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Owner of 5 hair salons. Llama Breeder, Northwind Llamas and The Cottages of Northwind.
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We arrived late and the first thing we noticed was the smell of fresh flowers! The home is charming and on one of the quietest streets in Chicago, however, everything you need is a quick walk from the apartment. Robert was a gracious host and made sure we had everything we needed. We walked to restaurants, shopping, movies, spa, and nightlife - all less than .5 miles. A wonderful experience and would definitely stay here again.
We had a very nice stay at Cottages of Northwind, and would come back again. The house was clean and ready upon our arrival, and Kim was very attentive in making sure we had everything we needed. I would recommend staying here if visiting the Sawyer/Union Pier area.
It's so nice to have a host that plays the role of host. Robert was gracious and offered assistance with where to shop and where to go in the neighborhood. We loved the neighborhood as well. It was easy to get down into the Loop area. We have friends who live close-by, so it was very nice to find a home away from home so close to them. We did not have a car, and didn't feel the need to have one with us, although I know parking is available if you need it.
My wife stayed in the apartment earlier in the week and I stayed for two days arranged easily at the last minute. Robert is very easy to deal with, very flexible about last minute arrangements, and his apartment is very clean, well kept and well stocked.
We drove 7 hours to get to Chicago. I gave Robert a call when we were close and he was fantastic. He knew we drove for so long so he had a pot of coffee waiting for us when we got in. I have used Airbnb fairly often, but never have I found a host as caring as Robert. I only have great things to say about our stay, it was easy and hassle free. I really felt at home. Next time I come to Chicago I will be sure to stay with Robert again. Thank you for everything!
Our second time staying here and had another great experience! Rob and his staff are very accommodating. The cottage itself is cozy and well kept. Highly recommend for a getaway from the city. We were lucky enough to go during one of the worst snow storms of the year, but were more than happy with sitting in front of the warm fire with a Roma's pizza. We will back next year!
This is the third time I stayed at Robert's apartment. If anything it gets better every time. He is a fantastic host, and the apartment is great in terms of arrangement, comfort, functionality and location. Some earlier reviews commented on a hard mattress in the master bedroom - not the case at this time. Everything works well, the apartment faces a lovely street and is near excellent restaurants, stores, the CTA red and brown lines, etc. Robert is extremely responsive to any requests. We look forward to our next stay.
Robert was great! the house was very comfortable and within walking distance to everything! He was very hospitable and friendly.
We chose the Red Barn for our pre-New Year's getaway. Even though we arrived a few hours later than we expected, Robert welcomed us to his beautiful farm with kind words and great stories. We toured the buildings, and he gave us a choice about where to stay. We were looking for a romantic getaway, so the Red Barn won, hands down. I don't know where else a couple can find original art and comfortable appointments in such a cozy setting. Not only did Robert set up enough electric heaters and fireplaces to keep us more than warm all night, he also brought by a convection oven -- one he just bought -- in case we wanted to cook something extravagant. We were fine with our burgers and stir fry, but we appreciated his thoughtfulness. The next morning, we met the llamas and Tim, one of their keepers, as well as Rose the dog. The pictures don't do the Red Barn justice, but hopefully you can get a sense of the warm, cozy kind of vibe that this whole farm exudes. Check it out!
Robert was great, he was very helpful when we picked up the keys to show us around his place. My family felt right at home, and loved his house. The neighborhood is very safe, and they enjoyed going to the bars and restaurants around his place. We would definitely rent out his place again!
Bob's apartment in the heart of Lakeview is beautiful. Close to Halsted, Broadway, and Clark in the the north side of Chicago. Blocks from the redline to get to downtown. A few minutes to bars, restaurants, and the lake! Can't get much better than that! Bob is very accommodating. I would highly recommend!