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Walk, Ride, Bike to Campus. Roomy, 3bdr Home, 5min walk to the Stadium,Tailgates

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 3 Entrances, Locking Master bdm w/shower can be private

Recently updated with new carpet, paint, modernized full bath and spa shower added to master bedroom bathroom. This single family home features a unique floor plan, with 3 separate entrances. The front entrance opens into core of the home, the living room, dining room, family room. The side entrance (off double driveway) opens into the utility room with washer/dryer, thru to the kitchen, with the bathroom/shower opening into the Master bedroom. This Master bedroom/bath combination, (located on the west side of the home), can be private, with locking doors to the bath and hallway leading to the Living room. The third entrance (backyard) opens in to an atrium-style family room with skylights, ceiling fan, large woodburner then continues into the main core. The 2nd and 3rd Bedrooms are located on the East side of the home with the Full Bathroom across the hallway. The Kitchen is located between the dining room and utility room, in the middle of the house. The appliances consist of a gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, washer/gas dryer. Outside amenities, gas grill, double driveway, small deck off family room. A bonus, our other property, #594456, The 'Big' House, is located adjacent to the W, and arrangements may be able to be made regarding the use of the above-ground pool. The greatest amenity of all, the 'ND' atmosphere and the proximity to Campus.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in South Bend in Portage

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Recently updated
    Full Shower bath off Utility room entry and Masterbedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd XL Bdrm - West Side of Home - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Single bed can be moved to 3rd, double can be added to 2nd
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , New Pull out Sleep Sofa in Living Room
    Atrium Family Room w/wood burner - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    3rd Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Bdrm w/Full Shower Bathroom & dual entry via UTR & L - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Can be private w/locks on LRH & UTR doors. Add'l full futon
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Walk, Ride, Bike to Campus. Roomy, 3bdr Home, 5min walk to the Stadium,Tailgates
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Great Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for the Wake Forest/ N,otre Dame Football game. The house was great. It was immaculate and we had plenty of room for our guests. It was conveniently located close to the Notre Dame campus, restaurants, bars and shopping (grocery, CVS, mall, etc)

Thank you Sharon and Ron for a great weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute Gray House

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at the gray house. It is close to ND campus--a very easy walk. The house was clean and neat and everything was in order. Sharon and Ron are great hosts and couldn't have been more helpful. Sharon made it easy as we made our plans and she was patient as we changed them a few times. She was very accommodating and made the check in and out very simple. It was a pleasure staying at their home and it made our graduation weekend very enjoyable. If the weather had been better, we would have really enjoyed the new deck that they built and the grill--maybe next time! I would recommend this as a great place to stay when you need to be close to campus.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is well maintained and has best quality of everything in there.

  • 5 of 5

This property was ideal for me to begin my stay in Notre Dame University: It is 5-8 minutes walk from the University. I stayed in this house in the non-football season and It was cheap and had the flexibility of leasing on a month to month basis. The rent included gas/electricity/garbage/water, you have to pay for the internet though (reasonably cheap though), the internet speed was great. The owners were kind enough to give me a bike during my stay (I believe they have a couple of them). Although the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, I booked a single bedroom-bathroom attached, it was well furnished. In the bed room there are hangers and cloth shelves. The kitchen has chimney, which is important, since this allows cooking smell out of the home. The bathroom attached to single bedroom is ok for one person (it has a shower but doesn't have a bath tub), while the one with two other rooms has is equipped with shower/bathtub. Besides all this, the owners Sharon and Ron are lovely people and great host. Over all experience is worth repeating.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at the grey house. It was clean and ready for me upon arrival. The hosts are very welcoming and friendly--always making sure I have everything I need. The house had everything you'd need from hangers in the closet, to blankets, towels, soaps, kitchen utensils, etc. Location is great--super close to campus and restaurants. Main shopping/dining areas, like Target, Olive Garden, etc. are a short drive away. I enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Such a good experience! I spent here 3 months and I was very pleased with the welcoming nature of this home. The bedrooms and the kitchen/breakfast area were up to date, classy and thoroughly stocked. In fact the thoughtful touches throughout the home were impressive (shampoo, conditioner, soap, coffee and filters, spices, plenty of towels ....). You can’t beat the location: campus is just steps away and the house is located in a very quiet neighborhood

The owners were very responsive to emails and inquiries. A solution with a smile for anything! you really could ask for no more!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great hosts and great location

  • 5 of 5

Ron and Sharon's "Grey House" is absolutely great. It is spacious, clean and has everything you need for a perfect stay near the Notre Dame campus. It has a large open plan living area with a large flatscreen tv, comfortable sofas and seats, dining area and an atrium on the backyard side of the house. The kitchen has a full fridge, stove + oven and plenty of counter space. Ron and Sharon are really great hosts. They are very friendly, and incredibly helpful! They will make sure you have a great time while staying in their Grey House!

The location is absolutely superb. On game days, you can literally tailgate outside the house. Being from Europe, I was pretty surprised when I saw people unload their BBQs and folding chairs on a game day morning! :) There is a huge lawn across the street from the house where kids are playing football and parents are grilling burgers; just a really great atmosphere! From the house, it is only a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium.

