Arizona State University Professor of French welcomes visitors to his home in downtown Scottsdale. 325 sunny days a year. Guestroom opens onto secluded patio and pool. Private bath. Living and dining rooms open to guests for meals and relaxation. Walking distance to Old Town Scottsdale & restaurants. Flexible check-out (all afternoon if needed) if other guests not expected. SMOKING FRIENDLY IN HOUSE except in guest-room itself. Please phone or write after booking, but no texts please.
Living room, kitchen and dining room in the front of the house are for use by guests. Private bath. Wi-Fi. Cable television. Grand piano. Professor's large library. Fifteen-minute walk to Old-Town Scottsdale, shops and restaurants. Fashion Square Mall, convention hotels and resorts twenty minute walk away. Bus tours to the Grand Canyon and Sedona leave from nearby hotel. Local trolley service in central Scottsdale. Car needed for twenty minute drive to downtown Phoenix and Arizona State University. Bus service to downtown Phoenix limited.
I can't receive text messages. Please telephone after booking to confirm.
Smoking-friendly, but not in guest room itself. Host smokes in office in rear of house. Shy cat and amiable dog on premises.
Late check-out to enjoy afternoon if no other guests are arriving. If other guests arriving, you may store luggage until late evening. Check in from one in afternoon until midnight or by arrangement. Night-owls and late sleepers welcome.
Les FRANCOPHONES sont surtout les bienvenus. Voici leurs commentaires: "Un bel endroit pour passer quelques jours très cool ! A quinze minutes à pied du vieux Scottsdale, une chambre de plein pied avec la piscine et un jardin luxuriant, calme et reposant, l'utilisation de la cuisine et d'un salon très raffiné, sont des plus indéniables pour cette location. David est un personnage attachant, cultivé et tolérant, un brin excentrique, qui aime se mettre à la disposition de ses hôtes pour profiter au maximum de leur séjour. Son français excellent est une aide précieuse pour bonifier ces quelques jours en Arizona." "Mon conjoint et moi sommes demeurés chez David pour six jours en février 2017. L'endroit est très bien situé (environ 15 minutes à pieds de Old Town Scottsdale et des nombreux restaurants). La maison est située dans un quartier très sécuritaire , tranquille et pittoresque avec une superbe vue sur le "Camelback Mountain". Nous avions amplement de stationnement pour la voiture. La vitesse du wifi était excellente. De la porte patio de notre chambre, nous avions accès à la piscine. Ce fut très pratique. Nous avions notre salle de bain privée et accès à toute la cuisine. David fut un hôte très acceuillant et accommodant. Nous nous sommes tout de suite senti les bienvenues une fois arrivée chez lui. David est un gars unique, éduqué et très intéressant. Nous nous trouvons choyés d'avoir pu faire sa connaissance. C'est un être humain extraordinaire!"
Guests may use the kitchen to store food, make drinks and prepare meals. The living room is set aside for your relaxation, reading, playing the piano and listening to music. The dining room may be used to serve meals, for small dinner parties (by advance arrangement) or for working on the computer. Doors from the guest-room and dining room open onto a tropical, secluded patio and pool. Parking under carport. Washer and dryer. Pool warm in summer, swimming March--October.
Interaction with guests
I am a laid-back host willing to help with your trip but will absolutely respect your space and privacy. Some guests like to have a drink together on the patio. Others need peace and quiet just to relax and chill. Your privacy will be respected if you are in town for work or just want to hang out at the pool or read and listen to music in the salon. I always tell my guests not to suffer in silence during their stay but to SPEAK UP if something doesn’t suit them. I don’t mind at all. They are paying for a place to stay. If kitchen is not quite in order, tell me, etc. Please use the living room and dining room. They are part of package. Tell me if sheets or towels need changing or if bathroom or pool needs attention. I want your stay to be comfortable and for you to feel at home. Reference: "There is no question that David is a treasure to this world, and now, the airbnb community. I can not think of anyone more interesting and knowledgeable. My husband and I are avid airbnb-ers. We appreciate a good host, a charming environment, and most importantly a nice trip - which includes a nice place to stay. The room available in David's Scottsdale home is directly off the garden and the pool, with a private bathroom directly across the hall, and just around the corner from the kitchen. The house is located in a quiet, pretty, residential neighborhood in the heart of downtown and historic Scottsdale. Walking distance to many things and a very short drive to attractions like the mall or botanical gardens. The house is lovingly cared for, well established and contains fascinating collections of heirloom furniture and artifacts from an intellectual life well lived. There is a stunning baby grand Piano that has the warmest tone imaginable in the front room. We stay at Davids every year when we come to Arizona from New York City. His home, as well as he, holds a special place in our hearts."
Other things to note
I CAN'T RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES. Please phone after reserving to confirm booking. Your friends are welcome to hang out at the pool and patio with advance notice if you take responsibility for them. Small dinner parties possible by arrangement. Smoking-friendly in front rooms, but not in guestroom itself. Shy cat on premises.
I CAN'T RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES. Please telephone after booking. Or find my real e-mail and send me an e-mail after booking and paying so we may be in direct content and you can reach me anytime. You may phone anytime. Always glad to help.
No loud parties, arguments or glass on patio or in pool.
Smoking-friendly, except in guest room itself. Front part of house O. K.
Please leave kitchen and front rooms clean after use.
Your friends are welcome to enjoy the patio and pool with prior notice, but you must take responsibility for them. No heavy drugs. Guests liable for damage to property.
I have so many wonderful guests that I thought I would write what I usually say on the arrival of guests as a kind of reassurance. I always tell may guests not to suffer in silence during their stay but to SPEAK UP if something doesn’t suit you. I don’t mind after all. You are paying for a place to stay. I am a night owl and work at the computer and go to the kitchen to get snacks. If there is noise keeping you from sleeping, ring bell at the side of the bed or shout that you can’t sleep. If kitchen is not quite in order, tell me, etc. Please use the living room and dining room. They are part of the package.Use nice china and silver. Not my beat up kitchen things. Make food when you want to. Use anything. Say if sheets or towels need changing or bathroom or pool needs attention. I want your stay to be comfortable and for you to feel at home.
Professor of French and LGBT Studies at Arizona State University. I have spent a great deal of my life in Paris,the city that I love most and where I have lectured at the Sorbonne. I was awarded the "Palmes academiques" by the French Republic for my service to France culture. I have lived and taught in Texas, New York, New Orleans, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and London. A gay activist and historian, I am writing a memoir on my life in the LGBT struggle for equality. I have published on French and English literature, the history of religions, theology, gay literature, Cajun French, and classical music. I am an opera and Maria Callas fanatic. I love reading, entertaining, conversation, and speaking French. I am a laid-back host who wants guests to feel relaxed and at home. I will be pleased to help with your stay or happy to respect your space and schedule.