About This Listing
Built in 1912-13, the house was the home of one of the city's leading citizens. He was the father of our park system and pushed urban beautification on a recalcitrant and benighted city council. It is a grand, 5,000sf home.
Grand older home in a charming and safe neighborhood ten minutes from the center of Fort Wayne, and five blocks from the city's loveliest park. Shopping and restaurants are not far away.. On offer is a private suite of three rooms, two bedrooms with a connecting bath. Accommodations include breakfast with freshly ground coffee. Off street parking is available, as are the grounds of the home. And, yes, WiFi and a fair proseco.
The house, however, is not child-prepared, so adults only. Two persons only, at a time.
Nearby is a lovely neighborhood cafe and restaurant. The center is only a few minutes to the north with three fine restaurants along the way. Ten minutes away is another collection of excellent restaurants in two large shopping areas, what we might call "plaza malls."
Fort Wayne, sadly enough, has spotty public transit, the car rules here.
I am a vegetarian, so breakfast is meat free.
Living room, dining room, solarium, bedrooms and connecting bathroom, grounds. Please refrain from entering the kitchen or other parts of the house.
Interaction with Guests
I meet each guest, orient them to the degree they wish, share a bottle of wine, serve breakfast and am available when needed. I am an expert in the workings and history of the town.
The neighborhood feels like a small, leafy town with a grand boulevard running nearby to the city's most beloved park. The area was developed in the early 1900s in the charming architectural styles of that period.
A bus line is a few blocks away, but transit here is so intermittent that a car, a bike or good shoes are essential. Cabs are available, but I can not recommend them.
Other Things to Note
My dog is a gentle old guy named Heike. The house is not suitable for children or families; only singles, couples or twosomes, please.
Come and go as you will, enjoy the grounds, relax in front of a fire and have a proseco or malbec on the house.
Please, kindly do not enter the kitchen or other parts of the house.
Please park under the portico in the drive off Rudisill. The main entrance is right there.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay at Jim's place! The house is beautiful, full of character and located in a quiet, lovely neighborhood. The room was great - and Jim even gave us a choice in rooms, which was very nice. As a host, he was extremely communicative and friendly, as well as flexible. The breakfast (frittata, toast and fruit) was delightful and the coffee strong. We're only sorry we were pressed for time during our stay and couldn't learn more about the house!
Jim was a very gracious and hospitable host, eager to give advice about restaurants in the area and a general desire to sit down and get to know his guests. His home has very interesting collectables throughout to admire. The room(s) was clean and tidy. He was also very flexible with us concerning check-in/check-out, reservation modifications, and breakfast service. Breakfast was serviced on time and with very good ingredients (including a good dark coffee, farm fresh eggs, fresh bread, and an array of fruits and nuts). Overall, it was a very pleasant experience.
I had a fantastic stay in a lovely old mansion in downtown Ft. Wayne. My host made me feel like I was an old friend and even served a tasteful breakfast each morning in the formal dining room. The part of the city where the home was located was quiet and peaceful, and easily accessed day or night. Highly recommended!
Jim was a wonderful host! The house was clean and beautiful, and we really enjoyed hearing about his travels. Breakfast was simply exquisite! Jim was also very accommodating with us since we had a quick turnaround. I would definitely recommend Jim to any traveler headed to the Fort Wayne area.
About the Host, Jim
World traveler, I care to learn about other cultures. My interests are many and varied, so I listen well, have stories to tell and always return home filled with insights, observations and ideas. I also speak German and Romanian well, a few words of French and some Russian. Political writing is a hobby, as is German culture and history; I am neighborhood president, planter of trees, lover of animals; I have been to 34 countries and hundreds of towns and cities; I was born in Kentucky, raised in Indiana, want to see Iceland and am open to your suggestions on what might enthrall me.