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Historic Midcentury Lustron Home

Entire house hosted by Barbara
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
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Restored 1000 square foot Lustron home in southwestern Ohio near Dayton, Oxford and I-70, now available again after two years off Airbnb. It offers architectural and historical features, 1950s furniture and accessories, and modern amenities. Located in a small village near cities, with access to both urban activities and small town charms.

The space
This enameled steel home was built in 1949 by the Lustron Corporation as part of the housing boom for post WWII veterans, and has been lovingly restored by the host, one of only a few thousand Lustron homes remaining in the United States. Guests can enjoy life in the 50s, with period furniture and accessories, and original architectural features. This space is great for those who want to experience a bit of history, or want quiet small village life to write or think (there are annual Writer's workshops in nearby Dayton and Yellow Springs), or are attending nearby events in Dayton, or are visiting at Wright Patterson Air Force base, or who want a central spot for day trips to Cincinnati or other sites in southwestern Ohio or nearby Indiana. Several colleges and universities are nearby, including Miami University, Wright State, and the University of Dayton. There is a full double bed in the master, a comfortable double sofa bed with extra mattress top in the second bedroom/study, and an inflatable twin available on request. This space is ideal for singles, couples, or small groups of adults. It's unique magnetic enameled steel surfaces make it fun to create designs with magnets (provided). There are multiple spaces in the home for use by business travelers needing work surfaces and internet access.

Guest access
Guests will have private access to the entire home. The home include pieces that provide period ambiance, such as a 1950s refrigerator and gas stove, both still working perfectly. Amenities for use by guests include a washer/dryer in a separate utility room, a fully equipped kitchen (appliances plus microwave, toaster, coffee maker), television and internet, air conditioning, toiletries, towels and bed linens, hair dryer, and iron.
Restored 1000 square foot Lustron home in southwestern Ohio near Dayton, Oxford and I-70, now available again after two years off Airbnb. It offers architectural and historical features, 1950s furniture and accessories, and modern amenities. Located in a small village near cities, with access to both urban activities and small town charms.

The space
This enameled steel home was built in 1949 by…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed

Amenities

TV
Wifi
Air conditioning
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Free street parking
Heating
Washer
Dryer
Smoke alarm
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West Alexandria, Ohio, United States

West Alexandria is a small village with its own charms, including local businesses and eateries (e.g., Buckeye Jakes and a Tea Room are two blocks away). Attractions in other small towns include Taffy's (a small live music venue in Eaton, 6 miles from the home), proximity to Miami University in Oxford (28 miles), interesting nearby small towns such as Yellow Springs, Ohio (home of Antioch University, 38 miles), Greenville, Ohio (home of Kitchen Aid appliances, museum, and cooking demonstrations, 37 miles) and Richmond, Indiana (home of Earlham University, Ghyslain chocolate, and American jazz history, 22 miles). A significant number of large antique centers are located within 50 miles. Metropolitan areas include nearby Dayton, Ohio (19 miles), Cincinnati (35 miles to IKEA, 50 miles to downtown), Columbus, OH (90 miles) and Indianapolis (96 miles)
West Alexandria is a small village with its own charms, including local businesses and eateries (e.g., Buckeye Jakes and a Tea Room are two blocks away). Attractions in other small towns include Taffy's (a smal…

Hosted by Barbara

Joined in June 2014
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I am a professor at a local university, a job I love. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, writing, and visiting and exploring out of the way places that are "not the usual suspects" (both near and far). Recent travels include Costa Rica, Scotland, Slovakia, Germany, Prague, and Amsterdam. I love New Orleans, where I have attended conferences, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and, most recently, the week-long New Orleans Writing Marathon. I am a fan of unusual housing (I live in a geodesic dome). The restoration process of the Lustron home, which is also unusual, began with structural and mechanical work, taking care to preserve original features. After completion of the interior (some exterior work is still planned), it was on Airbnb for several months, then lived in by my daughter and her young family for two years. It returned to Airbnb in August 2018. I am in the process of seeking to put the home on the National Register of Historic Places, and because of its high level of original architectural details and connection to the community history, I have received permission through the first level of the Ohio Historical Society to proceed.. Although my original intention was only to rescue this house, the work has led me to amazing and interesting people and stories, and a greater knowledge of the original owners, community and local history. It also led me to Airbnb. I have stayed at several great Airbnb sites with wonderful hosts on my own travels, and would like to share that experience with others. As a host, I look forward to sharing a unique space with a variety of guests.
I am a professor at a local university, a job I love. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, writing, and visiting and exploring out of the way places that are "not the usual suspe…
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Written information about the area is available for those interested in local activities, such as antiquing, quirky area businesses, and more traditional attractions such as the aviation and Wright brothers history sites in Dayton, (e.g., National Museum of the United States Air Force), local art museums and tourist destinations. The host is also happy to provide guests with specialized information about the area related to guests' specific interests.
Written information about the area is available for those interested in local activities, such as antiquing, quirky area businesses, and more traditional attractions such as the a…
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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
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No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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