My home is an 8000 sf pre-civil war urban mansion. It was converted to apartments in the 20th century. I have restored much of it to the original Antebellum glory, so now it is something in-between. The private portion of this listing is essentially a 2 bedroom apartment/private suite- 2 huge bedrooms w/seating, desks, etc., a beautiful full bath, and a kitchen (without range). In addition is access to the common amenities of the grand double parlor and library, and the chef's kitchen.
Large, beautiful, historic spaces.
Great setup for large family, double-date style vacation, group stay, etc.
See floor plan for private portion of the manor.
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Steps to everything downtown
One block from:
Multiple museums & cultural centers - the Walters, the Main library, Maryland history museum, etc
all forms of public transit & zip car
many restaurants, bars & hotels.
Accès des voyageurs
All common living areas (huge historic mirrored den / living room, huge historic mirrored dining room, gourmet kitchen).
Do not open the door to the back fire escape (off of the main level) unless there is a fire emergency, as the door is alarmed, difficult to lock and unlock, and the stairs themselves can be treacherous.
While we can arrange for parties or events in the house, experience has proven that this results in extra cost to me in wear and tear, cleaning, administration, and potential liability, and therefore I ask that only those on the pre-arranged guest list access the house. If you wish to have a dinner party, gathering, etc. it is a great space for that, but please arrange it with me in advance and let's determine a fair arrangement for the extra cost burden I will have to assume for that.
Please refrain from "exploring" parts of the property not listed here, and/or not shown to you during check in, including the rear courtyard.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
It really depends on my schedule, however it is also my home (my suite is on the floor below). I do insist on meeting guests upon arrival, and discussing basic protocol. The place is huge and people have gotten lost on occasion :) I love meeting people and getting to know them, but also know that many guests want as much privacy as possible.
Entertaining abounds in my Townhome, and I have two very talented "foodie" friends, so if you coordinate ahead of time and the timing is right, we can arrange a "local" dinner party in the grand parlor.
Dedicated garage parking is available upon request and for a fee (14$/day). There are many other parking options in the area within a block! (including free - however not very convenient).
I do my best to be fair to all guests by ensuring the space is well cared for by guests and being flexible regarding pricing to reflect use.
For instance - I think kids are great and I welcome them here - I'm a dad myself and work with youth in the area. Based on experience my overhead costs average out to the same whether the extra guest is 40, 10, or 1, so, although AirBnB defaults to a "kids stay free" policy, I feel that would be unfair to my "no kids" guests as I would then have to raise my prices to meet the overhead costs of kids staying here. Therefore I reserve the right to override AirBnB's defaults and charge the extra guest fee no matter what the age of the guest.
If you require an exception to the "registered guests only" rule then we can discuss an extra charge for extra guests.
A TV can be provided in a room if requested before arrival.
The Golden Rule - I love respectful and thoughtful guests. I get satisfaction from seeing others enjoy the beautiful historic spaces I've worked hard to foster. I simply ask that you consider basic rules of decorum.
Always keep both front doors locked!
Feel free to come and go at any time as you wish - just be quiet about it :)
Please remove shoes in front foyer.
This is basic stuff for most folks but: do not put feet on tables, chairs, couches, etc. Do not sleep on couches.
Treat linens considerately. Don’t sit or lie on top of comforters. Don’t use towels, washcloths, etc. to remove make-up or other highly staining substances. If you wear make-up you may wish to bring make-up wipes if
Please be gentle with this historic house - surfaces, furniture, operable devices, and fixtures generally not the modern, bullet-proof ones you may be used to. They require extra care in use. Be conscious of unique doors and other operable parts - open and close them gently. Marble and wood surfaces are easily damaged by water, wet things (towels), hot or cold objects (such as cups or plates), etc.
Noise pollution is endemic out there - please don’t bring it in here. Use your indoor voice and step gently through the house. No running, especially up and down the stairs.
Only registered guests may access the property.
Do not move furniture - i.e. no air matresses, sleeping on floor, etc.
If possible please avoid eating in bedrooms - eat-in kitchenettes and common areas are made for dining and food prep. I have had to replace quite a few perfectly good sets of sheets because of grease stains.
Coasters are provided in every room - use them for cups and mugs.
Unless previously arranged with me, do not allow anyone not on the guest list into my private home. (Violation of this rule is grounds for immediate cancellation.)
Do not unplug anything. If you can’t find a place to plug in your device I can find it for you - outlets abound, there is no need to unplug power-strips, clocks, lights, etc.
