A busy house full invites you to jump into a real Kansas City experience. A walkable area, easy access to bus lines, right in the heart of it all. Enjoy great restaurants nearby or cook on our 6 burner gourmet's stove. We have fiber speed internet.
This downstairs room is furnished with unique vintage and antique furnishings and original art. Due to popular demand, sleeping arrangements are a twin bed and trundle, and a love seat with pull out twin. This accommodates up to 3 comfortably. The beds have brand-new Sealy mattresses from Costco and brand-new linens, 325tc organic cotton from Target. Shared bathroom is down the hall and fitted with the original 19th century cast iron clawfoot tub. Need Kitchen and Laundry? Make yourself at home.
Large screen TV on the 2nd floor sitting room, right up the main stairs. Wii with Rock Band as well as a dozen other games appropriate for a range of ages, and Netflix streaming via the Wii. Chairs on the porch are fantastic in the afternoon for watching butterflies on the butterfly bush. Hula Hoops available for creative workouts. In summer months, an above ground chest deep exercise pool is available for cooling off or working out.
We are a large family that loves to open our home and meet new friends. In the morning we brew the finest Free Trade, locally roasted coffees. At your request, we can serve up espresso, fresh laid eggs, and Belgian waffles. A glass of wine or beer may be offered in the evening-- let me know if you would like me to reserve, during your stay, a tour of our local Boulevard Brewery.
Our house and street are children and family friendly. Some pets could be accommodated with negotiation (email hidden) cash pet fee on arrival, but we do have cats and a small Bichon-Cockapoo puppy on the premises. They've done fine with overnight pet guests in the past. Dogs should have a crate for overnight-we can arrange to rent one if that is helpful.
Our street is a registered historic district, 1 1/2 block from the busline that takes you right to UMKC/Rockhurst to the south or downtown to City Hall and the Convention Center. We're within a healthy walking distance to Hospital Hill, Crown Center, Westport, KCAI, several art museums, Crossroads District, Jazz District and the Plaza. You may want to try out Z's bakery or Texas Tom's around the corner or go a little further to Haus, You Say Tomato, Succotash or Cafe Gratitude. Please see the guide I've created.
WIFI included. No smoking in the house or within 20 feet of doors or windows, please. Ample lighted parking is available on our one-way street.
Laundry including product, two shared bathrooms. Porches and gardens. Above ground pool. Bicycles and helmets. The only place "off limits" is the third floor- that is our daughters' domain.
Interaction with Guests
We live in this house. We love to have you join us, but we respect your boundaries and comfort level. It's ok to ask for rides, to join us for meals, and to play board games or watch movies with us. Or not. Your choice.
I love the beautiful buildings with fine details restored. Some of the neighbors have amazing gardens. I find the "run down" areas curiously fascinating, looking for clues as to what once was. People are generally friendly. Can't-miss the Nelson-Atkins museum (always free!), the WWI memorial (free) and museum (totally worth the $).
Just one block east and south are stops for the Troost Max and the 54, which will take you right to the Main Max. Either bus will take you to the convention center downtown. B-cycle hourly rental stations are up the Main Max line.
Other Things to Note
This is really going to be more like a Hostel experience, a home-share.
Let me know in advance if you may need to use the W/D, you'll want me to make sure the machines are reserved for you. You are absolutely welcome to use the kitchen as needed, and I provide sharpie markers and color-coded baskets for you to keep your food safe from marauding teenagers.
Yes, there are many people living here already-- our family is large, and we have couch surfers, housemates, and guests who come and go-- dozens each year. Our rule is to respect each other and our space, and to enjoy one another and be an enjoyable companion. My mother always told me that guests, like fish, start to stink after 3 days-- but family is forever. You decide which you are.
Amy was out of town, but her son made us feel welcomed.
We only stayed one night on a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, but it had everything we needed.
Wir haben uns sehr willkommen gefühlt und unseren Aufenthalt wirklich genossen. Das Haus und seine Bewohner sind toll, alle Sehenswürdigkeiten sowie interessante Plätze zu Fuß zu erreichen und die Nachbarschaft war sehr angenehm.
I had an amazing time and would absolutely come back! Everyone in the house was extremely welcoming and helpful and my room was bigger than expected and comfortable. The house is gorgeous and the neighborhood is awesome--walkable to a lot of cool stuff. Highly recommend!
Amy and her family are welcoming hosts. The family was very welcoming and made sure things are available for us as we needed them.
The house is a pretty house and in a nice historic area. The high way is very accessible from that location too.
Very large family, and very friendly, with many home schooled children and teenagers living in the house. The kitchen can be very hard to access at times with the number of adults and children that need to use it, with only one fridge and limited space. Neighborhood can be dangerous to walk through at night, and in particular anywhere east of Troost Avenue is not a good idea, even in the day. Otherwise a fine experience.
Our one fridge is 28 cu ft, the largest available on the consumer market, and I offered Ted one entire crisper bin; if Ted had indicated even one time that he needed more space, I would have made sure he had it. I'm afraid it is possible that when I saw Ted in the kitchen, it was the only chance I ever saw him, so I'd take a moment to inquire about his experience here and engage him in topics of his art, his home in Australia, and sometimes current events. I suppose I should have considered that he wanted to be alone in the kitchen when cooking. I checked with Ted regularly to ask how his walks to school were, and offered to give him rides, but he always insisted that he liked the walk. One of the other house mates once stopped when he was walking with groceries to offer him a ride home and he refused. The part he wrote about Troost Avenue is something he heard at school, I'm guessing. It's a common derisive prejudice in Kansas City that Troost is bad and east of Troost is scary, when really "east of Troost" is just a euphemism for "black/AA". Crime did seem higher this spring than usual-- our neighborhood watch system has been working hard to promote porch lighting and awareness. Our patrol officers have increased their presence, and a combined effort keeps crime in check.
Amy and her Family were great to stay with! They made me part of the family while I was there which was especially nice over the holiday season while my husband and I were away from each other. Amy made an extra effort to make sure I was comfortable and safe since I was pregnant with twins during my stay, even going as far as to wake up at 5:30 am to walk me out to my car to make sure I didn't slip on any ice. The rooms were cozy with everything you could need and I never had trouble getting into the bathroom or using the laundry/kitchen facilities. There was always something going on in the house which provided for some good entertainment and conversation when I got home from the hospital! They were also very welcoming to my husband when he was able to stay for a few days. It truly was an awesome experience and I would recommend staying with the Jone's to anyone.
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My man is an acoustic engineer and sound system designer. We have 7 children who keep me too busy to want to find work outside my house. I love having people around, and my man insisted on buying a gigantic house when we moved here from Austin. SO-- I have been hosting guests in my home since 2010. I have also had boarding university ESL students, interns, and traveling artists. The house is busy; we have a blast.
The money we earn through AirBnb helps maintain this grand old historic home and funds the extracurriculars for the kids.
Our motto? This is a safe house- here, you are safe to try new things and be who you are. Also? Guests, like fish, start to stink... but family is forever. You decide who you are.