About This Listing
It's a Teeny Tiny Guesthouse! Enter the words "tiny guesthouse tour" in your search engine or follow the instructions in the 2nd photo to see the video. Trust me, it's totally worth it! Also, click on the photo for more photos. :)
This is how you go see my video now. Sorry it's so much trouble. Used to be you could play it right from here but the site's been "improved".
(Note: I have a 3 day minimum but am open to "infill" reservations. If you see a 2 day blank spot in my calendar write me and we'll work something out!)
I built a teeny tiny guesthouse in my backyard, between the Garage Majal and the old millworkers house in the middle of Seattle's exciting Fremont neighborhood! It's 68 sq' and can sleep 3 (if two of the three are a couple) using the sleeping loft that lets out onto the rooftop view lawn or, my not yet patented, "Garage Door Murphy Bed". There's a teeny tiny full bath (toilet, sink, shower) and a secret bathtub beneath the floor. It is private from the other living areas on the property although, being right in town, stepping outside may put you in contact with (gasp!) actual other people. There are times when people hang out to chat, BBQ, sing and laugh downstairs, as it should be. Remeber, this is in the city. It's not a quiet retreat for the noise sensitive. That said, I've gotten very few complaints about noise. There is no TV but good fast wifi for your laptop and a cool old radio with iPod plug in! (just set the selector dial to "aux" and plug the little wire into your headphone jack) I built it primarily for guests and my roomates guests but there are lots of times when it just sits empty so I put it up here on airbnb! If you'd like to stay in a truly unique little place 1 block from the Centre of the Universe then this might be for you!
I strongly encourage you to watch the video to get a really good sense of just how tiny the space is and if it would function well for you. I know, now it's a pain in the ass to type in the URL and I'm hopping mad at airbnb for taking down the hyperlink but there it is. The fact is, they're a good service but also, marketing aside, just another giant multinational corporation trying to snuggle up and look like your best friend while protecting themselves from imagined threats on all sides. You and I have to work with and around them as best we can to make sure that each of us ends up having a good experience. So far, so good.
I've filled out their neighborhood guide up there with lots of my recommendations for places to eat, drink, shop, or just play. Take a little time and see what's up here in Fremont.
I've also provided detailed directions that become viewable to you when you book (as well as my phone number). Since I prefer if guests come in the back way to avoid disturbing the tenants in my front house it would be great if, just this once, you could put your GPS away, go old school, and print up the directions. I promise it's actually easier to find me this way!
I now have 4 loaner bicycles! Bring your own helmet, I've got a lock. (It's free to use, but $100-175 bucks if you lose one or get it stolen. That's the deal to use them. See "house rules" below.) They're old and cool and reliable with at least 3 speeds each! My personal favourite is Blackie, the Austrian built Sears bike from the 60'(website hidden) - I've been so busy with the place lately that I've had to push check in time back to 3:00PM as it was beginning to interfere with my yoga classes on Mon, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you're checking in on a different day you can still count on 2:00. If you want an earlier check in, email me and, depending on what's happening with the day before you arrive, I might be able to bump things up.
Just in! Please read the "House Rules" section. There's some stuff there that will help us all get along like hippies in a freshly landscaped city park!
There's a small "grotto lawn" outside the guesthouse that's nice to hang out on in good weather. Below that is a private residence and I usually ask folks not to go down there unless invited by the tenants.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you like. It's a private space. Some folks and I hit it off and visit a lot. Others I never see. All depends on the circumstance.
Fremont is about a 10 minute bus ride from downtown. Seattle lives in its neighborhoods and this is one of it's best ones. From my place you can walk 2 blocks into the center of things where you can find enough to entertain you for days on end. Want to go up to Ballard, over to Gasworks Park, or downtown? Grab a bike and be anywhere in 10-15 minutes!
There are tons of bus lines all within a few blocks that will take you most anywhere. I'm also close to the Burke Gilman bicycle trail as well as several bike trails to downtown.
Other Things to Note
I have several loaner bikes that your're welcome to use. In Seattle you're "supposed" to wear a helmet so bring one if you like to follow the rules...
If you break anything, please tell me so I can fix it. Input on improvements in liveablility and reliablility is very much appreciated as this is really a laboratory for small living. I think I got a lot of stuff right but only actual experience will tell.
Please, please, please, don't park in my neighbors driveway (yellow garage) even "just for a minute". It a fragile relationship that is currently under repair and, while they'd never say anything, I can feel their looks when someone has...
I provide lots of sheets and pillowcases. Please use them. I know it's nice to wrap yourself in a fluffy comforter but then I have to wash a fluffy comforter which is an entire load all on it's own. Sheets, on the other hand, can share a load with towels and let me do it all in one load. Also, while I'm on the subject and being a big crybaby, please leave your sleeping bags and such in your car. I don't want to find out one day that critters have arrived on someones camping gear and have to cancel a whole bunch of reservations to fumigate. Trust me, you'll like using sheets. It's awesome!!!
I capture a lot of rainwater to use in the toilet so please make sure it stops flushing before you go out. It's my secret treasure... When the water in the toilet appears grey, that's why. Don't drink out of the toilet. ;)
You can use one of the following appliances at the same time without blowing the breaker: The microwave, the bed winch, the electric kettle. If you blow the breaker and I'm not there to reset it you may end up sitting in the dark for a bit. There are candles under the microwave... (Seriously though, so far no one has ever blown the breaker. So you could still be the first!)
Loaner bicycles are used entirely at your own risk. You are responsible for its security. I provide a pretty good lock and they're funky looking, but easy riding, old bikes, but, if they get lost or stolen, by borrowing it you agree to repay me what I've got into them now, about $175 each. My advice? Lock them up next to better looking bikes... I keep a can of air outside for the tyres and some spanners to adjust the seats.
Please let me know what time you plan to check out the day before. When you go please take all the sheets, pillowcases, and towels you have used and pile them on the floor. This lets me know which ones are dirty. Fold blankets and put them back where they came from. Leave any plates, cups, glasses, and silverware you may have used by the typewriter so I can clean it as well.
I mention multiple times that I prefer for people to come in the back way so as not to disturb my tenants in the front house and provide detailed directions that work for everyone who follows them. In the same spots I mention to phone or text me when you're about 45 minutes away. Lately, I've had a small epidemic of people who haven't bothered to read anything I've written. If you're reading this, you're clearly not one of those people so I guess it's a good spot to tell you that I've been knocking 2 stars off the "communications" rating of guests who just phone me from out front or are brought back by my tenants after knocking on the front house door. Not cool, dear friends. Very not cool...
I had a great time at the guestyhouse. Hal is friendly and full of tips for exploring Seattle. The guestyhouse is tucked away so you really do feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. Recommended!
Hal is a perfect host. He makes you feel like you are part of the neighborhood and that you have always known him. Warm, gracious, and funny. He is a great communicator and pretty relaxed. He oriented us to the neighborhood well, with highlights to a variety of great places from a vintage arcade to great coffee. His Teeny, Tiny Guesthouse is just that- teeny and tiny, but brilliantly engineered to make the most of the space with a cool roll up garage door bed and stow-away table. The shower is great- hot and with wonderful water pressure! The surprise pastries and fruit were a welcome treat and useful as a midnight snack. He has some loaner bikes that help you get around. The location is excellent. You are literally a block from downtown Freemont, yet you feel very safe tucked into the neighborhood. If you are expecting 500 count sheets, a feather mattress pad, and matching turkish white towels this might not be your place. However, if you want to marvel at one man's ingenuity and feel the true vibe of funky Freemont, this is your spot. Hal is the kind of host that would make anyone and everyone feel welcome. Clean, quiet, well-located and well-priced, we now have a new place to stay when we come to Seattle.
I just recently stayed at the Teeny Tiny Guesthouse and enjoyed it thoroughly. The way Hal put it together is ingenious to say the very least. He met me when I arrived and gave me the lowdown on the guest house and the surrounding area. He is very friendly, upbeat and welcoming. Plus he lives on the property so if you need anything he's available. The neighborhood is cool with lots of shops and restaurants and there are 3 bus lines within a few block walk making it incredibly convenient to downtown Seattle.
I highly recommend the this little place. It will be worth your while (and your pocketbook) for sure!!
