The SpacePut your feet up, listen to the birds, sip your beverage of choice, surf on your computer, and relax on the patio after a busy day working or experiencing the great Colorado outdoors.
We have 25 mbps WIFI with Comcast. The Blue Spruce room has ethernet if you bring a long cord. The front door is snug, so give it a firm push. The entry light switch is on the wall to the left, middle switch. There is a half flight up from the entry with seating bench. There are 2 adjacent Airbnb bedrooms named after Colorado state symbols (and soon to be another downstairs with bathroom and kitchenette); adjacent shared bathroom with tub, shower, plush towels, toiletries; adjacent laundry with detergent, fun stuff like: games, puzzles, picnic set, kites, fishing poles, telescope... ; fully furnished kitchen with space in the fridge, microwave, toaster oven, dishwasher, breakfast bar, pantry, cabinets for you; living/dining room with 32" TV with HDMI cable to hook up your computer, DVD player, local HD box, possibly access to my son's Netflix account, manual treadmill, balance ball, bar bells, 3 nice bikes (each $8 per day at your own risk) with 4 helmets and locks, wine selection ($5-13), lots of books (hiking, bird, flower guides, gardening...), maps to the local parks, and restaurant guides; and carpeted patio with furniture, small grill, and 2 old bicycles (each $5 per day at your own risk). We have a one person kayak with bike trailer ($8 per day) and canoe ($8 per day) with roof cushions and life preservers, both at your own risk. I cut fresh flowers from my garden when available, unless the fragrance bothers you.
I offer breakfast as part of the movement to reduce food waste, lead by Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, which may include: coffee and assorted teas, fresh fruit, cereal and milk, juice, bread, muffins, yogurt, eggs, American cheese, and condiments - anything on the door or bottom shelf of the refrigerator or on the counters. As a former Food Technologist in Quality Control at Kraft Foods and former sous chef at a 5-star restaurant, I know that "use by" and "best by" are somewhat arbitrary dates and things like yogurt keep for a long time. Of course, if you find spoiled food, throw it out. I get what is available once a week, so only breakfast is provided in the refrigerator. There are non-perishables in the right-hand pantry for lunch, dinner, and snacks.
We try to make this more than a typical suburban home, whimsical for a change of pace, with rustic fire circle, hummingbird feeders, birdhouses, wind chimes, 32' labyrinth and hugelkultur under construction, and of course the gardens of an award-winning Advanced Master Gardener (due to lack of rain for over a month and paying a premium for high water use in the house, the gardens are parched except drought tolerant plants). If you want fresh herbs and produce from the gardens, you can help harvest, plant, weed, dig dirt...
We try to be environmentally friendly, recycling (labeled bins in right-hand pantry) and composting (little ceramic garbage can by sink), conserving water (we don't use the garbage disposal because it wastes water), keeping the heat low in winter, using fans to channel cool air in at night and closing up when the sun warms up, and not using the swamp cooler (similar to moist air conditioning) only when above 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be chilly in the morning and we provide warm comforters and bathrobes in the bedrooms.
Please be considerate and clean up after yourself and share the space so we can keep our cleaning, and security deposit fees all inclusive (!). Most guest wash dishes by hand, but if you use a lot, run the dishwasher when it is full. Take short showers (5 minute maximum :) and juggle bathroom times with other guests. Please let us know if there is anything not up to your standards or anything else we can provide. We would love to get a good review. Guest AccessYou don't have to take your shoes off; I go barefoot because shoes hurt my feet. Keys are behind the front door. You will have full access to the main floor of the house as listed above. If no one else is home, lock the doors when you leave. There is no need to go downstairs unless there's a RARE tornado; if you need anything, just holler down. I live downstairs with my 10 year old female Chow-Australian shepherd mix who is a wanna-be guard dog but has never bitten anyone. She is ALWAYS behind a metal gate because I know some guests can get scared by her bark. She usually only barks when people are in the entry and barks at everyone; it's not that she doesn't like you; she's being protective of me and her house. She is a good crime deterrent, but can be friendly with you if she gets to know you past the Jekyll and Hyde phase. We come up to use the kitchen and laundry so there will be some dog dander tracked into the main space, so if you are really allergic, we suggest another listing. My bedroom is at the opposite end of the house so we won't normally hear you in your bedroom.
Guests staying a week or longer wash their own linens, house keep their own room (vacuum), and we provide a separate shelf in the refrigerator, space in the freezer, and a cabinet in the kitchen. I do routine cleaning in the shared areas beyond you cleaning up after yourself. I usually do laundry in the mornings to prepare for new arrivals.
You can use the land line phone in the kitchen for outgoing calls to the USA. Interaction with GuestsI am available as little or as much as needed, except Tuesdays when I harvest and manage clothes/books/floral/household goods at a food bank that serves over 100 families, and weekend mornings when I shop or may hike with a cancer group. So, I have a life outside airbnb. Another host said it best "this is not a hotel and I'm not your Mommy", but I'll make fresh coffee in the morning if you are a coffee drinker.
