About this listing
Our renovated 1905 home is quietly tucked away in Historic Morehead Hill, a Durham neighborhood just southwest of the city center. There a sunny room, cozy bed and full, private bathroom await you. From here, it's a 10-minute walk to Downtown, DPAC, & Duke East. See the "Getting Around" section and the map below to help you determine how far we are from your favorite spot. At home, we provide a quiet and peaceful room after a day of site-seeing. We encourage you to read our entire listing.
Our historic home built around 1905 has been completely renovated and updated. The home is located in a diverse, emerging, historic neighborhood called Morehead Hill (see the Neighborhood section!). It is very safe, active, and near everything if you're willing to walk (we and our neighbors walk just about everywhere - see the Getting Around section!).
Overall the home is just shy of 1600 sq/ft, with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Your bedroom, which has a full-size bed and an attached, private, full bath, is located in the front of the house, just inside the front door for your ease in coming and going. Plus, the room has both honeycomb shades and black-out drapes for adjusting your desired level of privacy and light. Your quiet, sunny room includes a desk, reading chair, and the bed is extra comfy with a pillow top.
People spend a lot of time outside enjoying the beautiful North Carolina weather and our neighborhood is no different. There is a large front porch for sipping some tea and a wonderful screened in back deck for morning coffee or relaxing with a cold beer. While you can't see it from the street, our backyard is like a little green cave with mature trees and a little creek. We especially love how private, quiet and wooded it is even though we are so close to downtown. From our screened-in back porch we've spotted foxes, owls, hawks, raccoons, opossums, and an abundance of squirrels and birds.
Guests will have a private room with attached full bath. You are welcome to relax anywhere in the common rooms of the house or outside - trust us you'll want to sit on the deck. There are a few drawers and hangers available for your clothes. If you need an iron or hair dryer, we've got that to borrow. We will provide access to WiFi and/or internet.
You are welcome to drop a few things in the fridge or freezer. I'm more than happy to cook for you when you've requested in advance, so any other "cooking" is limited to using the microwave or toaster. If you are a CIA-trained chef, you might be given permission to use my kitchen if requested in advance and expect that Alice will hang on your every move to pick up new skills. We do not have any TVs or Cable, so if you must have TV to fall asleep, you'll have to make due with the internet or your iPod. We have just about everything you might need - toiletries, towels, extra blankets - you know "stuff". If you have something specific you need like a juicer because you just must juice every morning, please ask. BTW, we don't have a juicer, so if you can't use a blender, you should bring your own :)
Interaction with guests
We will try to keep your stay the way you'd like to stay. You want to break open some wine and share it with us - by all means. You want to quietly sleep until noon and just nod in our direction when you see us - go for it. Since we are offering breakfast, we'll be around to share it with you and provide any information you'll need but we'll keep it low-key. Alice makes herself readily available should you need anything and will gladly try to make your stay interactive and communicative. If you'd like someone to cook for you instead of eating out at one of Durham's amazing restaurants, please let's talk. Alice is a pretty good cook would be more than glad to share a meal or make you a picnic to take to the gardens. During the work week we're up by 6:30 am making coffee. We'll try to keep it down, but the coffee grinder is loud.
Morehead Hill is a designated historic neighborhood which is rich in history and beauty. It is a primarily older, working-class neighborhood that is transitioning to a younger, middle-class, family neighborhood. People are drawn here for the houses, the Montessori Magnet grade school, and proximity to Downtown Durham and Duke University.
The neighbors, people from all walks of life, are friendly and warm which adds richness, charm and character to this diverse area. A few of our neighbors are African-American, Asian or Hispanic. Some are from working-class families who have lived in the neighborhood for years. A few of our neighbors are older retirees who never want to move. Some of our neighbors have quite a bit of wealth and others are economically challenged. We have many couples, some with children, some without children, some older empty-nesters, some gay, some straight and some single folks just starting out on their own. There are renters and owners mixed in together. It's diverse!
Currently there are four properties (including ours) that are renovated to look like new on our street and four that are not. This is typical of the entire neighborhood with homes in various stages of reconstruction and renovation (or not). It is safe and quiet and just keeps getting more and more beautiful as each home is revitalized.
Despite historians considering this is North Carolina's first suburb, this is a city neighborhood, not a subdivision where every home is the same. Each home was built during a different era for an individual family based on their wealth at the time. Each home has taken on the personality of the families who lived in them year after year, and while there is a consistent look and feel to the neighborhood thanks to its historic designation, it is not Mayberry. We also don't have a homeowners' association making people do things to beautify their dwellings. We encourage you to use Street View where you can "tour" the neighborhood to see if the it meets your needs to experience a 5-star stay.
The revitalization in this neighborhood is attracting many new businesses to the area. The Durham City CoOp opened just a few blocks away and we have older businesses that are supported by life-long customers mixed in with new entrepreneurs. However, you will not find a Starbucks, diner or pub on our street. You will need to walk out of our neighborhood to get to places to eat, drink and shop. Please see the "Getting Around" section and review the map on this listing page to get a sense of where we are in relation to the closest coffee house.
We love it here and we hope you will too!
You can walk (less than a mile) to just about everything from here: DPAC, Brightleaf Square, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Duke East, the American Tobacco Campus, The Carolina Theatre, the Farmer's Market and more amazing restaurants and bars than you could possibly try.
