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About this listing

Welcome to Des Moines! My home is a comfortable house in a lovely and quiet neighborhood. Luxurious queen bed and shared bath (with me). 10 minutes to downtown, 3 minutes to the airport, and a mile from the bike trail. Park safely in the driveway.

The space

The bedroom is located in the rear of the house, right next to the shared bathroom (with me). Super comfortable queen bed with cotton sheets and plump hypo-allergenic pillows. There are extra pillows and blankets in the closet, quiet ceiling fan, floor fan for those who like white noise, an iron, and ironing board.

Guest access

The house has WiFi and a TV in the living room. The study, with great natural light, offers a relaxing space and a desk for guests traveling on business. Feel free to keep food and drink in the frig.

Your breakfast options include coffee, tea, fruit, and occasional tasty pastries.

Interaction with guests

I work full-time and am often gone in the evening enjoying one of the city's many cultural events.

I'm very social and enjoy meeting people. I'm a great tour guide, love to talk about our wonderful city, and happy to make recommendations. I also respect your need for privacy and am available to answer your questions and then disappear.

Other things to note

Fresh towels, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and hair dryer provided. Parking is in the driveway.
No cleaning fee.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

No smoking.
No overnight guests.
No pets.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

81 Reviews

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Hooi Ling User Profile
June 2017
It was an amazing experience staying with Carla for two nights. Communication with her was easy. The place is super-clean, cozy and comfortable, bright and airy. The pictures on her website capture well the feel of the place. The neighbourhood is quiet, close to nature (with great bike trails), town and airport. Carla is an amazing host--and made me feel at home right away. I felt like i was visiting a good friend or a favourite relative--and felt comfortable being in other areas of the house besides the room. She has great suggestions on where to eat and what to do in town. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to stay with her and to meet her. I will for sure want to stay with her again the next time I am in the area.

Alexa User Profile
May 2017
Carla's home is lovely .... close to the city's hip downtown with restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Also close to Gray's Lake, where I had a nice walk and enjoyed nature and the city skyline simultaneously. Carla is gracious and considerate of her guest's need and personal space. The room was very comfortable and attractive - the bed and pillows were just right. The shared bathroom was not an issue for me - Carla took care that I had what I need in the bathroom and access to the shower at the time I needed. Great place to rest!

Matt User Profile
May 2017
Carla has a beautiful home in a nice secluded area of Des Moines. Highly recommend staying here.

Emmet (Harn) User Profile
May 2017
Carla's home is close to the Des Moines Airport (DSM). The neighborhood is quiet and family oriented. Staying there was my first Airbnb experience. It couldn't have been better.

Emily User ProfileEmily is a superhost.
May 2017
I wish I could give this place more than 5 stars! Carla was great at communicating, made check-in a breeze, and came home early from a concert to welcome me. We visited for a while, and she is truly a lovely person with a big heart and adventurous life stories! She offered coffee, granola, and fruit for breakfast, but I had to make an early dash for the airport- which is conveniently close. Her house was beautiful, clean and comfortable, and that bed was heaven!! Looking forward to my next stay!

Matthew User Profile
April 2017
Carla was a wonderful host!

Sally User Profile
April 2017
Caution! Do not book this place unless you want to be enchanted and spoiled! The coziness of the cottage, the super comfortable bed, location, the ease of communication with the host, and her attention to details to make your stay a rewarding experience makes it very difficult to leave. One of my best Airbnb experiences. Do not let the one bathroom deter you from this cottage, as there are so many more positive amenities that you rarely find in other listings... You will not be disappointed... We can't wait to come back to this most welcoming host.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States · Joined in May 2015
Carla User ProfileCarla is a superhost.


I am an Iowa native that returned home after 27 years in Missouri. I love to explore my creative side and meet new and interesting people so Airbnb has been perfect for me! Des Moines is a great city and I love all it has to offer - a vibrant music scene, chef owned restaurants, live theater, bike trails, art and music festivals....And nothing beats Iowa nice.

My life motto? Live life fully and with zest!

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