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Mansion / Townhouse Downtown
Hospedado por Lance
Lance es el anfitrión.
12 huéspedes
6 dormitorios
7 camas
4,5 baños
12 huéspedes
6 dormitorios
7 camas
4,5 baños
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A pre-civil-war urban mansion I can configure in many ways to meet the needs of my guest groups. This unique listing requires booking procedures which aren't the typical AirBnB protocol.
The price shown is for the most popular configuration - the upper 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, multiple kitchens and kitchenettes, and the grand common areas. There are other options reflected in this price which we can modify with your needs.
If you require less accommodations, or more, the price will reflect.
Try me

El lugar

Large, beautiful, historic spaces.
Great setup for group stay, etc.
Steps to everything downtown
One block from:
Multiple museums & cultural centers - the Walters, the Main library, Maryland history museum, etc
A few blocks from the inner harbor, convention center, main train station, 4 universities, multiple modes of public transportation.
Many restaurants, bars & hotels.

Main (common) Floor - Grand Double-Parlor (Library, Dining / Conference room), Kitchen, Powder Room (1/2 Bath)
Mid Floor Front - Suite 4 (bedroom 1 (King) bedroom 2 (Two twins), Bath)
Mid Floor Back - Suite 3 (Foyer / walk-in, 1 bedroom (Queen), Bath, Bonus room)
Upper Floor Front - Suite 1 (foyer, 2 bedrooms (both Queen), Kitchen, Bath)
Upper Floor Back - Suite 2 (foyer, 1 bedroom (Queen), Kitchen, Bath)
Lower Floor (alt - not included in base price) - Suite 5 (foyer, office nook, walk-in closet, large studio (w/ Queen bed), Bath)
The photos show a total of 7 bedrooms (5 suites). In the most popular configuration I do not rent my own personal suite in the lower floor, however if you need an extra suite I can do that for an added fee. Generally I use my best judgement based on your described needs, as well as whether I am in town or not, to determine which suites would accommodate my guests the best. If there is a particular suite, or suites, you are most interested in, let me know during booking.

Disponible para huéspedes

Since it is basically a giant mansion I'll just list what NOT to access.
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 require 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, including risk, I will have to assume for that.

Atención a los huéspedes

I am a pretty busy guy - kind of a single dad with a 7yr old, plus 3 jobs.
However if you would like to connect just let me know ahead of time.

Otros aspectos destacables

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 offer a super awesome, unique townhouse in a highly desirable urban area for a very reasonable price. I can only do this because I keep certain costs low. I try to limit collateral damage (which happens far more frequently in an antique home), and my own personal time (yes I have my own job that pays my bills so I can't be a 24 hour concierge or a trip coordinator for large groups - sorry). This is a challenging task when I host large groups. Here's how I do it when I have a large group:
I insist that at least half of the members of the group are present for official check-in. In the past when I didn't, damage to electrical, furnishings, plumbing, stairs, windows, and generally to the house, as well as misunderstandings for the guests, has occurred. You have probably never had to maintain a 6 bedroom house for AirBnB guests, so trust me that this is a very essential protocol.
Secondly I will only coordinate with the actual AirBnB booking guest. I simply can not be expected to respond to upwards of 12 different individuals. If you are the booking guest, you may find out just how much time that can take. Please do not contact me directly unless your name is at the top of the AirBnB reservation. The only exception is DURING the actual stay, and/or in an emergency. As I said, this is how I keep the price low. If you wish for full service concierge, multiple check-ins, or for me to act as trip coordinator, I can, and have done it in the past, but realize it will approximately double your accommodations cost.
This listing is the combination of multiple individual listings, so if one of the listings is reserved, then the calendar for this combined listing will show "not available". However the other individual listing may still be available. However at that point the common areas will be just that - common - like the lobby of a hotel.
If additional guests are added after the booking is agreed upon those guests will need to pay the "extra guest" charge.


