I appologize, if I’m too early, as I’m not, yet , a host. I’ve been a long-time landlord and I’m about to renovate a duplex to utilize for airbnb and would love to get some feedback from experienced hosts as to whether you think my ideas would work:
This duplex is 2 miles from Downtown Atlanta, 1 minute to the major freeways (I-75/85 and I-20), 10 minutes to the airport and basically close to anything intown Atlanta. Awesome location as to distance.
It is part of an artist community that I created. A partner and I have accumulated 6 duplexes in a so-so neighborhood. They’re all on the same block and we fenced everything and have a wooden gate, that is being closed at night. Instead of the normal, lower-income tenants from the neighborhood, we have creatives from all over Atlanta, that love being part of a community of like-minded. We have better tenants and they love living so central and affordable.
So, I’m thinking that I can really make that an interesting experience for potential guests and stand out from the rest: I want to make one side of the duplex a ‘private artist gallery’, by utilizing creations of the various artists, who are living here. Create a book with pictures, prices of works and picture and bio of each artist and contact info. They can meet with the artists, if they’re interested in a piece. They can be part of the community, hand out at the bon fires that happen several times a week etc.
The other side I want to make an ‘Asian zen cottage’ and utilize a lot of Asian, minimalist design, but very zen and calming.
And I want to have a connecting door, so, if someone wanted to rent both sides (each side 1 Br, 1 Lr, 1 kitchen, 1 bath, 1 dining room) I could rent it as a larger home.
I will give a percentage of each rental back to our community and the artists can choose what to spend it on.
Do, you think that having a more unusual offering like this can be beneficial or would it hinder me more, because it might not appeal to everyone? I’ve always liked niche markets, so I’m really looking forward to renovating this way.
I figure I’ll offer each side for $ 50/night each in order to get guests and good reviews.