Lovely Historic Chromatic Home! Superhost Rated!

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Entire residential home hosted by John Hans

5 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath
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Since 2018, we have superhost status which only goes to the top 12% of "Airbnb hosts." We work hard for the consistent 5.0 ranking. Our place is safer than staying in a Hotel with hundreds of guests. When you rent the Historic Victorian you get not only a beautiful home, but a popular and beloved historic neighborhood that has the best entertainment, food, music and pubs in Louisville. Live, touch, and experience one of Louisville's most popular neighborhoods. Dogs and cats are welcomed

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Before there was AIRBNB, the New York Times wrote a story featuring our Kentucky Derby Rental Home in April of 2007. Since 2018, we have been rated super host status because we work harder than other hosts to be the very best. This Victorian is bursting with character and personality. Each room is decorated with bright pastel color. And lots of modern art. This Airbnb is located on the first floor with just a few steps up from the street: you get a furnished front porch to watch a parade of kids to Grandpa walking dogs, a entrance foyer, a living room with a fold down Murphy bed (coming September 1, 2021); a primary bedroom, a full bathroom, a large eat in kitchen, with stove, oven, refrigerator, and in September 2021 a portable dishwasher, and a large backyard where you can park your car in the alley. We also have flat screen TV, board games, and lots of musical instruments from bongo drums, guitar, tambourine, flute, and other things to play with. The backyard is currently fenced in on three sides and we plan to enclose it the part facing the alley so you can let your dogs roam but clean up after them.

Our Victorian neighborhoods—that has been declared a national historic treasurer and is considered by the police as one of the safest neighborhoods in Louisville. we surround you with original abstract art from around the world. Several writers have come here to my Airbnb to write their novels including Rolling Stone, the author of Chromatic Homes: The Joy of Color in Historic Places. and Chromatic Homes: A Design and Coloring Book, musicians, actors, and artists. The neighborhood was the childhood home of actors and writers—Tom Cruise and Hunter Thompson. This neighborhood is considered the most walk-able neighborhood in Louisville and you don't need a car to get around. You are just blocks away from Olmsted's gorgeous Cherokee Park. Bike lanes connect up to the downtown with prompt and quality bus service. When you rent this 100 year old Victorian, you get a popular and beloved historic neighborhood that Fodor's calls one of the 15 "coolest" neighborhoods in the nation. The Highlands is the best place for entertainment, food, music and pubs in Louisville. We have been featured already in the New York Times along with other national newspapers. Here is an opportunity for you to experience the delight of living in a 125 year old romantic Victorian home.
Welcome to the Highlands Chromatic Home: Super Host rated host for the past 3 years---a record of ten times being certified. We have been featured featured in the New York Times! Its a Highlands Historic home built in 1904. This Victorian dates back 115 years. Before that it was a large farm on the far outskirts of Louisville. President Abraham Lincoln traveled through here, along with brave explorers Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone and Native Americans. Mules pulled on a trailer pre-cut modular pieces that was put together by German immigrants. Imagine putting these beautiful Victorians by hand without electric hammers, saws, and drills. These were not homes of the rich but by a professional class of teachers, nurses, book keepers, lawyers and today a book author who writes about chromatic homes and painted ladies and is an award winning Professor and Preservation expert. In 1906 this was the first ring suburb East of bustling downtown toilets were outside the house; heat was made by burning coal and wood in fire places; cooling was done by having high ceiling to let hot air rise and released by the transom windows, tree lined the streets that helped cool the Victorian as well, when electricity was installed in 1918, fans were installed; model T’s, horses, carriages, and bikes were parked outside. People walked to the store, church, school and work; this is how your Grandma and other might have lived: no appliances, cable, Wi-Fi, CNN, central air, telephone, I-phone, no closets and large rooms to fit 3 or 4 children. Maids would live on the third floor. Highlands is considered one of the safest in the neighborhood with a good vibe, little police presence, dog walkers keeping eyes on the street, and lots of people hanging out on front porches.
Now this eye popping beauty has all the modern conveniences that you want: Central air, closets, finished wood floors, exposed brick, full kitchen with fridge, gas stove, micro wave, toaster, stove and oven, stack washer and dryer. High ceilings. Plus freshly cleaned bed sheets and towels that you would expect in a five star Hotel.

