About this listing
With sweeping views of the mountains and valley by day or night, High Avenues Modern is a 4,000 sq foot, 3 bdr / 3 bath single-family home. It's located equal distance –– 2 miles –– between downtown (the Salt Palace Convention Center, Temple Square, City Creek Center, State Capitol) and the University of Utah campus. The house is 25 minutes from and 15 minutes to the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Two furnished lower private bedrooms with private bath forms the nucleus of the rental suite privately and quietly situated away from living areas and master bedroom. Both rooms are available for rent.
The primary room is large (222 sq ft / 20.6 sq m) with a queen-sized bed. It is listed here at $70/night for a single guest and $85/night for two guests; the secondary guest room can be rented if the large room is booked and/or if it is needed for additional family members and traveling companions who are staying in the primary guest room. (I do not rent the secondary room to unrelated guests.)
The secondary guest room is also spacious (155 sq ft / 14.4 sq m) with great views and has an antique double bed. Each room is beautifully appointed with unique furniture and art, fresh linen, towels.
If you wish to rent both rooms together, they go for $125/night for three guests and $140/night for four guests.
NOTE: In 2015, during the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22-Feb 1) and the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (Jan 21-24) and Summer Market (Aug 5-9), I will only be renting both rooms as a pair for $150/night with two guests and $180/night with four guests.
Amenities include FREE WiFi, free long-distance to anywhere-in-the USA from the house's land-line phone, Dish satellite TV, Salt Lake Tribune (daily), New York Times (Sunday), laundry, off-street parking –– and sweeping views of the Wasatch and Salt Lake Valley. On clear days, you can see Mount Nebo, ~90 miles to the south.
Bedrooms and common living areas are elegantly furnished with art and collectibles from numerous around-the-world travels.
High Aves Modern is 25 minutes by car from Salt Lake City International Airport and 15 minutes to the airport.
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) #11 bus stop is across the street providing access EAST to the University of Utah campus, University Medical Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Moran Eye Center (8 min); and WEST to LDS Hospital, Downtown Salt Lake, Gallivan TRAX Station (Blue and Green lines), Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake Central Station connecting to TRAX, FrontRunner, Amtrak and Greyhound (12-15 min). Greater Salt Lake boasts 140 miles of urban LTR and commuter rail –– north to Ogden, south to Provo, west to the airport and east to the University of Utah.
The #11 UTA bus operates M-F. The #6 bus operates from the Guadalupe/North Temple Bridge TRAX/FrontRunner stop (Green Line from the airport) on Saturdays which takes you to E Street/9th Avenue within eight blocks (.7 mi / 1.25 km) of High Aves Modern. (Regrettably, there is no public transit up here on Sundays.)
It is an enjoyable and stimulating 30-40 minute walk to/from downtown Salt Lake City and High Aves Modern through the scenic and beautiful City Creek Canyon / Memory Grove Park.
Utah's legendary "Greatest Snow on Earth" is close at hand. Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons resorts are 30 minutes away by car. Brighton and Solitude are 40 minutes and another four major ski areas –– Snowbasin, Power Mountain, Nordic Valley and Sundance –– are an hour away. Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts received a record 785" of snow in 2010-2011 season and average 450-550" annually.
The terminus to the City Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail –– a 150 mile trail system –– are within walking distance affording access to 100s of acres of open space and near wilderness. The trail head is a few blocks up the street (.8 mi / 1.3km) is at an elevation of 5,280' feet -- a 'mile high' above sea level. From here, trails meander through the foothills and micro sub-canyons ascending to as high as 8,040' feet above sea level. The canyon and foothill habitat is home to bear, moose, elk, deer, cougar, bobcat and coyote.
The home is situated at 4,916' feet above sea level and 589 feet above downtown Salt Lake City. (In meters, that's 1498 meters above sea level and 180 meters above downtown Salt Lake City.
High Avenues Modern was built in 1951 and is one of the first homes built above 11th Avenue. It was designed by Swiss-born architect Ed Dreier who studied under Mies Van der Rohe. Dreier conceived of and designed some of Salt Lake City’s most unique homes through the 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s. This is a comfortable home with gobs of space, good bones, bright natural light, long south facing views and large rooms –– yet all the bedrooms are cozy, intimate and quiet spaces.
Guests have access to the whole house -- guest suite, great room and front deck with views of more than 90 miles on a clear day.
Interaction with Guests
I live and work in my house as a national business development executive in the solar energy industry. I am available to guests throughout the day and have forged scores of long-term friendships with Airbnb guests who have stayed here at my home.
The Avenues are a residential neighborhood of Salt Lake City rising to more than a "Mile High" (5,280') above sea level and more than 1,000' above the valley on its North Bench. It is one of the first neighborhoods established by Salt Lake City architect Brigham Young and today it is one of the most diverse, elegant, old/new/midcentury progressive, hipster and reliably (big D) democratic neighborhoods of Utah's capital city. If there is a "Berkeley" in Utah, it's the Avenues.
