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 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've filled out thier 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 2 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.)
ps - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Staying in this tiny house was a perfect introduction to Seattle. Located in a lovely neighborhood, the place is close to all kinds of great food and activities, and it's easy to get downtown via bus. And Hal is such a good guy! Informative and friendly, he'll make you feel welcome instantly.
The TTG is just as adorable in real life as it is in the photo. Hal really thought of everything. Every time I found another genius part of the TTG I got even more excited. The space is small, but well thought out and cozy. I loved the location, Fremont was an awesome neighborhood I probably would not have discovered. I'd recommend this place and this host to anyone traveling to Seattle. Can't wait to come back!
The Teeny Tiny Guesthouse is a wonderfully situated and, as the name clearly states, very small space. The owner Hal has created a very pleasant quiet corner a few blocks from the heart of Fremont that is surprisingly well equipped. It works very well for one Peron but two can fit nicely, provided they are comfortable with being very close. I would happily go back to the guesthouse.
Hals driving directions were right on, and easy to understand, he took the time to help us find parking too. The tiny guesthouse is so well designed and the welcome basket was a sweet touch. We were glad to sit on the sunny rooftop to enjoy a wifi break and the view after our Sunday market wanders. What an awesome neighbourhood! We may have ate at Silence Heart Nest two days in a row.. The housemade chai and veggie omelettes were that good. Definitely suggest exploring Seattle from Hals place.
Loved the place, the host, the bikes, the city, and the location. Don't hesitate. Book this amazingly cozy place.
What a fantastic experience staying in the Teeny Tiny Guesthouse! Hal is brilliant in his design of such an efficient tiny living space. Really, it is perfect! You do have everything you need. As well, the location could not be better - tucked quietly away - yet super easy access to explore Fremont and the surrounding city of Seattle.
Staying at Hal's is like staying with a good friend you have not seen in a long time. Hal is a gracious, hospitable, insightful & hilarious host! A pleasure for certain.
We absolutely loved Hal's tiny space and found it had everything we needed. It is cozy and comfortable. Most of all it is a creative and interesting space to experience.
Hal was a great host and knows Seattle very well and is nice to visit with. If you haven't been to Seattle before you will find that Fremont is an excellent neighborhood to call home base, and Hal is a helpful/friendly resource to make your stay the best it can be.
We hope to return again soon!
Although teeny-tiny, Hal's guesthouse was a fantastic place to stay in Seattle. The location is great and the house is a lot of fun. Hal was a gracious host, and despite of the fact that we did not get a chance to meet in person (unfortunately), communicating with him was very easy, and getting in and out was a breeze. He even left us delicious pain au chocolat and clementines for breakfast! The guesthouse is completely independent from the main house, which is great for guests looking for privacy. The heat, wifi and hot water worked perfectly, and the house was loaded with towels, blankets and all-things travelers might need (and often forget). I strongly recommend it and will most certainly reach out next time I'm in Seattle.
Hal is a good host. He stayed up late on Friday to welcome me in, and gave us a quick tour and let us get settled. The location is great - right in a cool neighborhood with bars and restaurants, etc. Inside the house we comfortably slept three men. The place is indeed small but gets the job done. And what a cool idea and vision that Hal had when he built it! The pulldown bed and top bunk are really cool...and there are some nice hang out places both inside and outside. I'd definitely stay there again, and would recommend anybody who is there on a budget. Cheers Hal!
The Itty Bitty Guesty House was as much a part of our Seattle experience as Pike's Place, the Needle and the Troll under the Bridge!!! Hal was an incredible host and the location was a lovely walkable distance from the adorable Fremont center. Will definitely plan on staying on our next trip to Seattle but will plan a longer stay at the IBGH.
For adults: it is worth staying not only for location and Hal's graciousness, but for the inspiring use of 64 sq feet of efficient simplistic architecture. Truly inspiring.
For kids: Just plain fun! Have them watch the video. My kids thought they were meeting a star when they met Hal! They loved the garage door bed, the typewriter, and even though they were exhausted, HAD TO take a bath in the floor tub.
The IBGH is adorable, sweet, comfortable and, yes, tiny. Not for claustaphobes. Perfect for a single, couple, couple with one child, single with 2 kids, or 3 adults.