About This Listing
Enjoy a B&B-like atmosphere in our spacious historic home in Heritage Hill, a unique turn of the century neighborhood located just five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.
License # HOB-14-0035
Find out why we have more positive reviews than any other listing in town! We provide a lovely private room with a comfortable queen bed and guest bathroom located adjacent to your room. Feel free to settle in and use the empty closet space and dresser drawers, especially for longer stays. We provide linens, towels, soap, shampoo & conditioner, hair dryer and other toiletries as needed. We offer free WIFI, and a pet and smoke free environment. An individual air-conditioning unit and fan is provided in your room during summer months that you can control as you please.
Enjoy your morning coffee or tea on our shabby chic back porch that overlooks the gardens, or on the front porch swing. In colder weather, make yourself at home in our formal dining room, kitchen eating area, living room, family room or parlor, where there is a Victorian piano you are welcome to play.
We love Grand Rapids and all it has to offer, and are happy to make suggestions to make your stay more fun! Karen is now a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Grand Rapids, and is ready and rarin’ to answer any questions you have that will help make your time here a wonderful experience.
Scott & Karen
Note: All charges, including the cleaning fee, are included in our nightly rate of $65 weeknights, and $85 on weekends. We welcome medical students and others interested in a longer term stay.
Guests have access to the entire home, except for our private office, bedroom and bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
We love hosting and are always happy to chat with you as much as you want. Prefer to spend time on your own? No problem!
Heritage Hill is one of America’s largest urban historic districts and was named by This Old House as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country. The homes date back to 1843 and range in style from High Victorian Gothic to Queen Anne, and Greek Revival to Prairie. Love historic homes? We’d be happy to provide you with a self-guided walking tour map. The Meyer May house, one of the most completely restored Frank Lloyd Wright homes, is just around the corner. Heritage Hill is a safe and friendly community, and was named one of the Top Ten “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association.
We are within walking distance to many restaurants, breweries, shopping districts, museums, and antique stores. Nearby destinations include the Downtown Market, Wealthy Street Bakery, Martha’s Vineyard, The Electric Cheetah, Marie Catribe’s, Mangiamo’s, Donkey; and breweries including Brewery Vivant, Founders, Harmony, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Hopcat. Close by shopping destinations include the Wealthy St, Cherry St, Eastown and Downtown shopping districts.
The Van Andel Arena is 1.5 miles from our home and the DeVos Performance Hall is 1.8 miles. We are also located close to three area hospitals including St. Mary’s, Spectrum, and Blodgett.
If you are driving, we have easy [and free!] street parking in front of the house. Uber is now available; and a Rapid bus stop is located at the end of our block and pretty much can get you anywhere you need to go. We are five minutes from the Amtrak, Greyhound & Megabus stations and would be happy to pick you up if our schedule allows. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away.
Other Things to Note
*Grand Rapids Short Term Rental Ordinance:
Please note the license number at the top of the page indicates we are legally licensed by the City of Grand Rapids through a newly created Short Term Rental Ordinance. This license is now required for all Airbnb operators in Grand Rapids, and also means our home has been inspected and passed fire and safety regulations [all Airbnb hosts are legally required to post this licence on the listing]. A note to our past guests: this new ordinance also limits Airbnb hosts to one room and a maximum of two people. We regretfully are unable to rent our additional two rooms at this time.
No smoking, no pets. No additional overnight guests that aren’t included in your reservation.
Wow! Thoughtfully decorated Victorian home that really felt like home for our two night stay. I wish we had more time to sit on the back porch. The shower had an incredible three option set up, including a rain shower overhead. We had everything we needed and Scott was available for any questions and friendly conversation along the way. I have to mention the homemade cinnamon rolls and morning coffee; thank you! I hope we have another chance to visit Grand Rapids, and when we do, we'll certainly stay here.
We had a great time in Grand Rapids. I was so happy we stayed with Scott and Karen. When we arrived, Karen showed us all of the ins and outs of the house . I had mentioned that I was interested in historic homes, so she shared a bit of the home's past with me. Karen was super enthusiastic about her area and city. Although we had an idea of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see, she pointed us in several great directions we wouldn't have thought of. When we woke up the first morning, they had cinnamon rolls and beverages ready for us (we don't drink coffee, but they had other alternatives available for us). Their home and neighborhood is beautiful and we felt very welcome. We spent most of our time walking around and trying to see (eat, drink) all that Grand Rapids has to offer, but I wish we would have had the time to sit and enjoy their beautiful porch and backyard. As we drove back home, we were already talking about WHEN we could go back to Grand Rapids and those plans included staying with Scott and Karen again.
Another lovely stay with Scott and Karen! Will be our go to destination every time we are in Grand Rapids!
Scott and Karen were a delight. They made sure to be available when my boyfriend checked in, and made us yummy home made (from scratch!) cinnamon buns both mornings. They provided great suggestions for things to do and places to eat around Grand Rapids. We only wish we'd had a little more time to enjoy their lovely home.
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About the Host, Scott & Karen
A spontaneous stop off the highway to grab dinner while on vacation was the beginning of our love affair with Grand Rapids. We were so charmed with the area, we decided to relocate from Chicago. After three years of searching, we finally found our dream Victorian home in 2011 and decided to take the leap!
Between Karen’s love for decorating and all things Victorian, and Scott’s ability to fix anything [our friends call him “The House Whisperer” ], owning a 120 year old home is right up our alley. Scott and I met at church and were married in 2002. We absolutely love our new adopted hometown, and have been having a blast discovering all there is to see and do in Grand Rapids. We love entertaining, and look forward to hosting you!