Arts District*Great downtown spot!

House - Private room · E McKinley St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States
Katie

We are right in the heart of downtown - walking distance 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.

Your host, Katie
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We are right in the heart of downtown - walking distance 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.

The Space

This listing is for the living room futon for $30 per night. It is a queen size IKEA futon with a thick topper on it - very comfy. Lots of extra pillows and blankets. The living room is in use for most of the day/evening - it's private and quiet at night once everyone goes to sleep (generally 11pm ish to 9am ish) We have more than one space available so even if you see our calendar full - shoot us a message because we probably have a space open.
Our other listing is a private room, $45 per night ( or $55 for the room + breakfast).

Kitchen is not available for use before 9am! 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 9 :)

We share one bathroom and have a little dressing area set up aside the bathroom with an additional mirror and space to "get ready".

There is public transport from the airport, or we can pick you up or drop you off at the airport for $15 each way, $30 round trip. Details are sent after you make a reservation.

Here's who currently lives in the house:
Katie: Female - 28 - 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 - 37 - 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 and reading biographies of heroin addicted 80s rockers.

We're super outdoorsy, love yoga & meditation, listening to live music, and are into the urban farm scene and green living in general. We are very well connected, communicate smoothly and are respectful and low drama.

Our front yard garden looks like shit right now, but we're hoping to do some more planting now that it's cooler. Currently we have a blood orange tree, a volunteer basil plant, some baby bean stalks, and a bunch of kale sprouts. We have a big chicken coop in the side yard that houses 4 smart and witty birds.

We are 420 friendly, though definitely not into "weed culture". 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 in the house. 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 - Kris has even gone so far as to write a guide "The 5 Steps to Being an Ass Master". We love David Deida and enjoy applying his principles to all of the relationships in our lives.

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.)
-Be into good music - we usually have music on all the time
-Have a sense of cleanliness. We're not obsessively clean and will happily leave a full sink of dishes to go and play in the park, but we also are respectful of our space and like things to be somewhat orderly
-Not freaked out by nudity. None of us are, and it's quite common for us to walk around naked or wear little clothing, (especially in the summer!), change out in the open, leave the bathroom door open while we're showering, etc. If you're reaction to nudity is "Oh god! So sorry!" and you run the other way....then this probably isn't the place for you
-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

Deal Breakers:
-Bad attitudes, negative energy, anger, no self awareness.
-Drinking to the point of getting drunk. A glass of wine is fine, but stumbling around after 5 beers is not cool.
-Smoking cigarettes
-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.

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. 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 :)

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.

Getting around

We are less than a mile from the nearest light rail stop. We are convenient to multiple bus lines. The bus/light rail website is: (website hidden)

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 7
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $210 /week
Monthly Price: $800 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
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  • Katie and Chris were awesome hosts for my brother and me. They made sure we had everything that we needed. No complaints! My brother and I felt right at home for the few nights we were there. Their location is super close to downtown Phoenix too. If you're not afraid of a little walking, then you'll be super close to where all the action is at!

    April 2014
  • Katie's place is really well located, close to great places in town! And the house is so comfy

    April 2014
  • Great instructions and communication from Katie the whole time. Wonderful conversation. Katie is a very real, easy-going person, and made my stay great!

    March 2014
  • My stay was awesome- although short, and I actually didn't get to meet Katie- it was an earthy, quaint place to stay in. Her place is warm, and welcoming with affirmations around the house. Love the positive vibe! :)

    March 2014
  • The perfect hosts. My girlfriend and I stayed at Katie and Kris' place for 2 nights with absolutely zero complaints. Very cosy home, super comfortable futon and bed, clean.
    They were happy to show us around the cities markets, parks, art galleries and tasty cafes. We shared cooking and stories with plenty of laughs and i'm sure we'll meet again in the future. Thank you!

    March 2014
  • Katie and Kris were pretty chill and are good hosts willing to accommodate, though I was out and about a lot and just showed up to crash the futon. The place is nice and right in the midst of the art district and a good spot for foot travel.

    February 2014
  • My friend & I had a very nice stay here. Close to so many great spots in Phoenix. The living room futon is comfy and there are cool books. Very eco friendly! :)

    November 2013
  • My boyfriend and I were passing through Phoenix and decided on staying at Katie's for the evening. We rented their futon which was comfortable and were provided clean linens to dress the bed with. The house was very clean and we were happy that we were able to utilize their kitchen to cook our breakfast before leaving. It was a fine enough stay for just crashing and leaving but I will say that our host was not the most friendly and almost seemed put out that we were there. However, Kris, who was not the main contact was very friendly and helpful in getting us settled. If you plan on staying here plan to be keen on tip toeing around to avoid breaking many of the rules listed on their website.

    November 2013
    Katie
    Response from Katie:

    I have addressed this with Laura privately, but I wanted to also put something here so that future guests weren't confused. Laura arrived very late at night - nearly two hours after the arrival time she had given us. She and Cassidy got here at 10:30pm on a weeknight - right as we were going to sleep. They were warmly greeted, given everything they needed, and encouraged to use the kitchen in the morning to make themselves breakfast before they left. We chatted with them for few minutes and then went to bed. I don't know what more they were expecting so late at night. They certainly were not made to tip toe around or avoid breaking any of the rules. I'm not sure where this is coming from at all. They left the next morning before we woke up and the first we had any idea that they were unhappy was when we received their review.

    November 2013
  • The place was ok and clean but we slept in the living room and so had no privacy at all. It was more like a (website hidden) experience rather than an Airbnb. Kris was a nice host and showed us where we could grab some dinner.

    November 2013
    Katie
    Response from Katie:

    Anna used the link to book our futon. The link is titled "Art District-Healthy-Quirky (futon)", so it is quite clear that you are booking the futon. It is very clearly stated in our profile that the futon is in the living room. The layout of the house is very clearly described in the profile. It is not indicated at all that you would get any privacy in the living room. It is, by design, a common area. It is also stated in our profile that we have a private room available, at a higher rate of course, and using our link "Art District-Healthy-Quirky (room)", however, Anna chose to book the living room futon on her own accord.

    November 2013
  • I stayed two nights with Katie and would stay again. I enjoyed my stay and was glad to stay with people so concerned with our planet.

    July 2013
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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.
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