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Little House Nashville: Convenient, Comfortable, Historic and Green Urban Oasis

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CENTER Little House; LEFT gate/grape arbor; RIGHT path/patio; REAR owner's home

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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Nashville cottage description

Award winning, historic garage/servants quarters, 750 square feet of newly renovated and fully-furnished comfortable living. Enjoy freestanding guesthouse with beautiful fenced garden and patio in the Hillsboro Village. Located conveniently in the Elmington Park and West End area of Nashville.
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SEE MAP: Two blocks from West End Avenue, 'Nashville's Main Street.'
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One of the nation's first historic LEED Platinum residences (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 2011

Selected 'Best Green House,' February 2011 Greensource, The Magazine of Sustainable Design

Recipient of 'Best of the Best, Green Star Award,' U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Middle Tennessee Chapter, 2012

Recipient of Commendation for 'outstanding efforts toward the preservation of Davidson County's architectural heritage,' The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, 2012
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One large L-shaped room with multi-functions: Sleeps 4 (Queen Murphy bed with pillow-top mattress, and two twins convert to queen bed), TV viewing area, dining/game area, and bath. Huge fabric curtains divide the room into two sleeping areas.
• Kitchen includes full-size stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator
• Washer, dryer - full-size
• Universal Design means comfort and accessibility for guests using wheelchairs or walkers
• Recognized for historic renovation, and sustainable design and construction (LEED for Homes, US Green Building Council)
• Geothermal/central air conditioning and heat, with ceiling fans and window screens
• Includes partially-stocked refrigerator and pantry. Jane sends an email a few days before guests arrive with a list of basic groceries and pantry items that will be stocked before arrival. She asks for any additions or changes, and, at no extra charge, they're in the kitchen when guests arrive.
• Full-package cable, 42” LCD HDTV, wireless Internet
• Indoor/outdoor ping-pong table
• Across the street from Elmington Park and two blocks from bus shelter/route on West End Avenue, Nashville's 'Main Street.' Walkable/ bikable neighborhood
• Polite dogs welcome (deposit required, ask for guest dog rules)

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Our historic house and it's gardens have been featured in numerous articles..

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Why Sustainability and LEED in 2010/11 renovation?

When we bought the property in 1992 our uninhabitable 750 sq. ft. servants’ quarters/garage was falling down. We chose to save it, not only because it’s a charming, historic structure, but also because adapting an existing building to a new use is more sustainable than tearing it down, sending it to a landfill and starting over with new materials. We plan to own this property for a long time, so energy efficiency makes financial sense for us, plus we and our guests will be healthier and more comfortable. In addition, by attaining LEED Platinum status (awarded by US Green Building Council), we hope the project will serve as an example and teaching tool for 'best practices' in sustainable design and construction, thereby increasing the quality of sustainable practices in Middle Tennessee. The LEED process ensures that all systems are designed, installed and tested for effectiveness, and that they actually deliver a higher standard.

DESIGN

• Quality Over Quantity – The house is small, but it works – and well. We took 750 sq. ft. of history and gave it a modern spin on functionality while retaining the best of its character.

• Cradle to Cradle – Reclaim, Restore, & Reuse. Most construction materials were saved from the landfill and are now enjoying a second life.

• The 50 Year Plan – We tried to envision every possible use of this structure for many decades to come and design accordingly. Universal Design ensures access for all occupants.

EFFICIENCY

• Geothermal HVAC W/Radiant Heat – We use the earth to cool in the summer and heat the concrete floor in winter.
• Soy Based Spray Foam Insulation – Perfect for this situation, spray foam fills in all the cracks old homes inevitably have.
• Low flow water fixtures, tank less water heating, efficient windows, and more decrease energy consumption.

SUSTAINABILITY

• Reclaim – We deconstructed a garage, scoured salvage yards, and reclaimed our own demolition materials in order to create a highly aesthetic space with minimal environmental impact.

• Restore – We didn’t tear it down! It would have been easier, but it definitely wasn’t as sustainable. Restoring existing buildings preserves history and conserves materials.

