The Blue Cousin of the Leo Adler House is now being used as an Airbnb.
The Baer House, at 2333 Main St., and built in 1882, was purchased in August by Jody and Ranee Solmonsson.
The Adler and Baer houses have one house between them. The Baer house is actually seven years older than the more well-known Adler House, which was built in 1889 and is a county-owned museum.
Prior to being purchased by the Solmonssons, the house had sat vacant. It was operated as a bed and breakfast by the previous owner.
The house was built by Daniel Smith, who sold it two years later to Samuel Baer, the eventual namesake of the house. Baer was married to Sally Hirsch, the sister of Laura Adler, who was the mother of Leo Adler and his siblings, Sanford and Theresa.
The Solmonssons live in Newberg, but they plan to move to Baker City some time in the next two to five years. The couple own about 10 other rental properties, two in Baker City, including the White House building at 1829 Main St. All the houses the couple rents out are historic homes, with the Baer house being the oldest. They are waiting for one of them to find a job in town before moving east to Baker City.
The Solmonssons have thought about doing Airbnb before but didn’t because none of their other properties fit the platform like the Baer house does. Airbnb is an online site where people can book lodging or host other users at their properties.
“A house like this should be filled with people, families, gatherings and we would like to bring that energy back to it,” Ranee Solmonsson stated in a letter.
This is the first time the Solmonssons have used Airbnb with one of their properties. The couple will have the property managed by Tori Brown, who has previous experience managing Airbnbs and it has a 5-star rating, according to Solmonsson.
Nov. 1 was the first day that the house was open to those interested in staying in the house. On Nov. 2 the Solmonssons had an open house. The home can house up to 14 guests and has six bedrooms and three bathrooms.
“I think that there is going to be a market for people who like the idea of staying in a historic house,” Solmonsson said.
See more in the Nov. 7, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.