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Victorian Charm Meets Ultra-Hip: Consistently Voted as Louisville's Best Rental

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Last updated: 11/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Louisville house description

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.'

Bob

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

          • Catering Available
          • Breakfast - Booking Possible
          • Lunch - Booking Possible
          • Dinner - Booking Possible

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Car Available
          • Chauffeur
          • Concierge
          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Limited Accessibility
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

          Entertainment

          • DVD Player
          • Games
          • Music Library
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • Television:

            Enjoy your favorite shows on large screen Samsung HD SmartTVs....moreless

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Spa
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions

          Attractions

          • Arboretum
          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Festivals
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Recreation Center
          • Restaurants
          • Synagogues
          • Theme Parks
          • 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
          • Boating
          • Gambling Casinos
          • Horseback Riding
          • Horseshoes
          • Miniature Golf
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Sledding
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

              • Village:

                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

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Ice Skating
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Pier Fishing
              • Racquetball
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Water Tubing

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Plus, five-seat bar area within the great room/dining room/kitchen area....moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 10 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fireplace:

                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

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet:

                Multiple zones of Apple Airport Extreme base stations and the fastest internet available....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                Top-of-the-line Jura coffee station for espressos and good 'ol coffee....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                LOTS of them!...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Double-drawer design....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                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

              • Oven:

                Double and convection!...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Always!...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Two refrigerator/freezers....moreless

              • Stove:

                Lots of BTUs from four gas burners plus a side grill or griddle panel....moreless

              • Toaster:

                Yes, and it even holds four pieces of bread simultaneously!...moreless

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                A backyard oasis with heavily fined pergola, large deck, fire pit, new sectional and lots of cool....moreless

              • Golf
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill

              Pool / Spa

                  • Sauna:

                    A Dry Sauna and a separate Steam Shower...moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

                      Reviews

                      Write a review 5
                      from 5 traveler reviews
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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      1 night min stay
                      $695 $795
                      Thu, Fri, Sat
                      $3,900 $9,900

                      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

                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning Fee $200
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Tax Rate 7%

                      Notes:

                      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


                      Cancellation policy:

                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                      Calendar

                      Last updated: 11/13/2014
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                      21 Unavailable
                      22 Today
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                      Location

                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Louisville International Airport (SDF)
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Every kind of bar you could want - within a walk
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Cherokee Park Golf Course
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Dozens of some of the city's best - within a walk

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      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!


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                      Photos

                      • The perfect escape ... to Victorian porch perfection

                        The perfect escape ... to Victorian porch perfection

                      • Walk to 'Restaurant Row' and tons of local shops, coffee shops & nightclubs.

                        Walk to 'Restaurant Row' and tons of local shops, coffee shops & nightclubs.

                      • Walk to One of the Best Park Systems in the Country.

                        Walk to One of the Best Park Systems in the Country.

                      • Only 12 minutes to Churchill Downs and The Kentucky Derby.

                        Only 12 minutes to Churchill Downs and The Kentucky Derby.

                      • Only 10 minutes to Downtown Louisville.

                        Only 10 minutes to Downtown Louisville.

                      • Walk to 'Restaurant Row' and tons of local shops, coffee shops & nightclubs.

                        Walk to 'Restaurant Row' and tons of local shops, coffee shops & nightclubs.

                      VRBO #584957

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                      This listing was first published here in 2014.

                      Date last modified - Thursday, November 13, 2014

                      $695 - $795 per night (USD)
                      5

                      5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

                      View calendar: Updated 11/13/14
                      Minimum stay: 1 nights
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                      Member since: 2014
                      Speaks: english
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                      • Response rate: 100%
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/13/2014
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