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Furnished basement w/Xfinity WiFi & streaming TV

Private room in home
hosted by Ron
  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1.5 shared baths
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Attractive townhome built in 2007 and close to Gurnee Mills Outlet, Six Flags, Great Lakes Naval base.

My listing is spacious (~500 sq ft) and nicely appointed and complements the rest of the home, which has an open kitchen, living room, cathedral ceiling entry.

NOTE: A half-bathroom & full bath (toilet, sink, shower/tub) are UPSTAIRS. No baño (toilet/sink/shower) located in the basement. Need to sleep during the day? Then my listing may NOT be the best option.

Dog barks & child plays.

The space
Guests—excluding unsupervised minors—are permitted use of stove or ovens.

Long-term guests will be given space in the fridge, freezer and pantry and will be expected to buy their own food, spices, etc. Cutting board is a MUST for any cutting or slicing, and counter is expressly prohibited as a cutting surface.

Guests are expected to remain in kitchen during while cooking—stovetop, oven or microwave, and clean up and put away items used.

One load of laundry is permitted at no charge per reservation of six (6) days. Supplies are not provided. Guests staying longer than one (1) week who wish to use the washer and dryer will need to buy their own laundry supplies. More than one load per week can be discussed for an additional cost.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 king bed, 1 air mattress, 2 small double beds

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Washer
Dryer
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Shared patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced

Accessibility features

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Where you’ll be

Gurnee, Illinois, United States

A quiet, suburban rural neighborhood that has just about everything you could need, within a mile radius. Kenosha and Milwaukee are within an hour drive (15 and 45 minutes, respectively). Chicago downtown (when traffic is good) by car is about 45 minutes, but there are public transportation options. A few close Metra train stations include ones in Grayslake, Libertyville and Waukegan. A decent assortment of restaurants abound: Barbecue Productions in Grayslake on Route 45 is a personal favorite, although a new BBQ place, Dickey's, opened late 2016 a half mile from my place off Grand Avenue in the Mariano's-anchored strip mall that also includes Einstein's Bagels, a pasta place, Japanese sushi restaurant, and Potbelly's Sandwich & Shakes joint.

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4.79 out of 5 stars from 188 reviews

Hosted by Ron

Joined in July 2015
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Down-to-earth respectful kind of person who appreciates the same qualities in a guest.

I make sure to provide you a restful place that exceeds your expectations and give you a pleasant, semi-private lodging—for a fraction of what you'd pay at a nearby hotel.

My furry housemate, Koko, and I live here too—along with my cutie-pie daughter when she’s not with her mom.

I like to read (fiction and nonfiction, news) and write, and learn from everyone and everything.

I love to journal and attend/read at open mic poetry nights and drink strong coffee and play tennis, backgammon and chess.

My last overseas trip took me to west Africa, with my Ghanaian-born friend Ben. More recently, local/regional treks brought me to Delray Beach, Florida (to help my mom move), St. Louis, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (for copy editors conferences), and Springfield, Illinois, to visit the Abraham Lincoln home and final resting place.

Local go-to places:
(1) Tempel Farms

From the U.S. Lipizzan website: "Until 1916, the Lipizzan stud farm always remained the private possession of the Habsburg monarchy. The expansion of the breed had been affected over the centuries by military conflicts. Whenever warfare threatened the Lipizza stud, the horses were moved away." Performances of these amazing hoof-tapping equines give you a performance you'll remember. Call ahead though because if temperatures soar past 80, they might cancel performances. Horse safety is their para"mount" concern, naturally they consider each one a "mane" attraction (a two-bad-pun yawn).

Public shows begin each June.

(2) Pyramid House

A local curiosity and only about 2.5 miles from us. Local realtor (wife) and self-employed builder (husband) couple designed and built residential pyramid home. I took an insider tour back in the 80s before they ceased giving tours, although I think they still do on a limited basis. You can stop off-road and park by their gate to see the place even if you don't manage to make it inside. About a five-minute drive from my home. Note: A 2018 fire during renovation work damaged the structure, but did not destroy the home, though it will be time to restore to its full glory, according to the owner, based on local news coverage.

(3) Volo Auto Museum

If you'd love to steer a classic car, this place will give you the next best thing: To stare at classic cars.m

Vintage and culturally iconic vehicles abound, such as all of the original Batman car (e.g., from the Adam West caped crusader TV series, to Hollywood versions) and one or two Elvis-owned Caddies. Located about 10 miles west of my home.

(4) Lake County Preserves and Park District

If you love the outdoors, Lake County (here in Illinois, there's also a Lake County in Indiana) does a great job in buying up open acreage to preserve in perpetuity, which makes living here great knowing that every square centimeter of land will NOT get swallowed by money-making urban sprawl developers. Included on the website are museum locations (which was only location in Illinois last year to have traveling exhibit of Shakespeare original manuscripts) that have stuff you might like, and its many outdoor things, though pretty sure the paddle boats at Independence Grove (in Libertyville) are closed till June.

