Conveniently located in the historical neighborhood of Victorian Old Louisville, we live within an 8 minute bike ride to U of L and Downtown. Make our spacious, 120 year-old home your home base for sightseeing, conferences, sporting events and more!
This hand-welded bicycle wheel gate was made by a friend. As you can see, the back parking lot is in need of paving. There is plenty of room for parking, though.
This 1200 square foot first floor apartment will put you in the heart of Louisville's historic district. We live within an easy walk of coffee shops, a bakery, parks, and restaurants. Historical, urban, diverse, yet "feels like home" are some of the many ways guests have described our neighborhood.
The apartment has one bedroom with a full bed and a couch. If you need more sleeping room, there are two additional couches in the living room and a surprisingly comfy twin-size air mattress. Clean sheets, blankets, and bath towels are provided.
Check-in / Check-out
If the apartment isn't booked by another guest on the same day that you're arriving or leaving, you can get here as early or leave as late as you want. We will be happy to work with your schedule. We will give you a code to the building, so there is no need to worry about meeting us in advance. Just let yourself in and make yourself at home!
We have lived in Old Louisville for over 10 years, so we know our community well. While we will certainly respect your schedule and privacy needs, we are excited to share our city with you! If you're up for an urban adventure, let us help you tailor your visit according to your interests.
Guests will have access to the entire 1st floor apartment, which includes:
- Full kitchen w/ breakfast table
- Dining room
- Bedroom w/ bed, couch, tv, and closet
- Living room w/ two couches and air mattress if needed.
Interaction with Guests
We always love to meet our guests, but we try not to be intrusive or overbearing. Additionally, we love making recommendations, so please ask!
We love Old Louisville. Our home is situated within blocks of five major bus lines. It's safe and easy to navigate on foot, plus bike lanes connect downtown with the university. Most of Louisville's crown jewels are within a 3-5 mile radius, including Churchill Downs, Museum Row, Nulu, as well as convention centers, theaters, sports complexes and award-winning restaurants. In fact, most of the locations featured in Apartment Therapy's Destination Guide are within an easy 10-15 minute bike ride.
The neighborhood is definitely urban. There's an eclectic mix of houses, a few restaurants, and people from all walks of life.
Within half a block (under 5-minute walk)
• Ermin's Bakery (coffee, breakfast pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches for lunch)
Within a few blocks (5-10 minute walk)
• Amici's Italian Café (Italian-American food, full bar, patio)
• Mag Bar (neighborhood bar)
• Smokey's Beans (coffee shop & sandwiches)
• Scheller's Grocery (the basics)
• 610 Magnolia (upscale restaurant; Chef Edward Lee; reservations required)
• Buck's Restaurant (fine dining, romantic atmosphere and gourmet cuisine; reservations required)
• Taste of China (hits the spot. Customer service could be better, but then again, it's just carryout. Also offers free delivery).
Within Old Louisville (10-20 minute walk)
• The Tavern (pub food)
• Granville Inn (pub food, pizza, beer, pool tables, full bar - great place to watch a game)
• Burger Boy (open 24/7)
• Qdoba Mexican Grill
• Quills Coffee (nice atmosphere, popular with students)
• Comfy Cow Ice Cream (try the bourbon ice cream!)
• Green Leaf Natural Vegetarian Bistro
• Dizzy Whizz (diner-style cafe)
• Ollie's Trolley (legacy of Harland Sanders' brief foray into the hamburger business. Unique -- try the fries).
We're within 10 minutes of U of L and downtown by car, bike, or bus. It's a nice walk to the University. Guests often find that it's more convenient to leave their car here and take the bus ($1.75 for a 3-hour pass) than to look for parking at U of L or downtown.
Other Things to Note
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You will be renting the 1st floor of a 120+ year old building. It was originally built for a vice-president at Louisville Bank. It's not as grand or elaborate as some of the Victorian mansions nearby, but it has a unique flair that we love.
As is typical for older buildings, maintenance is ongoing. There are cosmetic irregularities you should expect. For example, we need to do some painting -- trim, baseboards, and walls. The kitchen and bathroom floors need to be replaced -- they're fine, just outdated. There are few slats of inlaid flooring that need to be replaced. The laundry room needs new drywall. The back door sticks a little. These are relatively minor and our guests have never complained about these things, but we want to be forthcoming with this information.
