Beautifully restored 1870s Baltimore rowhouse near Inner Harbor, University of Maryland, Ravens Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.The neighborhood is named for this graceful park, Union Square.   Union Square is a diverse urban setting. Primarily residential, the community is also home to art galleries, artist studios, restaurants, taverns, and an assortment of small shops and businesses. A few other highlights include:
•“The Sage of Baltimore” H. L. Mencken's lifelong home is at 1524 Hollins St.
•The Neighborhood Design Center, whose mission it is to assist in building better communities, is housed in the former No. 2 Pratt Library building (now beautifully restored) at 1401 Hollins St.
•Viva House, a Catholic outreach center is at 26 S. Mount St.
•The awe-inspiring Black Cherry Puppet Theater, founded in 1980, is near Hollins Market. Black Cherry has long been entertaining children with performances and educational workshops in schools and festivals regionally. In addition to their theater, the group features a garden performance space, studios, and a Puppetry Resource Center.

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About this listing

A comfy oasis tucked away near downtown Baltimore, within a mile of the University of Maryland, a mile from the Inner Harbor, Royal Farms Arena, and the perfect weekend retreat after some serious sightseeing in Baltimore or Washington, DC.

The space

This space is well designed with privacy in mind and exudes all the charm of a lovingly restored late 19th century Baltimore townhouse. It offers all the latest creature comforts of home including a spa-like adjoining bathroom that includes a soaking tub and shower; a dressing area; and a laundry room. The family room easily becomes your bedroom as the sofa is a daybed. But during the day it will serve you well as an office, with free wi-fi or as a relaxing space after a long day of meetings or sightseeing. The space also includes a flatscreen TV, cable and Comcast's OnDemand if you feel like catching up on your favorite shows, or renting a movie.

There are fresh linens and blankets in the cedar chest and a closet to hang your clothes. You can also settle into the chaise and read any of the books on the shelf.

You are welcome to cook and store anything you wish in the refrigerator. Without a doubt, if the weather permits, the place to be at the end of any day, is the garden, and you are certainly welcome to find respite there as well.

There is wi-fi throughout the house. I have two accounts; depending on where you are in the house, you may need to switch based on the signal strength. The access codes will be made available to you.

You can use the laundry room. It consists of a stackable washer and dryer. Please leave the washer door open after you use it to let it dry. There is a folding ironing board disguised as a drawer (the right one as you face the cabinet). The iron is there, too. Just please unplug it after you used it, and put it back on the rack.

You can use the kitchen, including utensils, pots and pans, plates, glasses, etc. There are some larger serving platters in a dining room hutch that are also available. I don't mind you using what I'd consider kitchen or pantry staples, such as spices, sugar, etc. If you use up something in its entirety though, I ask that you replace it.

Feel free to eat in the dining room, and enjoy the use of the living room, too.

Off limits: the third floor, and my daughter's room on the second floor--the door will be closed. She's away at college, but she comes home on occasion and well, it's her room.

I enjoy meeting new people and I love Baltimore. While I work in Washington, DC and travel a lot, if I'm home I love sharing my travel experiences, stories about restoring my home, and living in Baltimore generally. I know a lot about the city, and would be happy to provide tips about places to see, things to do, and places to eat. On the other hand, if you're here for some "me" time, I'll certainly respect your privacy.

One of the things I love about this neighborhood is its access to transportation, so you don't need a car. I'm proof of that, as I sold my car about a year ago and depend on my folding bike for the most part. I ride it to the MARC train station at Camden Yards to get to Washington, DC everyday for work. Although I have a monthly pass, you can buy a MARC ticket for $7 each way and see the nation's capital on a day trip. In fact, nothing beats getting off the train at Camden Yards when the Orioles are in town as an experience unto itself. It's easy enough to commute on a regular basis if your destination is actually Washington, DC and you don't really want to pay DC prices. You'll get to enjoy Baltimore's charm and hospitality as a side benefit!

There are several bus stops within walking distance, including one right at Union Square Park. I tend to use Uber a lot, and the nearest Zipcar stand is less than a mile away. The Charm City circulator is free, and is about a five block walk.

Of course, if you're a cyclist too, you're welcome to bring it with you.

If you are driving, there is on street parking available. There is street cleaning every day except Wednesday, so please pay attention to the signs so you know which side of the street is off limits between 7:30 and 11:30 am. Tickets can be hefty. I learned the hard way.

