About this listing
Traveling is my passion. I believe feeling *at home* when you’re on the road is precious and invaluable. I not only provide a warm and spacious 3 bedroom house for your next visit to Seattle, I offer my commitment to serve the traveler.
Wood burning fireplace and large entertaining area make this living room warm and inviting
This tudor-inspired home is perfect for your next vacation to Seattle. Close to the UW, Greenlake, and ideal for those who use public transportation. Enjoy a newly remodeled kitchen, and a cute patio dining area on warm days and a warm fireplace in winter.
"Terry was extremely responsive to all our needs” Liza
“Terry is a wonderful and nice person who responds to your inquiries very quickly” Mohammad
“Terry was a wonderful host and made extra effort to accommodate us.” Scott
This house is spacious and perfect for family vacations! We can host 6 people comfortably, and welcome the family pet.
*This is not an event venue for dinner parties, wedding showers, family reunions, etc. We are not permitted to host more than 6 registered guests and allow only those registered guests use the house.
Located near the University of Washington and Greenlake, a nice walk to U-Village and only few blocks to Whole Foods, this Ravenna Home is ideally located for your next visit to Seattle. It's only 6 blocks from I-5 which makes you only minutes from downtown.
Creating a feeling of "home" for travelers means the space is spotless, well-organized, there is ample space to unpack and feel at home right away.
The house is a comfortable, with a large living room and dining room perfect for relaxing at home after a long day of sight-seeing. There are three bedrooms upstairs and a large bathroom.
Master bedroom: queen bed
Guest Room #1: queen bed
Guest Room #2: two twin beds
A small guest bath is on the main floor. The newly remodeled kitchen is perfect for cooking and comes stocked with the basics. There is a lovely urban oasis in the back for outdoor eating and entertaining in the summer.
There are four real beds total:
2 queen beds and
2 twin beds.
The Ravenna/Roosevelt neighborhood scores a 93 in the walkabiity ratings because everything you need is right outside your door, including an express bus downtown.
This neighborhood is quintessential Seattle, with lovely grounds and garden beds, large trees and wonderful restaurants. The Scarlett Tree club down the street hosts some of the best music in town.
Ideal for families and for the family pooch! Let us make your stay in Seattle wonderful!
There is a tenant/housekeeper in the basement apartment, and they use the driveway. There is ample parking on the street right in front of the house, and the house and yard are used exclusively by guests.
Interaction with Guests
I'm often in Michigan, but will be in Seattle most of the Spring and I'm available by phone, text or email. I respond within minutes to questions, or concerns.
I love that I can walk three blocks to the Ravenna Ravine, and hike through this gorgeous urban forest and on the other side of the ravine is U-village a great spot to shop. Head west and after eight blocks you're at Greenlake. Within a few blocks you're at Whole Foods, East/West books, Rain City Burgers, Bartells Drug Store, Starbucks.
Public transportation is ideal from this spot. For those travelers who use Car2go in their home town, it is available in Seattle now too.
Other Things to Note
My housekeeper stays in the apartment downstairs in the basement, but the space is sound-proofed and no one has ever noticed or mentioned any inconvenience.
We are pretty chill, there isn't many rules. We do not want the house used as a wedding/event prep/cooking location unless arranged beforehand. We don't allow parties: dinner parties, wedding events, family reunions in the house with people not staying at the house without prior approval.
We appreciate it if guests check-in after 5pm and check out by 11am unless prior arrangements are made.
If additional guests are sleeping at the house we appreciate notification.
The house was in great condition - very well appointed kitchen. The dining room space was perfect and the living room offers a nice gathering area. The bathroom upstairs was good size, with both a shower and a bathtub and the bedrooms were all comfortable. The house is easy to get to, and only a few miles from downtown Seattle - the parking on 68th street is probably easiest to use, and it's just a short walk across the street. The rooms are well sized, and easily accommodate a small group get together.
We loved our stay at this true "home away from home!" Terry made us feel very welcome with the house all set up for the six of us, supplies for breakfast, and a kind offer to text with any questions. There were helpful directions to find things around the kitchen, which made it easy to get breakfast prepared and enjoy our days in Seattle. We had everything we needed! The back patio was a wonderful place to eat breakfast.
The location is great. We walked to Green Lake the first afternoon where I tried stand-up paddle boarding for the first time.
It was warm during our stay, so we needed to cool down the rooms by having the windows open. There's traffic noise for the two front rooms, but the fans helped a bit to tone it down, and with the windows closed, you can hardly hear it.
I got this place for my five adult family members. The house was nice and clean. Terry was thoughtful to leave a few groceries for her guests and eggs from the chickens next door. Terry was also responsive to my questions about her place.
My main concern was confusion with Terry’s rules on “unregistered guests” and a call out to potential guests. From my messages I felt I was upfront that my entire family would be in the same area with me, using multiple airbnb hosts.