A great walk to see the neighborhood? Highlands is one of America’s greatest neighborhoods and represents the future of how people should live in an era of climate change: dense; mixed income, walkable, nearby stores for everyday needs, places of worship and lots of “edgy stores” pushing the envelope. We would recommend that you up Baxter/Bardstown for a diverse set of restaurants, bookstores, clothes stores, craft beer, sports bars, and bourbon bars. Your first activity should not be going down to Fourth Street Live (corporate, boring, dress codes, and lots of chain stores) but taking a walk in the immediate neighborhood of one of the largest intact Victorians in the world: Alta, Cherokee, Douglass, Everett, Sherwood, Edward, Morton, Highland, Hepburn, Rubel, Breckinridge, Christy, Barrett are very cool places to stroll with its 18 hour a day activity—antique, art, records /cd’s, book stores, and lots of fabulous indy owned restaurants and nearly as diverse as San Francisco---we even have a Vegan restaurant! We would recommend using Yelp to choose a place but our favorites along with our guests tend to be nearby Flanagan’s, O’Shea’s, Jack Fry’s, Joy Luck, Holy Grale, Lilly’s, Feast, Harvest, The Eagle, Quills, Highland Morning, Ditto’s, Gralehaus, Stevens and Stevens, Ramsey’s, August Moon, Le Moo, and Bristol /Varanese (for late night dinning). My favorite place for breakfast and lunch is the Wilshire Bakery, Day’s Coffee, or Highland Morning which is a nice walk a. In terms of hearing live music the 900 block of Baxter is the place to go at Baxter’s, O’Shea’s, and Flanagan’s or check out what is happening at Headliners or Mercury Ballroom. . For disco and dancing go to the Nowhere Bar and O’Shea’s which is popular and Karaoke is Aikido’s on Bardstown. There are at least three bars that welcome gays and cool straights along Bardstown: start with Nowhere Bar, Little Bar, and Chill Bar. Other places to walk are nearby Cave Hill Cemetery, the East side of Bardstown Road along Cherokee and Everett. If you want a longer more adventurous walk head North on Baxter to Market a mile and half away to the NuLu area and head West to Seventh Street and then head back along Main Street (don’t miss the Slugger Museum, Frazier Museum, Muhammad Ali, Speed Museum, and the modern art museum at the Hotel 21C. I have several of my books (eight of them) on sale at Carmichaels at Bardstown and Longest.

Parking: Off Street parking in the back—take the Alley. On-street parking is available. It is best not to leave any valuables on the seats or floor of your cars. Lock your car door and the front entrance.

Groceries: Kroger is 2440 Bardstown Road and Valu Mart at 1250 Bardstown Road.
Liquor—seems to be sold everywhere from Valu Mart to Krogers, but Old Town Liquors is a nice place at 1529 Bardstown Road
Pizza: I like to eat my pizza at Boomboz (1448 Bardstown Road) along with Impellizzeri’s Pizza at1381 Bardstown Road—both are walkable and with large screens to watch sports.
Hands down the best breakfast in town is within easy walking distance Highland Morning—five blocks away is located at 1416 Bardstown Road. The restaurant features 30 plus pictures of residents who lived here from movie stars, musicians, poets, and writers. Proud to say, they also feature a poster of my book Chromatic Homes which I helped write there. We also our popular indy Quills at 930 Baxter or Wilshire Café (my favorite with breakfast) at 901 Barret Avenue and they have a bus stop there to take you downtown. But another contender for best breakfast is Highland Morning very walkable 1416 Bardstown Road. Closer by is also Heine Brothers with two locations North and South on Bardstown Road.

Highlands has the highest concentration of painted ladies in Louisville and is a great walk for visitors. We would recommend that you zig zap through the immediate neighborhood of one of the largest intact Victorians in the world: Edward, Morton, Highland, Hepburn, Rubel, Breckinridge, Christy, Barrett and Bardstown Road are very cool places to stroll with its 18 hour a day activity—antique, art, records /cd’s, book stores, and lots of fabulous Indy owned restaurants and nearly as diverse as San Francisco Buy my books at the nearby Carmichael's:
Enjoy your stay, John Hans and Steve

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Bedroom 2
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We are in the center of the Highlands! Three blocks from Bardstown Road and in the opposite direction Cherokee Park! This is not only the best neighborhood in Louisville but also ranked as one of the top 15 neighborhoods in the nation they various travel magazines. It is a dog walkers paradise, we allow two non aggressive dogs and cats without a fee during your stay.

