Neat Victorian house near Central Park in Old Louisville, shared among a few young professionals. We're out of town often, so this is a great place for light & independent travelers. It's comfortable to hang out in, or use as a base to explore from.
This is a room within our 130-year old house at the north end of Old Louisville, directly south of the downtown museum district, and few blocks north of Central Park (close to St James Court). The existing house is actually the remaining top two floors of the 3-story building, the 1st floor of which was converted to a bakery in 1922. The total living space is 2000 sqft.
Our place is always undergoing some renovation, but it's 'mostly done,' and quite comfortable. We have a large, fenced back yard, and rooftop deck (best room in the house Spring through Fall). The guest room is private, small but with a 10' ceiling and full-size loft bed; it can accommodate two 'fit' people.
The house is shared among several young professionals (in the art/design and culinary fields) with varying schedules; it is unlikely to see us all at the same time. We also have a few gentle, friendly animals: a feist (small dog, in our portraits) and a Siamese cat.
Nota Bene: we do our best to keep things tidy and put together, but this is our home, and we do have lives within and without -- not all is perfect. We welcome you into our home; please remember that it is that and not a hotel.
There is a desk & reading chair for private use, but if you want to spread out the living room you're welcome to.
The kitchen, bathroom and living room are shared. Kitchen is compact but modern. Bathroom has large shower with dual heads. Living room is large, with piano. Again, it's an old building -- some things are creaky, crooked or missing -- but it's an interesting place.
We co-locate in Chicago (have a second home there), and are away from Louisville as much as 2/3 of the time (pup is with us when we're away). We have a few nice housemates that keep things in order while we're away, but plan on being on your own for the most part.
Old Louisville is the most densely populated and diverse neighborhood in Louisville. We have the most intact neighborhood of Victorian homes after New York City. Century-old trees and the park nearby make this a lovely place to walk around.
There are plenty of bus lines nearby heading in every direction. Also our neighborhood is very walkable. If you plan on visiting several areas of town, a car or bicycle is advisable though.
We have a washing machine for extended stays, but no dryer. You can use the clothesline on the deck if you like.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$5 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$225 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$495 /month|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Cat(s)|
Bess, my host, was great. We had the perfect amount of interaction. A meal or two in the kitchen in the beginning, and then mostly passing by and checking in throughout the visit. We had a couple of nice conversations and she was helpful with helping me get around and get some things done.
The actual place where I stayed is accurate from the pictures. The problems I had, others (especially younger guests) might not have. For me, most of the house was cold and uncomfortable. There was nowhere to really lay down on the floor and do my stretches. I've got a lot of physical problems from recent weight loss and it was tough on my body. I'm also frustratingly more susceptible to cold now than ever before since I lost all the fat for padding. Next time, maybe I'd bring a padded mat. The trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night meant climbing down a big wooden ladder from the loft and walking across the entire freezing house to a cold tiled floor bathroom. I slept dressed and wore socks and slippers everywhere. My room was also located right on a busy street corner by a traffic light, so city light came in the window and I heard yelling and cars with the bass thumping every night, much of the night, and a couple of nights, emergency vehicle sirens. It wasn't the best part of town, but I grew up in Baltimore City and was okay with that. Many people told me to "be safe," but everyone was nice and sometimes helpful.
The deck was really nice and the loft area where I slept was really nice. It had a lamp and a nice area to put things I brought up, an extension chord, and heat. The room I stayed in was small, but had the necessary essentials, aside from a carpet to do my stretches.
I don't want this review to sound harsh. This was my experience, and I do have a lot of little travel idiosyncrasies (some of which are still popping up or I'm still learning about). I think a younger person would have been very comfortable there. There was nothing deceptive in the post. It just wasn't great for me. I was in a bind and the price was right and Jeff and Bess helped me in a jam. I am grateful to have had an affordable place to stay. I had access to a kitchen which was also great, because I eat very differently now and cook my own meals as much as possible.
Jeff and Bess are great! Lost my wallet in a bus on my way to their place and they were amazingly helpful in doing all and even more in their hands for me to get it back, I couldn't be more thankful for their help. Super nice and authentic people, I was glad to meet them at least the day they were there. The room is exactly what's advertised and the deck is great by the way.
A conference weekend visit stay was easy and affordable, and their home is in a great tree-lined neighborhood. Excellent choice for folks who are looking to be in the community. Awesome loft bed - be prepared for a climb - and perfect for pet people - cat and dog at home are friendly critters.
Staying at Jeff and Bess's place was great! Location was perfect for my job in Old Louisville. The pets and roommates were also really nice. I felt right at home.
Beautiful old building! Jeff was great, the room was clean and cozy. Close to many cool areas of beautiful Louisville. The other housemates, two dogs and cat were totally fun and friendly.
The house has a lot of character! The neighborhood has attractive architecture and is convenient to getting around town. The roof deck area is a delight. We enjoyed our stay!
Jeff & Bess were great hosts! The house is comfortable and spacious. We enjoyed spending time lounging around on the rooftop patio as well as exploring the city and chatting with Jeff, Bess, and the other house mates. The pets were fantastic and we fell in love with them. It was very easy to come and go and was a quiet and peaceful place to stay. Highly recommended!
Overall I had a decent stay. The location was great for being close to Ironman Louisville and the main downtown. Getting anywhere in Louisville from their house was easy and never a long drive. There was always a parking spot right in front of their place too. The neighborhood seemed sketchy and I didn’t feel comfortable walking after dark and worried about my car over night, but nobody ever bothered me or my car while I was there. The bed was comfortable, but if you are over 5’11” it will be too short for you. The room was also loud like my window was wide open, so I heard all the street noise and used earplugs to sleep. Very annoying hearing loud music from cars and people yelling all day and night. It’s also a loft bed so after an Ironman when you are sore and tired it’s not fun climbing a ladder to get to bed. The dogs were so nice and waited for me to wake up each day. The cat likes to sleep on the bed so close the door to avoid a fur ball on your pillow. The house wasn’t very clean. It wasn’t a mess and things were picked up, but the bathroom could have used a good cleaning and I’ll leave it at that. Bess and her housemates were nice and not rude, but they hardly talked to me so I kept to myself. I felt like I was bothering them if I asked how to get somewhere or where to eat. I like I was intruding while staying there and just a stranger in the back room. Checking in was following instructions to a hidden key, letting myself in and fending for myself after a housemate told me where my room was. After that I was on my own and hardly saw anyone and just came and went as I pleased. Checking out was leaving the key and walking out. The price was great, the location was perfect, and I loved the dogs. But next time I’ll explore other options. Nothing personal, but I would like more interaction with the owners to learn the town and a cleaner and quieter place to stay. I still had a good time overall.
My stay with these guys was awesome; I'm a 'dog person', so the two dogs were an added perk to my stay. Their deck overlooking old louisville is amazing for breakfast, beers, or just hanging out. Jeff was amenable to both my early arrival and later departure...which was awesome. The room was simple and just what I needed for my first trip to louisville. I highly recommend.