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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Spacious, clean, and cozy house. Come stay—we guarantee you'll love it!

-3 Bedrooms—two bedrooms with queen-sized beds and one large bedroom with two XL twin beds

-One and one-half baths

-Fully stocked kitchen, dining and living room

-great screened-in front porch

-full backyard with deck and gas grill

- parking pad at rear of property, right next to side door

-Fully connected internet and wifi (Yes, this is a new addition, as of Jan 2016)

-air conditioner in all three bedrooms; the house stays very cool in the summer, and toasty-warm in the winter

-washer and dryer

-full basement for short-term storage

-portrait studio on site—free portrait sittings with 4-night stay (search on "shelly campbell studios")

-Diverse urban neighborhood, 5 minutes from downtown St Paul and Harriet Island (a large park right on the Mississippi), 10 minutes from Minneapolis

-Adults (21+) only, please; ages 12-20 are welcome to stay if accompanied by loving parent(s)

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Shelly Campbell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Limited French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Shelly Campbell

We are life partners (26 years) who decided to buy the house across the street when it came available. Over the course of two years, we gutted and rebuilt it from top to bottom. It comes fully furnished with practical and artistic pieces we created ourselves.

Background: We both grew up trailing our military dads (Army & Air Force) around the world until we grew up and started our adult lives. Still, Shelly calls Michigan her family home and Eileen calls Vermont her home of family origin.

Shelly Campbell purchased this house in 2009

Why Shelly Campbell chose St Paul

The interior and exterior of the property is in pristine condition, the neighborhood is richly diverse—white, black, Native, Mexican, Hmong, mixed race, gays, rich, poor, middle-class, democrats and republicans—you name it, we've got it. The location (by car) is 5 minutes from downtown St Paul/10 minutes from Minneapolis (to answer the number one question posed by folks: yes, we are 5 minutes from the Xcel Energy Center). A fully-functioning photo studio is located on the backside of the property—need a "Linkedin" photo, or, an update to the ten-year-old family photo? It's free with your 4-night stay! Check out Shelly's photos: search on "Shelly Campbell Studios."

What makes this house unique

*Parking is right next to the side entrance

*the neighborhood is great for walking

*ten minute walk to the Mississippi

*grocery store is 2 minutes by car

*great eating just down the street

*Shelly is right across the street if you need anything or have questions

—You'll walk in and find everything you need for your stay. This house totally beats staying in a hotel—and, it's a lot cheaper!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Avi Gardner sent two of her best company representatives: Kelly and Katie. The two were great guests at the house—even though they were busy running all over the cities passing out Noosa Yogurt samples, they managed to keep the house immaculate, were very quiet and courteous. And, Noosa gained Twin Cities converts: during their stay Kelly and Katie gave us samples, and we've gotta admit, we're now hooked (little did we know, our neighbors already were hooked).
Aug 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Great House, Great Location, Great Price!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 39 reviews

Best rental house ever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two twenty-something children stayed here during Thanksgiving vacation to visit family in St. Paul. We thought the photos were too good to be true, but the accommodations were better than we could have imagined--attractive furnishings and artwork, a well-stocked kitchen for cooking in terms of appliances, pots and pans and basic foodstuff (coffee, variety of teas, butter, condiments, etc.), and a terrific host in Shelly . We had many family members over for a dinner, and there was ample room for all ages to talk, play board games and beat the drums in the den. In fact, they asked for the link to this site for their relatives who will be visiting in the future. There are shops, Mexican restaurant, and a café in walking distance, and downtown St. Paul is only a few minutes away. We drove easily to Minneapolis too for the museum, movies, and dinner. Beyond the house itself, which was immaculate, comfortable, and charming, Shelly made our stay homey--she let us in early from a morning flight, showed us around, and texted us every day to assure we had everything we needed. Her suggestions for dining were terrific (Moscow on the Hill, for example), and the magazines and brochures she supplies in the house also provide good recommendations. Our final treat was a robust family photo session by Shelly, a professional photographer, who offers this gift for a five-day stay--a wonderful memento and creative shot for framing. We definitely will return for our family visits and can't imagine staying anywhere else in St. Paul Mary Lou from Washington DC

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary Lou and her family were terrific guests. I have to admit that I always feel a kinship with folks when they first see the music/gallery room, and the musical instruments obviously make them happy (or, in this case, she knew her grown children were going to enjoy the instruments). Aside from our shared love of music, ML and family were kind, intelligent people who took good care of the house. I couldn't have asked for more - except that I hope to see them again at a future date.
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An absolute jewel!

  • 5 of 5

If I had mapped out a perfect place for our group to stay, Shelly's home would have been my ideal scenario. It's a beautifully decorated, comfortable, spacious home. Plenty of room for our family of 5 adults, equipped with every amenity we could have hoped for. The beds were amazing, the linens perfect. And scattered throughout this space, examples of the owners' amazing art. The entire home was a delight.

Because we were there for 4 nites, we were lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the complimentary photo shoot. Shelly quickly caught on to our family vibe, and joined right in with the fun. The results were amazing.

I also must comment on the exceptional hospitality of our hosts. We had arrived from various parts of the country to help complete a rather complex remodeling project for a niece. In addition to providing a marvelous lodging, Shelley even offered to lend us any tools we may have needed and forgotten. Now that's hospitality! Whenever we visit St. Paul again, this will be our home away from home! Thank you, Shelly and Eileen!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marsh and her family were great folks to host in many ways: they played by all the rules, were exceptionally clean, and best of all—full of the zest-of-life! Come on back, I'm sure there are many more projects to tackle here in the Twin Cities!
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She said YES to the dress...........

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful unique home owned by 2 artists. We were surrounded by their respective works all over the home. I came into town with my 2 daughters and other family members to hunt for a wedding dress for my youngest daughter. This home is nicely located close to Grand Avenue in St. Paul where we did our wedding dress shopping.

