Comfy 3BR, 1.5 bath house, built in the early 1900s, is on quiet bricked Pennsylvania Street in Old East Lawrence. It has a nice (if somewhat unkempt ;--)) yard with ample parking, two decks, brick patio, and a front porch with Adirondack chairs.
We are renovating Kitchen (Fall 2014 to February 2015--and now extending into April) the kitchen into a completely modern space...with lots of storage new appliances, more windows, bamboo floors, and great access to the outdoors...The wonderful old kitchen nook will be gone and the door into the kitchen is moved over. I'll take new pictures when everything is done, so just know thing will be a little different and until the new photos are up, the kitchen is not quite done. It functions but multiple things have slowed down the process.
The downstairs half bath has an efficient European-style washer and dryer (with an outside line for drying for the energy conscientious) A community garden two doors down in the summer time (where I have a plot) available in the summer.
free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection.
Sorry, No Phone, no TV
When requesting to stay please let us know a little about who you are and why you are coming to Lawrence...I rent it out because I believe in peer-to-peer connections and I use AirBNB whenever I travel.
If you are a grad student or researchers, etc. Just let me know and I'll give you a special rate.
Downstairs: large living/dining room and smaller adjacent sitting room, renovated kitchen, laundry and half bath (small office to left of stair is off limits)
We are mostly looking to accommodate young scholars, visiting professors, or young transplants. But we're finding that former KU grads or people attending conferences or events in Lawrence and more recently, many musicians playing in local clubs, find our home attractive and comfortable and we have found them great guests. Many more people have stayed here than have evaluated it. We have also stayed in at least 15-20 Airbnb rentals around the world from New Orleans, LA to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia....so we know what we appreciate: friendliness, neatness, and comfort--at a reasonable price with ample personal space and time.
We have also allowed pets and are open to them...but they need to be supervised since pets react differently to strange contexts, so we ask that you clear it with us first and not leave them free ranging and unsupervised when you are not there unless you take full responsibility for their behavior.
As you will find if you are new to AirBNB...once you reserve a place, AirBNB will offer you the opportunity to rent out your own place...as a shared room, a private room, a whole house...whatever works...that is what happened to me...in April 2012. So join the community, meet great people (be great people) and enjoy!
The house sleeps 5 comfortably in three rooms--a queen, a double and a single. I do not charge a cleaning fee. There is also a queen futon/couch downstairs. Guests are welcome to use the house and yard except for the study to left of stairs. Yard is a work in progress so if you want manicured lawns please rent somewhere else.
Guests are free to harvest veggies from my communal garden plot (if they water and yank a few weeds ;--) that would also be fine!
Interaction with Guests
I mostly leave my guests to themselves but am happy to interact, give advice and even share a meal if desired. When I have guests, I stay at our country house. I live on Pennsylvania St. mostly during the school year when I am teaching. So I am more open to longer and weekday stays in summer than during the school year.
Lawrence is a small university town of 92,000 people on about 34 square miles that was founded in 1854. Old East Lawrence neighborhood is tree-lined, quiet, safe, and mostly filled with older modest single family homes. Plenty of parking in the drive and on the street in front of the house. There is a back alley where the trash and recycling are located. The area is diverse, neighborly, and close to downtown and the university. An excellent grocery store (recently reopened August 2012) is an easy bike ride away (about 5 blocks) Dillons, at the corner of 17th and NH/MASS. The university is very close (only .8 mile to the major conference space/Jayhawk Blvd) but the last .2 mile is up a VERY steep hill.
A public bus does go down my street, but it's not on a schedule. The downtown is very bike-able with a wide network of bike lanes. I have two bikes available for your use, but need warning to be sure the tires are properly inflated...If you have questions, just call or email.
Other Things to Note
I am renovating the kitchen starting in October and have blocked all the dates through mid-February...and won't be completely done until mid-April but it is functional.
Three heavy duty wood luggage stands that can be used anywhere. In the MBR can use the trunk for larger heavy bags and the wood rack for smaller. One of the stands in usually in here and two in the double bedroom (usually). Please enjoy them but leave them for future guests ;--))). I've been wanting to provide these for awhile and finally had the time to order them.
No smoking in the house.
Respect the house, furniture, and personal stuff. I clean the house before you arrive and expect you to leave it more or less as you found it, but don't make the beds ;--). if you want to be helpful, you can strip the beds... leave bedding on the bed.
If you feel you want to move the furniture, etc, please do not 'drag' it...pick it up to move it and return things (as much as possible) to their place before you leave. I have refinished the 100 year old + floors throughout the house and would like them to be attractive for future guests (and me!!)
