About This Listing
Rent out a guest bedroom in a beautiful, serene, historic home, located only three blocks from Duke's campus and within easy walking distance to stores and restaurants!
Rent a bedroom in a beautiful 1926 craftsman style home that is only three blocks from Duke's East Campus, as well as a short walk to Durham's 9th Street area, which offers many restaurants and shops to entertain while visiting Durham.
Go to the farmer's market and use the kitchen to make a delicious dinner at home, hang out and read a book or just use our home as a base for exploring the area or visiting Duke (and the gorgeous Sarah Duke Gardens!). You will love it here- Durham is fantastic!
The bedroom itself has everything you need to make yourself at home: a super comfortable bed with organic cotton bedding, extra blankets, an ceiling fan, a large desk, books to read, a place to hang your clothes, and even a piano, if you are so inclined to want to play.
The bathroom has a full shower/bathtub, and always has fresh towels for your use, as well as the basics you might need during your stay: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a hair dryer.
And of course, we have wifi throughout the house.
You will have a bedroom to yourself, as well as easy access to a bathroom (that has the washer/dryer in it). And you are of course more than welcome to hang out and use any of the shared living spaces: the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans and everything you could need to cook a nice meal or just enjoy a simple breakfast, and we try to keep an empty shelf in the fridge for you so that you will have space to store anything you need to in there. (We just ask that you clean up after yourself if you cook or eat here).
A large porch in the front encourages lounging and the back yard is always available to relax in or play a round of croquet. Street parking is always available and there is no time restriction to parking there.
You will be sharing the house with us: two busy academics (Jeff and Sara) and our cat (Luna), who likes to keep to herself, so you probably won't even know she is around. (She never goes into the guest bedroom to minimize problems if people have allergies). We sometimes work from home, and at other times are barely ever around due to our work schedules- it just really depends. But if we are around, we are happy to chat and give advice on what to see and do in Durham!
Our home is in a super convenient and historical part of town: we are only a few blocks from Duke, a few from 9th St, and a longer walk or short bike ride from the revitalizing downtown and Main St.
There is also a Whole Foods within walking distance for any groceries you might need. They also offer an amazing breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet for a quick meal. If Whole Foods isn't your thing, there is also a Harris Teeter a block further down the street.
There are several great places to have breakfast or brunch only a few blocks away (including Hummingbird Bakery that has a great breakfast burrito and Watts Grocery, that has a great weekend brunch), Monuts (amazing donuts!) and also several lunch and dinner options within a 10 minute walk, ranging from super low-key (Chubby's Tacos for instance) to high-brow (Vin Rouge).
A bit of a longer walk (or short bike ride) brings you downtown and to the Brightleaf area, which has some of the most amazing restaurants in the south! You have to try Mateo! It is AMAZING! And Pizzeria Toro!
Durham has been rated best foodie capital of the south by many publications recently and have gotten rave reviews from other publications as well. A few to (website hidden) if you are interested: Southern Living's The South's Tastiest Town and The New York Times's 36 Hours in Durham.
From the airport, it is easiest to take a 20 minute cap ride to get here. If you are arriving by car, there is plenty of free on-street parking.
Once here, you can easily walk to campus and shops, or you can rent a bike from a fabulous local bike shop, Durham Cycles, which would allow you to explore the town even more easily. We both bike almost exclusively to get around town. It's another reason we love Durham!
If you are interested in staying at our place, please contact me before booking (and wait for a response) to verify availability. Thank you!
After completing a reservation, you will receive an email from Airbnb with check in information and directions to our house.
Check-in and check-out are usually set for 3pm or later and 11am or earlier, but we can often be flexible, depending on our schedule and whether new guests will be arriving. Just let us know ahead of time and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.
As non-smokers, we kindly request that you do not smoke inside the house and we prefer to not have shoes worn inside.
You will have a key and a free to come and go as you like- no curfew or anything like that.
However, since this is our home, we'd kindly ask that only the individuals on the booking be at the house, unless by prior consent from us.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
We are also proud Durhamites and would be glad to give you recommendations for places to see/eat/things to do- just ask if you need any suggestions.
