About This Listing
Simple and clean 2 Bedroom 2 Bath ground-floor apartment of which one bedroom with private bathroom is available.
NO SMOKING ALLOWED. NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
In the room at the end of the hall (10 x 10.5 ft.) is a Queen size bed (sheets, comforters, pillows) plus a cheap light and small workspace at this time. It's not fancy but I keep it clean. You can use the wall to wall closet. This is your private no frills space. No extra charge for a second person.
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 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 5:30AM 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 would 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.
Food shopping is within walking distance or a short drive to shopping centers. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are about 1 or 2 miles distant. There several 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, but the public transport system in Las Vegas leaves a lot to be desired. You can find information about public transport at the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission site online..
Guests have full use of the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and common space which has a 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 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 multiple stuccoed 4 plex apartments; you may see some trash in the street, but it is well lit, safe and friendly. Recently 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"
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 Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission site online for fees, discounts and bus schedules. You can download a schedule into a smart phone.
Other Things to Note
Please bring your own towel and toiletries. Guest leave bits of soap and shampoo samples 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 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.
Amy, a female long haired Maine Coon cat is very friendly and social. She is well mannered and has never bothered anything in the guest room. if you leave your bedroom door cracked open she will come in and visit. Your choice to do so or not.
Please be careful entering and exiting the apartment to not accidentally let Amy cat outside.
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 and honesty. Please be a neat and a somewhat quiet, mature person.
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. Apartment cleanliness becomes more important as the temperatures rise in Las Vegas because once we attain a steady 85° cockroaches will appear. I don't wish to encourage them to come inside.
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..
Please try not to walk around the apartment with street shoes on...tracking in dirt. It helps me keep the cheap carpet clean.
From Aug 25 - Oct 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 4 nights.
We reached pretty late on the day of arrival and Thomas was more than welcoming. This place is pretty quite and clean. We also had a private bath which was perfect. It's close to all the major locations. Thomas is an excellent host. We would definitely stay here again when we come to Vegas.
This location was perfect for me. It was inexpensive and away from the hubbub of downtown and the strip. Thomas was never a hassle and his cat Amy was an added delight. It may not suit most people, but for me it was ideal and I would consider going back in the future.
Thomas was personable and easy to stay with. The area was intimating but was close to stores and restaurants. Good value if you just want a place to lay your head.
Tom was very quick to answer emails and give information beforehand. The listing was accurate and the apartment was comfortable. The cats are sweet.
Attended a business conference in Vegas. Truly enjoyed two kind and conversational hosts, Tom and fuzzy Amy. They really made me feel warm and homy. Tom's insider instructions of avoiding highway and downtown traffic was also valuable.
We stayed with Thomas and his pretty and curious cats for four nights in May. The room with private bathroom was clean and neat while the bed was indeed comfy! Thomas was a great host! He helped us with advises about hiking in Red Rock Canyon and let us have a look into his climbing books. Since our trip was about to end in Vegas we were happy to be able to do some laundry at his place! Staying with Thomas was definitely a good choice!
About the Host, Thomas
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