About This Listing
Our comfortable and historic 1869 home will set you at ease before or after your urban explorations. The History Room includes beautiful images of Buffalo's architecture, and sleeps two, with comfy bed, good light, and shared bathroom just next door.
Welcome to Prospect House, an 1869 brick Italianate mansion in Buffalo's West Village Historic District! The History Room is on the second floor of our 3-story home. With a comfortable Queen-size bed and good light, you will be able to make yourself at home while enjoying the historical Buffalo images we've hung on the wall. Feel free to lounge in the living room with gas fireplace; we have plenty of books to read and often, a jigsaw puzzle to work on!
We provide coffee, tea, fruit and snacks, included in your room rate, so you can fuel up before you head out to explore our interesting neighborhood, downtown architecture, a conference, sporting events or shopping. The kitchen is currently under renovation, so it is not available for use, but we are only three blocks from two coffee shops and myriad restaurants. There is a shared bathroom just next to the room, usually only two other people share.
We manage the AirBnB listings in the house- we live in the back of the first floor, and share use of the common areas with our guests. We're eco-friendly, avid urban cyclists and gardeners who are engaged in civic life in our city. I am an artist/historian and Jon is a graphic designer; we'll help you navigate Buffalo- both its past and its present!
Here are the other rooms currently available in our house:
Hawes Suite: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1006915
Writer's Suite: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1112958
We love our neighborhood, which is full of incredible Civil War-era brick homes, and is a five minute walk from architectural wonders like City Hall, Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building, Shea's Theater, and the newly-renovated Statler Towers. Easy access to the 190/Thruway only three blocks away. (Personalized tours of our historic district neighborhood, downtown Buffalo, the grain elevators, or other historic sites are available for a small fee). Ours is an eclectic 3-story Italianate, filled with local art and unique spaces that you won't find elsewhere. You'll be charmed by its original wood floors, curved banister, pocket doors, and soapstone mantels.
Prospect is a wide avenue, and free alternate-side street parking is available! We can help direct you to easy nearby public transportation or even lend you bicycles! Buffalo benefits from the country's first interconnected Olmsted Park system, which is well-maintained and much beloved today. Frederick Law Olmsted called Buffalo "America's best laid-out city" with its radial grid pattern of streets, making it easy to find your way around.
We'll supply you with maps, local guides, and plenty of recommendations for good food, shopping, independent art and cultural experiences, and more! We're excited to share our BuffaLove with you and help you enjoy your stay in the "Queen City of the Lakes".
Feel free to lounge in the living room with cozy couches and gas fireplace; we have plenty of books to read!
We provide continental breakfast supplies in the living room/parlor, included in your room rate, so you can fuel up before you head out to explore our interesting neighborhood, downtown architecture, a conference, sporting events or shopping. The shared kitchen is available for your use (please be conscious of vegetarians in the house), as is space in the refrigerator to store your food purchases and leftovers.
The bathroom is shared, but is completely lockable for privacy.
Interaction with Guests
My husband Jon and I manage the AirBnB listings in the house- we share use of the first floor common areas with our guests. I will likely be the one to greet you when you arrive. We're good conversationalists but also like to give guests their space and privacy.
We're eco-friendly, avid urban cyclists and gardeners who are engaged in civic life in our city. I am an artist/historian and Jon is a graphic designer; we'll help you navigate Buffalo- both its past and its present!
Our neighborhood, the West Village Historic District, is absolutely full of amazing brick and wood homes dating back to the 1860s-1890s. Just a stroll around the streets will get you inspired and amazed. Buffalo is full of incredible architecture and beautiful, friendly neighborhoods, but ours is closest to downtown and all the transit options one may need.
The city bus to Niagara Falls is one block away, the Megabus/Greyhound bus station is twelve blocks away, and the Amtrak train station is fifteen blocks away. Should you need transport to/from the airport on a weekday, there is a #204 special City bus, for $2.50 that will bring you downtown via the highway; ask to be let off at Franklin and Chippewa. Otherwise, between 6am-12pm, the regular #24 Genesee bus will get you downtown; get off at Ellicott and Chippewa and walk nine blocks west on Chippewa; then turn right at the large church called "Evergreen Commons".
Other Things to Note
We make a number of basic amenities available to our guests: soap and shampoo in each bathroom, a hair blow-dryer and iron/ironing board (available on request), and many local books and magazines to read in your downtime. We provide tourist brochures for many local attractions, and maps of the region.
Please enjoy your stay. We kindly ask you follow a few basic rules.
1. Be nice.
2. NO SMOKING in or anywhere near the house.
3. Do not flush tampons or wipes down toilet.
4. Clean up after yourself (to avoid a cleaning fee).
5. Turn lights off when you leave a room.
6. We are a vegetarian household; please refrain from cooking meat/fish.
7. You'll be given one house key and one room key at the time of check-in, which is 3pm
8. Please remove your shoes upon entering the house
9. Be aware that there are two cats in the house, which are not allowed outdoors.
10. You are free to use the shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom.
11. Guest towels will be in your room; if you need extras, they're in the bathroom.
12. Please be courteous to other guests you may encounter.
13. Please keep voices and music down after 11pm.
Feel free to use the common areas of the house, including full use of the kitchen, living room, dining room, front porch, back yard, patio and garden.
There is plenty of room in the fridge and pantry- be sure to take your items with you upon check-out.
