Comfy 1900s house .8 miles to KU

House - Entire home/apt · Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044, United States

The Space

Lawrence is a small university town of 92,000 people on about 34 square miles that was founded in 1854.

This house, built in the early 1900s, is on a quiet brick street (Pennsylvania between 13th and 14th) in Old East Lawrence. It has a nice (if unkempt ;--)) yard with lots of herbs, ample parking, two decks, a front porch with two Adirondack lounge chairs and a bench, and Solari bells. A front brick walk and back brick patio, and a community garden two doors down in the summer time (where I have a plot).

I noticed that "(website hidden) Street View" is not of my street...I'm on PA west of 13th so you won't see my house there.

Simple BBQ charcoal cooker and other outdoor amenities available (just let me know so I can set them up...or if I you don't ask, or I forget, they are in the garage...enter by side door....key provided)

Hardwood floors throughout—main downstairs' spaces and upstairs hall floors recently redone. Older tile floor in kitchen--impossible to make it look nice...can't wait to renovate it.... Old East and West Lawrence has an alley system....and these are there is a dust problem. But the house is as clean as possible. It's 'comfy' not 'immaculate'.

free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection.
Sorry, NO PHONE, NO DISHWASHER--there's one there, but it doesn't work); 28" flat screen TV (I looks tiny these days....) with DVD multi media player. But (sorry) NO cable. Sitting room has a Bose Wave radio/CD player...I listen to the radio, watch DVDs...not TV...

When requesting to stay please let us know a little about who you are and why you are coming to Lawrence...this is not just a rental, but our home. When we are not here, we stay south of town...we married late so now have two homes...I rent it out because I believe in peer-to-peer connections.

If you would prefer to just rent a room at a special rate, mostly during the school year, I am flexible...especially for scholars, researchers, etc. Just let me know and we can work something out.

The House:
Downstairs: large living/dining room and smaller adjacent sitting room, kitchen (not renovated since ?? so a little funky...I'm trying to get it redone but it takes time...); breakfast nook, laundry and half bath (small office is generally off limits).
Upstairs: bedrooms have been renovated and painted in 2010. One of the bedrooms is 12'x13' with a queen (tatami mat wood-frame bed from Japan (very sturdy) with a thick futon and new memory foam topper;--goose down duvet with Egyptian cotton sheets; One drawer empty and about 2'-0" (or more) of closet space with lots of hangers of different types.

One 10'x11' guest bedroom on west with double bed, memory foam topper mattress and down comforter (summer or winter weight according to the season) lots of pillows, dresser and closet always available. This is the real guest room...and on the very quiet side of the house overlooking the back garden.

One 10'x11' bedroom with a single bed over the kitchen nook, a later addition, very sunny --I use it as a sewing room. There is an additional window energy efficient AC unit to mitigate the extra heat in summer.

Upstairs bathroom renovated in 2010 with generous shower/full tub with tiles from the Jura mountains..fossilized squids etal. Iron and ironing board always available. Hair dryer and of course ample towels, individual soap, shampoos and conditioners as well as the full size shampoos for communal use as needed on hand. Over time guests have left their preferred soaps etc., and I just keep them on hand in case they work for others. I don't like throwing things out. Just think of this as 'staying with friends or family" and you'll be fine.

Bedding, pillows and duvet and throw pillow covers freshly washed for guests and there are extra ones either placed at the foot of the bed or in the bedroom closet...

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 8-10 Airbnb we know what we appreciate: friendliness, neatness, and comfort--at a reasonable price with ample personal space and time.

We have a couple of bikes available if you want to use them.
We are also open to longer stays especially in the summer 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.

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 a shared room, a private room, a whole house...whatever works...that is what happened to April 2012. It's really not for the money, since after I pay the taxes and the expenses and improvements, there is not really anything left...but I do it for the community. Because I appreciate this type of accommodation when I travel. So join the community, meet great people (be great people) and enjoy!

Interaction with Guests

I mostly leave my guests to themselves. When I have guests, I stay at our country house. I live here mostly during the school year when I am teaching.

The Neighborhood

Neighborhood is tree-lined, quiet, safe, and mostly filled with older single family homes. 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 17ths 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.

Getting around

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. If you have questions, just call or email.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Security Deposit: $200
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My husband, a friend and I rented Marie-Alice's house for the Brew to Brew race from KC to Lawrence. We were there for three days and really enjoyed staying in a house vs a hotel. It's a beautiful house with plenty of room for three people. We really enjoyed sitting outside in the sun on the back deck in the late afternoon. We also started watching one of the DVDs that are available and got hooked on the show, Treme, so now we're watching it at home.

