About this listing
Come be a guest in my 1928 colonial home. Only 15 minutes from the airport in one direction and downtown in another, the house is on a quiet tree-lined street in a neighborhood which we think of here as one of Baltimore's best kept secrets.
I live in a lovely 1928 colonial style home in a suburban neighborhood on the western edge of Baltimore with beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, original crystal handles on the doors, and a beautiful deck overlooking the yard. It's certainly not fancy, but my guests enjoy it and frequently remark on the loveliness of my home. (That's the word they always seem to choose!) I am a participant in the Airbnb community in its original intended way, meaning this is not a business for me. My home is not a boarding house or a hotel. I simply have a space that I am willing to share as a way of monetizing my property, participating in the new sharing economy, and making warm friendly connections with strangers. I live by myself and have a guest room with a very comfortable, medium-soft queen-sized mattress in a room with almost total blackout shades if you want to pull them and good windows that make it very quiet. The room is on the 2nd floor with a view of the backyard. I used to live in this room myself. It's cozy, quiet, and comfortable. Though you will have to share a bathroom with your hostess, I find a way to stay out of your way while you're in town. Airbnb guests tell me they have enjoyed walking through my music room, which has a 7 foot Steinway grand piano in it and lots of cool posters on the walls from concerts I have played, each of which has a story that I'm delighted to share! Apparently this makes staying with me rather unique. :) You should know that, while I will not practice late at night or early in the morning when I have guests, I do have to practice and that will happen in the home. Street parking is available. The house is only 15 minutes west of central downtown. A bus line runs along a street that is 2 blocks away. Cabs and Ubers can be called in advance. It only costs about $10-$13 on Uber to get a ride into downtown. My place is quiet, homey, peaceful, and comfortable, and the neighborhood is safe. I should mention that I use Airbnb as a traveler as well as a host. The thing I find most often when I stay in various places is that my standards of cleanliness seem to be higher than those in many other places I see. Before any guest checks in, the following things happen:
Room is dusted, vacuumed, and if necessary, wood floor is mopped.
Windows are cleaned.
Sheets are washed and bed is remade.
Toilet and shower are cleaned.
All surfaces of counters and mirrors are cleaned in the bathroom.
Floor is swept and mopped.
You have access, of course, to your room, and the bathroom, and also common areas such as the living room and kitchen. I have a deck on the back of the house which is appointed with a bar table and two chairs, with an umbrella to shade you from the sun. It's so peaceful to take your coffee out there in the morning, to listen to the birds and plan how you're going to spend your day. There is also a very comfortable area on my front porch with two adirondack chairs where you can enjoy a little front porch sittin'. The back deck is an awesome place to practice yoga or tai chi, and there's also a pull up bar in my basement, if you feel the need to pump up while you're here.
Interaction with guests
It is my strong preference to be at home to greet you when you arrive. I've lived in Baltimore for 15 years and know a good bit about what's fun to do here and where the good restaurants are, so I'm happy to help you figure out how to explore! Baltimore's big selling points are its history as a bustling port town that was once more important to the country's industry than New York City was, and also the role it played in colonial history. The city has two world class art museums and a world class symphony orchestra (OK, OK, I'm in it, maybe I'm a LITTLE biased) (and by the way, I can sometimes obtain complimentary tickets to the Baltimore Symphony, so if this interests you, let me know and I'll see what I can do), and architecturally a lot to look at, as well as parks, gardens, two sports arenas, the famous Inner Harbor, and much more! I'm happy to leave you to your own devices, but also really enjoy the social aspect of Airbnb and would love to unwind with you with a glass of wine at day's end! You can tell me all about your adventures in my city.
Other things to note
Breakfast: I'm a busy working gal, so I can't cook breakfast for my guests. I generally invite my guests to partake of whatever eggs, baguette, toast, cereal, juice, and coffee I happen to have on hand. I'll inquire before you arrive if there are certain items you'd particularly like to have on hand for breakfast. I do have a Keurig machine, with caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea pods, and a Nespresso espresso/cappuccino machine, also with caffeinated and decaffeinated pods.
Please read the description of my property. I've provided lots of important information there for you.
Please be respectful of my things. I have made my home nice and like it to stay that way. I am a no shoes household. Please leave your shoes at the front door. Take care not to knock your suitcase against the wall or moldings. We can discuss bathroom sharing when you get here. If you'd like to store some things in the fridge, feel free. I use an alarm system and don't share the code so I'll need to be here when you are.
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.
I'm a classical musician and have a very busy and varied work life. In my spare time, I dance, work on the house and the yard, and spend time with friends. I am extremely neat and clean as a guest AND a host.