Your very own private bedroom and bathroom at an affordable price just minutes from UF with welcoming, experienced hosts at your service! We can't wait to meet and host you :-)
My husband and I have a uniquely decorated space that reflects our love for different cultures around the world. My Italian heritage, upbringing in Ecuador, and Peace Corps volunteer experience in Mozambique all permeate the rooms of our condo. Our space is near the heart of Gainesville, but still has a removed/relaxing feeling about it that should make your stay with us very comfortable. My husband has spent a good part of his life in Gainesville and has PLENTY of recommendations as far as getting the most of the Gainesville area while you are visiting.
Access to private bedroom and adjoining private bathroom (with lock and key), kitchen, laundry room (washer, dryer, iron), Wi-Fi internet, printer (if you only need to print out a few sheets), bicycles, and condo's pool (when open)
Interaction with Guests
My husband and I are both grad students so we are gone for most of the day, but at home most nights. We love interacting with our guests and hearing their stories. We even have a guest book that we would love for you to sign and share about your experience while visiting us in Gainesville :-) That said, we are very none intrusive and will offer you as much privacy as you'd like!
We live in a mostly-grad-student condominium complex, tucked in a quiet nook up against a small creek, just east of the quickly revitalizing SW 13th Street. Shands hospital and UF are just across the way (~5 minutes walking). There are several well established as well as new restaurants popping up within walking distance and Gainesville's best running/biking trail starts less than 1/2 mile away (feel free to borrow our bikes).
We have bikes you can borrow and most places you'd want to visit (UF, downtown, midtown) are just minutes away. There are also buses that will take you from our house to downtown and from there you can get pretty much anywhere you'd like in Gainesville. UberX has arrived in Gainesville and is a reliable way to get around town during most hours of the day.
Other Things to Note
We have a well-behaved, chocolate colored Labrador Retriever who is very friendly with strangers and quiet.
Please be kind, courteous, and respectful especially regarding late night arrivals. My husband oftentimes has to wake up before 6am for work, but he is quiet and no guests have had problems with him making too much noise on the way out. Feel free to use our kitchen storage space for your food and let us know if there are any problems - we will make it work!
Michael and Amanda were amazing hosts! They made us feel at home and accommodated us in every way possible. We hope to see you guys in Gainesville again!
Michael and Amanda made me feel at home the moment I got there. Room was great with a large en suite bathroom, and they had even got me candies laid out for my arrival.
Their home is very easy to find in Gainesville , and I would recommend The Blue Grill for your evening meal ( 2 min walk).
A very enjoyable 4 nights, and so easy to get to Autoplus raceway from.
Amanda and Michael hosted an absolutely fantastic experience. The room was very spacious, clean, comfortable, and provided private bathroom facilities. Amanda and Michael went above and beyond in making me feel welcome, recommending their favorite restaurants in Gainesville, and ensuring that I had everything I needed during my stay. I could not have asked for better hosts, a better location, or a more wonderful introduction to the Air BnB community.
Amanda and Michael are amazing hosts; staying with them is like visiting old friends. They're a fun, welcoming young couple with great suggestions on things to do in Gainesville. Everything is as they describe it in the listing. The room is very comfortable, clean, and filled with tokens from their world travels. The location is very convenient, and we were able to bike to downtown and Paines Prairie. We'd definitely recommend staying with them.
I enjoyed the ease of all the instructions, how clean the room was, the location and how accommodating they were for me and my guest. Awesome people.
I had to go to Gainesville for an interview at UofF. As one can imagine, I was quite worried and stressed prior to travelling! However, Amanda and Michael made the experience absolutely wonderful for me.
Finding the house was quite easy and was only a short taxi ride from the airport (around $20).
I was immediately greeted with open arms. It was truly a pleasure to speak with both Amanda and Michael about their life and their experiences around the world. They are incredibly engaged, intelligent and interesting. I really couldn't have asked for more! I even had chocolates and clean towels waiting for me on my bed which was very appreciated :) They are truly an incredible couple you have to meet!
I also got to spend some time with Jetty (the faithful animal companion) and had an incredible time with him! He was extremely gentle, very well behaved and an all-round perfect dog. It hurt my heart a bit to have to leave him, to be honest!
The residence is extremely close to the school. I was able to walk there (in heels!) in about 20 minutes.
All in all, the experience was AMAZING. I fell in love with Gainesville (and La Tienda, an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby!) and sincerely hope to call it home one day. Thank you, Michael and Amanda, for making that possible!
I had an excellent time at Michael and Amanda's. They are very welcoming hosts, and their dog Jetty is absolutely adorable. Their apartment is really tidy and the room is exactly as advertised, cosy and with its own private bathroom. If you're coming to Gainesville, look no further, this is the place for you to stay!!
My husband & I are both graduate students. We love to travel, explore & find adventure wherever we can! =)
Just to know a little more about us, these are some of our favs:
Cool animal = sloths
Most treasured collectors item = antique globes and maps
Favorite food = Italian and Indian + Ice cream
Drink of choice = coffee (Amanda) or hot chocolate (Michael)
Most recent vacation destination = Costa Rica
Travel bucket list = India, China, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand
Best TV show EVER = Friends
Things we enjoy doing = kayaking, biking, geocaching, cooking, Catan (or other board games), and exploring the great outdoors!
Life Motto = Pura Vida! (Amanda) and One Love (Michael)