Servicios
Internet
Cocina
Internet inalámbrico
Chimenea interior

Precios
Personas adicionales $60 / noche más de 7 huéspedes
Tarifa de limpieza $180
Depósito de seguridad $500
Descuento por semana: 13%
Precio por fin de semana $560 / noche
Respalda garantía de sueldo base
Las personas que se encargan de la limpieza del espacio de este anfitrión reciben un sueldo base. Más información
Comunícate siempre a través de Airbnb
Para que tus pagos estén protegidos, nunca transfieras dinero ni te comuniques desde afuera de la página o la aplicación de Airbnb.
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Lugares para dormir
Dormitorio 1
1 cama tamaño king
Dormitorio 2
2 camas matrimoniales
Dormitorio 3
1 cama tamaño queen
Dormitorio 4
1 cama tamaño queen
Dormitorio 5
1 cama tamaño queen
Dormitorio 6
1 cama tamaño queen

Reglas de la casa
Prohibido fumar
No se admiten mascotas
No se admiten fiestas o eventos
Horario de llegada: de las 16:00 a las 00:00.
Salida antes de las 11:00

The only way I can afford to offer this place the way, and at the price, I do is for people to follow the rules.
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.
RULES!
The Golden Rule - I love respectful and thoughtful guests. Please consider basic rules of decorum.
Always keep both front doors locked!
Please remove shoes in front foyer.
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.
Do not move furniture.
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 the home. (There is a security system with camera at the front door - please don't book here with the intent to break this rule - violation of this rule is grounds for immediate cancellation and removal - sorry to go hard core on this one but I have had a couple of incidents...)
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.
Do not touch thermostats. If you are uncomfortable contact me. (This 8000 sf house uses 2 systems delicately balanced due to vertical stratification.)
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.
Return dishes, silverware, and glasses to the kitchen or suite you removed them from.
Do not rummage through drawers or cabinets in hallways or common areas. Only the drawers, shelves, cabinets, etc. in the kitchens, 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 the 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, big 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.
It is because 98% of guests follow these rules that I can continue to rent this place the way I do.

Aspectos que también debes tener en cuenta
Es necesario utilizar las escaleras

Cancelaciones

Funciones de seguridad
Detector de humo
Detector de monóxido de carbono
Extintor de incendios

Disponibilidad
Estancia mínima de 2 noches

15 evaluaciones

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Perfil de usuario de Kim
Junio de 2017
Lance obviously cares a great deal about his home. It is very conveniently located in Baltimore. An easy 15 minute walk to the inner harbor and convention center. Plus, public bikes are available right outside the door. The house was accurately represented on the listing and Lance communicated very well. A group of 5 coworkers stayed in Lance's home for a convention we were attending in Baltimore. It was great that everyone had private quarters and there was plenty of space. Some items we would have preferred were different: - it would have been nice to have had the iron and hair dryer available without having to text Lance to use them. However, he was very responsive in bringing them to us. - Each of us was given one towel. There was one towel in the kitchen. We did not have access to a washer and dryer. - The kitchen counter was dirty when we arrived. One item that resulted in the fact that we will not stay here again : - Lance controlled the A/C unit. He questioned our wanting the temperature lower than what he thought was acceptable. He did provide us with fans to help make the stay more comfortable. However, for us, the fact that 5 adult professionals in their 30s and 40s were not able to control the temperature ourselves was not accepatable.
Perfil de usuario de Lance
Respuesta de Lance:
Actually there was a washer and dryer available to you - it is in the back of the unit on the 3rd floor rear.
Junio de 2017

Perfil de usuario de Chris
Diciembre de 2016
Beautiful vintage home in the heart of Baltimore. Lance is a great host.

Perfil de usuario de Wayne
Octubre de 2016
Great place to stay. The home is beautiful and full of stories and character.

