Fantastic location in the Park Place Historic District near the Falls
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About Carroll Reetz
Carroll spent most of her career in Human Resources but gave it all up (darn) to open a hostel in Niagara Falls- leaving the wonderful California weather behind but gaining a wonderful husband. Andre is from Germany and we found each other here! We have since expanded from the hostel and added a couple vacation rentals to our endeavors. We think they are a great alternative to a sterile hotel - more like home away from home.
Carroll Reetz purchased this House in 2014
Why Carroll Reetz chose Downtown Niagara Falls
Over the last several years, we have purchased several homes and brought them back to life. When Andre saw this one on the market, we thought long and hard about it since it needed a lot of work. But could not let it go. It is a beautiful old home in a fabulous location near the Falls. This is an area undergoing revitalization and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We are fully permitted and certified by the City of Niagara Falls that we meet all building and fire codes required to operate a vacation rental. Many listings in Niagara Falls are not legal, so be careful. Keep your family safe and be sure to book with those operators that can show you their permit and certificate of occupancy.
What makes this House unique
The house is LARGE. It is our only house that will accommodate 8-12 people. There are 2 full and 1 half bath and two staircases (front and back). It is ideal for large families or reunions with family/friends. It is also a great place for preparing for a wedding at the Falls. Plenty of space for all.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking allowed outside ONLY
Children count toward max. occupancy
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Plenty of space and walking distance to the Falls!
We found this clean, comfortable house a good fit for our family visit to the Falls. It’s an easy walk to restaurants, the Aquarium and (a little bit farther) to the US Falls. Nice front porch for hanging out after a day of site seeing. And the kitchen was very well stocked. The neighborhood is in transition, as the owners noted in their write up, but the area around the house was fine and the neighbors were friendly. We’d book here again for our next trip to the area!
Location is fantastic (just blocks from downtown, aquarium, Niagara Falls State Park, FREE trolley stop, and bridge to Canada). It's an old house (1895) that has been beautifully restored and is in a historic old neighborhood with tons of charm and friendly neighbors. Some of the reviews talk about concerns with the neighborhood but we didn't find that to be an issue at all. Most evenings we walked the neighborhood and didn't feel unsafe.
A few things that brought the rating from a 5-star to 4-star...
* No laundry - we needed to go to a laundromat to wash clothes and we discovered that they didn't sell laundry detergent there (never even considered that they would sell detergent!). A hassle to do that and it is a deal-breaker for us on future vacations.
* Lighting in the house is poor, especially in the livingroom and front bedroom. It's too dark in the livingroom for all of us to read in the evenings (we were fighting over the few seats next to lights) and we needed a flashlight to see in the closet in the bedroom as well as to easily see anywhere besides the nightstands. The only lights in the bedroom are next to the bed and covered with very dark shades so it doesn't light the room up well. But that's an easy fix to add lighting.
Property conveniently located for access to Falls and hiking trails. Owners were responsive helpful. House was immaculate. The area is “Gentrifying” so some nearby houses dolled up, others run down. Overall a great experience with children and grandchildren.👏
Loved the house. Had a great stay
Me and my family really enjoyed the house - we have stayed in similar homes many times while on vacation. The outside of the property could use some sprucing up, but was acceptable. The surrounding neighborhood was a bit of a shocker, so I'd really advise folks to do a little research and include that research in any decisions. The property manager was professional and very good to deal with. All in all, our stay at the property, though brief, was enjoyable and memorable.
Glad you found our property lovely and enjoyed your stay. We had a long winter followed by non-stop rain, which made it hard to get the outside spruced up prior to your stay. We have since been able to get to the yard work. We try to make it clear in our listing about the area. Niagara Falls is a rust belt city that lost half its population over the last several decades and is very poor to boot. However, it is coming back slowly and guests staying in houses like ours help that revitalization - so thank you : )
So close to the falls and plenty of space at the house.
We loved the convenience of the location and that we could spread out and relax at the house and do our own thing. The amenities of shampoo/soap/toilet paper/paper towels, etc. was nice. Leaving leftovers was a definite plus. Our only complaint was that we would have liked stacker washer/dryer. This time of year-got wet at falls & gloves/jeans took almost 3 days to dry cause really couldn’t put outside this time of year. Again, we loved this property for family with books/games and large dining room for eating together.
The house is situated in the Park Place Historic District within a typical rust belt city. It is a national historic district located at Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York. It encompasses 89 contributing buildings. It is principally a residential district built up between 1885 and 1928. The dominant architectural styles are Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Arts and Crafts.
This an urban environment with a diverse racial and socioeconomic population. While many of the big old houses in the area are lovely and well maintained, there are others that are neglected or empty. It is an area that is slowly being brought back to life with new people and energy.