About this listing
Entire top floor. 800 sq ft of bright space in the most desirable central part of Nashville. Walk to trendy Hillsboro Village\Belmont and dozens of restaurants and coffee shops. 10 minute drive/Lyft/Uber to Lower Broadway and ditto the Bluebird.
IN COMPLIANCE with Metro Nashville permit and business license requirements and inspections.
Please note that though this space is very close to all the fun and entertainment Nashville has to offer, it is in a quiet neighborhood and is not suitable for guests who are into major partying. It is also only suitable for non-smokers.
Now the fun stuff:
Entire top floor of house including bedroom with queen-sized bed, living room/bedroom with full-sized futon and/or double airbed, bathroom, and a small room with microwave and dorm fridge (I've listed the space as 2 bedrooms but one is really the living room that can be used as a bedroom). You can always get what you need from the full downstairs kitchen and make light meals by arrangement (though for short term guests, I definitely recommend the many great coffee shops and restaurants nearby). You have the whole upstairs and it is completely private. It's clean, very functional, and uncluttered as it's dedicated to AIRBNB guests only. Totally safe, family friendly walkable area.
My calendar is always up to date, so if you put in dates and it comes up as available, it's available. Depending on your arrival/departure needs, there's never a problem with dropping off or leaving your bags in the house and having an extra key for the day.
-lockbox for the key, so never a problem checking in
-hi-def flat screen with DVR/DVD/Blu-Ray/HBO
-Always fresh linens and towels. No down bedding.
-Bottled soap and shampoo.
-Washer/Dryer- ironing board and iron (downstairs).
-Coffee situation: a typical hotel room set-up with small coffee maker but within walking distance of three of the best and hippest coffee shops in Nashville, Bongo Java, Fido, and J. Christopher's which is on the same block right around the corner.
No pets and non-smokers only please. There is no smoking (or vaping) in the apartment, on the porch, or anywhere on the property. Sorry, but if you are a smoker, this is NOT the place for you.
If you want to stay in the neighborhood where our new Mayor (Nashville's first female Mayor) lives, then this IS the place for you.
If you have a young child or children, contact me first. They will always be welcome but if they're very young you won't have to count them as extra guests.
The space is ideal for up to 4 guests. When the one-person airbed is set up, there are three separate beds (counting the full-sized futon). 5 is possible if two couples share the queen and the futon. Please remember that there is an extra charge for each guest over 2. Contact me about a 5th person. The upstairs area is completely closed off and private. The front entrance, downstairs kitchen, and laundry room are shared.
If you have only a few or no reviews, and you haven't filled in a profile yet please let me know a little about yourself and the reason for your visit. It just makes things smoother and friendlier. If you can put the first name of all guests in your message, that would be great.
I recommend LYFT or UBER as alternatives to taxis. It is SO much better than calling a taxi, faster response and cheaper! I highly recommend downloading the apps onto your smartphone before you arrive. If you are a new user, put in my codes and you will get discounted rides.
Read on if you want to know even more!
Nashville has much to offer but the big initial attraction is Lower Broadway, the Honky-Tonks, and all the great free music (bring some 1's and 5's for tips though). You can certainly stay in a downtown hotel and totally immerse yourself in that scene, but they are expensive and I think one or two nights honky tonkin’ would be plenty for anyone. It can get pretty intense (though in a fun, safe way). And during the day you won’t find great coffee shops or a huge selection of hip restaurants downtown. My house is 10 minutes by car, 15 or 20 minutes by bus, or $10 or under using LYFT or UBER to all the crazy excitement of Lower Broad. Plus you obviously get more space here for a lot less money.
NOTE: if you have a 17 year-old or younger aspiring singer/songwriter and you're going to be here on a Sunday, check out the open mike at Two Old Hippies in the Gulch 1pm-4pm. Easy to sign up for.
I can give you all kinds of great tips about what to see and where to go. I'll even tell you my tips for cheap parking. We'll probably see very little of each other, but when we do, you'll feel like visiting family or friends.
QUICK NOTE: As you can see in the photos, there are a set of steps leading up to the apartment. If I'm here, I'd be happy to help you up with your bags. I personally always follow one of the golden rules of travel guru Rick Steves. Whether you're just going away for the weekend, or taking a month-long trip around the world, only pack a carry-on size bag. Life on the road will be so much easier. Cheers.
Front or back door. The bottom of the stairs leading to the upstairs apartment has a door with bolt for privacy.
Interaction with Guests
As little or as much as my guests want. Priority number one is respecting my guests privacy, but I'm always available for local tips especially if you want to maximize a short stay.
Historic Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood. Walk-score rating of 91. Perfectly located for visiting songwriter, college family, or someone who just wants to experience the best of Nashville. Kroger Grocery Store one block away. Most desirable neighborhood in Nashville. Ask anyone.
Quick rundown on the nearby places you need to know about:
Kroger supermarket one block away.
