About This Listing
Located directly across from the AFA airfield, this home has beautiful trees in a quiet neighborhood with comfortable accomodations, wifi, broadcast TV, and a cozy kitchen. You will be staying with us in our home which we love.
The gathering room, aka den, with 3 couches, two recliners, fireplace, flat screen tv, and seven large windows to enjoy Colorado sunshine and scenery
Located directly across from the AFA airfield, this home has beautiful trees in a quiet neighborhood with comfortable accomodations, wifi, and a cozy kitchen. We have a single broadcast TV in the social den attached to the kitchen. Price listed is for guest bedroom. If you request to use two rooms, the price will be higher.
The room listed has a queen sized bed, "American soft", a dresser, a secretary desk, two lamps, a couple mirrors, and a closet, along with a view of Pikes Peak from the window, which also has blinds and a black-out curtain.
The second room, which is not listed, and is available as an extra cost option with the first room, shares the bath and contains a twin-sized bed, a desk table, two lamps, and a window with an even better view of Pikes Peak and blackout curtains.
We invite you to eat breakfast here, either joining us or eating on your own, and to enjoy coffee, teas, and hot chocolate.
You are welcome to share the public areas of the home with us and those are included in the pictures. Since we have a separate living area and den area, as well as a dining room table and an eat-in kitchen table, it is also possible for you to visit privately in one area while we are using the other.
We also have table games, ping pong, and children's toys available, and can rent you bikes if that helps your adventures.
Restaurants are within walking or biking distance (14 min walk, 4 min bike), as is the nearest bus stop. Our tastes run toward Panera, ChikFilA, Olive Garden, and McDonalds (Robert), but there is something for everyone in the area.
The neighborhood includes some great walking routes as well as an excellent golf course and public parks and school playgrounds. We also recommend the nearest YMCA, the Santa Fe trail through the Air Force Academy, Walmart, King Soopers, Albertsons, and Costco.
At the top of our list of scenic attractions are the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Canyon, and North Cheyenne Canyon.
In addition to the bedroom or bedrooms you will have access to the main floor, with both a quiet sitting room and a social den attached to the kitchen. You can eat at the kitchen table or in the dining room.
Interaction with Guests
As our mutual schedules allow, we welcome interaction but don't demand it. We only allow guests to stay in the home without us present after a previous stay. This is especially good to know if you're interested in renting the home for air force academy graduation or another special event.
In addition to the golf course, there are options to walk in the countryside, in the neighborhood, and to nearby social centers such as the Briargate library and the Shops at Briargate.
The closest city bus access is a 10 minute walk, an airport shuttle is slightly closer. If our schedules allow, we sometimes can pick guests up from these locations. Car travel will be your most convenient option.
Other Things to Note
If you would like to stay with us, please request a reservation. Queries without a reservation request do not receive as quick a response. If the date you are interested in is not available, you can contact us, but we cannot guarantee availability. We do not typically accept one night guests.
Breakfast: We often eat cold cereals or hot oatmeal for breakfast, and we invite you to join us or eat at your convenience. We also typically have fruit in season, condiments like butter, jam, peanut butter, etc., and a generous assortment of teas (including many herbal and decaffeinated varieties) to which you can help yourself. We often make fresh bread, so remind us to start some if we forget.
If you are a coffee drinker, we currently grind our own, either decaf or caf, and have a drip coffee maker with a thermal carafe. A french press is also available (but the espresso machine is broken), as well as a milk frother and some cinnamon, sugars, and chocolate powders..
Kitchen use: Our microwave is available to reheat your meals. More extensive use of the kitchen should be arranged in advance with Laura.
Laundry: Our laundry machines are available for a fee of $2.50 per load; please arrange timing with Laura.
Parking: If possible, please park in front of our house, and leave room for a second car to share that space. (There is room for two cars!)
Allergies: We seek to maintain an allergy-friendly and smoke-free environment. We request that you not light candles and be careful with your use of other scents.