Keep doors and windows to the outside closed (unless the weather is great and we have all agreed to forgo air conditioning or heating). If you must open a window in a guest suite please close it and lock it the moment you leave the room. Crime comes through upper-storey windows. Any paint or wood damage due to rain getting in will be charged against the deposit.
Always turn off all lights when not occupying a room (dimmer switched fully OFF, not just maximum dim...) Do not leave water running.
When disposing of trash please separate mixed recyclables from non-recyclable putrescibles. Only put putrescibles in containers lined with trash bags.
Always keep the common areas free of clutter and the main kitchen clean. Return dishes, silverware, and glasses to the kitchen or suite you removed them from. If using many dishes, please clean them as soon as possible.
Do not rummage through drawers or cabinets in hallways or common areas. Only the drawers, shelves, cabinets, etc. in the bedrooms and full bathrooms are for your use. If there is something you can’t find in the kitchens, bathrooms or otherwise, please ask me rather than searching through my cabinets.
Similarly, unless I have shown you through a particular space or door upon check-in, please do not “explore” parts of the estate you have not been given access to. This includes the back patio / fire escape, laundry room, etc.
Wow! any more rules??? While these may seem obvious or "goes without saying", the fact is that in the past I have had damage or real problems resulting from violation of these, and that is why I have written them here.
Regarding parties, we have had quite a few here, but please see "guest access" section for details.
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My home is a historic pre-civil war merchant’s townhouse that has been restored per the National Parks Service. The lifestyle of its’ original inhabitants meant a very large building with essentially 6 private apartments plus many grand common spaces. That means I can offer many configurations for guests. It is like a Bed & Breakfast that also can be combined, if necessary, for large groups. Perfect for AirBnB right? Unfortunately limitations of the AirBnB website require multiple listings - one for each possible configuration - for this one large house.
my global "policies" are best stated her, rather than updating each listing manually (15 times!). So:
A. Parties, entertaining, events, etc. While my place is vast, it is still a place I work hard to maintain, therefore unless we discuss specifically, up front, I ask that guests list the correct number of folks who will access the house when they book, and limit those folks to access. Put another way, my place is perfect for parties and entertaining, but please don't have parties or use my place for entertaining unless we have discussed up front and settled on arrangements (including fiduciary) to reflect the added risk and wear and tear involved.
B. For some reason AirBnB defaults to making kids essentially free of charge even if the host charges extra for guests above a certain number. I have found that my overhead costs are the same with extra kids as with extra adults... in fact often they are more! Therefore to be fair to my guests who don't have kids, I charge the same for extra kids as for extra adults. Please keep that in mind when booking.
To really see my extensive reviews you must look at them from my host profile rather than just the listing. For a brief synopsis of the house’s history and for a clearer idea of the layout of the mansion see baltimoretownhouse dot wee bly dot well, you know!
About me: I'm an architect, artist, dad, and I have been very involved in the improvement of this neighborhood for the past 11 years. If you value a host who knows everyone and everywhere in the neighborhood, look no further. As a professor of architecture at the local university, and as an urban history buff, I have given many walking tours of the area. If time allows I would be glad to do one for you. I continue to explore even the lesser known parts of the region and am good with directions :) I’m a big fan of all types of food, wine, European beer, cocktails, coffee (geez I’m not as gluttonous as this sounds!), and have been since I turned 19 during my first trip to Italy in 1990. Therefore I can make detailed recommendations regarding the many local food and beverage purveyors in the area.
I have traveled extensively (not much though since fatherhood! :), and lived in many parts of the U.S. as well as London and Melbourne, Australia, although ultimately I think I was supposed to be Italian!
Urban history and culture are of particular interest to me and when I have time I love to delve into my extensive book collection (which is accessible to my guests :). What makes me smile? My diverse group of friends, (many right here in the neighborhood!), beautiful art (I have 3 museums a block away and the train to the DC museums is about 7 blocks away!), thoughtful design, and most of all thoughtful people. Speaking of that - AirBnB!
I've hosted about 800 people at this point, and have been genuinely ecstatic to meet about 98% of them, feeling humbled to know there are so many accomplished and friendly human beings. I love meeting new people, and I have found that most people using AirBnB do too. Some guests need to focus on whatever purpose their visit brought them for. While staying in my home involves some basic contact for check-in, etc., I default to giving my guests as much privacy as possible. So I encourage my guests to communicate to me clearly, and as early as possible, regarding where on the spectrum they wish our relationship to stand... remember I can't read minds and I'm pretty hard to offend on this particular subject :)