Renovated Loft in the land of Mark Twain

Renovated Loft in the land of Mark Twain

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

We renovated this three-storey commercial property in 2017 to include a vacation rental where we book more than 150 guest nights per year. Legend has it that this building (circa 1866) housed a "dance hall" on the third floor and rooms by the night on the second, where this loft is located. More likely, this was one of the 80 or so saloon/brothels that called Hannibal home during its heyday as a riverboat/railway and lumbering town. We kept as many original features as possible while making the unit modern and comfortable. There are two bedrooms with full-size beds and two baths each with their own tub/shower. A large galley kitchen features five appliances and a large island/breakfast counter. The open-concept kitchen/living/dining room overlooks Central Park and Broadway with three large windows. The loft is up one flight of stairs and also has its own washer/dryer and individual heating/air-conditioning controls. Television is ROKU and Netflix equipped.
Hannibal is the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the setting for the fictional St. Petersburg, where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer takes place. Each year, Hannibal hosts over 300,000 visitors who come for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, the Tom Sawyer Cave, The Molly Brown house and museum, our restored shopping district or one of the 20 or so cultural festivals that fill weekends from March through Christmas. Riverboats dock throughout the summer at our soon-to-be-renovated waterfront. Experience the vistas up and down the Mississippi from Riverview Park, climb the 220 steps to the lighthouse or visit Sodalis Nature Preserve, home to the world's largest colony of endangered Indiana Brown Bats. Take in a baseball game featuring the Hannibal Hoots or attend a live professional theater production at Bluff City Theater, our regionally-significant small theater making a name for itself in the Midwest. Thursdays throughout the summer feature Music Under the Stars, a free concert in the square in front of the Samuel Clemens law office. The end of November through December features A Hannibal Victorian Christmas with activities every weekend, horse-drawn wagon rides and artistic presentations. We're just 90 minutes from St. Louis-perfect for a day trip or overnight excursion and accessible by air or rail from Chicago.

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Who we are

  1. We are a married gay couple (Joe and Wesley) who retired in 2012. After visiting Wesley's hometown of Hannibal Missouri, we fell in love with the area and the people and tackled our first project in 2013-starting a professional theater. As lovers of art, literature, architecture and history, we found Hannibal oozes culture. We started the theater to support our booming tourism base and now produce five plays a year from March through August. Then we started buying old distressed properties and have completed four major renovation/restoration projects in the historic downtown. Although we didn't get to travel as much during five years of hard work building up our businesses here, we are starting to dream of escaping again. We love places where we can integrate into the community, live the local life, relax, read, drink wine and commune with the atmosphere, whether urban or rural.

  2. Joe spent 40 years as a media executive in Canada, managing newspapers and magazines in 17 communities and playing a leadership role in community development. Wesley, an American, grew up in Hannibal, built his career as a senior project manager (IT) in Atlanta and Northern Virginia before retiring at 40 to move to Canada. We are well-travelled and own properties in the US and Costa Rica. We were members of Home for Exchange for several years prior to 2012 and exchanged with France, England and Ireland, but dropped out when we made this major commitment to Hannibal. Now, it's time to start travelling again, at least on a limited basis.

  3. We're pretty laid back. Joe speaks fluent English and passable French, Spanish and German, so we're not afraid to travel in countries where English is not the first language. We love animals, so don't mind babysitting your pets if needed. We're not party-people, like to go to bed early, but like to meet new friends wherever we go and fit in pretty well to any new experience. We're also not very picky about where we stay, so don't be afraid to surprise us. As long as your home is clean and comfortable, the size, type, décor are not an issue with us. In-town, in the country- isolated or at the center of it all- as long as the community interests us, we can make just about anywhere home. We should mention that we have many residential properties offered on Air BnB and Home Away in Hannibal. We chose this property to feature because of it's great location and finishes, but if your group is smaller or larger, ask about alternative properties.

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