About this listing
I have 3 out of 4 bedrooms for rent in Happy Home. We are 4 miles from downtown and 11 miles from the MCO airport/Outlets/Universal Studios and IOA. The neighborhood is safe, centrally located with cool boutiques, cafes, bars and food you can walk to
My home is full of positive energy with a nice relaxing and comfortable ambiance. It is pretty spacious for everyone to find their own private space when needed. It is also walking distance to a hip little area of local farmers markets, coffee shops, bars and boutiques. A public bus stop is right around the corner as well. I am in the center of every major point: 11 miles from the International airport, 3.8 miles from the Amway Center and Downtown Orlando, 1.6 miles from the Orlando Museum of Art, 2.9 miles from Rollins College and Winter Park, 12 miles from Universal Studios, 15 miles from the Convention Center, 18-25 miles from Disney properties, and 14 miles from University of Central Florida/UCF.
You can make yourself feel right at home. You have access to the entire home, kitchen and living space, as well as the laundry area. I have free wi-fi and there is free parking on the property. I may also have bikes for use.
Interaction with Guests
Whenever I have free time to just sit and relax, I love mingling and chatting with my guests. Sometimes we just sit and have a beer or coffee. Other times if we are all busy we get to briefly say hi and go about our day. Every experience is different but everyone always enjoys it.
I live near an elementary school and it is a safe, quiet family area. Lots of locals are out and about riding bikes and with their families during the day. It is a very pleasant neighborhood.
Orlando has an inexpensive bus system, Lynx. However, it is very slow and unfortunately not the smoothest mode of transportation. You can find the bus routes and schedules online. Just lookup Lynx bus Orlando or golynx.
Orlando is very spread out and most of the main attractions are about a 30 minute drive from each other. Plus, the traffic during rush hour can be problematic.
Universal Studios and International drive are the most central locations to almost all of the theme parks and shopping. Our home is only 11 miles from this central location and very easy to get to directly.
The best way to get around Orlando is of course by car. But if for some reason renting a car is not an option for you, there is also UBER and LYFT as long as you have a smart phone and have the downloaded apps. They usually charge around 1.15 per mile plus tip. UBER is more for international travelers and LYFT is for US residents or those who have a US number.
We also have two cars available for rent "only" through Relayrides found online:
1) Jeep is for rent for $30.00 a day, $185.00 a week, and $600.00 a month.
2) Toyota Camry for rent for $30.00 a day, $170.00/week, and $600.00/month. Prices willing to negotiate.
I usually have the house quiet by 11:00 pm. Some weekend nights may be an exception if guest are out on the town. I also like to keep the home as clean as possible. We have a no shoes policy and ask for you to keep your shoes outside but you can bring indoor only house slippers. We also ask to please do your own dishes and wipe off any counter space you use after cooking your meals. This is so the kitchen is always neat and tidy for the next guest who will be using the kitchen. We also ask to please not eat in the rooms. We have a dinning area that we encourage people to use. This also is a great way to meet other travelers and swap stories of your adventures. We like to think of our guests as family and love to mingle and have fun. We provide fresh clean towels for you to use and ask if you could please hang them on the hooks behind your bedroom door and not on the furniture or beds. :) The laundry facility is available upon request for a small fee of $5.00 a load to help pay for soap and water usage. There is one bathroom being shared on the premises. Please be as quick as possible so to be mindful of the other guests. :)
Happy home was as described. Host was cheerful and relaxed. I reserved last minute and they're still able to accommodate us. Room was quiet under drone of the A/C. Full house with travelers from everywhere! Will definitely stop by on our next trip if available. Waking distance to Red light craft brew and a few restaurants.
I made a last minute reservation and Terisa was able to accommodate me pretty quickly. Room #2 was as expected and comfortable. Door didn't lock but sure that's an easy fix. Overall great experience.
The room fits the description and the place is clean and comfortable. Despite the time difference, we never had a problem communicating with Jamie. Even though there where other guests during our stay, it never felt inconvenient as we all respected our privacy. The only thing you should be aware of in this particular room is that the AC can be a bit noisy. If you're a light sleeper, either bring earplugs or consider one of the other rooms. It wasn't much of a problem for us though.