Available in the kitchen. Feel free to make coffee/tea. Make some oatmeal! You’re welcome to items in the fridge on the AirBnB shelf. If you want creamer for your coffee - use it! Also, there are small labels on the front of the fridge so you can label something that you don’t wish to share. Please remember this is a shared space, and clean up when you are finished.
There is plenty of space to store food in the pantry. Laundry available upon request.
Make yourself at home. Please lock your door and take key with you. Place key in lock upon check-out.
The house and room was clean and convenient! Hosts were nice, but we only saw them for a few seconds in the almost whole week we stayed, and we found out on arrival that the first floor was under construction and there was no kitchen then. They had the room-renting thing down efficiently and it was a fine experience, though we were hoping to have a chance to chat about bikes and stuff. Definitely recommended!
John showed us the room and plugged in the coffee machine, no coffee though. The bed was comfortable, and towels were provided. There was good hot water supply to the shower, and internet connection was available. We were OK with no breakfast, and no contact with Dana.
I enjoyed my stay very much. The History Room was good for me because I needed to do some work, and there was a small desk and chair in the room (not shown in the pictures) along with wireless internet. I found the room cosy and warm, and the laid-back atmosphere of the house relaxing. The situation of the house is attractive and convenient, in a tree-lined street within walking distance of downtown. There is also a cool cafe nearby (Spot Coffee in W Chippewa - a real nice place to have breakfast). Dana and other people in the house were friendly and helpful, but I was left to my own devices most of the time, which suited me fine. This is a great base from which to explore Buffalo. There was a book called 'Buffalo on Foot' in the room, and I made full use of it, doing several of the walking tours. This is a town that is definitely worth exploring. Overall, I had a great time, and would hope to stay there again next time I'm in Buffalo
Dana was a great host. I asked her a lot about what to do and where to go during my stay and she always kept me well-informed. She also made me and another guest breakfast on the day I was leaving. The room was spacious, neat and bed was super comfy too. Highly recommend anyone who would wanna stay in Buffalo!
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Dana was a great host. She was out of town when I arrived but kept in contact throughout my stay and was very helpful in suggesting places to go around Buffalo.
The room is perfect for a stay in Buffalo, super close to downtown and nice and warm (which is much needed in a Buffalo winter!)
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About the Host, Dana
I am a professional historian, artist and preservation activist. I research properties, family histories, and work on a number of social justice causes. I've lived in Buffalo for five years, and consider it my adopted hometown. It has a lot to fall in love with: the incredibly friendly and open people, the vibrant and accessible arts scene, the historic architecture, the local food, and the ease of getting around.
My husband Jon is a graphic designer and screenprinter who knows a lot about bicycles, gardening, and is an incredible home cook. We will welcome you into our home and share whatever you'd like to know about Buffalo. We look forward to hosting a variety of interesting guests, and hopefully making a few friendships along the way!
Great place to meet up, grab a tasty coffee drink, and only four blocks from Prospect House!
Awesome gorgeous space with original woodwork, two rows of beer on draught, very cool owners, and FREE TATER TOTS ON FRIDAYS!
The owners are two lovely sisters, and the local food offerings include vegan, raw, vegetarian and gluten free (plus something for the carnivores too).
Decent selection of local/national beers, owner Mike's American trivia is very entertaining, and the place is plastered with history. Oh, did I mention the building's historic too?
CEPA is a Buffalo institution. Founded in the 80s as a media arts center, they show mostly photographic work. Openings in their Market Arcade space are lively and interesting.
Recently renovated, plays host to lots of electronic music and DJs these days- great dance parties. I've heard the menu is good, but very meat-oriented (welcome to Buffalo). Decent beer selection.
They have EXCELLENT bruschetta, fresh-cut fries, panini, and more. Great local/regional beer selection. Owner Mark Goldman is a local celebrity who helps save places and promote heritage tourism.
Very local-centric, tiny cafe with AWESOME back patio. Definitely attempt to get reservations. Scallops to die for, inventive pasta and other takes on Italian dishes. Cozy and welcoming.
WNYBAC is great for art openings (related to books, letterpress, papermaking, fiber, etc) and events like their New Year's gala. Upstairs tenant is Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Funky and run-down, but with a lot of great content, kind of like Allentown. Piles of books, somewhat organized; more about experiencing the space and the very interesting people who work there.
Great food, cheap. Very popular so you might want to try (email hidden)bar if it's crowded and you don't have a reservation. Great margaritas.
Really good and straightforward Italian fare- not Italian American, but like something you'd eat IN Italy. Two really nice guys own this adorable space, but gets crowded on show nights. Call ahead!
3-level store with tons of historic books. Great to browse, and manager Eric (front desk) will regale you with tales of acting, drawing, and selling books to very strange people in Buffalo.
Cafe inside for great weekday lunches! (Get the tomato bisque!) Browse the shelves, check out the historical displays, and don't miss the Grosvenor Room for special collections/rare books.
Light-filled cafe in the heart of Allentown, with soups and hummus and sandwiches so good you'll cry. You can also just grab coffee drinks. Not open very late, unfortunately. Nice people work here. :)
Also a very cool bar that looks upscale but feels comfortable. French fusion food, friendly owners, historic block of Main Street.
Locally-owned art supply store. August (with the long curly gray hair) will talk with you about painting, philosophy, and astrophysics...Mike behind the counter is very friendly and helpful too.
Go-to greasy spoon for...everyone! Gets absolutely packed on weekends but worth the wait. Try the lentilberry wrap, or substitute seitan in one of the crew specials on the back of the menu.