About this listing
Simple and clean 2 Bedroom 2 Bath ground-floor apartment of which one bedroom with private bathroom is available.
Please scan or read the entire listing. It will answer many of your questions, especially if you are first time Airbnb user.
After negotiating downtown Las Vegas, you'll arrive in an off arterial, small 30 year old neighborhood of patched stucco multiple 4 plex buildings. My 4 plex is on the south side of the street and I keep the outside entryway light on.
Once inside, the room at the end of the hall (10 x 10.5 ft.) has a Queen size bed (sheets, comforters, pillows) plus a cheap light and small work-space at this time. You may use the wall to wall closet. This is your private no frills space. Just in the hall outside your bedroom door is your private bathroom. No extra charge for a second person.
The apartment is not tastefully decorated. I live a climber's basic lifestyle and the apartment is very utilitarian. I do, with the exception of the climbing gear storage, keep the place picked up and clean.
The kitchen is basic but you'll have enough utensils to make a nice meal. In addition to the usual microwave and toaster there is a wok, blender, french press, coffee cones and filters and coffee grinder. You are of course more than welcome to take meals at the kitchen counter or the main table.
Please bring your own toiletries including your towel.
Wireless connection is available and you can set up in the common space on the dining table or in your bedroom. There is no Television. Find the wireless password inside a drawer of the small desk.
There is "off street parking" in the apartment parking lot.
I am a rock climber who seldom parties and I work from the apartment. That means I get up at 5:00AM during the week; grind fresh coffee, day-trade for a few hours and sometimes nap mid mornings unless I am going climbing or bass fishing. I prefer someone quiet and somewhat neat who is comfortable with animals.
I do have a long haired cat. If you leave the bedroom door open Amy cat loves to come in and visit. After all she considers it "her room" and "her bed". She has never damaged anything in there. I keep her brushed and the place vacuumed but if you have cat allergies this is not the place for you.
NO SMOKING ALLOWED. NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Food shopping is within walking distance or a short drive to shopping centers. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are about 1 to 2 miles distant. For visitors who prefer to eat healthy and out of restaurants or fast food spots, one of the best deals is to purchase a menu of frozen ready to microwave and eat selections from Trader Joe's.
There three chain food markets within 2 miles of the apartment. Lately I have been shopping for fresh produce at Market-On located on the corner of Washington Street and Decatur Blvd.
You really need your own transport to use this location. This location has good freeway access, 25 minutes to the center of the Strip, is close to Red Rocks (30 minutes or less) and 45 minutes to parking for the Hood at Mt.Charleston for high altitude summer climbing.
Going downtown (average less than 30 minutes) is more traffic dependent especially during holidays when traffic is heavy.
There is bus transport very close. It's safe to travel around after dark, but the public transport system in Las Vegas leaves a lot to be desired. You can find information about public transport at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada site online...Read below for more details about getting around...
Guests have full use of the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and common space which has a small sofa, work out area (pull up bars, a few free weights and hang-board; please ask to use the inversion machine).
Interaction with Guests
Staying here should feel very relaxed and comfortable - like staying at a good friend's house. You are given your own key.
You'll have a much, or as little interaction, as you desire. Nobody cares if you come in late as long as you enter quietly after midnight.
You are encouraged to use the refrigerator, pantry and kitchen facilities. Drink the bottled water; it's included.
Feel free to ask about the local attractions or destinations.
Several guests have asked about me picking them up or driving me around (for instance a ride to the airport).
I am sorry but I do not do pick up guests or drive them around.. Please do not ask.
It's nicknamed the "Baby Ghetto"
This is a run down working class neighborhood (mostly Black and Latino) of 30 year old multiple stuccoed 4 plex apartments; you may see some trash in the street, but the neighborhood is well lit, safe and friendly. Early 2015 Las Vegas Metro permanently installed a closed circuit live feed camera at the intersection of Yerba and Lirio and a new gate at the end of Arpa, so the only entrance and exit is Lirio Street.
In the 90's the "Baby Ghetto" was drug and prostitute ridden with ostensibly the highest per capita firearms density in Las Vegas.
Frequent and ongoing Las Vegas Metro patrols have run out the drug dealers. When it's cooler, children and animals play in the street after school/during low light - please drive very slowly in the neighborhood, You can walk about after dark and shop at the local fast food shops. The local police precinct holds seasonal block parties.
I don't leave my Toyota Tacoma unlocked at night or anything valuable in view in the front seats, but I have a $55,000 bass boat parked out side under a blue cover and it hasn't been bothered in the three years have been here.
It is an ideal location for climbing at either Red Rock Canyon or Mt. Charleston in the summer because of the ease of freeway access and the selection of stores and services.