If you're interested in really cooking, I'd be happy to stock the fridge and pantry in advance with everything you'll need. Or if you'd like to come home to a wonderfully prepared home-cooked meal, I can do that too. This can be arranged in advance of your visit for a small fee. Just let me know.

There is wi-fi throughout the house. I have two accounts; depending on where you are in the house, you may need to switch based on the signal strength. The access codes will be made available to you.

You can use the laundry room. It consists of a stackable washer and dryer. Please leave the washer door open after you use it to let it dry. There is a folding ironing board disguised as a drawer (the right one as you face the cabinet). The iron is there, too. Just please unplug it after you used it, and put it back on the rack.

You can use the kitchen, including utensils, pots and pans, plates, glasses, etc. There are some larger serving platters in a dining room hutch that are also available. I don't mind you using what I'd consider kitchen or pantry staples, such as spices, sugar, etc. If you use up something in its entirety though, I ask that you replace it.

For now, I have only an espresso pot with espresso coffee, and a limited collection of teas and a tea pot. You are welcome to use either or both. I don't have a coffee pot (American kind) but I'm working on it. You could make coffee Americano by making an espresso and adding hot water if you're so inclined.

Feel free to eat in the dining room, and enjoy the use of the living room, too.

Off limits: the third floor, and my daughter's room on the second floor--the door will be closed. She's away at college, but she comes home on occasion and well, it's her room.

I enjoy meeting new people and I love Baltimore. While I work in Washington, DC and travel a lot, if I'm home I love sharing my travel experiences, stories about restoring my home, and living in Baltimore generally. I know a lot about the city, and would be happy to provide tips about places to see, things to do, and places to eat. On the other hand, if you're here for some "me" time, I'll certainly respect your privacy.

I love to cook when I'm home, and will probably always ask you if you've had dinner, because although my children are grown, I'm still a mom. But a pretty cool one that really looks forward to meeting you with the hope that you enjoy my home and my city.

The Union Square Historic District, home to 20th century journalist H. L. Mencken, is seeing quite a resurgence with construction of the University of Maryland BioPark just a few blocks away. The Inner Harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, University of Maryland, and Horseshoe Casino are all within 2 miles away, as is Mt. Vernon and historic Charles Street. The Johns Hopkins University is about 3 miles away.

Developed just after the Civil War, the neighborhood is full of late 19th century rowhouses, large and small, surrounding Union Square Park. The park, built in 1847, boasts a beautiful Victorian fountain that was just recently restored, and a gazebo that sets the stage for the neighborhood's annual Christmas tree lighting. As you look east from the park down Hollins or West Lombard Street, the view of the city skyline at sunset can't be beat.

That said, the neighborhood is characteristic of urban neighborhoods everywhere, and is a study in contrasts; it may not be for everyone. My house, like the neighborhood itself, is a labor of love, and always a work in progress. I have lived here over 25 years, have absolutely wonderful neighbors, and have enjoyed seeing the neighborhood grow and develop, with more people moving in every day. I am happy to be a part of its continued growth and to share the experience with you.

One of the things I love about this neighborhood is its access to transportation, so you don't need a car. I'm proof of that, as I sold my car about a year ago and depend on my folding bike for the most part. I ride it to the MARC train station at Camden Yards to get to Washington, DC everyday for work. Although I have a monthly pass, you can buy a MARC ticket for $7 each way and see the nation's capital on a day trip. In fact, nothing beats getting off the train at Camden Yards when the Orioles are in town as an experience unto itself. It's easy enough to commute on a regular basis if your destination is actually Washington, DC and you don't really want to pay DC prices. You'll get to enjoy Baltimore's charm and hospitality as a side benefit!

There are several bus stops within walking distance, including one right at Union Square Park. I tend to use Uber a lot, and the nearest Zipcar stand is less than a mile away. The Charm City circulator is free, and is about a five block walk.

Of course, if you're a cyclist too, you're welcome to bring it with you.

If you are driving, there is on street parking available. There is street cleaning every day except Wednesday, so please pay attention to the signs so you know which side of the street is off limits between 7:30 and 11:30 am. Tickets can be hefty. I learned the hard way.

