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. :)
NOTE: Yes, the Tiny Guesthouse has heat. Very cozy this time of year.
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...
One new thing. A word about feedback. As a rule I don't do what a lot of hosts do and insist that my guests have previous airbnb experiences. I've had great experiences with "newbies" and am delighted to be your first! The only place I notice this getting me in trouble is with feedback. After your stay, airbnb will send you a note asking you to rate your stay in 5 areas as they will ask me to rate 3 things about you. What seems to happen a lot is that, never having done this before, folks sometimes think they need to save their 5 star rating for some perfect unicorn-like future experience and figure that 4 is way above average so that's great, right? Sadly, it turns out that airbnb goes on the "everyone gets a gold star" model and so, if you were satisfied, it's kind of traditional to give 5 stars down the line. Anything less quickly sends me tumbling down in the ratings. In return, that's what I do for you as well so that, in the future, when other hosts are looking at you they see this awesome 5 star person. Let's make each other look good here! It costs us nothing and, come on, we're both awesome, right?