A spacious private bedroom with private full bathroom, queen bed and optional queen air mattress, in the Rice Military neighborhood of Houston's West End. We're about 5 minutes to drive to Downtown and the Metro Rail, walkable/bikeable to several bars, restaurants on the Washington Strip, as well as the famous Beer Can House, the Bat Bridge, Market Square Park and Downtown via the multi-use paths of Eleanor Tinsley Park, the Houston Cisterns, and Memorial Park and the Arboretum.
Your room is one of two in the house. Your housemate will be around and can help if there's anything you need during your stay. We have a little front yard, with free street parking, and one driveway space. The neighborhood is also patrolled by private security. We do have a friendly German shepherd, so please let us know if you have any allergies or would need her to be kept in the other room during your stay. She is never allowed in the guest room, and knows it.
The kitchen, laundry and living rooms are common spaces which you are free to use whenever available, though we do ask you to keep clean, and use your own ingredients. The kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge with filtered water/ice and a freezer with space for your food.
We're pretty flexible and social, and welcome you to join us in the common areas whenever we're home, if you like. Please let us know your quiet hour preferences so we can keep the volume down for you. If you need special arrangements, shoot us a message, and we'll see if we can work things out case by case.
Camp Logan is on the up and coming West End of Washington Avenue, which stretches from Memorial Park to Main Street, Downtown; just north of Rice Military, South of the Heights and West of Washington Heights. With new bars and restaurants opening just about every month along Washington and events in the green parks every weekend, the serenity of the shady street packed with classic bungalows and brick townhouses makes for a peaceful but convenient getaway. Far enough from I-10 that you won't hear it at night, but close enough to access the greater Houston area with ease. You'll see families and dog walkers strolling along the 20mph streets to the small parks a block away. The much larger Memorial Park, about 4 blocks away, has open spaces and sports fields, multiple playgrounds, a small gym, well-lit running trails open late, with bodyweight equipment, tennis courts and a juice stand. There's a Ramen house, a whiskey bar, and two local country pubs within about a 5 minute walk, as well as a mechanic and a Shipley doughnuts. Just a little farther down Washington, there's a barcade, a bunch of sports bars, a country dance hall and several other bars and clubs and after hours parties on Washington, as well as more reserved wine bars, tapas grills, and dives, between the taco trucks and tex mex restaurants, on the other side of the creperie, italian place, and brunch spot. The whole city will warn you about smash n grab theft, and our area is no exception, so never leave valuables in the car. But there is private security on 24-hour patrol throughout the immediate neighborhood, which is also home to two schools and a church, so most is deterred, and statistically, there is very little violent crime in our area, compared to other parts of Houston. There are three emergency clinics within a 10 minute drive, two fire stations, and a police station.
If you are able to rent a car, it's probably the easiest way to see the areas surrounding the city, during your visit, such as NASA, the Brazos Wildlife Refuge, the George Observatory, or Galveston (the beach). We are very close to I-10, which stretches the length of southern Texas, and will get you to I-610, I-45, I-59, Beltway 8, and the Hardy Toll Road all within about 10 minutes, traffic permititng.
Most visitors use Uber to get around Houston "Inside the Loop" meaning inside the circle that I-610 makes around Central Houston. An Uber downtown shouldn't cost more than $5 or $6, unless it's last call or rush hour. There are taxis too, and a decent bus system (Website hidden by Airbnb) with a stop less than a block away. From the other end of Washington (Franklin at Main), you can take the Metro Rail Red Line (Website hidden by Airbnb) which takes you nearly the entire length of Main Street, inside the loop, as well as to Midtown, adjacent to Montrose, and down to NRG Park, for $1.25 round trip, and the kiosks accept card and cash. It also goes to East Downtown and SouthEast houston, toward University of Houston. The Metro Rail is bike friendly, and many Houston B Cycle (Website hidden by Airbnb) stations are near to the Downtown Metro Rail stations, so you can rent bikes to tour the city skyline, get the best views along the multiuse paths through Eleanor Tinsley Park, watch the bats come out at the Waugh Bat colony, return the bikes to one of the stations at Eleanor Tinsley Park and walk or Uber home past the Beer Can House on Malone St, through the quiet neighborhood lit by the streetlamps and the private security headlights. The Washington ave area is very walkable, and often very lively on weekends about 1/4 mile down the road, if you're more into the nightlife of Houston. We often walk to the restaurants and bars and dance halls on the weekends, and usually get tacos after last call, at one of the late night taco trucks, before meandering through the quiet neighborhoods to get back to the house.