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Easy Access to Recreation and Quiet Clean Comfort When You Return

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A large open apartment that is clean and accommodating for up to 4 people

You will have a large full basement apartment that is set up for board games, puzzles, books, or movies, TV and internet access. The eating bar with stools is set up with refrigerator. In the kitchenette you have a microwave, toaster oven, heating plate, crockpot, NuWave Oven and coffee and tea or hot chocolate. Sleep on 100% Cotton Egyptian sheets with comforter in queen-sized pillow-top bed. I have no baby furniture. The apartment is large (1100 Sq. ft.) 3 beds for up to 4 persons--two in a queen-sized pillow top. The daybed with a new mattress has a trundle bed with a new topper that pulls out and drawers underneath. (Beauti-rest portable twin available upon request.)

Enjoy a hot shower which is stocked with towels. Arrange laundry requirements as needed. (Burke Dry Cleaners at Raintree Crossing - Drake Road and Shields Street intersection.) City water and electricity rates support careful and conscientious use of energy-appreciate it! Enjoy home-made Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on the day of arrival! For those who stay a week, home-made gourmet breakfast arranged at arrival. For example: French toast blueberry casserole with warm fruit topping, crisp natural bacon strips, fruit salad with whipped cream sprinkled with sliced almonds, fresh homemade coffee and creamer or Homemade crust with Broccoli-cheese Quiche, Browned Natural Sausage patties, Apple Crisp, and Fresh hot coffee with creamer, or Baked Egg Soufflé, Crisp Natural Bacon strips, and Homemade Fruit Muffins. You choose! (Additional breakfasts available-just let me know if you would like them.)

Please no pets or smoking.

More Details

Gayle Esarey
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Gayle Esarey

I am a semi-retired Medical Billing Coordinator and Business teacher. I still do short-term projects to stay busy. Rusty is a 11-year-old registered Australian Shepherd. My three children are grown and have left the nest! Along side this business, I tutor and teach a few students how to play piano. My interests are broad: fitness and healthy living, reading, music, Europe, Broncos, RMNP, walking, and now seeing our country!

Gayle Esarey purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Gayle Esarey chose West Swallow

We started here and made this home a comfortable, updated, clean dwelling. It has a beautiful yard with mature landscaping, tables and chairs outside, nearby walking/biking trails, Spring Creek and Roland Moore Park. If you want to explore our city, we have museums, miniature golf, golf, a dinner theater, movies, mountains, streams, Horse Tooth Reservoir, and shopping. We also have wonderful restaurants and breweries to visit. Downtown is very popular for walking and browsing many shops and restaurants. Entertainment at the downtown plaza is fun during summer. In August is the August Fest. Taste of Ft. Collins is in June. Many locals bike everywhere on the bike lanes or the bike trails. Fitness is serious business for many here. This property is 2 miles from downtown and several blocks from the trail to Roland Moore Park trail or Spring Creek bike trail.

What makes this apartment unique

During summer months, you will find it spacious, comfortable, and cool. In winter, it is warm, spacious comfortable, and relaxing. The quarters are also very clean and attractively decorated. During the week, if you want chocolate chip cookies, just let me know. I have met many interesting people through this business!

We are located on a family-oriented, dead-end street. The children often play on their skate boards, hockey, basketball, and riding their bikes. Watch for them as you approach the house.

Close within driving distance is our shopping mall and Centerra shopping center in Loveland. Estes Park is up Highway 34 about 45 minutes (Use High 7 as 34 is under construction this winter.)

CU Boulder is also within driving distance up Highway 287 West on Highway 66, South on Hover Street in Longmont. You can easily catch Highway 119 and go West to Boulder. Pearl Street is a well known area as well as CU campus. Maps for these areas are posted in the apartment for viewing.

Throughout your travels, you will likely see deer, elk, mountain sheep, marmots, squirrels, and maybe bear and beaver, or wild turkeys. The elk have made their home in Estes Park and wonder throughout town without fear.