Sara and Jeff are great hosts. While we did not meet them in person, they provided us with all the information we needed, and always answered questions quickly. Their house is lovely, filled with charm, and is in a great location, particularly if you want to be in a neighbourhood with character.
I rarely saw the hosts, but they were friendly whenever they were there.
The room was great and the bed was comfortable. The house was very clean and the bathroom shower was great. I had my own bathroom and plenty of privacy.
The location was excellent.
Sara and Jeff and are simply amazing. They were more than accommodating throughout my twelve (yes 12) week stay! Everything about my stay was superb from the comfortable bed to the shower head in the bathroom! Sara and Jeff even shared the little known secrets of Durham and made me feel at home from the first day to the last. I couldn't have picked a better place or people to stay with.
Sara and Jeff were extremely welcoming and helpful, both before and after my arrival. They are an interesting and friendly young couple with a home in a pleasant neighborhood around the corner from Whole Foods and one of Duke University's campuses. They went out of their way to make me feel at home and answer any and all questions I had. They trusted me to be alone in their home for several days over the Christmas holiday when they visited their own families and I had day visits with mine, leaving me with all necessary contact information. My bedroom and bath were comfortable. The house was warm despite several days of miserable weather outside and the shower hot. Jeff showed me how to use their washer and dryer. The common areas were a bit disrupted because of minor rehab work on the home that they had thought would be completed before my arrival. This was not a major problem. I would be delighted to stay with them again.
About the Host, Sara & Jeff
I love traveling and getting to explore new places, and try to leave the country at least once a year. My recent favorite places were Porto (Portugal), Berlin (Germany), and Tangier (Morocco). There are just so many magical places on earth: my list of places to visit will always be longer than time will ever allow for.
But I also am fortunately to live in a city that I absolutely love! Durham is amazing! It has an amazing local food scene, a lovely farmers market, and many great art galleries, as well as the Sarah Duke Gardens- one of the most beautiful (and free!) gardens imaginable!
A few random things I like: drinking tea, gardening, checking out the local food scene, yoga, hiking, swimming in lakes, reading, and spending time with friends, of course.
Right around the block on Broad Street is the Green Room, a bit dive bar, a bit hipster-cool pool hall, but it has been around forever and is a Durham-staple. Grab a drink there and play some pool.
Watts Grocery is right around the corner on Broad St (1116 Broad St) and serves an amazing brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-2pm! They also serve lunch and dinner(website hidden)om/
Dain’s Place is a really cute pub that recently started serving the most amazing breakfast on Saturday morning from 8-12. The food and coffee is local, amazing, and well priced(website hidden)com
Grocery store that has everything you could need, plus a hot bar to eat at!
For more standard Mexican food, El Rodeo in brightleaf square is great and brightleaf square is pretty to stroll through as well(website hidden)ndex.html
The Sarah Duke Gardens are beautiful to visit year round! And admission is free.
Parker & Otis is an beautiful restaurant & specialty store. Even if you aren’t planning on eating there, it is worth stopping by to browse their store's se(website hidden)/parkerandotis.com/
The Nasher Art museum often has fantastic visiting collections and special exhibits.
Amazing coffee in an amazing space (an old service station).
Great burger, great outdoor seating!
Durham has a new brewery called Fullsteam that serves up great, unique beers and is located in a unique space. Definitely recommend checking them out(website hidden)er/
Hipster bar, with a great, large outdoor seating area.
Amazing Tapas restaurant, that combines spanish tapas and southern influence. Often rated one of the best restaurants in the south! Go there!
Best pizza you will eat in the south! Authentic italian, creative toppings.
One of the most fantastic children's museums that will entertain adults for hours as well. Indoor area and large outdoor adventure space.
For authentic Mexican food, there is a great little restaurant downtown called Dos Perros. A bit more pricey, but fantastic food& atmo(website hidden)ant.com/
Guglhupf is renowned for everything they do: breakfast, lunch, and especially their dinners. They are also located in an absolutely beautiful building--- if you go, request a table on the 2nd floor.
If you love Thai Food, Twisted Noodles is the place to go! It is a bit of a drive (~ 10-12 minutes) and is located in an odd old strip mall, but the food is spectacula(website hidden)om/