UTA #11 bus stops 250' of the front door with somewhat limited service to downtown and the University of Utah. At ether destination, connections can be made to TRAX and FrontRunner. The #11 bus stops at the Salt Palace Convention Center south entrance.
Other Things to Note
I am an Airbnb pioneer who has hosted more than 500 guests since 2009. Airbnb says I'm a "SuperHost." I am well connected in my communities, my city, state, region and (website hidden) citizen through and through. I am highly passionate about Airbnb as a host, stakeholder and early adapter.
AFTER YOU BOOK YOUR RESERVATION & BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AT HIGH AVENUES MODERN
• First off, please make my cell phone number and electronic mail account handy. It is preferable to me to communicate directly and not through the Airbnb portal.
• Next, email arrival details to me (thru normal electronic mail account or by cell phone text preferable) – if you’re arriving by air, please send airline, flight #, arrival time. You MUST confirm your arrival time at least 24 hours in advance of arrival with me by email, text, phone call and/or multiple of the above. If you chose to text, please send it to my cellular phone (otherwise I won't get it).
• If your flight is late or if you’re delayed en route, please call or text my cell phone to let me know.
• Do not show up without contacting me first by telephone and/or email. On your arrival day, please stay in touch by phone to let me know in advance (say, by 1-2 hours) when you'll be arriving.
• A simple breakfast will be provided in the mornings –– something like orange juice, coffee, toast/jam, cold cereal and maybe fresh fruit. Please let me know if you don’t wish breakfast or need anything special.
• Breakfast is typically served between 8:00 – 8:30a. If you require an earlier/later breakfast, let's negotiate that in advance of arrival and at the latest upon check in.
• Breakfast fare consists of homemade organic müsli with fresh fruit in season or dried fruits (Oct-Apr) with yogurt and almond milk, high-quality local whole grain bread, jam, unsalted butter; gourmet coffee, tea, non-dairy milk and coconut creamer, orange juice.
• Let me know any extraordinary services you might require in advance of arrival.
SALT LAKE CITY IS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE
• Remember that Salt Lake City is located in the Mountain Time Zone which we share with Denver, Boise, Missoula, Yellowstone/Grand Teton, Aspen, Arches/Canyonlands, Grand Junction, Zion/Bryce, Saint George, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Arizona in the winter (during summer, Arizona doesn't move to Daylight Savings Time, so they are essentially in the Pacific Time Zone during summer)..
• We are one hour later than the Pacific Time Zone (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas and Reno).
• We're an hour earlier than the Central Time Zone (Chicago, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Tulsa and New Orleans). Please set your watch/clock accordingly.
ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT HIGH AVENUES MODERN
• If you have a car, please park it on the far right side of drive way with the tail 2-3’ from the sidewalk.
• Please remove your shoes at the front door.
• The Large Guest room is at the end of the hall to the left off the Foyer. The Small Guest Room is the first left down the hall. Bathroom is the first right. Utility Room is second right off the hall.
• Upstairs, feel free to enjoy the front deck, Great Room and Family Room.
• Help yourself to fresh fruit, almonds and dried fruits on the bar in the Kitchen.
• Make yourself at home. Treat my house as it's your own, but please remember this is my home and not a hotel.
• Have fun and enjoy your stay.
WHERE TO FIND THINGS
• The WiFi instructions are on a 3 x 5” card on the desk in the Large Guest Room and also in the top drawer of the nightstand in the Small Guest Room.
• Bottled water is available in your room. If you need more, it can be found in the credenza in the Large Guest Room or feel free to take water from the dispenser in the refrigerator.
• There is more toilet paper in the bottom left drawer in the bathroom.
AFTER YOU GET SETTLED IN
• No smoking inside the house or outside on the property. In essence, no smokers.
• Do not put anything but toilet paper and human excrement (such as Q-tips, tampons, condoms, etc) into the toilets.
• You can close the door to the downstairs bedroom hall suite between only from 11p‐8a if you would like further privacy. If the door is closed during this time, I will respect your privacy in the lower west wing of the house (unless there’s an emergency requiring access to the utility room).
• Come and go as you like, but the last one in for the night needs to make sure the front door is locked and that the front porch and entry hall lights are turned off.
• Leave everything as you found it. If something doesn’t work or if you need instruction, please tell me immediately so I can fix the problem or provide instruction. This includes the WiFi, plumbing, lighting, (late night) noise, food, water, shelter, TV, stereo. If you find something broken or it becomes broken, please tell me about it.
• Do not remove or take anything from the house such as magazines, books, CDs, artwork, food, statues, toys, clothing, equipment – or even the newspaper – without my permission.
• Use coasters on the wooden furniture. Please do not put hot or cold drinks on top of books or magazines without a coaster!
