About This Listing
Our guest room has antiques and original art like the rest of our bungalow style house. Enjoy the deck and gardens, hot tub and massage then walk through our tree lined residential neighborhood to Portland's major foodie destination, Division Street
A professional artist and actress have a sweet, small guest room available for an overnight guest or someone wanting to stay the weekend to enjoy Portland as well as longer stays if you need.
I'm Mark an artist, a painter and L.M.T. My wife, Wendy, is an actress, comedienne and singer. We have a charming, arty, house in the Richmond neighborhood in the southeast of Portland. Its an easy walk to the Clinton St. theater to the west or the Bagdad theater on Hawthorne boulevard to the north with all kinds of shops and restaurants nearby. Division St. a block away with Pok Pok, Ava Gene's, Bollywood Theater, and Nuestra Cucina as well as numerous smaller bakeries and coffee shops has become quite the foodie destination street with vintage and novelty shops as well. Walk down through our tree lined residential neighborhood to the little Clinton "village" that has art galleries, restaurants, a coffee house and nice bar, The Press Club, with live music as well as the Clinton Theater with interesting unusual movies and the longest running Rocky Horror Picture show on Saturday nights.
We have a garden around the house with interesting sitting areas and a deck with a hot tub... an in house spa if you like. Wendy and I both like to cook and like to host guests for breakfasts here. We had friends stay in our guest room before and we thought - why not host a friend we haven't met yet So if you're new to Airbnb be sure to fill in your profile page and post an accurate picture of yourself so we can get an idea of who we might be inviting into our home. We would be an ideal place for a single person to come and enjoy a homey, arty place with personality while staying in an interesting Portland neighborhood. We could accommodate two by adding a futon. We can point you towards all kinds of interesting things to see and do nearby and throughout the city.
When you come I will greet you or tell you where to get the key to let yourself in and find your room at the top of the stairs.
Interaction with Guests
We respect your privacy, leave you be in your room and you have easy access to come and go as you like but we welcome you to join us for breakfast, and enjoy getting acquainted with you if you are so inclined. You could book a massage and have a hot tub if you want to relax at the end of the day.
Some of Portland's favorite restaurants are close by: Pok Pok, Nuestra Cucina, Bollywood Theater, Ava Gene's, St. Jack's are withing walking distance, Olympic Provisions, Bistro Montage, Delta Cafe, Evoe, and Le Pigeon are not far away. Vintage and collectible shops, tea and coffee houses and more all all within easy walking distance. Yet our house and most all the neighbors live in hundred year old craftsman style bungalows making for a nice tree lined neighborhood good for walking in all directions.
The frequent service #4 Division/St.Johns bus is a block away to take you on a ride through downtown past Pioneer Square towards the train station through China town across the river over to the Lloyd center area and on to the Mississippi Ave. neighborhood for lots more fun. You can continue all the way out to the little town of St. Johns if you want to take a mini tour of Portland then turn around and come back towards our house.
On the way back it goes back through Mississippi to the Rose Garden where the Lloyd Center mall is, through China town and downtown and across the river to Hawthorne Blvd. then over to Division street and up to where you get off near our house on 34th st.
If you're coming from the airport take the Max red line to the Rose Garden then transfer to the #4 Division st. bus to bring you here.
Other Things to Note
If you want to stay with us be sure to complete your profile page so we can get an idea of who you are and if we would want you to visit us in our home. If you are new to Airbnb - go do that now and make sure the picture is of you, not your shoes or your dog.
We keep our prices low so people like us can afford a comfortable, fun, visit to Portland.
People from other countries, of other colors with different backgrounds, languages and religions are most welcome.
Our policies and philosophies can be summed up in most of the Beatles songs.
So please - no bigots, racists or rich Republicans trying to pinch pennies.. we ran into that that once. Oy!
We provide a private room with access to your own half bathroom but shared full bath for your shower. We don't drink or smoke, you do what you want outside of the home, just please be considerate. No rolling in roaring drunk after midnight.. however tiptoeing in a little tipsy is o.k. at any hour... this is your home too, after all.
We are seniors, baby boomers, with one over the hill hippy and an unsinkable actress. We like most anyone cool - artists, musicians, actors, adventurers, animal lovers, poets, students and people coming for a
class, convention or workshop or just to see Portland or visit family or friends are most welcome.
