Swing House Airbnb in Cincinnati offers unique overnight experience

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Swinghouse is exactly what it says.

Step into the rental housing and living art space in Camp Washington’s Cincinnati district and you’ll quickly find three things: kitchen, bed and swing.

Built in 1880, the Italian-style three-story house has been converted into one spacious room.

The interior is modern and has the latest appliances, fixtures, lighting and heating, but the house still feels old.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 An overview of an Airbnb rental property known as the Swing House in the industrial district of Camp Washington, Cincinnati, featuring a large swing hanging from the ceiling.  It was transformed into one large, wide open room in 1880.

And that’s intentional. Everything in SwingHouse is intentional.

The inspiration for this house was the long-standing goal of artist and owner Mark de John, who had dreamed of designing a house with huge swings for years. He bought the property in 2015, started refurbishing in the same year and completed the house in 2018.

He grew up in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati’s University of Design, Architecture, Arts and Planning. He also owns a number of art-centric homes around Cincinnati, including the Circle House in Camp Washington and the Square House on the North Side.

“What is art for Nashville and what is art and architecture for Cincinnati,” said De John.

Mark de Jong, the artist and owner of Airbnb's rental property known as Swing House, features a large swing hanging from the ceiling. The house is located in the industrial district of Camp Washington, Cincinnati, taken on Thursday, December 2, 2021.  Built in 1880, the Italian-style three-story house has been converted into one large open room.

People from all over the world, including Switzerland, Morocco and Japan, are staying at Swinghouses. De Jung said couples and singles have traveled to see their homes and sometimes just to stay in Cincinnati.

The day before I visited, the couple drove 9 hours from New Jersey and stayed overnight at Swinghouse.

The house itself has become viral several times-check out #TheSwingHouse on Instagram, TikTok and other platforms-and Airbnb features it.

When I stayed in early December, the house had only a few openings throughout the month and January. Now I understand why.

A house designed to provide a floating experience

During the renovation, de Jong removed the upper floors of the house to create space for a 30-foot swing.

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, a bed in an Airbnb rental property known as the Swing House in the industrial district of Camp Washington, Cincinnati, featuring a large swing hanging from the ceiling.  Built in 1880, the house has been converted into one large open room.

Like the rest of the house, the swing seats were made of the materials found, similar to the works of the small underground art gallery. Years of original stucco, bricks, paint, and previous owners peek into the wall.

All furniture (cupboards, cabinets, countertops, beds) is wall-mounted or made to look like it’s not touching the ground, all floating to mimic the swing and its movements.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 An overview of an Airbnb rental property known as the Swing House in the industrial district of Camp Washington, Cincinnati, featuring a large swing hanging from the ceiling.  It was transformed into one large, wide open room in 1880.

After Swing House debuted at the Center for Contemporary Art in the spring and summer of 2018, de Jong began renting via Airbnb.

Since then it has been a hit. The one-bed, one-bath homes currently listed on Airbnb for $ 204 per night are usually intended for short-term rentals of one to three nights.

The weather was nice during my stay and I knew how many windows there were in the space.

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