    The neighborhood is quiet and quaint with brick streets and sidewalks and there are two community gardens in the same block as the house. There is also a big park nearby. I loved being close enough to walk downtown and up to the university campus.

    Although we never met Marie-Alice, she was a great host. She provided clear instructions about the house and was available in case we had questions. The house was spotless and she left chocolates, nuts, coffee, tea, eggs and juice for us to consume. I also appreciated that she had recycling and compost bins.

    All in all, it was a great stay and we will definitely stay at this lovely house again if we run the Brew to Brew next year.

    April 2014
  • This is the second time I've stayed at Marie Alice's house. It's fantastic. Great location. Cozy place. Very kind host. My husband and I stayed there with our baby and were able to have a place where family could come by and spend time with us. It was great not being trapped in a hotel room. Many, many thanks!

    March 2014
  • Beautiful and very cozy house. We unfortunately had to leave a day early due to weather concerns, but Marie-Alice was very helpful and responsive through our whole stay.

    March 2014
    Marie Alice
    Response from Marie Alice:

    I asked Airbnb to refund Jd his second night's stay because a storm forced them to leave early. I'm very pleased that Airbnb was so responsive. We had to leave a night early due to a severe winter storm and Marie Alice was amazing in refunding us (unsolicited) for the night we were not able to stay. Both her and airbnb were excellent in the process.

  • This place was just right. I loved my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, proximity to KU and Massachusetts St.

    I thought I was getting a great deal with all that and just the room. Little did I know I got the whole house to myself for the 3 days I was there. Thank you Marie and Airbnb.



    February 2014
  • I loved this house. Marie was awesome! Would def stay here again!

    November 2012
    Marie Alice
    Response from Marie Alice:

    Hey Mastin,
    Found the key...hadn't realized it was was under the front door mat.

  • Staying at Marie Alice's place was an absolute treat. Her home was the perfect location for what we were looking for while having a weekend in Lawrence. She is walking distance to Mass Street and the campus. She was incredibly hospitable and took many precautions to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I would recommend this place looking for a MUCH better alternative to staying in the hotels in Lawrence if they are looking to make a visit.

    October 2012
  • Wonderful house! Cozy, beautiful, short walk to Mass street -- everything you could want from a Lawrence experience. Many, many thanks to Marie Alice for making my weekend awesome.

    September 2012
  • It's a lovely and comfy house, all as described. The bath room was all new, sparkling clean, and the floors were just wonderful. Marie-Alice was extremely friendly and helpful - she let me wash my laundry, and gave me a bike to ride to KU. I couldn't have found a better place to stay.

    August 2012
  • What a great experience. Marie Alice has a warm and charming home. She offered bikes for us to cruz around in though her location is perfectly in walking distance. She was very generous with sharing her space and the next time I'm in Lawrence again I'm for sure giving her a ring. Thanks again Marie Alice.

    August 2012
  • This was really the quintessential off-campus stay. The house had a roomy bedroom with a queen, a second bedroom with a double and a third with a twin. The upstairs bathroom has clearly been redone and was nice. In fact, upon arrival, the bathrooms were sparkling clean. The central air worked well even battling the Kansas summer heat.

    We didn't spend a lot of time at the house but when we did, it was wonderful to be able to open up the back doors and enjoy the evening air.

    The house is without a tv (which is a big plus for me).

    bonus...there's an upright piano!

    You're just far enough from campus to make it a decent walk (directly up 13th) and just far enough from Mass street to where the sidewalks go away. Still very doable for both!

    A word to the wise....don't park at the start of the driveway. I believe there are several robins nests immediately above that area :)

    Our hostess was grand. She was very informative, prompt, accommodating and thorough.

    June 2012
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Degrees from McGill University, B.Arch and M.Arch; University of California, Berkeley, Architecture 2002
School of Architecture, Design, and Planning University of Kansas, Lawrence KS,
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. I grew up in Maine and am of French-Canadian ancestry. I love to travel, to spend time in cities, to play music with friends (guitar, fiddle), and to cook with family and friends. I enjoy watching films although we don't have a TV. My husband has three grown sons and we have two grandchildren. He loves astronomy and paleontology and has never met a rock he didn't like. We've traveled all over the US and Canada including Newfoundland. I've been all over Europe as far East as Moscow and north to Finland and south to Istanbul/Greece/Italy. I am easy going and friendly and pretty quiet. I spent years in apartments so developed quiet ways. My husband grew up on a farm and is noisier, but he's very affable and an optimist. I don't actually speak Suomi but they didn't have Eesti as an's as close as I could get.
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