Fantastic location in downtown arts district - walk to EVERYTHING AWESOME - farmer's market, cafes, bars, music venues, the light rail, museums, Convention Center, ASU downtown, etc. Convenient location for the 1st & 3rd Friday art walk.
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We live in a cozy, cute 1920s house in the heart of downtown. Fully stocked kitchen, bathroom, and washer/clothes line.
The space: this listing is for the futon in our living room. Please note that this is a shared common area space with very little privacy. We have a guest room available for booking as well if you feel that would suit you better. Generally the futon is great for people who are social, have flexible schedules, and don't have a lot of luggage. It's just the futon. There's nowhere to put away your stuff or spread out. The futon itself is very comfy - from Ikea and with a very nice topper on it. Lots of pillows and very cozy.
Kitchen is not available for use before 8am! Our house is small and we are night owls, so any early morning kitchen activity frankly just sucks. You can walk through the kitchen obviously, grab stuff out of the fridge, get water, etc. but cooking, making smoothies, grinding coffee and other heavy duty stuff like that - please wait until 8 :)
Here's who currently lives in the house:
Katie: Female - 29 - She is a doula and placenta crafter (placenta prints, capsules, tinctures, etc.), sex positive spreader of truth and joy. She likes to create in the kitchen, clean (yes, really), take pictures and travel.
Kris: Male - 39 - Writer, I.T. professional, Sex Educator. He likes regrowing his foreskin, playing guitar, throwing a frisbee, traveling and reading biographies of heroin addicted 80s rockers.
6 Chickens - female - 7 months old. They like to bask in the sun and crap out delicious eggs.
We are 420 friendly, though definitely not into "weed culture". Composting, recycling, reducing and reusing are important to us. We do not use chemicals at all in the house. We make our own toothpaste, laundry soap, etc., use natural bars of soap, clean with baking soda and vinegar, etc.
Our house can be very quiet, or it can be bustling full of friends and travelers. This definitely isn't the place for you if you're looking for mostly quiet and lots of privacy.
If you are nodding yes to most of the things below, then you will probably fit in great here!
(and please note the deal breakers)
-Good personal hygiene
-Conscious and aware of themselves and their impact on the world
--Must not use chemicals (no regular shampoos, hair products, toothpastes, laundry soaps, colognes, deodorants, etc.)
-Sex positive attitude - if you are uptight or easily offended, you'll probably feel very out of place.
-Communication - you must be good at this. Please be strait forward, let us know if something is bothering you, etc. We cannot read your mind and passive aggressive-ness just sucks.
-Kids on a case-by-case basis
-Pets on a case by case basis
-Bonuses - you play an instrument and do some kind of bodywork
-Drinking to the point of getting drunk. A glass of wine is fine, but stumbling around after 5 beers is not cool.
-Personal hygiene products - as we said above, we don't use any chemicals, so as you can imagine - we are super sensitive to all kinds of perfume, cologne, scented soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. Please be respectful of our chemical-free house and use non-toxic soaps and shampoos. Read the label of your product: if it has ingredients you can't pronounce, or wouldn't eat - please don't bring it inside. If you have questions about the products you use, please ask.
-Someone who is into news media. We do not watch the news. We do not read newspapers. We don't talk about politics, the government, etc. If you are into debate on that subject, or ever used to general conversation on the subject - this isn't the right place for you.
-Anyone who thinks that most of this ad is "interesting". None of this is interesting to us. This is all normal for us and this is how we live.
As part of being so natural minded, we use the A/C and the heater less than the average household. In the summer we always run it at night so everyone is comfortable sleeping, but during the day with use it very minimally. In the summer we embrace the heat, wear little to no clothing during the day and have all our ceiling fans on. In the winter, it's similar - if we use the heater at all, it would be at night to be comfortable sleeping. During the day we use it minimally, instead preferring to embrace the cold and wear extra clothing. So if you are here in the middle of the summer, expect to be a little toasty during the day. And if you are here in the middle of the winter, expect to bundle up a bit.
Please knowledge your acceptance of our no-chemicals/non-toxic house dealio, and let us know what your favorite color is so we know that you read this far :)
If this sounds like somewhere you'd like to stay then please shoot us a message that's more than a sentence long. We obviously have a lot of info in our profile and like to know about people and what strikes their fancy to want to come and stay here.
Wifi, bikes (if schedule permits), yoga mats, coffee, tea
Interaction with Guests
We have random schedules and are typically around to hang out and show people around, but please be respectful of the fact that we do work from home, so just because we're home doesn't mean we are available.
The neighborhood is full of independent cafes, coffee shops, music venues and art galleries. We are walking/biking distance to The Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theater, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Children's Museum, Chase Field, US Airways Center, Phoenix Convention Center, City Scape and ASU Downtown. There are lots of little parks and green spaces in the neighborhood. A bustling area with lots of character and local charm!
We are very near to 4 major freeways - the 51, 202, I-17 and I-10 - making it very convenient to get around.
We are less than a mile from the nearest light rail stop. We are convenient to multiple bus lines. The public transit website is valley (website hidden). Lyft and Uber are popular around here. You are also welcome to use the bikes. Address + specific directions and how to get here are sent in your booking confirmation.