There are a couple "local" bar & grill establishments close by and about 1 mile distant at Lake Mead and the US 95 on the west side of Lake Mead is a selection of restaurants and the usual fast food, but I don't frequent them so know little about the food or service.
Pin Kaow on Rainbow and Lake Mead is decent Thai food. Tacos La Compita at Jones and Charleston is low cost but good Mexican food in a working class establishment.. Buco di Beppo (Joe's Basement) on 7690 W. Lake Mead near Durango has good family style Italian in a comfortable family style setting reminiscent of "old Las Vegas". For pizza, my favorite is Verranzanos on Rainbow; about 3 miles from the apartment.
It is easy walking distance to two different bus stops, however as previously mentioned, this apartment is best used with a car or truck. Las Vegas main streets are, for the most part, constructed to a NS/EW grid pattern and it's difficult to get lost for long.
You can get around via public transportation but the transit system in Las Vegas is poor in my opinion. Look up fares and bus schedules information by accessing the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada site online for fees, discounts and bus schedules.
A multi-day bus pass is the best deal and there are senior discounts, but they are complicated to get. (Reduced Fare Passes Cannot be Purchased Online and Requires a Reduced Fare Identification Card).
2-Hour and 24-Hour Passes ($8) can be purchased on-board both SDX and Deuce vehicles or from ticket vending machines. 3-Day Passes ($20) can only be purchased on board Deuce vehicles, online and from select ticket vending machines. 30-Day Passes can only be purchased at vendor locations ( 7-11 and Circle K stores), online and at select ticketing vending machines.
You can download a transit schedule into a smart phone.
Querying on mapping software will get you approximate travel times by public transport and it's something to consider. Enter Lake Mead and Jones as your origin or destination. For instance, it's slightly more than an hour to get from the apartment to downtown strip by bus, but only 20 minutes by vehicle. This location will get you on the freeway system or main arterials quickly. A recent fare check on Uber shows the rates from $19 to $39 at the deluxe level. Taxis are even more costly. Recently I learned that Uber is not allowed to operate at McCarron Airport. If you are flying in (LAS) and thinking about renting a vehicle, try to get a package deal with your flight. A free shuttle will take you from the airport to the rental agency. I checked recently (phone number hidden)) and found the best rates through Kayak; as low as $20 per day. Enterprise asked $41 per day so shop around.
Some guests come to see the Strip or for convention functions but if you wish to see areas outside Las Vegas a vehicle is the best way. Mapping software says it is 4 hours and 25 minutes to drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon; realistically it is more like 6 hours.
Bus tours are available to tour various destinations: Red Rocks, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Death Valley... Pink Jeep Tours, as an example, ask $100 for a half day tour in Red Rocks National Conservation Area.. Zion Tours offers trips to Zion and Bryce Canyon at about $150 per day
Other Things to Note
Guests leave bits of soap and shampoo samples in the medicine cabinet and the sink cabinet which you are free to use but don't count on them being provided A few towels are provided.
You can use the washer/dryer. Ask if you are hesitant about their operation. I have detergent and bleach for use. I'd ask you rinse out the detergent measuring cup after each use. Keeps the liquid detergent off the floor and off the container.
Purified water is provided. I get this personally from a store which reverse osmosis filters onsite, not from a kiosk.
If you plan to make meals at the apartment ask about using the staples/condiments other guests have left. No sense buying salt and pepper or olive oil or rice cause these items have been left by previous guests. A portion of the pantry is cleared out for guest use.
Please be careful entering and exiting the apartment to not accidentally trap Amy cat outside.
In the last 6 weeks, one or two guests have tried to change or cancel their reservations at the last moment. Last year I found I needed to select a "moderate" cancellation policy to insure myself against last minute changes. You can read what the "moderate policies" entail on the Airbnb site or at the very bottom of this listing's dashboard. Though I try to do my best to work with my guests needs, once you arrive, if for any reason you decide to leave early, refund policy follows Airbnb guidelines and you must negotiate with them. Please be sure of your plans.
NO SMOKING ALLOWED. NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Unfortunately, I find I have had to post the no smoking rule twice.
There are few rules here but it is not a hotel or hostel. Airbnb works best for everyone if there is, mutual trust, transparency, responsibility and honesty.
Please don't be shy about using the kitchen to prepare meals. I'd ask that if you use the kitchen you clean up after yourself. I'll do the same.
If you eat in the room please be extra vigilant to not leave crumbs and food scraps on the rug or dirty dishes anywhere. We have a vacuum for unforeseen incidents.
If you are staying longer than a week and using the kitchen etc. I'd expect you would take upon yourself some of the house chores; occasional vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, refilling the bottled water when it is out, washing your bed linen, keeping your bathroom clean, taking out the garbage. Just minimal stuff you would do at your house..
From Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 4 nights.