About this listing
Your hideout in Seattle! Surround yourself with trees, birds and calm while you visit...a little bit of country in the city. We can't wait to meet you!
Hello! Thanks for stopping by!
Private basement bedroom for one or two guests with queen size bed and full, attached bathroom in 100+ year old Seattle craftsman home. The room contains most of our library, so you will be able to dive into a new read or revisit an old favorite! A small desk is available, as well as a full closet with a chest of drawers and shelves and a cupboard in the bathroom for more storage.
Kids are welcome!
Pets are negotiable, please ask
Separate keypad lock entrance through the bicycle/mud room allows you to come and go as you please. The mattress/box spring are new...and made by a local, family run business...since 1882! Electric kettle for tea, coffee (both included) or soup, hot buttered rum...yum! Share the fully equipped kitchen upstairs and enjoy our two dogs in this tree-filled area of Seattle.
If you need anything unusual during your stay, this can be an experience or a thing...wrapping paper, turkey roasting pan, Spanish lessons...feel free to ask! We have more than the average at our disposal and love to share.
The house is located on a greenbelt: our side street is too steep for a road, so we (and a contingent of students from the University of Washington) built a trail and planted native species for the birds and bugs. Large garden with flowers and edibles completes the Metrobilly experience. Unconfirmed existence of gnomes.
Metrobilly = a quirky combination of country and city...Big trucks & fine art
We are on one of Seattle's few gravel roads, heat our home with water (sub-floor radiant heat) and wood that you can hear us chopping across the valley (OK...an exaggeration!) and do what we can to live a sustainable life.
Few minute walk to the bus to downtown (20 min bus ride), local restaurants, including Cafe Flora-100% vegetarian, a bunch of French restaurants/bistros--we now call the area Petit Paris. A small grocery store, yoga studio and some sweet shops are also close by. 20 minute walk to Lake Washington, 30 minutes to Capitol Hill and 40 to downtown Seattle.
Parking is free and available on the street. BBQ and fire pit for you under non-wet circumstances.
You can walk east to a gorgeous ridge view of Lake Washington, or north to the Washington Park Arboretum, filled with winding trails, species gardens and the well known Japanese Garden. We have a bicycle or two for loan, to enhance your visit.
We look forward to sharing this top-secret spot with you!
Seattle topography varies from all of the water, hills, valleys and ridges....the city is mapped on a 3-grid system because of a disagreement between the three founding families. Please check our directions before you travel, as it can be confusing. We are happy to help with directions at anytime during your stay.
Thanks for looking...hope to meet you soon!
Shared laundry, shared kitchen and yard/fire pit (weather permitting). Separate entry gives you plenty of freedom.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the same house! Sometimes I don't get a chance to meet our guests, and other times we collide and have long conversations! Because you have your own entrance, you are free to come and go. I am happy to help with questions or Seattle-seeing-strategies, or to leave you to your own devices (which usually means great friends in the area!) Either way depends on personalities, agendas and timing.
Madison Valley is in between Capitol Hill to the west and Madison Park and Lake Washington to the east. Just north is the extensive grounds of the University of Washington's Arboretum and the Japanese Garden. To the south is the Madrona neighborhood and the Central District...think Ethiopian restaurants...yum! We are within walking distance to some excellent restaurants, a small grocery for that essential pint of ice cream and some neat retail spots. The forest like atmosphere is very cozy and relaxing. Walking in the neighborhood is beautiful...and invigorating as we boast some very steep hills. The views once you climb are amazing! There are also two miniature horses a few blocks away that you can visit and may get to pet!
Transit: Our closest Seattle Metro bus lines are #8 and #11. The #8 takes you to the Seattle Center and Queen Anne neighborhood via Capitol Hill or to Beacon Hill if you go south. The #11 runs up to Capitol Hill and to Downtown. Each run about every 15 minutes during the day and about every 30 minutes at night. The bus stops are about a ten minute walk. King County has a trip planning website that will help: type in King Country metro trip planner to find the site.
Parking is free and available on the street.
To get to us from the SeaTac airport, you can:
(1) take the Central Link Light Rail for about $5.00 for a 40 minute ride to downtown Seattle, then walk to the bus #11. This is operated by Sound Transit and you can find the trip planner on their site (website hidden). They suggest taking the bus #8 from the Beacon Hill or Mount Baker station, and that works too.
