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805—Derby City Urban Bourbon Trail Penthouse Loft Picturesque View

Bedrooms Studio
Space 841 sq. ft.
Property type condo


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 14

Glassworks Building — 815 W Market St, penthouse west-facing + partial riverview loft


Stay at one of the most unique and breathtaking places in Louisville. Open the door to this 840 square foot penthouse loft, with 14 foot ceilings, and in front of you is a 20 feet of windows overlooking West Louisville, Indiana's Floyds Knobs (a picturesque view of lush hills) and a partial view of the falls of the Ohio River. The windows are 20 feet in length and 7 1/2+ feet in height. Every day I wake up deliriously happy because the first thing I see in the morning is this view, and I stay that way all day for the same reason. I would love for you to experience this during your time in Louisville!

A string of adjectives for you that describe my space. . . Sun-drenched, Modern, Urban and Industrial Chic. The open floor plan allows you to enjoy time together with your friends, and the distinct spaces created using groupings of furniture allow you to have more intimate gatherings when you choose. The exposed concrete floors give you a raw, industrial feel while the carefully chosen decor warms up the space for a truly comfortable stay in an edgy space.

The space is 1 of 2 penthouse west-facing + partial riverview lofts in the historic Glassworks Building in downtown Louisville. Glassworks is a multi-use facility dedicated to the art of glass featuring 2 working glass studios, 2 glass galleries, a walk-in workshop and daily tours. That gives you a lot to do before you even step outside the building.

**** I have other comparably decorated and furnished lofts available in the same building on this floor + the floor below to accommodate up to 28+ more people. (Check out 'My Other Listings' in the right-hand side bar of this listing under my profile picture for details on this space or contact me for the link to the other listings.) Have a large group? We've got you covered with 3 stunning spaces in the same building! ****


Staying here, you are in the Glassworks District, adjacent to Museum Row and blocks away from Whiskey Row. Without leaving a 2-block radius you can:

— Take the elevator down to Jazzyblu for a cocktail and a spot of live music or, if it's the weekend, chill in their cozy lounge, Blu, with dance music;

— Watch glass blowing artisans working it on the ground level;

— Walk to the world-renowned 21C Museum Hotel which houses restaurant Proof on Main and the 21C contemporary art museum;

— Stroll just a fraction further to St Charles Exchange restaurant and choose a libation from their lengthy cocktail list that showcases turn of the century mixed drinks in a casually elegant space reminiscent of a 1900's hotel lobby bar;

— Meander down Museum Row which includes Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, 21c Museum Hotel, The Muhammad Ali Center and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts;

— or Jog to the Louisville Riverwalk for your morning run in Waterfront Park.

There is more, but I couldn't risk losing your interest by making this section even longer!

Venture a little further east (1.3 miles) on Market on the free downtown TARC trolley and you will find a plethora of amazing and unique restaurants. Louisville is a foodie town and this section, NuLu, is at the heart of the up-and-coming restaurant scene. Also, enjoy antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores.

Still with me? Let's go a little further down the road to The Highlands (about 3 miles to the southeast). Sometimes referred to as 'Restaurant Row,' the Highlands in Louisville is best known for its eclectic local shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In fact, the three mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue that intersects the Highlands has the highest density of bars and restaurants in Louisville.

I could keep going, but you are only staying for a couple of days, right?

AMENITIES — It is our goal to make your stay better than any 5-star hotel. To that end your stay includes:

— Daily Housekeeping (except Sunday)

— Key Card Access Elevator

— Concierge Service (provided by yours truly!)

— Bottled Water, Complimentary

— Mini Bar (at your request we will stock the kitchen with items from a shopping list you give us, just reimburse us for the cost of the groceries, no up-charge!)

— Hair Dryer

— Toiletries: you will find shampoo, conditioner + bath gel in the shower

— Laundry, Pressing and Dry Cleaning available

— Iron and Ironing Board

— High-speed Password-protected Wifi

— Flat Screen LCD HDTV

— Cable

— Full Kitchen

— Stove

— Microwave

— Dishwasher

— Keurig Coffee Maker

— iPod / Android / iPad / Tablet / Whatever-System-You-Use-For-Music Speakers

— Alarm Clock

— And did I mention Breathtaking Views of Indiana's Floyds Knobs + of the Ohio River?

Remember, we want to make your visit to the Derby City a wonderful experience — really and truly we do — so please contact us if extra luxuries are needed. We will assess what mountains need to be moved and acquire the equipment to move said mountains.


— Churchill Downs: 13 minutes (4.2 miles)

— SDF, Louisville International Airport: 12 minutes (7 miles)

— LOU, Bowman Field Airport for personal aircraft: 12 minutes (7.3 miles)

— INTERSTATES: I-64: 3 minutes (0.2 miles); I-65: 5 minutes (1.1 miles); I-71: 6 minutes (2.4 miles); I-264/Watterson Expy: 10 minutes (5.9 miles)

ENTERTAINMENT: Centrally located for walking or driving a very short distance to some of the best dining and bars in Louisville — Downtown/Main Street (you can see it from the window!); E Market Street/NuLu (1.3 miles); Old Louisville (2 miles); Bardstown Road (3 miles); and Frankfort Avenue (3 miles).

Downtown Louisville and Main Street restaurants and bars such as Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, MilkWood (a new creation by Chef Edward Lee of Top Chef fame), Hillbilly Tea, Doc Crow's and Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar.