We had a great stay at the Tiny Guesthouse. It's a real nice spot, right in the heart of Fremont. The cabin is pretty spacious, at least for a couple used to sharing quarters. Great shower and nice lil radio for your morning NPR. Hal surprised us with some pastries and Theo's chocolate, which was very cool of him. I recommend grabbing your morning coffees at Fremont Coffee Roasters on 36th. Thanks for the stay!
Hal made us feel very welcome! His use of space was very creative & he's got a great sense of vintage style. Hal left a basket of snacks that was full of fresh baked goods and fruit. It was really appreciated! Hal is friendly and seemed really happy to share info re the area and help us w/ anything we needed.
Hal was a perfect host, who even bought us breakfast and fruits, and we really enjoyed staying with him. The teeny tiny guesthouse IS pretty tiny but still big enough for three adults. :-) It's very close to good restaurants and the bus stop.
Thank you so much for having us Hal!
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My favourite Fremont breakfast. Opened by a jewish guy from New Jersey you wont get a more authentic east coast diner experience in Seattle. He even imports his own pastrami from NYC.N 36th St Seattle WA 98103-8631
More great live music right down the street.North 36th St # G Seattle WA 98103-8693
My favourite! They roast thier own coffee right there in the basement but what I really enjoy is the old fashioned front porch where you can sit and just watch the world go by-North 36th Street Seattle WA 98103-8630
This is Fremonts locals bar. A good old fashioned Irish Pub with a real Irish owner.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103-8813
Great quick meals of both sweet and savory pies. A local business with really nice owners. A pie is $5 and makes a good meal.Fremont Ave North Seattle WA 98103
Said to be Seattles first espresso bar its a favourite of the locals and the closest to my place.Fremont Place North Seattle WA 98103-8623
Fremonts biggest live music venue it has lots of great music and a pretty good scene by and large.North 36th Street Seattle WA 98103
The place in Fremont for vintage vinyl.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103
If you want a really high quality meal in Fremont this is your place. Its a Korean/Chicago fusion but dont let that stop you. The food and cocktails are the best in the hood. About $50+ for two.N 36th St Seattle Washington 98103
Our neighborhood used book store. Small but theres also a hidden basement and a cat or two.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103
Over 99 Belgian beers on tap and great Belgian Frites. A good place for the serious beer drinker.North 35th Street Seattle WA 98103
Fremont actually has 4 or 5 thai restarants but this is the oldest and my favourite.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103-8811
Its just a teryaki place but its good and its cheap. Free tea and fortune cookies!Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103
A good spot to go looking for cool stuff. There must be over 100 vendors who keep small stalls in this sprawling basement space between Jai Thai and StarbucksFremont Place North Seattle WA 98103
Awesome vintage pinball, arcade games, beer and wine! Youll love it!North 36th Street Seattle WA 98103
Seattles famous all organic, fair trade chocolate company. There are tours of all thier cool industrial age equipment brought over from Europe or you can just go into the store and eat free samples.Phinney Avenue North Seattle Washington 98103
The neighborhood organic grocery store complete with a deli, beer, and wine sales. Great selection and very high quality food. Nice, small seating areas for grabbing a quick snack.North 34th Street Seattle WA 98103
This is one of Seattle best flea markets and well worth spending some time with if youre here on a Sunday. Except for the Sunday after Christmas. Thats the one they close for.evanston Avenue North Seattle WA 98103-8600
Seattles premier stringed instrument store. Mostly acoustic, the specialize in harps, guitars, ukelelis, and so on. Lots of books and very friendly, helpful staff.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103-8812
Our own little micro distillery! Go get a free sample!North Canal Street Seattle WA 98103
I didnt want to like this place when it opened but they have the best burgers in Fremont with all organic beef. The prices arent too bad either.Seattle WA 98103-8800
Oh god. The best sandwich you will ever eat. The lines out the door of this series of cobbled together shacks says it all.Fremont Avenue North Seattle WA 98103-7221
The rumour is that this is Seattle actual best coffee. I dont drink it myself but have heard it enough over the years to suspect there might be something to it...North 43rd Street Seattle WA 98103
The best hardware store in the area. They proclaim themselves to be Fastenerds so there you have it.Stone Way North Seattle WA 98103-7421
The big supermarket/drug store/10 acres of consumer products a 15 minute walk awayNorthwest 45th Street Seattle WA 98107
Its the zoo and you can walk there in 15 minutes!N. 59th Street Seattle WA 98103