We renovated the kitchen (Fall 2014 still ongoing with small details and exterior left). Almost done! See photos. The downstairs half bath has an efficient stacked LG European-style washer and dryer and detergent provided...please ONLY HE detergent--any other kind will damage the machine. Upstairs bath has hair dryer, curling iron, and a variety of shampoos, conditioners and soaps. (I don't use the dryer or curling iron so it if it not working let me know please! Iron and ironing board always ready to use.
Free AT&T Uverse high speed wifi connection. Sorry, No Phone, very limited TV (can't even get local TV) but some channels work. We have Netflix and Amazon Prime. When requesting to stay please let us know a little about who you are and why you are coming to Lawrence...We rent it out because we believe in peer-to-peer connections and use AirBNB whenever we travel.
Downstairs: large living/dining room and smaller adjacent sitting room, renovated kitchen, laundry and half bath (small office to left of stair is off limits). We have also allowed pets and are open to them...but they need to be supervised since pets react differently to strange contexts, so we ask that you clear it with us first and not leave them free ranging and unsupervised when you are not there unless you take full responsibility for their behavior.
As you will find if you are new to AirBNB...once you reserve a place, AirBNB will offer you the opportunity to rent out your own shared room, private room, a whole house...whatever works...that is what happened to me...in April 2012. So join the community, meet great people (be great people) and enjoy! Guest AccessThe house sleeps 5 comfortably in three rooms--a queen, a double and a single. I do not charge a cleaning fee. The base fee is low so that I can accommodate reasonably singles and couples. I'd prefer to rent by the bed than by the person....but then 5-7 people can be a crowd. If you are grad students coming for a conference or research, let me know and I'll give you a special price.
The house is a little odd since the small sitting room is adjacent to the entry (where one would expect a living room) and the larger room is off the kitchen...where I have a dining set and futon couch...I mostly use this room for dinner parties and then people sit on the couch and on the dining chairs, so it's not as comfy as one would like if you want a 'clan gathering" kind of feel, maybe check out some other places.
There is also a queen futon/couch downstairs. Guests are welcome to use the house and yard except for the study to left of stairs. Yard is still a work in progress but I have a person who promises to get the pond done by April 2017. Someone might be working in the backyard a little on the weekends, but I will warn you and you can block out times as needed. Interaction with GuestsI mostly leave my guests to themselves but am happy to interact, give advice etc. if desired. When I have guests, I stay at our country house. I live in town mostly during the school year when I am teaching. So I am more open to longer and weekday stays in summer than during the school year, but over time, I have become more open to longer school-time stays. The NeighborhoodLawrence is a small university town of 98,000 people on about 34 square miles that was founded in 1854. The Old East Lawrence neighborhood where my house is, is tree-lined, with many brick streets (like mine) and is quiet, safe, and mostly filled with older modest single-family homes in various stages of aging. Our neighborhood is not into manicured yards, we like to promote diversity and access to a variety of wild creatures (rabbits, squirrels, possums, mice, raccoons, and even a fox inhabit the neighborhood). Plenty of parking in the drive and on the street in front of the house. There is an unpaved back alley where the trash and recycling are located (early Wed. AM pickup weekly for trash; biweekly for recycling (blue container)--recycle everything EXCEPT plastic bags. The area is very diverse, neighborly, and close to downtown and the university. An excellent grocery store (recently reopened August 2012) is an easy bike ride away (about 5 blocks) Dillons, at the corner of 17th and NH/MASS. I use Checkers a local grocery at 23rd and Louisiana and have a community garden plot two lots to the north of the house...with rhubarb, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, herbs etc. that I am happy to share with you in season. The university is very close (only .9 mile to the major conference space/Jayhawk Blvd) but the last .2 mile is up a VERY steep hill. Downtown is about as far, and with no hills. Getting AroundAmple parking in the driveway and in front of the house. A public bus (for accessibility) does go down our street, but it's not on a schedule. The downtown is very bike-able with a wide network of bike lanes. We have two bikes that are available but need some warning to be sure the tires are properly inflated--and lately it has become more complicated...but if someone is staying for an extended time without a car in nice weather , I would be happy to get the bikes road worthy again. Other Things to NoteThe stair to the second floor where the bedrooms are is steeper than current standards and has no handrail, so not recommended for the mobility challenged or older people (although I am both and manage). I have hired someone to install a removable handrail, but it might still be awhile before that is done--maybe spring 2017.