• Reuse – Siding became our ceiling. A floor is our countertop. Old screen doors open to a pantry. Thinking creatively allows for unconventional uses of conventional materials.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Children Welcome:

            Kids have fun in: - our yard - patio, paths, flowers, fruit trees - great playground and field in Elmington Park across the street - comfortable TV area - ping-pong table can be set up inside or on the patio - great tree house with comfortable and safe seating, and roof (adult supervision required) - kids love our six egg-laying hens (no roosters) The Little House is especially enjoyed by families with children (even teenage or adult children). Every day activities like visiting, preparing meals, sleeping, eating, watching TV, playing board games, sitting on the patio, walking in the neighborhood, and even doing laundry, provide ways for low-key, and meaningful connections to be made here. Families tend to be our most appreciative guests. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            ABOUT DOGS (no cats allowed): -Polite adult dogs welcome -$50 per dog for first night, $10 for each additional night -$300 deposit required GUEST DOGS ARE WELCOME TO: -Sleep on furniture as long as it's covered -Enjoy fenced patio & garden -Watch songbirds, squirrels & butterflies -Exercise on a leash across the street in Elmington Park & on sidewalks in our beautiful neighborhood HOUSE RULES FOR DOGS: -No chewing, barking or digging -Furniture must be protected with quilts or towels (we’ll provide) if dogs are accustomed to this privilege at home -Must be enclosed in crates when alone -Must be on a leash when walking in the neighborhood -Poop in the garden & in the neighborhood must be scooped Deposit will not be refunded if these rules are broken. We will ask for a $300 check upon your arrival. If we find the Little House in good shape after your departure, we will mail your cancelled check to you. Please call Jane to discuss (615) 957-0404...moreless

          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            Very accessible! You'll find low-pitched ramps from street parking to our garden path and patio, to the entry door. Wide exterior doorways have very low thresholds and doors have lever handles. The shower has no threshold and there are no cabinets under the kitchen or bathroom sinks. We've had excellent reviews from guests who have required accessibility. Please ask for more information....moreless

          Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Very large room is bedroom\living room/dining room/kitchen: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

            See photo of Murphy bed with queen pillow-top mattress....moreless

          • Before you arrive, we will arrange furniture to meet your needs. Options: Queen Size Bed: a very comfortable 'Murphy' bed with pillow-top mattress (does not fold when put away - it is a 'regular' mattress and remains flat). It's easy to put away, converting sleeping area to a living room. Two Twin or Single Beds: Built-in banquette converts to two comfortable twin beds (full length, 30' wide). When a queen bed is preferred, one mattress easily relocates to a temporary platform next to the other, creating a comfortable, sturdy queen bed. Please see photographs for details of how each area of Little House Nashville can be arranged....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Bathroom features large shower, toilet, sink, ceiling fan, extra lighting, hair dryer, extra storage for guests' toiletries, and lots of extra towels. Measurements: 8' x 5'. 'Universal Design' or 'Aging in Place' features enjoyed by all guests include: no-threshold shower, easy to open pocket door, extra hooks, low shelves for storage of toiletries, grab-bars in shower and at toilet, no cabinet under sink, easy to reach light switches and electric sockets. Shower stool optional. See photos and floor plans on www. LittleHouseNashville .com website...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Our guesthouse is in a historic neighborhood with big trees and sidewalks. It is across the street from Elmington Park, which has picnic tables, a big field and a bus shelter. Guests enjoy the quietness of the Little House, it's beautiful gardens and patio that have been featured in several publications. Guests staying at Little House Nashville love living in a real neighborhood where people are friendly but they don't intrude. Please ask us if you'd like a service or amenity that is not described here....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Books For Kids
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Lots of board games and a ping-pong table....moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys:

                We have a few toys. Age appropriate toys can be provided by request....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Games
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Arboretum
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Coin Laundry
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Kayaking
              • Roller Blading
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Dining area also serves as TV area and sleeping area for guests with more than two in party. Extra fold-out tables and chairs in closet. See photos and floor plans on www. LittleHouseNashville .com...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 5 people

              General

              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Geothermal system is nice and cool in the summer! Many of our guests love ceiling fans and open windows (with screens). ...moreless

              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Ceiling Fans
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Filtered Water
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Geothermal system, plus spray foam insulation and super-insulated windows create a toasty warm home in the winter. ...moreless

              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                The living room also serves as the bedroom, when the Murphy bed is pushed into the wall. A rolling ping pong table that is stored outside can also be brought into the living room. See website photos....moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                Parking is available in the driveway or on street. Both are within 30 feet of the door to Little House Nashville....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Parking is available in the driveway or on street. Both are within 30 feet of the door to Little House Nashville....moreless

