Why Stay at a Hotel, When You Could Stay in a Home Away From Home?

It’s officially official – Cottage West has been listed on the Airbnb website and is available to rent beginning the 27th.

I’m ridiculously excited about this, it has been a looonnngg haul to get to this point.

A few weeks ago, after hosting an open house for our friends, I passed out on the queen bed in Bedroom #1. My husband, seeing that I was squarely in the middle of the bed, decided to sleep in Bedroom #2.

I woke up that morning and walked around the slightly messy (hey, we had just hosted a party!) house and couldn’t help but grin.

We had taken a decaying, unloved property and turned it into a home. And that was a powerful feeling.

We had gone from this…

The front bedroom with its tiny, unusable closet…

To this…

Bedroom #1 – Newly painted, closet removed and IKEA closet added

Or from this…

View from the old dining room to the living room

To this…

The old dining room has been transformed into an eat-in kitchen

From this…

View of old dining room looking towards hallway on left and pantry on right

To this…

Old dining room transformed into an eat-in kitchen

From this…

The pantry side of the built-in cabinets

To this…

A fresh coat of paint on top of the bead board wallpaper.

We have replaced the roof, installed new windows, re-done the wiring, electrical, HVAC, insulation, walls, and refinished the floors.

Through scrimping and saving, hard work, sweat, and even a heaping measure of blood and tears – we have created a home out of an empty, abandoned, decaying shell that was home to raccoons.

Raccoons make poor residents, by the way. They smell bad and don’t clean up after themselves.

And now, we have something we can not only be proud of owning, but plan to live in one day when we are old and don’t feel like climbing up and down stairs any longer.

By next fall, I hope to have opened up Bedroom #3 – a cozy suite in the attic that will include a full bathroom and also Cottage West – basement unit – a separate entrance and separate space for 1-2 guests, complete with a bedroom, kitchenette, living/dining space and full bath.

Until then, please check out our listings on Airbnb. I’ll be adding on other short-term rental sites soon. I have my sights set on VRBO next.

We hope to see you soon!

To rent the whole house, go here: Cottage West

As a friend posted on my Facebook feed today…

I came, I saw, I conquered!

And hey, if you made it this far, leave a comment! I get a ton of spam, so it’s really nice to hear from real humans from time to time. All of those offers of cheap viagra are getting a little bothersome these days.

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