Terisa did our days fantastic, we had a great time in her house, the house is exactly like she show on airbnb.com, she is very friendly the house y so beautyfull we had an excellent holy days!
We had a short but sweet stay at Jamie and Terisa's. Terisa was very helpful and welcoming and followed up to make sure we got in to the house okay. Lots of restaurants in the area. Photos are all accurate of the space.
If every Airbnb is like this one; i will never stay at a hotel again. I felt very welcomed and comfortable at the house. The house is in a good location. If you are like me and want to see some nice local establishments and not chains, then this is the place for you. Jamie/Terisa's guidebook was very helpful in finding some local gems to visit which I visited a few. The neighborhood is quiet and reminds me of the old days when people were just sitting out on their porch in the evening sipping lemonade or beer.
Easy check in
Host was easily accessible even though she wasn't at the house when I got there
The air conditioning was out but the host made attempts by having extra fans running throughout the host to keep the guests cool.
Other reviews mentioned there was only bathroom and thats true however it wasnt even an issue with me and the other guests that was there during my stay. I thought it would be an issue initially but it never was. When I come back to Orlando, this is the place I would stay.
It was a lovely stay. Jamie was abroad during my stay but Terisa was a perfect host. Room is simple and clean and there are some nice shops and bakery around the corner. Be sure to visit the smiling bison during your stay.
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About the Host, Jamie/Terisa(PLEASE READ OUR BIO :)
Happy Homes Orlando/Heidelberg tend to make guests feel like they are quite at home.
Both places are comfortable, tranquil and hospitable.
My Orlando home is in a lovely, quaint little neighborhood, walking distance from hip coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. We are only 4 miles from downtown Orlando, and 4 miles from downtown Winter Park, where there are tons of places to walk or bike around and see. We are 12 miles from Universal Studios, and 24 miles to Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. It is 12 miles from the airport(MCO) which by car should take you about 20 minutes depending on traffic. By bus it can be much longer. It is better to get around by car in Orlando.
My German flat is also in a lovely quaint town, walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques along the Neckar river. I'm just a hop, skip and a jump away from Heidelberg. Please email me for more info. About the Heidelberg/Neckargemünd location.
As for the accommodations and prices, your stay includes a private bedroom, shared bathroom, queen bed, internet access, shared community areas and full kitchen. Towels and sheets included.
Laundry use is an extra 5.00.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the prices, accommodations or area, please feel free to ask.
There are two persons controlling the property:
Jamie (owner): I have been a local middle school teacher for 8 years, and have taken a sabbatical to live in Germany, explore Europe and finish my Masters at Heidelberg University over the next 2 years. I will not be at the Orlando property starting in late February 2015. Terisa, my best friend, will be living at the property and managing it with her dog Koa and outside cat Paddington. If you need help getting around, just contact us.
Terisa (Orlando's property manager): Im a Massage Therapist and work at several different hotels near I-Drive. I also work for myself doing house calls or working from home. I work every Friday and Saturday from 1-8pm. And then the rest of my schedule is pretty random. I have a passion for travel and culture and have been and lived in many places. I love to cook! I also would love to learn any fun cooking recipes from around the world. So anyone who is willing to teach me Im down! Lets have some fun in the kitchen and eat! I will be happy to help make your stay as accommodating, comfortable and fun as possible. :)
You will definitely be tired with some aching feet and back from being at the parks all day. Massage is available upon request and by appointment from Monday ~ Thursday and certain Sundays. I offer :
Relaxation ~ $50.00
Therapeutic ~ $ 60.00
All treatments include free aroma therapy, fire cupping, hot towels and Tok Sen if you would like those extra amenities.
Let the relaxation and healing begin! :)
The best way to get around Orlando is most DEFINITELY BY CAR. We do have a bus system but it is very slow and only runs on the hour. If renting a car is not an option for you, we highly recommend using UBER and LYFT. UBER is for international travelers, and LYFT for US. These are both apps that you can download. Must have a smart phone.
We also have two cars for rent through Relay (website hidden).
1) Jeep is for rent for $25.00 a day, $150.00 a week, and $600.00 a month through Relayrides (.com)
2) Toyota Camry for rent for $28.00 a day, $170.00/week, and $550.00/month.
Through Relayrides (.com)
When you book with us, you will receive a welcome message explaining details on how to get in and a few house rules.