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Full-size bed, reclaimed oak flooring piece, stereo with aux jack, lots of electrical outlets
It's a renovated basement space with private entrance and within a block of light-rail and restaurant core. We've retained some old soul of the 1923 home and accented with creative pieces. You'll find it practical AND funky, with lots of light and space.
Included are a bedroom, Full-size bed, private custom-built bathroom, living room, fridge/micro/coffee/dinnerware and full laundry. The space also includes use of a patio space (though we have a shared yard with our neighbors).
You'll have keyless entry through a back-lit digital locking system, so no one will have to worry about key exchange and access issues.
Interaction with Guests
We are totally flexible and just want you to have a good time! The space allows you to be totally independent if that's your style (private entrace with keyless entry, minimal shared amenities, etc.), but we'd love to meet you and give some not-so-subtle recommendations for stuff to do and areas to see. IT'S UP TO YOU!
We feel lucky to live in a city like this and in a corner of it that strikes the right balance between funky neighborhood and proximity to the city center.
The Overlook is named for the nearby bluffs that look down onto the city center and the Willamette River, offering great sunsets and activity areas (lots of dogs, running and biking). There's a strong core of restaurants, bars, grocery stores and coffee.
From the Airport: A cab will take approximately 20 minutes and cost about $40. The MAX train will cost 2.50/person and take about an hour. You take the MAX Red Line toward City Center to the Rose Quarter Transit Center, switch to the Yellow Line toward the Expo Center and get off at the North Killingsworth Station.
Public Transportation: Our home is located in North Portland, one block southeast from the MAX Yellow Line train (North Killingsworth Station) and the #72 Bus line.
Bicycle: North Williams/Vancouver Avenues is the main biking artery through this part of town. This couplet runs North/South and crosses both North Alberta and North Killingsworth streets that lead to our home. We are located approx. 1 mile West of this road.
Driving: Our home is only a few blocks from Interstate-5 - Alberta Street/Swan Island exit if you/re heading South, or the Killingsworth exit heading North.
Benjamin and Kristi's basement apartment is cozy and perfectly sized for a quick weekend trip to Portland. It is a stylish space with a definite Portland feel with well appointed decorations and finishes. The bed was warm and comfortable and I will have dreams about the bathroom's rolling door and shower head ;)
Ben and Kristi, made our late arrival easy with easy access to the apartment without interrupting their evening.
The neighborhood is great and very welcoming. There are many shops, grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants close by, and something for everyone. Plenty of parking and quick easy access to downtown via car, bus, or train.
We loved our stay, and would recommend it to anyone looking to visit Portland.
This place was perfect for my short business trip. The private access and code made it easy to come and go, and Kristi made communication easy. I appreciated the custom pieces of the space and found it well equipped.
We had a wonderful experience at Benjamin and Kristi's place! The basement suite was cute and inviting! We enjoyed looking through the many Portland magazines to give us tips and " things to do". The evening we arrived Kristi emailed us making sure we felt at home and ask if we needed anything. She provided a list of places walking distance around the suite which was helpful! Towels were out and there cue tips and cotton balls Incase we needed! Being a basement suite it was a little cold at first but we were pleasantly surprised that there was a heater in the bedroom! The decor made it feel fun and that our weekend away was a vacation! We were thankful for the hospitality of Kristi and Benjamin and would recommend it to anyone :)
The space was welcoming, clean and looked exactly like the pictures. We were very happy when we walked in the door after a long day of traveling. The location was perfect because of the proximity to the MAX line and was a quick 15 minute ride downtown. It was the perfect home away from home while in Portland.
Kristi was very accommodating and gave us some great suggestions for places to eat around Portland. It was a very clean and unique space. Highly recommended! The close proximity to public transit was very convenient.
Kristi and Ben were extremely fast to respond to my inquiry and super speedy in communication as well. I had a concern about checking in late and Kristi assured me that it would be no problem.
The basement was super cozy, we loved the atmosphere and couple of decoration solutions were very creative - mason jars for lights and a wooden piece above the bed. The mattress was very comfy, although the bed would not be very comfy for a tall person (boyfriend is about 6ft, this is where it pays off to be short!) Kristi had a whole bunch of clean towels for us and the best part was the shower.
The basement is very isolated, we only heard creaks in the morning when we were already up. Kristi had couple of suggestions via email for food places and that was incredibly sweet :) Our trip was super short so we were up and out of the house early in the morning but I really hope to stay with Ben and Kristi again and finally meet! Recommend for a cute Portland getaway :)
Cute space and very conveniently located right next to public transportation. We went to a Trail Blazers game and it only took about 15 minutes to get downtown. Kristi also recommended this great brewery to stop by before the game (Ex Novo). We really enjoyed our stay!
Ben reads lots of magazines, drinks coffee every day, sometimes rides an old moped, wears his hair messy before work then uses some sort of a clay to tame it and get professional, acts like his front porch is a stoop in New Orleans, and gets to work with teenagers in the margins.
Kristi laughs a lot, styles peoples' hairs, loves throwback onion dip, is still looking for the perfect pair of overalls, used to be your flight attendant, has a dad who really lost his thumb in a bull-roping accident and won't let you sip from a beverage without an authentic-eye-contact "cheers".
It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance!