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Lovely Uptown Mpls apartment!, Minneapolis

Family-friendly apartment with kitchen, near Walker Art Center

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Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
  • Getting into the apartment the first time was a little confusing but Alison's great…

    Nov. 18, 2019

  • positives: very responsive host, temperature control, dedicated parking, clean, full…

    Mar. 4, 2019

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to SafeStay (AHLA - USA) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • gap period enforced between guest stays24 hours
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • 5 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 beds
  • 1 bathroom
  • Parking available
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

What’s around

  • In Calhoun Isles
  • Walker Art Center - 34 min walk
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts - 40 min walk
  • Chain of Lakes - 7 min walk
  • Lake Calhoun - 35 min walk
  • Loring Park - 36 min walk

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 2

1 Double Futon

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About this apartment

Welcome to the vibrant, diverse Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis! Located just a few blocks from Lake Calhoun, Lake & Hennepin and Lyn-Lake shopping districts, this charming, vintage, non-smoking apartment (located within our duplex home; completely self-contained with a separate entrance) is available for rent year round.

Please note that we welcome guests of all ages, nationalities, races, religions (or lack thereof), languages and sexual orientation. No discrimination here, no profiling - just a warm welcome to all!

The apartment's entrance is through the back door on the alley side of the house, where guests have a dedicated off-street parking space big enough for a mid-size car, along with use of a lovely backyard with patio, table and chairs. The apartment has lots of board games, toys for the little ones, eclectic original art, and a Roku television with Netflix, Sling, and hundreds of streaming channels. High-speed wifi throughout for your streaming and internet needs, and a personalized guide to the neighborhood, with lots of restaurant recommendations and directions. New handheld remote-controlled heat, air conditioning and dehumidifier provide instant, silent comfort throughout the apartment no matter the season.

The apartment comprises the right half of the main floor of our duplex home and features a bedroom, living/dining room, small full bathroom, and kitchen. The serene bedroom features a queen-size bed with pillow-top mattress, memory foam topper, overhead fan, blackout curtains, and 100% cotton sheets and quilts and towels. Plenty of extra pillows, from memory foam to lightweight and soft.

The living/dining room contains a dining nook (seating for four), a children's corner with toys and books, an overhead fan and a fold-down double futon couch. The kitchen is fully supplied with pots and pans, dishes, a full-sized refrigerator and gas stove/oven, microwave, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, French press, toaster and utensils. (No dishwasher.) If traveling with a family or two couples, note that the living/dining room and bedroom can be closed off for privacy, while the bathroom can be accessed from both rooms.

The apartment has two closets and plenty of drawer space. Extras such as a hair dryer, iron and ironing board are included. Flower gardens surround both the house and the boulevard in season.

We love and welcome children of all ages. There are lots of toys and books for them in the apartment, along with baby supplies - a portable pack 'n play crib, a small stroller, a bouncy seat and a high chair - so you don't have to lug them along. Noise (crying babies, for example) doesn't bother us.

The Uptown and Lyn-Lake neighborhoods are renowned for their wide variety of restaurants, theaters, movies, shopping (both small indie shops and national branches), grocery stores both upscale and midscale, bars, music and people-watching. The apartment's "walk score" is 98 out of 100, which classifies it as a "walker's paradise."

If you like the great outdoors, you'll be in heaven. Bike trails, walking and running paths, sailing, canoe, kayak, paddle boarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, swimming and no fewer than ten gyms and yoga studios are all located within a few blocks. We are located three blocks in all directions from multiple bus lines, allowing quick access anywhere you wish to go in the metro area. The apartment is easily accessible via light

rail and bus from the airport, so if you'd like to avoid the cost of a rental car during your visit to Minneapolis, it's entirely possible.

Minneapolis is a beautiful city year-round, and we invite you to come enjoy it in all seasons. We love sharing our neighborhood with others and would be happy to help you with any questions you might have.

In addition to the apartment, please feel free to use the back yard with its patio, table and chairs, flowers, and herb and vegetable gardens. If you're arriving in winter with children, we have lots of sleds and saucers for your use, and we can give you directions to good nearby sledding hills.

Interaction with guests

I am a completely unobtrusive host (I myself dislike the hovering host syndrome) but happily available should you have questions or need anything, from restaurant and theater recommendations to insider tips on the best museums, places to take your children, runs around the lakes, and general sightseeing.

