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Quiet Getaway with Convenient access to lightrail & downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

2 bdr basement apt. w/semi-pvt entry. Hosts Tom & Viv live above on main floor

Coming to sunny Colorado? We'd love to have you as our guests! We are conveniently located in a quiet corner of beautiful SE Denver near to both the Colorado and the Yale Light Rail Stations which enable easy access to downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center. And if you have your own vehicle, we're just 10-15 min. to downtown Denver and about an hour to the front range peaks of the Rockies.

The guest quarters consist of a 950 sq. ft. fully-finished and furnished basement apt. w/ semi-private entry, 2 spacious bedrooms - one w/queen-sized bed and the other with three comfy twin beds(plus another twin bed in the living room so it sleeps 6 people), closet and dresser space, 1 bathroom with large walk-in shower, cozy kitchenette, your own large living space with a wood fireplace, Wi-Fi, TV and DVD player and an extensive library. Common areas include the main level kitchen, laundry, back porch and beautifully landscaped yard as well as off-street parking.

We supply our guests all bed linens and blankets, pillow cases, towels, wash clothes, toilet paper, paper towel and kleenex.

The neighborhood is quiet and safe with no through streets or traffic. We are located just 3 short blocks from the 88 mile long Highline Canal bike path which connects easily to the Cherry Creek Bike path. Also, the University Hills shopping district is just a few minutes away by car or bike.

I've lived here for many years and love this area because it is so quiet and safe yet has easy access to downtown, restaurants and local bike paths. And we are only 15-20 minutes by car to the foothills, less than an hour to Boulder and 1.5 hours away from some of the best skiing, snowboading, hiking and mountain climbing in the world.

Guest Access

Guests have full access to the entire 950 sq ft. beautifully finished rental unit as well as to the main level kitchen, laundry, back porch, barbecue grill, and garden.

The guest quarters are in our fully-finished and furnished basement, not on the street level of the house. We are not offering the entire house for rent, just the finished basement. We encourage our guests to come up to the main level kitchen to cook if they so desire, and also use the laundry facilities (which are also on the main level as well, just next to the entrance to the guest quarters entrance off of our back porch.) The guest quarters entrance is accessible via a lighted pathway that goes from the driveway out front along the north side of our house to the back porch. It's also worth noting that there is a short flight of stairs that goes down to the guest quarters.

More Details

Vivian Nakachima
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

About Vivian Nakachima

I'm a Brazilian-born actress, writer and Portuguese medical interpreter and my best friend Tom is a professional portrait and landscape painter. For many years he was a guide in the desert Southwest, Rockies, Swiss alps and the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. I have lived and traveled extensively throughout North and South America and Europe and am fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. We both enjoy playing the guitar, x-c skiing, canoeing, photography, reading books and adventures. I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil and am a vivacious yet easy-going, private and endlessly curious person.

For the past few years we had great experiences hosting Airbnb guests. We've met so many good and interesting people. There's nothing more enjoyable than making a guest happy at a space you prepared for them with love and care.

Vivian Nakachima purchased this house in 1969

Why Vivian Nakachima chose Denver

I love this part of Southeast Denver because it is located halfway between the suburbs and downtown with easy access to light rail, I-25 and the University Hills area with lots of great restaurants, shopping and parks.


Nearest Airport
11.6 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Dirty Duck Bar
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Wellshire Golf Course
Nearest Train
8.5 Miles
Union Station Downtown Denver
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Interstate 25
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Palace Chinese and Vietnamese
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Loveland Basin Ski area
Nearest Beach
5.2 Miles
Cherry Creek Lake State Park
Car: recommended

This is mainly a residential district located 7 minutes due east of the University of Denver. We are just 3 blocks west of the 88- mile long Highline Canal bike path that connects nearby to the Cherry Creek Bike path that leads to downtown Denver. We are just a couple of minutes away from both the Light Rail to downtown Denver and to I-25, which allows travelers easy access to all of the front range communities from Wyoming south to the Colorado New Mexico border.


Hampden House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Livingroom library nook - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , We offer this bed only when a group of 5 people book
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cozy guest quarters are in the lower level of our ranch-style home, in a quiet corner of SE Denver, 10 -15 minutes from downtown by car or light rail. We're in walking distance of two light rail stations and near to the U-Hills Shopping District. The neighborhood is quiet and safe with no through streets or traffic. We are located just 3 short blocks from the 88 mile long Highline Canal bike path which connects easily to the Cherry Creek Bike Path.


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Quiet Getaway with Convenient access to lightrail & downtown
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Hospitality as an art.

  • 5 of 5

The location is ideal and simple to GPS to the site. What separates this from the mother's would be Tom. It is an art to give something to make the experience or life into something. It is a rare person that you will meet in this particular place and person in Tom. What a privilege to have been his guest and to have meet this artist.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home-away-from-home!

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my week in Denver. The basement apartment was cool and homey, clean and comfortable. Tom is a wonderful host, generous with his time and resources, and very helpful. If I'd had more time I would have explored the extensive bike path that is easily accessed from his house.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our host Tom handled communication very well, was very nice and accommodating. The downstairs apartment was very well equipped and cozy. Convenient location in Denver. The master bed was quite comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Turlock, California

Perfect stay for family!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed with Tom and Vivian twice already and both stays were absolutely perfect. Their place is retro and cozy. Our adult children enjoyed all the decor in their apartment which brought them back to grandma's time. It was a memory lane stay, which we enjoyed felly. The beds were very comfortable and the entire apartment was just perfect for us. In one occasion my mom from Mexico came with us and she was able to communicate with Vivian in Spanish! That was a plus. The back yard is so pretty too. We had lunch outside several times. Even though we were in Denver during a heat wave, because the apartment is in the basement, it was cool at all times. Tom is very welcoming and helpful in giving advice to anything and anywhere. This was a perfect stay for our family and very close to the University of Denver where our son was attending. Freeway is just a block away yet we

never heard the noise! It was a very pleasant stay. We highly recommend this place for anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Denver was delightful. Tom's rental unit was very clean and comfortable. We especially enjoyed evening relaxing in the flower-filled back yard. Tom is a grand host, available for questions or concerns and is a fount of information for activities / opportunities in the Denver area ... and beyond. We took advantage of his suggestions and had a grand Utah hiking adventure! We will certainly rent from Tom for all Denver visits to come.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laramie, WY

Truly Pleasant Experience

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here during a 3-day family weekend in Denver. We travel with a 3 and 6 year old. It was a quick drive to the grocery store and Tom gave excellent directions on how to get there. It was also a fast drive to the Zoo, Children’s Museum and Science Museum. This rental has an eclectic feel and there is the minor inconvenience of the kitchen not having running water. However, Tom has made efforts to alleviate that inconvenience. The positives of this rental far out way the minor oddities, by that I mean the owner. When we arrived there were stuffed animals on the beds for the girls. When I mentioned that we would be grilling for dinner, Tom set up a grilling table and pre-heated the grill for me. The back yard is truly an oasis and we enjoyed eating our dinner on the patio each night. Tom really does strike the right balance between privacy and feeling like you're a family friend come for a visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robin and her family were lovely guests and we were so excited that they spent time each day cooking and eating in our back yard. And we appreciate and understand their personal viewpoint about the kitchenette not having a sink. That being said, there is actually a large dish sink conveniently located a short distance from the kitchenette. We've had well-over 150 guests in the past 3 1/2 years and so far not having a sink with running water in the kitchenette itself has not been a problem. At one point awhile back, we looked into running pipes to that room and the cost was so prohibitive that it simply wouldn't have made sense in the long run.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $68
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.