About This Listing
This 3BR, 1.5 bath house, built in 1905 is on a quiet bricked street in Old East Lawrence sleeps 5 comfortably. The yard and exterior are a work in progress, so be forewarned if that is a priority for you. ;-)))
We renovated Kitchen (Fall 2014 to May 2015). Almost done! See photos.
The downstairs half bath has an efficient European-style washer and dryer. Upstairs bath has dryer, shampoos and conditioners and soaps.
Free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection. Sorry, No Phone, very limited TV (can't even get local TV) but have Netflix and Amazon Prime. When requesting to stay please let us know a little about who you are and why you are coming to Lawrence...We rent it out because we believe in peer-to-peer connections and use AirBNB whenever we travel. Special rates for grad students, just ask.
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 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 and $95 is the price for the first three guests. 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. We are currently creating a fish pond in the back yard and the front porch and deck are scheduled to be painted this summer when the house is not rented, which might not be until August...
Interaction with Guests
I mostly leave my guests to themselves but am happy to interact, give advice etc. if desired. When I have guests, I stay at our country house. I live in town 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. Our neighborhood is not into manicured yards, we like to promote diversity and access to a variety of wild creatures (rabbits, squirrels, possums, mice, raccoons, and even a fox inhabit the neighborhood). Plenty of parking in the drive and on the street in front of the house. There is an unpaved back alley where the trash and recycling are located (early Wed. AM pickup weekly for trash; biweekly for recycling (blue container)--recycle everything except plastic bags. 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.
Ample parking in the driveway and in front of the house. A public bus does go down our street, but it's not on a schedule. The downtown is very bike-able with a wide network of bike lanes. We have two bikes that are available but need some warning to be sure the tires are properly inflated.
No smoking in the house.
Respect the house, furniture, and personal stuff. I clean the house (and now even pay a cleaner twice a month costing $240) and expect you to leave it more or less as you found it, but please don't make the beds ;--). I don't like to guess where guests slept! If you want to be helpful, you can strip the beds... and leave bedding on the bed or in the laundry downstairs, but this is not necessary or expected.
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. We want to keep the price as low as possible for guests who appreciate this.
We had a great weekend spending time in Marie Alice's home. The house has such character and was very comfortable. It was very clean and the kitchen and bathrooms were all updated. It was close to downtown Lawrence which was awesome. Marie Alice was very accomidating to any questions we had. We would definitely come back and stay if we had the opportunity.
Marie Alice was a great host. She was very generous about letting our four legged family members stay in her home. The updates made to the kitchen were great! The home reminded me of my grandma's house. The neighborhood was quiet. Thank you Marie Alice!
Linda and her husband and the three (dog) pups they were hosting for the weekend of their daughter's wedding were really, really great...wonderful people all around...both the 2-and-4 legged versions. I would host all of them anytime--individually or collectively. Thank you, again, Linda!
Our host was very nice and accommodating. The 100 year old house has recently had the bathrooms and kitchen updated and everything in the house was neat and clean. We had the full run of the house for the entire weekend stay and would definitely recommend it to others who wish to visit Lawrence, Kansas.
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.
About the Host, Marie Alice
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.
Nice place for lunch. Dinner a little pricier but Ive had some good meals here. A little noisy.Massachusetts St Lawrence KS 66044
Great bread. Ive had v. good lunches here and even an odd dinner or two. Great biscuits and gravy.Vermont St Lawrence KS 66044
Closest Grocery store to the house. New in like 2012. Choices not as varied as Checkers, but clean and bright.Massachusetts St Lawrence KS 66046
In the student Union at KU, excellent place for lunch, but its small so if youre a little before or after the lunch hour, it is your best bet. Excellent food and not expensive. Walk or Park in Gar.Jayhawk Blvd Lawrence KS 66045-7593
Ive tried everything on the menu and am never disappointed. Small and informal. Excellent meals and usually end up with leftovers for the next day.W 9th St Lawrence KS 66049
Great place for an informal tasty meal. Lots of great micro-brews. Noisy...but if you want ask to be seated upstairs in the back, much quieter.Massachusetts St Lawrence KS 66044
Nice little Mexican food place in North Lawrence...sometimes you have to stop talking b/c of the trains. But they have a great outdoor patio if the weather is right. Foods good and not too expensiveLocust St Lawrence KS 66044
Locally owned, great prices. Has lots of organic, Asian, and Mexican products.Louisiana Street Lawrence KS 66046