3BR 1.5 bath in a 1905 house, oak floors throughout most of the house, state of art kitchen, quiet brick street in Old East side, sleeps 5 comfortably in 3 bedrooms & the futon couch can sleep 1-2 (not so comfy) in downstairs living room. Yard & exterior of house are works in progress. I don't use instant booking b/c I live here during the week during the school year & prefer to rent mostly weekends, but am flexible. So it's on a case/by/case basis. So just ask, I usually respond very quickly.
We renovated the kitchen (Fall 2014 still ongoing with details on exterior left). Almost done! See photos. The downstairs half bath has an efficient stacked LG European-style washer and dryer and detergent provided...please ONLY HE detergent--any other kind will damage the machine. Upstairs bath has hair dryer, curling iron, and a variety of shampoos, conditioners and soaps. (I don't use the dryer or curling iron so it if it not working let me know please! Iron and ironing board always ready to use.
Free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection. Sorry, No Phone, very limited TV (can't even get local TV) but some channels work. We have Netflix and Amazon Prime. When requesting to stay please let us know a little about who you are and why you are coming to Lawrence...We rent it out because we believe in peer-to-peer connections and use AirBNB whenever we travel.
The House has central heat and air-conditioning. The house is fully insulated, but the windows except for the kitchen are older. The downstairs stays cool even in the extreme heat (but warm in the winter). The upstairs gets warmer in extreme heat conditions (upper F 90s in daytime). There are floor fans in the bedrooms and an additional window AC in the SW corner room and you can set the AC to 68F and the upstairs is usually fine. I've only had one complaint from guests since 2012.
Downstairs: large living/dining room and smaller adjacent sitting room, renovated kitchen, laundry and half bath (small office to left of stair is off limits). We have also allowed pets and are open to them...but they need to be supervised since pets react differently to strange contexts, so we ask that you clear it with us first and not leave them free ranging and unsupervised when you are not there unless you take full responsibility for their behavior.
As you will find if you are new to AirBNB...once you reserve a place, AirBNB will offer you the opportunity to rent out your own shared room, private room, or whole house...whatever works...that is what happened to me...in April 2012. So join the community, meet great people (be great people) and enjoy!
The house sleeps 5 comfortably in three rooms--a queen, a double and a single. I do not charge a cleaning fee. The base fee is low so that I can accommodate reasonably singles and couples. I'd prefer to rent by the bed than by the person....but then 5-7 people can be a crowd. If you are grad students coming for a conference or research, let me know and I'll give you a special price.
The house is a little odd since the small sitting room is adjacent to the entry (where one would expect a living room) and the larger room is off the kitchen...where I have a dining set and futon couch...I mostly use this room for dinner parties and then people sit on the couch and on the dining chairs, so it's not as comfy as one would like if you want a 'clan gathering" kind of feel, maybe check out some other places.
There is also a queen futon/couch downstairs. Guests are welcome to use the house and yard except for the study to left of stairs. Yard is still a work in progress, the pond is mostly done, but the yard needs lots of grooming. Someone might be working on the exterior and in the backyard a little, but I will warn you and you can block out times as needed. There is a brand new gas grille in the back yard next to the fish pond.
Interaction with guests
I mostly leave my guests to themselves but am happy to interact, give advice etc. if desired. When I have guests, I stay at our country house. I live in town mostly during the school year when I am teaching. So I am more open to longer and weekday stays in summer than during the school year, but over time, I have become more open to longer school-time stays it really depends on my teaching schedule.
Other things to note
The stair to the second floor, where the bedrooms are, is steeper than current standards and has no handrail, so not recommended for the mobility challenged or older people (although I am both and manage). It is also too tight to allow even a double box spring up stairs...the queen is a tatami mat frame, so in two pieces, and supports quite a lot of weight. I have hired someone to install a removable handrail, but it might still be awhile before that is done--maybe spring 2018. There is a basement accessible through the house if there is a severe weather event during your stay (behing the geologic chart door)--but the stairs are VERY STEEP--although there are grab bars. There is easier access from the outside if someone opens the door from the inside.
If you need to move furniture, please lift it up to avoid scratching the floors and return it where you found it.
No smoking in the house.
Respect the house, furniture, and personal stuff. I clean the house before your arrival and hope you leave it more or less as you found it, but please don't make the beds you use;--). I don't like to guess where guests slept!
I teach architecture and urban studies. I am a Maine native, married to a 5th generation Lawrencian but we both received our doctorates from UC Berkeley. He in invertebrate biology in 1972 and me 30 years later in architecture. I/we use airbnb when we travel (from Moscow, Russia, to Canada and all over the US) and want to accommodate people like us.