"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.
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.
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.
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.
In general quiet hours are from 11pm- 9am. Everyone in the house keeps common spaces clean by washing dishes and picking up after themselves. Smoking is allowed on the balcony. Although it can be a social space, we do expect guests and residents to respect privacy when doors are shut.
Emily has created a wonderful space full of art and interesting ideas. She is a very warm and welcoming person who instantly makes you feel at home.
It was a very short trip. My friend and me just stayed one night, but we were very happy to live in Emily's room. Emily is a very nice person give us many useful advice and made us feel like in our own home. There was a bus stop near the house, so it was convenient for us without a car. We like the style of the room and the lovely cat Rushbah. We thought the dog was friendly to us, even though my friend was a little afraid of it. There was one more thing need mention. My friend found she left her pad on the bad when we were already on the bus back to Chicago. My friend was worried, because there was some important information in it. After we connecting with Emily, she sent the pad to my friend very quickly. We really appreciate it. Thank you again, Emily!
Such a great stay!!! The room was so cool and we had everything we needed. Emily was an amazing hostess as well! She made us feel so welcome, was a great person to talk to, and knew of so many places in St. Louis. Would recommend her to anyone and even plan on staying again any time I'm in the area!
Emily was an awesome host who was flexible with our check-in and knew everything there was to know about food, art, culture, and politics in St. Louis! The apartment's vintage quirk was cute and seemed to have built up organically over the years. The neighborhood was conveniently adjacent to a number of destinations, and parking was open. We weren't relying on public transit, but I know I saw buses nearby. The pets were very friendly.
Emily was a great host! We were only there for one evening and loved our stay. Very convenient location. The pets were friendly, too!
Emily and her place were great! She accommodated us on a very short notice, which worked out awesome for us. The main room was very spacious and comfortable. Emily's dog Maya and her cat (whose name I can't remember) were very nice as well.
Emily was super accommodating - starting with a last minute request to book, plus bringing my pup along. She was super cool to talk to and I really enjoyed getting to hear the inside scoop on stl and tower grove. Loved the location for getting to see what's happening in the city!
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Disclaimer: I'm traveling until the end of August. I have spotty a WiFi access but will get back to you as quickly as I can. my response and acceptance rates are low due to this coupled with the volume of requests I receive. Please send an Inquiry first.
Also, there is air conditioning :). Due to cost and environmental concerns it's generally off unless requested or in heat of 90+. Totally happy to turn it on if asked.
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.