"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 was a wonderful host. She was extremely friendly and welcoming and made us feel like part of her life. She told us about cool events and places like Cahokia and we will definitely remember her as an important part of or St Louis experience! The neighborhood is so cute and so is her home. We miss it already!
Emily and Billy are amazing hosts! They make you feel like you are a part of their home immediately.
A truly wonderful experience.
Very welcoming environment and people. Felt inspired and refreshed by their sweet home and conversation.
Staying with Emily was my first AirBnB experience, and it was truly a delight. Emily's house was filled with charm, art, and positive energy, and her hospitality will be remembered as a highlight of our trip. It felt like staying with an old friend. If I'm ever in the vicinity again I won't think twice about stopping back.
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!
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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.