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Aiken, SC, USA
  • Apartment1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Balcony View, 1 KING Bedroom 1 QUEEN Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-6)

THE LOFT ON LAURENS, CIRCA1885, is located right in the middle of downtown Aiken's unique shops and local restaurants.


"We were thrilled with this place!"

"This apartment is an absolute treat"

"Life is good and your place is great!"

THE LOFT ON LAURENS features original Hitchcock ceilings, heart pine floors and old lawyer bookcases loaded with books and offering a Book Exchange. This beautiful loft has been completely restored to include a new bath and fully equipped, custom kitchen. The loft's iron balcony overlooks Laurens (our Main) Street. It's the perfect place to people watch, catch up on your reading or enjoy your favorite drink! Local art graces the walls and furnishings include an inviting mix of antiques and comfortable pieces.

Comfy KING Master Bedroom and QUEEN Guest Bedroom. Also has QUEEN sleeper.


'THE NEST" www.vrbo.com/290060 Sleeps 2-4

"SEA FOLLY" www.vrbo.com/1051536


Your accommodations include an initial stock of towels, bed linens, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo/conditioner, hair dryer, paper products, coffee, creamer and sugar.

PLEASE NOTE: Fireplaces are non-functional.


JUST VOTED: The South’s Best Small Town 2018


Beaufort, SC 2hrs 15 min

Charleston, SC 2 hrs 19 min

Savannah, GA 2 hrs 22 min

Hilton Head, SC 2 hrs 30 min

Bluffton, SC 2 hr 23 min


135 Laurens St. SW

What will you find at the downtown market? You’ll find anything from an array of fruits and vegetables—strawberries, green onions, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini; dairy—raw milk, cheese, and cheese spreads; meats—all cuts of beef, pork, and lamb; homemade goods—soy candles, soaps, lotions, and sweet grass baskets; treats—cookies, breads, jams, and cakes; even prepared frozen meals, and ready to eat street foods from The Willcox Food Truck and Up Your Alley Chop House! Everything at the market is certified South Carolina Grown, so you know you’re eating local, quality foods.

Open Spring - Fall. For more informations please call 803-642-7654


*Chinaberry Tours offers private guided personalized tours. Call Judith Burgess (803) 649-6608

*The City of Aiken offers a historic tour every Saturday from 10 am to noon. The tour leaves from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Cost is $15. Reservations are recommended. Call 803.644.1907 Self-guided Tour: Maps available


This 14 acre estate of Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin was bequeathed to the city in 1969 as a public garden and is open to the public Mon - Sun from 10am - sunset. Free Admission.


Nearly 2000 acres of southern forest located in the midst of an urban area. You'll find trails, bridges, horse jumps, signs, map boxes and quiet solitude.


Walk to our local playhouse! For play information and reservations call 803.648.1348


Powercuts Salon and Spa (803)642-4200


Aiken Golf Club - Semi-Private (803) 649-6029

Houndslake Country Club - Semi-Private (803) 648-6805

Midland Valley Country Club Semi-Private (803) 279.5352

Palmetto Golf Club - Private (803) 649-2951

Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation - Private (803) 648-1601

The Golf Club at Cedar Creek - Private (803) 648-4206

Woodside Plantation Country Club - Private (803) 649-4735


Aiken Quilt Shoppe (803) 649-7511

Barbara Sue Brodie Needleworks (803) 644-0990

Cooking Classes at Plum Pudding (803) 644-4600

Skeet Shooting at Carolina Star (803) 649-0878

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Janice and Russell Johnson

Member Since 2010
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Janice and Russell Johnson

Owners Are Russell and Janice Johnson, proud recipients of The Historic Aiken Foundation's Adaptive Use Award. 'We live in downtown Aiken and just love it. The convenience is incredible. We walk everywhere-- the bank, post office, the playhouse, Aiken's Farmers Market and to our locally owned restaurants and shops. Another wonderful place we love to explore is Hitchcock Woods-- just a couple of blocks away! LIFE IS GOOD IN AIKEN! Come see for yourself!'

Janice and Russell Johnson purchased this Apartment in 2006

Why Janice and Russell Johnson chose Aiken

LAURENS STREET (Our Main Street) is VIBRANT, ALIVE, FRIENDLY AND CHARMING. When this unique property became available we excitedly became the proud owners. We love to share beautiful and historic downtown Aiken with everyone!

What makes this Apartment unique

YOU ARE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR AWARD WINNING AND HISTORIC ALL-AMERICAN CITY! RELAX on the Laurens Street apartment balcony or STROLL downtown. Find turn-Of-the-century architecture, antiques, art galleries, local theater, bakeries, quaint shops and over 25 locally owned restaurants.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • KING size Bed (1) in the Master Bedroom and QUEEN Size Bed (1) in the Guest Bedroom, Sleep Sofa in the Living Room has QUEEN size mattress


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            You are right in the middle of downtown Aiken on our main street. THE BEST LOCATION! Locally owned restaurants and shops are right outside your front door! LIFE IS GOOD IN AIKEN!!