Other Things to Note
Regarding pets: It's really more up to you and your dog(s) needs and temperament.
The biggest thing to consider is that we have virtually no open yard space. The front yard is just two little plots. On one side we have seeds planted so you can't walk on or disturb that area. On the other side there are only a few things planted, so there's probably enough of an area for a dog to go out and pee/poop, but that would be it, especially since there's no gate or fence around the front yard. There's also really nowhere for dogs to hang outside or run around or even be tied up really, unless it was just in the car port.
The back yard/area isn't really a yard - there's a large plot of dirt where the chickens are, but other than that it's concrete. And dogs would have to stay out of the back area completely because that is where the chickens are. They're behind a little gate, but they sometimes get out so it wouldn't be safe to have a dog back there at all.
So, it's up to you. If you're dog is super mellow, house trained, etc. then it'd probably be fine.
Probably worth mentioning that we have lots of open shelving that is either on the ground or low to the ground, and lots of open floor level shelving/cabinetry in the kitchen - so lots of stuff for dogs to "get in to", if that makes sense.
Pets and kids on a case-by-case basis.
No smoking anywhere inside the house.
We are a chemical free house - please don't spray any air fresheners, room sprays or anything else that will leave a lingering scent.
Just use basic common sense - this is our home, please treat it kindly :)
I had such a great time with Katie & Kris.
Exceptionally warm and welcoming people with a calm and positive house hold.
The neighbourhood was totally fantastic.
There are so many great places to eat, drink and explore in the downtown district.
Welcome Diner was a HUGE favourite of mine.
Katie & Kris made Phoenix a COMPLETE winning experience and I would highly recommend staying with these two amazing humans.
They were awesome to have a laugh with and share stories.
I only got the chance to stay here for 2 nights, but it was an enjoyable stay nonetheless! Katie and Kris are pretty stellar personalities, which made the space all the more enjoyable to be in. The bed was super comfortable, and I was able to relax and enjoy the space. Walking around the neighborhood was a lot of fun, too! This is a very cute area, with fun knickknacks to take a gander at and keep you occupied.
Katie and Kris were great hosts and really knew the area. They recommended a breakfast place and a tour that I ended up taking my family to. Both attractions were awesome. The house was fun and had a laid back atmosphere. The location was also great.
Katie and Kris were awesome hosts- they made me and my friend feel very comfortable and were there for us when we needed them for information or random items. The location is AMAZING- the arts district is indescribable and a place that we wouldn't have experienced if we Airbnb'ed elsewhere- and of course, it's a close drive to everything seeing as that it's in the middle of Phoenix. I would highly recommend this place as your choice of stay.
The location of the house was great, in downtown, about 10 minutes walk from the skytrain that takes you to the airport. If you're a light sleeper or sleep in in the morning, you might want to consider the room as you can be awaken by the noise. I was a deep sleeper so I was OK. Kris gave me some tips around places to go and see. We talked about interesting things. Overall great stay for great price
I felt comfortable when staying at Katie and Christ's house. They are nice hosts. The locarion is very convenient to get to the downtown.
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Hey there! Here's some info about us!
Katie: Female - 29 - She is a birth & postpartum doula and placenta crafter (placenta prints, capsules, tinctures, etc.), though she is well outside of the hairy grandmother midwife image that may spring to mind. She likes to create in the kitchen, clean (yes, really), take pictures and travel.
Kris: Male - 38 - He is a former business owner (IT Consulting)/Mortgage Holder/Slave to Society, but has abandoned that load of crap in favor of rediscovering himself and finding something to do everyday that he is passionate about. He likes regrowing his foreskin, playing guitar, throwing a frisbee, traveling, making Kombucha and reading biographies of heroin addicted 80s rockers.
We LOVE to travel and our latest venture is creating passive streams of income so that we can travel more often! We are writing e-books: Katie has 3 on DIY Placenta Crafting + a few books of naughty stories, and one about a solo summer traveling Europe. Kris has written "The Quick & Dirty Guide to Proper Anal Sex" (it's an easy, 5-step guide) and is working on one about traveling simple and cheap.
We're super outdoorsy, love yoga & meditation, talking about polyamory and foreskin restoration, listening to live music, and are into the urban farm scene and green living in general. As a couple, we are very well connected, communicate smoothly and are very respectful and low drama. We have been friends for 15+ years and have been "together" for three and a half years.
Composting, recycling, reducing and reusing are important to us. We like to know where our food comes from and support the farmers market versus a commercial grocery store as much as we can. We generally try to steer clear of single-use made-to-be-disposable items (coffee cups, to go boxes, plastic silverware, individually packaged snacks, etc.) We do not use chemicals at all - we make our own toothpaste, laundry soap, etc., use natural bars of soap, clean with baking soda and vinegar, etc.
We are passionate about all things birth related. We can teach you how to encapsulate a placenta. We can educate you about the myths of circumcision and about restoring your foreskin. We can enlighten you on anal sex. We love the work of David Deida & Mark Manson and enjoy applying their principles to all of the relationships in our lives.
Being active Airbnb hosts ourselves gives us a unique perspective and, we think, makes us better guests because we know what it's like to open your home to travelers. We have been hosting people for 2+ years and have met some of the most amazing people, many of them have become lifelong friends.