Living room with heated black slate floors.Front entry with Japanese lantern and Adirondack chairs

Entire home/flat

2 guests

2 bedrooms

2 Beds

Entire home/flat

2 guests

2 bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Architect built, Frank Lloyd Wright style Mid-Century Modern home in a neighborhood known for it's unique architecture. The passive solar house is surrounded by trees and Japanese Gardens. 10 min from downtown Mpls. and close to U of MN St Paul campus. Great friendly neighborhood in walking distance to grocery store, shopping, book store, yoga studio, coffee shops and great restaurants.

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 1AM (next day)
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Cleaning Fee: £24
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price: £117 / night
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The space

Huge wall of windows overlooking gardens, complete privacy, black slate floors, marble floors in kitchen + bath, radiant in-floor heat, passive solar, stainless steel appliances, cement countertops, post and beam construction, all wood ceiling and walls, art collection. Second bedroom doubles as Media Room with 55" 4K HDR Ultra HDTV system. The whole house is surrounded by large trees and Japanese Gardens.

Guest access

Whole main floor of house including full kitchen, full bath, large living room with stunning view, treadmill in exercise room, laundry room downstairs, screen porch, patio. You can also use the patio or stroll the Japanese gardens surrounding house.

Interaction with guests

I will be out of town on assignment or teaching a photo workshop or at my cabin (the Trade River Retreat Center) when the house is available but am always accessible via email or cell phone for any questions. I do have a Studio Manager often working in my office downstairs. The office is in a completely separate apartment with it's own entrance.

The neighbourhood

It's like being in a small town in the heart of the city. 2 blocks to great little grocery store, gift shops, independent bookstore, wine shop, post office and several great restaurants. Small nature preserve across the street behind the seminary. Just blocks from St. Paul U of MN campus. Voted best neighborhood for architecture in the Twin Cities.

Getting around

Located on the border between Minneapolis and St. Paul, it is only 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 12 There is also a bus stop in front of the house on Como Ave and bus hub is 1 block away. Smart car rentals are also available in the neighborhood.

Other things to note

Eclectic blend of Japanese and Southwestern Native American aesthetic with lots of art and sculpture throughout. Very private, quiet and tranquil setting nestled in among the trees. Complete seclusion with the summer foliage, unique to an urban setting. All organic cotton sheets and towels provided. House is passive solar and all electricity is bought from off site renewable solar and wind sources. Early check in and late check out usually available upon request.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 1AM (next day)

– Please remove shoes upon entering (my black slate floors show everything)
– No smoking inside
– This is not a party house!
– This house is not particularly kid friendly. It is more of an artist's retreat ideal for single persons or couples.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

157 Reviews

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Robert User Profile
May 2017
Doug's house is very much the artists retreat that he describes in his listing. It wonderfully filled with natural materials and artwork. He has taken good care to provide helpful information so that a visitor can comfortably and easily stay in someone else's private residence.

Rose User Profile
May 2017
This was one of the best places I've ever stayed at. It was so unique, zen, warm, charming, inviting, & relaxing that I was tempted to never leave the house. The neighborhood was cozy with the feel of a suburb & the conveniences of a city. If I come back to the area, I would request to stay in this home again. The host was considerate, checking up on me to make sure I had a safe arrival. However impressive the description of this home sounds, multiply it by 10!

Dwayne User Profile
April 2017
A quiet getaway just a walk or quick auto jaunt from anything you'd want.

Ava User Profile
April 2017
This is one of the most spectacular Airbnb's I've stayed in. The house is well stocked, comfortable, relaxing and in a great location. I would absolutely come back here again!

Sundraya User Profile
April 2017
Doug's home is like a taking an urban retreat in an artist's quarters. Everything is unique and lovely. It's close to hidden gem of a St. Paul neighborhood.

Ken User Profile
March 2017
Very serene, a wonderful cabin like house in the city with interesting architecture.

Steven User Profile
March 2017
We found Douglas' place to be a gorgeous and revitalizing place to stay. Honestly wish we could have stayed longer. Clean, beautiful rooms connect to each other and nature in a way that makes you feel cozy and perhaps a little lighter. It was close to everything we needed to get to in Mpls and St. Paul during our otherwise hectic weekend. Would recommend to anyone, especially creatives looking for a dose of inspiration during their time away.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States · Joined in February 2014
Douglas User Profile

I am a fine art photographer, photo workshop instructor and lover of strong coffee & loud music that travels constantly. I love beauty in many forms and am very influenced by Japanese style, gardens and architecture. My house reflects my interest in Mid-Century Modern and ecologically sustainable architecture and the decor is a blend of Native American and Eastern spirituality.

You can read my bio or see more about my photography and workshops on my website by searching 'Douglas Beasley'.

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