The SpaceGorgeous 1905 Queen Anne home featuring a round bedroom, working fireplace, and lots of neat details. Two of the four bedrooms contain king-sized beds, and with advance notice, we can make up the other two with a full extra-long and a twin in one, and two twin beds in the other. There are also two air mattresses available, and a comfortable sofa, if you need to bring more people.
There's a large collection of books, including some childrens' books, two good sized HDTVs (one in the front bedroom with a DVD player, one in the round living room with a Wii and PS3/blu ray player), a media center that can stream lots of movies to the living room TV, and a nice outdoor area for sitting around the firepit, grilling steaks, and chatting. The kitchen and the laundry room are available for your use during your stay, and include basic supplies (including dishes, tableware, and cooking supplies). The upstairs bathroom has a wonderful clawfoot tub with hand shower for a relaxing soak as well as a separate standup shower with oversized showerhead. The small downstairs bathroom has a basic shower facility. There's a rocking chair and porch swing on the front porch - a nice place to talk or sit and read. In addition to the large-screen TV, the living room hosts a working wood fireplace (wood is supplied). The dining room typically seats 4-6, but with advance notice we can switch to the more formal table, which comfortably seats 10-12. The home is equipped with high speed (business class) internet. The office/third bedroom has an internet-connected computer with a 27 inch display, and wifi is available as well.
The neighborhood is full of historic homes, many of which are restored or are in the process of being restored. It had its bad days in the 70s and 80s and has recovered. It's an active community which holds several annual events (And the neighborhood association is right next door). The art festival sometimes falls on the same weekend as a football game, so be sure to check that out if you're there the same weekend :)
There's a grocery store, a drug store, and several restaurants a few blocks away (Jan Marie's Portage Avenue Cafe is a great breakfast spot). I make sure there's propane for the grill, and usually stock the fridge with beer, hot dogs, and burgers, along with buns, condiments, coffee and soda.
Come stay with us -- you won't regret it. :) Guest AccessWe'd prefer it if our guests avoided the attic and the basement, and any closets or drawers tagged private, but other than that, you'll have the run of the house, including reasonable use of the liquor cabinet Interaction with GuestsWe'll be enjoying a relaxing weekend in Michigan during your stay -- out of your hair, but less than an hour's drive away if anything comes up. The keys will be in a keybox, with the code provided to you in advance. The NeighborhoodNote: This text is shamelessly borrowed from our neighborhood association's website.
This charming neighborhood is incredibly varied with tree lined avenues, historic homes and a rich full history. We have Victorians from the 1880’s, Bungalows from the 1920’s and American Four Squares at every turn. The neighborhood has four historic districts, each one featuring homes of different genres and architectural styles. We have historic Leeper Park with scenic views of the St. Joseph River, a jungle gym, tennis center and perfect picnic spots. Portage Avenue features a grocery store, pharmacy and hardware store just a short distance from your home away from home.
The Near Northwest is at the edge of bustling downtown South Bend; its restaurants, museums and cultural life are just steps away. And we are just minutes from the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross, St. Mary’s, IU South Bend and Ivy Tech with all of their educational opportunities, sporting events and additional cultural events.
The Near Northwest has one of the most active neighborhood organizations in the City. It features a yearly art festival, garden walk, summer cook outs and much more. The numerous events are a perfect place to meet the neighbors and make new friends. Our many volunteers are committed to our projects both civic and social.
You will love this neighborhood – come stay with us! Getting AroundThere is ample parking. Our driveway can hold 3 cars, and there are room for something like 50 more cars in the 2 neighborhood association lots.
There's a bus stop near by, but as of the last time we reviewed the routes, we wouldn't recommend taking it to Notre Dame - it goes in the wrong direction, and you'd have to change buses at least twice to get to one that heads to campus.
South Bend is not a particularly walkable city, and aside from a few at the airport, taxis must be called for in advance. We recommend renting a car, unless you're fit and planning to walk from our house to the stadium and back, in which case, a taxi to and from the airport would suffice. Other Things to NoteAre you looking to visit at a time when we're not listed as available? Feel free to contact us -- we may be willing to open up the house to match your schedule.
We need to get updated interior photos. These were taken in 2011, and since then, we've gotten married, cohabited, switched some furniture around, and generally redecorated a bit. The living/sitting/dining rooms are a bit less empty and a bit more welcoming now. I added a panorama shot a photographer took when we were featured in the local art festival last year -- that shows a more updated view, albeit full of people who happened to be touring it at the time :)