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Posh Flat, 20 Mins to Downtown.

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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A lovely (and tiny) bed 'closet' in a beautifully appointed home in the best area of Chicago. This has a twin size bed (36" wide) and only physically fit's one person.

Close to the lake, transit, exciting nighlife....not to mention complete with an overly friendly cat named Angus and a rather outgoing host.

The space

Since I am notoriously wordy to begin with, and writing a description of my own flat makes me nervous...forgive me if this comes across as rather too enthusiastic. I will refrain from using any exclamation points.

If you choose to stay with us, you give to experience something that straddles the lines of a little too perfect, a little too quirky, a little too posh, and a little too Martha Stewart. The flat is in a creeky-old, yet very typical, Chicago building. It is on the 8 step elevated ground floor and is blessed with broad expanses of windows that face into a courtyard.

It is commonly home to one friendly young black cat, well groomed, who may or may not be present depending on the whims of the guest.

The ambiance of the flat is something else entirely. The space is filled with beautifully painted serene rooms that are home to a well curated collection of French and American furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s. A rotating collection of modern 20th century fine art and pottery keeps the rooms fresh and interesting. One note about the furnishings; folks who are terribly allergic to wool or adverse to cow hides and taxidermy will find the interior stuffed with enough wool kilims, mohair upholstered things, and fuzzy animal hides to perhaps be uncomforatble.

The room that is being rented started out life as a closet. Literally. 6' by 6' by 9' tall. It has a large window, and walls that are clad in vintage shiplap paneling that has been lacquered a greenish grey color. There is a ceiling fan, nightstand, (URL HIDDEN) is a super comfy room to sleep in and we love having guests milling around the flat.

The room actually reminds people of being in a train sleeper car or a berth in a ship, which is sort of what I was going for.

Although the glory of this description most likely has you panting to come and stay...there is a little bit more. The hosts!

Host A self admitted gay fellow and is a white collar professional with perfect taste, a stellar sense of purpose, and a writing style / sense of humor that can only be described as unique and self assured. If you need cultural information or any product that is home related, he is the guy to turn to. Hosts B, and C are three more happy gay fellows, all in their early to late 20s and white collar professionals.

We actually occupy what was once four seperate apartments that have been combined into one living space, so everyone has their own spaces in the home.

Guest access

The basics of the flat include a proper bath, living room with TV and comfy sofa, a real kitchen, a cocktail kitchen, a dining room, a sitting room, and lots of room to spread out in the lower level as needed. Wifi is everywhere.

If needed, guests can have access to professional cooking appliances (8 burner stove, Subzero fridge, Dornbracht fittings) and a dining room that comfortably seats 6 to 8 people around a modern table.

License or registration number

R17000019413
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single bed

The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities
Internet
Wireless Internet
Kitchen
Indoor Fireplace

Prices
Cleaning Fee £5
Weekly Discount: 7%
Weekend Price £44 / night
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House Rules

Common sense abounds. Tidy up after yourself, don't track in unspeakable things on your shoes, coasters under sweaty glasses on wood surfaces, and attempt to not hula hoop whilst showering. It is an old building, so noise will travel up to the neighbors (URL HIDDEN) keep the TV at a normal level, try to not shout into your mobile, and (much as we do think they are adorable) this is not a child appropriate dwelling. You are welcomed to use the kitchen (goodness knows we don't) and even entertain...we just ask that you return everything to it's tidy state when you are done.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Cornel User Profile
September 2017
A nice little room in an expertly decorated home. Angus, the cat, is the undisputed highlight.

Amanda User Profile
September 2017
Super posh, indeed! Loved the space as well as the residents (including the very sweet black cat). Fantastic location that's in a quiet neighborhood, yet very close to the main attractions of Chicago. Highly recommend!

Zongmin User Profile
September 2017
David was a very friendly and warm host despite the very brief interactions we've had during my short stay. He explained the self check-in procedure in a text message prior to my arrival and it turned out to be quite hassle-free. The "closet bed" was exactly as tiny as described in the post, but still a decent room for someone just looking for a place to stay for the night. The towel and bed sheets felt like used and not washed when I arrived, which was a bit of disappointment though.

Gin User Profile
August 2017
The cat was lovely but I only saw her once. Great location, easy access to all the tourist spots.

Caitlin User Profile
August 2017
Perfection! This apartment is gorgeous. If you are a design nut on any level you need to stay here. The pictures are wonderful, but you really can't appreciate the humor of the place until you're in person. I stayed in the tiny grey room with the shiplap siding and it was so cozy! That being said, you physically cannot stay in this room if you're over 5'5". I'm 5'4 on a good day and I had an inch or two to spare in the bed. And the room is the width of the bed. So it's just right if you are a compact human who is not looking to do much besides sleep there. The black kitty is the sweetest lil nugget, with this warbling meow. She was extremely lovable and a nice host when I came home later at night. The pillows were a dream, if that sort of thing matters to you! Great water pressure in the bathroom. Very friendly housemates. 2 minutes from the subway! I had an extremely early flight out Sunday morning and had to be on the train by 4am and I felt perfectly safe in the neighborhood. I was actually running into people just coming home from a fun night! I will say Saturday evening people outside were fairly rambunctious - Boystown + Wrigley! So bring some earplugs if you don't plan on joining the festivities. Would 100% stay here again. It was a dream for how I travel: solo, daytime adventures, back for a catnap, nighttime cultural exploration. Highly recommended!!!

Beckie User Profile
August 2017
Extremely convenient location 1 block away from Addison Red Line stop, very comfortable bed and all the amenities of home. The large ceiling fan also made a big difference during very humid Chicago nights. Would definitely recommend David's place to anyone traveling solo to Chicago.

Betsy User Profile
August 2017
David was accommodating and gave clear instructions when I had an unexpected late arrival. He checked with me early the next day to make sure I had everything I needed. The room is exactly as advertised and while it is small it is well appointed and cozy. Good place to crash after a long day in the city. It was nice having the window open with a cool breeze overnight. The cat is adorable. Fun neighborhood. I felt like a local!

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David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.

In a nutshell, I am a fun 30s fellow who lives in Chicago and does high end interior design work.

I have always been interested in showing hospitality to others. Before airbnb this was mostly done by inviting friends and others over to my home for dinner or cocktails....but I find it equally rewarding to be able to host a traveler and know that my home with influence their trip for the better.

As I am getting older I have decided that I really want to travel and see more of the world...but limited finances (coupled with my refusal to sit int he back of planes) as well as a desire to really get to see how people live and just not how tourists are treated makes this a great option for me!

I have quite a few different interests, but I am very into anything design related (architecture, shops, urban life) and am an avid collector of mid century furnishings and love modern art from around 1910 to 1960. I am happy to have one black cat (I like cat's but one is just enough to keep it interesting) and love to entertain friends often. I am also a sucker for British TV, and you will often find BBC America in the background.

I was lucky enough to have the New York Times recently devote two entire pages to me in their home section, making me sound much more interesting in print as compared with in reality and publishing some lovely pictures of my life.

Oh, and my favorite color is that of a wet seal.....greenish gray and shiny!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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