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Escape from it all in this beautifully restored (with lots of modern twists) Victorian home in the trees. The house is so inviting, and filled with so much to do, that some quests never leave during their stay ... if you do, however: hike, bike, walk, play in our 'backyard' - Willow Park and Cherokee Park provide miles of walking trails and outdoor activities.
You're also minutes from downtown, the Ohio River, Kentucky Kingdom, Churchill Downs and the world's most famous horse race!
Our guest reviews speak for themselves ... and some of the biggest favs we hear are: heated tiles, Steinway grand, dry sauna, steam sauna, phone-controlled music throughout, amazing kitchen, roaring fireplace, tranquil front porch, perfect-entertaining back deck, peaceful escape, hip-magazine-quality-design and true-local-insight/reservation-help and direction.
Guest Access: It's all yours ... this listing includes full, private access to the home, gorgeous views from every window; expansive back deck with grill, sectional and fire pit; rockers and swing on the front porch; all the high-tech you could ask for, including a Sonos music system, high-tech-thermostat and climate control, Apple-TV, HD Smart TVs; cool art; lots of space, one roaring wood-burning fireplace, two more traditional Victorian versions; and always a welcome basket complete with Kentucky treats. Be sure to check out all the pics and details for each.
Interaction with Guests: The place is yours and I respect your privacy first and foremost. It's possible that I will be out of town and that there may be no other guests, but not a guarantee. :) Regardless, I'm always a phone call away for tips, inside advice - and you'll also have the phone numbers for our 'power team' for anything you need from our housekeeper and handy-guy house expert.
The Neighborhood: Ahhhh, where to begin ... this spot really has it all. Including beautiful, mature tree-lined streets and alleys, the city's best park and trail system and a couple blocks' walk to the best restaurants, shops, nightclubs and culture the city has to offer.
Getting around: Be sure to plan to schedule a Distillery Tour ... you can sample bourbon at restaurants within blocks and plan day-trip visits to some of the most famous distilleries such as Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve and more. The list is too long to mention here, but don't forget to add the Louisville Slugger bat factory, Muhammad Ali Center, Museum Row, Belle of Louisville Steamboat cruise ... just ask us for suggestions or help planning the perfect visit.
Other Things to Note: I've had an amazing response to the venture into sharing my home - and have met some amazing folks in the process. Even those I don't get to meet personally - but who share their great experiences of my place and 'hood are super-rewarding. Our calendar has been pretty busy, so if you're looking at available dates - let me know how I can help you get confirmed.
Look forward to talking to you soon - and helping you plan an awesome visit to 'the 'ville.'
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. The cancellation policy is as follows: For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made a full 30 days prior to the guest's day of check in. If cancellation is requested and the reservation is paid in full and there is less than 31 days to a guest's check in date, only the cleaning fee and security deposit will be refunded....moreless
Satellite / Cable
Enjoy your favorite shows on large screen Samsung HD SmartTVs....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
In one of the most fashionable, and fun, areas of town - a preserved Victorian area with huge trees, lots of front porch gatherings and blocks from the city's best park, shops, restaurants & nightlife...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Golf Privileges Optional
Hot Air Ballooning
Plus, five-seat bar area within the great room/dining room/kitchen area....moreless
Seating for 10 people
Yes, a big wood burning (with gas starter to make it really easy) all enjoyable from the kitchen / reading area / dining room. Plus, gel-fireplaces for extra charm in living room and guest room/den....moreless
Multiple zones of Apple Airport Extreme base stations and the fastest internet available....moreless
Iron & Board
New Cuisinart coffee maker, grinds fresh beans for amazing coffee!...moreless
State of the art; stainless steel appliances including a double convection oven, two refrigerator/freezers, double-drawer dishwasher, four-burner gas cooktop with side grill, large farmer's sink....moreless
2016 Derby Extravaganza May 2 - May 9, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 1 night min stay
$895 Thu, Fri, Sat
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Yep, I'm a big supporter of the rental community - and am only interested in folks who feel the same way. I wrote up a set of house rules and more info at http://willowavenue.com ... here's a summary of the most important:
1. Respect the Neighborhood
2. Outdoor Curfew: 10pm
3. Leave it the Way You Found It
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Escape from it all in this beautifully restored (with lots of modern twists) Victorian home in the trees; hike, walk and play in a huge park or walk to the city's best restaurants, nightlife, shops and culture ... all from this perfect spot. You're minutes from downtown, the Ohio River, Churchill Downs and the world's most famous horse race! Plus, be sure to plan to schedule a Distillery Tour ... you can sample bourbon at restaurants within blocks and plan day-trip visits to some of the most famous distilleries such as Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve and more. The list is too long to mention here, but don't forget to add the Louisville Slugger bat factory, Muhammad Ali Center, Museum Row, Belle of Louisville Steamboat cruise ... just ask us for suggestions or help planning the perfect visit.
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: Hi there! I'm a house/all-things-design lover with an occasional bout of electronics/amazon addictive behavior. Love making sure I've played with the lasted home audio, automation, lighting, A/V ... basically anything that can be controlled via my iPhone, iPad or Mac.
I'm a serial-entrepreneur and heavy traveler, so love having others enjoy the place while I'm gone. Also trying to figure out if it makes sense to rent the carriage house in one-year leases or on a more casual basis for short stints.
Hope to get to meet soon. By the way, I have an awesome 'team' of folks here in Louisville who are the really smart ones ... so, regardless of my travels or general disorientation, they always make sure the house is clean and guest-ready, yard is looking great; towels are fluffed, coffee's ready for the morning, and guests are always happy.
Why the Owner Chose Louisville: Ahhhh, where to begin ... this spot really has it all. Including beautiful, mature tree-lined streets and alleys, the city's best park and trail system and a couple blocks' walk to the best restaurants, shops, nightclubs and culture the city has to offer.
The Unique Benefits at this House: My favorites: top-of the-line appliances and an amazing space for entertaining; an authentic Finnish Dry Sauna; a hot and relaxing steam shower; perfect condition Steinway Grand Piano; gorgeous views from every window; expansive back deck with grill, sectional and fire pit; or a set of rockers and swing on the front porch; all the high-tech you could ask for, including Sonos music system, Nest thermostat and climate control, multiple Apple-TV-enabled HD Smart TV; cool art; lots of space, one roaring wood-burning fireplace, two more traditional Victorian versions; and, most importantly, always a welcome basket complete with Kentucky Bourbon samples!