(2) Schedule via online reservation to take the Airporter Shuttle. They will drop you at our driveway. It is under $40 for one way and about $70 round trip per person.
(3) A taxi from the airport is a better deal than the shuttle for two travelers, as it is $50 ($100 round trip) and is the fastest option.
(4) car rental...we have free parking! A car is great if you want to go adventuring outside of Seattle.
--Please let us know your arrival and departure plans, once you know them!
--Smoking allowed outside. Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington. Please smoke outside. If it's pouring rain, please smoke on the porch outside!
--Please lock the door if you are leaving the house.
--Please turn off the porch light and mud room light once you are in for the night. I will do my best to turn them on in the evening, if you are out.
--Seattle is working hard to reduce our land fills! -Please recycle clean paper, glass and plastics in the labeled container in the closet.
-Organic waste: food scraps, bio-stuff, tissues or food-soiled paper (pizza and take-out boxes) can all go in the green container in the bathroom. More bio bags are under the sink.
--Pets! We have had a great bunch of dogs and one bunny stay with us at the Metrobilly! Our dogs get really excited about this, so we ask common sense and to make arrangements for the dogs to meet if you want them to! Helmut is the old pointer and is becoming a bit grumpy about puppies and not really overjoyed about any other dogs (this includes Cosmo!). Cosmo gets along with nearly every dog, but plays really hard, so we want to have a test-run meeting before any mayhem or injury!
--All we ask is for respect and common sense! And, to bug us with any question...large or small...to make your stay the most comfortable!
Jana's has been a perfect base to explore Seattle. The place is spacious, super cozy and great to get some rest from the more hectic life downtown. Both Lake Washington and the city center are within walking distance - if you don't like walking: the bus just takes a few minutes. Jana was very welcoming and helpful and gave us a lot of information on the area and helped us planning our travels in Washington state. We'd definitely recommend staying at Jana's!
Metrobilly (perfect description) Retreat was even better than our expectations. The funky, wooded, secluded setting in the middle of Seattle's urban commotion is a spacetime warp. The house is buffered against the city by its gardens, lush undergrowth and various "green" projects, including an impressive collection of fine bicycles in different stages of production and repair, plus our host's artwork. Our cozy room (with its own library!) was private and comfortable (great bed) and the attached large bathroom and separate entrance made coming and going easy. Despite the apparent isolation, East Madison St. with its many cafes and restaurants is a only short walk away. Our hosts Jana and Hann were attentive to getting us settled in while in the midst of their own very busy lives. We will definitely want to stay again on our next visit to Seattle.
Jana is such a great host. She is very friendly and easygoing. Her house was clean and interesting. I loved the bathroom! It's so huge! It's located in convenient place and nice neighborhood so you can enjoy walking too. Our experience in her house was wonderful!
I very much enjoyed Jana's retreat. The place was very cozy and clean. The bed was comfortable. Jana was very respectful of our privacy which was much appreciated. I will definitely stay here again when visiting Seattle.
My second stay at the Metrobilly lodge & resort was great. Very warm room, very nice people, no complaints whatsoever. The primary color scheme going on in the bathroom is great and you'll learn a lot of science facts looking at the shower curtain.
The room was really comfortable, it is a cozy space, the bed amazing, the bathroom really spacious and all decorated very nicely. It was kept warm when the temperature outside was cold, so we knew that when arriving we would feel at home, with everything they promise in the description of the retreat. Jana was really kind and helpful with directions, and with getting a cab to get to the airport early in the morning. Dogs are really lovely, super educated as well. The location is good, with a maximum of two buses you can get to most areas of Seattle, and Jana provides with maps and information so that you don't get lost, which can happen if it is your first time in Seattle. Would definitely come back to Metrobilly retreat if in Seattle.
About the Host, Jana
My husband and I welcome you to our Metrobilly Retreat! It's slowly getting less rough around the edges, as we each find time to work on projects. We are both artists and create chiefly with metals; my work is generally small and often wearable, whereas my husband makes bicycles and pieces on a larger scale.
We practice yoga and keep fit with cycling and exercising our dogs, and attempt to keep our brains working.
We are teaching ourselves to make wine and cider, and transforming our patch of land into a garden with edible and colorful characters.
We both spent our growing years traveling/moving, and currently travel every chance we can get. This means, we know how important it is to be comfortable, cozy and worry free. We are delighted to help you feel at home as you adventure out into Seattle!