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 of the unit. Wherever you stay, make sure the owner is in compliance. Read on:
Entire top floor of house including bedroom with queen-sized bed, living room 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 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 Harris Teeter on 21st (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.
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 $5 to $15 (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. The full downstairs kitchen is not technically part of the rental but I'm an easy-going guy and there is some flexibility.
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)!
The house was perfect and just as described. So close to Hillsboro village. Richard was a perfect host and was extremely helpful at helping us find fun spots to go. Would definitely stay here again ☺️
Description was accurate. The host was helpful, accommodating and provided Nashville tourist tips. Location was great. Would stay there again. Thanks, Richard!
For our first time visit to Nashville, this was an excellent place to stay! The house was clean and ready for us when we arrived, and Richard knew the city well and was very happy to share recommendations with us. The location was perfect - we were able to walk to great restaurants, shops and neighborhoods, and other areas were very accessible by car/Uber. Overall, Richard was a very inviting, considerate host and we would highly recommend him to other folks staying in Nashville for business or pleasure.
Thank you very much. Your hospitality made us feel welcome and having the upstairs was great. Lots of light and room. We enjoyed sitting by the windows and drinking our coffee each morning.
We had another great stay at Richard's place in Nashville. It's a wonderful setup as it is spacious and comfortable, with a bedroom, separate living room, and bathroom, all on it's own floor of the house, so it feels very private. For us, the location is also excellent. Richard is a great host, too. He gave us some ideas of things going on in Nashville while we were there. We'll be back in a few months.
Richard was a great host. He provided some direction to several places in what is otherwise an ocean. His suggestion of Uber and Lift were very helpful. The apartment was great. It provided nice privacy. The access through his living space was no problem. In fact it was nice to visit when we did run into each other for the direction Richard would provide.
Richard and his residence were very welcoming. It's a great location on a quiet street. Richard provided all the accommodations anyone would need. He is a wealth of knowledge that is more than happy to share his recommendations on places to eat & visit. I would highly recommend booking your stay at this location.
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!