I frequently stay up for late arrivals and don't sleep well in general, so I may sleep in late and miss your departure. I don't intent to ignore you, just need sleep for my health.
I'm not familiar with restaurants, night life, pot shops, or the city, but I do know the recreation and nature-related museums and highlights. I've lived here 27 years and know bus/train system and the surrounding areas to live in. The NeighborhoodSafe middle class suburban neighborhood. We have over 50 species of wild critters; ask for a list, if you are interested. Getting AroundIf you fly into DIA (the airport) you can take highways the whole way until 3 blocks from our home, about 45 minutes; allow 1 1/2 hours to get luggage, rental car, and travel. A guest told me a taxi cost $140; Uber/Lyft would probably be a bit cheaper. Better, (URL HIDDEN) light rail (train) A (airport) line to C (Union Station) line, (weekends are more complicated, but possible) goes to within 3 miles of my home for $9 and you may be able to catch a free shuttle (schedule below) to my home.
If you are driving from my home, the C-470 Platte Canyon exit is a half exit only accessible going west (to get off and on). To go east, from the nearby 4-way stop, go WEST (right) on Chatfield, turn left (south) at Wadsworth (after King Soopers' grocery, the closest one), in about a mile turn left (east) onto C-470. We also have REI and Trader Joe's within 4 miles.
The (URL HIDDEN) #85 bus runs during rush hours 3 blocks from my home at the 4-way stop at Platte Canyon/Chatfield/Kendall/C-470. There is also a South Jeffco Call-n-Ride shuttle included free with train/bus fare. No reservations needed FROM the light rail Littleton Mineral Station: M-F 6:10am-8:10pm, every half hour and 9:10, and Saturdays 9:45am-9:45pm hourly. TO Mineral Station, reservations are needed from my house in advance and not always available. reserve online with my account and password asap up to 2 weeks before. Allow for them to be 10 minutes late. I can help decipher the system, as I've got lots of experience. I charge $6 arranged 24 hours in advance ($1 per mile round trip) for rides to Mineral Station, if I'm available. $10 if needed less than 24 hours out.
I don't drive to Red Rocks Amphitheater because of congestion. Uber is about $22 to RR and $27 back if you wait after the rush (Uber puts a premium on the rush). Those not wanting to rent a car or Uber, try the car sharing services, but there's not much available.
Bikes are available for $8 a day at your own risk, but it is difficult to get to hiking areas and Red Rocks Amphitheater. There are bike paths all the way to Denver along the river, with stops at a nature center, botanic-style gardens, parks, and REI. Other Things to NoteThe pronunciation of Chandrakala is: chand' rah kah lah' but you can call me Chandra, or moonbeams (its meaning), or hey you! The Eastern Indian name was given by a friend because he said I shine by reflecting those around me who shine brightly. You all make me shine!
We keep rates low by working together to conserve and reduce our impact on the environment: use a towel all week, take short showers (Denver Water says "5 minutes is max") or turn the off switch on the shower head while lathering, wipe up with the sponge instead of a paper towel, save some breakfast items for everyone, set aside bedding that you aren't going to use... We recycle in bins in the right pantry. Please rinse and sort your styrofoam, cans, plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, yogurt containers... Mother Earth thanks you!
We use two ecological methods to beat the summer heat, which require the cooperation of everyone in the house. Otherwise, everyone upstairs suffers in the heat.
The first method, used in warm and hot weather, is to cool the house as much as possible at night. A large fan intakes cool air from a south facing window at sundown, bedroom fans can be used in windows, and windows are opened downstairs, replacing hot air with cooler air overnight. When the thermostat shows the temperature rising or the sun starts to shine on the sidewalk in front of the house, the fans are turned off and all windows are closed. You have the choice to open or close your bedroom window and door at night, but when the fans go off, you need to decide whether you will keep your window closed all day (preferable) or keep your door closed all day. It's not fair to others if you let your room heat up and then use the cool air in the house to cool your room and heat up the house. There is an indoor/outdoor thermometer next to the back door to help you decide. Otherwise the outside air heats the house up fast. I added extra insulation in the walls and attic such that some think we have air conditioning.
The second method is used just in hot weather, along with fan cooling. Swamp coolers are unique to dry climates, that most people aren't familiar with and it's somewhat counter-intuitive if you're used to air conditioning. Evaporation of water (relatively expensive here because it comes from snow in the mountains) in a box on the roof, cools air which is pumped into the house. It requires that a couple windows in the most occupied areas (bedrooms or living room) are cracked open only an inch or two, to let the hot air escape without letting the hot outside air in. The cool air is moist but still more pleasant than hot dry air. I have experienced 55 degrees inside when the swamp cooler was used to excess. It requires all guests who want the cool air, open their windows only an inch or two when home, then close the window when gone more than a couple hours. Leave your door cracked open if you want me to help open or close your window. Sorry, I don't know of any other ecological way to avoid the heat of summer.
Of course cooking and laundry add to the heat, but that is harder to avoid. Thanks for your cooperation.