$400/month room for one quiet non-smoker who needs a place to sleep or work, but not cook. There is no kitchen, but there is a shared refrigerator and microwave in hallway. Works well for someone who is in town for work and needs an economical alternative to a hotel. Bathroom is shared with two other guests and is regularly checked/cleaned by the resident manager who lives on the first floor. Free laundry. Room is on the second floor. Close to downtown, Memorial 3 blocks, Notre Dame 2 mi.
$400 for month-long rentals (29% discount). For 7+ night bookings, a 14% discount applies. Typical guests are temporary /short-term workers, commuters who sleep at the house part or all of the month, hospital workers, newcomers to town who are house-hunting, and other individuals who need a reasonably priced room in a convenient location.
This is one of 3 guest rooms on the second floor of the house. Each room has a locking door. The room is for one quiet non-smoker who needs place to sleep or work, but not cook. The bedroom is furnished with a bed, work table, closet, storage drawers, fan, and room air conditioner for summer months. The shared full bathroom with tub/shower is also on the second floor. The bathroom is shared with up to two other guests and will be checked and cleaned regularly. You can sign up on the bathroom door for a particular shower time if you'd like.
The entry area has a shared microwave and refrigerator. The fridge can be used to store restaurant leftovers, ready-to-eat food, and water bottles, and the microwave can be used to warm up restaurant leftovers, make popcorn, etc. There are no dish washing facilities and no kitchen.
The house is completely non-smoking inside and out. We maintain a quiet environment to accommodate various sleep/work schedules. This includes using earphones with all audible devices and avoiding loud phone conversations as the rooms are located next to each other.
Free street parking. Indoor bike parking. Utilities and Comcast internet are included. There is a washer and dryer in the basement that you are welcome to use by signing up for a time slot and bringing your own detergent.
On the main floor, there is one permanent resident with separate living quarters who will monitor and clean the shared guest bathroom.
Our old and quirky neighborhood is adjacent to the downtown city center. Memorial Hospital and a fire station are just a few blocks away. Therefore, be advised that the sound of ambulances/fire trucks is common. As long-time urban dwellers, we do not notice these sounds, but if you are not used to them, you probably will. There are fans at the house to provide white noise if needed. This is an old house in an old neighborhood. Please read the "Neighborhood" section to make sure it is suitable for you.
Memorial Hospital: 3 blocks
Notre Dame campus: 2 miles
80/90 Toll Road: 8 minutes
South Bend Airport: 9 minutes
Indiana University South Bend (IUSB): 3 miles
Downtown South Bend: less than 1 mile, a 15 minute walk to most destinations
The guest house is located in the Near Northwest Neighborhood (NNN), adjacent to downtown South Bend, on a diverse working-class block of simple old houses and all types of people. The neighborhood is multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-generational.
Like many neighborhoods near the urban center, our neighborhood experienced decay during the "urban flight" years as people moved to the suburbs, and it definitely suffered during the most recent economic crisis. But thanks to good neighbors, the city, and our neighborhood association, things are on the upswing, and we are happy to be a part of our neighborhood's revitalization.
Lots of improvements have occurred in the past couple of years. For example, we ourselves have renovated two houses on the block, the city has torn down an abandoned house, and another neighbor has turned a vacant lot into a lovely flower garden and even installed a "Little Free Library" there. The neighborhood association and historic landmark preservation group have restored two houses, and Habitat for Humanity built a lovely new home on a formerly abandoned lot. All three of these wonderful projects are just kitty-corner from the guest house. Good things are happening!
In terms of safety, we have lived on this block for over 30 years (many of them as a single woman) and have had very few problems. As for walking at night, we ourselves feel comfortable doing so as we know the neighborhood well, but others might not be depending on individual comfort levels. The walking route from the Airbnb to downtown is getting better and better as our city has recently added pedestrian-friendly lighting to the streets. If you would like to walk downtown, we'd be happy to suggest the ideal walking route.
Although our block is old and time-worn, we love living close to downtown and we appreciate old houses, even the not-so-pretty ones. But while our block has very simple old houses, just across Portage/William Street, you will find the Chapin Park Historic District, which has brick streets and beautiful colorful historic homes, and makes for a lovely stroll.
South Bend, Indiana, USA