Centrally located, one-bedroom apartment set up for simple, green living, i.e. no TV and no AC. Apartment is over our restaurant, The Spinster Sisters, named by Wine Enthusiast as one of "100 Best Restaurants in the US."
Bring your bike!!
About the Apartments
-We have three one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments. We live in one of them part-time.
-This unit faces the rear of the building (Southern exposure). All three of our units have great natural light, but thanks to the large trees in front of its windows, this apartment enjoys shade for most of the afternoon.
-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. There is 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 apt, "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
Santa Rosa Marathon, half and 5K are 8/26 -- starts at Julliard Park
Absolutely no smoking!
Otherwise, please communicate and confirm check-in times & key exchange after booking. Be neighborly. Be respectful of the surroundings, and the neighbors next door. Please check with me before inviting visitors beyond the number in your reservation. Treat the apt as if it were your own home; be respectful and considerate.
Should there be any problems during your stay, immediately notify me so I can fix it. Please review and leave feedback.
This is my go to location whenever I need a temporary home in Santa Rosa! Great air B&B rental. Thanks!!
This place was great! My husband and I went to Santa Rosa for a low-cost getaway and this was perfect. It's a cute little apartment right above the Spinster Sisters restaurant. The place was super clean, comfy, and convenient. Easy walking distance to downtown Santa Rosa (including Russian River Brewery).
Eric was very quick to respond and always friendly and helpful. He sent me all the details I needed well in advance of the trip and really thought of everything. The apartment is wonderfully vintage, with original woodwork, tile, etc. Very comfortable, exactly as described. The location is excellent--easy to get to from the freeway, above Eric's wonderful restaurant (I highly recommend their breakfasts!), parking is easy, and downtown is just a few blocks away. Wi-fi is super important to me so I was happy to have a great signal and no problem logging on.
The apartment has wonderful charm. Working with Eric was so easy. He is a great communicator, responsive and clear. It doesn't hurt that the restaurant downstairs has outstanding food. Thank you for a lovely stay!
My host was out of town, but that was fine. We communicated well by text and email.
The apartment was pretty much as advertised - I was in Apt 2 which does face the garden. Is large with a bedroom, bath, walk-in closet, living room and kitchen. The pantry was stocked with condiments/oil etc which was great. Is a really interesting building with no squre corners! I am going to guess is from 1920 or so and minimally updated-- which I loved. Wifi excellent. Really comfortable bed, bedding and plush towels (thank you). Bring a robe. Is a fun and funky spot in SofA district of Santa Rosa. Was lucky to be there for the Winterblast festival/parade (open studios-LOTS of them!). Spinster Sisters below is excellent.
I really like writing good reviews of our AirBnB hosts because it means we enjoyed a typical ‘unhotel’ experience, but in this case I find it difficult to be complimentary. In all fairness though, I will describe the good with the bad. Eric was for the most part communicative and left the key for us in the mailbox where he said he would. In the 16 days we stayed there we never did meet him personally. Not our typical AirBnB experience until now.
The apartment itself is spacious enough and pretty much well represented by the photos although clean isn’t the first word that I would use to describe the condition we found it in. The bed and linens were comfy and there was plenty of light from the windows. It’s well located in a self described arts district, although there were some questionable people hanging around the streets some nights and we were warned by friends that live in the area that we should be careful. The kitchen window, which is easily accessible from the stairs, couldn’t be locked and I had to prop a wooden spoon in it so that it couldn’t be opened from outside. We never left anything of value in the room.
The ‘equipped kitchen’ was very basic and didn’t even have a toaster or microwave. When I brought this to Eric’s attention, he responded that he would have a toaster and blender delivered before we left and that was the last we heard from him. No big deal, bread is fattening anyway.
What I had real problems with, was the noise. I know that Eric can’t control the ambient noise but I find it curious that there is little mention of the two lane offramp from the 101 that lies within throwing distance from the bedroom window. That wouldn’t be too bad in itself but to add to that constant traffic noise, the aircon units of the restaurant below (excellent food by the way) were churning away just outside the bedroom and kitchen windows night and day. There’s more, the kitchen range air extractors start up at about 5:30-6:00 am and vibrate the floor of the apartment until about 11:00 or 12:00 at night, depending on the day.
If all you need is a place to sleep and you don't mind noise, then this is fine, however my recommendation is to stay in one of the other apartments or better yet in a real AirBnB where the host cares a little more about their lodgings and their guest's comfort.
Eric responded to all my emails promptly, with great information, and a warm welcome.
The neighborhood is well known to me, and is the quintessential old Santa Rosa, with unique restaurants and coffee shops, large trees, and historic parks.
It is lively, and safe at night. We love being here to spend a few nights, instead of just a day visit.
We have visited friends staying in these apartments before, and love this older beautifully maintained building.
On this occasion, we were here to visit with relatives from overseas, who stayed in an adjoining apartment. This was a great opportunity to enjoy home surroundings, whilst celebrating two birthdays, 73 years difference in age between them, with a party in the nearby park.
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