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Spacious, Clean, and Close to Downtown!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious, clean, and cozy house. Come stay—we guarantee you'll love it!

-Who can stay? Anyone between the ages of 12 and 99—sorry, we can't accommodate children under the age of 12

-3 Bedrooms—two bedrooms with queen-sized beds and one large bedroom with two XL twin beds

-One and one-half baths

-Fully stocked kitchen, dining and living room

-great screened-in front porch

-full backyard with deck and gas grill

-parking pad at rear of property, right next to side door

-fully connected internet and wifi

-air conditioner in all three bedrooms; the house stays very cool in the summer, and toasty-warm in the winter

-washer and dryer

-full basement for short-term storage

-portrait studio on site—free portrait sittings with 4-night stay (search on "shelly campbell studios")

-Diverse urban neighborhood, 5 minutes from downtown St Paul and Harriet Island (a large park right on the Mississippi), 10 minutes from Minneapolis

More Details

Shelly Campbell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Limited French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

About Shelly Campbell

We are life partners (26 years) who decided to buy the house across the street when it came available. Over the course of two years, we gutted and rebuilt it from top to bottom. It comes fully furnished with practical and artistic pieces we created ourselves.

Background: We both grew up trailing our military dads (Army & Air Force) around the world until we grew up and started our adult lives. Still, Shelly calls Michigan her family home and Eileen calls Vermont her home of family origin.

Shelly Campbell purchased this house in 2009

Why Shelly Campbell chose West Side

The interior and exterior of the property is in pristine condition, the neighborhood is richly diverse—white, black, Native, Mexican, Hmong, mixed race, gays, rich, poor, middle-class, democrats and republicans—you name it, we've got it. The location (by car) is 5 minutes from downtown St Paul/10 minutes from Minneapolis (to answer the number one question posed by folks: yes, we are 5 minutes from the Xcel Energy Center). A fully-functioning photo studio is located on the backside of the property—need a "Linkedin" photo, or, an update to the ten-year-old family photo? It's free with your 4-night stay! Check out Shelly's photos: search on "Shelly Campbell Studios."

What makes this house unique

*Parking is right next to the side entrance

*the neighborhood is great for walking

*ten minute walk to the Mississippi

*grocery store is 2 minutes by car

*great eating just down the street

*ten minutes from Grand Avenue shopping

*ten minutes from Macalester/William Mitchell/Hamline College and Universities

*five minutes from major hospitals such as St Joseph's, United, and Regions

* five minutes from I94 and I35E

*Shelly is right across the street if you need anything or have questions

—You'll walk in and find everything you need for your stay. This house totally beats staying in a hotel—and, it's a lot cheaper!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Avi Gardner sent two of her best company representatives: Kelly and Katie. The two were great guests at the house—even though they were busy running all over the cities passing out Noosa Yogurt samples, they managed to keep the house immaculate, were very quiet and courteous. And, Noosa gained Twin Cities converts: during their stay Kelly and Katie gave us samples, and we've gotta admit, we're now hooked (little did we know, our neighbors already were hooked).
Aug 2014
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West Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Sorry, no infants
  • As fun as they are, no parties or large gatherings.
  • I'm very big on communication—Please let me know why you're visiting the Twin Cities, the age(s) of any children—tell me about yourself!
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathroom upstairs, 1/2 bath downstairs; towels and washcloths, toilet paper, tissues, shampoo, soap, Q-tips, toothpaste, new toothbrushes (if you forget yours)...what you need, we try to provide!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Two XL twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen sized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , One queen sized bed
  • A queen-sized bed in two bedrooms, and two oversized twin beds in the large master bedroom. All bedroom have large closets. Clean linens, extra pillows and blankets, clock radios, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, walk-in closets with clothes hangers—you name it, the house has it!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This house is located a stone's throw from downtown Saint Paul, allowing you the option of walking (25 minutes), biking (10 minutes), driving (5 minutes), or, taking a city bus (15 minutes). When you arrive in downtown St Paul, check out who's playing at the Xcel Energy Center, visit the Science Museum, check out a play at the Ordway, visit all the goings-on in Lowertown, or, hit one of the multitude of great restaurants. If you want to head to Minneapolis, you're only 15 minutes away!


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Spacious, Clean, and Close to Downtown!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 55 reviews
Tomball TX

Perfectly charming and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect! The community was quiet allowing for a restful retreat environment.

Quick and convenient access to all major attractions! We loved learning more about the history of St Paul and hopping on the Nice Ride bikes. Short walks to local dining.

Shelley was very accommodating and checked in throughout our stay and willing to provide recommendations if requested.

I highly recommend taking advantage of the photo shoot. Shelley was patient to get everyone relaxed to bring out natural expressions.

I hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great hosting Angela, James, and Stephen. Really nice folks with spunk and sensibility! I hope they return for another visit to escape the heat of Houston—and hey, maybe even in January—just to experience the extremes of Minnesota??
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The home and Shelly were great.

