Located in the Cathedral Historic District of downtown Sioux Falls, the Dutch on 7th had a rocky start when owners Adam and Becky Weber first came across the house.
“We didn’t want to buy the house,” said Adam. “We just kept feeling led to look into it and found out the owners were wanting to sell. After telling them we weren’t interested, they told us to ‘make us an offer.’”
Though the home was run down, the Webers decided to try and turn the house around.
“We got the house to have a place we can offer to friends going through hard situations. The Airbnb part was an added bonus for us.” -Adam Weber
Several renovations had to be made before the home could be opened as a vacation rental, including replacing the ceiling in the kitchen, the cement front steps, and other structural aspects.
“The house was so rough, but it had good bones. Every room in the house needed love,” said Adam.
Now, the 1913 Dutch Colonial is a top-rated Airbnb home, combining 20th-century styles with modern touches.
The interior is decorated in blues and yellows. Guests might notice some fixtures, like the lights and the bathroom sink, are also from the same time period as the house itself.
As for modern details, the couple has added decorations and artwork throughout the house from local artists and businesses.
“Many of the small decorations throughout are from Zandbroz [Variety] downtown,” said Adam.
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They have also added decorations from their own collections, like a 7UP wall sign from their family’s firework stand in Revillo and a lunch pail that used to be the mailbox of one of their old homes.
For Adam, his favorite part of the Dutch is its location.
“We don’t just want it to be a place you can sleep, but a place where you feel renewed and refreshed.” -Adam Weber
“We absolutely love the Cathedral District, and honestly think it’s the hidden gem of Sioux Falls,” said Adam.
Adam Weber, who is the lead pastor at Embrace Church, a podcast host (The Conversation with Adam Weber), and an author, leaves personal notes for each guest. For more on the entrepreneur and speaker, visit adamweber.com.
Those looking for a place to stay in Sioux Falls are encouraged to check out the Dutch on 7th to get a taste of the local history and atmosphere.
“It’s far from perfect, but if you like old homes and history, it’s the place for you,” said Adam. “We are continuously adding more personal touches and improvements to it.”
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