(5) Waukegan

Birthplace and childhood home to Jack Benny, Nat King Cole, and Arthur C. Clarke, et al. Some great live theatre (e.g., Clockwise, Three Brothers) and visual and spoken arts venues (I've read stuff at poetry open mic nights), with the Genesee Theater being the best known venue for concerts, etc.

EATING OPTIONS:

Fast Food:
Arby's
Boston Market (rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, comfort foods)
Bourbon Chicken (at food court in Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Burger King
Charley's Philly Steaks (at food court inside Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Culver's (started in Wisconsin, fresher "higher end" place with great ice cream)
Dairy Queen (more recognized for their ice cream desserts, but have food too)
Dunkin' Donuts (coffee & donuts their mainstay, but decent cheap food options)
Five Brothers (fresh meaty burgers, hand-cut fries)
Jersey Mike's Subs (excellent subs with tasty sauces, doused in oil & vinegar)
Jimano's Pizzeria
Jimmy Johns
JJ Fish and Chicken (take out only for the most part)
Long John Silver's (combined with KFC in one place)
KFC
McDonalds
Mission Barbecue
Momcorn (sort of Central American/Mexican cuisine, homey place)
Penn Station East Coast Subs (really good fries too)
Portillo's (a Chicago-area chain branching out nationally, delicious Italian beef)
Potbelly Sandwiches (toasted Italian bread with various options, huge cookies)
Sbarro (Italian cuisine, located in Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Steak 'n Shake (tasty shakes with skinny fries & signature steak burgers)
Subway
Taco Bell
Wendy's
White Castle

Sit-Down:
Backyard Steak Pit (fancy themselves an upscale hometown spot)
BBQ Production
Chicago Wood Fire Pizza (informal venue for good food and booze)
Chili's Grill & Bar
Chocolate Sanctuary, The (guess the culinary motif)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Midwest comfort food paradise)
Denny's (24-hour diner, everyone ends up in the corner booth once in a life)
Fatman Pizza Pub (sandpit volleyball teams nice outdoor seating option)
Giordano's (Italian, thick crust stuffed pizza a signature dish)
Golden Corral (buffet, all you can stuff in your face place)
Hayashi Japanese Restaurant (sushi bar, menu entrees, delish miso soup)
Hooters
Joe's Crab Shack
Kaiser's Pizza & Pub (hometown favorite, thick and thin crust offerings, etc.)
Momcorn (Mexican, Central American cuisine where maize matters)
Olive Garden (national chain serving affordable and flavorful options)
Outback Steakhouse (national chain known especially for its Bloomin' Onion)
Panera Bread (salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, breads to buy)
Pizzeria Uno
Portillo's Hot Dogs (Italian beef, salads, burgers, dessert)
Primo Italian American Cuisine
Rainforest Cafe (inside Gurnee Mills, the local mall)
Red Lobster (the oysters a personal favorite)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Rosati's Pizza
Royal Thai
Salutos Pizza & Pasta (home-cooked family style Italian restaurant)
Shalimar Restaurant (Halal option for familiar Indian eats)
Stevens (nicer place, warm/romantic ambience, solid bar offerings)
Tacos el Durango Mexican Grill
Tacos del Norte (a couple of locations)
The Chocolate Sanctuary (guess the culinary motif)
The Point Pancake House (point as in convergence of three streets)
Timothy O'Toole's Pub (watering hole, flat-screen TVs galore, decent food)
Wildberry's Pancakes & Breakfast (Intelligentsia coffee for the connoisseur)

Groceries:
Jewel-Osco (longstanding Chicago chain, includes pharmacy)
Lewis Fresh Market (wide selection, big demographic is Mexican customers)
Mariano's (nice displays and wide selection, juice and coffee bar & grill)
Shalimar Grocery
Super Mercada El Mexicano
Target (small but viable grocery section)
Trader Joe's
WalMart/Sam's Club (Gurnee) & Walmart Supercenter (Waukegan)
Woodmans (24-hours, no food tax in Wisc.; big place includes liquor store)

Down-to-earth respectful kind of person who appreciates the same qualities in a guest.

I make sure to provide you a restful place that exceeds your expectations and gi…

During your stay

I am always a text message or phone call away and will almost always pick up promptly. If I’m home, happy to talk. Exceptions include in a meeting at work, etc. I want your stay to be the most laid-back, enjoyable, and easy-going it can be. Let me know of any special requests to make my home feel like your home!
I am always a text message or phone call away and will almost always pick up promptly. If I’m home, happy to talk. Exceptions include in a meeting at work, etc. I want your stay to…
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Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 188 reviews.