The owners live across the street and were wonderful in checking in and keeping us abreast of the neighborhood happenings.

Very nice stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I'd say yes to all these wonderful ladies when it comes to renting a full house to them! Great gals, all full of fun and intelligence, and the future son-in-law is a lucky man to marry into such a family!
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Outstanding stay in St Paul MN

  • 5 of 5

We could not of asked for a better location or house, and dealing with Shelly was just exceptional. I use home away often for business travel, and have yet to come across someone with her dedication to the process.

The house was exactly as described if not better and everything you could possibly ask for from a detail standpoint exceeded our expectations. The house was fully stocked awaiting our arrival, which afforded us time we would have otherwise had to use running around looking for small items at a local store having arrived and wanting to see the local sites.

If you are going to be in the St. Paul area, this is not a location or owner you want to pass on. I can assure you that if we are ever back in the area, there's no one else I would even consider calling

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Professional, courteous, clean, and just down-right warm folks. I'm hoping more than another Ryder Cup Golf Tournament will bring them back for a return visit. David and gang: Could the upcoming Super Bowl tempt you...?
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Loved staying in this beautiful W St Paul home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 days in this beautiful home. Everything was perfect. Shelly is super helpful and positive. The home is spotless. Every little detail has been thought of! We would highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great ladies, and fun to see the enthusiasm of Pam's 85-yr-old mother in her reaction to visiting the house she grew up in, right here in St Paul! Viva la St Paul—and I hope for a revisit by mother and daughter someday soon!
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Best Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2-week stay at Shelly's guest house. It is a fully functioning home, with full size refrigerator, cooking utensils, proper dining and living rooms, and 3 bedrooms. It felt like a lived in home. Everything you could think of was there, including insect repellent and sunscreen! Whatever was not, Shelly went out of her way to provide, like extra pillows and even a rice cooker! Be aware that the bedrooms are upstairs, as is the bathroom with the bath tub. There is a rubber mat in the tub, and hand rails for help getting in and out of the tub. There is another toilet downstairs. For the 6 of us, having at least 2 toilets was a pre-requisite in our house hunt! The home was clean, spacious, and well- kept. The photos of the house on the website are accurate.

Shelly lives across the street, which was a bonus. In a jiffy, she was there to replace a tank of gas for the grill, or to see to our queries on washing machine issues. She was there to check us in, and went through the house, and how to work the appliances very patiently. On occasion, she would stop by after her morning walks, just to check if everything was ok or to chat.

My favourite parts of the house were the covered front porch and the back patio. I spent every morning enjoying the peaceful and quiet neighbourhood while watching the sunrise. When the weather was good, we used the grill and ate dinner on the patio. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.

Location-wise, it was convenient, and most places we visited were within a 20 minute drive.

The booking process was simple,and Shelly was always prompt in responding to emails and text messages.

We are planning our next visit in 2019 when our kids graduate. I would happily stay at Shelly's again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Francoise and her 3-generation family. They made a great impression on myself, my wife, as well as the neighbor next door (Yes, Steve enjoyed talking with Grandfather Joshua, a total gem of a guy). When the family departed, the guest house was left in perfect order, even after a long stay with 6-people in the house. Someday I do hope to visit them in Singapore, but it's also reassuring to know that these great folks will make a return visit to the United States for the college graduation of their son and daughter.
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
MSP is fifteen minutes from the house
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Plenty of them...
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
West Saint Paul
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Union Depot
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstates 94; 35 E -- 4 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Capital View Restaurant - 5 minutes walking
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Afton Alps - 30 minutes
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Chain of Lakes in Minnespolis
Car: recommended

The house is located in a quiet neighborhood just south of downtown St Paul, and 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. There are many museums in the Twin Cities, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Children's Museum, The Walker Art Museum,, Minneapolis Institute if Arts, as well as international theater such as the Guthrie (and a multitude of local live theater options). If you're into sports, we've got the new Vikings Stadium being built, Target Field, and the Saint Paul Saint's newly completed outdoor stadium. And shopping? Try Grand Avenue in Saint Paul (6 minutes from the house), or check out the Mall of America (only 15 minutes away). Restaurants are toooooooo numerous to mention—we love to eat, and we've got the whole gamut of fine eateries in the Twin Cities! Check the Guest Manuel for a list and our personal reviews, some with photos.

Rates & Availability

West Side House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 2 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/N Year 2016
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Slower Season 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Busy Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Slower Season 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Slower Season 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/N Year 2017
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Refundable damage deposit $300

The property can only accommodate a maximum of six people: adults (21+) or children (12-20) accompanied by parents. No pets, no smoking (in the house), and no parties or large gatherings. Any children under the age of 12 visiting the house during the booking must be registered with the property owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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West Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathroom upstairs, 1/2 bath downstairs; towels and washcloths, toilet paper, tissues, shampoo, soap, Q-tips, toothpaste, new toothbrushes (if you forget yours)...what you need, we try to provide!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Two XL twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen sized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , One queen sized bed
  • A queen-sized bed in two bedrooms, and two oversized twin beds in the large master bedroom. All bedroom have large closets. Clean linens, extra pillows and blankets, clock radios, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, walk-in closets with clothes hangers—you name it, the house has it!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This house is located a stone's throw from downtown Saint Paul, allowing you the option of walking (25 minutes), biking (10 minutes), driving (5 minutes), or, taking a city bus (15 minutes). When you arrive in downtown St Paul, check out who's playing at the Xcel Energy Center, visit the Science Museum, check out a play at the Ordway, visit all the goings-on in Lowertown, or, hit one of the multitude of great restaurants. If you want to head to Minneapolis, you're only 15 minutes away!

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