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Spacious, Clean, and Close to Downtown!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

-Who can stay? Anyone between the ages of 12 and 99—sorry, we can't accommodate children under the age of 12

-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

-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

More Details

Shelly Campbell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Limited French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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

*ten minutes from Grand Avenue shopping

*ten minutes from Macalester/William Mitchell/Hamline College and Universities

*five minutes from major hospitals such as St Joseph's, United, and Regions

* five minutes from I94 and I35E

*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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West Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
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
  • limited accessibility ...
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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Spacious, Clean, and Close to Downtown!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 43 reviews

I Highly Recommend The Two Muses

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal place for us to stay, we had to be in the Twin Cities for a family funeral and staying here was a God Send. Being in a place that was not only comfortable for the body, but also for the soul was great. It allowed us the ability to relax and grieve as a family after the stress filled days. Shelly and Eileen have done a wonderful job of making the house feel cozy and warm.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so sorry InaSue, Roger, and their family have lost two dear family member. I met them at a very sad moment in their lives, but even in their grief they shone through as good, upstanding, and warm folks. In the future, I'd welcome them back to the guest house in a heartbeat—hopefully under much happier circumstances!
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Clean, bright, beautiful home with fabulous & often functional metal & wood art made by owners.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this spotless, perfectly located near downtown St. Paul, gem. There is beautiful art throughout and a wonderful little sun room filled with instruments. They have added an abundance of thoughtful touches - from fresh flowers to a bowl of peanut M&M's (which pleased us immensely). Thank you for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A terrific family that left the house spotless when they departed. I hope to host them again at a future date!
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Best VRBO we have ever stayed at in 5 yrs of renting

  • 5 of 5

The "attention to detail" made this house a winner for us. What a joy to have personal artwork displayed throughout the house. Shelly is an artist, fabricator, photographer, and woodworker. Wow, what a neat person to meet. She made us feel at home. We will be back! We visited to be close to Mall of America, but the house and Shelly just made the trip so much more 😎

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really cool folks, and I hope they return for a future welding workshop - maybe two Shell(e)y's in the shop will spark up some wild creations! Hope to see you again soon!
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Cozy, clean, and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. Checkin was seamless and after we settled in, Shelley came over and showed us everything we needed to know about the house. She answered all kinds of questions we had regarding the area and restaurants etc. She was easily available if we needed anything. Following a snow storm she even came right over and cleared our sidewalk and driveway with her snowblower. The house was very clean and had all kinds of items available in case you forgot anything, such as lotion, q-tips, or even tweezers! We felt at home right away. The bedrooms were very large and the beds and linens were comfortable. Lots of closet space too. The kitchen was good sized and had many of the basics stocked as well. They made this home easy to stay at. Check out was simple as well. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, her mom Jackie, and Amy's two aunties were great guests for the house. I really enjoyed their curiosity about the Twin Cities, and maybe next time Jackie can be enticed to take a walk in the hood, despite the chilly (single digit!) weather. The house was left in perfect order, and I wouldn't hesitate to invite them back for their next stay!
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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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Science Museum of Minnesota
Grand Avenue
St Paul Farmers Market
Xcel Energy Center
Harriet Island
Orday Center for the Performing Arts
Claddagh Coffee Shop
Emmett's Public House
St.Paul's Cathedral
Moscow on the Hill
Capital View Cafe
El Burrito Mercado
Shelly Campbell Studios
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
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

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $85

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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