Arts District*Great downtown spot!

House - Private room · E McKinley St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States
Katie

We are right in the heart of downtown - walking distance to EVERYTHING AWESOME - farmer's market, cafes, bars, music venues, the light rail, museums, Convention Center, ASU downtown, etc. Convenient location for the 1st & 3rd Friday art walk.

Your host, Katie
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We are right in the heart of downtown - walking distance to EVERYTHING AWESOME - farmer's market, cafes, bars, music venues, the light rail, museums, Convention Center, ASU downtown, etc. Convenient location for the 1st & 3rd Friday art walk.

The Space

This listing is for the private room for $45 per night.

Kitchen is not available for use before 9am! Our house is small and we are night owls, so any early morning kitchen activity frankly just sucks. You can walk through the kitchen obviously, grab stuff out of the fridge, get water, etc. but cooking, making smoothies, grinding coffee and other heavy duty stuff like that - please wait until 9 :)

We share one bathroom and have a little dressing area set up aside the bathroom with an additional mirror and space to "get ready".

There is public transport from the airport, or we can pick you up or drop you off at the airport for $15 each way, $30 round trip. Details are sent after you make a reservation.

Here's who currently lives in the house:
Katie: Female - 28 - She is a birth & postpartum doula and placenta crafter (placenta prints, capsules, tinctures, etc.), though she is well outside of the hairy grandmother midwife image that may spring to mind. She likes to create in the kitchen, clean (yes, really), take pictures and travel.

Kris: Male - 37 - He is a former business owner (IT Consulting)/Mortgage Holder/Slave to Society, but has abandoned that load of crap in favor of rediscovering himself and finding something to do everyday that he is passionate about. He likes regrowing his foreskin, playing guitar, throwing a frisbee, traveling and reading biographies of heroin addicted 80s rockers.

We're super outdoorsy, love yoga & meditation, listening to live music, and are into the urban farm scene and green living in general. We are very well connected, communicate smoothly and are respectful and low drama.

Our front yard garden looks like shit right now, but we're hoping to do some more planting now that it's cooler. Currently we have a blood orange tree, a volunteer basil plant, some baby bean stalks, and a bunch of kale sprouts. We have a big chicken coop in the side yard that houses 4 smart and witty birds.

We are 420 friendly, though definitely not into "weed culture". Composting, recycling, reducing and reusing are important to us. We like to know where our food comes from and support the farmers market versus a commercial grocery store as much as we can. We generally try to steer clear of single-use made-to-be-disposable items (coffee cups, to go boxes, plastic silverware, individually packaged snacks, etc.) We do not use chemicals at all in the house. We make our own toothpaste, laundry soap, etc., use natural bars of soap, clean with baking soda and vinegar, etc.

We are passionate about all things birth related. We can teach you how to encapsulate a placenta. We can educate you about the myths of circumcision and about restoring your foreskin. We can enlighten you on anal sex - Kris has even gone so far as to write a guide "The 5 Steps to Being an Ass Master". We love David Deida and enjoy applying his principles to all of the relationships in our lives.

Our house can be very quiet, or it can be bustling full of friends and travelers. This definitely isn't the place for you if you're looking for mostly quiet and lots of privacy.

If you are nodding yes to most of the things below, then you will probably fit in great here!
(and please note the deal breakers)

-Good personal hygiene
-Conscious and aware of themselves and their impact on the world
--Must not use chemicals (no regular shampoos, hair products, toothpastes, laundry soaps, colognes, deodorants, etc.)
-Be into good music - we usually have music on all the time
-Have a sense of cleanliness. We're not obsessively clean and will happily leave a full sink of dishes to go and play in the park, but we also are respectful of our space and like things to be somewhat orderly
-Not freaked out by nudity. None of us are, and it's quite common for us to walk around naked or wear little clothing, (especially in the summer!), change out in the open, leave the bathroom door open while we're showering, etc. If you're reaction to nudity is "Oh god! So sorry!" and you run the other way....then this probably isn't the place for you
-Communication - you must be good at this. Please be strait forward, let us know if something is bothering you, etc. We cannot read your mind and passive aggressive-ness just sucks.
-Kids on a case-by-case basis
-Pets on a case by case basis
-Bonuses - you play an instrument and do some kind of bodywork

Deal Breakers:
-Bad attitudes, negative energy, anger, no self awareness.
-Drinking to the point of getting drunk. A glass of wine is fine, but stumbling around after 5 beers is not cool.
-Smoking cigarettes
-Personal hygiene products - as we said above, we don't use any chemicals, so as you can imagine - we are super sensitive to all kinds of perfume, cologne, scented soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. Please be respectful of our chemical-free house and use non-toxic soaps and shampoos. Read the label of your product: if it has ingredients you can't pronounce, or wouldn't eat - please don't bring it inside. If you have questions about the products you use, please ask.
-Someone who is into news media. We do not watch the news. We do not read newspapers. We don't talk about politics, the government, etc. If you are into debate on that subject, or ever used to general conversation on the subject - this isn't the right place for you.
-Anyone who thinks that most of this ad is "interesting". None of this is interesting to us. This is all normal for us and this is how we live.

As part of being so natural minded, we use the A/C and the heater less than the average household. In the summer we always run it at night so everyone is comfortable sleeping, but during the day with use it very minimally. In the summer we embrace the heat, wear little to no clothing during the day and have all our ceiling fans on. In the winter, it's similar - if we use the heater at all, it would be at night to be comfortable sleeping. During the day we use it minimally, instead preferring to embrace the cold and wear extra clothing. So if you are here in the middle of the summer, expect to be a little toasty during the day. And if you are here in the middle of the winter, expect to bundle up a bit.

