About This Listing
A block from The Greenway, the bicycle highway of "America’s Most Bike-Friendly City"; equidistant from the stunning promontories of the Upper Mississippi River, the chic boutiques of Uptown’s Chain of Lakes, the winding paths of Minnehaha Creek, ...
...all roads leads to this home. You'll never say "flyover country again" after a stay in our midtown 1900-era Italianate foursquare house.*
Our home was originally built as a single family home in 1901. One of the previous owners split the house into two separate apartments. We found that this did not work for our family because the one-bedroom apartment has the bigger, more functional kitchen, dining and living spaces. Our family now uses those areas in the first floor (Airbnb) flat. There is also a full (semi-private) bathroom available to guests. We occasionally, if rarely, use the bathroom facilities, and the bath tub/shower is designated as yours-only for the duration of your stay.
Your private bedroom is large with a big picture window and lots of natural light. In the warmest months, your bedroom is air-conditioned. In the winter months additional space heaters and a ceiling fan help to keep your room as warm as you desire.
Your queen-sized bed comfortably sleeps two people (and 1-2 small children)**. Linens are provided and a heavy blanket is also available.
Two large and two small drawers are available in a medium-sized dresser, and two spacious closets allow parties of two to claim a storage space of their own.
Our semi-private flat/apartment, bike and bus convenience, free parking, and central location to Minneapolis points of interest make this private room a popular Airbnb destination.
Although listed as a private room, guests have access to the entire first floor flat/apartment. You are welcome to cook in our full kitchen; work, dine, or relax in the spacious living/dining area. Work or relax with high speed wireless, coffee/tea self-service and concierge-like referrals to amenities we may not have on-site.
Interaction with Guests
Our family uses the kitchen, dining/living area, and occasionally, the bathroom just across from the guest room, providing us a chance to meet in person or invite you to join us for a meal. Other than meals, our family usually stays upstairs or outside so many of our guests find that they mostly have the first floor flat to themselves. However, if you will be staying for a longer period (>1 week), we will definitely interact more than the typical, short-term guest.
We work nearby (and sometimes from home) but are a phone call away should you need to contact us.
We are located in the Powderhorn section of Minneapolis, which is known for its diversity and proliferation of creative people. Within the Powderhorn community, our neighborhood is designated as the Central Neighborhood, which speaks to the easy reach of every Minneapolis destination (Convention Center, University of Minnesota, Mall of America, Downtown, Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek and Uptown/Lakes District).
Powderhorn Park, our neighborhood park offers great skyline views and opportunities for running, biking or strolling. In winter, skate on Powderhorn Lake, once an Olympic speed skating oval, this idyllic park is short walk from your apartment and offers a great place to watch the sunset against the skyscrapers of Downtown Minneapolis.
You can also hop on a loaner bike--one of ours (when available), or one from nearby Nice Ride public bike depot--and explore the smorgasbord of what iTravel Magazine called the “America’s blossoming culinary destination…attracting top chef’s from around the world.”
If you’re a homebody, get anything delivered to your doorstep. Walk two blocks and shop for your own organic and locally-grown provisions from the Midtown Global Market. Many guests are surprised by the food/drink, gift and people watching at the Midtown Global Market, also just three blocks from our doorstep.
In the morning, help yourself to espresso, coffee, or tea.
Our guests also have enjoyed the large helpings and nicely priced vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore delights and coffee at the Modern Times cafe just around the corner. Or, if you catch us sitting for breakfast (usually on weekends), pull up a chair; you are most welcomed to join us.
So convenient to other neighborhoods, we dare you not to lose your heart to Minneapolis restaurants, bars, and nature offerings. The Midtown bus depot and a Nice Ride bike stall are just two blocks away. From the airport just hop on the train to the Lake Street station and transfer to the 21 westbound bus. There is also free street parking outside our home.
Other Things to Note
*While the weather is good, we are working on a landscaping and exterior trim painting. The exterior may be in an in-between state during all or part of your stay. We apologize for our outward appearance; your room and living spaces will not be affected by our beautification projects.
**(Our maximum adult occupancy is 2; we welcome families with 1-3 small children so long as there are no more than 4 guests). Please indicate whether you will be bringing children so that we can record the correct occupancy on your reservation and provide ample fresh linens for your group.
Small families, couples, solitary travelers--all are welcome! Smoking outside only. Relax and enjoy yourself.
Communication was quick and informative, and allowed us quick and easy access to our room. Room itself was clean, tidy, and incredibly comfy. Our travel plans allowed for only a brief interaction with our host, Dimitri, but he was immensely pleasant and helpful. We would love to stay here again when we return to the Twin Cities area.
Dimitri's place is clean, comfortable and convenient. Had no problems with communications. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good value.
We were very warmly welcomed. The room was spacious and very comfortable with the windows open. The bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. The bathroom was large and very serviceable. The house was clean. Great wifi.
The only negative was noise. There is a large dog next door that barks just outside the window so we couldn't leave the windows open, the same household also has many children that were making noise and the houses are so close together that we could hear them in their rooms if our windows were open. So if you're looking to sleep in past about 6:15 (that's when we heard noise just outside the window the first morning and were forced to shut the windows, 7:15ish the other mornings), this may not work. It would have been fine except it was stuffy with the windows closed.
The owners themselves weren't particularly noisy though the bedroom is right off the kitchen which has laminate flooring so can be a little loud.
The neighborhood is nothing special but very safe and parking was easy to find. We mostly just walked to our destinations or to the bus line a block away. There is a cafe just around the corner and the Midtown Exchange building has the Global Market on the first floor with tons of restaurants and shops and it's just 3 blocks away.
Overall, i'd stay here again but it would have to be in the cooler months so that I didn't want to leave the windows open.
Dimitri and his wife were delightful (their son was away so I didn't meet him). I had a lovely stay there. The space is semi-private; I basically felt as if I had the first floor to myself, though they were in and out occasionally. If you're looking for an affordable place to stay at a location that as the description says is centrally located, you'll do great here.
One note: If you're walking-impaired, you'll want to have wheels of some sort. There's one good eatery a block and a half away. The next option (the Midtown Exchange, an odd and fascinating collection of eating, drinking and shopping establishments) is 5-10 minutes walk away.
Fantastic experience and great access to bike trails, public transit etc. Dimitri was a fantastic host and I felt welcomed the entire time. I would recommend this house to anyone seeking the comfort, warmth and kindness of your average citizen in Minneapolis.
This was my first Airbnb stay and my first trip to Minneapolis. My schedule was pretty sporadic, but Dimitri managed to be present when I arrived. We had a great time hanging out. Friday night we hung out on his porch and "jammed" - he played guitar, while I beatboxed. Dimitri is skilled in many things and is very personable. I greatly enjoyed how thoughtful, perceptive, and articulate he was. A Great host!
Dimitri's place was clean and comfortable and located in a quiet residential area...a very good location for my purposes. We communicated with ease and the whole process went smoothly. Dimitri was a great host...very hospitable and happy to share his wonderful coffee. :)
About the Host, Dimitri
I was born in Florence, Italy but have lived mostly in Minneapolis. My wife is from New York and has lived all over the U.S. My wife, son and I love good food, scrabble, and travel.