We request no pets or smoking indoors, but outdoors is okay.
Etc: We have lived internationally and can converse in Chinese and Spanish as well as English. We also generally don't wear our shoes inside, but you can if you like.
Ecological concerns: We do practice some green behaviors, like composting, recycling, and adjusting temperatures, windows, and shades according to outside conditions and time of day. If the temperature is not to your liking, please tell us.
Our toilets are chair-height and low water use. The shower has a Speakman adjustable nozzle which gives a wonderful shower in my opinion. You may have to remind yourself to get out when you're finished cleaning up. We leave soap and shampoo in the bathroom.
If you have other questions, needs, wants, or concerns, we hope you will ask.
Etc: A word about size of accomodations: This is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with an unfinished basement that is also in use (but not by you unless you play ping pong or do laundry!) We list accomodations for 3 and 1.5 bathrooms because that is what is available to you as guests. Any additional people would need to be accomodated using extra mattresses and so forth, by arrangement with us in advance. While we do sometimes rent the "whole house," meaning we move out, one of our current policies is that we only rent the whole house to people who have already stayed with us as guests..The beds in the house in this case could accomodate 11 including the sleeper sofa, but not counting couches or mattresses on the floor.* If you want to rent the whole house or bring more than 3 people, please discuss this with us in advance. (And yes, we charge more than the basic room rate for situations beyond two people staying in one room :-). If your situation is different or unique, you can also make a specific request.
*The size listed above is for the finished house, not the bedroom you are normally renting or the unfinished basement, for that matter. I don't list accomodations for 11 people because the queries I was getting in response on airbnb seem to include people thinking of vacation rental cottages rather than family homes. If you are a family with small children who wants to use two rooms and a shared bath for your accomodations, I think you would all enjoy staying with us.
We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, practices, personalities, and beliefs. If you are an international or from a different part of the country or cultural mosaic, we especially welcome you! If while you are staying with us you would like to do something together with us, please ask. We are sometimes able to welcome you into some of our adventures or join you in one of your own.
Eat in kitchen with expansive views, free coffee and tea, and refrigerator and cooking access (dining room next door)
Steve and Laura are super hosts! They accommodated us in every way possible. My family and I were down in Co Springs to volunteer at a large picnic for 1200+ people and they were very understanding of the craziness of our schedule. It was pouring when we arrived and they helped us get things out of the rain quickly.
Their home is casual and comfortable and the window fan was perfect. We didn't have any meals at the house because of our schedule, but we enjoyed visiting with them after the event was over.
I would definitely stay with them again. They are kind and gracious hosts located just a few minutes from the USAFA.
Steve und Laura haben uns herzlich willkommen geheißen und in ihr Haus aufgenommen. Sie sind sehr freundliche und zuvorkommende Gastgeber ohne aufdringlich zu sein. Von ihnen bekamen wir viele hilfreiche Insidertipps um Colorado Springs besser kennen zu lernen.
Insgesamt haben wir einen sehr positiven Eindruck von unseren Gastgebern.
Wir haben uns während des Aufenthaltes bei ihnen sehr wohl gefühlt und sind ihnen dankbar für die gute Zeit.
Steve and Laura have a wonderful home and are great hosts. They make you feel right at home. We have a four year old and they went ahead and prepared bedding for her. Even more, they were very interactive with her and made us feel welcome. Steve provided suggestions for things to do with our young one, which was really helpful. Their home is located really well in getting to sites around the city. Their neighborhood is very clean and safe.
The hosts were very warm and accommodating. They were also very knowledgeable and helpful about the area and available sites and activities. The home was the most beautiful I've stayed in and quite impressive. My own room was beautiful, as was the dedicated bathroom.
About the Host, Steve
50 something couple who likes to mountain bike, travels a lot, works with an international nonprofit doing global care. You can find us online using "TEAMspinella" and "Steve Spinella"
We are part of airbnb because we care about people, we want to learn and practice good hospitality, and we enjoy our home and enjoy sharing it.