This large daylight basement 1 BDRM MIL apartment is a street level walk up with its own private entrance. I live upstairs and work from home as a freelance photographer/videographer and designer. When I travel, I host *quiet* guests upstairs, too.
Brand New Beautyrest Black firm queen bed (9/2014)
Secure, private and well-lit entry
Organic tea and coffee provided
Kitchen is well-equipped for longer stays (full sized refrigerator, new dishwasher and farmhouse sink, vintage cooktop (no oven, however) and toaster, and stocked with essential utensils and cookware)
Full bath, LUXURIOUS rain shower head with great water pressure, plush and abundant towels and hairdryer provided
Unit is heated through central forced air gas, with additional wall heaters for those who tend to run colder than average. (The unit stays cool in the summer on its own.)
Fresh herbs are available for clipping from the herb garden out front
Turntable/radio/mp3 player with vintage records
Small but growing library of classic literature
Games and cards
If you don't know what you'd do without a TV, oven or a microwave, I'm sorry, but this isn't the place for you. But for those who appreciate quiet quality with a bit of a Ace Hotel meets thrift store chic aesthetic, you will feel right at home.
If you like to wake to the sound of chirping birds and enjoy charming old school comforts with access to great local delis, bars restaurants and shops, you'll enjoy staying here!
Interaction with Guests
I like to give my guests lots of space to have their own autonomous experience, so interactions with my guests are usually kept to check in and check out. However, I'm happy to join for a local cocktail or engage more with guests if I'm around and they are up for it. I find most just want to be left alone to experience Seattle on their own, and since I work a lot, that works pretty well for everyone.
The apartment is located in the lovely and quiet area of Whittier Heights in Ballard, situated between three great neighborhoods: downtown Ballard, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood and close to Fremont. The apartment is within a lovely stroll to award winning restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries and delis on 70th Street and 65th Street.
I am four blocks from Delancey's (amazing pizza), Essex, The Fat Hen and Honore Bakery. All voted top restaurants and bars. You can even take cooking classes at the Pantry at Delancey (but you must book early because they sell out!). It is a quick jaunt by bike or car to the Ballard Market (a really great grocery store), Safeway and Trader Joe's. Greenlake is a mile away. If you are a runner, walker or blader, you'll probably want to check it out! The Woodland Park Zoo is also close by and Discovery Park and Golden Gardens are also exquisite places to check out and not a far drive.
There is free street parking directly out front. Car-2-Go, Uber and Lyft are also a popular options in Seattle. I am 4 blocks to the #28 bus and about 6 locks from the Rapid Ride D line. Both buses go downtown.
Other Things to Note
Local sales tax (9.5%) has been included in the nightly rate.
two-person maximum (registered guests only)
no smoking on the property (inside or out)
not suitable for travelers with children
please observe appropriate noise levels between 10pm and 8am. (Especially in the kitchen area, as there is a bedroom directly above it upstairs.)
This Ballard MIL is cozy and cute... Very good for a base of you have lots of local activities planned. Take note that there is no oven or microwave, so reheating stuff is on stovetop only. And, you can here renters in upstairs house --- they were respectful of quiet times, just don't be surprised if you can clearly hear folks playing Yahtzee at 9pm. Shannon is great host and the place is accurately described... Cozy!
Shannon was a very good host and communicative, both prior to and during our stay. We also really appreciated that she let us keep our bags in the apartment after we checked-out, since our flight was at midnight. We also really liked the detailed rules and suggestions (for bars, restaurants, etc.) she left for us.
The apartment is quiet and very comfortable. Great amenities, an amazing kitchen, and everything exactly as described.
Ballard is a really nice neighborhood, quiet and cute. It's about a 30 min bus ride to downtown Seattle, much shorter if you take Uber or Lyft (around 10 mins if there's no traffic, and about $15-20). I think the distance is manageable if you don't have to be in downtown Seattle all the time. Unfortunately, we had to be in downtown Seattle from early morning until late evening for a conference, three days in a row. So the location didn't end up working perfectly for us, but if you have a more laid back schedule, then Ballard is really great.
Overall, we had a good experience and I would definitely recommend the apartment and Shannon as a host.
Great basement unit! Really loved the style! The wall heaters worked great even though it was cold out. Parking was convenient. Internet was fast and worked great.
We loved Ballard and the home was great! Clean and the kitchen had more than we needed!
This was such a perfect place to stay! The apartment is adorable, immaculate, fun and functional. I can't imagine wanting anything more from an AirBnB. The location is in a very cute residential neighborhood in Ballard. There were some great restaurants very close to the apartment, and downtown Ballard has tons of restaurants and cafes! I loved it here.
Shannon's place is absolutely adorable and I can't say enough good things about it. She makes the check in and stay seamless. The location is perfect. The bed is so comfortable!! And more. She clearly pays attentions to detail. Thanks for a lovely week Shannon and I'll definitely try to re book in future visits.
This was my first Air BnB experience and I could not have been happier. This is a dedicated space with lots of amenities. Shannon had everything ready on time, the hand off was super easy and the apartment was really clean with tons of fun stuff to do.
The location is great. Highly would absolutely recommend this space for anyone looking for a starting point for a Seattle adventure.
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I am a designer (architectural/interior), photographer and professional organizer who loves urban homesteading, cooking everything from scratch, and has one too many restoration projects in the works. I am a thrift and antique store JUNKIE.
I love creating spaces and experiences that surprise and delight people. I actively work to surround myself with things and experiences that look good, smell good, feel good, taste good and sound good -- and I love sharing the very best of what I find and learn in that pursuit with others!
My life motto: Life is short and I want to do it ALL!