This neighborhood has a low crime rate and we have not had any criminal activity at this home.Welcome to the Highlands Chromatic Home: Super Host rated host for the past 3 years---a record of ten times being certified. We have been featured in the New York Times! Its a Highlands Historic home built in 1904. This Victorian dates back 115 years. Before that it was a large farm on the far outskirts of Louisville. President Abraham Lincoln traveled through here, along with brave explorers Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone and Native Americans. Mules pulled on a trailer pre-cut modular pieces that was put together by German immigrants. Imagine putting these beautiful Victorians by hand without electric hammers, saws, and drills. These were not homes of the rich but by a professional class of teachers, nurses, book keepers, lawyers and today a book author who writes about chromatic homes and painted ladies and is an award winning Professor and Preservation expert.
In 1906 this was the first ring suburb East of bustling downtown toilets were outside the house; heat was made by burning coal and wood in fire places; cooling was done by having high ceiling to let hot air rise and released by the transom windows, tree lined the streets that helped cool the Victorian as well, when electricity was installed in 1918, fans were installed; model T’s, horses, carriages, and bikes were parked outside. People walked to the store, church, school and work; this is how your Grandma and other might have lived: no appliances, cable, Wi-Fi, CNN, central air, telephone, I-phone, no closets and large rooms to fit 3 or 4 children. Maids would live on the third floor. Highlands is considered one of the safest in the neighborhood with a good vibe, little police presence, dog walkers keeping eyes on the street, and lots of people hanging out on front porches.

A great walk to see the neighborhood? Highlands is one of America’s greatest neighborhoods and represents the future of how people should live in an era of climate change: dense; mixed income, walkable, nearby stores for everyday needs, places of worship and lots of “edgy stores” pushing the envelope. We would recommend that you up Baxter/Bardstown for a diverse set of restaurants, bookstores, clothes stores, craft beer, sports bars, and bourbon bars. Your first activity should not be going down to Fourth Street Live (corporate, boring, dress codes, and lots of chain stores) but taking a walk in the immediate neighborhood of one of the largest intact Victorians in the world: Alta, Cherokee, Douglass, Everett, Sherwood, Edward, Morton, Highland, Hepburn, Rubel, Breckinridge, Christy, Barrett are very cool places to stroll with its 18 hour a day activity—antique, art, records /cd’s, book stores, and lots of fabulous indy owned restaurants and nearly as diverse as San Francisco---we even have a Vegan restaurant! We would recommend using Yelp to choose a place but our favorites along with our guests tend to be nearby Flanagan’s, O’Shea’s, Jack Fry’s, Joy Luck, Holy Grale, Lilly’s, Feast, Harvest, The Eagle, Quills, Highland Morning, Ditto’s, Gralehaus, Stevens and Stevens, Ramsey’s, August Moon, Le Moo, and Bristol /Varanese (for late night dinning). My favorite place for breakfast and lunch is the Wilshire Bakery, Day’s Coffee, or Highland Morning which is a nice walk. In terms of hearing live music the 900 block of Baxter is the place to go at Baxter’s, O’Shea’s, and Flanagan’s or check out what is happening at Headliners or Mercury Ballroom. . For disco and dancing go to the Nowhere Bar and O’Shea’s which is popular and Karaoke is Aikido’s on Bardstown. There are at least three bars that welcome gays and cool straights along Bardstown: start with Nowhere Bar, Big Bar, and Chill Bar. Other places to walk are nearby Cave Hill Cemetery, the East side of Bardstown Road along Cherokee and Everett. If you want a longer more adventurous walk head North on Baxter to Market a mile and half away to the NuLu area and head West to Seventh Street and then head back along Main Street (don’t miss the Slugger Museum, Frazier Museum, Muhammad Ali, Speed Museum, and the modern art museum at the Hotel 21C. I have several of my books (eight of them) on sale at Carmichael's at Bardstown and Longest.

Hosted by John Hans

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I also rent out my own Victorian and I know how it is important to find someone that will respect and take care of your precious home. I have been renting out my own Victorian home for Derby and to movie companies, the latest being "The Song" with critical scenes of the pop star filmed in the rich decadence of my home. My home has been featured as well in the New York Times and house of the week in the largest regional / state newspaper. I am a Professor of Planning at the University of Louisville with a distinguished record: (Website hidden by Airbnb) and as a hobby have a boutique business of renovating historic homes: renovate historic Victorians: (Website hidden by Airbnb) I am also known to be quiet, respectful, clean, cheerful and grateful. I have traveled around the world to some of the best and worst places on the earth to learn, live, work and play in other cultures different from mine whether in Havana or Honolulu; Moscow to Houston; Amsterdam to San Francisco. My motto is to be grateful for every day that I am alive and see life as beautiful. While I love to get my work published on sustainable living; I also like to swing a hammer, paint a wall or put an old historic door in and work out regularly at the gym, tennis court or on my bike. I absolutely love my historic neighborhood in the Highlands as one of the best "green neighborhoods" in America. Highlands just got ranked as one of the 15 coolest and hippest neighborhoods in the nation alongside Soho in New York, North Beach in San Francisco California, Miami Beach, Ohio.
I also rent out my own Victorian and I know how it is important to find someone that will respect and take care of your precious home. I have been renting out my own Victorian home…

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