About this listing
Enjoy comfortable, sustainable accommodations in your own queen bedroom with private full bath. Less than 15 minutes from downtown Charleston and the beaches and minutes away from grocery stores, bars, restaurants, sightseeing and outdoor activities.
The room has an attached private full bathroom. A full length mirror can be found on the back of the bathroom door.
Enjoy comfortable accommodations in your own bedroom with private full bathroom. Guests frequently rave about the pillowtop Queen mattress and luxurious high thread-count sheets. Also included in the room is a dresser, bedside lamp, alarm clock/radio with dual alarms, sitting chair, vanity mirror, ceiling fan, power strip with USB charge ports and iPhone/Android charging cables, and Marpac white-noise machine.
The bathroom, which was remodeled in 2011, is attached to the bedroom to ensure maximum privacy. In addition to fresh towels, the bathroom has a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hand soap, and shaving cream. Under the sink there are a variety of hygiene items that may help you avoid an emergency trip to the store if you forgot something. There is a closet with room to hang clothing and a luggage rack for conveniently storing a suitcase or duffel bag. On the back of the bathroom door is a full-length mirror. This is a smoke-free house.
Sustainability is a noticeable theme throughout my home. Your showers are provided via a solar water heater and more than 80% of my home's electricity is generated via 9 photovoltaic panels on the roof. The towels and linens are laundered with non-toxic, biodegradable detergent and usually dried on a clothesline. Household cleaners, soaps, and shampoos are non-toxic and cruelty-free. I have a recycle bin in the kitchen and compost food waste.
For those of you who are visiting to explore the wonderful Charleston area, I have a notebook in the guest room with lots of ideas about events and activities plus my personal recommendations for restaurants and bars. Of course I will also gladly provide you with personalized recommendations for restaurants/attractions and anything else that will help make your visit more enjoyable.
I sincerely want you to enjoy your time in Charleston so drop me a line if you have any questions!
Though I'm occasionally home when guests arrive, I have it setup so you can come and go without me here via a keypad lock. You're welcome anywhere except the master bedroom or attic. For those with mobility issues, please note the bedroom is on the 2nd floor. Feel free to store items in my refrigerator.
Self-serve breakfast is complimentary. The offerings vary at any given time, but you're welcome to anything in the kitchen that is breakfasty. To help you wake up I have a drip coffee maker and espresso machine both with fresh ground coffee, and assorted tea bags. In the cabinet above the coffee maker you will find assorted granola and cereal bars as well as powdered creamer. On the other side you'll find bread, English muffins, and sometimes bananas. The refrigerator nearly always has milk substitutes like rice milk and/or almond milk in addition to juice, jam, and chilled water.
Interaction with Guests
My interaction with guests varies, though I always respect your privacy. I love talking to my guests so you're welcome to come downstairs and chat or ask questions. Based on my work and social schedule, I typically cross paths with guests once or twice during a 2 night stay. I should note that although I live alone, my girlfriend Joanne occasionally stops by.
I love kids, but because of my rotating shift schedule it can be difficult for me to host those with very young children whose noise levels are less predictable.
If you're especially sensitive to fragrances please let me know in advance so I can make an extra effort to minimize their use before you arrive.
My townhouse is located on the western side of Mount Pleasant about two miles east of the Ravenel Bridge, making it very convenient to Shem Creek, downtown Charleston, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, and elsewhere. You can usually be at your destination downtown or on Sullivan's Island in less than 15 minutes. This part of Mount Pleasant has everything you need, including numerous grocery stores (Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Publix, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter), drug stores, banks, plentiful restaurants and bars, stellar parks, and outdoor recreation such as tennis, kayaking, bicycle rentals, and boat tours. My house is in a very quiet, safe neighborhood. There are a handful of restaurants within walking distance but beyond that you'd need a car to get around comfortably.
For the runners and bikers among you, there are a lot of good options from my house. The neighborhood streets are less-traveled and can get you to US-17 and Coleman Blvd, both of which have well-lit sidewalks and bike lanes. On Coleman Blvd you can get to the Ravenel Bridge ped path and all the way to Sullivan's Island.
My house is 5.3 miles from Sullivan's Island, 10.3 miles to Isle of Palms, and 6.0 miles to downtown Charleston.
