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 ;-))) please rent some place else!
We renovated Kitchen (Fall 2014 to ongoing small details). Almost done! See photos.
The downstairs half bath has an efficient European-style washer and dryer. Upstairs bath has hair dryer, and a variety of shampoos, conditioners and soaps. Also a curling iron. (I don't use the dryer or curling iron so it if it not working let me know please!
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, and am willing to rent a room out when I am there. 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 $86 is the price for the first two 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 being painted when the house is not rented, which might not be until...
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, with many brick streets (like mine) and is 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.
Other Things to Note
The stair to the second floor where the bedrooms are is steeper than current standards and has no handrail, so not recommended for the mobility challenged or older people.
No smoking in the house.
Respect the house, furniture, and personal stuff. I clean the house before your arrival and hope you leave it more or less as you found it, but please don't make the beds you use;--). 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.