              • Parking On Street
              • Security System
              • Shampoo
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                This works really well! We'll provide you with the password when you arrive....moreless

              Kitchen

              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Kitchen:

                Kitchen features full-size appliances, including electric stove/oven, refrigerator, and microwave oven. See photos and floor plans on www. LittleHouseNashville .com website...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                YOU'LL LOVE THIS We provide basic groceries, so that guests won't have to drive to the grocery store upon their arrival. Prior to visit, Jane sends email describing grocery list asking for additions....moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                A private patio with table and chairs is surrounded by beautiful garden and grape arbor....moreless

              • Golf:

                A much-loved public golf course, McCabe Golf Course, is about two miles away....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                (2)...moreless

              • Large Cooler
              • Lawn / Garden:

                Please see www.LittleHouseNashville.com for photos of beautiful gardens surrounding Little House Nashville. Gardens regularly featured on local garden tours....moreless

              • Patio
              • Porch / Veranda:

                Roofed tree house for kids and adults!...moreless

              • Small Cooler
              • Tennis:

                Two tennis courts are right across the street in Elmington Park....moreless

              • Terrace
              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card
                   

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                  Vanderbilt/Belmont Graduation
                  May 7 - May 9, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $340
                  CMA’s Fan Festival
                  Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $340
                  $2,000
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $240

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                  • cleaning fee $60
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Cancellation policy:

                  Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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                  Location

                  11 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Nashville International Airport
                  1.4 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Tin Angel on West End & many in Hillsboro Village
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  McCabe Golf Course (public)
                  0.3 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  West End Ave (Hwy 70 S) and I-440
                  0.4 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

                  Car: Recommended

                  Features of one of Nashville's favorite green spaces, Elmington Park, across the street from Little House Nashville:

                  - Foodtrucks on weekends

                  - 14 acres

                  - Playground

                  - Picnic tables

                  - Two tennis courts

                  - Great field for picnics and kite flying

                  - Big trees

                  - 1920's residential architecture all around

                  - Bus shelter for access to Metro buses traveling downtown on West End Avenue

                  Great walking neighborhood

                  - Sidewalks, park, old houses, big trees

                  - Lots of coffee shops/restaurants/shopping within 1.5 miles

                  - Richland Creek Greenway - trailhead is 2 miles away - see map at www.nashville.gov/greenways

                  Public Transportation: Parking downtown can be hard to find and expensive, so many guests prefer taking a bus. We are 3 - 3.5 miles from downtown. Buses pick up our guests at a bus shelter on West End Avenue, two blocks away, in Elmington Park, and drive straight downtown, within one or two blocks of numerous restaurants, music venues, & tourist destinations.

                  See more at www.nashvillemta.org

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1992

                  About the owner: Jane Hardy, Owner/Host – I’m a sustainability enthusiast, neighborhood activist, and networker. Professionally, I’m a Strategic Career Counselor. I'm passionate about historic buildings, gardening (especially low-maintenance, fruit and nut-bearing vines, shrubs and trees), family and friends. I thrive on making sure our guests enjoy their stays in our guesthouse and their visits to Nashville. Rod Kochtitzky, Co-Owner/Host - my husband – a psychotherapist in private practice. Rod specializes in working with couples, and he's really good at it! (www.rodk.net). Will Hardy Kochtitzky – our 20-year-old son is a Sophomore at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He loves camping/ backpacking, urban gardening, the Spanish language, and he's studying environmental and earth sciences. Tom Hardy Kochtitzky – our 17-year-old son is a junior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in downtown Nashville. He’s enthusiastic about photography, Ultimate Frisbee, and longboarding. He's an activist and leader in social justice issues at Nashville's Oasis Center. Both Will and Tom are very responsible. They inspire Rod and me to continuously strive to reduce our family’s carbon footprint and have more fun. They enjoy good friends, cousins, and travel.

