About This Listing
Downtown home filled with crystalline glazed porcelain and locally curated art. Complimentary homemade granola, yogurt and coffee & tea. You will be in a quiet neighborhood with some of Cville's best restaurants around the corner!
This beautiful brick house circa 1910 is located in the heart of Belmont, a ten minute walk from the downtown mall. Within just a block of Belmont's fabulous restaurants. It is a safe and quiet neighborhood with great old houses, with ample parking and parks nearby.
Your party will have the entire house. The main bedroom has a full sized bed with dressers and closet space. There is also a full divan in the front living room. The dining room has a dinner table, a day bed and music system. The entertainment room divan doubles as a twin bed. You are welcome to use the kitchen, and any ingredients you may need. The bathroom has a tub with shower, washer & dryer, and toiletries. There is cable, HBO, Netflix, chromecast, and high speed internet.
The house is filled with great local artists' work that you will get to see and use my pottery during your stay. I enjoy having people getting to touch and feel my work and spend more time than you might in any other setting. My upstairs neighbor Nora owns the vintage and antiques store Low, on the downtown mall.
I always have locally roasted coffee and for breakfast homemade yogurt and granola, made with gluten free oats. If you like donuts, Spudnuts (donuts made with potato spuds), is a short walk away. There is a free trolley from downtown that will take you to University of Virginia, to see the Rotunda and the Academic Village or if you are in town to watch a game or show at John Paul Jones. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is only four miles away with a great boardwalk leading up to it that I can tell you more about.
To see what there is in the vicinity of the house be sure to check out my guide.
If you would like to see more of my pottery, you can search online for Budala Pottery.
You will have the entire house including the front porch. I will be working in my studio at times which is in the back yard but I will not be coming in the house. You are more than welcome to visit me however.
Interaction with Guests
The check in is automatic; the keys and instructions will be by the front door when you arrive. I am always available by phone.
Belmont as the oldest subdivision in the United States has come far in the past decade. With the opening of Mas Tapas in that many years, now it hosts some of Charlottesville's best and most eclectic restaurants. However there is no live music which keeps the area pretty quiet. Bridge PAI is in the neighbourhood and right across the bridge is the amphitheater end of the Downtown Mall.
Walking is the best way to get around. Right near the amphiteathre is the bus transit station, with the Free trolley going to UVA every fifteen minutes. Monticello and the numerous wineries are from four miles to about twenty mile range. Route 20 and 53 are straight off Monticello Ave which is one block from the house.
Other Things to Note
Most of the artwork in the house are my collection from people I have known or met in town. If you are interested in any of the works feel free to ask me about its creator.
You may check in after four o'clock, any time you arrive is fine.
The house is shoeless, so I ask that you to take your shoes off in the entree, I have different slippers for you borrow if you need them.
Check out is at noon.
We enjoyed staying at this ample,cozy and artistic house. We also appreciated all the attention the host had paid to all details to make us feel comfortable and at home. The location is also great---in a nice neighborhood right in the heart of Charlottesville, within walking distance of restaurants and downtown. Excellent experience.
What a lovely place! I felt very much at home at Alp's beautiful property: it is a block away from the artsy Belmont center, and only a few minutes to the mall. The photos don't do justice to the calming energy of this house. Every corner is delicately designed and as you walk from one room to another, you are welcomed by another world. Sip your morning coffee on the front porch, read a book on the "sedir" in the living room, ponder and listen to the tunes among paintings, ceramics and fur! The house is very specious with multiple rooms that allow for different sleeping arrangements.
And the best of all, Alp, your host, is very gentle and accommodating. The light in his eyes are reflected in his space!
Very warm and cozy little place!!
We arrived late so the keys were left out for us with instructions about the apartment. The bathroom had clean towels laid out for us, kitchen had coffee and bedrooms had extra pillows and throws. All in all a safe bet when looking for a house in the vicinity!
Wonderful, comfortable, beautiful and artistic home in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Charlottesville. Relaxing space with best breakfast in town! Alp was warm and responded quickly and cheerfully when plans changed last minute. Hope to stay again soon!
This place was totally rad. Pretty sure it's the reason my wife named Charlottesville the highlight of our southern trip. Alp's place has all sorts of spaces to get comfortable, in nooks and crannies around the house. It's like a real retreat. The location is pretty terrific, a walk to downtown, but enough blocks away to be within its own quiet community. It's a very special place, and I recommend it.
We stayed here for a week at end-December. Very nice ground floor apartment in a two-family house in a pleasant neighborhood. The apartment had everything one could ask for and was very clean. The kitchen was large and well-stocked. Alp was super-pleasant to deal with. One slight issue if renting in the winter -- the apartment has one major heater in one central room and the other rooms have portable heaters (the bathroom has a heater set into the wall). Not a big deal, but do bring warm slippers. That being said, we'd certainly recommend staying here. Charlottesville was great. Had terrific food at La Tavola and Mas, both a couple of minutes walk away. Gibson's Grocery nearby is lovely and run by the very nice son of the founder.
About the Host, Alp
I came to America after finishing high school in Turkey. With great luck I took Ceramics at PVCC and met the wonderful teacher and amazing potter Tom Clarkson. I continued taking ceramics on the side as I graduated from Uva with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology. After college I spent a year in the ceramics studio where my talent and interest in ceramics really burgeoned. I was ready to start my own studio at that point but the wonderful person whom I was with suggested we go traveling, so we spent the next year riding a motorcycle in India. After returning and a few part time jobs later, I finally opened my first studio in 2008. The following year I moved into this house and have my studio in the backyard where I also like to garden.
I use whole milk, if you need the fat removed you can get it here. Neighborhood convinience store.
Very good food, a bit pricey.
Great atmosphere, mostly local ingredients on the menu, but the food leaves something to be desired. Not my first choice or second. If you want to get drinks though, they have a large closed patio.
Closest coffee shop.
Best food in town. They do not take reservations so being only a block away comes in handy.
This donut place has great fresh donuts made with potato spuds. However the coffee is terrible and it is closed on Sundays.
Fresh produce and more
Pretty good thai food.
Great sandwiches and beer selection for there or take out. Usually pretty busy.
One of Cville's oldest and still one of the best. American cuisine. Great place to take a date.
Interesting art gallery with more of a youthful vibe.
Very good pastries, also walking distance from the house.
This is the place to try great teas, eat food and see live music at night. Really great atmosphere, a Charlottesville jewel.
Best art gallery in town.
If you are not familiar with Tai Chi but would like a taste, this is the dojo I go to. Hiromi Sensei is amazing, light hearted and very dedicated to teaching the form in all its beauty and detail.
Great place if you want eggs for breakfast, usually pretty busy.
The place to get great wine and beer. Friday nights they have a tasting.
Excellent used book store.
If you want to go to a play, they have great productions.
Great selection of beers. Very cool toilets.
London, Paris, Charlottesville. Nice place for ladies.
Multi screen movie theatre.
Charlottesville only independent movie theatre. For the discerning movie viewers;)
Jefforson's house and gardens.
Open daily 11-530pm
$5 per person.
Dave Matthews' place;)
One of the best easy hikes in the area and there are some swimming holes along the way.
Pretty good beer and Americana food.
Sat Sun 11-5pm
$5 per person
Close to Blue Ridge Parkway and some breweries.