The SpaceThe photos don't do it justice. It isn't cluttered. Someone DOES live here; it's still AIRbnb, not a REALbnb. The room is 16X20, larger than probably 99% of bedrooms. That's a $1000 Queen-Size sofabed. Notice the Southwest fabric motif? Notice the Native American art on the BRICK WALL surrounding the FIREPLACE? You pay $250+ for a room like this IN the Southwest, a lot MORE for a room with a full kitchen and its own grounds and POOL that you only share with the, shall we say, concierge, or establishment manager. The entire wall facing the woods might well be glass since since only 1 foot between two of the three windows isn't window, and three feet at the end of the PANELED wall.
That said, this is an OVERFLOW room, you might say, if a family has more than four people, OR TWO families want to stay at the same time.
On the other hand, there isn't as MUCH privacy as a bedroom offers; just folding louvre doors to the kitchen. A sex maniac guest might mind not knowing if someone in the kitchen were listening to their ongoing escapades, but I don't think there's ever been a love story where two people HAD TO have it EVERY NIGHT! Then again, WHAT do I CARE if people are enjoying the den to the fullest while I get my late night snack? If the frig door opening and closing bothers YOU, that ain't MY fault. Guest AccessActually, this room alone has a private entrance IF you prefer to walk through the yard to the back. Most people come in the front door and reach the den through the kitchen. However, the back door from the den IS private access to the patio and yard and pool. Interaction with GuestsAs I think my original listing, shown 2nd now even though I posted this a year LATER only because Airbnb wouldn't allow me to book two families at the same time, otherwise, I was for many years the county liaison for the small business lobby, so I probably know everywhere and everyone better than anyone here. I've also taught every grade from 1st to post-doctoral psychologists, the most interesting part of which was that I taught pretty much the same thing pretty much the same way, so you might say I have a gift for relating whatever you want to know, to whatever you already relate TO. By the same token, many people come here for events, and don't have time to interact, so I'm just as good at being invisible. Matter of fact, THAT'S what I taught (in a manner of speaking) in some 2000 classrooms. The NeighborhoodAs lovely and pristine a beach as any on earth is 10-15 minutes away; the ocean beach is 30. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Costco are three minutes away. So are Fairway, King Kullen, Waldbaum's, and a local chain supermarket called Meat Farms with terrific produce, cheese, and deli. Pathmark and Shoprite are about 5 minutes, and Wal Mart another 2. Getting Around5 minutes from Long Island Railroad station in St James, which is a historic landmark, and 10 from the larger, express train station in Ronkonkoma. Other Things to NoteThe yards all around are very much like the model at the Agricultural Extension Service here, which is the largest such operation of any county in the country. It doesn't look like the Twilight Zoney conformity of my neighbors, which chipmunks, rabbits, and birds disdain in favor of mine because they know the others are poisoned with fertilizers. The grass is a mosaic of greens, not a solid carpet of the same color as the TV commercials. The spectacular wildflowers growing 4 feet or better are MORE expensive than their alternating pink, white, red, pink, white red ones from garden centers. There are more palatial homes (usually for a lot more than $100/night, but none more like a Garden of Eden dream world, as I put it.