The house is also perfectly located for the rest of the beautiful Notre Dame campus. The Word of Life mosaic (also known as "Touchdown Jesus") is a 5-10 minute walk; the Golden Dome and Grotto only 15-20 minutes. If you are visiting Notre Dame for work at the University (like me), the location of this house is THE BEST. You won't find anything closer to campus. Any building on campus will be less than a 15-20 minute walk, and you can hop on the campus bus (that drives around all of campus; useful for when the weather is bad) as soon as you walk onto campus (~5 minutes) or take the "sweep" bus on the corner of the street (<1 minute). Notre Dame campus is also very bike friendly. The supermarket, bank, drugstore and restaurants are also only a 5-10 minute walk. Really the best location possible!

I can highly recommend the Grey House to anyone looking for an excellent place to stay near the Notre Dame campus!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sharon and Ronald Blasko
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Sharon and Ronald Blasko

I am a Marine, that somehow, ended up at Notre Dame. For 17 years, I ran and taught in the Engineering Machine Shop. During that time, I started my own shop, Ron's Machine Shop. The 'Grey House' was built in 1978-79 to, among other things, give me shelter, a place to lay my head (other than a workbench), eat, shower, all the while still working/teaching at ND. And thus, I began the 30+ year journey of owning/running the 80'x26' shop behind it. In 1988, I acquired the first industrial/manufacturing re-zoning in a residential neighborhood, so close to Notre Dame. No easy feat, I may say. It's a good thing they abolished the 'burning at the stake' clause. Last year, after a good run, we closed the shop. We just re-zoned back to residential and I will probably continue to fiddle around a bit, I know my wife will, the 'Honey to do list', seems to grow everyday. So,for now, I am going to concentrate on my personal life, creating 'unique' inventions and giving back to our neighborhood community. OBTW, did I mention that 'Joey' lived with me for awhile back in the day? I even had the privilege of taking care of his dog. I think the dog was easier to watch. No offense Joe! This house is 15' east of our 'Big House' #594456, and we would love to be able to provide a wonderful 'ND' experience for our guest.

Sharon and Ronald Blasko purchased this house in 1978

Why Sharon and Ronald Blasko chose South Bend

We recently sold our boat in Florida, came back and found that the 'Grey House' tenants, had violated their lease. We decided, then and there, that we would not go through that anguish again. So, we rolled up our sleeves, broke out the paint, buckets, mops, sponges, and went to work. It didn't take long, with a little elbow grease and TLC, to bring her back. We heard about VRBO from a guest that was staying in a home, only one home, East, separated our properties. She said 'you will have no problem renting your homes, they are in a perfect place and very, very nice'. So here, we are.

What makes this house unique

Our neighborhood is awesome. The 'Notre Dame' experience is unbelievable. If you haven't had the chance, it's will worth the trip. The fly-overs shake the ground, The roar of the crowd can be heard before it even hits the airwaves. Come join us and be a part of our 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow. You won't be disappointed. We, recently, 2/2015, started our own Neighborhood Watch program. Partnering with our neighbors, the University of Notre Dame, Highline US(Overlook (graduate housing), Irish Row, and Irish Flats), and St. Joseph County, to preserve and add to the allure of our uniquely "hidden" treasure that is Morningside/Pedestrian Addition.


Nearest Airport
6.3 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport, SBN
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Linebacker Lounge
Nearest Golf
0.1 Miles
Warren Golf Course (ND)
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Chicago South Shore/Amtrack SB Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
80-90 Indiana Toll Road (Exit 77) Notre Dame
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Between the Buns/Nick's Patio/Rocco's
Nearest Beach
39.1 Miles
Silver Beach, Lake Michigan, St. Joseph, MI
Car: not necessary

This secluded, almost forgotten neighborhood, is a rare find. Walking distance to Notre Dame Campus, the Grotto, Sacred Heart Basilica, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Compton Family Ice Arena, Eddy Street Commons (Restaurants, Hammes Bookstore, AT&T, etc.), Linebacker Lounge, Mulligans, Warren Golf Course, Little Flower Catholic Church, Martin's Supermarket w/Starbucks/Fresh Sushi/and a great flower shop. You will love this area. We are a unique, diversified, cultural group of individual homeowners. Some of us have been here for over 50 years. Wow, where does the time go and what amazing transformations we have seen. Come enjoy our hospitality. This property is located adjacent to our other listing, The 'Big' House, #5994457. So, if you have a very 'large' group, you would be right next door to each other. Plus we own the corner lot, Berger and Burdette, with plenty of parking available.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in South Bend, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £108 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

insurance £50.32
Pet Fee £71.89
3rd party billing £53.92

We put our guests 1st! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any ?'s, special needs, payments, etc. We are flexible and will work with you. We also park cars/RV's for ND games. Guests receive 2 car passes. If you need add'l parking, contact us. first. We have plenty of rm for 50-100 cars, RV's,etc. C us @ #594456, next door(W),w/corner lot,to get a better idea. *Tix available for some games.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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