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rochelle at bellevue

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4BR / 2Ba 108ft2 available jun 2

cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
w/d in unit
street parking
no private bath
private room


Three blocks from the hospitals complex and one quarter mile to UC campus. Townhouse is one of over a dozen nearly identical century-old homes on the same block, all recently updated. Most are painted pastel or other interesting colors, making them Corryville's somewhat less showy equivalent of San Francisco's 'painted ladies' row of Victorians. Three bedrooms and full bath upstairs, fourth bedroom and full bath on the ground floor at the back. Kitchen combines with the living room into one cavernous space. Basement includes washer/dryer, bike parking, lots of project space and modest storage space available, plus a semi-finished coal bin room that's been re-purposed for a rowing machine complete with television and Netflix/DVD player.


--- What's Included with Free Utilities?
Your $500 Rent is a Price Fixe. It includes gas and electric, water and sewer, broadband wireless, Netflix and cable TV, plus apps to watch Netflix and cable on your devices. Then it includes a list of supplies you'll never find anywhere else on Craigslist, much less any roommate site. To wit, included supplies means toilet paper, paper towels, unscented laundry soap, oxi-clean (unscented bleach alternative)/unscented dryer sheets, bathroom hand soap, trash bags, wax paper, aluminum foil, paper plates, dishwasher soap, dish soap, standard cleaning products, and light bulbs. Then included supplies even goes further with staple categories of nonperishable food, (1) tea bags and coffee beans, (2) white and brown rice (3) various dried beans/peas/lentils, (4) regular and sweet potatoes, plus onions, (5) cooking oils, (6) sea salt and peppermill pepper.

-- What's your availability for a short-term rental, and just how short-term is it?
Available for move-in on Sunday the 2nd of June, we have a Children's hospital residency from overseas leaving the day before. With length of stay, this room is not like an Air-B-N-B room that can be rented for three days just like a hotel (and where the City of Cincinnati has just added a seven percent excise tax,) instead it has a one month minimum occupancy.

--- Can you Go Into Specifics About What Media is Available?
The cable in the living room is an expanded basic cable package, and comes with a standard DVR to record shows. Then you get the password to watch cable on any of your devices, just like you get the NetFlix password. Sharing a small living room with four people means I've worked to fill the space with intuitive recreation. I started by ransacking the DVD collections of area Goodwill locations on half price days to amass a collection of three thousand movies, over a third of the titles stocked by a Blockbuster. Then I added a classic Wii system with nearly fifty games. Rounding out the collection, I've hit up 'Friends Of The Public Library' for high-concept DVDs several times, also for the mantle above the decorative fireplace there's a reference library of art museum and artists folio books, reference volumes like atlases and the unabridged dictionary, and half a dozen oversized nature volumes from oceans to deserts, and from bugs to birds. Finally, it's not 'media' but there's also chess, checkers, backgammon, playing cards, Stratego, Battleship, and Scrabble.

--- Off-Street Parking for Cars, Bikes, Other?
Indoor parking for bikes, there's a rear door to the basement that's only a few steps down and very convenient. With a scooter or motorcycle there's driveway space adjacent to the side kitchen door steps. For automobiles the single off-street space is shared with other housemates for shorter term use. It's not possible to allocate a private space but street parking is usually available. Half of the fourteen townhouses on our block have no off-street parking and they make do, but on event nights like UC football parking will fill in this neighborhood.

--- What about Cats Versus Dogs?
Preference for dogs, but I also like cats. I've also boarded rats before and it was great, though they'd probably have to stay in your room as dachshunds are bred to instinctively prey on them. Molly is from SAAP (Stray Animal Adoption Program) and almost certainly rescued from a puppy mill. She's terrified of cages but otherwise emotionally un-scarred by the experience. Physically she came out mostly OK other than dermatitis on her paws and and a bare tail from constant gnawing and scratching. Living in a cage the whole time she developed allergies first, then secondary bacterial and fungal infections that made her scratch and gnaw at her paws so much that they look like the face of a Shar Pei with layers of extra stretched-out skin, but the silver lining for her was she lost most of her fur and was so bad off that she was no use to the puppy mill anymore, so they dumped her and she quickly ended up with Stray Animal Adoption, then me. This winter I took her for a walk on the first night with accumulated snow on the ground and she was just enthralled, first poking at it with her paws then sticking her snout in it constantly. It was plain she had never seen snow before, so she was probably born at the puppy mill too, and spent her whole life in that cage until this past Spring. She barks at strangers initially but then warms up to them within a few minutes, and likes to lay around under the covers of my bed for much of the day.