It's up to you if walking over a mile is too far but just over a mile you will find the Sarah Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, Motorco, Fullsteam Brewery, 9th Street, and Duke University Chapel. We've walked to all of these places from our home when the weather is nice, which is most of the time in Durham.
Just over 2 miles, you can walk if it's in you, but you may choose to drive to Wallace Wade Stadium (Duke Football), Duke University Hospital, Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke Basketball), Koskinen Stadium (Duke Lacrosse and Soccer) or the Duke University Golf Club.
We encourage you to use Walk Score and any Internet Map to help navigate and determine if walking is for you. We've given you our best info here - but only you know your limitations or if that old high school injury will be a problem.
There are lots of transportation options to get you around the city. Use the Go Durham Transit site to plan your trip on the city bus system. The main bus terminal is only 5 blocks away. There are friendly, prompt Uber and Lyft drivers and most rides cost about $5 in town. There are plenty of cab options. If you are on a budget, check out the Bull City Connector - a free bus running up and down Main Street or the 10 Toes Tours Pedicab. You can also bring your bike or rent one while in town - so much is THAT close and the town is super bikeable.
Raleigh or Chapel Hill are both easily accessible by car - about 30 minutes away depending on which part of the city.
If you bring a car or rent one, abundant, safe parking is available for free on the street.
Other things to note
We need to be present to let you into our home, there is not a lockbox or remote entry.
We drink dark roast Starbucks coffee almost exclusively. If you need decaf or a light roast - please let us know.
If you are eating breakfast with us, please let us know about any dietary concerns. A continental breakfast of an assortment of cereals, fresh fruit, breads, spreads, yogurts, teas, milk and coffee is provided.
We warned you about the juicer!
**OVERVIEW: Look, we hate having to lay out rules as much as you hate having to follow them. So we've identified the things that are REALLY important to us so please read them and be respectful of our needs so we can be great hosts for you.**
* BE ON TIME: We'll expect you to work with us to find a mutually acceptable check-in time and commit to arriving at the agreed upon time.
* PROFILE PICTURE: Please upload a profile picture where we can identify you by sight. This is our only way of ensuring we let you in and not a stranger.
* USE THE ALARM SYSTEM: The home has an alarm system and we will teach you how to use it. You will be given a personal alarm code when you are here and are expected to use the system when we're not home or sleeping.
* NO ENTERTAINING; We are perfectly happy having people pop by to pick up our guests, but we would prefer that you not use our home to entertain them. We'd be happy to help you find other places to spend time with your family and friends, for example working out details to pack a picnic to take to the Gardens or making a dinner reservation.
* OVERNIGHT GUESTS: All overnight guests must be approved in advance through the booking process and are subject to an additional fee as noted in the price.
* COOKING: You are welcome to use the microwave, glassware and dishes for anything you've brought for yourself. That means the stove, oven, cookware and knives are to be used only by us. If you desire a home-cooked meal instead of eating out, you must work that out in advance.
* NO EATING IN YOUR ROOM: If you intend to eat at home, please sit down in the kitchen, dining room, or on the back porch instead of eating in your room. Drinks can be had anywhere in the house.
* DOGS: Please do not instant book if you plan on bringing your dog. We charge an additional fee for your pet's overnight accommodations that you must agree to in advance. We cannot commit to dog-sitting so unattended dogs must be crated.
* NO SMOKING: There is no smoking of any kind in the house or on the deck and porch. If you need to smoke, you can step out to the curb and pocket your butt.
* QUIET HOURS: We prefer to keep it to a dull roar after midnight and before 7am. Ya gotta sleep some time. Waking us up in the middle of the night is not cool.
* NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 - We're childless and have never learned how to make our home safe for small kids so it's not - trust us. 1905 home = lead paint, 3 historic open fireplaces, uneven reclaimed hardwood floors.
* LEAVE BEHIND WHAT YOU DON'T USE: We'll do our best to anticipate what you may need by way of extra towels, blankets or such. Shampoo, conditioner, and soap are available while you are staying with us along with some other spiffs and we expect you to leave behind what you don't use during your stay. If you don't see what you need, please ask.
* TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENTS: If you are hot or cold, please ask us to adjust the air rather than adjusting it yourself. You have an adjustable overhead fan in your room for your personal comfort.
* FRIDGE USAGE AND BREAKFAST: Feel free to put a few things in the fridge - leftovers, beer, snacks - whatever. We'll have breakfast and coffee for you. If you have a request, please tell me since we might not have it and you can't be mad at us for that. There is always fresh fruit and toast. We drink dark roast Starbucks, so if you don't like it caffeinated, too dark or too strong, let's discuss it before you arrive.
* USE OF OUR HOME: You are welcome in all common areas of the home and our yard. Want to play some music or watch a show on your laptop - go for it. You may want to bring headphones if you watch during quiet hours. Remember - we don't have a TV.
* ASK IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR ISSUE: The key is, we're almost always here, just ask if you need something or want to know something. We appreciate the opportunity to make things more comfortable for you. If we aren't here, just text. We'll point you in the right direction.
**Whew! Let's do something more fun now. :)
We are: fun, vivacious, thoughtful, gourmet cooks, drinkers of fine wine, beer, and whiskey, love entertaining, enjoy meeting new people, always learning, dog lovers, handy, professionals, middle-aged, mostly healthy, not criminals, pajama wearers, and one of us is easily distracted by shiny things.