Additionally, the house across the street is undergoing renovations after a fire. We wanted to mention this so you won't be concerned when you roll into town and see a boarded up house nearby.
Our neighbors are generally quiet, although the college students in the area can get rambunctious. You shouldn't be able to hear them in the bedroom, but if you're a particularly light sleeper, the box fan provides enough white noise to help you sleep.
Our neighbors are real estate agents, factory workers, college students, doctors, retirees, professors, unemployed, office workers, caterers, etc. If you've never lived in a city before, you may want to check out the street view option to get a feel for the neighborhood. One point of pride for us is that that we live in one of the most racially and economically diverse parts of the entire city. We have a mixture of mansions, condos, and apartments nearby. You won't find a more diverse population anywhere in Louisville. This has been our home for over ten years, and we can't imagine wanting to live anywhere else.
Smoking is not permitted.
Candles are not permitted. (It's an old building, and we just cannot take the risk of fire.)
Pets are not permitted. (While other tenants in the building have small pets, the 1st floor apartment is strictly pet-free.)
Food: The kitchen will be stocked with coffee and tea, plus a few small things for breakfast and snacks. Please help yourself.
Toiletries: We will put out a clean bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth for each person registered. Most people bring their own shampoo, conditioner, and soap, but if you forget, we have amassed quite a collection from previous guests that you can borrow.
Keys: A few days before your arrival, we will send you the building access code so you can let yourself in and pick up the key. Please do not give out the building code. When you depart, leave the key where you picked it up (this will help us know when you're gone so we can prep the space for our next guest).
Please do not bring in any other people unless we know up front. We expect our guests to not be a bother to other tenants and neighbors. No Loud parties or other antisocial behavior.
This was a great escape from life! The place was super clean and easy access to downtown and the highway. Additionally, it was difficult to discover Louisville because of the original Nintendo and video games hanging around!!!
This was a great place to stay! My partner and I were in from out of town to explore the city, and Mary Beth and Eric provided a safe, comfortable, and clean place to stay. This is also very close to a lot of the bars, restaurants, and attractions in the city. Plus, there's a Nintendo you can play! We both highly recommend staying here.
This was a perfect apartment for our brief stay in Louisville! It's spacious and there is plenty of street parking in the area. The hosts were wonderful... they provide coffee, tea and some basic food items. They even made us muffins! The whole process was very easy and they gave very clear instructions on everything.
The only downside was that there isn't a ton of restaurants or things to do in the neighborhood. It is a very quiet street with tons of gorgeous homes but it's a few miles from the restaurants that we were going to. We were only here for 2 nights so it really wasn't an issue but it would be something to take into consideration for a longer stay.
Mary Beth and Eric have a beautiful apartment in Old Louisville. They were kind and gracious and fantastic. They accommodated me and my team in such style and luxury. They had some food for us already and some bikes and 3 layers of security. Wow, I was really impressed!
Great little apartment. Mary Beth and Eric left me clear instructions on how to get in, and everything was great and clean when I arrived. Having a little food in the fridge was a nice touch. The bed was super comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!
Mary Beth and Eric are gracious hosts who love their city. They were very helpful with activity and restaurant suggestions. The spacious apartment is very nice and clean. They made sure we had everything we needed on our first day - including fresh fruit to snack on.
The neighborhood is great. It is pretty and felt safe. There is easy public transportation access and driving is easy also. We were able to walk to 3 great neighborhood restaurants as well as a park.
Beautiful ground floor apartment of a Victorian in Old Louisville. Unfortunately I wasn't able to meet Mary Beth or Eric in person, but they had everything set up and communication flowed easily. I was traveling with two other people, and Eric/Mary Beth had a very comfortable air mattress all set up by the time I arrived. Loved the parquet floor in the dining room. And the surprise highlight--an original NES in the bedroom! I was on cloud nine when I discovered it. A few games of Mario and Tetris were the perfect trip down memory lane.
We have lived in Old Louisville for over 10 years, so we know our community well. We are excited to share our city with you! If you're up for an urban adventure, let us help you tailor your visit according to your interests.
As car-free citizens, we have developed a unique understanding of our city. Ask us about taking an environmental justice, urban garden or apiary tour by bike. Or, download the Old Louisville iPhone app to learn about nearby Victorian houses.