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Donovan Olson

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

West Unit of the Historic J.B. McHose House in Boone, near Seven Oaks!

7 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Boone House Rental Photos and Description

Enjoy Dining & Shopping, Relax In The four bedroom 2,000 Sq.Ft Home!

Enjoy a historic, spacious brick home 15 minutes from Ames, Iowa! The J.B. McHose House is located in the town of Boone (population 12,500) and is part of the downtown district. Guests are just a short walk from stores, restaurants and entertainment! Shop, dine, catch a movie at the local theater or enjoy a cold beverage at a nearby brewery – it’s all within walking distance!

Boone is a historic railroad town with a past rich in culture and pride. Enjoy a ride on the Chinese Steam locomotive at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad; visit the historic birthplace of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower; play a round of golf or take a dip in the Boone Municipal Pool located in McHose Park (which was gifted to the city of Boone by J.B. McHose). Seven Oaks is also just a short drive where you can ski and snowboard in winter and rent canoes for a scenic ride down the Des Moines River in summer and fall.

Boone is also just 15 minutes away from Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University and the ISU Cyclones. Ames has many wonderful amenities, including the new Furman Aquatic Center, University Museums and Reiman Gardens. The possibilities for entertainment in the Boone and Ames area are endless!

History of the J.B. McHose Home:

J.B. McHose was the owner of a brick and tile manufacturing company in Boone. McHose was a progressive leader who led many projects to improve the community. An admirer of Teddy Roosevelt, McHose’ main interest was the development of parks for the enjoyment of the public. McHose and his wife donated the land and funds to the city with the intent to build a city park. McHose Park is the product of their generosity and is used year-round by hundreds of people. There is also a statue of Theodore Roosevelt in the park. Be sure to find it!

J.B. McHose built his home in 1910 with bricks from his brick and tile factory. The home is a duplex, but at the time was called a ”double-house”. With two four-bedroom homes (a West Unit and East Unit) that are 'book-matched' together in the center the home affords a great deal of living space. McHose and his wife lived in the East Unit while his mother lived in the West Unit. THIS LISTING IS FOR THE WEST UNIT.

The exterior of the J.B. McHose House features hand-chiseled brick to give the appearance of rough stone, deep red mortar joints, horizontal bands of sandstone on the front and sides, low hip roofs with deep eaves, and “blind” entrances to each unit. These features were hallmarks of the Prairie School Style of Architecture that was appearing in the Midwest shortly after the turn of the century.

The J.B. McHose House West Unit offers approximately 2,000 square feet of living space. The first floor has an entry with a foyer, a hall with a beautiful open staircase, a large living room and a large dining room. The house also features a galley kitchen complete with dishes and cookware. All you need to do is bring the food! The second floor features four bedrooms and a bathroom with walk-in shower. On a hot summer day you can enjoy a cold glass of lemonade on the wonderful front porch.

Please be our guest at the J.B. McHose House West Unit!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donovan Olson (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

About Donovan Olson

Boone is my home, where I went to school. I work as a city administrator and spend my free time restoring old homes. I have always been interested in the craftsmanship and beauty of old buildings and enjoy nothing more than bringing them back to life!

Donovan Olson purchased this house in 2010

Why Donovan Olson chose Iowa

The J.B. McHose House is located in the town of Boone (population 12,500) and is part of the downtown district. Guests are just a short walk from stores, restaurants and entertainment! Shop, dine, catch a movie at the local theater or enjoy a cold beverage at a nearby brewery – it’s all within walking distance!

What makes this house unique

Boone is a historic railroad town with a past rich in culture and pride. Enjoy a ride on the Chinese Steam locomotive at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad; visit the historic birthplace of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower; play a round of golf or take a dip in the Boone Municipal Pool located in McHose Park (which was gifted to the city of Boone by J.B. McHose). Seven Oaks is also just a short drive where you can ski and snowboard in winter and rent canoes for a scenic ride down the Des Moines River in summer and fall.

Boone is also just 15 minutes away from Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University and the ISU Cyclones. Ames has many wonderful amenities, including the new Furman Aquatic Center, University Museums and Reiman Gardens. The possibilities for entertainment in the Boone and Ames area are endless!

Reviews

4.9
based on 7 traveler reviews

West Unit of the Historic J.B. McHose House in Boone, near Seven Oaks!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
5

Historic Boone home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a brief but fun stay in the West unit of the home while attending a wedding in the area. We all enjoyed a walk through the home including a history of the home and surrounding area as well as suggested places to eat given by Mr. Olson. There was plenty of room for the 5 of us to sit and review plans and map out our stay and how to get everywhere. The house was clean and the beds were comfortable. A short walk to the Dutch Oven Bakery in the morning for breakfast was also a highlight and we would recommend that to anyone staying at the home.

The Olson's were friendly, inviting and easy to communicate with. I also got a peak at the East unit from Mrs. Olson in the morning which is another beautiful unit inside. This is the place for history and a good nights sleep; just what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Denver, CO
5

Much nicer than advertised

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I met in Boone for a wedding. Our time at the house , mornings and evenings were some of the best times of the long weekend. Such a lovely home. And especially the front porch !!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful property. It was clean and comfortable but the real draw is the remarkable history and craftsmanship of the house itsself. Lots to do for a few days in Boone if you like antiquing or hiking. We will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Felt like home.

  • 5 of 5

Nice place to stay with family.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5

Perfect for our group

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the J.B. McHose House. It was very clean and spacious, the owner did a great job of communicating with me before we got there. I would recommend this place to anyone that is interested in staying near Ames. The only drawback to the Westside of the J.B. McHose House is the fact that there is only one bathroom. While the house can easily accommodate 8 people, the fact that there was only 1 bathroom made things a little stressful at times for my group.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Iowa city, IA
5

Nice old home in Boone

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, beautiful renovated old house. Owner is extremely accommodating. Lots of living space and a nice front porch. Minutes from Iowa State and Ledges State Park. Only issues are squeaky beds and there is only one bathroom (although it is large and well done). We would definitely stay here again and would recommend to our friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
1.8 Miles
Boone Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Boone Depot
Nearest Ferry
Rose Ferry stopped operating in the late 1800's
Nearest Golf
1.1 Miles
Cedar Pointe Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1.8 Miles
U.S. Highway 30
Nearest Restaurant
0.07 Miles
Subway Restaurant
Nearest Ski
5.8 Miles
Seven Oaks Recreation
Nearest Beach
12.1 Miles
Don Williams Recreation Area
Car: necessary

The J.B. McHose House is located in downtown Boone. Guests are just a short walk from stores, restaurants and entertainment! Shop, dine, catch a movie at the local theater or enjoy a cold beverage at a nearby brewery – all within a short walking distance!

Boone is a historic railroad town with a past rich in culture and pride. Enjoy a ride on a steam locomotive at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad; visit the historic birthplace of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower; play a round of golf on area courses or take a dip in the Boone Municipal Pool located in McHose Park. Seven Oaks Recreation is also just a short drive where you can ski and snowboard in winter and rent canoes for a scenic ride down the Des Moines River in summer and the fall.

Please be our guest at the J.B. McHose House!

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Rates & Availability

Boone House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$120
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Fri,Sat
$750
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Boone House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is located upstairs and includes a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • All bedrooms are located upstairs.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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