About this listing
I have been a host in my own house for 2 years and I am now also hosting the upper floor of a duplex, just two blocks west, in the same safe and attractive neighborhood. It is just around the corner from the Rice Village with shops, restaurants and pubs. And it is very close to Rice University, the train to downtown, and the medical center. It is minimally furnished, has no personal effects, and is light and attractive, with many windows and lovely views of the trees.
This apartment is the top floor of a large duplex in a wonderful, safe neighborhood. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. As this is Houston and the summer is almost here, I should say that the central a/c is new and wonderful. The entrance is from the front door, with the stairs just inside. The downstairs unit is accessed from the side of the house. Both units are completely self-contained.
There is no washer or dryer in the apt but if you stay longer than 3 days you may use the facilities in the garage behind the house.
Interaction with guests
The keys will be in a lock box and I will meet you there if I am available. My son and his wife live in the lower unit and they will check on you if you like. They will be happy to help in any way, but they both work, whereas I am retired so am more available during the day. My son has two dogs, one small, one large, but no dogs have ever been upstairs, so people with animal allergies will be safe. And the dogs bark rarely...possibly when people come in, and when the mail is delivered.
Other things to note
The kitchen has everything you will need if you want to cook. I will make sure there is milk, eggs, butter, marmalade, jam, and bread for breakfast. There are many wonderful and varied restaurants just around the corner. As we are so close to the Village, there is no parking on the street at any time without a permit. There is a parking permit for you to use just inside the front door...please hang it from your rear view mirror immediately!
- I don't want to charge a cleaning fee so please leave the place as you find it, apart from linens and towels of course.
- Please leave your shoes outside the door, on the landing, in order to keep the floors clean and also to minimise noise for the people downstairs..
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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I have recently retired from working at the Texas Medical Center running a graduate program for physicians to learn to do clinical research. I miss my students, but I love meeting interesting young (and older!) people through airbnb.
I am originally from Wales, and I have three grown sons, and one little grandson. They live in Houston, Denver, and New York City, and thankfully I see them often.
I live with one large dog and find myself talking to all the dogs I meet on my travels. I also love children and am especially happy when guests bring a child or two. (June, 2017: My dog's name is Bamba, but I must pronounce it funny in my Welsh-Texan accent...because I received a thank you note the other day from a particularly lovely guest addressed to "Olga and Boombah." I love it! So full of zest. So her name is now officially Boombah.)