About the Apartments
-We have three one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments. We live in one of them part-time.
-This unit has Northern exposure; it overlooks a block of art galleries.
-The building is a very well-maintained, 1920's historic apartment building in the SOFA Arts District.
-Hardwoods floors throughout, all original fixtures and moldings. Charming kitchens with original icebox intact.
-All three apartments have large, picture frame windows; loads of light.
-Freshly painted, spotless.
-Sparsely furnished, each with full bed, stocked kitchen (tools/cookware) and full bath in modern-ish aesthetic.
They are lovely, no-fuss apartments and we are hoping to find folks who will enjoy them as much as we do. There is ample street parking. The building is quiet, only three units on the floor.
Perfect for cyclists enjoying SoCo; there's room in each apartment to store two bikes, maybe three. We have a floor pump available.
About the Area
SOFA (South of A Street) is home to Santa Rosa's arts community. The apartment is located between several points of interest (see map for guidebook). A new neighborhood bistro has opened downstairs - The Spinster Sisters. Picturesque Julliard Park is a block down the street. An .8 mi bike ride/walk away is the Fourth Street shopping and restaurant district which includes the well-known Russian River Brewery. Locally-owned Atlas Coffee shop is one block away. Historic and quaint Railroad Square offers more restaurants (American, Thai, wine bars) and speciality shopping, like antiques. The Spinster Sisters restaurant is downstairs.
Things To Do (See guidebook for our other apartment "Sunny Base for yr Sip & Cycle") You can be sipping and cycling within a few miles of leaving South A Street. Walk two blocks north from the apartment and you are on the 22 mi. long Prince Memorial Greenway, which runs along the Santa Rosa Creek as far as Sebastopol. It is as perfect for exercise as it is for taking short or long explorations to other destinations in the area. Visit the Sonoma County wineries by bike throughout Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Do the incredibly scenic 50 mi. loop to Occidental and back. I'm happy to share any info on the area, just let me know what you'd like to do during your stay.
Sonoma County Bocce Club -- Wednesdays Julliard Park
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$30 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$595 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1850 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
We enjoyed our stay, this was our first time booking airbnb. I'm from Santa Rosa and it has the familiar feeling of many apts I lived in back in the 70's. Very clean. Restaurant below is fantastic. Quick response to a request , very helpful. Would recommend for economical stay in Sonoma County
This place was as advertised. Clean. Centrally located. Comfortable. The host was quick with replies and recommended a bicycle rental place a walkable half mile from the apartment. Free internet was available as promised. We were looking for a less expensive, but still safe and clean place to stay for a wedding at the Kenwood Inn and this was a great option. We were very, very happy with the decision to stay there, and would certainly stay again if we are ever in the area.
I booked Eric's Arts District Apartment at the last minute--my Dad experienced a traumatic fall and was flown to Santa Rosa to repair his shattered pelvis. I needed to find an affordable, safe "home base" for my Mom while Dad was in the hospital. Eric was prompt, kind and responsive and the apartment met all of my expectations. He graciously gave us a deal for our extended stay--what a mensch! The apartment is spartan but bright, quiet, clean and comfortable. The bed is comfortable, the linens a nice quality, the tub is super deep and the kitchen was even stocked with a french press (the only way I take my coffee.) There is also free wifi and Eric was quick to suggest a bicycle rental company, which was super helpful. The neighborhood it is in is a wonderful, artsy area. This was nice as my Mom is a mosaic artist. Mom could walk to and from the hospital instead of driving in a strange city. The spinster sister's restaurant below the apartment should not be missed--it is excellent and the galleries in the surrounding area fun during the weekly art walk. In short, I would definitely stay again and we were super grateful to have a safe, comfortable retreat during such a stressful time. Thank you, Eric!
