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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Balcony View, 1 KING Bedroom 1 QUEEN Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-6)

THE LOFT ON LAURENS is located right in the middle of downtown Aiken's unique shops and local restaurants.


"We were thrilled with this place!"

"This apartment is an absolute treat"

"Life is good and your place is great!"

THE LOFT ON LAURENS, CIRCA 1885, features original Hitchcock ceilings, heart pine floors and old lawyer bookcases loaded with books and offering a Book Exchange. This beautiful loft has been completely restored to include a new bath and fully equipped, custom kitchen. The loft's iron balcony overlooks Laurens (our Main) Street. It's the perfect place to people watch, catch up on your reading or enjoy your favorite drink! Local art graces the walls and furnishings include an inviting mix of antiques and comfortable pieces.

Comfy KING Master Bedroom and QUEEN Guest Bedroom. Also has QUEEN sleeper.


'THE NEST" Sleeps 2-4

"MASTERS 2018" Sleeps 4-6



Beaufort, SC 2hrs 15 min

Charleston, SC 2 hrs 19 min

Savannah, GA 2 hrs 22 min

Hilton Head, SC 2 hrs 30 min

Bluffton, SC 2 hr 23 min


135 Laurens St. SW

What will you find at the downtown market? You’ll find anything from an array of fruits and vegetables—strawberries, green onions, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini; dairy—raw milk, cheese, and cheese spreads; meats—all cuts of beef, pork, and lamb; homemade goods—soy candles, soaps, lotions, and sweet grass baskets; treats—cookies, breads, jams, and cakes; even prepared frozen meals, and ready to eat street foods from The Willcox Food Truck and Up Your Alley Chop House! Everything at the market is certified South Carolina Grown, so you know you’re eating local, quality foods.

Open Spring - Fall. For more informations please call 803-642-7654


*Chinaberry Tours offers private guided personalized tours. Call Judith Burgess (803) 649-6608

*The City of Aiken offers a historic tour every Saturday from 10 am to noon. The tour leaves from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Cost is $15. Reservations are recommended. Call 803.644.1907 Self-guided Tour: Maps available


This 14 acre estate of Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin was bequeathed to the city in 1969 as a public garden and is open to the public Mon - Sun from 10am - sunset. Free Admission.


Nearly 2000 acres of southern forest located in the midst of an urban area. You'll find trails, bridges, horse jumps, signs, map boxes and quiet solitude.


Walk to our local playhouse! For play information and reservations call 803.648.1348


Powercuts Salon and Spa (803)642-4200


Aiken Golf Club - Semi-Private (803) 649-6029

Houndslake Country Club - Semi-Private (803) 648-6805

Midland Valley Country Club Semi-Private (803) 279.5352

Palmetto Golf Club - Private (803) 649-2951

Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation - Private (803) 648-1601

The Golf Club at Cedar Creek - Private (803) 648-4206

Woodside Plantation Country Club - Private (803) 649-4735


Aiken Quilt Shoppe (803) 649-7511

Barbara Sue Brodie Needleworks (803) 644-0990

Cooking Classes at Plum Pudding (803) 644-4600

Skeet Shooting at Carolina Star (803) 649-0878


Your accommodations include an initial stock of towels, bed linens, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo/conditioner (hair dryer), paper products, gourmet coffee, cream and sugar.

Keywords: VRBO in Aiken SC @ 149 Laurens St, Downtown, Romantic Getaway, Masters Rental near Augusta, GA, Best Hotel, Flat, Studio, Accommodations, Lodging, Vacation and Condo Rentals.

More Details

Janice and Russell Johnson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Janice and Russell Johnson

Owners Are Russell and Janice Johnson, proud recipients of The Historic Aiken Foundation's Adaptive Use Award.

'We live in downtown Aiken and just love it. The convenience is incredible. We walk everywhere-- the bank, post office, the playhouse, Aiken's Farmers Market and to our locally owned restaurants and shops. Another wonderful place we love to explore is Hitchcock Woods-- just a couple of blocks away! LIFE IS GOOD IN AIKEN! Come see for yourself!'

Janice and Russell Johnson purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Janice and Russell Johnson chose South Carolina Lakes & Blackwater Rivers

LAURENS STREET (Our Main Street) is VIBRANT, ALIVE, FRIENDLY AND CHARMING. When this unique property became available we excitedly became the proud owners. We love to share beautiful and historic downtown Aiken with everyone!

