Downtown Victorian OK'd as Overnight Rental

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

107 Elizabeth Street, Eau Claire
107 Elizabeth Street, Eau Claire

A green Victorian home on the bike trail in downtown Eau Claire will become a bed and breakfast (well, without the breakfast) thanks to zoning approval from the city Plan Commission. Located at 107 Elizabeth St., the 5,264-square-foot multi-family home has three apartments. Two will remain as rentals, while the third and largest will be available for six people on weekends via Airbnb.com. The home has three large bedrooms with queen-sized double beds and two-and-a-half baths. Guests will have free rein to the home, which includes three parlors, a kitchen, a dining room, and a spacious family room in the attic. The view of the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers from its huge windows is unsurpassed. Originally built in 1887 at 904 First Ave., the home’s address was switched to Elizabeth Street when the bike trail was created. While not a designated historic property, it has been selected as one of seven properties featured in this fall’s Historic Preservation Foundation Home Tour from 10am-4pm Saturday, Sept. 23. Owners John and Sharyn Moss love renovating homes together. “Fixing up dilapidated buildings can be so rewarding,” Sharyn shared. “The finished project always brings us joy. … This house was worth saving. She was built strong and stable and just needed some love to bring her back to life.”

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