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Quiet Getaway with Convenient access to lightrail & downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


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.

The kitchenette has 2 two-burner hot plates(stove with oven available in my house upstairs), two good sized mini fridges, toaster oven, microwave, pots, pans and utensils available for cooking with eating area. Water source is a dish sink by the bathroom.

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:
March 22, 2018

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 Hampden

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.


Hampden House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please turn the heat off if you are not in the unit.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Quaint decor and lots of space to spread out. Lots of beds. Owner provides necessities for cookin

  • 5 of 5

There isn't an oven or sink in kitchen. However, two hot plates are available and sink is located near bathroom. It works! Owner makes it easy to transport dirty items for washing. Would definitely recommend this. Great parking and privacy.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Colleen! It makes us very happy to hear you enjoyed our space. It was a pleasure having you and thanks for being so respectful and leaving our place so nice and clean :) Kind Regards, Vivian
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Super cozy and Vivian was so helpful, generous and kind. We will come back!

  • 4 of 5

We felt right at home!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kether! It was a joy seeing you make yourselves comfortable and having a great time cooking and having amazing meals in the kitchenette. Your soup was fabulous I'd love to get the recipe! Best, Vivian
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Great Success

  • 5 of 5

We came on a house hunting trip and to also visit our kids and grandkids. We had plenty of space and it was a very convenient location. Our host was always there when we needed her and very informative. And we found the house of our dreams. Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Vince! I appreciate our conversations and I am happy you found your dream home! It was nice meeting you. Best, Vivian
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Comfy home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Vivian's home and hospitality were just what our family was looking for. Her basement hideaway was a cozy, comfortable place for a restful, relaxing vacation. Great location! We loved being so close to the wonderful HighLine Canal running/biking trail. Lovely to get a bit of nature in the heart of Denver. Vivian's backyard was a wonderful place to entertain and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 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: August 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $55
Pet Fee $35

No 420 allowed on the premises

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.