About this listing
It is a quiet working class ghetto...the residents are open, friendly and helpful
The space is a simple and clean 2 Bedroom 2 Bath ground-floor apartment of which one bedroom with private bathroom is available.
Everyone is treated —regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias. This has been my policy long before Airbnb decided to make a statement.
I am now offering a 10% discount to "cat friendly" long term guests (30 days or more) who book August through December 2017.
Please scan or read the entire listing. It will answer many of your questions, especially if you are first time Airbnb user.
The apartment is located in a small and quiet 40 year old neighborhood of patched stucco 4 plex buildings. It's 2 blocks to a 6 lane main street with close by freeway access. My 4 plex is on the south side of the street and I keep the outside entryway light on. As you approach, expect to see a run-down poor neighborhood. When people move out of the neighborhood they leave bed parts and old furniture out by the dumpsters on the street. There is nothing that would be considered middle income around here.
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 desk 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. While there is no "motorcycle in parts" in the living room, it would not be unusual to find me opening the guts of my desktop computer on the table. Beginning in February I will be rebuilding my Yamaha ZX 225 outboard motor in the front room. I have prepared a space but the engine block will from time to time be on the main table till the rebuild is finished.
The kitchen is basic but you'll have enough utensils to make a nice meal for several people. In addition to the usual microwave and toaster there is a wok, blender and "bullet" juicer, french press, coffee cones and filters and coffee grinder. You are of course more than welcome to take coffee or tea in the morning and meals at the kitchen counter or the main table.
Please bring your own toiletries. Towels are provided. Guests leave shampoo and soaps. I store those under the sink. When the supply runs low I stock shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap and cleaning supplies.
Dual Band Hi Speed 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 bedroom's small desk.
There is "off street parking" in the apartment parking lot.
I am a rock climber who can't remember the last time he partied. I work from the apartment. That means I get up at 5:30AM 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 (Amy) and a calico kitten (Nastasha). If you leave the bedroom door open Amy or Nastasha love to come in and visit. So far neither cat has ever damaged anything in there. I keep them brushed and the place vacuumed but if you have cat allergies this is not the place for you.
Food shopping (Walmart) is within walking distance or a short drive to shopping centers. Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmer's Market and Trader Joe's are about 1 to 2 miles distant. The same area hosts many restaurants.
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, stay-ball and rollers; 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.
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" Be sure to view the neighborhood photos.
This is a run down poor working class neighborhood (mostly Black and Latino); 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. There is a heavier than average police presence here, due in part, I think to the city commissioner's personal interest. Subsequently, CC TV's have been installed at other nearby intersections
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. Afternoons and weekends, children and animals play in the street during low light - please drive very slowly in the neighborhood, There is a basketball or football game going on about every day. Many of the senior retirees walk their little dogs twice a day. Mornings and evenings it is not unusual to see people going through the dumpsters looking for recyclables. You can hear the ice cream trucks come around in the afternoon. You can walk about after dark and shop at the local fast food shops or close by Walmart. 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 five 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.
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 can be purchased on-board both SDX and Deuce vehicles or from ticket vending machines. 3-Day Passes 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 Blvd. 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.
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. Rental rates change all the time. Additionally there are online services at FlightCar, Turo and Getaround for peer to peer vehicle rentals, bypassing the commercial models.
Please note downtown strip casino properties are enforcing parking fees beginning at $10 per day. Harrah's, Caesar's Entertainment and the Cosmopolitan have embraced the paid parking model. Some areas downtown are beginning to charge for parking on special event days.; "First Friday" in the Arts District for instance. Anywhere on the street near the civic center is metered parking.
Some guests come to see only the Strip or for convention functions and honestly you may be better served by an Airbnb booking closer to downtown, paying a bit higher rate and avoiding a vehicle rental.
However, 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. I've placed some interesting local spots in the Guidebook.
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 local activities not requiring a long bus ride include: hiking, rafting, bicycle rental (both road and mountain Bikes), kayaking, ballooning, skydiving, helicopter tours, guided fishing trips, Off road touring, 5 licensed guide schools for rock-climbing.
Other things to note
You can use the washer/dryer. Ask if you are hesitant about their operation. I have detergent and bleach for use.
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 upper pantry is cleared out for guest use. That is where you will find left over dry goods.
Please be careful entering and exiting the apartment to not accidentally trap the cats outside. With the Spring weather, I let the cats outside anytime they ask. If you find the front door almost closed, probably kitties are outside unless you see them lounging about. Lately, Nastasha likes to sleep under the guest bed. Please check before locking her in your bedroom.
NO SMOKING ALLOWED. NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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. If you use the kitchen please clean up after yourself. I'll do the same.
Dirty dishes left in the sink and the counters/stove top left unclean invite the the ants and cockroaches. They will arrive hungry. There are very hard to get rid of. Let's not encourage them by leaving out dirty dishes and dirty counters.
If you eat in the bedroom please clean up crumbs and food scraps off the carpet and remove any dirty dishes or glasses. I eat at the computers most days and have to vacuum that area about twice a week.
There is a vacuum and cleaning supplies 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 home...
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