The SpaceThe kitchen has a gas range and oven, microwave, and refrigerator with ice maker. There is also a coffee maker, toaster oven and toaster. The kitchen features a cute dinette with a dimable light fixture above it. We keep it stocked with basics including olive oil, sugar, salt & pepper, herbs, spices, vinegars, coffee and tea, and you're welcome to forage in our organic vegetable and herb garden in the back for fresh produce. We affectionately call the bathroom "European-style" because it is small and compact. It is well-appointed, super clean and offers a large tub/shower combo. The larger of the two bedrooms has a green-tea infused memory foam queen bed, 2 night stands with adjustable reading lamps, a cedar closet and plenty of storage space. The smaller bedroom has a daybed with a twin mattress, a closet, chest of drawers, small desk and built in bookshelves. This apartment sleeps three people. (A couple in the queen bed and a third person in the twin bed). The living room sofa is not a sleeper sofa, there is not a bed for a 4th person. This is a lower level apartment but has plenty of light and its own furnace and thermostat so guests can control their own heat in the winter. The living room has a new Samsung Smart TV with Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, a bookcase stocked with Utah-centric books and brochures, cookbooks, magazines, and of course there's Wi-Fi. We also provide a hair dryer, ironing board and iron. If you're staying longer than a week, we do a weekly cleaning that includes changing the sheets and towels, cleaning the bathroom and vacuuming. Finally, please note, we keep a small beehive in the back corner of our yard. It's not close the apartment entrance, but we want our guests to be aware of it in case they have a bee sting allergy. Guest AccessGuests are welcome to forage in our garden for herbs and veggies as well as hang out in the back yard. If you’re into vintage architecture and woodwork you might like to see the upstairs, where we live, while you’re here. Just let us know and we’ll be happy to give you a tour. You'll have your own off-street parking, and public transportation is easily accessible. Interaction with GuestsWe live in the main house above, so will be available for conversation and advice about the area if desired, and, we totally understand the traveler who just wants some solitude. We share our home with a cat (no dogs or children), so our place is nice and quiet. You might hear some footsteps now and then, but that's about it. We love to share travel stories, a glass of wine or a cup tea or coffee with guests who enjoy the same. The NeighborhoodBlaine House is a half a block from the Westminster campus in the very walkable Sugarhouse neighborhood. We're close to the Fresh Market grocery store, Finn's cafe, Jolly's Pharmacy, and two coffee shops: Red Moose and Karma Coffee (who also serves homemade Indian food in the evenings). Sugarhouse business district (a 15-20 minute walk) offers a Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, local brew pubs, a public library, many small independent locally owned shops and cafes, and a walking trail to Sugarhouse Park.
Getting AroundThere's a bus stop a half a block down the street on 11th South, Bus #213, that takes you to the University of Utah and the University Medical Center/Primary Children's Hospital and connects with Trax lines to downtown SLC. Another bus stop is one block north of us on 1700 South. The new Sugarhouse Trax line goes all the way to the airport with one connection at Central Pointe (2100 South), the UTA website says it takes 40 to 50 minutes to get there. Other Things to NoteSalt Lake Historical Society records show our "Blaine House" was built in 1901 by Robert G. and Emma McNiece. Robert McNiece was one of the founders of Westminster College and served as Dean and Professor during the late 1800's thru the early 1900's . McNiece was also the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church for twenty years. After McNiece's death in 1913, his wife Emma continued to live in the house with their two sons for many years. The family who owned the home during the 1960's added the lower level apartments and lived in the home for twenty years. Subsequent owners made improvements to the main house over the years, but very little was upgraded in the two bedroom apartment until we purchased the home in 2013 and completely renovated it. There are two apartments in the lower level, but there is a mechanical room between them, so they are somewhat separate from each other, with entrances and parking on opposite sides of the house.