About this listing
Clean and comfortable one-bedroom garden apartment with kitchenette in a vintage brick building. Sleeps 2-4 comfortably (queen bed and futon or air mattress). Pleasant and lively neighborhood and a short walk to the train.
Garden apartment with private entry, one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, toaster, fridge, but no stove). Very fun and walkable neighborhood. Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square shopping/restaurants, grocery store, nearby train and bike sharing stations, parks, and more.
There is no central air conditioning, but it generally stays comfortable even in warm months; however, we do provide a portable air conditioner for the hot months. Of interest to families with youngsters, there is a little play area and toys under the stairs (Kids love it), a fun tree swing out front in the parkway, tree house, a little free library, and a couple of nearby playgrounds.
Full disclosure/Heads up!: Garden apartment = basement. It is has windows and good natural light in all rooms, but windows are glass block w/ small windows to open for fresh air. Also, the ceiling height is about 7.5', but there is a center beam that puts it as low as 6'1", so taller folks beware. This is a vintage building, so the floors/ceiling do creak when the neighbors, including a toddler, are up and about upstairs. Finally, for some people it's great, but you should know there is no TV /cable.
All amenities in the apartment, including wi-fi. The front yard/bench/picnic table. We also have a pack-n-play and a booster seat for little ones. Washer/dryer by arrangement only. Periodic cleaning service upon request (for longer stays).
The laundry/work/storage area is shared with our neighbors so this area is private access or with permission only.
Interaction with guests
Not much interaction. I try to meet guests when they first arrive and chat a bit, but I pretty much stay out of the way. Guests can usually check themselves in, when arranged in advance. I always like bumping into guests outside the apartment in or in the neighborhood, but prefer not to interrupt their stay.
Other things to note
There is no stove for cooking. The buzzer for the apartment does not work, so be advised if you're having visitors or food delivered. Also the shower door needs a bit of lift to close properly.
Safety: The apartment has a CO detector (on shelf above kitchen sink) and first aid kit (in bathroom medicine cabinet)
p3.description.licenseCity registration pending
For the comfort of future guests, absolutely no smoking or pets.
Be good neighbors! Our upstairs neighbors (Bruce and Sarah) are very courteous; please try not to make much noise. Let me know if you need anything or if you have any questions.
Check in is after 5:00
Check out is before 11:00 a.m. (Just lock the door and drop the key through the mail slot.)
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
My family of four lives in the top unit of the two-flat. We spend a lot of time walking or biking around in our neighborhood (we happily have no car). You can often find us out front, sitting on the bench, swinging from the tree, or just chatting with neighbors. We also spend lots of time on our back deck eating, talking, and watching the gold finches and the beehive. We love visiting other cities where we can stay in interesting neighborhoods without the hassle of needing a car. We think our place is well-suited for others who appreciate urban neighborhoods.