Welcome to Portland! We've got it all--world-famous restaurants, food carts, doughnut makers, breweries, coffee roasters, and wineries all within reach. If you are itching to get out of the city, we are a hop skip and a jump from the Oregon coast, the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah falls, Mt. Hood, and wine country. Our house is about a 15-20 minute drive to the airport, and 15 minute drive to downtown Portland.
Your Asian- themed room in our recently completed (December 2012!) 6 BR 3.5 BA Portland Foursquare home is in the finished basement. It has a very comfortable queen-sized pillowtop bed for your use. You will share a full bath with the other airbnb room downstairs (the yellow room)--the bathroom is located between the two. There is an additional powder room on the main floor for anyone to use.
The finished basement is about 1200 square feet, and has a large egress window, 9 foot ceilings, and private entrance from the side of the house, so you can come and go with privacy. The basement has a large open space with an HDTV hooked up to cable, a table and desk available for your use.
The kitchen is large and sunny, with stainless appliances, granite counters, large island with prep sink and bar stools for relaxed meals. It opens to the great room, with gas fireplace and large HDTV. Off the kitchen there is a formal dining room with box beam ceilings, a powder room, and small library. We have a large front porch, and covered back deck that overlooks the fenced-in backyard, perfect for relaxing or dining on warm days.
Our house is in the Woodstock neighborhood, about a block from Woodstock Boulevard, not far from Reed College, and within walking distance of many great bars, restaurants, a Safeway grocery store, and 3 parks. The closet bus stop is on 52nd and Woodstock, about 2 blocks away. There is ample (free) street parking.
Your hosts are a typical Portland couple--Brian is a Portland native, and works in the coffee industry, and will offer you your daily cup or three in a myriad of ways. Shannon is fluent in Danish and Chinese, and practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine at a busy clinic, little Kieran is 2, and likes to kick soccer balls, play with his train set, eat avocados and dance.
Our home is childproofed, and we have a spare pack and play and lots of books and toys to share with our youngest guests.
In addition to coffee and Chinese medicine we enjoy cooking, wine, craft beer, movies, indie music, sporting events, international travel, and always enjoy meeting new people.
Please let us know your expected arrival time, so we can figure out how to get keys to you-- our scheduled fluctuate a lot from day to day. Thanks! We look forward to meeting you!!
No smoking indoors.
Please let us know when you book your approximate arrival time so we can figure out how to get you a key-- our schedules fluctuate a lot from day to day.
Please just be mindful of banging doors when the baby is sleeping-- he takes a nap from 11-2,and goes down around 7 in the evening. However he sleeps very well-- we watch TV, throw dinner parties, live normally while he is asleep. There is no way to disturb him from the basement.
'The Orange Room' was just what I was looking for! I stayed with Shannon and her family for nearly 2 weeks and had a great experience. I felt at welcome and at home the moment I arrived. The space was clean and the bed was SUPER comfortable with soft sheets, lots of extra pillows and blankets....did I mention the on-demand HOT shower...it was perfect after cold, rainy days out in the city. There is a separate entrance for the daylight basement, so it was easy to come and go as I pleased. And in the downstairs living room (shared with 1 other airbnb rental) there is a tv with Netflix AND even old school Nintendo!!! Plus, k-cup coffee, a hot tea kettle & tea, and a small refrigerator...everything a happy traveler could ever need :)
We had a comfortable stay at Shannon's. Although we didn't meet her, we met her partner, Brian, and little one. Brian was helpful and give us suggestions as to where to eat and visit. They were very accommodating when it came to arrival and check out time as well. Also, Shannon called us to let us know when we left a sweater at their place.
Beautiful house and room. Private entrance. A lot of space to stretch out and relax.
Pros: bed was big and comfortable
Cons: where to begin. I stayed four nights and was to feel uncomfortable from the second night onwards.
The day I arrived Shannon was nice but the second day she made me feel bad for having a guest around to help cook lunch.
She has a young child so I can understand why she was worried about having a random guest in the house she didn't know about but at the same time she never enquired as to whether I was coming alone or with another person. She was never really there to interact with. And I'm not sure why you would offer a room on airbnb when you have two very young children because airbnb doesn't screen guests and during my stay another guest got drunk, was very loud and made the downstairs smell their of alcohol.
I was also made to feel bad for using their freezer. Their nanny said I could use it on the first day but when checking out the husband seemed annoyed that I used it without telling them.
They also said I could use any cooking utensils I wanted and to feel free to have a look through the cupboards but they clearly didn't because Shannon would give me these weird looks and she was clearly annoyed.
It's small things like this that really made me feel uncomfortable especially when I paid so much.
For those of you reading this, I was hesitant to leave this review because it's my first time on airbnb and I don't want to receive a bad review in return but I paid a lot for this and when I have been made to feel so uncomfortable then I feel I have to say something.
I feel like they aren't suited to using airbnb. They say they are wary of having people around their young children and they think they are okay with it but their actions say otherwise. Can you say you really care about having strangers in your house around your kids when you're listing your two rooms on airbnb and letting in random people into your home that you have no knowledge about.
You either have to be okay with guests and make them feel comfortable or don't be okay and don't use airbnb. You can't be in the middle because it can make things very awkward and uncomfortable.
If you are staying one night or two then you will probably like it because you won't see the hosts too much and it's a nice house but if you're staying for a few nights then I really wouldn't recommend it.
Thanks for your review I think we just did not mesh well together and did not want to leave you a very negative review since this was your first experience with airbnb.
It was not a good experience for us either-- the first one out of the 150 plus guests we've hosted.
Every time guest we've had has asked us if it's ok to have a friend over - it's the polite and courteous thing to do when staying in someone's home, and we never say no. I did not like finding someone I did not know rummaging through my cupboards or fridge. That made me feel uncomfortable in my own home, Had you communicated with us this would not have been an issue.
Not everyone is well suited for this airbnb/sharing economy. Perhaps hostels or hotels will meet your needs better.
Hopefully this feedback will allow you to be a better guest in the future.
It is a really nice room, worm and nice painted. Close to downtown, host is friendly. Hope stay there again!
Shannon and Brian were fantastic! The private entrance into the downstairs makes the stay extremely comfortable, and non-intrusive. Beyond that - they were very accommodating, had great recommendations for places to go in the area, and were instrumental in giving advice as we were getting to know PDX. We stayed right before the holidays - and even with a house full of people, there is plenty of space and at no point did it feel crowded. They also allowed us to store our bikes in the garage during our stay. They are very friendly, and great for conversation.
We would absolutely recommend them, and would stay there again
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I'm a Sinologist and Five Element Acupuncturist in private practice in Portland Oregon, and am married to Brian, who does consulting for local coffee and beer companies. We have a gorgeous son, Kieran, born in October of 2011. We are avid travelers, and love to meet new people.
Brian is a coffee snob, and loves cooking and wine tasting. Kieran is obsessed with trains and enjoys music, books, swimming, and eating.
My favorite travel destination is China, and Thailand is a close second. Brian prefers Bali, and would love to eat his way through Italy and France.