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.
Lawrence is a small university town of 92,000 people on about 34 square miles that was founded in 1854.
We are renovating (Fall 2014 to February 2015) 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.
The downstairs half bath will have 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.
Simple BBQ charcoal cooker and other outdoor amenities (two bikes) 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 and upstairs bedrooms redone in early 2015...
free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection.
Sorry, No Phone, 28" flat screen TV (I know...it 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...I rent it out because I believe in peer-to-peer connections and I use AirBNB whenever I travel.
If you would prefer to just rent a room at a special rate, mostly during the school year, I am flexible...especially for students, researchers, etc. Just let me know and we can work something out.
Downstairs: large living/dining room and smaller adjacent sitting room, renovated kitchen, 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 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 away...since there is no "away." Just think of this as "staying with friends or family."
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...or the hall closet depending on the weather.
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, but I charge $10/night after the first 2. There is also a queen futon/couch downstairs. The whole house and yard except for my "study" a tiny room filled with books and papers on the left of the entrance are available. And for the most part the closet and dressers (except for the second drawer) in the MBR are filled with my things.
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 stays in summer than in the school year.
Neighborhood is tree-lined, quiet, safe, and mostly filled with older 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 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.
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 early February... hope it will all be ready by mid-February...
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...just leave bedding in a pile on the bed.
If you feel you want to pick up the rugs, move the furniture, etc, please do not 'drag' furniture...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 are like me. I have not raised the rent since I joined back in 2012 despite lots of renovations. I charge $10 extra after two people mostly because of the extra work of changing the beds.
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.
From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed. The location was perfect for our trip to Lawrence, within walking distance from downtown and close to everything else we needed. Marie Alice was wonderful to work with and made us feel right at home.
Marie-Alice was such a good host. She was very quick to respond to messages and she had really thought of everything that a guest might need or want. The house itself was exactly as described - charming, cozy, and nicely located. A ten minute walk gets you downtown to many great restaurants and stores. In our party, we had two adults and a three year old and we were all comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!
Host was great. Any issues we had she was prompt in addressing and even allowed us to stay an additional day. This home may not suit every guest because at it's age it has some quirks. We had two adults, three teenagers, and a full grown German Shepherd and the home was spacious enough for all of us. Everything in Lawrence was easily accessible from this location with the college and main street shopping both within walking distance. Neighborhood was quiet with very little noise to bother us. (worst was dogs barking when I walked my dog.)
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.