hosts! Arriving in Buffalo after a long drive with an infant, we were welcome in their cozy beautiful home with banana bread on their kitchen counter and hot tea, just like going back home! The house is beautifully decorated, clean, and lots of history. The rooms are nice and comfortable. Blane and Scott made us feel like being at home away from home. We enjoyed our stay very much and will definitely recommend to anyone who visit Buffalo, and/or Niagara Falls!

    Thank you Blane & Scott!

    September 2013
  • We were charmed by the setting and Blane and Scott who were communicative and very considerate. The bed itself was absolutely the most comfortable one we have ever experienced. A classy Buffalo stay with a nice continental breakfast included.

    September 2013
  • To us, our visit was the essence of what AirBnB can be at it's very best. Blane met us at the door of their lovely home. We had a clean, nicely decorated room to collapse into after a 10 hour drive from Michigan. Once we had moved our things in, we enjoyed a long discussion with Blane and Scott, over wine in their sunroom. Of the several local restaurants we picked Vera Pizza, just three leafy blocks away. Wonderful gourmet pizza with great cocktails in a neat atmosphere.
    Breakfast was serve-yourself, with French press coffee and several cereal selections.
    Unfortunately we were only there for a quick overnight stop, but it felt like visiting family. This is an annual drive from Maine to Michigan for us and we've already decided to stay with Blane and Scott again.

    August 2013
  • This is the second time we stayed with Blane and Scott, they welcomed us so warmly, like good old friends, we particularly enjoyed our stay because we went to Buffalo to leave our daughter at UB, this is a difficult task for a mother and a father and after tears and sad good bye to our KC, our hosts invited us to join them at the fire pit sharing good conversation, excellent wine, and extraordinary recommendation on how to cope with our new pain. I know we’ll come to Buffalo again and fell at ease to know that we have a special place to stay. THANK YOU AGAIN Blane and Scott for your hospitality, you are special friends in our lives!

    August 2013
  • Blane & Scott are the best airbnb hosts! Their house is the best too. Very comfortable and clean. They have a wonderful historic home that is relaxing and peaceful. Guest bedrooms were lovely and as pictured. We sat and talked with them in their very pretty backyard. They gave us space to hang out and chat or do as we pleased and not socialize. The temperature in the house and the guest rooms was set at the perfect temp. Not too hot, not too cold--just right. The location is so good. Right next to the "cool" neighborhood area. They recommended a bar called The Monk (?). Good times, local beers, fun atmosphere. We walked there! Thumbs up to house, hosts and location.

    August 2013
  • We had a lovely time with Blane and Scott. They were so welcoming as well as kind and interesting guys. They were brilliant with our 2.5 year old daughter who warmed to them both quickly.

    We enjoyed a bbq dinner together both nights which Scott cooked for us. Great chats over beer and wine in front of the fire till late.

    The house was immaculate, lots of space and very comfy. We were grateful they accepted our very late booking.

    Would highly recommend them. We hope to see them again sometime, perhaps in Scotland. :-)

    Elaine, Matt and Rhiannon.

    August 2013
  • My wife and I stayed with our one year old son in one of their private rooms. This place exceeded our expectations. This historic house has a lot of character and is well-furnished with comfortable seating throughout the house. The bedroom is spacious and has a very comfortable bed. Even though the bathroom is shared, there was never a moment when we were left waiting to use it. There was plenty of street parking, as mentioned in the description. This place is also walkable to some restaurants and coffeehouses.

    More important than the house itself are the gracious hosts. Blane and Scott are among the warmest people I've ever met. They mostly kept to themselves, except to offer tea or offer to join them outside by the fire. I would highly recommend staying with them, and I would do it again if I were ever in the area.

    August 2013
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Scott works for the Episcopal Church in Digital Media. Blane is an Epsicopal Priest and a Friar in the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.
Hello! We are Blane (on the left) and Scott. Welcome to our 1898 Victorian. You'll learn a lot more about the house, Elmwood Village, transportation options, places to dine and sights to see by clicking on the "Description" tab on the home page. We're sociable and enjoy spending time with our guests if they wish. In the Summer we love to BBQ in the back garden, and we hardly ever let the fire in the upstairs sitting room go out in the winter. Scott, a native of California, is a web-content manager for the Episcopal Church in Manhattan working out of our home in Buffalo. Blane, a native of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is a Gregorian Friar and Episcopal Priest. Please know you are most welcome in our home - there is no need to request permission to book your stay with us. Please click on the "Calendar" tab above the photos to see if your dates are available. If they are, feel free to secure your room by clicking on the "Book It" button. And finally a polite request: if you're making an enquiry and we pre-approve your stay, please let us know if you've either changed your mind or if your plans have changed freeing up your room for other guests. Looking forward to hosting you!
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