This is our full time home (hence the concept of airbnb), so yes the house was lived in before you showed up (and thoroughly cleaned for you prior to your arrival). We do have two small children so there will be some toys in the house, but they are always stored in a designated place and not all over the house when our guests arrive (ever). As far as dishes go, I'm not sure if any home owner would want dirty dishes with food left in the sink upon a guests departure. We do lock our private office with important documents, and our garage with our personal stuff. I'm glad you found me easy to communicate with, and that you appreciated the location as it is very unique, but you may be better off at a hotel with your expectations.