The place was simple and very clean, a pleasant place to stay for a few days. Plenty of parking around within view of the apartment's windows. There's a little park within a few minutes walking, the Roxy movie theatre, and downtown shopping; great location for walks in the evening. Though I did not have a chance to try the restaurant downstairs, it did have a wonderful atmosphere, I'll have to try it sometime soon. It can get hot being upstairs in the apartment during the afternoons but that's expected from Northern California summers, just be sure to leave the windows open. Overall, it's a great place if you're interested in staying somewhere near downtown Santa Rosa!
This place is great if you are looking to visit Santa Rosa as a minimalist. Its a vintage apartment with some cool features like the cabinets and faucets and weird stuff like that. The most updated items in the apartment would probably be the modern/vintage soap provided - which was a cool touch. We give it 3 stars because the downsides for us personally were:
1) no air flow, no ac, one fan. it was pretty warm in September when we were there and the room is on the 2nd floor. we had all the windows open, along with a fan at the foot of our bed and were sweating all night long. We took a cold shower in the middle of the night.
2) location was not for us. We thought we would get some biking in and walked to a bike rental shop that the owner suggested to us. It was not a short walk-- took about a half hour. When we got there we were quoted $90 for each bike for a one day rental. For the both of us it would have been $180 for one day to rent bikes. We went to 2 other shops in town and it was the same story. We basically spent the first day running around trying to find bikes to rent at reasonable prices, only to hear the same thing over and over again. We booked this place because we thought we would explore and get some biking in, but the price was unexpected and kind of a bummer, not to mention a complete waste of our vacation time.
3) Its about a 45 minute ride to Sonoma/Napa Valley, which if your not biking in Santa Rosa, or exploring a brewery....it just wasnt a place we would stay again. small town feel, a little seedy, strip mall-ish.
4) the hallway of the apartment complex smells dank like old library books. I think its just because the building is very old, and there is carpeted stairs. as the first way to be greeted, the smell was very off putting.
positives: the owner is very down to earth, was available when I needed to contact him. The place itself was neat and pretty clean. Linens and towels are provided, and kitchen is mostly functional. GREAT Breweries and tap rooms in town. We did a beer tour and it was really kinda the accidental high-light of staying in Santa Rosa for us.
If you have a hankering to be in Santa Rosa and are a minimalist, this could be a perfect spot for you. Aside from biking(which was a bust for us) and beer tours, SR was not really our speed for a 2 night stay. For such a short duration I would personally rather be closer or in Napa/Sonoma valley.
Exactly as advertised--simple and bright. Staying directly over the Spinster Sisters bar and restaurant was a big plus; good food, coffee and beer. If I had to list a downside it would be that since there's no A/C, having to leave the windows open at night can be somewhat noisy given the proximity of Hwy 12. Great stay overall.
Very basic but clean and convenient place to stay in Santa Rosa. Lots of parking, close to the highway (perhaps a little loud if you're not used to it), and walking distance to downtown. Eric is a very communicative and helpful host too. All in all a good pied-a-terre for trips into Sonoma wine country.
The apartment was great--the location is very convenient to get on the highway and also very walkable. Thanks!
What a great place!
My partner and I spent our 1st wedding anniversary here and loved the space, the location, and how easy it was to get everywhere. We were able to head out to the Russian River to float, sip some spectacular wines at the many tasting rooms, chow down on some incredible food close-by, and stroll through the sleepy parts of Santa Rosa.
Our host recommended some cycling spots, food, and wine - making our decisions super easy.
DO NOT MISS the restaurant below the apartment. They offer tasty food at really decent prices, and provide an array of classic Sonoma wines next to some particularly unique local creations. (P.S. the restaurant is NOT at all noisy for the apartment, we would not have known it was there other than having eaten there).
Quaint and rustic living space that reminded me of the summer apartments I shared on Polk Street in San Francisco, and on Roy Street on Queen Anne in Seattle in the summers of my university youth of the 80's. Nostalgic and without the condo conversion plastic surgery face lift of the current administration. Bed was as comfortable as the Heavenly Bed in the Starwood hotel group. Clean. And to be above one of the most progressive in locovore food offering in restaurants in the area, The Spinster Sisters, a win.