The SpaceWe love to design spaces that are not in a box. We want to give our guests an experience that is meaningful and memorable.
We've tried to anticipate your questions, so scroll down and read our description here before inquiring about details.
We use a dynamic pricing model based on four years of bookings, so the dates you ask for will give you an accurate cost, which may differ from the generic listing price. Summer, weekends, track meets — we allow demand to influence rates.
We have another space listed here:
Our loft apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3115540
(slightly more expensive, but with a private bath)
For an extra $10/night, we have what we call the "loftier apartment" -- it includes a dining area directly beneath the apartment's living room. Here's a link to that listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13332837
"Enchanting, magical, uplifting" -- those are words used recently by our guests, describing this wonderful space. Twelve sides, windows all around, surrounded by nature, yet close to town.
Picture a cabin made of cedar and glass. It has wi-fi, heated or cooled to your comfort, a super-comfortable queen-sized bed with memory foam, a chair for reading, a fold-out desk, and a table and a coffee pot. All the bare essentials, in one place.
(Not in all the the photos — we've added lush, room-darkening curtains all around for privacy and to aid those who prefer sleeping later.)
It's situated to be rustic and inspirational, nestled into the back corner of a deep lot. There are fruit trees all around and a seasonal pond that attracts ducks in the spring and early summer. Depending on the season, you can listen to birds and frogs from inside the roundhouse, or cross the footbridge to the south-facing deck behind the workshop -- another private space for your "get away from the bustle" contemplations. Or enjoy the firepit.
Follow the wending path to the front fence and everything is nearby.
The bathroom is at the rear of the main house, right near the back door (about 30 yards from the roundhouse). It's private and only barely shared. (We have another bath-and-a-half elsewhere in the house.) We have a clever curtaining and folding wall system that can give you extra privacy if you want it. You'll be left as alone as you choose to be during your visit.
With a little bit of planning, we're happy to share our full kitchen with you during daylight hours. Same with the laundry room.
We're sharing our home with you, so we ask you to be respectful of that. We love to brag about Eugene and Oregon, and we're happy to share what we have and what we know.
We cannot guarantee that your visit with us will be enchanted and uplifting, but that's what we hope it will be. We'll do what we can to make it so.
Our listings include a 9.5% room tax assessed by the city of Eugene. Those added funds are used to promote tourism and other good things around Lane County. Guest AccessLate arrivals are easy to facilitate. The house is easy to find, even in the dark. The street is well lit and we have path lights to guide you to the roundhouse. Since it's a completely separate building, there's no need to worry about waking anyone. "We'll leave the light on for you," as they say.
What will you need? Fridge, microwave, coffee pot, toaster oven -- all yours. Laundry, full kitchen, yard, neighborhood -- shared. (Just ask.) We have gorgeous red velvet theatre curtains and a clever folding glass wall to divide spaces, but the intent is to remain permeable for hospitality's sake. Interaction with GuestsWe'll chat with you as much or as little as you like. (This is in fact one of the most difficult parts of hosting, because we have no way of knowing whether you want a tour guide, or would rather be left alone.) We created a "message center" on the back porch so that communication can be easily exchanged. Beyond that, we're available if you want or need us, but otherwise, we try to stay out of your way. It should be noted that guests often come for several days and never speak a word to us. The space is that self-sufficient. If that's your preference, it's available. On the other hand, we've made good and lasting friends via airbnb. The choice is completely yours!
As a long-time columnist for the daily paper and the local lifestyle magazine, Don has more stories than you'll have time to hear, but he won't force them on you. We usually have a couple of magazines on hand that he's written for, so you can get some stories if you want them. The NeighborhoodA good friend calls this location "the center of the universe" and she's sort of right. University of Oregon is about a dozen blocks away. Downtown Eugene is about a mile, straight north. Amazon Park and its running trails are a block away. Two bus lines pass within two blocks.
Four pizza places. Two Thai restaurants. Three Mexican choices. Two vegetarian restaurants. Two gourmet restaurants. All within an easy 10-minute walk. After all that good eatin', you'll be glad to know that three health clubs and the YMCA also are nearby.
If you'd rather cook or reheat leftovers, we have a toaster oven, microwave, two burners and full fridge under cover on the back porch. I have a tie-dye umbrella for you if it rains, and a bike you can borrow if you want to explore the town.
Getting AroundWe're often asked about getting downtown or to the UO campus
Two bus lines to downtown within two blocks. Another line to Lane Community College and to the University of Oregon within a few blocks. We have a bike for folks to use too, but walking is easy. Downtown: 25 minutes. Campus: 20 minutes. Oh, and a virtual urban mountain (Spencer's Butte) is also within walking distance to the south. "Center of the universe," indeed. Other Things to NoteNOTE: After almost four years on airbnb, this space is often "taken" for most times. If you'd like to try a similarly inventive space, on the same property, employing much of the same geometry (but larger and self-contained), check out our loft apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3115540
We welcome dogs and other pets, but we ask for a couple of things. First, do let us know when you're bringing critters with you. Second, please don't let them roam our yard unleashed. The fence has holes. Third, leaving pets unattended for long stretches inside hasn't worked very well. Gnawed furniture, yelping, too much hair on the bedspread -- that sort of thing. We have two dog parks within walking distance, so there will be opportunities for them to enjoy themselves too!