Rental homes equal big business during major Louisville events


by Alex Schuman

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 3 at 10:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Diane Hampel came to Louisville Saturday with her extended family for the PGA Championship.

“Well the guys have been going to golf tournaments around the country and they finally asked the girls to come this time,” she said.

The 1901 Highlands home they’re renting is pure Louisville. The woodwork inside was done by the same company who designed Churchill Downs’ Twin Spires. Frederick Olmsted’s firm did the landscaping and Louisville Mayor Wilson Wyatt owned the home for nearly four decades.

“Like Eleanor Roosevelt has stayed here – President Johnson has stayed here. President Truman stayed here for Derby one year,” homeowner Lisa Causarano said. “Adalahe Stevenson’s presidential campaign was run from here – Carl Sandberg stayed here. So it has a lot of great history."

People place their homes for rent online. Vacation Rental Homes, Dwellable, and Homeaway are some of the popular rental sites. Causarano has only rented the home out once before but it’s nothing new for Hampel’s family.

“We’ve had great success renting houses like this all over the country,” Hampel said.

Causarano asks her renters to sign a rental agreement, copies of their driver’s licenses and does as much research on them ahead of time as possible before handing over keys to her home.

“When it’s rented, we move off site,” she said.

Hampel’s family enjoys the pool and getting their own space for little kids to run around.

It’s an experience both parties enjoy but if you know someone who wants to stay at Causarano’s home, they are already a year behind.

“Within about 38 hours of this Derby, we were inundated with inquiries for next Derby and I had it rented in like three days,” she said.

The Highlands neighborhood may be a long distance away from where the PGA Championship will be held but Hampel’s family says they can find the most restaurants and places to visit.

The new PGA parking rules this year make being close to the course pretty pointless for many ticket holders.