Short walk to ESU & Downtown. Quiet neighborhood, off-street parking, private entrance through garage. Finished, carpeted walk-in basement. The small bedroom is cool & quiet with a nice window at ground level. Full size bed with a 3" memory foam topper. Two H/A vents are manually adjustable. Large living room with pull-out sofa-bed and full air mattress on request. Full kitchen is stocked with essentials for cooking. Private bath and laundry.
A private fully finished walk-in basement apartment. The house is built on the side of a hill and the bedroom and living room are partially above ground. Both have nice windows that looks out into the back yard as the ground slopes downward. You have daylight and views of grass, trees & sky. The space has a cozy, quiet ambience.
Bedroom has a full size bed with a 3" memory foam topper, a variety of sheets for all seasons and plenty of blankets available. It has two H/A vents you can manually adjust to suit you. It has a large closet and storage above. An indoor/outdoor digital thermometer is next to the window.
Great Room/Living Room: Huge room has nice seating area with full size pull-out sofa and is large enough to set up a full air mattress and single floor mattress for “camping in.”
It has a stereo CD/Tape Player with audio jack for your hand-held devices.
Separate Kitchen: Full sized Refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, pans, etc. Stocked with basics for cooking, including some spices and condiments.
Laundry Room has a door and a sink that may be used for personal hygiene.
Servicios y zonas comunes
Your separate entrance is on the ground level next to the garage door. You come through my garage into The Great Room, a very large living area. The bedroom opens from the Great Room and is across from the bathroom and kitchen. Your laundry room door is just past the fireplace on the left.
Storm Shelter: Under the upper level front porch behind the solid white door right next to your outside entrance.
Atención a los huéspedes
Each level operates independently and most of the time you will not see me, unless you want to invite me to visit. I am available if you need anything by sending a text via the Airbnb message system.
If I need to use the inside stairs or stairlift because of inclement weather or need to transport heavy items, if possible I will let you know in advance. It is a large, sound-insulated space, so whenever I come down from inside, I will knock and call out to let you know I'm coming.
Usually when I need to talk to guests in the basement, I will call, text or ring your front doorbell.
My car is parked in the garage that you pass through, so you may occasionally hear me come and go. I will not come inside the apartment without knocking since it is your private space during your stay.
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Marvin Gardens—The Story
My Dad was R. Marvin Schadt, a Professor of School Administration at KSTC (now ESU) and building houses was his hobby. We moved to Emporia in 1959 and to find good housing was a problem so he decided to build again. I was old enough to participate.
Dad sometimes hired professional contractors, but he was a die-hard do-it-yourselfer who knew how to keep expenses down. He was among the first repurposing builders and used good salvage and new materials. You might be surprised, since the house is professionally constructed with many customized touches. Commercial builders have marveled and puzzled at things he did.
In 1960, the entire shell appeared to be finished from the street, but our family of six moved into the lower level walk-in basement where we lived for six years. My mother, Florence, and children had lived in an unfinished basement with Dad before, so she insisted he finish this one first. The upstairs was mostly storage and construction zone where Dad worked in his spare time. I often helped by being his tool gofer. The trouble was he also did moonlighting as a consultant for small rural school districts. In 1966 my parents decided if they didn’t hire help the kids would be grown and gone before moving into their dream bedrooms. Dad had a carpenter friend help finish in six weeks and we moved up.
Why do I call it Marvin Gardens? Dad was also the gardener in the family and he planted trees, roses, lilacs, forsythia and shrubs. In the front is a Silver Leaf Maple and I remember the day strong winds broke one sapling limb. I can show you where the new limb sprouted in this gorgeous 50-year-old tree. He also planted a Sycamore for quick shade, but oh how I get to clean up after it now. He planted a row of Barberry Bushes along the retaining wall that I have worked to revive but they need more sun.
Dad lived out his latter years in the house. In 2004, soon after he armchair-supervised the planting of six poplar trees in an aging terrace garden, he passed at age 93. Mother later hired a landscaper to repair the terrace, also added more roses and daylilies.
After living 33 years away from Emporia, in 2007 I came back from Alaska when I was very ill. I moved back into the basement with my 92-year-old mother upstairs. After I recovered I stayed to help mother, like she had helped Dad, to live out the rest of her life at home.
I walked the lot and was stunned with how much the gardens had suffered through years of drought. After decades of living places I could not garden, to take this on was daunting. Every inch desperately needed attention. Mother was too old and I was overwhelmed. Mother paid for hoses, sprinklers and regretted the days she refused to let Marvin put in an underground sprinkler system. I simply began to water, just water everything as much as possible. I progressed by planting one small bare spot that bugged me most.
In a few places Dad never quite figured out how to solve the unique gardening problems of living on the side of a hill. Mother and I were tired of seeing the erosion on the curbside slope and she paid landscapers to help me transplant Vincas from what had grown rampant in the planter. Mother paid to have Iris planted in the back terrace from what we chose together at Toad Hollow Daylily and Iris Farm east of Emporia. I have so many more gardening stories to tell…
After Mother passed in 2013 at age 98, I hired a gardener friend to put in daffodils next to the Barberry and transplant English Ivy along a bare strip. We did a lot, but there is so much more it still seems endless. Now I’m on my own, doing it all. That’s one reason why I chose Airbnb, so the house will support itself and I can afford to create a gorgeous garden worthy of its name to honor my parents.
I have always dreamed of sharing my home with others. I never dreamed I would live here again, but after a couple years I saw Emporia through new eyes and rekindled my love affair with the Flint Hills. Nor did I dream I could buy out my three siblings’ share of the property. Sometimes our hearts desires are dreams we dare not dream but they can come true when we finally dare to live the dream. Marvin Gardens is a dream-work in progress, inside and out, and I live the dream one day at a time. Thank you for choosing to share my dream through Airbnb.
You may smoke on the bench beside the driveway. If it is raining I'll give you the key code for the Big Garage Lounge.
Lock the door after entering or leaving.
Remove your shoes on the carpet.
Ask before playing loud music or making excess noise.
Read House Manual and Apartment Instructions before or upon arrival.
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