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Private, stackable
                      • Living Room
                        Large living room with large windows and balcony overlooking our downtown main street--Laurens Street
                      • Parking
                        FREE on street parking available
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Private, stackable
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Coffee pot and a Keurig
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            Full size
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Small, custom kitchen, Stainless appliances
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Start up coffee, creamer and sugar, etc. Spices.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size side by side refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Smooth surface
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining for two in the kitchen plus a table and four chairs in the Living Room.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Books, books and more books! BOOK EXCHANGE: Take one - Leave one!
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    Two flat-screened TVs One in LR and one in Queen BR


                                      • Balcony
                                        A BEST FEATURE! Watch a parade or grab a book and head out for the best view on Laurens!
                                      • Golf
                                        GOLF: Aiken Golf Club - Semi-Private (803) 649-6029 Houndslake Country Club - Semi-Private (803) 648-6805 Midland Valley Country Club Semi-Private (803) 279.5352 Palmetto Golf Club - Private (803) 649
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Small gas grill located on landing at the top of the entrance stairs.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • live theater
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • churches
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • BOOK EXCHANGE: Take one - Leave one! Our old lawyer bookcases are filled with games, puzzles and over 200 books to include a wide assortment of novels, biographies, history, gardening, how-to, cookbooks, fine arts and more!

                                                                29 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Great spot

                                                                Timothy V.

                                                                two suggestions:

                                                                1) needs curtains or shades in.l8ving room for privacy

                                                                2) add ESPN to cable channel lineup

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are happy you found THE LOFT to be a GREAT SPOT! At your suggestion we've added ESPN and the Golf Channel. We've also added a few curtains in the living room for privacy. Thanks and wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

                                                                Perfect! We loved the location and the house was great.

                                                                Jan C.

                                                                We were visiting for my son’s graduation from USC Aiken Nursing School. This was a perfect place to stay. We loved being downtown. The house is lovely and was very comfortable. We would love to visit again soon!

                                                                Jan and Mickey, Bath NC

                                                                Beautiful , will be staying there again.

                                                                NANCY H.

                                                                Perfect location , perfect accomadations, I felt like a southerner


                                                                Laura M.

                                                                I grew up in Aiken and knew this location would be perfect for my husband, myself and our two grown children. We could walk to the church and walk to the Wilcox and have freedom to walk around town. The live music down the old alley on Thursday night was a surprise and delightful treat. This apartment is full of charm and comfort. The kitchen is well furnished for cooking anything you might cook on a getaway. The bathroom supplied with towels galore and spacious enough for all our toiletry bags etc. A bonus to have a small washer/dryer if you only brought a carry on, which we did. And the walls must be solid wood. We found we had to be in the same room to hear each other. The14+ foot ceilings might have helped with that. There were so many little thoughtful touches that it felt like we were staying at a friends and they knew exactly what we might need. I hesitated on this rental because of the one bathroom but this unit was so comfortable we had no problem making that work. My son slept on the fold out couch in the living room. The sun rises and comes in all those beautiful windows you see. The room is so beautiful that I can see why they have not added any window treatment, so no points off for that. He has children and can sleep through anything. The sun did wake him up but it was so pretty he got up and took pictures and then went back to sleep. Russell and Janice were so kind and accommodating. And they have other properties I hope I get a chance to check out sometime. All thumbs up for this property! Oh and that little balcony is dreamy. Laura in Edmonds, WA

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you so much for your many kind words. We were genuinely blown away by your awesome review! Please know we loved having you and your family as our guests, and would welcome your return visit anytime. So COME BACK SOON!!! Warmest regards, —Russell and Janice

                                                                One of the best VRBO apartments we've had

                                                                Christy T.Annapolis, Maryland USA

                                                                I grew up in Aiken and was looking for an apartment when visiting family - this was perfect. Beautifully decorated, historic, comfortable, and right downtown, so we could walk to restaurants and shops. Janice and Russell were great to work with and provided so many extras - we really didn't need to buy any supplies. We have stayed in VRBO apartments all over the world, and this is one of the nicest. I have told all my Aiken friends for when they have family visiting and need extra room and would recommend to anyone. We enjoyed jazz at the Willcox on Thursday, polo on Sunday, and sitting on the balcony at night watching the world go by. Thank you Janice & Russell!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Wow, what an awesome review!!! You were terrific guests, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with your family in Aiken. Thanks so much for choosing our place for your stay and please know you are welcome back ANYTIME! Warmly, Russell & Janice

                                                                Amazing as always!

                                                                Gillian G.

                                                                Best place to spend a Hurricane Day!


                                                                Aiken, SC, USA

                                                                Aiken, 'a place for a splendid time to be had' was the town's reputation a century ago and still reigns true today! Historically, Aiken was a retreat for Charlestonians escaping malaria but also became a popular Winter Colony attracting people from the north especially during their harsh winter months. Aiken became known as a sports haven as wealthy horse enthusiasts brought their animals for pleasure and training building grandiose cottages and stables that survive today. Aiken remains a great escape offering a rich heritage, beautiful tree lined streets, charm, hospitality and gracious living.

                                                                Rates & Availability

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                                                                CHECK IN TIME: 3 PM CHECK OUT TIME: 11 AM SPECIAL RATES FOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Please see our Five Star Masters Reviews entered by guests Dave & Angie M. (Carmel, In) that says "Excellent accommodations for a week at the Masters!"...and by guest Lorie F. (Ottawa, Canada) that says "We came into Aiken for a few days of golf and to attend a practice round at The Masters. 4 of us stayed at this great apartment for 4 nights. Its even nicer than the pictures - lots of room - everything you need…(read more under "Reviews") Masters Week rate is $450.00 per night, all inclusive, with a 7 night minimum.

                                                                29 Reviews
                                                                Exceptional 5/5
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