A sunny upstairs suite (~600 sq ft.) in an 1880 Victorian-era English Craftsman garden home, just steps away from downtown NC. A private entrance leads up to two sleeping rooms (queen size bed, and queen-size futon), well-provisioned kitchenette, and marble bathroom with claw foot tub. Enjoy town and a cup of coffee from the front porch. Your hosts have deep roots in the region, and have also lived and traveled in dozens of countries and cultures: we welcome guests from all backgrounds.
At the top of this Nevada City Victorian home (c. 1880), this 600 sq ft suite is bright and airy with treetop views.
From your private entrance at the front door, you ascend the stairs to the main bedroom, furnished with a new Saatva ("luxury-firm"--good support, soft pillow-top, organic cotton) mattress and antique writing desk and mirrored vanity.
In the central room, you can enjoy reading from the library, listening to records, setting up your laptop, or lounging in the futon couch; for guests that request (or who have more than 2 people) we'll convert the queen-sized futon into a second bedroom (or the kids' room).
The back room is the largest, with a fully functioning and well equipped kitchenette (we should have everything you need; if unsure, just ask). The room also serves as the dining area and lounge.
The renovated bathroom is spacious, with marble floors and a classic clawfoot tub and shower. We highly encourage you to treat yourselves to a soak in the tub, and we provide bath salts. By popular request, we've set the tub up with a shower curtain and option for hands-free showers.
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The floorplan of the flat is such that guests walk through the bedrooms to access the kitchenette or bath. However, there are doors between every room to allow for privacy as needed.
This old house has Victorian-era charm, and also some creaks and cracks that come with age!
The space is also ideal for someone on an extended business trip, or for people considering re-locating to the area and wishing to experience "living in town" before making a housing decision. We offer a 10% discount for week-long stays, and will offer the same discount for 5 night stays: send an inquiry and we'll send you a special offer with the discount.
Upon checking in with your hosts on-site, you'll have your own keys to the private entrance upstairs, with exclusive use to the whole space. We live in the downstairs of the house (with our 20lb. Boston Terrier dog), and gladly share our front porch with you: feel free to relax with your coffee on the porch and chat with passers-by.
The backyard, which you'll partly see from the kitchen window, is an ever-evolving permaculture garden, with espalier fruit trees, food and flower beds, a wildlife and goldfish pond (and irrigation reservoir, a central component of an integrated water conservation practice) and a large deck. We'll gladly give a tour of the backyard for those who are interested in rainwater catchment, greywater, permaculture, etc.--just express your interest at check-in. Otherwise, we ask guests not to visit the back garden and pond unaccompanied, primarily because the pond is steep sided and without safety railing.
If you're staying for several days, ask about use of our guest laundry facilities, which are located in the basement.
Interaction with guests
After the orientation and passing of the keys, if you seek privacy, you'll only see us in passing in the front yard, or if you call upon us for any need that may arise. We enjoy getting to know guests and sharing our recommendations for making the most of your time in the area, and will gladly do so at your initiative.
Tania and Jason bought this house and assumed responsibility for this vintage Victorian in 2005, and have now put in over a decade of renovations and restorations throughout the home and landscape and gardens. If you're interested, and we're available, we'll gladly share details.
As noted in our bios, we're also well connected to the people and places of Nevada City and the Yuba River and northern Sierra Nevada region more broadly. We're happy to share tips, recommendations and warnings: we see our local experience as part of our value to guests.
Mostly, though, you'll have privacy and quietude.
Other things to note
We allow guests to bring a dog--let us know in advance--and we charge a flat $25 cleaning fee, to be paid separately and directly to us at check-in.
The location is tops, steps away from the cafes, boutiques, galleries, saloons, theaters, museums, monuments and raw food elixir bars that define present-day Nevada City.
The relatively new Tribute Trail affords an opportunity for a nature walk among the pines and along (and over) Deer Creek in the environs just outside of downtown, without getting in your car. Similarly, the Hirschman Ponds trail explores a strangely enchanting hydraulically-mined landscape. Both dog-friendly.
There are abundant outdoor opportunities (e.g. South Yuba River), and check the entertainment calendars (e.g. Miner's Foundry, or Grass Valley Center for the Arts) for music and performance art: you may be surprised to see national headliners rolling through town during your visit!
September 2017 field notes: front garden is a touch tired from a long hot summer, but still buzzing as a colorful oasis for a great diversity of pollinators; there are numerous bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds buzzing and fluttering to greet you.
- Neighborhood quiet hours after 9pm
- Nevada City TOT tax of 10% paid in cash due upon check-in
- We're allergic to cats and cigarette smoke, but we welcome well-behaved (post-puppy) dogs with advanced notice, and a flat $25 cleaning fee for pets, payable directly to hosts.
In addition, the City of Nevada City has developed a long list of rules, including these that apply to guests:
-Parking is limited to one car per unit.
-The number of guests occupying each rental unit may not exceed two adults and their children.
-Commercial meetings such as luncheons, parties, weddings, charitable fundraising, or other gathering for direct or indirect compensation are not allowed to be held by guests.
-Hosted short-term rental businesses must register with the City, pay a business licensing fee, and collect (from guests) and remit transient occupancy taxes (TOT).
We are a family of three, living primarily in Nevada City. We also spend time at our place in Berkeley, where we gained two years experience as AirBnB hosts (see over 100 reviews, in multiple languages), and travel the US and abroad as often as possible (including to Tania's family home in Italy).
Jason was raised in Nevada City and we bought this grand 1880 Victorian when it wasn't so grand in 2005, and have now put over a decade of love, care and resources into making it our family home to share with friends and guests.
We are water people who advocate for healthy rivers and social justice issues locally around the world. For six years, Jason was director of the local river advocacy organization, SYRCL (including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival), and Tania was director of the Yuba Watershed Institute, founded by Gary Snyder and others.
In addition to these extensive relationships with local people and place, we both have also led international organizations: Tania primarily supporting popular education in Latin America and Jason's work with International Rivers was global in scope. Jason's attention is now focused on the home, garden, family, guests and local projects, while Tania works very full-time as a public policy facilitator throughout California.
We have a 12 year old daughter who enjoys pottery, poetry and just about any new and interesting experience. We love gardening, travel, books, exploring the natural world and adventures of all kinds.
While hesitant to claim fluency in any language, we can make conversation in Spanish, Russian, Italian and Shona, can read some French and have translation dictionaries for Swahili and Indonesian languages!