Basement Apartment Steps From Arkansas River
About JJ Kinsfather
Greetings! I’m JJ and my wife is Sarah. I grew up in Boulder, CO and Sarah grew up in Grandview Heights, OH. We met in college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After Sarah finished graduate school at the University of Washington, we moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where we lived for several years until I got a great job offer to help build South Main, an acclaimed new urbanist community here in Buena Vista. We moved to Buena Vista in 2007 and built our dream home here in 2009. Sarah worked from home as a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on projects in Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C., the Florida Keys and American Samoa, until we had our second child. We have seen a lot of positive changes in our town in the last ten years and we know a lot of the folks who have played a significant role in its revitalization, including restaurateurs and shop owners. That gives us useful insights on guest recommendations for everything from fishing guides, to rafting outfitters, to shopping and dining. We love to travel and have ventured all over the world. We enjoy rock climbing, camping, hiking, SUP’ing, gardening, and cooking. My wife likes to joke that we’re in Colorado a few million years too late, as we both love the ocean too, but with family in California, Mexico and Hawaii we get some good ocean time in with activities like sailing, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. Our latest adventure is homeschooling our children, and the vacation rental plays a small role in that too with the kids eager to help out with specific tasks like making sure the local maps are laid out for new guests. We’ve really enjoyed being hosts and have met some great guests. We love meeting people from all over the country and the world and we look forward to connecting with you as a host or traveler. We will do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible, or will strive to be great guests, as appropriate.
JJ Kinsfather purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why JJ Kinsfather chose Buena Vista
South Main is an acclaimed New Urbanist neighborhood adjacent to the Arkansas River at the edge of downtown Buena Vista. What does that mean? Strict architectural standards and quaint landscaping throughout the neighborhood provide an inviting atmosphere for tourists and residents alike. Each home is painstakingly custom, developed through close partnership between the homeowner and architect. Large front porches and balconies throughout the neighborhood facilitate natural interaction between residents and passersby. Mixed-use architecture includes single family residences, row houses, “live-work” buildings, apartments, businesses, a hotel, and rental properties (this listing, for example). Public spaces are thoughtfully designed for people, not cars. Narrow streets slow traffic and are pedestrian and bike friendly. All this translates to a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work, visit, shop, eat and play. Our unique little corner of the neighborhood with its cobblestone street and remarkable architecture is often the backdrop for engagement, wedding, commercial and other professional photo sessions. Yeah, it’s that pretty here! Beyond the architectural beauty of South Main, the people here are great too. Residents are about 50/50 full-time vs. part-time, and demographics range from retirees to young families with small children, and everything in between. The vibe is surreally pleasant, almost Rockwellian. We often hear comments questioning the authenticity of this special spot. No, we’re not filming another “Truman Show,” or “Pleasantville.” Summer visitors often ask what it’s like to live in a neighborhood with so many tourists and vacation renters. My wife tells them, “Are you kidding? Everyone here is enjoying themselves. They’re on vacation, they’re getting married, going to a wedding or family reunion.” You know the expression, “Find a happy place?” You’ve found it!
No SMoking of any kind permitted
Minimum age of primary renter:21
- This apartment is below the main house. We have 2 young children who are home most days, but in bed on upper floors around 8.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Wonderful ...!!! Super recomend..!!
Very clean and everything we needed during our stay. Thank you so much for your hospitality y'all are very sweet. All the places we visited were very beautiful.
Upscale home away from home!
We loved this place, gave it an all around 5 stars and will definitely be recommending it to friends! It was very clean, nicely furnished, and the owners were responsive and directions were clear. We absolutely loved the location as it was in walking distance to outdoor adventure as well as great restaurants and shopping. We were surprised and delighted with all Buena Vista has to offer!
Wish we could have stayed longer!
We stayed overnight since I was in town for work. The apartment was very warm and welcoming, it had everything we needed and more. I only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the town!
Sarah and JJ were wonderful hosts! I was surprised to find the kitchen well stocked with cooking staples such as spices and olive oil.
I especially enjoyed being so close to the river trails!
They do have children upstairs, so be prepared for some bumping, but the noises were not early or late.
Loved it there.
Exactly as advertised: they thought of everything
We really enjoyed staying at this property. It is very well thought out: from the warm welcome, to the layout that creates privacy. The property is very clean and well maintained. The owners provide lots of extras (big and small) that really made for a lovely visit. Definitely a place I’d stay at again.
Home away from home
Beautiful accommodations. Quiet, comfortable place. Sarah goes the extra mile to supply exactly what you may need to make your stay memorable. Thank you!