The SpaceThis carpeted two-room suite is in the underground portion of a walk-in, fully finished basement. Each room has a small window and both are very quiet from most outside noise. There are three large wardrobe closets and shelves. The smaller room is set up with a computer desk, chest of drawers and a twin bed. The larger room beyond has a queen bed, chest of drawers, occasional chair with reading lamp, two bedside stands with lamps, two closets and a full length mirror. Guest AccessYour separate entrance is on the ground level next to the garage door. You come through my garage into a Great Room, a very large living area.
Included common areas:
Great Room/Living Room: Huge room has nice seating area with full size hide-away bed/couch and is large enough for a single air mattress, single foam mattress and full futon-type pad that can be thrown down on the floor for “camping in” in any of the rooms with enough floor space. HOWEVER, anyone sleeping in the Great Room will NOT have privacy except in the bathroom or laundry room. — FREE unless someone sleeps there, then it is additional $33 for hide-a-bed and $15/pp on air mattresses. (Weekend rates may be higher.)
One FULL Bathroom in lower level with shower/tub — FREE
Separate Kitchen: Full sized Refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, pans, etc. — FREE
Laundry Room: (To come in April) With privacy door and additional sink that can be used for personal reasons. — FREE
Second Big Garage: Huge with lots of space for average-sized vehicle, gear and working on bicycles, has standard overhead door and lockable people door. — $15/per night + cleaning fee.
Storm Shelter: Under the upper level front porch right next to Lower Level entrance. — FREE
Here’s the catch. If you don’t fill up the Lower Level rooms with people you do know, I may be renting what’s left to people you don’t know and you will be sharing common areas with them. I’m working on a price for entire Lower Level. Interaction with GuestsMost days I am home. When you book your room, I will let you know if I expect be away during the day, but I will be upstairs at night.
The lower level and upper level are separate living spaces and operate independently under normal circumstances. Exceptions are inclement weather, emergencies, or when I occasionally need to pass through the living room/hallway from my garage long enough to carry heavy things to the chairlift to go upstairs. The NeighborhoodWe are in a quiet, mid-century neighborhood near ESU campus. There are river walking trails nearby and easy access to the country and gravel roads for bicyclists.
Do-B's Burger Barn has something for everyone and is in walking distance at 12th Ave & East St. Downtown you will enjoy Ru Yi (Asian), Amanda's (sandwiches), Casa Ramos (Mexican) and Bobby D’s Barbeque.
Radius Brewery has award winning signature craft beer and Mulready's Pub is a great place to relax.
Be sure to stop in at the Sweet Granada for delicious chocolates.
Java Cat has great house-roasted coffee and right next door is Studio 11 for great eclectic bargains.
Ad Astra Food & Drink is only a 20 minute drive to Strong City, when you head out to the Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve or Pioneer Bluffs, all in the wonderful Flint Hills. Getting AroundPlease park in the east driveway (right side). Street parking is only legal on the (opposite) south side of the street. We are within walking distance to ESU, two grocery stores, and lots of great shopping and cultural opportunities in our Historic Downtown district. Other Things to NoteMarvin Gardens—The Story
My Dad was R. Marvin Schadt, a Professor of School Administration at KSTC (now ESU) and building houses was his hobby. We moved to Emporia in 1959 and to find good housing was a problem so he decided to build again. I was old enough to participate.
Dad sometimes hired professional contractors, but he was a die-hard do-it-yourselfer who knew how to keep expenses down. He was among the first repurposing builders and used good salvage and new materials. You might be surprised, since the house is professionally constructed with many customized touches. Commercial builders have marveled and puzzled at things he did.
In 1960, the entire shell appeared to be finished from the street, but our family of six moved into the lower level walk-in basement where we lived for six years. My mother, Florence, and children had lived in an unfinished basement with Dad before, so she insisted he finish this one first. The upstairs was mostly storage and construction zone where Dad worked in his spare time. I often helped by being his tool gofer. The trouble was he also did moonlighting as a consultant for small rural school districts. In 1966 my parents decided if they didn’t hire help the kids would be grown and gone before moving into their dream bedrooms. Dad had a carpenter friend help finish in six weeks and we moved up.
Why do I call it Marvin Gardens? Dad was also the gardener in the family and he planted trees, roses, lilacs, forsythia and shrubs. In the front is a Silver Leaf Maple and I remember the day strong winds broke one sapling limb. I can show you where the new limb sprouted in this gorgeous 50-year-old tree. He also planted a Sycamore for quick shade, but oh how I get to clean up after it now. He planted a row of Barberry Bushes along the retaining wall that I have worked to revive but they need more sun.
Dad lived out his latter years in the house. In 2004, soon after he armchair-supervised the planting of six poplar trees in an aging terrace garden, he passed at age 93. Mother later hired a landscaper to repair the terrace, also added more roses and daylilies.
After living 33 years away from Emporia, in 2007 I came back from Alaska when I was very ill. I moved back into the basement with my 92-year-old mother upstairs. After I recovered I stayed to help mother, like she had helped Dad, to live out the rest of her life at home.
I walked the lot and was stunned with how much the gardens had suffered through years of drought. After decades of living places I could not garden, to take this on was daunting. Every inch desperately needed attention. Mother was too old and I was overwhelmed. Mother paid for hoses, sprinklers and regretted the days she refused to let Marvin put in an underground sprinkler system. I simply began to water, just water everything as much as possible. I progressed by planting one small bare spot that bugged me most.
In a few places Dad never quite figured out how to solve the unique gardening problems of living on the side of a hill. Mother and I were tired of seeing the erosion on the curbside slope and she paid landscapers to help me transplant Vincas from what had grown rampant in the planter. Mother paid to have Iris planted in the back terrace from what we chose together at Toad Hollow Daylily and Iris Farm east of Emporia. I have so many more gardening stories to tell…
After Mother passed in 2013 at age 98, I hired a gardener friend to put in daffodils next to the Barberry and transplant English Ivy along a bare strip. We did a lot, but there is so much more it still seems endless. Now I’m on my own, doing it all. That’s one reason why I chose Airbnb, so the house will support itself and I can afford to create a gorgeous garden worthy of its name to honor my parents.
I have always dreamed of sharing my home with others. I never dreamed I would live here again, but after a couple years I saw Emporia through new eyes and rekindled my love affair with the Flint Hills. Nor did I dream I could buy out my three siblings’ share of the property. Sometimes our hearts desires are dreams we dare not dream but they can come true when we finally dare to live the dream. Marvin Gardens is a dream-work in progress, inside and out, and I live the dream one day at a time. Thank you for choosing to share my dream through Airbnb.