During standard times, you can get most anywhere on Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Mt Pleasant, or Downtown Charleston for $8-14. A ride to/from the Charleston Airport usually runs $18-25.
Approximately $15 each way between my house and downtown Charleston.
Mt Pleasant is served by route 40 and route 401. Route 40 is the only way to get from Mt Pleasant into downtown Charleston and it comes by approximately every 40 minutes. Route 401 only travels within Mt Pleasant. The nearest stop for bus 40 is near the intersection of South Shelmore Blvd and the Frontage Rd, directly across from the CVS. If you look at a map website, do a search on the following lat/lon to see the bus stop location. Thirty-two point eight zero nine four six North. Seventy-nine point eight seven seven eight West. It is about a 15 minute walk from my house. The bus takes about 25-30 minutes to reach the Visitor's Center in downtown Charleston. There you can transfer to other buses serving the Charleston peninsula if you choose. The fare is $1.75 each way (bills and coins accepted; exact change needed). You can also purchase one or three day unlimited passes on board. Bus 401 picks up next to Harris Teeter on Houston Northcutt Blvd.
There is no regular bus service to any of the beaches so a taxi or personal vehicle are required.
To take full advantage of what the Charleston area has to offer you really need a car. Although car rental places are everywhere, prices are generally better if you rent one at the Charleston Airport. Thrifty, Enterprise, and Advantage are usually the cheapest options. The weekends are much cheaper for car rentals. You can often get a small car Friday through Monday for less than $75.
Other Things to Note
* This is an LGBT-friendly household.
* My girlfriend's dog occasionally visits when I don't have guests. He doesn't get access to the guest room either way, but if you have an extreme allergy to dogs you may have issues if there are lingering allergens in the common areas.
* No drugs or firearms in the house.
* Standard check-in time is 3 pm. In some cases I can accommodate an earlier check-in; though there are rare cases when I can't get the room ready until early evening. If an early check-in is important to you, please drop me a line before booking. In the rare event I cannot have the room ready by 5 pm I will give you a $20 discount off your stay.
* I prefer people take their shoes off while in the house to minimize wear on the carpets and bamboo flooring. Perhaps that's because I grew up on a farm and awful stuff would end up in the house, but it seems to keep everything cleaner this way.
* Due to a shared parking lot, only one parking space available to guests. Park in any empty space upon arrival.
* If I am working night shift during your stay, please try to close the front door and guest room door quietly when you come and go.
* I have a keypad lock on the house that guests use. You will receive the code upon reserving the room and will not need a key. Guests can come and go on their own schedules.
* You're welcome to do laundry, but if you need to run more than 2 loads I ask that you visit a commercial laundry facility.
* Kitchen is available for self-serve breakfast. Help yourself to any of the breakfast items available. You can also use the kitchen to prepare lunch or a light dinner. I do request that you not cook anything aromatic after 9 pm unless you clear it with me because the smells make their way into the bedrooms upstairs (e.g. it's hard to sleep when the smell of bacon is in the air :-). If you do cook, please clean your pots and pans immediately after use. You can load dirty glasses, plates, and cutlery into the dishwasher and I will run it as needed.
The primary reason I love hosting people via Airbnb is hearing your stories and travel experiences. I hope we'll have a chance to chat at some point during your stay.
Private full bath attached to guest room. Fresh towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hair dryer included.
I'm originally from Apex, NC but have lived in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, prior to moving to Charleston in 2005. I am a meteorologist with the National Weather Service by profession, but also stay quite active in the local community through volunteering and non-profit organizations.
Environmental sustainability has always been my passion as you'll see in my home. In addition to all of the day-to-day actions, my larger accomplishments were having a solar water heater installed in 2010 and 9 photovoltaic panels installed in 2013. I'm now generating about 80% of my annual energy needs via the sun.
The Charleston area is a fantastic place to live and visit, yet I feel the lodging options are entirely too expensive. Thus, I love being able to offer a comfortable alternative to the hotels at a fraction of the cost while also getting to meet lots of amazing people in the process. I make a concerted effort to keep my calendar up to date and confirm reservations quickly, so feel free to just reserve the room if it's available. But if you have any questions about my place or the surrounding area, you're welcome to drop me a line beforehand.