My family arrived from a 15 hour flight Sunday afternoon and decided to have take out and eat dinner together at Terry’s airbnb. The next morning I received a message from Terry that there were reports of unregistered guests staying “most of the time” at her house. I explained to her that my sister’s family just came over for dinner. She asked me to the review our messages and her posting on house rules.
After reviewing our message history and the description of the place, I did not see any explicit mention from Terry prohibiting visitors from coming over. The only mention I could find was in the Terry’s house rules listing stating “we don’t appreciate parties in the house with people not staying at the house without prior approval”. Again, the only time my other family members were over was a short Sunday dinner. It was not a party. I explained to Terry that my sister’s family was staying in another airbnb and not staying in her house. I received a message from her that no visitors are allowed to come over, apart from the 5 adults that were registered because of liability issues.
After Terry made me aware of the liability issues she face from having visitors over, I let my family know because I did not want to put Terry in jeopardy with that or her neighbors. Terry did allow my family to come for quick visits between the hours of 12 – 7 pm however, it was disappointing and embarrassing for me to tell my family that there were restrictions for other family members. My sister’s Airbnb host graciously allowed my family to use her house as meet up spot going forward.
This is the first time I’ve encountered a “no visitor: restriction with airbnb so I did not think to ask this before booking this house. Had I known about this “no visitor” rule, I would have definitely chosen to find another place for my family to stay even if it was more expensive
I’m happy to address Maria’s review, I hope my future guests can learn from the mistakes made.
First, as hosts, we all have the right to create house rules. Many of us have had to secure agreements from neighbors, and we operate without official permits, so house rules are very important. Maria had those rules available for her review before booking.
Second, before any guest books a spot, they should read the house rules to make sure that there is a good match between their needs and the needs of their host. It's important before booking to clarify any of the rules.
Third, if you are clear while booking about your specific plans, there will be fewer misunderstandings about the rules.
In Maria’s case, I wasn’t notified about their expectation to use the house as a gathering spot for 12-15 family members on most days of their stay. I offered Maria the chance to pay an extra usage fee so that I could accommodate her and cover the cost of the extra use. She chose to move their parties to another house.
I hope that any guest that is considering booking my place or another airbnb spot, will offer their host complete transparency about their intentions. Airbnb is built on trust between strangers, and open and honest communication is key to building that trust.
Terry's "Home away from Home" really and truly was a home away from home. Everything about this house is awesome. It's spacious and cozy at the same time. I really enjoyed the way the house was decorated and had a homey feel to it. It was also walking distance to major bus lines, and some bars and restaurants that we had fun wandering into. My friends and I really enjoyed ourselves at this airbnb, we even lit a small bonfire on our last night. If we ever make it back to Seattle, this is where we will stay.
This was our first experience with airbnb. Terry was accommodating and let us check in early. Her home is nicely decorated (although getting a bit worn in some areas) and is well appointed with towels, toilet paper and most essentials. The only thing missing were hangers in the closets (there were a few but bent & old for the most part).
It was certainly more spacious than a hotel room (although not quite as spacious as the photos) and there were 5 of us, so we thought it was good value for a city area.
As for location, I think the positive comments on this are based on the fact that the home is close to Whole Foods and easy to get on/off I-5 etc.
The 2 negatives for me were:
1) on a busy road with lots of bus traffic
2) no air conditioning and no screens on windows, so when we tried to open the windows to cool things off, mosquitoes flew in and the buses were very loud. 2 of the 3 bedrooms face the street. There is a fan in every bedroom though. The master faces the back and is quiet. This would be less of an issue in the fall/winter.
You should be aware that Terry and/or her housekeeper live in the basement. This actually made us feel safe. This is mentioned in the property description, but I missed it.
It's a really nice place for a family to stay. I was with other five family members. We enjoyed our stay a lot. It's really convenient to buy some food and cook at home. The host Terry was very helpful and she responded quickly. The only shortcoming was that there is only one shower even though there are two bathrooms, so people needed to wait a little bit to take shower. Overall, I recommended this place!
Although we just had 3 days/ 2 nights at Terry's house, staying there was great. The place is located within easy (bus) driving distance to Seattle downtown & near to Green Lake - perfect to get to know Seattle's diverse facets. The house itself is quite commodious - with a full equipped kitchen & 3 bed rooms. Terry was very kind, accommodating & flexible during the whole time of our stay; if you have any questions, she answers/ helps you immediately. I would like to stay there again, when I visit Seattle next time.
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About the Host, Terry
I love to travel, and explore life off the grid.
I recently completed my Masters Degree in Theology, and I'm on the road a lot which is why I love to host. I've been bouncing between San Diego, Seattle and Detroit for the last six years.
I love homemaking, and making sure my guests feel comfortable. Hospitality has always been a passion of mine. I also love the outdoors,
I have two dogs, Jack and Milo and they are the loves of my life . I love to cook and have cupboards filled with healthy ingredients to share with my guests. My life motto "Life isn't about what we are doing. Life is about who we are being." I bring love, honesty, and health to everything I do.