About This Listing
You'll feel like you've retreated into a fun, comfortable cove, surrounded by trees, birds, a stream while still very near civilization. Lift our weights, challenge yourself to a game of pool, relax and watch television, cook a meal.
Join us here at the Villa, where you will brag to your friends about how you stayed in a beautiful home. We have a safe, gated community.
Stroll the grounds and enjoy multiple fountains, the sparkling stream, footbridges, and stone patios. Listen to the birds and observe our goldfish, frogs and flowering bushes and trees.
You'll enjoy the gym, pool table and air hockey table, and large-screen television, free internet, and fully-equpped kitchen and the convenience of laundry services.
Rent a bike for $10 dollars per day (One road bike, one speed bike and one child's bike is available) and ride through our neighborhood. View the jumbo homes and lovely landscapes. Ride to a park, only one-half mile away, and swing on the swings or stroll along the paths.
This space is perfect for traveling or visiting executives who are tired of packing and unpacking, and want to leave their things someplace safe.
Come and go as you please but do arrive before 10 PM please. Otherwise the guard won't let you in without speaking to me directly. Be ready to show your driver's license.
We just installed a washer and dryer for your convenience, and have placed an iron and ironing board in the bedroom, and a microwave, small coffee maker and toaster in the kitchen.
You will love this space.
Carpeted floors in the bedroom, a walk-in closet, walk-in pantry, high thread-count sheets, radio, large screen television in family room.
Close to businesses on Highway 280. One-half hour drive to airport. One-half hour to 45 minute drive to just about any location in downtown Birmingham (Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, Vulcan, U-A-B, etc.)
Many mature trees, privacy, your own entrance. Trained dogs welcome. Dogs must remain leashed.
Perfect for a travel-weary executive who wants to sleep in, or a tourist who wants to see the area and stay in a home-like environment.
Accommodates 2 people in a queen-sized bed and a third on the couch or on a blow-up mattress.
There is no nearby public transportation, save a bus along highway 280.
The community is located just 2 miles from coffee shops, restaurants, medical facilities and grocery stores.
Guests will need to come through a gate house and provide a copy of their driver's license. Tell the security officers you are here to visit me. Before you arrive, I will provide you with access codes for outside doors, the security alarm and wifi.
Interaction with Guests
I try to be available greet all guests when they arrive, but often that's not possible. Usually I am present during their stay, and able to answer questions, help with specific needs, and can always be reached by text messaging. I try to take each new long-term guest out for dinner at favorite don't-miss-it-while-you-are here meal.
My neighborhood is elegant, filled with stately homes on winding roads. Million-dollar homes dot the community along with manicured landscaping, mature trees, and parks. You'll be impressed by Hoover, ranked as one of the top 30 places to live in the United States. (website hidden)_wall_st_website_ranks_hoov.html
Unfortunately, Alabama doesn't offer much public transportation. Bring your car, or rent one. You can also rent one of our bikes.
Other Things to Note
This space is designed for long-term renters and offers a washer/dryer, kitchen, work-out area, pool table and games. I've also equipped the space with videos for your enjoyment. We encourage you to stay as long as you'd like.
No loud music after 10 pm on weekdays. Rental is for basement apartment only. Use of pool table and gym is allowed. Pets allowed when approved by owner. A pet deposit needed. No smoking inside apartment. Parking limited to designated areas. Side door code can be provided, along with the alarm code. Rented bikes must be returned in good shape and stored indoors in the garage. After 10 PM, the security guard must call me for permission to allow you in.
Our experience was nearly perfect. We were in town for the SEC baseball tournament and the location afforded very quick, easy access to the stadium. The apartment was clean and as well (or better) stocked than you might expect. We prepared light meals, and had everything we needed. It's spacious and roomy. A previous guest noted the lack of natural light and that's true, but it also meant we slept very soundly. The hostess is gracious and the home is beautiful. Our only problem was lack of wifi. Donna came down and helped us get access on all our devices (phones and iPads) but even so, the access was spotty. I'm sure she would have continued to help but we were reluctant to continue to ask, so that's on us. Overall, a great choice and we would definitely stay again.
First & foremost, Donna strives & succeeds in offering a home that exudes hospitality. The apt was clean & offered more than enough amenities. The outside grounds, stream & secluded paths did wonders for both head & heart. I can't stress enough that if you're in the area, book her & disregard any notion otherwise.
Donna's apartment was great for our needs - she was helpful and accessible when needed and the place was very clean and cozy. The neighborhood was very nice - ultimately a great place to get away!
We had an amazing stay at Donna's! Unfortunately, she was not there for us to meet, but she made it incredibly easy to settle in, and even from afar, helped us to feel welcome. The apartment is super cozy, and the back yard itself is a vacation destination! We spent hours relaxing in the back by the flowing stream, where the sounds of nature are the only things to be heard besides the occasional reminder that there are actually neighbors nearby. A very nice place to get away and relax.
We made the most of the place and the location. I had a great workout the morning it rained. The weights and treadmill got out to good use. I sat in the garden to read and stretch on the other gorgeous mornings. We also took 2 trips to the Oak Mountain Park, just 15 minutes away. The park offers miles of hiking, running and biking trails.
The apartment was available early (9 am) when I arrived and we felt like it was our own place for 3 days. I love Alabama.
We had a great stay at Donna's would recommend for anyone travelling through Birmingham. Her place was clean and in a beautiful, safe neighborhood.
This property is in a beautiful, exclusive gated community. It is a basement apartment so not for anyone who has to have a lot of natural light but it is quiet, private, well equipped, safe and comfortable. The house is on a gorgeous lot and the apartment has has own driveway. Donna and her family are super nice.
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About the Host, Donna
I welcome visitors, and look forward to meeting you. A local fill-in reporter and national radio reporter, I am knowledgable about the area. I've lived here for 20 years! I will do whatever I can to make your stay fun and comfortable. I love meeting new people. The space I'm offering to rent is not just private, elegant and comfortable, it's also affordable. Why stay in a hotel when you can enjoy the comfort of a home?
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