Second bedroom is quiet and tucked away.Spa room has professional massage table, sauna, and room for yoga.
Beautiful Spacious Suite with Kitchen, Media Room
Beautiful Spacious Suite with Kitchen, Media Room
10 guests
3 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
10 guests
3 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
You won’t be charged yet

Avoid reserving expensive hotel rooms and eating out every meal - rent our entire first floor (1,700 sqft), complete with a full kitchen, grill, private yard, media room with 8' projection screen, king and queen beds, three queen air mattresses and a futon, and two bathrooms - one with a jacuzzi! Pets are very welcome but require us to charge an extra cleaning fee (not deposit). Each dog under 25lbs is $35/stay; each dog 25lbs and over is $50/stay. We give 5% of our profits to local charities.

The space

OVERVIEW: Guests will have access to entire first floor (approximately 1,700 sqft). Access is through front door (shared with hosts) or through sliding glass doors in guest living room (private entrance). High-resolution floor plan available upon request. Host family (Matt, Lara, baby Isaac, and small dog Zelda) live upstairs on second floor.

TWO OR THREE BEDROOMS: The master guest bedroom has a memory foam bamboo pillow-top king mattress (purchased new in August 2015), flat-screen TV with Apple TV, swiveling recliner chair, vanity, and ample closet space. Its large, sunny windows look out onto private backyard with mature weeping willow and sculptural flower pots. The second guest bedroom has a 2012 memory foam queen mattress, ample closet space, and antique furnishings. Our private spa room can also be converted into a third bedroom for additional sleeping accommodations.

TWO BATHROOMS: The master guest bathroom has jacuzzi tub and showerhead, vanity, and heated tile floors. The second guest bathroom is up one flight of stairs from bedrooms and has bathtub with detached showerhead and vanity.

KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM, AND PATIO: The guest living room has an office desk with external monitor and cables for laptops to connect as well as ethernet hook-ups, dining table for four, and sliding glass door with access to backyard and patio. Attached kitchen has electric range/oven, cooking utensils, pots and pans, baking sheets/dishes, full-size refrigerator with freezer, microwave, Keurig, sink, and dinnerware. A second dining table with seating for six is available in media room. The private backyard has sculptural flower pots, mature trees, cement patio, seating for six, and propane Weber grill.

EXTRAS: The private spa room has an infra-red sauna, professional massage table, and space for yoga. The media room room has Dolby surround-sound, 8' projection TV, and Apple TV. Two blow-up mattress (queen-sized) with pillow-toppers are available in the spa, and a futon is available in the media room for extra sleeping options. The entire suite offers high-speed wireless internet (5 Ghz w/up to 100 megabits/sec download speeds). Ample street-side parking is available with space for up to four vehicles. The suite is mostly carpeted, which is professionally cleaned annually. Washer and dryer are available in host’s living area upon request.

Guest access

A passcode unlocks the front door, and we provide guests with the code upon check-in. The front door enters onto a landing with the second guest bathroom and entry door into our living room. Guests must descend one, extra-wide flight of stairs off the landing to access all guest facilities except for the second guest bathroom. Guests can also access facilities without entering the front door by walking down a short grassy slope and entering through the sliding glass doors in guest living room.

Interaction with guests

We love to host people, but our work at the university keeps us quite busy. We look forward to meeting everyone and expect our interactions with guests to be primarily limited to check-ins, check-outs, and short conversations in passing.

Other things to note

We live on the second level above the guest facilities with our 10lb hypo-allergenic Maltese poodle and baby boy Isaac. The previous owners of our house had cats, but we have thoroughly cleaned to remove cat dander. We have hosted many people with severe cat/dog allergies without issues.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 air mattress
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 3 air mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with keypad

We typically go to bed around 10PM, and we expect guests to keep noise to a minimum after this time. We also expect guests to ask for instructions to use home theater and spa before use. Also, we ask guests not smoke anywhere on the premise. Please tell us a bit about your dog before bringing him/her (no cats please).

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Dog(s) live in the house


54 Reviews

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Jamie User Profile
October 2017
We had a great stay! The place was very clean. The beds were very comfortable. My daughter loved playing with the dollhouse. It was an easy 10 minute drive to the football stadium an campus area! I was impressed with the welcome binder that detailed descriptions of how to use the tv, the sauna, bus routes, restaurant suggestions, and anything else we wanted to know. There was also a great outdoor space with a hammock table and chairs to enjoy a beautiful day. Thanks!

Judith User Profile
October 2017
Matthew is a terrific host - very responsive. This was our second stay with him and I am sure we will be back.

Brent User Profile
October 2017
Place was very clean and accommodating and hosts were very friendly; not much more you can ask for.

Vimla User Profile
September 2017
This was a unique place where Matthew and his wife has put a lot of time into making this place very organic and comfortable There easy to communicate with and very compliant Very clean luxurious and healthy environment we are grateful for this

Judith User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful, spacious, and in a lovely setting. Excellent communications. Not a place for anyone who has difficuty with stairs or prefers an "en suite" bathroom. It is quite a distance from campus and both downtowns.

Anne User Profile
August 2017
A lovely, inviting and private space to relax in what feels just like your own home. The accommodations were clean, inviting and easy to adjust to as there are directions for everything one may need. The rooms are spacious yet private and the living areas are filled with sunlight during the daytime. Definitely recommend this for any Urbana travelers!

Kathleen User Profile
August 2017
This wonderful apartment was perfect for our needs. The backyard was an oasis. We saw many birds and a couple of deer - in the backyard that ends in a cornfield. We generally had our coffee out in the backyard area each morning before heading out for the day. The beds are comfortable, including the air mattress. In the evenings, we enjoyed the home theater system. Matthew was available to answer all questions but was never intrusive. Our family would highly recommend this to you.

Urbana, Illinois, United StatesJoined in July 2012
Matthew User ProfileMatthew is a superhost.
I'm an Iowa native; Oberlin, Yale, and Virginia Tech grad; and Univ of Illinois Assistant Professor. My wife Lara is a Tennessee native; Wellesley and Univ of Georgia grad; and Univ of Illinois Lecturer. We enjoy biking, hiking, running, traveling, gardening, yoga, piano, photog…
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