Belmont College/Area: 5 minute walk - Bongo Java, International Market (tasty, cheap, and colorful!), BLVD, PM, Chagos.
Hillsboro Village - 10 minute walk - Fido, J. Pancake Panty, many great restaurants, funky shops.
12 South - 20 minute walk - 4 minute drive - trendy restaurants, shops. Burger Up. Paletas!
Midtown - 27 minute walk - 7 minute Lyft or drive - 11 min bus - trendy bars and restaurants. Lots of Vanderbilt students.
Centennial Park - 8-minute drive - full-scale replica of The Parthenon of Ancient Greece.
The Gulch - 40 minute walk - 7 minute Lyft/Drive - Station Inn, many great restaurants and shops (don't miss Two Old Hippies and Urban Outfitters).
Lower Broadway - Honky Tonk Heaven! 10 minutes Lyft/Drive - Bus 15-20 minutes - All the free music and fun you could ever hope for. Walk halfway across the pedestrian bridge for an iconic view of Nashville.
Green Hills - 10 minute drive/Lyft/Uber/bus. Bluebird Cafe. Shopping heaven but lots of traffic.
East Nashville - 15 minute drive/Lyft/Uber. Five Points Pizza, Mas Taco, The Pharmacy.
To get an idea of how convenient it is to get downtown from my place, map transit directions from Brown's Diner (a couple of minutes walk from my house) to Robert's Western World (my favorite Honky-Tonk). Do the same from to the Bluebird Cafe which is not downtown but in Green Hills.
10 minutes by car, taxi, Lyft or Uber from Downtown Honky-Tonks or Green Hills where the Bluebird is (I'm basically, between the two). 20 minutes by car or taxi or Lyft\Uber from airport. Park right in front of the house. The local bus, #7, leaves from my block and will get you downtown in 15 or 20 minutes. Ideal for family visiting students at Vandy, Belmont, and Lipscomb.
Again, if you haven't already, set up LYFT and UBER on your smartphone. Use the codes below for discounts if it's your first ride.
There are two bus lines, one a 2 minute walk away, and one an 8 minute walk away. Both go downtown.
Free Downtown parking tip: Merchant's is a great bistro style restaurant smack dab in the middle of the Honky-Tonks. They have free valet parking but you must pick up your car before they close at 11. Parking at Music City Center is typically $7 for 4 hours.
Oh, and if you have tickets to the Ryman Auditorium, they now have free valet parking for Nissan owners (like me)!
To rent a car or not: Nashville is a car friendly town in general. Parking is easy and free except downtown where it costs anywhere from $7 to $25 (unless you eat at Merchants!). I would never rent a car in Chicago, New York, or San Francisco, but I would in Nashville or L. A. I hope that helps.
Other Things to Note
If you want to go to the Bluebird Cafe, the early show at 6 or 6:30 is always a good bet and free with a $7 minimum at a table. Booking in advance has become a necessity since the TV show NASHVILLE has made the 'Bird crazy popular. Go to their website (add cafe to Bluebird) to learn how to make reservations. If they start taking reservations at 8am on a particular day for the following week, get online 5 or 10 minutes early and you will be placed in a random cue. Do not hesitate by deciding what table. It can be sold out in minutes!
If you have a young singer/songwriter in the family, check out Two Old Hippies ain the Gulch. There's a charming under-17 open mike at Two Old Hippies at 1pm Sundays. We recently saw Lennon and Maizy from NASHVILLE play there. There’s also a free shuttle to Downtown from the Gulch.
Guests interested in staying longer than a week should let me know as much as possible about their situation first. Most guests prefer to take advantage of the many great coffee shops and restaurants in Nashville (many within walking distance), but the full downstairs kitchen is available for preparing light meals.
AIRBNB courtesy. If you're new to AIRBNB please upload a photo and brief profile. You know a lot about me. We'd all like to know a little about you. At least let me know a little about your visit. If you're going to cancel, that's fine, but please drop a note with a brief explanation, even if just to say: "Sorry, we decided on another place." It's all about communication.
Rule number 1: feel at home!
Please read the first page of my House Manual.
No pets. No smokers please. This is important because there is no smoking in the house, on the porch, or anywhere on the property.
The upstairs is carpeted so please put shoes and boots in the boot tray at the top of the landing (especially on a wet day).
Don't let the super-friendly orange cat in (Saki)!
I was born in England and came to the US as a young lad. I worked for many years as a professional musician and have composed music for the BBC in London, and written for Network TV. I am a published novelist (STEALING MONA LISA - St. Martin's Press - under the name Carson Morton) and songwriter. I sail, kayak, and love to travel (I'm definitely a Francophile). And now, I can call myself a professional honky tonk dancer, as I've worked as a paid "Honky Tonk Dancer" on the ABC show, "Nashville".
I've met some amazing people through airbnb and look forward to meeting more!