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Historic Dasher House—urban oasis near downtown

SuperhostParkersburg, West Virginia, United States
Entire house hosted by Kim
8 guests4 bedrooms8 beds1.5 bathrooms
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Dasher House is large, lovely home built in 1913 and perched on top of Parkersburg, close to downtown and the historic district. Its situation on top of 13th Street hill means you can enjoy panoramic views from the upper levels of the house. We just added a large capacity gas on demand hot water heater, enabling every guest to have a shower without worrying about running out of hot water. We’ve also added a five burner gas grill to the patio so you can enjoy cooking and dining outdoors.

The space
Dasher House is located in an old area of town on a large lot with many homes of a similar age. We live right next door. Dasher House is 4 blocks up the hill from the well-known Juliana Square Historic district. I hope to get the house listed on the historic register eventually. There is off street parking for two cars, and free on street parking for many more.

Dasher House is large—over 2300 sq ft—and the 4th bedroom is the entire third floor of the house, which is one large open room. We have had up to 9 twin beds in it. In the summer, the heat can make it too uncomfortable, even with air conditioning, to sleep there but after July and August are past, the room can be made comfortable. Although the house is large and can sleep many people, please note there is only one bathroom and a half bathroom of sorts in the basement.

Dasher House is currently set up to accommodate 2 couples and two singles on the second floor and 4 singles on the third floor. There is also a queen size sofa bed in the living room that could be used if necessary. The main issue with a large number of guests is that there is only one full bathroom and a half bath (of sorts) in the basement.

Another thing to note: the dining room is set up to seat 8 people normally. If you need more seating, the island in the kitchen seats two people.

There is a five burner gas grill on the patio. We have seating for 8 people to dine outside. In addition, there is a glider and a bench for seating on the patio.

There is a ring video doorbell at the back door.

There is plenty to do in the area. Take a Sternwheeler ride down the Ohio and visit Blennerhassett Island and mansion. Tour the unique and intriguing Henderson Hall plantation. Take a ride on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler and cruise rivers once navigated by George Washington while the Captain narrates on the founding of Marietta and other local history. Check out the oldest Five and Dime store still operating in the United States—Berdine’s Five and Dime in Harrisville, WV. Take a self guided, free walking tour of the Juliana Square Historic District and enjoy the sight of the many elaborate, historic mansions and buildings which comprise West Virginia’s largest historic district.

Guest access
Guests have full access to the house, including the basement and third floor, with the exception of a locked storage closet on the third floor. The outdoor space--patio and garden--are likewise for guests (although our lawn and garden people may be by to maintain them while you are there). The guests do NOT have access to either garage on the property.

Other things to note
Because of age of the house, some of the original features of the house, some of the furniture, and the multitude of stairs, Dasher House is not the best choice for families with children from crawling age to age six or so. We would prefer, if you have children in this age range, that you discuss with us before booking so we can ensure your family is a good fit for the house and will be comfortable staying there.

For example, some irreplaceable items, like the original 1913 glass light fixtures in the second floor bedrooms, are reachable by children who are standing on the beds. The large screen TV is placed on a low stand and is not secured to the wall (there is no way to do it). None of the tall furniture (china cabinet, metal etegeres, chests of drawers) are secured to the wall. There are a few sharp edged end tables, and several end tables with glass or mirrored tops; some of these could easily be tipped over by a toddler pulling themselves up. The blinds covering windows throughout the house have cords. We don’t have a secure place to lock up all the household chemicals and so forth.

Chasing after little ones might not make for the most relaxing stay. We do our best by providing safety gates for the stairs, etc., but it isn't possible to completely childproof this home. If you have children in this age range, please discuss with us before booking, so we can make sure you'll be happy staying here.

We do provide some items for guests with small children. We have a baby monitor, a high chair, a potty chair, a sink step stool, a diaper genie, and a few (very few) toys and books. There are safety gates on the stairs. We provide cabinet locks and safety caps for the electrical outlets, but you’ll need to put them in place yourself, if you wish to use them. We don’t have a pack n’ play or crib, nor do we have linens for them.

We don't allow pets because of possible damage to the floors, woodwork, carpets and furniture. However, we do sometimes make exceptions in some very rare instances. There are rules concerning pets, if we allow them—a primary one being that the pet can not be left alone in the house. If it is absolutely necessary to leave the pet alone at the house, it must be crated & kept in the basement, and can not be left there for more than 4 hours maximum. We have pet crates we can lend if needed.

We live next door and have a medium large dog, who is a rescue, and he sometimes does not get on with other animals. He's also hand shy (we think he was abused) so if you see us out with him, please don't reach out to pet him until we give you the OK. If you are afraid of dogs, let us know and we will keep him out of your way. He is never let loose--he is always on a leash.
Dasher House is large, lovely home built in 1913 and perched on top of Parkersburg, close to downtown and the historic district. Its situation on top of 13th Street hill means you can enjoy panoramic views from the upper levels of the house. We just added a large capacity gas on demand hot water heater, enabling every guest to have a shower without worrying about running out of hot water. We’ve also added a five burner gas grill to the patio so you can enjoy cooking and dining outdoors.

The space
Dasher House is located in an old area of town on a large lot with many homes of a similar age. We liv…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
4 single beds, 2 airbeds
Common spaces
1 sofa

Amenities

Hair dryer
High chair
Heating
Carbon monoxide alarm
Free on-street parking
Essentials
Indoor fireplace
Fire extinguisher
Wifi
Smoke alarm

Accessibility

Full bathroom

Fixed grab bars for shower
Handheld shower head
Bath with bath chair

Equipment and parking

Disabled parking spot

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Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States

Our neighborhood was developed circa 1900 to 1920. Most of the homes in the neighbor were built during that time frame. The neighborhood directly behind us, Camden Place, is a lovely quiet neighborhood and a great place to view our sunsets. Unfortunately, while the immediate neighborhood is fine, Camden Place borders on one of the rundown areas of Parkersburg. Moreover, 13th Street, which Dasher House faces, is a fairly busy street with a lot of pedestrian traffic. Also, the neighbors across the street on 13th can get loud from time to time. Let us know if they are a problem and we'll handle it.
Our neighborhood was developed circa 1900 to 1920. Most of the homes in the neighbor were built during that time frame. The neighborhood directly behind us, Camden Place, is a lovely quiet neighborhood and a…

Hosted by Kim

Joined in June 2016
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My husband Mark and I are enthusiastic travelers. I’ve been to all 50 states in the United States and have visited 19 foreign countries. I resided in two foreign countries—Italy and Japan—for several years while associated with the Navy. My husband Mark was an Air Force brat and grew up in Germany and England. He lived in Munich during his early years so he speaks German with a Bavarian accent. He joined the Air Force himself as an adult and retired from the Air Force more than ten years ago. Mark’s passion is vintage European motorcycles...he owns several and does restoration and repair of vintage bikes as a hobby. My passions are gardening, particularly ornamental landscape gardening, and genealogy. We have a dog, Rufus, we sometimes take on car trips with us. He’s an avid traveler as well!
My husband Mark and I are enthusiastic travelers. I’ve been to all 50 states in the United States and have visited 19 foreign countries. I resided in two foreign countries—Italy an…
During your stay
The house is set up for self-check in. However, due to the age of the house, and your possible unfamiliarity with homes of this era, we prefer to meet you within a short time of your arrival so we can acquaint you with a few of the unusual features of the home. After that, we'll give you your space but will be right next door if you need us!
The house is set up for self-check in. However, due to the age of the house, and your possible unfamiliarity with homes of this era, we prefer to meet you within a short time of y…
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Check-in: After 4:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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