                  Why the Owner Chose Nashville:
                  We love Nashville -- It's a great city with friendly people, four seasons, gorgeous hills, fields and rivers, and lots of fun things to do. Our home and guest house are in a historic neighborhood with big trees and sidewalks. One of Nashville's favorite green spaces, Elmington Park, is right across the street. We love being in a central location, within walking distance to so many great restaurants, shops and parks. We can easily walk to Hillsboro Village, Sylvan Park, Vanderbilt University, and Centennial Park. Nashville's most beautiful historic neighborhoods are all around us, and downtown is just three miles away, a straight shot on the bus. We love the quietness of our home and garden, set in the center of Nashville.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  We're in a very central location, so driving to almost every Nashville destination is a three to 15 minute trip. A very active bus line is two blocks away. Take walks on sidewalks through our historic neighborhood and Elmington Park which is across the street. Many Nashvillian's favorite locally-owned shops and restaurants are in Hillsboro Village, is one-and-a-half miles away. Nashville is filled with all kinds of live music every night of the week, and the venues are all over town, so our central location is perfect if you're coming to hear music. Enjoy our private patio surrounded by a lush garden full of birds, a grape arbor, flowers and fruit trees. Even adults enjoy our tree house, and you'll meet our six pet hens (no roosters!) that lay delicious organic eggs. Guests often tell us that they love the comfort, peacefulness and beauty of Little House Nashville so much that they don't want to leave. This may be the only LEED Platinum vacation rental in the nation! As well as being energy efficient, that means it's comfortable and healthy -- no toxic paint or cleaning products, all natural fabrics, lots of fresh air, and no drafts! Please see our website www. LittleHouseNashville. com for more information and photos.


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                  • CENTER Little House; LEFT gate/grape arbor; RIGHT path/patio; REAR owner's home

                    CENTER Little House; LEFT gate/grape arbor; RIGHT path/patio; REAR owner's home

                  • Path through the garden leading from the sidewalk to front door

                    Path through the garden leading from the sidewalk to front door

                  • Comfortable queen bed with pillow-top mattress

                    Comfortable queen bed with pillow-top mattress

                  • Sitting area with easy fold-up ping pong table

                    Sitting area with easy fold-up ping pong table

                  • Comfortable, cozy living room with breakfast table. Pantry on left, TV on right

                    Comfortable, cozy living room with breakfast table. Pantry on left, TV on right

                  • Banquette area ready for watching TV. Knotty-pine cabinets from Habitat Re-Store

                    Banquette area ready for watching TV. Knotty-pine cabinets from Habitat Re-Store

                  • Banquette area prepared for comfortable Queen bed sleeping!

                    Banquette area prepared for comfortable Queen bed sleeping!

                  • Year-round flowers in the garden!

                    Year-round flowers in the garden!

                  • LHN back door: evidence of enthusiastic gardeners who created this private oasis

                    LHN back door: evidence of enthusiastic gardeners who created this private oasis

                  • Enjoy the garden of newly renovated historic garage and servant's quarters.

                    Enjoy the garden of newly renovated historic garage and servant's quarters.

                  • From sidewalk, enter gate to patio and gardens, to award winning guesthouse

                    From sidewalk, enter gate to patio and gardens, to award winning guesthouse

                  • Kitchen bar and sitting area (Murphy bed put away), with sunlight pouring in

                    Kitchen bar and sitting area (Murphy bed put away), with sunlight pouring in

                  • Spacious sitting area. Queen bed with pillow-top mattress in wall, out of sight

                    Spacious sitting area. Queen bed with pillow-top mattress in wall, out of sight

                  • Full-size kitchen and laundry appliances make good use of 750 sq. ft. space

                    Full-size kitchen and laundry appliances make good use of 750 sq. ft. space

                  • Banquette area prepared for a meal

                    Banquette area prepared for a meal

                  • Banquette area ready for sleeping in two comfortable single beds

                    Banquette area ready for sleeping in two comfortable single beds

                  • Cozy & comfortable living: outside looks small but inside is spacious!

                    Cozy & comfortable living: outside looks small but inside is spacious!

                  • Kitchen sink, window and outdoor lattice: cozy, eclectic, colorful and fun!

                    Kitchen sink, window and outdoor lattice: cozy, eclectic, colorful and fun!

                  • Newly renovated, historic garage and servant's quarters, 750 square feet

                    Newly renovated, historic garage and servant's quarters, 750 square feet

                  • Enjoy a variety of cozy outdoor seating areas surrounded by lush gardens.

                    Enjoy a variety of cozy outdoor seating areas surrounded by lush gardens.

                  • Enter gate to path, patio, gardens and French doors to your home away from home

                    Enter gate to path, patio, gardens and French doors to your home away from home

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