• You can use the laundry, but only after I have provided a tutorial for the equipment along with my laundry room dos and don’ts before you begin washing your items. Using the laundry is a perk I provide, so please do not abuse it by washing too many loads on a short stay. Further, repair and replacement of a top-of-the-line washer/dryer are expensive. In other words, if you break it, you buy it.
ABOUT THE KITCHEN
• Use of kitchen to prepare meals is forbidden. I will make exceptions to this policy only after prior discussion well in advance of arrival and on a case-by-case basis.
• Within reason, you are welcome to put food items in the refrigerator and freezer spaces.
• Do not put anything solid into the garbage disposal such as fruit peelings, egg shell, coffee grinds, meat, etc.
• Do not load the dishwasher without asking me for my simple rules about loading the dishwasher. Otherwise, rinse your dishes and leave them on the counter.
• Please feel free to bring restaurant take-out into my home, but please DO NOT eat in your bedroom and/or especially in the bed. Please eat in the Kitchen or at the Dining Room table. Feel free to use my plates, utensils, napkins, condiments, salt/pepper, etc.
TRASH & RECYCLING
• In Salt Lake City, we recycle plastic, paper, aluminum and glass (green/clear and brown).
• My kitchen trash and recycling center can be found behind the green door to the right of the microwave.
• Put paper and newspaper in the wicker basket on the lower shelf and aluminum in a plastic bag that I hang from the basket.
• Non recycled trash goes into the large round wicker basket inside the closet.
• Sort green/clear/blue and brown glass into the two square baskets outside the recycling closet (on the floor).
• Let me know what time you’ll be departing 24 hours in advance of departure.
• Patrol your room and the bathroom to make sure you didn’t leave anything.
• Make sure to leave the house key at the end of your stay. Lost key replacement is $25
Again, I trust you’ll have a wonderful stay at my home.
View from the house: Mount Olympus (front) and the Salt Lake Twin Peaks (rear), tower above the valley.
About the Host, Ron
An Airbnb host since May 2009, I have successfully hosted more than 600 guests at my home. I am progressive, well-connected and involved in the community where I have lived for 40 years.
I am an affable and natural host who was an executive in the international travel industry for 25 years. A "child entrepreneur" and adventure travel pioneer, I founded my first company in 1983 which was an in-bound tour operator (partner with Delta Airlines) specializing in Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Dinosaur rafting expeditions. This professional experience provided me with informed knowledge about the national parks and other extraordinary travel destinations across the vast American West. I sold this company to the largest travel agency west of the Mississippi in 1988 and worked there for the next four years.
In 1992, I launched a second company that specialized in Asian destinations such as Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Koreas. I operated this company for 16 years (until 2008). This latter enterprise took me to nearly 20 Asian countries and some of them as many as 40 times.
In 2008, I re-invented my career from international travel to renewable energy. I’m currently a business development executive for two solar companies. I divide my time between working for New Jersey-based Just Solar – with field offices in Sacramento, Salt Lake and Honolulu – and Park City-based Alpenglow Solar. I’m developing utility-scale projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah. Previously, I had a significant role in developing the 1.7 MW rooftop solar generation plant atop the Salt Palace Convention Center. This remains the largest rooftop solar energy plant in Utah. I continue to work with the Salt Palace in selling their solar RECs and I am working on an independent project to build a Utah-based utility-scale solar generating project that will sell electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
Having lived in Utah for nearly four decades, I have expertise and meaningful first-hand experience with and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, Mormon history and culture, the reality of the church's census information, Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and polygamy; and what it is to successfully do business in Utah as a non-LDS (Episcopalian) person.
I am gay and out. My diverse network of friends are both straight and gay. While the Salt Lake Metro Area has 2.4 million inhabitants, this is a small town in many ways. My local circles of friends include (but not necessarily in this order): neighbors and long-timers, Mormons and non-Mormons, LGBT, foothill hikers, business and religious leaders, foodies, University of Utah, Landmark Worldwide, mountain folk (skiers/climbers), desert rats, dog lovers/owners, renewable energy, artists/authors, citizen diplomacy, politicos and Utah Democrats.
I love collaborative cooking and filling the dinner table with delicious food, fine wine, good beer and stimulating conversation. I practice Bikram yoga (almost daily) and love being outdoors in Utah's mountains and deserts hiking, skiing, camping and boating. I lead programs for Landmark Worldwide.
Rufus, an 16-month-old golden retriever puppy, came home in March and is rapidly growing up (75 lbs). Tucker – my beloved golden retriever who enthusiastically shared hosting duties with me over the years – took flight to greener mountain meadows in April 2013.
I am passionate and enthusiastic about Airbnb and the relationships that I have forged through this unique portal. Hosting guests from around the world has been an extraordinary privilege, and the friendships sourced through Airbnb have been profound.