What makes this apartment unique

YOU ARE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR AWARD WINNING AND HISTORIC ALL-AMERICAN CITY! RELAX on the Laurens Street apartment balcony or STROLL downtown. Find turn-Of-the-century architecture, antiques, art galleries, local theater, bakeries, quaint shops and over 25 locally owned restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything was perfect and so comfortable. Very easy for me to go everywhere. I want to thank you for your kindness and I would love to come back next year for sure.
Mar 2014
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Aiken Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • KING size Bed (1) in the Master Bedroom and QUEEN Size Bed (1) in the Guest Bedroom, Sleep Sofa in the Living Room has QUEEN size mattress
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
BOOK EXCHANGE: Take one - Leave one! Our old lawyer bookcases are filled with games, puzzles and over 200 books to include a wide assortment of novels, biographies, history, gardening, how-to, cookbooks, fine arts and more!


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(26 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I grew up in Aiken and knew this location would be perfect for my husband, myself and our two grown children. We could walk to the church and walk to the Wilcox and have freedom to walk around town. The live music down the old alley on Thursday night was a surprise and delightful treat. This apartment is full of charm and comfort. The kitchen is well furnished for cooking anything you might cook on a getaway. The bathroom supplied with towels galore and spacious enough for all our toiletry bags etc. A bonus to have a small washer/dryer if you only brought a carry on, which we did. And the walls must be solid wood. We found we had to be in the same room to hear each other. The14+ foot ceilings might have helped with that. There were so many little thoughtful touches that it felt like we were staying at a friends and they knew exactly what we might need. I hesitated on this rental because of the one bathroom but this unit was so comfortable we had no problem making that work. My son slept on the fold out couch in the living room. The sun rises and comes in all those beautiful windows you see. The room is so beautiful that I can see why they have not added any window treatment, so no points off for that. He has children and can sleep through anything. The sun did wake him up but it was so pretty he got up and took pictures and then went back to sleep. Russell and Janice were so kind and accommodating. And they have other properties I hope I get a chance to check out sometime. All thumbs up for this property! Oh and that little balcony is dreamy. Laura in Edmonds, WA

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your many kind words. We were genuinely blown away by your awesome review! Please know we loved having you and your family as our guests, and would welcome your return visit anytime. So COME BACK SOON!!! Warmest regards, —Russell and Janice
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Annapolis, Maryland USA

One of the best VRBO apartments we've had

  • 5 of 5

I grew up in Aiken and was looking for an apartment when visiting family - this was perfect. Beautifully decorated, historic, comfortable, and right downtown, so we could walk to restaurants and shops. Janice and Russell were great to work with and provided so many extras - we really didn't need to buy any supplies. We have stayed in VRBO apartments all over the world, and this is one of the nicest. I have told all my Aiken friends for when they have family visiting and need extra room and would recommend to anyone. We enjoyed jazz at the Willcox on Thursday, polo on Sunday, and sitting on the balcony at night watching the world go by. Thank you Janice & Russell!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what an awesome review!!! You were terrific guests, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with your family in Aiken. Thanks so much for choosing our place for your stay and please know you are welcome back ANYTIME! Warmly, Russell & Janice
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Amazing as always!

  • 5 of 5

Best place to spend a Hurricane Day!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lexington Park, MD

Clean, beautifully well-appointed, and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This is our 7th Homeaway rental and it met our high expectations. Although convenient in the center of a charming town, it was very quiet for sleeping in the bedrooms. We need quiet for sleeping. The kitchen was fully equipped for cooking for my diet restricted spouse. The living area is spacious and loaded with books. The apartment was clean and comfortable. It had a sense of place, which is wonderful when visiting an area. Thank you. We made the right choice choosing "The Loft". It would be a great place to live!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed the Loft...very charming. We loved the library and the charm and attention given to every room!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most perfect VRBO ever! It made me want to move to Aiken permanently. The owners were so thoughtful with all their details and the location was ideal to downtown Aiken.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Aiken, 'a place for a splendid time to be had' was the town's reputation a century ago and still reigns true today! Historically, Aiken was a retreat for Charlestonians escaping malaria but also became a popular Winter Colony attracting people from the north especially during their harsh winter months.

Aiken became known as a sports haven as wealthy horse enthusiasts brought their animals for pleasure and training building grandiose cottages and stables that survive today. Aiken remains a great escape offering a rich heritage, beautiful tree lined streets, charm, hospitality and gracious living.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%


SPECIAL RATES FOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Please see our Five Star Masters Reviews entered by guests Dave & Angie M. (Carmel, In) that says "Excellent accommodations for a week at the Masters!"...and by guest Lorie F. (Ottawa, Canada) that says "We came into Aiken for a few days of golf and to attend a practice round at The Masters. 4 of us stayed at this great apartment for 4 nights. Its even nicer than the pictures - lots of room - everything you need…(read more under "Reviews")
Masters Week rate is $450.00 per night, all inclusive, with a 7 night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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