If this sounds like somewhere you'd like to stay then please shoot us a message that's more than a sentence long. We obviously have a lot of info in our profile and like to know about people and what strikes their fancy to want to come and stay here. Please knowledge your acceptance of our no-chemicals/non-toxic house dealio, and let us know what your favorite color is so we know that you read this far :)

Interaction with Guests

We have random schedules and are typically around to hang out and show people around, but please be respectful of the fact that we do work from home, so just because we're home doesn't mean we are available.

Getting around

We are less than a mile from the nearest light rail stop. We are convenient to multiple bus lines. The bus/light rail website is: (website hidden)

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $300 /week
Monthly Price: $1000 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
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  • staying in phoenix for the comic con! this is my 2nd visit. my favorite aspect is being so close to the arts district. check out lost leaf and the local for some good times!

    June 2014
  • The place was great! It was really close to the downtown area and restaurants, etc.

    April 2014
  • Very chill. Good spot to eat right around the corner.

    March 2014
  • We stayed with Katie and her partner for a few days while we were in Phoenix. We were so lucky to book Katie's place on such short notice! She was so helpful in recommending great places to eat and walk. Her house is the perfect walking distance from the growers market, downtown Phoenix, and the fun area around Roosevelt St. My husband and I LOVED staying with Katie and were so blessed by her graciousness as a host!

    March 2014
  • Katie was very gracious during my stay, and we had the opportunity to sit down and talk about her vocation and travels. I met Chris too, and overall enjoyed their company and hospitality. Their home is a close walk to downtown Phoenix and the Convention Center, and to you Crossfit folk, there is a Crossfit box just a stone's throw from their front gate. Thank you Katie and Chris.

    March 2014
  • Stayed for a few nights. Although I would just come here to sleep and use the shower, Katie were Chris are super laid back. Sucks Katie was sick so she hid away in her room and we didn't get to chat much. The neighborhood is all hipstered out so make sure you check out roosevelt row, the hidden gem of phoenix.

    January 2014
  • This place was great! It is in a really cool neighborhood, and both Katie and Kris were really nice and friendly. I highly recommend it

    December 2013
  • If it weren't for the central location of this "quirky" pad I don't know how much of Phoenix I would have seen. Phoenix has sprawled like crazy over the past ten years and it is very difficult or expensive to get around without a car. Katie and her partner helped me find a wonderful locally sourced restaurant just blocks away and the two major art museums are only about a mile or so away (bikeable, or about $7 by taxi). Katie's household is very Eco-conscious and keeps their own adorable chickens. My only advice about staying there is that you have to walk through the chicken yard at night if you have the private room and need the restroom, and they are a shoe-free house. So if you are staying in the private room you might want to bring some slip-on shoes.

    November 2013
  • Staying with Katie and Kris was super positive for us. We enjoyed their company from the little bit we got to talk to them (we were in town for a convention), and the time we spent in their home was very relaxing. Use of the kitchen was great, and they were more than happy to trade tips about green bathing and living. If you're an open, communicative person, you are sure to learn something useful by staying here.

    The accommodations worked out great for us even though we got back very late a couple nights and our check-out time was a little wonky. Picky travelers should know, however, that the house is not a climate controlled hotel! I enjoyed the temperature, but I like Arizona weather, so take that into account. I would absolutely stay there again.

    May 2013
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Hey there! Here's some info about us! Katie: Female - 29 - She is a birth & postpartum doula and placenta crafter (placenta prints, capsules, tinctures, etc.), though she is well outside of the hairy grandmother midwife image that may spring to mind. She likes to create in the kitchen, clean (yes, really), take pictures and travel. Kris: Male - 38 - He is a former business owner (IT Consulting)/Mortgage Holder/Slave to Society, but has abandoned that load of crap in favor of rediscovering himself and finding something to do everyday that he is passionate about. He likes regrowing his foreskin, playing guitar, throwing a frisbee, traveling, making Kombucha and reading biographies of heroin addicted 80s rockers. We LOVE to travel and our latest venture is creating passive streams of income so that we can travel more often! We are writing e-books: Katie has 3 on DIY Placenta Crafting + a few books of naughty stories, and one about a solo summer traveling Europe. Kris has written "The Quick & Dirty Guide to Proper Anal Sex" (it's an easy, 5-step guide) and is working on one about traveling simple and cheap. We're super outdoorsy, love yoga & meditation, talking about polyamory and foreskin restoration, listening to live music, and are into the urban farm scene and green living in general. As a couple, we are very well connected, communicate smoothly and are very respectful and low drama. We have been friends for 15+ years and have been "together" for three and a half years. Composting, recycling, reducing and reusing are important to us. We like to know where our food comes from and support the farmers market versus a commercial grocery store as much as we can. We generally try to steer clear of single-use made-to-be-disposable items (coffee cups, to go boxes, plastic silverware, individually packaged snacks, etc.) We do not use chemicals at all - we make our own toothpaste, laundry soap, etc., use natural bars of soap, clean with baking soda and vinegar, etc. We are passionate about all things birth related. We can teach you how to encapsulate a placenta. We can educate you about the myths of circumcision and about restoring your foreskin. We can enlighten you on anal sex. We love the work of David Deida & Mark Manson and enjoy applying their principles to all of the relationships in our lives. Being active Airbnb hosts ourselves gives us a unique perspective and, we think, makes us better guests because we know what it's like to open your home to travelers. We have been hosting people for 2+ years and have met some of the most amazing people, many of them have become lifelong friends.
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