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My Tenants all say the Pictures and description don't do this fun ,Beautiful home justice and that it's much better than they expected.This vintage, victorian-style brick house has a vast history, but has also been completely restored in the last couple years. The structure of the home, along with some of the original elements (door handles, light fixtures, etc) provide a real sense of old world charm. These things contribute to the historic value of the once farmhouse, fitting in well with the Carver Historic District which the home is apart of. However, most elements (kitchens, bathrooms, etc) have been redone to give the house modern conveniences. Overall, the home is very spacious, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is fully furnished. There is a bonfire pit and a gas grill in the fully landscaped backyard. It is also walking distance to the quaint downtown area of Carver.
John Willard bought this home in 2012. He was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. He works in real estate and builds cabins on the north shore.
John Willard purchased this house in 2012
When I saw this house, I couldn't resist buying it. It is so rare to see the older homes built in this victorian style and also completely redone on the inside, it's a real treasure. Someone clearly took very good care of it for a long time.
The outside of the home is beautiful. The brick and the structure are gorgeous. Then you go inside and it's just as wonderful. The old wood floors, the stained glass windows, the front porch, the flowers and plant life in both the front and back yard all add to the appeal of the home.
Photos are very accurate! We rented this beautiful home to be near our adult children over the holidays. It was a gorgeous, clean, very well stocked home and our holidays were lovely. The owner was easy to work with. It is great for pets as it has a fenced in area in the back. There is so much room, at one point there were six adults in the house and two small children and we had more than enough room. It was a two block walk from the center of Carver, which had a liquor store and Harvey’s bar and grill. It was conveniently located to a coffee shop and a convenience store as well as a short drive to restaurants, Walgreens, Target, Cub’s etc.
We would definitely rent this place again. The beds were comfortable and there were nice sheets /comforters and an abundance of towels. It was just like home!
As others have said, pictures don't do the house justice. During our stay we had several gatherings, including a holiday party with over twenty people there and it worked perfectly. We even brought our Christmas tree with us to add to the holiday spirit!
My only criticism, and it's not a huge deal, but there was no welcome book like I've seen at other VRBO properties. So I had to contact the owner to find out wifi password, day of the week there was garbage pickup, etc. John always responded promptly, but could have saved us both the hassle if there was a sheet or two that contained that type of information.
We definitely will consider this property for future rental!
As many of the other reviewers had shared, the house is absolutely beautiful. It has so many details that shine from it's age, but it has been updated in the kitchen and in several other areas of the home. There is plenty of room throughout the house to enjoy and spread out. I rented this house with several other members of my family: my parents, my husband and two young kids, as well as my sister and brother in law. We were all traveling in from Ohio and North Carolina for a family wedding. My parents arrived first and had some electrical issues, possibly due to some bad weather. The owner was quick to respond back with my parents via calls/text. Thankfully the electrical issues did not continue.
One thing that threw me a bit was that the listing states that the rental has 3 bedrooms, however it had 4. Which was good and bad. The bedrooms are as follows: Bedroom 1- Queen, Bedroom 2-Queen, Bedroom 3- two twins (one on a box spring, one on the ground), Bedroom 4- a full and a twin. SO if you are hoping to rent this thinking there are 3 queens, it is untrue. One of the reasons we rented this home was that it stated it had one room with a queen and two twins (good for our two little ones to be in the same room). That was disappointing.
Also, the listing shows it has air conditioning. Again, true and false. In it being an older home there is no central air. It did have 3 air conditioning units, one in the kitchen area, and one in two of the bedrooms (one of the queens and the other bedroom with the full and twin). The weather wasn't very warm during our stay, however only about 3 of the windows in the ENTIRE house have screens so you can't open the windows to let in the cool air unless you want to be eaten by bugs (it rained and the mosquitoes were terrible). It was very hot in the house and the owner advised us to not run the air conditioners.
Communication was also another problem. This is probably the 6th house rental I have gone through (2 through vrbo) and after I booked I heard nothing from the owner in details. I contacted the owner, through email, several times 2 weeks prior to our trip asking for any rental contract, information we needed to know about the rental, and THE ADDRESS. After several days of no return email, I finally had my husband call him. Also, we had to pay an additional cleaning fee of $85 that will probably not be listed in your request quote.
It was a nice house to stay in, just didn't match the description.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The pictures are great, but the house is even more lovely in person. There were so many cute little details in this house and we really appreciated the fenced in area in the backyard. The kitchen was well-equipped and we cooked several meals there during our stay. I can't say enough nice things about this rental!
Cute house, great new appliances, lots of room to spread out, John was great to work with! However there was a little clutter of personal belongings, beds were comfortable, most beds just a mattress frame, lots of mosquitos this time of year (August) -if there was a way to control that it would make it more enjoyable! There were window AC units and fans available, overall a unique and enjoyable experience spending a week in this historical Victorian home! Minneapolis was a great city to visit, the house was within a 30 minute drive to MOA, and downtown areas.
Seven women (all sisters and sisters-in-law) found this to be a wonderful home base for our annual 4-day get-together. Situated in the small town of Carver, the location is convenient for excursions ranging from theater (The Old Log Theater in Chanhassen and The Chanhassen Dinner Theater), shopping (The General Store in Minnetonka and shops in Excelsior), and a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka. The house itself is very comfortable and roomy. The kitchen was nice, although we generally don't cook on these trips. After all, it is our vacation! Very nice having 3 bathrooms and four bedrooms. Everyone was able to spread out. Nice front porch to relax in. I have rented through VRBO dozens of times, and this place again lived up to the description on the VRBO site.
This vintage Victorian-style home has been completely restored and is located in the heart of historic Carver, Minnesota. It is short walking distance to the small downtown area of Carver which includes a nice restaurant, two bars, post office and a general store/gas station. It is driving distance to anything else that Minneapolis or the Southwest suburbs have to offer.
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