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Fort Washington Garden Room
Fort Washington Garden Room
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
2.5 shared baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
2.5 shared baths
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This room is in the lower level of Fort Washington, a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion. Brick/Limestone walls create a cozy room a perfect retreat after a long day in Chicago. Sleeps up to 4 people on the king bed with sleeper sofa.

Easy unmetered street parking is readily available for those coming by car.

Full size kitchen, multiple living/outdoor areas, and laundry machines are available for use as well.

My other rooms are listed here:

The space

The space is in an old victorian era (c.1895) limestone/brick mansion located on Chicago's west side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. It overlooks Washington Blvd. and is about a block from the Kedzie Green Line Train

I allow LUGGAGE DROP OFF! You can store your luggage in the closet before check-in and after check-out times, you can drop it off and pick it up as early and as late as you would like. Public transit options (train, bus, bike share) available about a block away.

Guest access

The entire home except remaining private rooms are available. This includes the kitchen, dining room, billiards room, parlor, laundry room, and of course common bathrooms.

Other things to note

I mention this in the neighborhood section of my listing as well, but it's worth repeating here.

Please do your research and know where you are booking. I'd hate to have an awkward situation (and the poor reviews) as a result of someone booking in a majority minority neighborhood and being uncomfortable with that. I've lived here for over five years and never had a concern for my own safety or that of the thousands of my guests.

For those of you that this is a non-issue, you'll find my home is an outstanding value that puts you literally 20 minutes from downtown and all the major areas of Chicago.

Also, please note that I don't have keyed locks on interior doors of the home. If this is a problem for you, please don't book. I trust you, the guest, with my single most valuable asset and all of my personal belongings. If you can't trust me and other airBNB guests with the few personal belongings you take with you when traveling, you should book somewhere else.

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Extra people $12 NZD / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $15 NZD
Security Deposit $151 NZD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed
Common spaces
5 sofas

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with smart lock

Our goal is to make sure everyone is treated fairly and in consideration of others, so there are just a few things to be aware of so everyone has a great stay.

While you have a private bedroom, please keep in mind that others will want to use the common areas after you, so please don't leave them your mess. Also, if you happen to break something or something isn't working right, please let me know so I can fix it right away. Also, it's a shared kitchen, so please don't eat/drink food that isn't yours, if you need advice on where to buy food in the neighborhood, just ask.

Overall, the best way to think about how you should treat a home on airBNB is just like the camping rule: "Leave no trace".

Quiet times for the lower, 2nd/3rd floors is after 10pm on weeknights, midnight on weekends. It's a big space however (~7000 sq ft) and you are welcome to use the common areas late as needed as long as you are respectful of other guests. We simply ask that you to leave things how you found them.

Also, NO PARTIES, NO EVENTS, NO PHOTOSHOOTS. Do not book if you are planning on one. Both myself and staff live at the house full time, so please don't create a difficult situation for us. Having some drinks, playing pool, and casual gatherings for dinner, etc. is of course welcomed and encouraged (and in many cases others in the house may join you if welcomed!). But if you are inviting more then a friend or two that aren't staying with you at the house as part of your reservation, or create a disruption for other guests, your reservation will be cancelled without refund and you will be forced to vacate the premises immediately.

Please be sure to declare the correct number of guests for your stay. If you have anyone doing anything more then meeting you exclusively in the common areas, they need to be a registered guest. If you are found to have others with you that are not part of your guest count on airbnb, your reservation will be cancelled immediately, and without refund due to fee circumvention which is in direct violation of airBNB's terms of service.

For the safety of everyone, the home security system includes cameras that are installed in/around the home. This helps to protect your personal belongings while you are out, and increases your personal safety during your stay. They record everyone coming to/from the home, and monitor all of the common/public areas around the home. Please note that cameras are NOT installed in any private areas of the home, including bedrooms/bathrooms. The security setup is identical to those used at any boutique hotel or similar property where there are multiple guests occupying a single shared space.

Also, keep in mind that East Garfield Park is a neighborhood undergoing urban renewal. It's still a majority minority area with pockets of poverty which can be unsettling for some, but after living here for five years and hosting over 1000 guests on Airbnb, there have been no incidents of crime that have impacted me or any guests staying here. Many guests have actually commented on the fact that they were very glad for the opportunity to live in a real neighborhood of Chicago that was less then 20 minutes from downtown, giving them an opportunity away from the touristy areas when they wanted.

Like any area, with the exception of a few people everyone is generally friendly and helpful, please be respectful and treat everyone with respect, and they will gladly do so in return.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

163 Reviews

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Sharun User Profile
November 2017
Great place, its like a spacious Hostel. good value, I would recommend Ryan's place to other travelers.

Fabiola User Profile
November 2017
We had a totally wonderful time at Ryan's. The garden room was warm and spacious, the house was big and beautiful, and Ryan is a super chill host. Do read the description, because he's so thoughtfully described both the house and the area. The subway was so close by. We'd really recommend the nearby Garfield Park conservatory. Spent a whole day there after check out, as Ryan let us store our bags at his place. Overall, great experience!

Nicole User Profile
November 2017
Everything was great! Highly recommend.

Paul User Profile
November 2017
Very Beautiful room and common areas. Would stay there again for sure. Close to downtown by public transit.

Richmond User Profile
November 2017
The house has a lot of character. (I️ tell the Uber driver, it’s the house that looks like a castle )It’s an old house but very well maintained. It’s close to downtown Chicago and accessible by train ( I️ used Uber all the time and the fare ranges from $ 4-11) so it is very conveniently located. Since it is an old house, it is expected to have some creaking sounds so if you are a light sleeper, bring some ear plugs. The bedroom is huge with big bed with lots of pillows and also a couch. The shower/bathroom is clean with ample supply of clean towels. The best part is the access to amazon prime TV with so many movies to choose from! (I️ stayed late sometimes!) overall it is a very good value in a safe neighborhood.

Christian User Profile
November 2017
Contrary to some of the reviews I read, the location is nice. Not once did I feel unsafe, especially because it is obvious that the house has great security features. It is not very central, but it’s so close to public transit, no one should have a problem getting around. As for the place itself, it is beautiful and super cozy. Could not have had a better experience.

Emily User Profile
November 2017
I would recommend this place to anyone! The rooms are very cozy and are decorated thoughtfully. Ryan was very professional and responded quickly to my messages. Thanks for a great stay!

Chicago, Illinois, United StatesJoined in October 2014
Ryan User Profile
Interaction with guests

Both myself and Austin live at the house. He's generally at home during the day and as I work a full time job, I'm usually found in the kitchen in the morning and after 6pm on weekdays.

Since it's a big house, there is a chance we may never cross paths during your stay. But I'm always available via messages/phone, so if anything comes up, let me know! I assume everything is going well unless it's brought to my attention.

We are all happy to provide advice on where to eat, how to get around, and where to shop, just ask!

About Ryan

Minimalist traveller, usually opt for the scenic route.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

About the home

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