Perfil de usuario de El
Agosto de 2016
perhaps we got off on the wrong foot with Lance. a total of 12 people stayed at his mansion during one of the hottest summers ever! a small group of us (5) arrived earlier than the rest of the group within the designated check-in times, but he preferred that he check-in the entire group at one time. it would've been more accommodating if we were allowed to come in and drop off items while we wait for the rest of the party (especially since it was close to 100 degrees outside). once everyone arrived, Lance gave us a tour and explained all the rules of the house. the description is very accurate and so are his rules. one rule in particular, was notifying Lance of adjusting the temperature, which was in his control (understandable, it being his house). however, it was still a little too warm during the night time to have a comfortable night's sleep during a very warm summer night. time to recharge the AC? the house is very spacious, the common areas are huge and could have been cooler (temperature) as well. one shower had the problem of low water pressure and some/most ended up sharing the one "modernized" bathroom. the beds have some protective liner on them, so when you moved, you feel and hear plastic crunching, this may have also added to the additional warmth factor since it was probably less breathable with this liner. perhaps adding a mattress pad/sleeping bag on top would help alleviate this? our group was mostly outside during the daytime. when we reconvened at night, we spent most of the time in the common rooms, which was very spacious and allowed for the group to be in one area without feeling confined. the stairs are old and creaky, so take care to walk (not run!) up and down them :) Lance was very prompt on communication. i had asked for an iron late one evening and he delivered an iron and an ironing board early the next morning. Lance also saw us when we checked out, which was nice. overall, it was a good stay. and i would like to thank Lance for hosting our big group!
Perfil de usuario de Lance
Respuesta de Lance:
I didn't know we got off on the wrong foot... Maybe we are two different personality types.... I am very direct, and you will know immediately if I have an issue. Maybe Elbert is more reserved. I asked MULTIPLE times how everything was and I always got a very positive response. The only exception was that after their first night he said that some of his colleagues were a little warm at night, and could I turn up the AC. Which I did. The next morning I asked him if everyone was comfortable and HE GAVE A RESOUNDING YES. So I'm not sure why he would suggest that I get my AC recharged at this point. Maybe he actually WASN'T comfortable, but just told me he was to not be "a bother". That is unfortunate for everyone. Please understand that half of my guests/clientel are European, and most of them HATE the feel of Air Conditioning - they often close the vents and ask me to turn it down. So when Elbert asked me to turn it up, I did. He said it was good after that. So... ??? What else can I do. (The AC is very potent - the only exception is that the dining room / living room is generally a degree or two warmer - especially when a large group is all hanging out socializing together. I can turn the AC up enough to cool that space, but it makes the bedrooms downright frigid!) No one has ever complained of water pressure in that one bathroom (in fact I've had multiple guests ADMIRE the water pressure in that upper bathroom - to my surprise :), but I did wonder why it appeared that a whole lot of people had used the one bathroom and not the other...now I know! Maybe the valves weren't turned properly (by the user), or the many water-main construction projects going on around my block were interfering temporarily. Or maybe the whole group was taking showers all at the same time. I don't know, but typically that water pressure is sufficient. OK Bedding - Maybe I need to put another layer of fabric mattress pad over the base plastic mattress protector. I feel it is important to keep those mattress protectors on there for everyone's cleanliness. Regarding check-in... First, I actually checked them in with half of their group - I ask for at least half because otherwise there is no way that the quirks of the historic house will get disseminated to everyone. Furthermore I OFTEN allow folks to leave their luggage in the foyer BEFORE check-in (so that they can hang out, unencumbered at one of the many nice places surrounding my house). Maybe there was a miscommunication, because our phone conversation sounded like Elbert wanted to do more than just drop off bags... it sounded like they wanted to start "colonizing" the house - which is the same as checking in. Hmmm Anyway, I guess the very end of the review is positive so I hope others read that far :) Thanks Lance
Agosto de 2016

