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Retro Hipster Loft Overlooking River In Mainlake Building

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Live artfully with a large foodies luxury kitchen, new appliances, gas stove and six large windows looking out over the Wicomico River. Cozy up in 'madmen' inspired colorful decor in the jazzy living room with Wi-Fi and cable TV. Get some shut-eye in one of two of the original hotel rooms each with a tiled, retro private full bath.

The apartment is fully stocked with linens, toiletries, kitchenware and new appliances should you wish to eat in. If not the cafe downstairs has great coffees & bakery goods. Close to shopping, groceries and restaurants, you may park off street in the back parking lot. The building has a lovely view of the river and frequently a tugboat or two are docked out front.

The Main Lake Building . 1927 . was the cornerstone hotel of the lively Westside where Billie Holiday serenaded a rollicking night scene. It fell into disrepair until it was purchased in 1990 and renovated to house Chesapeake East handmade ceramics & decor by designer Dana Simson, sold in fine stores and galleries internationally. The Chesapeake East store and gallery is downstairs along with SunPerk’s Cafe and PIY paint it yourself studio. Four large loft apartments are upstairs. A second option; Lux.Loft C, has high ceilings throughout and furnished in comfy elegance. Salisbury is home to Salisbury University- and the cultural hub of Maryland's Eastern Shore close to Ocean points and Chesapeake Bay destinations a like. Pemberton Park and the Salisbury Zoo are both nearby with walking paths.

The Marina just steps away is opening a kayak rental.

More Details

Property Manager/Owner
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Property Manager/Owner

Run by artists: Dana Simson & John Orth. VISIT US! Downstairs is the Riverwalk Cafe DELICIOUS! Hours 7am -3pm Monday thru Saturday. They will serve breakfast, lunch and treats along with smoothies and wonderful coffee!! PIY. Paint it Yourself pottery studio is also downstairs along with our store Chesapeake East Company . selling local fine art, craft and jewelry. (We are open 11-5 Wednesday-Friday and Saturday 10-3.Dana & John are life-long working artists whose work has been collected internationally. Dana is also an author illustrator with 11 published childrens Books.

Her designs have been produced in home decor, dinnerware, fabric, gifts and stationary. Her flagship store Chesapeake East is downstairs. Dana and John live on a farm on the Chesapeake Bay. Environmentalists and nature-lovers.

Property Manager/Owner purchased this apartment in 1998

Why Property Manager/Owner chose Salisbury

Centrally located in downtown Salisbury near Salisbury University and walkable to restaurants, entertainment and the Marina. Evo Brewery is just blocks away. You are only 20-30 minutes from the Ocean beaches to the east or the Bay to the west.

There are many wonderful places to explore and we provide a list with details and timeframes. Beautiful Lofts at a reasonable price with many options for fun nearby.

Dana & John purchased the Mainlake building 16 years ago in derelict condition- they have completely restored what was an old hotel on the Wicomico River in downtown Salisbury.

No one builds buildings like this anymore- high tin ceilings in the store downstairs- brick walls- transom windows that open to river breezes- attention to detail and joyful touches bring a smile to all that enter.

What makes this apartment unique

Easy off street parking in a large lot behind the building. WiFi and cable TV,

laundry on site, a cafe downstairs and restaurants and entertainment venues steps away. Salisbury is close to both the beaches seaside and the Chesapeake Bay for water sports and kayaking. In town you'll find a great little zoo- bike trails and river walks.

We believe in providing an up-lifting experience for our guests- our lofts are full of original art and designed for comfort. When we travel we noted the places beautifully maintained by hosts really add to the joy of the journey- this is our mission as well.

happy trails!


Salisbury Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , adjoining private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , adjoining private bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing


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Retro Hipster Loft Overlooking River In Mainlake Building
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Great space, great owner

  • 5 of 5

Loved the space and Dana was very accommodating with all our requests. Nice shops in bottom of the building. Could not have been better!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Alternative to SBY hotels

  • 5 of 5

Dana is a thoughtful and thorough host. Every detail was in order, from trash & recycle to hairdryers and towels. There were two of us staying for a business trip for the week and we were happy to have such a warm and inviting place as a contrast to many of the chain properties in the area. The Cafe downstairs, while not open until 8, was worth the late start. The lattes are incredible and the girl making them was so friendly and truly cared in her craft. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Funky and Fun!

  • 5 of 5

The condo is nice and roomy for 2 to 4 guest. Each room has a private bathroom for privacy. The TV sometimes does not have great reception for local channels. The kitchen is very large and nice if you love to cook. The bar across is tasty for bar food and nice view but was not impressed with the specialty plates. I absolutely loved the original art displayed throughout the condo! Really gives it that cool and unique feel! Overall a very enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loft was super cute! Owners were very nice.

  • 5 of 5

The loft was easy to find, the decor was cozy and inviting. There are supermarkets a block away and a restaurant downstairs. Loft was air conditioned. Drive to beach took a half an hour.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was clean, cozy and the owners were very friendly.

  • 4 of 5

The Loft was just right for our "girl's weekend". The little coffeehouse and gift shop downstairs were a treat. Thanks owner Dana!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at your apartment in Salisbury. Thank you for hosting us! The fireworks on New Year's Eve were amazing! The cafe and store were fun and our children loved painting pottery! The apartment was clean, well stocked, and very comfortable. Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Salisbury Airport
Nearest Barpub
brew River- across the street
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
cape may, Lewes DE
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
rt 50 one block away
Nearest Restaurant
downstairs/ SunPerks Cafe
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
many- bigtouri st-Ocean City- Natural Assateague
Car: not necessary

We have a resources PDF about nearby towns and attractions- plus nearby businesses and where to find things you might need.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning $75

Please: no smoking, green energy efficient apartment, please be mindful of others in the building, keep your noise level reasonable. Renters agree to vacate rented premises no later than the hour and date shown reserved
and to return the keys immediately to the owner.
1. There shall be NO SMOKING inside the premises.
2. Pets may be brought onto the premises with special permission from Landlord. There is a fee per animal of $50.
3. No fireworks or firearms are permitted inside the premises or on the grounds.
4. The landlord or their designated representative has the right to inspect the premises without prior notice at any time to enforce the terms of this agreement. Should the tenant violate any terms of this agreement, the rental period will be terminated immediately.
5. The tenant may not sublet the premises. The premises are leased for no more than 5 persons (4 are included in rental fee, additional one is $50. 00) Principal Tenant must stay at the property during the rental term and must be 21 years old.
6. The Tenant shall maintain the premises in a good clean condition and use the premises in a careful and lawful manner. Cleaning services are provided upon checkout for normal usage. The Tenant shall pay for any excessive damage or cleaning required beyond normal use. The Tenant shall place trash and recycling materials in the containers provided.
7. The Tenant and their guests shall behave in a polite, civilized manner and shall be a good neighbor, respecting the rights of others in the building and neighborhood. The Tenant shall be mindfull of their noise level and do nothing likely to disturb or annoy others in the building. Creating a disturbance shall be grounds for immediate termination of this Agreement and Tenant shall vacate the premises at that time.
8. Tenant expressly acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement is for transient occupancy of the premises, and that the Tenant does not intend to make the property a residence or household.

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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