About This Listing
This is a fantastic space if you don't mind being in a basement. There's $5000 Massage Lounger in the Master Suite.
There are 2 very large (400 & 500 sq ft.) bedrooms, a kitchenette, and a bathroom.
Welcome to a sweet space in beautiful SE Portland, minutes away from Mt. Tabor, where you can hike, see downtown, Mt Hood, or enjoy the reservoirs.
This space has 2 very large bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen.
It is a basement. So it's wonderful in the summer. It keeps nice and cool all summer. There is not a lot of day light, but there is plenty of electrical light.
The largest bedroom is over 500 sq. feet with a wood like parquet floor and a fireplace. There are 5 daylight basement windows that let a lot of light in. There's a library, a TV with DVD player, a desk and chair, and a comfie Queen sized pillow top bed.
The second bedroom is a suite; one room has Asian style sitting with zafus and meditation pillows, and a library. The bedroom has a closet and a full sized pillow top bed.
The kitchenette has a sink, hot plate, toaster, blender, coffee maker, toaster oven, and coffee grinder. There's also a washer and dryer, $5 a load. Laundry detergent included.
There are 2 indoor/outdoor cats on the premises. Their food and water are in the basement, so they will be in and out. You can keep your bedroom doors closed to keep them out.
I also have 1 or 2 friendly and fun staff people who work in a small office downstairs. They are only there from 10am to 2pm, Monday thru Friday.
There's a carport for your bikes and plenty of on street parking.
The space includes 2 large bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, and a kitchenette. There is also access to the patio and back yard.
Interaction with Guests
I love hanging out with guests, but i am the CEO of a business that does require a large amount of attention.
Mt. Tabor is one of the more spectacular scenic spots in Portland. You can hike to the very top and back to my place in 40 minutes.
We have local restaurants, coffee shops, and are near 82nd Ave, which has a movie megaplex and Walmart, minutes away.
2 bus lines within minutes, both have buses coming every 15 minutes during daylight hours. You can use the TriMet app to synch your schedule to the bus schedule and get anywhere in Portland.
There are plenty of bike (email hidden)cycle path maps are available along with a ton of magazines, coupons and brochures on what to do in Portland and Oregon.
There is a great car share program called car2go in Portland.
Other Things to Note
This is a basement space, so if folks rent upstairs, you can hear their footsteps. This is a shoeless household, so that minimizes the sound.
Quiet Household. Enter and exit through the carport.
Absolutely no smoking of any kind.
Noise is an issue when folks are renting upstairs. Quiet after 10pm is appreciated.
Noise curfew from midnight to 7pm. This means no noise of any kind. Talking is limited to low voice that and be heard within 3 feet maximum. Use headphones if you need to listen to audio of any kind.
The Appt Is in a great area. But the appt itself was not so great. John was friendly and very available if we needed anything. If there are renters in the upstairs you can hear everything, even casual conversation. it kinda feels like someone is actively living there, clothes hung on hangers, and in drawers, most cabinets filled with food and half the fridge already taken up. The cats are barely around, so not much of an issue. But the last night we were there we did smell cat pee in one of the rooms. The saving grace was the massage chair.
Thanks for your honest appraisal of things. There can be noise in the basement; i'm moving more and more to renting the whole house. I keep the rent really low for the basement because of the noise and the cat factor.
I did tell you to close the doors to your living spaces so the cats can't get in there. I don't allow them in the bedrooms when i'm not there because of the territorial issues that can arise with strangers.
The good news is that the cats will hopefully be off premises by June 2015.
As far as food in the kitchen, i did tell you that you were welcome to all the food that was down there.
I've stayed in a ton of airbnb places, and it's pretty common for personal belongings to be in the space. Sorry if that was unclear to you; i totally know how it feels if there's too much of someone else's stuff in your space. That's why i make sure to take as much as possible out.
I clearly marked the cabinets so you knew where the supplies you are welcome to are, and what is private.
I'm glad that the trip worked out for you and you had a great time in Portland. Be sure to mention the 10% discount that all past guests have access to when they return.
John's place is a nice large space, compartmentalized into 2 sleeping quarters. All 5 members of my family were comfortable. John's business associate, Gary, met and oriented us to the space. I would recommend staying here again. I really liked using the massage recliner!
John was very friendly and accommodating. The space is as described - it's definitely not fancy, but is a place to stay at a great price. It's roomy and can accommodate a pretty good-sized group, and John provided an air mattress for us to use. As John mentions in the listing, there are cats and people who have access to the basement, so it doesn't feel as private as a standalone home would, but it was generally fine.
John was friendly, and showed us the place prior to our check in so we could leave our luggage while at briefest. The place looks exactly how it does in the pictures, and it was the perfect size for the 5 of us. He has 2 cats who are very friendly and for the most part keep out of the area except for drinking water and eating food. The neighborhood was a mile and some change to a lot of awesome Portland spots: Stumptown, Salt & Straw, Pok Pok Thai, and others. His place was a great spot to travel with a group.
Thanks Natasha, I appreciate your kind words. I do make it a point to be here to greet my guests. I enjoyed having you here. I just love telling people about this great town, how it's laid out, and some local attractions.
I hope you left with some fond memories. And make sure if you come back to mention the 20% discount you receive now that you are a part of the family.
We stayed at Johns place for two nights during the july 4th weekend. He is very welcoming and the place is a nice and cozy place in the basement. John also gave us good suggestions on the nearby tourist attractions, places to visit and restuarants nearby. Also, there are interesting antique piceces in house from all over the world. Overall, it was a very nice experience. I would definitely recommend this place for furture guests, if you do not mind the cat which pays a friendly visit :)
My stay in Johns home was great, a peaceful sanctuary. John was very warm and welcoming, very helpful and polite. He is a great host and has a beautiful home.
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About the Host, John
I'm a health professional, interested in living a healthy, happy, long life.
At this point, i'm vegan, simple eating, but i love a place with a kitchen i can use. And the ideal place has a bathtub!
I also host my home in Portland, and have met some incredible people.
I currently am the CEO of the All About Health Network, an e-commerce business dedicated to promoting the benefits of massage and body rolling.
i was an avid rock climber until i realized it was beginning to jeopardize my dancing career (post modern). I teach yoga, yamuna body rolling, soul motion, all easy forms of moving your body and staying healthy.
I've taught everything from 6th grade Earth Science to College Health Science to Couples Massage.