What’s around


  • In Calhoun Isles
  • Walker Art Center - 34 min walk
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts - 40 min walk
  • Chain of Lakes - 7 min walk
  • Lake Calhoun - 35 min walk
  • Loring Park - 36 min walk
  • Childrens Theatre Company - 39 min walk
  • Lake of the Isles - 40 min walk
  • Lake Harriet - 42 min walk
  • American Swedish Institute - 42 min walk
  • Basilica of Saint Mary - 42 min walk

Getting around

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl. Airport (MSP) - 18 min drive
  • Minneapolis, MN (FCM-Flying Cloud) - 26 min drive
  • St. Paul, MN (STP-St. Paul Downtown) - 19 min drive
  • St. Paul - Minneapolis Station - 12 min drive
  • Fridley Station - 15 min drive
  • Saint Paul Union Depot - 25 min drive
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Minneapolis, MN, United States of America

The manager

Alison McGhee

Speaks: Chinese, English

The apartment

Key facts

  • Apartment (600 sq ft)
  • Onsite parking
  • WiFi
  • Car not required
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bedroom - 1 queen bed
  • Other sleeping area one - 1 sleep sofa/futon
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Full bathroom - 1 shower/tub combination and 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee grinder
  • Spices

Entertainment and recreation

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Books
  • Games
  • Near theme parks
  • Children's games
  • Children's toys
  • Boat on site
  • Kayak on site
  • Bicycle on site
  • Water sports equipment
  • Cycling nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Outlet shopping nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Powerboating nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Sledding nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby


  • Water park access


  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Outdoor furniture

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets not allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 5
  • Minimum check-in age: 25

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 3:00 PM
  • Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 25

Travelling with others

  • Pets not allowed


  • This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business.

    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Long-term renters welcome.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Contactless check-in is available.

    The property is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between guest stays.

    This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • This property is licensed under an applicable law. Property Registration Number RLIC366859

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  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in starting at 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Darbar India Grill & Bar (7-min walk), Lucia's Wine Bar (7-min walk), and Pizza Lucé (7-min walk).
  • Have fun with onsite activities like cycling and boating. Additional recreation nearby includes wildlife walks, basketball, and birdwatching. Enjoy amenities like a water park and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Family Visit

    Great location for us to visit friends and family. Originally from the twin cities so we were familiar with the area. Nice comfortable older home just 5 blocks from an apartment we rented in the 80's. Very good information package and appreciated the welcome wine and crackers. We will rent here again next time we need a place to stay in Minneapolis while visiting from North Carolina.

    Howard L., Other trip, May 24, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Enjoyed my stay

    Allison was a very kind and hospitable owner. The apartment was very comfortable, clean, and homey and I had everything I needed to make my stay enjoyable. I was delighted to find myself in the space of a creative writer and enjoyed taking a look at some of her many books. The home was in a convenient location and within walking distance to restaurants and a market.

    Julie A., Other trip, Apr. 22, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Cosy vintage apartment

    Alison’s charming apartment had everything I needed: super comfortable bed, full kitchen, bathroom with a tub and shower that had a nice “rain shower” head, and a perfect location in Uptown relatively close to my son’s house. Yes, it’s an older home — with a separate entrance in the back of her house — but it was sparkling clean. And she thoughtfully provided some yummy cheddar cheese and a bottle of wine and apple juice for me to enjoy. I’d be delighted to stay again! Wonderful experience. Thanks, Alison.

    Fran F., Other trip, May 8, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Sweet little get away

    This property is such a sweet little place! Walkable to restaurants, yoga, massage and the lakes. I loved Alisons books all around and the sweet poems and sayings on the walls. Quiet and quaint I highly recommend staying here!

    Randi M., Other trip, Mar. 8, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very creative. Lots of books!

    Alison was very attentive. We were staying during a remodeling project on our home, and working with contractors is not always predictable. As it turned out we needed to arrive a day early and stay a couple days longer. Alison was able to help us on both counts. Also the neighbors were quiet; barely knew they were there.

    Greg H., Other trip, Feb. 26, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great Lake Located Apartment

    A short walk from the lake with all the amenities you need make this a great place to stay for a small group.

    Joseph B., Other trip, May 20, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place, great location

    Definitely recommended! Alison is a great host.

    David P., Other trip, Feb. 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place to stay

    this is nicely located and a wonderful place, my wife, a gardner, enjoyed the garden here. highly reccomended

    Mark Alden C., Other trip, Sep. 24, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    cute quiet place

    Quiet neighborhood, easy to walk to eats, shopping. owner was responsive to questions is txt-VRBO was more of a problem since they didn't recognize my acct.. This is an older home but still exudes warmth. Did not miss the TV,used the fast WiFi instead. I liked that different loose-leaf teas were provided. Liked the cheat sheets that were provided-clear & succinct and good starting point for explorations.

    henry f., Other trip, Mar. 14, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional


    Came for a yoga training at Devanadi and this was perfect! A warm, homey, beautiful place to absorb it all. A walk to the lake for sunset and then into town for dinner - a great way to end the day! Alison had great recommendations- I tried as many as I could “) A warm welcome - everything I could need and amazing places to visit - I loved it all!

    margaret w., Other trip, Nov. 11, 2019

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