Eclectic Room in Artist Residency

Apartment - Private room · Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104, United States

The Space

"Homestay" is a relatively down-to-earth unconventional artist residency and co-house in South City St Louis. To sum it up, we're into potlucks and friendships.

Through the residency we frequently host touring musicians, artists, dreamers, thinkers, that have an interest in plugging into the local community by way of creative projects. They often stay anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Inquire if interested. In an effort to meet even more awesome people we decided to join AIR BnB

This space is unique to many spaces on the site. Residents fluctuate throughout the year. Some stay for a few days, others for months. Usually there is a mix of ages and backgrounds. Kids are welcome.

The house is an atmospheric historic red brick building with crown molding, pocket doors, stained glass, tall ceilings and the works. Our decor is a combo of vintage pieces, thrifty finds, and handmade accents. Its quirky. We even have a trap door. There are chickens in our backyard and a garden we share with neighbors.

We have two incredibly loveable non-human counterparts. Rushbah the cat and Maya the dog. Rushbah is perhaps the friendliest cat you'll meet. She can be kept in other parts of the apartment if needed. Though beware, she's a master at opening doors. Maya is the most recent addition. She's a friendly, loving rescue that resembles a short chocolate lab. Best of all she knows tricks!

This listing is for our large guest room. It contains a full size bed, couch, and floorspace perfect for stretching or yoga. An additional mattress (couch sz) can be used on the floor if we know in advance.

Guest Access

Your room is private. You'll have access to a shared kitchen (a favorite household hangout), bathroom, guest mini-fridge, and balcony. We do have WiFi access. Your room contains yoga mats, a hookah, a record player, and a guitar. We also have tons of brochures and books on St Louis. We may have a spare bike with notice.

Interaction with Guests

Interaction depends on our availability during your visit and how much you'll be around the house or out exploring. One of us will be greeting you upon your arrival. We enjoy visitors and good conversation but can just as easily give space. The apartment layout features a hallway between rooms which is convenient for privacy

If you're interested in exploring the city don't hesitate asking. Our interests range from historical tidbits to little known places you'd likely not find in a tour guide or learn about from other locals. We know about hot spots too. Creating experiences and connecting folks is what we're all about. If you happen to catch us on a quiet weekend we'd love to give you a tour.

The Neighborhood

Our location is awesome. We're in one of the more diverse and culturally interesting neighborhoods in the city. We're central to Downtown, Soulard, Lafayette Square, Grand, The Grove, and Cherokee Street. There are quite a few coffee shops, bars, galleries, and restaurants nearby including a Mediterranean restaurant across the street, a piano bar and chocolate shop within a block.

Getting around

We conveniently live near all three major highways 44, 64 and 55. Downtown is only a 5min drive. We have two major streets with bus stops within a few blocks. They connect to the Metro which goes to the airport. We often have guests who solely rely on public transit.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $5 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 2:00 PM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Lovely time at Emily's place. Eclectic sums it up. Reminded me of group houses I lived in once upon a time...Friendly, helpful, and flexible host who knows everyone in town in the arts; friendly pets; interesting neighborhood. New hip restaurant The Purple Martin across the street.

    April 2014
  • This room basically made our trip to St. Louis. Emily is so nice, friendly, and accommodating, and gave us so many great tips on where to eat and what to do (Cement Land, sooo cool!). We will definitely be staying here again next time we come through St. Louis. Emily, look us up next time you're in KC or Nashville! You've got a place to stay for sure.

    March 2014
  • Emily has a fantastic place in a great location. We loved the bright, sunny room we stayed in, as well as the dinner recommendation she gave us. It was also fun hearing about the creative work she does around the city and we definitely fell in love with her darling animals :) We will hopefully be coming back in the future!

    March 2014
  • Emily is a very nice host with a very cozy apartment. She also has the friendliest, fluffiest and prettiest kitty I've ever seen. I enjoyed my stay there. She was also very nice to give us a ride so that we didn't have to wait for a cab. I Would strongly recommend her place.

    March 2014
  • Emily was wonderful and very considerate - and her place was the perfect home from home in St. Louis.

    March 2014
  • I couldn't ask for a kinder host! Emily's place is adorable, cozy, and just like a home away from home! Emily was super accommodating and gracious, even showing me the chickens out back! I would definitely visit again and just to hangout with the amazing people I met at Emily's during my visit- Emily included!

    February 2014
  • Emily's place is very unique and you will enjoy looking at all the art on the walls. She is also very friendly and fun to talk to. Thanks, Emily! :)

    February 2014
  • Emily was such a fantastic host! Instantly felt at home , as if I was visiting an old friend for a night. The room was perfect and exactly as described. Wish I was visiting for more than a night, instead of just a pass through on my trip! Look forward to staying in touch with Emily and rebooking when I'm in town !

    February 2014
  • Emily's spot is so eclectic and welcoming!! Loved all the art and the communal vibe of the place. Also Emily is a great host!! She was flexible with our check in and out times, and was very accommodating with my feline road trip companion :) I would absolutely stay here again, and recommend it for anyone passing thru St Louis, or even looking for a little longer term place to call home. Thanks so much Emily!!!

    January 2014
  • Emily was a joy and so was her dog Maya.

    January 2014
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University of Missouri, University of Missouri, The Community Arts Training Institute
I'm a vagabond in my early thirties who's in a committed love affair with St Louis. I work as a teaching artist with quite a few organizations and ages of people throughout the city. I spend my free time organizing events art events and public discourse through SPORE Projects and the annual Chautauqua Art Lab (CQAL). I'm into potlucks, bikes, backpacking, long-winded conversations, exploring, constructing, making, utopian communities, and yoga. I've been on a few national tours with my music project- Ghosts I Have Been and the SPORE Mobile Art Gallery. I studied abroad in Greece and just spent a month in India. My early 20s were spent in a progressive Midwestern college town with a strong local community that largely influenced my outlook on life. When I can get a break from the city, I love visiting the "Coyote Tree" on my family's farm where I discovered coyotes cubs with my dad as a kid. Life Motto: Exploration is the "how" of getting where we're going and the interactions that lead us there, not a projected result.
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