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)!
Richard made us feel very welcome. Great guy, great location, great house. Thanks!!
This was my first experience with airbnb and it was a most pleasant one. Richard communicated with me when I first made the reservation and later we communicated about projected arrival time. It was as if I was visiting a friend in another city.
There was lockbox for the key and I was provided with the code in case Richard was not around when I arrived. As it turned out, he was there and he showed me the rooms. He was helpful in acclimating me to the city personally pointing out local restaurants and he provided a notebook with additional information on getting around Nashville. He was also knowledgable about the music scene and was helpful with that.
Richard was personable but not intrusive and I appreciated that. I was rather busy on this trip and did not have a lot of time to chat but I got the feeling that if I had more time we would have explored a bit more.
The rooms were on the second floor. There was a large bedroom with a queen bed and night tables. There was adequate closet space and dresser space.
There was a living room with a futon, a coffee table, and a small dining table with two chairs. Richard was able to supply a nice blow up mattress for a second visitor. The living room had a large tv and there was a small room off the living room where there was a small fridge and a microwave as well as a coffee maker, some teas and coffee. The living room was also a good size. Both the living room and the bedroom overlooked the front yard in a nice easterly exposure.
The bathroom was large with a small stall shower.
The rooms were clean and comfortable.
The location was really convenient. Being in the "backyard" of the Belmont college campus there were multiple restaurants and a coffee shop within 5 blocks of the house. The Vanderbilt campus is easily reachable on foot along with the hillside area restaurants.
It was a perfect place to be in the Belmont and Vandy area.
While it is not the Ritz, it is large and comfortable with a very nice host.
Thank you Richard for the use of your home and your pleasant personality.
Our experience was wonderful. Richard was extremely helpful. His directions to get into his home are clear. He also left assorted toiletries/snacks left by previous guests (none expired!) for us to use, which was a nice surprise. We knew Nashville well, but the detailed binder he provides would be A++ great for those less familiar. Finally, his location is PREMIUM. Ample parking for those who drive, and adjacent to the Belcourt/Hillsboro area. Would recommend to a friend.
Sehr schöne Unterkunft in einer angenehmen Nachbarschaft. Sehr gute Informationen des Gastgebers auf seinem Profil und in der Unterkunft. Sehr gute Lage. Alle wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten sind rasch erreichbar, auch mit öffentlichen Transportmitteln. Sehr empfehlenswert!
The host was incredibly hospitable. We loved the accommodations, which had several very nice little touches (coffee, waters, extra fan, recycling bin, etc.) Every time we spoke to Mr. Carson, he inquired genuinely about whether we needed anything and wanted to make sure we were comfortable. Having lived in this neighborhood several years ago.........it felt very much like coming home.
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!
You can walk here for all your grocery needs.21st Avenue South Nashville TN 37212
Walk a few minutes to Vince Gills favorite burger joint.Blair Boulevard Nashville TN 37212
Asian inspired food.Belmont Boulevard Nashville TN 37212-4405
Coffee and breakfast. Hipster heaven!Belmont Boulevard Nashville TN 37212-4405
Great Thai take-out or eat-in.Belmont Boulevard Nashville TN 37212-4400
Another great breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!21st Avenue South Nashville TN 37212
Bit higher end restaurant.Belcourt Avenue Nashville TN 37212-3719
Hip restaurant. Good choice for dinner.21st Ave S Nashville TN 37212
Hip restaurant and hangout.Belcourt Avenue Nashville TN 37212-3718
Pancakes, eggs and bacon, and waitresses who call you Hon21st Avenue South Nashville TN 37212
Arty/College movie theater where you can buy beer and wine!21st Ave S Nashville TN 37212-3703
Nice park in decent walking distance. You must see the Dragon statue!Blakemore Avenue Nashville Tennessee 37212
Best Pizza around, though they dont deliver.21st Ave S Nashville TN 37212-3125
Another great coffee shop.12th Avenue South Nashville TN 37204
Great musical instrument store12th Ave S Nashville TN 37204-2505
If you can, you must have lunch or dinner here. Veggie-burgers are great, and my favorite is the salmon burger. Dont miss the sweet potato fries!12Th Ave S Nashville TN 37204-2509
