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Hamden couple named best new Airbnb hosts in Connecticut

"It's been really great, beyond what we ever imagined it could have been," said Heavren about her experience hosting an Airbnb in her home. "We made a couple of friends from the experience so it really turned into a community-building opportunity." 

Some of the criteria used to choose the winners includes most check-ins and being a "Superhost" on the platform, according to a press release.  Heavren and DiRisi's listing has over 80 reviews and maintained a 4.98 rating after beginning hosting in January of this year, according to Airbnb.  

"These Hosts anticipate guests’ needs, mind the details, and add thoughtful touches that surprise and delight," wrote Airbnb in the report. Airbnb's report also found that 48 percent of the top hosts' new listings are located in urban areas and 42 in rural areas of the country. 

Heavren and DeRisi first started renting their home's spare room when one of their daughters moved, and  it quickly became more, Heavren said.

"It was really ... [a] homecoming for ourselves, in our relationship, in our neighborhood, in our community, and to be able to spend a lot of time creating beauty and working with our property in our land to make it a welcoming space that we can share with other people," said Heavren. 

The Hamden Airbnb includes access to a bedroom with a full bathroom and outdoor spaces like the front porch and back deck. Some of the amenities are access to a mini-fridge, parking space and an electric vehicle charger. When staying at Heavren's home, visitors live among salvaged wood furniture and sculptures. The property is also within walking distance from West Rock State Park. But Heavren believes what makes her Airbnb special is the personalized treatment that her guests get.