About this listing
Entire top floor. 800 sq ft of bright open space in the most attractive, central part of Nashville. Walk to trendy Hillsboro Village 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Nashville now requires all short-term rentals (AIRBNB) to have a permit and business license. This requires an inspection. Wherever you stay, make sure the owner is in compliance. Now the fun stuff:
Entire top floor of house including bedroom with queen-sized bed, living room/bedroom with futon and/or airbed (double or queen), 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 use the main refrigerator downstairs to store larger items. 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.
-lockbox, 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 space for you.
The space is ideal for up to 4 guests. When the airbed is set up, there are three separate beds (counting the futon). The queen-sized airbed does take up space in the living room, the double airbed less so.
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 as an alternative to a taxi. It is SO much better than calling a taxi, faster response and cheaper! I highly recommend downloading the app onto your smart phone. Put in code rimo4 and we'll both get a free ride. Same goes for UBER, code: iw9w9
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 by taxi (cheaper and nicer by Lyft/Uber) to all the crazy excitement of Lower Broad. Plus you obviously get more space here for a lot less money.
I can give you all kinds of great tips about what to see and where to go. I'll even tell you my super-secret tip for parking downtown for free! We'll probably see very little of each other, but when we do, you'll feel like visiting family or friends.
Front or back door. The bottom of the stairs leading to the upstairs apartment has a door 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.
Quick rundown on the areas you need to know about:
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 - 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).
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 lost of traffic.
East Nashville - 15 minute drive/Lyft/Uber. Five Points area, Mas Taco, The Pharmacy.
To get an idea of how convenient it is to get downtown from my place (other than a $10 taxi ride or $8 Lyft - including tip), 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 Harris Teeter 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 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.
I highly recommend downloading the Lyft app to your smartphone and using this wonderful, inexpensive service. NOTE: after setting up Lyft, put in the code rimo4 for a free ride. You can do the same with UBER using this code: iw9w9
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
To my friends around the world, Nashville is on Central Time, so please take this into consideration when contacting me. Anytime between 6am and 11pm Central Time is great. I have an incoming message alert set on my cell phone so I can respond as quickly as possible. If my Australian friends can message me before 2pm your time, that would be great. I will try to message you after 9am your time (4pm TN time).
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 want a shot at having lunch with NASHVILLE cast members, go to the Gulch midday and eat at The Turnip Truck. Then check out Two Old Hippies and Urban Outfitter. There's a charming under-16 open mike at Two Old Hippies at 1pm Sundays. We just 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)!
House was great and easy. Very quiet and peaceful and everything I needed. It's also in a great location and Richard was very helpful.
We had a wonderful stay and only wish it could have been longer. We were in town to visit Vanderbilt and found it very easy to get to from the apartment. It seemed everywhere we wanted to go was a 5-7 minute drive away - the University, the various restaurants and music venues. Richard's place is ideally located on a quiet and pretty street. Richard is a long-time resident of Nashville and, as a musician himself, has great tips on where to go to see live music. The apartment is on the top floor and we felt right at home. It was boiling hot outside but the air conditioning kept the place nice and cool. Overall we highly recommend staying here and hope to be back soon!
My wife and I had a very nice experience in Richard's house. The neighborhood is very trendy and quaint with lots of cool restaurants and comfortable.
His upstairs apartment was clean and charming. Even in the oppressive heat, the place was cool.
Richard was a wonderful host and we really enjoyed our stay there with him
This was our very first AirBNB experience and it did not disappoint! Richard was very hospitable and offered us something a hotel can't: A personal touch and restaurant/attraction recommendations. The apartment was clean and comfortable. On-street parking right in front of the house in a safe neighborhood was very convenient. We used Lyft to get to Broadway, about $7 each way, way easier than driving. The shared main entrance allowed us to meet Richard and get some great recommendations for meals and things to do/see. A great experience all around, and at 50% the cost of a cheap downtown hotel, totally worth it!
Richard was great. The place was nice. Thanks for the hospitality and the dining suggestions.
We loved staying at Richard's! The space was very comfortable and Richard was a gracious host! We enjoyed going for a walk in the beautiful Belmont neighborhood.
Our first Airbnb experience was positive. Richard was a great host-not intrusive but very helpful and a genuinely nice guy. Plenty of room in a nice neighborhood.
About the Host, Richard Carson
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 just 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!