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean, well-stocked with what one needs, delightful to be in with all the artwork. Shelly was very accommodating and responded promptly to any questions before or during. As we stayed four nights, we qualified for a free photo shoot which was lots of fun - she's good at it. It's walking distance to downtown St Paul (though a pretty long walk) and getting to the park on the side of river away from downtown is even easier. There is pretty much nothing close by in the way of coffee shops or restaurants. It's a quiet residential neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Glatz family (and spouses) were great folks to have at the house—and, I should point out that they broke all records for doing laundry and cleanliness! I feel bad that I had forgotten to point out a local cafe, located only 6 blocks away (a breakfast and lunch staple for so many guests). Hopefully they can take advantage of it on their next visit!
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Nice place but...

  • 3 of 5

The place is great although there were a few things that stopped us from loving it. First there are basically no TV stations, so at the end of the day when we wanted to chill before bed and watch some TV, it didn't really work. And second when we requested to say a couple more hrs on Sunday bc our flights were late in the day, they asked us to pay another 1/2 day. Kind of cheap.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's unfortunate that one hour before check-out Darryl requested to stay another 8 hours. This ill-timed request, along with the half-sentence communication from the moment he made the reservation, was a bit of a bummer. And, not quite sure what he means when he says the TV "..didn't really work." There are at least 25 stations, including the major broadcasting stations and Public Television. On the flip side, we appreciate that he and the other guys did leave the house tidy and clean!
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Loved the home and would definitely come back again when in town.

  • 5 of 5

The whole experience with Shelly and renting the home was enjoyable and the home was better than we could have hoped for. I'm a bit of a "germ phobe" and had no cause for concern in this beautiful and spacious home. My husband and I and our 23 year old daughter flew to Saint Paul (MSP airport was only 15 minutes drive) to see our son who is going to college in Saint Paul. Our son stayed with us for the four nights and there was plenty of room for all of us. We let the kids have the two queen beds and we took the two twins and we all slept comfortably. The bathrooms and kitchen had everything we needed, plenty of towels, paper products, and a washer and dryer if we needed it(we didn't use it till the day we left when I threw some of our bedding in the washer). Shelly was attentive and available and gave us very clear and helpful instructions about the house and lots of good tips for getting around and where to shop/sightsee, but never made us feel crowded and we had plenty of privacy. The home is located close to a local grocery store and several restaurants and shops were a short drive away. I felt like we really lucked out finding this place and we thank Shelly for her warm hospitality and for making our stay in Saint Paul very comfortable. Thanks Shelly!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrea and her family were great folks to host at our guest house. If and when they head back to St Paul to visit with their son, I hope they look us up for another stay!
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Weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home with gracious host next door. Excellent accommodation with easy access to the Twin Cities.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terrific folks, and I hope to see them again soon!
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with our stay. This is a lovely home that is warm and inviting. Shelly is a wonderful host that has thought of everything to make your stay the best experience possible. This home is beautiful and full of charm. We can not wait to come back and stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really great folks, and they left the house in perfect condition. I appreciated talking to a fellow-welder who understood the structure of the artwork I've built for the house—always fun to talk in my native builders tongue!
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Science Museum of Minnesota
Grand Avenue
St Paul Farmers Market
Xcel Energy Center
Harriet Island
Orday Center for the Performing Arts
Claddagh Coffee Shop
Emmett's Public House
St.Paul's Cathedral
Moscow on the Hill
Capital View Cafe
El Burrito Mercado
Shelly Campbell Studios
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
MSP is fifteen minutes from the house
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Wabasha Brewery
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
West Saint Paul
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Union Depot
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstates 94; 35 E -- 4 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Capital View Restaurant - 5 minutes walking
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Afton Alps - 30 minutes
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Chain of Lakes in Minnespolis
Car: recommended

The house is located in a quiet neighborhood just south of downtown St Paul, and 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. There are many museums in the Twin Cities, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Children's Museum, The Walker Art Museum,, Minneapolis Institute if Arts, as well as international theater such as the Guthrie (and a multitude of local live theater options). If you're into sports, we've got the new Vikings Stadium being built, Target Field, and the Saint Paul Saint's newly completed outdoor stadium. And shopping? Try Grand Avenue in Saint Paul (6 minutes from the house), or check out the Mall of America (only 15 minutes away). Restaurants are toooooooo numerous to mention—we love to eat, and we've got the whole gamut of fine eateries in the Twin Cities! Check the Guest Manuel for a list and our personal reviews, some with photos.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.88%

The property can only accommodate a maximum of six people: adults (21+) or children (12-20) accompanied by parents. No pets, no smoking (in the house), and no parties or large gatherings. Any children under the age of 12 visiting the house during the booking must be registered with the property owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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