About this listing
This furnished flat is awesome and walkable. Everything you need at the doorstep. Or take the lightrail only a block away. Long-term (6 month +) rentals preferred.
This furnished apartment is with in walking distance of all of the great St. Paul sites. A walkscore of 95, this loft is centrally located with great restaurants and entertainment opportunities right on the doorstep. Enjoy the restaurants of St. Peter's street, take in a show at the Ordway or the Xcel, or visit one of the many stellar museums in the area like the Children's Museum, the Minnesota History Museum or the Science Museum. Or if this trip to St. Paul is for business at the Capitol or one of the many hospitals, you'll be perfectly situated in this loft.
This is truly loft-style living with an opened floor plan and comfortable finishes. A comfortable living room with leather furniture looks out onto the bustling city life. The compact kitchen is perfect for throwing together tasty dinners in a snap. Set the ambiance in the dining room with an electric fire place (that also doubles as an additional heater in the winter). The bedroom is unique with its circle bed and its view up to the capitol most of the year (after the leaves fall from the tree outside the window). A small office area with a desk and chair would be the perfect place to work on your next big project.
Parking is in an adjacent parking ramp for an additional fee or on street parking is free certain times of the day. Public transit is easily accessed. Some bus lines run right past the house and the light rail (connecting you to University of Minnesota, downtown Minneapolis, the airport, the Mall of America, etc) is only a block away.
Also, there IS an air conditioner, but it's a portable floor unit with an exhaust hose out the window and does NOT adequately cool the entire condo area. It's far more effective on the hot humid days to use it as a dehumidifier. Instructions on its use are laid out in the manuel. I didn't check the air conditioner tab because I feel like you should know what you're getting into. There are some pretty spicy hot summer days even in MN and we found that we would just have to go to the movies to cool off.
I checked the Handicap Accessible tab- but beware!!! There is a four inch curb to enter the front of the building. Our neighbor upstairs uses a wheelchair and he can maneuver his chair to have the front half go up, then propels himself up to get the big wheels to go up. He's young and active and has a manuel chair. I don't think an electric chair would be able to mount that same curb. The bathroom is not equipped with any special bars or handrails so if your mobility is limited on the lower half of your body, this might not work for you. It all depends on what your handicap is and how you've been able to manage curbs/ bathroom. I checked the box because I don't want to deter anyone who doesn't have a problem with one step and might otherwise be interested.
Dogs are allowed on a case by case basis. The dog must be housebroken, have completed obedience training, and are NOT allowed to sleep in the bed OR climb onto the furniture. I realize that most owners allow their dog(s) on the furniture and in their beds and if that's you, PLEASE look for someplace else to stay. Don't fool yourself in thinking "Oh we'll just keep Rufus off the furniture while we're there even though he's never had that expectation in his life." It's not fair to the dog and it's not fair to us as owners who have to deal with scratches on our leather furniture and dog smell in our bed. I will follow up with Airbnb and assess charges from the security deposit and leave negative feedback if these rules are not followed. No cats no exceptions (sorry- we have allergies in our family).
Internet is included but not cable tv. The tv gets many local channels over the air including all of the major networks.
Check in is after 6:30pm on the weeknights and more flexible on the weekends.
The entire condo is yours to use. Please see description and photos for an idea of our condo. Guest can also use the laundry facility in the basement of the building. The storage areas in the basement is off-limits, though.
Interaction with guests
Myself or my friend Mike (or in rare cases another friend) will meet you, give you the keys and house manual. I will always be available for any questions or if something goes wrong but neither of us live in the building.
1. Quiet hours start at 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. Please be respectful of our neighbors.
2. There is no smoking! Smoking anything is not allowed anywhere in the building not just our unit.
3. The laundry room is a communal room in the basement and the rules for using it are laid out in the manuel.
4. The air conditioner must be left empty and disassembled back in the closet.
5. Dogs are allowed on a case by case basis. The dog must be housebroken, have completed obedience training, and are NOT allowed to sleep in the bed OR climb onto the furniture. EVER.
6. No cats no exceptions (sorry- we have allergies in our family).
7. All food must be removed and disposed of upon final departure.
8. All used linens must be stripped from the bed upon leaving.
9. Wet towels must be hung to dry upon leaving.
10. The wall radiators and fireplace must be turned off upon departure as well.
11. A $200 security deposit is held by Airbnb and will be refunded to you at the end of your stay provided there is no crazy damage or other issues. $50 will be taken out of your security deposit if you lose a set of keys and/or lock yourself out.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
I'm a teacher and fitness instructor. My hubby makes iphone apps. We LOVE to travel to see the world and meet new people. Other interests include cooking, reading, hiking, music and nature.
When we travel we like to see, learn and experience as much as we can about the place we are visiting in the time we have. We take it as our job to get to know a sliver of the local life and culture.
We split our time between San Francisco and the midwest and rent out our awesome flat in downtown St. Paul when we don't need it. My good friend Barbara (and her husband Andrew) often helps with the keys/management when I'm not around.