Perfil de usuario de Bethany
Julio de 2016
This house is incredible! We had a group of ten people staying here for two nights and it was more than enough space. Everyone had private bedrooms and there were more than enough bathrooms as well. We also very much enjoyed the common space and large dining room table where we could all eat and hang out together. We were so intrigued by each room and the history of the home, as well. Although I knew Lance lived in the same building, I was unaware that the spaces were connected. Lance did show up unexpectedly to retrieve things from the house or pop in when we were home, which for our group was not a huge problem, but I could see people getting upset with the lack of privacy. We are very easy going and did not mind, but I think it is something to be aware of. Overall, we had a great stay! We loved the neighborhood and visited this great marketplace around the corner. We were able to Uber easily in and out of the neighborhood, but also had many options to walk to. Great deal for a large group. Many rules, but they were easy to follow!

Perfil de usuario de Jamie
Julio de 2016
Lance was very helpful upon arrival. The space is beautiful. However I would not recommend bringing groups to this space. The rules inhibited our time there.

Perfil de usuario de Stephen
Junio de 2016
The home is beautiful and provided great space for our large group. We rented the house for our family of 12 to have a home base for my brother-in-laws wedding. There were 4 families that shared the space and we were each able to have our own floor which was perfect and provided us great together time as well as separate time for a busy weekend. Lance was very prompt about responding to questions and needs right away and was close by when we needed anything. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to cook meals. The house is located in a great part of Mt. Vernon and was very convenient to everything. Since we were from the west coast and had lots of out of town family in town for the wedding, we had hoped to have a space where we could host family and friends and have it feel like home. When we inquired about the rental, we were very upfront in saying we had 5 children coming and Lance seemed very open to this since he has a child himself. When we checked in, Lance said he wasn't comfortable having guests outside our group in the house. This required us to reshuffle some plans. He also mentioned several times that we needed to keep our 5 kids under the age of 9 quiet- no talking on stairs and no running. We tried to be mindful of this but as anyone with kids can imagine, they can be unpredictable about when they speak loudly or stomp around, especially on vacation. When we asked for extra toilet paper, he gave us two rolls right away but when we needed more (for a 5 bathroom house), he gave us one more and mentioned that he felt we were using is awfully fast. On his list of rules, it said, "Think of this as Grandma's house." It felt more like a museum where we were constantly scared our kids would break something or set a glass on a table. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this to someone who has kids- it just felt too stressful to keep them from putting their feet on furniture, talking while going up the stairs etc. If you don't plan to be up in the main space after about 9pm, this is probable a good rental for you.
Perfil de usuario de Lance
Respuesta de Lance:
After hosting Stephen's family I have resolved to limit the number of children staying at any one tome to 3 max. I actually never asked the Jensens to keep their kids "quiet", and I have no problem with kids loud talking, etc... My request was to keep them from running through the house, especially up and down the stairs - which they never stopped. Yes, the parlor and common areas are still much as they were in the 1850's, so yes, there are things that are more fragile, or valuable, then in a typical modern house, and in that sense if your kids are used to running through the house, jumping on the furniture, throwing balls, etc. then staying here will require you to work pretty hard to control your kids. Like I said, to do my part to avoid this in the future I will limit occupancy to 3 small children, as I have had groups in the past with only that many and they were better able to control the kids through greater adult presence. Funny how folks have selective memories - Regarding TP, with their permission I actually made a trip into the house about two days before their departure and retrieved 3 more rolls that were stored in the various bathrooms (as extras, but which they were apparently not able to find) and upon handing them to them I said, "let me know if you need more", and the response was "oh, no problem that should be fine". They never requested more. So why are they complaining about that on here? Finally, I have large adult groups who gather to socialize int the main space until 3 or 4 am - and I tell the folks who rent the house that as long as the conversation is at a reasonable social level there is no problem at all at any time of night. Not sure where they got the "after 9pm" thing. ? However if you plan on running up and down the 1840's stairs, or through the 1860's parlor with many antique mirrors and antique furniture, at any time of day, please don't book here :)
Junio de 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, Estados UnidosSe registró en Abril 2014
Perfil de usuario de Lance

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 :)
Thank you
Lance

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