Old Louisville restaurants such as 610 Magnolia (Chef Edward Lee's original Louisville creation) and Smoketown USA.

NuLu/East Market Street restaurants and bars such as Harvest, Decca, Wiltshire, Rye, Ghyslain, Mayan Café, Taco Punk, Toast on Market, Garage Bar, Please + Thank You, Haymarket Whiskey Bar and Louisville Beer Store.

Bardstown Road restaurants and bars such as Jack Fry's, Lilly's, Asiatique, Dragon King's Daughter, Ramsi's Café on the World, Monkey Wrench and Nowhere Bar.

Frankfort Ave/Crescent Hill/Clifton restaurants and bars such as Varanese, El Mundo, Grape Leaf, Porcini, The Comfy Cow and Blue Dog Bakery & Café.

Here's the deal. . . I love my city, and I love to help people fall in love with my city. So you could not be in better hands concierge-wise! Let me know what you want to make your Derby City weekend perfect and I'll help you set it up.


Sleeping — Sleeps up to 14 people (that's up to 7 queen-size beds)

There are 2 distinct sleeping areas, and because of the furniture layout it can sleep up to 4 with visual privacy and up to 14 with less privacy. The master bedroom has a queen size memory foam mattress. It has been sectioned off from the space with a privacy screen. The 2nd Bedroom is also sectioned off with a privacy screen and has a queen size memory foam mattress. We can also put in up to 5 more queen-size, memory-foam beds to accommodate up to 14 guests total.

Bathroom — 1 Bathroom. (For guest numbers above 6 access to a 2nd bathroom may be available. Ask me for details.)

There is one toilet, one sink, one mirror, several shelves for toiletries, one shower with a tub, and all the clean and new towels you could want.

Eating and Dining areas — Dining area seats 4-14+ people.

Good news! We have the technology to set up a table to accommodate the size of your party!! To sit at you will find white leather chairs that are soft like butter. Speaking of butter, did you want to eat? Well, the Kitchen is stocked with appliances and amenities for your dining pleasure. (If there is an appliance that you want, chances are I have it in my personal space + can make it available to you. As they say, 'Ask + you shall receive' — well, most probably, if I have what you are looking for!)

Entertaining and Lounging — Welcome to the Lounge Pit. . .

When there are 3 or less beds in the loft, there are is room for 1 hang out space. In said space, I have a large modular, white leather, sectional sofa that can be set up as an U-shaped couch or as, what I believe is technically called, a lounge pit with the extra ottomans filling the center. It's a great spot to chill and watch a movie or two or even get some work done on your laptop. Speaking of getting work done, you will have high-speed, password-protected WiFi coursing through your computer. But what will you listen to whilst you are trapped in the lounge pit? How about my iPhone/Andriod/MP3 player speakers. Yeah, I think that should about do it. Oh wait, there is an HDTV across from said lounging area. Yep, that's to entertain you, the lounge-y one lounging in the lounge pit.


No smoking, no pets (I would get kicked out of my place and I know you don't want that.)

Refundable Damage Deposit and Rental Agreement required.


Let's talk!

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Sarah Morris McCauley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Sarah Morris McCauley

I grew up in Louisville, KY, and then traveled all over the world. Plus, I have lived in many places throughout the US. Throughout that time Louisville has always remained my favorite city. There is just too much that is great + unique about this city I call home once again!

Sarah Morris McCauley purchased this condo in 2012


Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 8
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 841 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom - 7 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

805—Derby City Urban Bourbon Trail Penthouse Loft Picturesque View
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews
Saline, MI

Gorgeous loft!

  • 5 of 5

These lofts are gorgeous and the one we stayed in was huge (we got a room upgrade which was a fun surprise!) Sarah was a great host and had very friendly staff. Very easy to get in contact with if we needed anything, but we also didn't see anyone after the initial check in so we had our privacy as well. You could see the river and the top of the Louisville Slugger big bat out our windows (so many windows! Lots of natural light!). The lofts sit on top of a glass blowing place which was cool. Short walk to the street with all of the museums on it. We even walked to the Yum Center for a concert, and lots of restaurants/bars/cafe's along the way! The area felt very safe. We would definitely stay here again! It was great!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great host and awesome place to stay

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to stay in downtown Louisville this is the prime destination. The building is very clean and secure with great views. Within walking distance of 4th street live as well as the Louisville Slugger Factory and Evan Williams Distillary and other restaurants and bars. The host Sarah was very welcoming and made it a great stay!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Really cool spot. Organized and helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a large group of people that are comfortable with each other.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Loft, Excellent Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were very happy with the loft and the location. Close walk to restaurants, bars and shops. The building was very clean and quiet. The views from the room were great and we could not have asked for more. Friendly staff. Efficient check-in/out process. Five Stars! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Experience

  • 5 of 5

Friendly, courteous, and accommodating. Everything about the experience was perfection. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Nice, comfortable and trendy

  • 5 of 5

On a road trip going through Louisville, my sister and kids stayed the night on New Year's Day. We seemed to have the place to ourselves as it was so peaceful there. We received helpful texts with rental company and felt prepared for our stay. She met us in the lobby, got us settled in and even looked up some nearby (open) places for us to eat. The set up of the loft was ideal. My toddler ran around on the cool floor that looked like a "river," according to her. My kids and I took up one side of the room while my sister the other and even though there were no wall divisions, we were all comfy in our own spaces. There were nice touches around the space like bottled water, a Kerig machine, USB ports in every piece of furniture and more.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to come back there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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