If you're interested in really cooking, I'd be happy to stock the fridge and pantry in advance with everything you'll need. Or if you'd like to come home to a wonderfully prepared home-cooked meal, I can do that too. This can be arranged in advance of your visit for a small fee. Just let me know.


The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1 (Private washroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Doorman

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: 26
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: 71 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single bed

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

Simply stated, enjoy yourself! Whether you're here for business or pleasure, you came here for an experience unlike that of an anonymous, stale hotel. So make sure you make the most of it. If there's anything at all you need, please ask. If something's not the way you'd hoped it would be, please tell me. I want your experience here to be absolutely remarkable!

That said, I do have a few simple rules...I hope you understand. I ask that you respect my home as if it were your own. Also, please keep in mind that you're in a house that was built over 140 years ago. It's solid as a rock, but fragile, too. Handle things with care as you go through the house. It has a lot of character, so the doors may not close all the way, but they are solid, so you don't have to slam them.

I live here, too; you'll find evidence of that everywhere, but I live primarily on the third floor, so we'll each have our privacy. I simply ask that you respect my personal things. If you're interested in reading my books, playing the piano, or using some of the other spaces in the house, just ask. I'm open. But if you see a closed door, please keep it closed.

I ask that you keep your space tidy, with no food left anywhere. You can eat in the kitchen, dining room or garden, but not your suite. Please clean up after yourself. Put all the dishes in the dishwasher, and run it if you've filled it up.

If you break something, well it happens. But you're responsible for either fixing it, or for its repair or replacement. My call.

No smoking in the house. But you can use the garden if you must.

No pets at all. Sorry. Extremely allergic.

No parties. You know how they can get out of control, and I wouldn't want you to feel bad about trashing my house. However, if you'd like to have a few guests over, we can talk, but no one stays overnight that's not on your reservation.

Please be conscious of other guests that may be in the house, and engage in quiet time after 10 pm.

I like to be environmentally conscious (read I'm on a budget) so I really try to conserve heat and air conditioning. Please be conscious of adjusting the temperature when you're leaving or at night if I'm not there. It makes a big difference.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.


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

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

50 Reviews

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Joy User Profile
August 2017
Cindi's place is really beautiful. The house is very thoughtfully decorated, and I felt really at ease staying there. Cindi is also extremely, extremely responsive and made me feel very welcome. I was in Baltimore for a conference, and so I took Lyft to and from the convention center. Each way was usually $6.30, and the highest price I paid was $8.50. The conference was very packed full of information, and so it was wonderful having a place to come back to and feel so relaxed in.

Thomas User Profile
July 2017
Urban oasis is perfectly stated. I felt at home right away because of the great hospitality. It made my business trip feel more like I was visiting friends.

Benjamin User Profile
July 2017
Beautiful home in a super location. This was my favorite/best Airbnb stay. Cindi is a great host! I felt at home the entire stay. Highly recommend staying here when visiting Baltimore.
Cindi User ProfileCindi is a superhost.
Response from Cindi:
Thanks so much Ben! I really enjoyed having you!
July 2017

Cindy User Profile
July 2017
I really enjoyed my staying at Cindi's place. Parking was easy and house was nice and clean. Cindi is a great host! I highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a place to stay in Baltimore.

Jainu User Profile
May 2017
The place is beautiful. There are a few touch ups the place needs. The host can be faster at communication.

Nichole User Profile
April 2017
This is my FOURTH time staying at Cindi's lovely home. Such an ease of communication from the first inquiry. The home is a beautifully restored Baltimore row house. Parking is a breeze, able to park for free right near the house. The bed is extremely comfortable. The bathroom is a spa get away! When I come to Baltimore, I go out to enjoy the nightlife, so it is a nice reprieve to relax in the tub after a night out and it's lovely for getting ready as well. Cindi's home is well maintained and she is a lovely person. She was not here for my stay but she had someone near by if I needed help or assistance with anything. Thank you Cindi and Rachel!

Yu-Tsai User Profile
April 2017
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Baltimore, Maryland, United StatesJoined in January 2014
Cindi User ProfileCindi is a superhost.

I'm a free spirit that loves to travel and entertain. I live in a very quirky, old Baltimore row house that I restored as a labor of love. After being vacant for so many years, I love the idea that its doors are now wide open to welcome people from all over the world. I look forward to sharing my story and can't wait to hear yours.

Languages: Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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