About this listing
Custom-finished room in a semi-secluded area of the house.
The room is a large, craftsman-style space, in the basement with 3 operable windows that get direct morning sunshine. Lots of angles, level changes and custom work give the room a unique feel. There is a writing desk with a swing-arm desk lamp, chair, plenty of outlets and excellent high-speed wireless access. The room includes built-in bookshelves made from vintage doors, and plenty of closet space. There is a comfy queen-size bed with nightstands, and a full length mirror.
The ceilings in the basement are low, so if you're over 6ft tall, you may feel uncomfortable. Half of the basement is unfinished, though currently there is a bathroom being added. The construction is underway, so there may be some activity during the day while you're here. The bathroom should be finished in June 2016.
This room (one of two basement bedrooms), is completely separate from the upper two floors. The door to the basement is in the back of the house. To access the bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) on the main floor, you exit the basement, go outside, under a covered porch and enter the main house through the back door.
You are welcome to enjoy the common areas of the house including the fully equipped kitchen with storage space available in the refrigerator and shelves--though some guests prefer taking advantage of the delicious food in the neighborhood. A comfortable, covered front porch with a couch and a large, covered, bamboo-wrapped back porch keep the sun and rain at bay. The house also has a dining room with large bay windows and a warm, inviting living room with a wood-burning pellet stove that runs during the heating season.
As a guest you have private storage areas in the kitchen, refrigerator space, use of French-press, coffee maker, or espresso machine (we like coffee here). Also included are the use of the washer and dryer. We have a cleaner who keeps the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors, nice and tidy. The rooms and entire house have free high-speed, wireless internet, as well as a wired connection option in the living room.
Interaction with Guests
The house is usually comprised of a mix of short and long-term stay guests. I live in one of the rooms, though I am occasionally away traveling or on rock climbing trips. There are usually good opportunities to interact with other guests in the common areas of the house, but it also easy to find privacy. I've had some wonderful people stay here over the years and look forward to meeting many more.
The house is located in the heart of the vibrant Alberta district. Starting 3 blocks away, there are great restaurants (including Podnah's Pit, 2011 restaurant of the year), coffee houses (like Random Order named one of America's Best Pie Spots by Food&Wine), brew pubs, shopping and entertainment. Walkscore street-smart, walkability rating for our house is an amazing 96! It describes our location as a Walker's Paradise.
Many excellent, and some of the best restaurants, cafes, and entertainment options are located in the Alberta neighborhood--all within a 5-20 minute walk from the house. When you need to get downtown, it's only a 15 minute bike ride to the city center. Frequent-service bus lines (#6,#8,#72,#15) and a Zipcar station are 4 blocks away. Car-To-Go service is available throughout the city. Also, a bike sharing program is being implemented in the city.
Other Things to Note
House bicycle is available for $10 a day.
Dogs (small/medium) are welcome to stay for $10/night with pre-approval (access to the room, basement, and outside, but not the main part of the house).
Guidelines to make your stay as peaceful and pleasant as possible.
COMMON AREAS: Please keep common areas clean and store all personal items in your room. Please use headphones if listening to music or watching videos.
QUIET HOURS: 9:00 PM - 9:00 AM. Please respect other guests need for quiet rest during these hours.
SMOKING: Smoke-free house. If you need to smoke, please go out to the sidewalk.
From May 1 - Sep 15, 2016 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
I love living in Portland. I get to ride my bike around town most days or work on house or yard projects. I usually do a range of sports during the week depending on the time of year--including basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, running and cycling.
However, my biggest sports passions are rock climbing and slacklining. I've been climbing for over 20 years and have put up many new climbing routes around Portland over the years. Depending on the time of year, I will have a slackline set up in the backyard. If you've never tried it, it's unlike any other balance sport...basically a single line trampoline that feels impossible at first, but is actually quite manageable after a bit of practice.
I like gardening and have spent the last five years or so transplanting and cultivating trees, shrubs and sedums at the house. There are all sorts of perennial edibles here--cherry, plum, persimmon, fig, currant, blueberry, huckleberry, gogi berry, strawberry, pear, grape, asparagus, kiwi and raspberry.
I lived in Bolivia for a couple of years while I was in the Peace Corps and have traveled to about 30 countries. I like being an adventure traveler and enjoy hosting other travelers and visitors as well.
I bought this house back in 2006 and it was practically unlivable. Then once I decided to replace all the plumbing, it was unlivable for about 3 months. doh! But that was years ago. These days, I continue to work on smallish projects around the house, whether it's shuffling around my bamboo planters, planning a new raised garden bed, building a shed out of recycled materials or adding a utility sink to the laundry room (on the list!).