The SpaceTHE PERFECT PLACE TO WRITE A NOVEL IN- this open and airy apartment with loft-style pipes venting the A/C under the 11-foot ceilings, with old-windows, and original hardwood floors, centered in a town overflowing with history, is atmosphere at its best.
The 2ND FLOOR UNIT has a PRIVATE ENTRANCE and STAIRCASE, the entry to which is just large enough to store a bicycle. A FULL KITCHEN (with a DISHWASHER, and ALL DISHES AND UTENSILS) opens to a small dining area and OPEN LIVING ROOM-- complete with CABLE TV (flat screen), and a fold-out FULL-SIZED SOFA BED. Smaller adjacent rooms contain: a mid-sized bathroom with TUB AND SHOWER, rear utility room with WASHER AND DRYER, and a master bedroom boasting a QUEEN-SIZED platform bed and MEMORY-FOAM MATTRESS. The unit as a whole washes in light from the 8-foot tall picture windows that look out onto historic Division Street every afternoon.
There is no breakfast included with this rental, but the unit is directly above a bagel shop and next door to a (VERY GOOD AND RECOMMENDED) coffee shop. Roughly 10-12 restaurants are within the immediate vicinity (on Division St/side/surrounding), and another 15-20 are less than a 5 min drive, or 15 min bike ride.
Street parking is necessary, however, excluding Jessie James Days (in early September) or during any "sporadic" large community events, finding a spot within a block of the unit is rarely difficult. Permit free parking is available on most side streets and a free public parking lot is directly behind the building. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire apartment- this is not a "shared living arrangement". That includes all kitchen utensils and the washer/dryer inside the unit. Interaction with GuestsI currently live/travel between 3 different states for work. This is where I live when in Minnesota, and if it is being rented, I am elsewhere. However, Keller Williams, two doors down from the unit entrance, can assist renters with any needs they have during their stay. The NeighborhoodBecause it's the home of both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges- two near-ivy-league liberal Arts universities, at its core, Northfield is a bohemian, artsy, little college town. There is FANTASTIC shopping lining Division street- especially for the "retro-weird" and "one-of-a-kind-but-in-a-cool-way-not-an-expensive-way" type of shopper. Stores like "The Local Joint" fill their racks with "used" items for sale -- only, it seems as if they page through all the "normal" vintage/2nd-hand stores for you, removing all the crap, and display only the neatest gems you'd expect to find there. A block down, another store sells recycled metal peices which have been battered, twisted, and framed into beautiful jewelry by an artsian duo of father and son. It's secondary fame (or primary, depending on who you ask,) comes from the town rising up against, and hence, defeating Jesse James' on the James gang's subsequent last robbery attempt. Most of the gang died in the uprising, and is considered chiefly responsible for ending Jesse James' career in banditry. The Defeat of Jesse James Days Festival hosted in Northfield the first weekend September is one of the largest small town festivals in the country. Getting AroundNorthfield is a small town and few forms of public transit exist for non-students. There is Northfield Taxi is available 24 hours a day, and Northfield Transit or "The Transit"- the town's shuttle company- is available most weekday work hours. The contact information for both companies is posted in the apartment. There is also an airport/commuter shuttle service to and from Northfield offered through EcoTrans: (URL HIDDEN)
You can walk/bike just about anywhere in Northfield- and this apartment is in the center of it all (and literally a few hundred feet from Carleton's Campus) - HOWEVER- the weather can make that and "unprotected excursion" an epic undertaking throughout the Midwestern winter season, therefore having your own vehicle is highly recommended. Furthermore, though St Olaf College is only a mile or so away, it is situated up on a high hill above the town, regular commuters to that campus may find doing the trek by foot/bike a bit daunting.