--- Room Furniture and Other Room Details?
As a prospective tenant for a furnished room, your first question should be about the bed. The full-sized bed comes complete with a headboard and bed skirt; sheets and comforter are 100% cotton with luxury/plush quality pillows, the mattress a basic model purchased new last year. On the firm side, it includes memory foam that's two full inches thick for people who prefer a softer sleep experience. The rest of the furniture includes a four foot wide desk with leather office chair and wastebasket, nightstand, tall bookshelf, tall five-drawer dresser and lastly a shorter dresser. About the room on offer, it's on the second floor and shares an adjacent bath with one other housemate. Also includes a separately keyed deadbolt lock, closet, and window air conditioner, plus an alarm/clock/radio that offers digital tuner with presets. Other than my not providing bath towels or fancy milled soap, it's like moving into a hotel.

--- Who are the Current Housemates?
Myself as the live-in leaseholder am a student at UC getting another degree with my remaining GI Bill benefits, plus I'm a volunteer lobbyist for a local nonprofit. Also there's a UC senior in computer engineering, and a full-time Amazon employee who also goes to school part time.

--- What's There to do in the Neighborhood?
Highlights in the immediate neighborhood include Cincinnati's oldest restaurant Mecklenburg Gardens and the Highland Coffee Shop two blocks away, a Chipotle and Jimmy John's two blocks away, also two blocks from the Corryville Recreation Center that has a free aerobics and weight training room, plus free classes like Tai Chi, Yoga and Karate. Four blocks in one direction there's a Gold Star Chili, McDonald's and United Dairy Farmers ice cream and convenience store, four more blocks from there is the Subway. Four blocks in the other direction is the Short Vine business district with over a dozen restaurants and bars, a newly rebuilt Kroger's grocery, library and Bogart's concert venue. Four blocks from Burnet Woods park, and under half a mile to the Ludlow corridor with the Esquire theater and a dozen more restaurants. Having lived in Corryville ten years ago this block is just about exactly where I want to live as an avid pedestrian and dog walker.

--- Cooking and Food Planning?
To encourage cooking I'm including the six free staple ingredients mentioned, then you get a pair of refillable K-cups for a Keurig machine and hopefully I don't make you into a coffee fiend, though I warn you we don't buy brand-name or flavored beans. Instead we buy a variety of blends from around the world, such as this month we have a pound each from the roastery in Dayton, one from Sumatra and one from Costa Rica. Overall the kitchen is well appointed. The included fridge is smaller so there's an added mini-fridge with the separate freezer compartment dedicated solely to ice, then a separate mini-freezer perched on top of the mini-fridge for even more freezer space. There's no electric crock pot but there's a large roasting pan, there's no electric mixing bowl setup but the electric mixer has a whisk and dough hook attachments. Several stainless steel shelves added along one wall for ample storage space. No food processor but the blender has an alternative chopper attachment. We have a basic rice cooker and vegetable steamer, a good set of wine glasses but it's not like there's different shapes for different vintages, and we've got the industrial grade Made-In-USA can opener. Lastly in addition to the standard-sized fridge there's a modest sized spare fridge with a separate freezer compartment reserved for ice bins, and underneath there's room for water bottle specific sized trays. For a relatively modest budget the place has basically everything for kitchen and dining. I'm especially proud of several housemates in the last few years cycling through and using the shared cook/bakeware to either get into cooking and or get even more extensively into cooking and baking.

--- Point of Contact?
Email reply, and I don't wish to hear from roommate matching services.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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