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.
Interaction with Guests
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.
Other Things to Note
We have a washing machine for extended stays, but no dryer. You can use the clothesline on the deck if you like.
- We don't provide much in the way of food, though you're welcome to make some tea or coffee, as well as use the kitchen to prepare anything you bring home.
- Smoking is allowed outside on the deck (just off the kitchen). Libations are welcomed with moderation.
- We are animal lovers, and hope you are as well; our dog & cat are very friendly in return. If you have any pet allergies, please keep this in mind.
- There is no TV in the house, but there is WIFI.
On the bright side, it was cheap and pretty centrally located and the two housemates I met were both super friendly and welcoming with good restaurant recommendations. (I only saw them briefly in four days; the owners reportedly live in Chicago and only come about once a month.) But the photos make this place look far better than it is. For some reason they took the couch and armchairs out of the living room -- there is just a table there now. The place is rundown with a musty smell, and the only cozy thing about the guest bedroom is its small size. The only window in that room is covered in plastic. The house was on the cold side, though the space heater in the room cranks it up. The bathroom was nice, though. The neighborhood is maybe a bit sketchy at night.
The room is indeed cozy! Even after an epic snowstorm the heat was running well and the room was always comfortable. Because the bed is lofted it's always nice and warm up there. If you prefer to sleep cool, as I do, all you need do is flip the heat vent off and the room still stays warm but not too warm for us "hot sleepers."
I didn't get to meet my hosts, just their housemates, who I saw a few times and were friendly. However, my hosts communicated well and quickly with me via Air BNB app when I had questions. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, cooking implements and a great electric kettle. The shower is fantastic!
The room is very small. A great size and all you need for one person, or two if you're not planning on spending a bunch of time in the room hanging out. I didn't get to check out the awesome looking patio due to the aforementioned snow. The neighborhood is beautiful to walk around in and an easy drive to places like Bardstown Rd and Cherokee Park.
Jeff and Bess were in Chicago during our stay so we never interacted with them. The other housemates, however, were unobtrusive and friendly. The place was as described, although I feel the room was smaller than it appeared in the pictures. The house was old and much colder than we anticipated, but we were provided a space heater so our room was always warm. The outside bathroom is tiled so it's pretty cold and I would definitely recommend bringing slippers if you're visiting in the winter! Plenty of towels and blankets were provided, although the pillows were flimsy and flat as pancakes. WiFi was good enough to do work, but not good enough to stream video. The location was convenient to get everywhere we needed to by car, but I can see it being a little shady at night if you're walking. Overall, a good central location to base a visit to Louisville. Thanks for letting us stay!
We stayed for 3 nights and found the space to be as described. Room and bed were ready when we arrived and towels were provided for use in the bathroom. Room is small (as described) and loft has a ceiling fan with short blades in close proximity (not directly over bed but just off the side) which may interfere with moving in bed. Bathroom was clean and accommodating. We did not make use of kitchen, shared spaces, or outside deck - however they looked clean and welcoming.
The listing description was accurate: small and quirky. Quiet neighborhood, great street parking available just outside every time we came and went. Very centrally located. Jeff and Bess were flexible with our delayed check-in time. They were out of town for our 3 day stay, but housemates were friendly. The key is a little difficult to find in the dark. Great rooftop/outdoor space weather permitting. Overall, exactly what we wanted!
My host was very good at keeping up communication by email & text. The listing description was pretty accurate. One small thing on that note: though the pictures show it as well lit, most of the time the main rooms were kept pretty dark (granted I was not there during the day, so it was the lighting). The location was super convenient for me. I was attending a conference in downtown and I was able to walk there in 30 minutes. The only thing I hadn't thought of was walking back in the dark. I asked around and people advised against walking in that area for very long after dark. There was a bus route that came by pretty frequently, so I took that and the bus driver was very nice ($1.75 for regular fare). A few things to note for potential future guests: the room is quite small and the ladder up to the bed is quite steep, so just be ready to climb and have both hands on the ladder edges. Otherwise, the room is cute and provides a good nights sleep. If you're a light sleeper, pack some ear plugs because the street outside does get some truck/car traffic. One other noise factor is their adorable but somewhat vocal cat. It wasn't all nights, but I do remember waking up to the sound of the cat yowling for a bit. The cat was very cute though, so forgive and forget. Other things to note: the key transfer was through a housemate and I didn't meet Jeff or Bess. The kitchen is nice and spacious. They were ok with me storing a few things I had brought in the fridge. Wifi worked well, though a little weak when up on the loft/bed. I'd also recommend keeping the door open so the cat doesn't wander in and get up in the bedding.
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Jeff is a designer, photographer and restorer of old buildings; Bess is graphic designer and fine-art painter. We are advocates of sustainability, the arts, and LGBTQ & social equality.
We love being in and working on well-designed spaces, meeting new people, traveling, and learning more about the world around us. If on two wheels, all the better. We try to put our efforts toward improving the communities we are in whenever possible.