This is the where you start your Nashville Electric Scooter Tour! Great place to sun yourself, read, and relax, too.Lealand Lane Nashville Tennessee 37212
Good dinner choice. A miss T. Swift lives right across the street so you never know...20th Avenue South Nashville TN 37212
Funky, very hip restaurant and bar. Taylor Swift lives right across the street so you never know...20th Avenue South Nashville TN 37212-2134
Home to the only full-sized replica of Greeces Parthenon in the world!Nashville Tennessee
Smooth live jazzCrestmoor Road Nashville TN 37215-2026
Largest inland Civil War fort in the US.Fort Negley Blvd Nashville Tennessee 37203
You wont believe this place. Sundays at 1pm is a charming young persons open mike. Lennon and Maizy from NASHVILLE play there. If you can only visit one Nashville, its this one, hands down.12th Avenue South Nashville TN 37203
Hipster Central. Get your Urban Hunter on here!12th Ave South Nashville TN 37203
Whole Foods lite! And a great place to run into the cast of NASHVILLE having lunch.12th Ave S Nashville Tennessee 37203
Youll not hear better Bluegrass music in the world! And Vince Gill plays there on Monday nights when hes in town. But get there early!12th Avenue South Nashville TN 37203-4008
Im afraid they dont sell wine currently in TN grocery stores. This is pretty much the closest place to get some wine.Division St Nashville TN 37203
Inexpensive and natural groceries.Hillsboro Pike Nashville TN 37215
Cozy and intimateBandywood Drive Nashville TN 37215
Pick up some vinyl records or record a song for 15 bucks at the 1940s straight to vinyl recording booth.7th Avenue South Nashville TN 37203
World-famous singer-songwriter cafe where Garth Brook and Taylor Swift got their starts. I even play there myself from time to time. Free early show, with nice Bistro dinner.Hillsboro Pike Nashville Tennessee 37215
Great arts museum with a lovely lunchroom.Broadway Nashville TN 37203
A must see for Country Music fans.Fifth Ave S Nashville Tennessee 37203
Big concerts and The Predators!Broadway Nashville Tennessee 37203
Fancy, expensive restaurant5th Avenue South Nashville TN 37203
Honky Tonk heaven. Youll hear the best musicians in the world playing here for tips. Dont like the band? Just step out and into the Honky Tonk next door, and on and on and on...Broadway Nashville TN 37219
Honky Tonk heaven. Youll hear the best musicians in the world playing here for tips. Dont like the band? Just step out and into the Honky Tonk next door, and on and on and on...Broadway Nashville TN 37203
Consistently voted the best medium sized music venue in the country. You havent heard music till youve heard it at the Ryman.5th Avenue North Nashville TN 37219-2309
World class symphony hallSymphony Place Nashville TN 37201
Great place to eat before you go honky-tonkin. Usually you can find (email hidden)ey have free valet parking and you only need to pick up your car before closing!Broadway Nashville TN 37203-3930
World famous vintage guitar shop. Eric Clapton bought his Blackie stratocaster here back in the day. They have moved to 2120 8TH AVE S, short drive from my house.Broadway Nashville TN 37203-3931
Nice place to eat downtown.Church Street Nashville TN 37219
Catch a Broadway road show!Deaderick Street Nashville TN 37219
If thats your thing!Broadway Nashville TN 37201
A little bit of everything here.Rosa L Parks Boulevard Nashville TN 37208
If youre a Civil War buff, this small but dramatic battle-site was where the Confederates came to grief following the Battle of Franklin.Benton Smith Road Nashville TN 37215
Are you ready for some football?Nashville Tennessee
Great restaurant in Germantown area just north of downtown.4th Avenue North Nashville TN 37208-2714
Great intro to East Nashville. After brunch walk over to five points and enjoy the funky little shops.Main St # 101 Nashville TN 37206-3626
Youll probably have to wait in line, but trust me, its worth it for the experience.b Mcferrin Avenue Nashville TN 37206
Across the street from Mas Taco, Por Favor. Again, you may have to wait in line but folks love it!Mcferrin Avenue Nashville TN 37206
Best one-hour nature walk in Tennessee.Oak Hill TN
World famous buscuits and ambience.Highway 100 Nashville TN 37221-4012
If you have the time, a delightful town about 30 minutes south of Nashville.Franklin TN
For Civil War buffs, the center of the Battle of Franklin.Columbia Avenue Franklin TN 37064-3617
For Civil War Buffs, the site of the Robert Hicks novel, The Widow of the South.Carnton Lane Franklin TN 37064
Rent a kayak and drift down the Harpeth.U.S. 70 Kingston Springs TN 37082
Great zipline adventure. And theres great kayaking here too. Ask me about it!Narrows of the Harpeth Road Kingston Springs TN 37082