Park on the street out front. Welcome to my house! Enjoy your stay!


West Swallow Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Short-term guests do not have use of my washer/dryer. For those staying a week or longer, arrangements can be made.
  • If you bring an overnight guest, please let me know who, when, and how long. Thanks.
  • You have use of all the dishes, cooking, utensils, towels, games, movies, and books. They are part of the property, so leave them for the next guests.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Newly updated bathroom with tile shower, sink and water-saving toilet. Very clean.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen-sized pillow-top bed, dresser and closet. Carpeted and clean. 100% Egyptian sheets and down comforter. Personal space heater for temperature adjustment if required. Reclining chair with reading lamp to read or relax. Daybed with trundle in next room for up to 2 persons. Trundle pulls out into single bed. Drawers underneath for use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The apartment easily accommodates a family of 3 or 4. 13 steps down to a separate apartment. The apartment is 1200 square feet. There is one bedroom that expands to another area which has a daybed with trundle and drawers underneath. If traveling with a baby, bring a pack-n-play. There's plenty of room. (Check-in at 3pm or later.) When checking out (by 10am), please empty trash and recycleables, put dirty dishes in red bowl, and leave apartment in good condition for next guests. Put towels and sheets in laundry basket. Thank you.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Colorado Springs

Spacious and hospitable in quiet neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

Clean and cozy basement apartment provided plenty of seating options to meet the needs of each person. Beds were tolerable: futon pad on twin bed and squeaky frame on queen bed made for restless nights.

Hospitality was wonderful and we felt like it was a visit to Grandma's house!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Accommodations were comfortable, and our hostess was very kind, helping us find our way around the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Very nice, and comfortable!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Gayle and Rusty! Great location for us close to the Colorado State campus in a very quiet neighborhood. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Midland, Texas


  • 5 of 5

Gayle was great and so were the homemade cookies she had awaiting me upon my arrival. The property was greatly furnished and the location was centrally located with nearby walking trails and shopping. I would go back in a heartbeat! Nancy

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Gayle was a great host! It was home away from home! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Southwest FL

Cozy Environment Centrally Located and Just Minutes From Old Town!

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I made a short visit to Fort Collins and found this location to be both quiet and convenient. The apartment is downstairs and separate from the rest of the living space. While a little on the cooler side (which was nice for the hotter summers!), the bathroom had a built-in heater, which made showering in the morning particularly comfortable. It was nice having our own sitting area and entertainment in the form of books and movies, as well as fridge and mini-kitchen...hope to utilize the neat Nuwave Oven next time. Gayle was a wonderfully attentive host, who even made us quiche for breakfast one morning! The backyard is beautiful and extra-welcoming, and so is her dog, who knows a ton of cool tricks. We had a lovely time staying with Gayle and enjoyed meeting her mom, who was in town for part of our stay. Gayle gave us plenty of privacy but was available should we have needed anything. We thoroughly enjoyed staying with her, and hope to make it back to see her soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Collindale Golf course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Applebees Restaurant
Nearest Ski
145 Miles
Copper Mountain / Breckenridge
Car: necessary

Spring Creek biking trails are 3 blocks North and West. Roland Moore Park is North across Drake Road. At Roland Moore you have the softball games, play basketball, volleyball, children's equipment, or walk along the path. Many people bike these trails throughout Ft Collins.

CSU campus is just 2 miles North up Shields Street. From there continue North and East on Mountain Avenue to walk around historic downtown Fort Collins among the many shops and restaurants.

At the fountain in old town, during summer months listen to various local musicians and visiting groups while enjoying great food from nearby restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $125
Cancellation Fee $25 + Tax
Maid Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.4%

Damage deposit for families with children under 12 is $150.00. Additional fees usually apply for payment by credit cards. Water usage may cause an additional fee up to $50.00. When paying by credit card, paypal, or echeck this fee can be deducted from the damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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