When I am practicing massage there needs to be quiet. When I am practicing the violin, plug your ears. We can write back and forth on this site or try talking on the phone for a bit to see if we would be a good fit. Most people are easy to tell at a glance from your profile photo. We welcome friends of Bill, trees, earth, animals and in Wendy's case - fashion and fun. We want to have your stay with us be comfortable, casual and carefree. We have a new puppy, a Havanese, that is non allergenic and is never allowed in the guest room or massage room. If you have a dog that likes other dogs it would probably work out fine.
If "One Cute guest room" of Mark & Wendy Larsen is any indication of Airbnb services, I am totally sold. First and foremost, the Larsen's are the perfect hosts. Starting with the email communiques with explicit directions to their home and printed house guidelines, you were well acquainted with their home. Their home was clean and creatively reflected their personalities as artists. The second floor bedroom was warm, charming and a very comfy bed. They provided extra outlets for electronic devices and a desk/vanity. The bathroom shower is shared with the hosts. They are a wealth of information about Portland and provided me with maps and real background history of the city. Consequently, although I was only there overnight, I had the best trip and subsequent tour of Portland. If you wish a taste of Portland, this should be your destination.
I can't say enough good things about Mark and Wendy's guest room at Clinton Corner. The bed is comfy, the neighborhood is awesome, and the hosts are charming, helpful, and as cool as they are quirky. If you're looking for a unique, welcoming place to stay in a lush neighborhood full of restaurants, coffee houses and plenty of shopping, you'll love it. Say hi to Sadie for me.
Mark and Wendy were wonderful. I did not stay for very long but they were very accommodating. Location was great!
Both Mark and Wendy were at home when I arrived and were very welcoming. They showed around the house and my room, and offered a lot of advice on things to see and do during my adventure in Oregon. The house was very charming and as listed. I had everything I needed and a great place to sleep. Mark and Wendy are both artsy, engaging and lovely people. I would tell anyone that they would be lucky to spend time with them. Their neighborhood is lovely and the people very friendly; excellent food carts a few blocks away as well as fine restaurants and bars with live music.
Susan, I have to say you triggered a little wanderlust in me. You are really doing it, I hope that it all comes to a happy journey to a satisfying trails end someday for you, What about Panama?
It was great to get to know you. Come back any time and let us know of any spectacular adventures you might have along the way.
Thank you for sharing your cozy home in the perfect location to explore Portland. Wonderful restaurants within walking distance, easy bus access and Mark was always ready with directions and ideas for spots to check out. Very safe neighborhood for a single traveler, I took the bus and walked around at night without worry. Plus a GREAT MASSAGE from Mark. Deep tissue work and stretching helped make for an extra special relaxing day!! Thanks again for a great visit to your lovely city.
Mark & Wendy's home was the perfect respite during my relaxing Portland getaway. Although I arrived late at night, Mark was available to greet me and help me feel at home. The homey bedroom was as described and the bathroom/shower were very accommodating. Their home is charming and full of delightful finds and art of their own creation. Mark is a delightful conversationalist and I enjoyed our chats from my perch on their porch swing. The neighborhood has everything a guest could want - restaurants, coffee houses, bars, shopping and yoga. I explored Portland by bus which was easy to catch from 1-2 blocks away on Division.
I highly recommend a stay with Mark and Wendy in their beautiful Richmond home.
Mark was very nice, even offered me some dinner. The house has lots of artistic touches including custom tiles in the shower and on the kitchen counter.
The previous tenant got confused and stayed for another night, but Mark came up with a creative solution so that we could both stay.
About the Host, Mark&Wendy
I'm Mark an artist, a painter and L.M.T. My wife, Wendy, is an actress, comedienne and singer. We met thirty years ago at Storefront Theater in downtown Portland. Wendy was so talented I bowed out of acting and took up set design and scenery painting that lead to mural work and now fine art easel painting. I am working on art or practicing massage most every day these days. Wendy has become a stylist and fashion consultant and continues to perform in Portland theater. Our house reflects a love of art, travel, antiques, and oddities.
Beauty sustains us and keeps us feeling alive and we welcome like minded travelers.
We are baby boomers, seniors, arty, lefty, over the hill ex hippies who cling to our old ideals tighter than we do our new ipods.
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