Pets are welcomed as long as they are house trained, don't shed, and are not left unattended. Please clear it with me first.
No parties, no rowdiness---please respect the neighborhood.
Also please do not leave random open/half eaten food in the fridge...just leave it in the compost (white gallon milk container) for recycling..(you can put compost container in the fridge) I will put it to good use! Turkeys, Possums, Raccoons and our garden will thank you!
Feel free to use the dishes and cooking utensils, pots etc. and ingredients that you find in the kitchen, but please wash and return things to their place as much as possible.
Enjoy yourselves and be comfortable. I want to keep the price as low as possible for guests who think like me.
We thoroughly enjoyed spending the weekend at Marie-Alice's place. We spent a beautiful spring weekend in Lawrence with her house as a great base of operations. We enjoyed our time in old East Lawrence and the house was a short (for us), pleasant walk to downtown and to the KU campus. We are a family of three with a 1st grader. The house (and yard) were exactly as described. It was a cool place to stay. We appreciated being made to feel so welcome. Thanks Marie-Alice for letting us stay in your home!
Great experience and highly recommended. Marie-Alice and Rex greeted us, gave us the tour, handed over the keys and were on their way. The house was perfect for our family. Three bedrooms, each with a comfy bed. Large and well-equipped kitchen. Quaint dining room.
The neighborhood was quiet and in a great location for us. A grocery store was in walking distance as was downtown Lawrence.
I would definitely reserve again if we get back to town, especially since Marie-Alice was kind enough to mail back a few items our kids forgot.
Marie Alice is a terrific host and responded quickly to my questions. Although we didn't spend much time there, the house was quite comfortable and is in a quiet neighborhood. There were extra amenities that were very thoughtful, such as luggage racks, nice hangers and closet space, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.
The house is a very charming older home in an older neighborhood. It had it's quirks which you expect in older homes; sloping floors, doors that do not shut completely. The stairs going up to the second floor is rather steep and narrow, if you are not able to climb stairs without a rail, this may not be the place for you.The full bath and 1/2 bath have been renovated and were great. The 1/2 bath has a new LG high efficiency washer and dryer. The kitchen was still in the process of being renovated, it is going to be a fantastic kitchen when it is completed. Since we eat out a lot when we are in Lawrence we did not have a need for a kitchen. The front porch has a bench so you can enjoy the beautiful weather. The neighborhood is older but one that we felt very comfortable there. The house is located near the downtown area so it makes it easy for great eats and shopping. Though we did not get to meet our hostess, it was easy to reach her via e-mail which she responded to on a timely basis. Overall we enjoyed our stay at this home.
We can not even begin to tell you how amazing Marie-Alice was. Despite being mid renovations, she made the house available to us at the time we needed and put all of her work on hold. She was quick to respond to every enquiry and couldn't do enough for us. When it snowed mid way through our visit, Marie-Alice even brought around a snow sled for our young children. We were absolutely overwhelmed by her kindness and generosity.
The house was fabulous! It had everything we needed, was cozy and comfortable and a close walk to downtown. It was set on a sweet, quiet street and was just the perfect setting for our young family. We just loved it! Thank you so much for everything Marie-Alice. Looking forward to coming back.
Thanks, Nat and family! I am looking forward to your visit in July when at least all the interior renovations will be complete. (Fingers crossed). You are among the top of my very favorite guests (at least 100 groups have stayed here)--easy to get along with, enthusiastic, and careful of the house. Thank you!
We enjoyed a very pleasant weekend in Lawrence at Marie-Alice's house. The house is spacious and comfortable, and located in a neighborhood that is quiet and peaceful, but also within a short walk or drive to restaurants, shops, and stuff to do. The beds in particular were really comfortable. We were in town to visit a KU student who lives in the dorms, and she ended up spending both nights sleeping at the house because she slept better there than in her room.
Marie-Alice was very easy to communicate with in the time leading up to our trip. She stopped by after we arrived to make sure we had everything we needed, but otherwise we had the place to ourselves. She was very friendly, and I have no doubt that if we had needed her help while we were there it would have been no problem.
We would definitely stay there again if we return to Lawrence in the future.
Our host, Marie Alice was super. She gave us a map of Lawrence and we used it a lot to see the city. The house was just lovely and was described accurately. The wood work and floors were awesome. If we're ever in Lawrence again, we'll stay there for sure.
I teach architecture and urban studies. I am married to a 5th generation Lawrencian but we both received our doctorates from UC Berkeley. He in invertebrate biology and me in architecture.