About This Listing
located in downtown louisville across street from fabled brown hotel, central to everything. space is one bedroom with private bath in sprawling three bed, two bath victorian apt, sharing kitchen/living/dining rooms.
huge 2,200 sf three bedroom, two bath classic victorian apartment in downtown louisville. your spacious bedroom offers a very comfortable queen sized four-poster bed, desk, and reading chair. your private bath has a shower and a deep porcelain tub. home maintained with all natural cleaning products.
you will have access to a large kitchen stocked with breakfast goods including coffee, tea, granola, fruits, and gluten-free choices. we have a small in-unit washer and dryer you can use, there are also larger machines in building if needed. very small gym available in building. a building garden patio with charcoal grill is also available.
Interaction with Guests
jon and lara are best friends and roommates extraordinaire. lara is a history professor and jon works in natural foods. we were both raised in MN and spent the last 12 years in chicago. as recent louisville transplants, we offer newcomers enthusiasm for the city along with fine recs for things to see and do. we are laid back, fairly busy, but personable and accessible.
two creatures live here too: 8 year old great dane zelda and 1 year old great dane maude. they will stay in their room until you want to meet them and get their take on local politics and the best place to sniff in the neighborhood.
close to it all! we are across the street from the stately public library in downtown louisville.
the brown theater - catty-corner
actor's theater - seven blocks
whiskey row - seven blocks
the medical district - five blocks
4th street live entertainment district - four blocks
museum row - 1 mile, 8 min. bus/free trolley ride
waterfront park - 1.5 miles
NuLu - 1.5 miles
university of louisville - two miles, 10 min. bus ride
churchill downs - three miles
louisville international airport (SDF) - five miles
highlands neighborhood/bardstown rd - two miles, 10 min. bus ride
YUM center - seven blocks
convention center - six blocks
we are on the best possible intersection in the city. several key bus routes within a block, notably two of the most frequent and travelled routes, which will take you to the highlands/bardstown road, UofL, churchill downs, SDF, NuLu, and more.
Other Things to Note
street parking is available, metered out the front door and unmetered within a few blocks.
no smoking, be nice, enjoy yourselves!
This was our first Airbnb experience, and we will definitely do it again! Lara was prompt and friendly with all of our communications, met us at the apartment, and was warm and welcoming while at the same time giving us plenty of privacy during our comfortable stay. The room was large, clean, and comfortable, the bathroom was tidy with loads of towels, and the coffee was ready for us to brew when we woke up in the morning. The apartment is close to the downtown area, and also close to Churchill Downs. There's a large library across the street, which would be a great resource during a long-term stay. The apartment is centrally located and easy to find, with plenty of available street parking on the weekend.
Jon stayed up late to greet us. The space is as great as it looks-- giant bedroom, nice private bathroom, beautiful common spaces. It's right in the middle of the city in a very walkable area. Highest recommendation!
We had a great experience staying with Lara and Jon! Lara gave us a warm welcome and made some excellent recommendations for dinner/drinks. The room was spacious, comfortable, clean, and quiet. We never got to meet Jon, but we did spend some time talking with Lara about Louisville (among other things). I was impressed with the small things that made us feel special, like setting out a French Press for us in the morning. Everything was easy and flexible. I'd definitely recommend staying with Lara and Jon again!
Very welcoming and communicative! So glad to have the recommendation for the Zero Bus, made my trip so much easier!
Jon and Lara's apartment was in a great location with close and easy parking. They were great/friendly hosts and I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time getting to know them! If I ever come back to Louisville I would love to stay with them again.
Louisville is such an undercover "cool" city. We had amazing weather while we were there and we thoroughly enjoyed our for Airbnb experience. Lara was super friendly and gave us a few good recs of places to go to the city. We kept in the room for the most part but Lara and Jon's apartment is so airy and spacious. Our room was right off the front door which made it easy to come in and out with (hopefully) minimal disturbance. The ensuite bathroom was great as well. Everything was super clean and had a great vintage feel. Lara and Jon have two large dogs that my travel companion would have loved to be best friends with but I was slightly afraid of (being a cat person and all)- however to my companions dismay they were kept behind a gate. All in all a great experience and would highly recommend!
My friend and I stayed here for one night on a road trip through the south, and we had a great time! I didn't get a chance to meet Lara, but Jon was so friendly and welcoming, and gave us some great tips on what to see in the city. Location was great--walking distance to all the major sights and plenty of fun restaurants and bars. The room was clean and comfortable, with everything we needed for our stay. Only wish we could've stayed longer! Would highly recommend!
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About the Host, Lara & Jon
lara: public historian, lover of bicycles, snuggler of dogs, enthusiastic preparer of foods.
jon: documentary enthusiast/maker, youth-worker, natural foods peddler, biker
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