About this listing
Lovely large Craftsman home. Art, architecture & music in hip neighborhood. Musician hosts. Private upstairs room with bathroom, small deck & internet. Easy walk to bars, coffee houses, restaurants, parks. Close to downtown honkytonks & museums.
Our gorgeous 3,000 square foot, architecturally-designed home, built in 1910, is one of the oldest Craftsman-style houses in East Nashville. Located in the trendy Lockeland Springs neighborhood, we are close to downtown and 5 Points, a popular neighborhood hub. We are musicians. We love hosting music lovers as well as visitors from other countries. Our neighborhood is charming, with coffeehouses, restaurants, music clubs, a health food store, a large park and art galleries within easy walking distance. The room we offer is upstairs. It is very private, has its own beautiful bathroom with a ventilating skylight, an antique clawfoot tub with a European style sit down hand-held shower fixture, a small outdoor balcony, a large closet and internet access. We provide bagels, OJ, and coffee/tea in our spacious kitchen for you to prepare or you can bring in your own food. You are free to use our washer and dryer. Our home has many distinctive architectural features, an eclectic art collection, a wonderful music room with a upright grand Kawai piano and a half-acre yard and deck surrounded by trees.
We are politically-progressive, acoustic Americana musicians who founded Shelby Bottom String Band (check our our East Nashville Rag video on YouTube. It was shot all around our neighborhood.) We are especially interested in hosting musicians and like-minded people who want to explore a different side of Nashville than the usual tourist haunts. We have hosted visitors from England, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Italy, France, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and elsewhere. East Nashville was identified in USA Today on 4/16/13 as one of ten "Best Neighborhoods in the Country that the Tourists Haven't Yet Discovered." Come stay with us and we will help you discover its treasures and as well as the many attractions of Music City USA. Please look over the 270+ reviews we have received!
Here are the taxes that we are now required by law to collect:
Tennessee Sales Tax at 7%
Davidson County Sales Tax at 2.25%
Davidson County Hotel Tax at 6%
Davidson County Hotel Privilege Tax at $2.50 per night per room
Guests will have access to our big deck (off our kitchen) that overlooks our tree-shaded, spacious yard. We have a comfortable antique glider on our front porch if you want to sit and enjoy the streetscape. Guests can use our living room, dining room, half bath, kitchen and music room.
Interaction with guests
We will usually be present during our guest's stay. We will interact with our guests as little or as much as they want. If guests are musicians, we often have an informal jam with them in our acoustically vibrant music where they will find a beautiful Kawai piano and several acoustic guitars.
We live in a walkable neighborhood with sidewalks, interesting old houses, 5 coffee houses, restaurants, several music venues, art galleries, boutique shops, and a health food market. 5 Points and Walden, two neighborhood centers, are a 10 minute walk from our house. We provide guests with a menu book of East Nashville restaurants. We are 3 miles from Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville where all the honky tonks are located. We can steer you to the sites in our neighborhood where the TV Show "Nashville" is filmed (e.g. the homes of Deacon, Gunnar and Scarlet.) Beautiful Shelby Park, with the Shelby Bottom Greenway along the Cumberland River, is a close drive or walk from our house. We encourage guests to experience the unique culture and vibe of East Nashville -- a neighborhood known for its many musicians, artists and other creative types.
A bus runs a block from our house to the downtown hub. It costs only $1.70. Lots of street parking in front of our house. We are 15 minutes from the airport. Lyft or Uber are available from the airport to our house (around $20) and from our house to downtown (around $5.) We can give you information on these. You can rent a bicycle for $5 a day in 5 Points.
Other things to note
We have taken visitors with us to musical events or favorite restaurants that are off the beaten track. If people want to get a feel for the "real" Nashville, we will direct them to informal jams that are frequented by locals. We also enjoy conversing and sharing our music when appropriate.
No pets. No smoking. No drugs. Couples are fine. No unexpected overnight guests. Prefer friendly, responsible people. Since we are environmentalists, we do ask that guests conserve energy by turning off heaters, AC and lights in the room when they leave for an extended period. We do have central heat and air and these will continue to run when guests are absent. There is a window air conditioner in the room.
My husband Michael and I are part of a community of musicians and progressive activists in Nashville. We live in the East Nashville, a diverse neighborhood. We play traditionally-based music and our political network stretches across the state. We enjoy sharing our home with others (we have frequently hosted parties and meetings here) and love showing people another side of Music City USA. Check out our band, Shelby Bottom String Band on YouTube, especially our East Nashville Rag video. It was all shot in our neighborhood. Just East Nashville Rag and it will take you to it. East Nashville Rag is also the title cut of our CD.