The SpaceOver 300 people have successfully stayed here (including pre-Airbnb days), but please read the description. I use Instant Book, since I am an experienced host. This is a perfect place to crash for the night if you are travelling across country. It is an old house, right by a train, but easy parking and a beautiful, peaceful yard with lots of elbow room make for a comfortable stay. I am happy here, feel 1000% safe, and don't want to live anywhere else. Because it is such an old house, I'd say it is more suited to the average man than the average woman.
Since it is an old house, let me address cleanliness. Before you check in, your bedding is laundered. It is fresh and clean when you arrive. Every surface in your room is cleaned, with furniture polish if it's wood, and with a damp cloth, then a dry one, if not. Your floor is swept or vacuumed. The bathroom is cleaned before your arrival, and the shower curtain replaced if necessary. That said, the house will never look as good as a brand new house. It is just too old & beat up. If these cleaning measures do not meet your standards, don't book here.
--TV with Directv & ESPN
--hi-speed fiber-optic WiFi
--clean, fresh room & bedding
--window A/C, ceiling fan
--microwave, fridge, hotplate only
--pest control contract
--normal cleanliness standards
--plentiful free parking on half acre
--Midtown feel, not suburban
--3 blocks away from U of Memphis
--sane host & other guests
--safety in numbers; hi-volume host
--loud, LOUD train directly by house
--no stove usage (because no stove)
--no clean freaks here
--Midtown feel, not suburban
--cat on premises
I am completely hands-off unless you need something. Which means you must be self-sufficient.
We are directly adjacent to a train (AND TRAINS HAVE LOUD HORNS), but we are used to it.
Again, if you bring anyone with you at any point other than airbnb-verified guests, they will not be allowed into the house at all, even to help you move stuff in. This benefits us and will benefit you in turn should you stay here. I am a safety-first kind of host. Guest AccessYou are renting a room in a shared house with access to the bathroom and limited cooking. I am an extremely busy person and there are other things going on in the house. What I mean to say is that your room is nice and neat; mine may not always be. When review time comes, remember to review what you rented.
You have access to your room, the bathroom, laundry, microwave, fridge, hot plate, coffee maker, and free parking. There is no stove/oven access, so you will not be able to bake a cake.
Up to 4 people share the one bathroom we have in the house, but since we tend to work opposite hours, it's not like there's a waiting line or anything. The good news about the washer/dryer is that they're fabulous & it's great to do your laundry where you're staying, bad news is they're in a very old, beat up mud room, so if you're fancy, you're not going to like that. Just blindfold yourself before you go in the laundry room; everything should be all right. I would like to keep people out of there, but I can't bring myself to deprive people of doing their laundry. I try to keep it presentable, but it's just too old & give out--plus it is where the cat eats, etc. If the mud room bothers you, we have many nice laundromats close by, since we're close to the university. The best one is Wash World, right down the lane. Interaction with GuestsMy guests and I are cordial with one another, but are busy people & rarely cross paths. You will probably rarely if ever see any other guests. The NeighborhoodAs beautiful as my yard is, some will still say that the neighborhood is rundown. Fair enough; it's my dream, not yours. This is a poor, diverse neighborhood close to a university. You will see people walking. There is a lot of vacant property around here, plus a few that are not vacant but look like they are. Even though I am not in charge of that, my neighbor and I used to take charge and maintain them. That was an awesome, awesome, fantastic amount of work that neither of us can do anymore.
But everyone on this street knows everyone else & we like it here. I have a half acre, so I just try to mind my own business, because I have plenty of business to mind.
We are close to a train (and trains have loud horns), but we are used to it. We're tough. You gotta be tough.
In short, it is a Midtown kind of feel around here, not suburban.
Read my reviews. Many, many people have had successful stays here. If you're kind of Midtown-y, you should be all right. Getting AroundMy house is not downtown. It is right in the middle of my city, and also of my county. To me, this is a plus, and makes it easy to get anywhere quickly. But if you are thinking the only part of a city that you are interested in is the downtown area, and that's where you want to be, then I will welcome you to stay, but we are 15 minutes by car to downtown.
Bus lines nearby, Lyft, & Über. We are near more major bus lines here than just about anywhere in the city. However, I do not coordinate bus routes for guests. That information is available online.
Three blocks away is the University of Memphis. We have 2 Walgreens within blocks, a Family Dollar Store, a McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, a bike shop, gas stations, and a CVS. Plus, at the shopping center close to the Kroger (within walking distance), you can buy anything from clothes to goldfish. We have a Jason's Deli, a Baskin Robbins, and several Mexican restaurants within blocks, plus a Kinko's. There are 2 laundromats within 3 blocks, and one I know for sure will do your laundry for you. Getting around easily is one of the very best things about Memphis! Other Things to NoteIf you bring anyone with you other than airbnb-verified guests, they will not be allowed into the house at all. This benefits us and will benefit you in turn should you stay here. I am a safety-first kind of landlady.
Also, it's very important to work the shower properly to get it hot. The shower works & the water heater is relatively new, but you must let the shower heat up for 5 minutes for the water to get hot. It's best to let it run through the tub spout, rather than the showerhead, when letting it heat up. Then you can pull the shower up. At that point, there will be a strong stream of cool water. You have
When you are given the house key, keep it until check out time, and then at check out, lock the house door and put the key under the mat.
The reason you are being given a key is to lock and unlock the house door. Several people live here, and when they leave, they lock the door. That means that when you come back from an outing, you will not be able to get in the house without unlocking the door with a key. So keep the key on your person during your stay, and lock the door when you leave for whatever reason. And then use the key to unlock the door when you return.
'Check out' is a term we use meaning your final departure, which must be done by 1pm on check out day, when your stay is over.
Check out procedure: lock the door and put the key under the mat.
**What I strongly ask that you not do is padlock your own room door and then leave everyone else vulnerable by leaving the house door unlocked.