About this listing
MODERN PRIVATE WALKIN APARTMENT with creature comforts and access to ample "urban farm" space on .25 acres in SE Portland.
Walk to Mt. Tabor Park, Hawthorne, Belmont & Montavilla Districts - cafes, bars, food carts, restaurants & entertainment.
Modern furniture and luxury amenities, with the right touch of home and BnB creature comforts:
•Awesome queen size bed
•Cush Scandinavian couches (Large couch converts to queen size bed)
•1000 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets
•600 thread count Supima Cotton duvets and blankets
•Deep luxurious spa tub and full pressure shower head
•Complimentary organic shampoo, conditioner & bodywash
•Plush Egyptian Cotton terry cloth towels & bathrobes
•Cordless privacy blinds on all windows
•40' Flat screen HDTV
•Xfinity HD Cable, with HBO, On Demand and other premium channels; Playstation 3; BlueRay player; access to instant watch Netflix, Hulu and Amazon
•Butcher board countertops
•Jenair gas range and convection oven
•Fully stocked kitchen – Every spice and cookware needed for your next gourmet meal
•Fine glass, dish and flat ware – to serve it up right
•Gardens on quarter acre plot – Help yourself to some fresh herbs, chard or collards
•Chicken run - Visit the girls for complimentary eggs (No roosters)
•Washer & dryer - Sustainable detergent and softener provided
Interaction with Guests
We are always accessible by phone if you have questions. We are happy to make you feel at home and offer suggestions for your day or night out (or in). Yet, we can also give you the privacy and space you need to enjoy your stay.
Walk to Mt. Tabor Park, Hawthorne, Belmont & Montavilla Districts - cafes, bars, food carts, restaurants and entertainment.
•Tabor & Laurelhurst Park – Heritage trees and picnic areas at walking and riding distance
•Entertainment & Commercial Corridors - Hawthorne, Belmont & Montavilla Districts at close proximity
•Grocery Stores – A walk away: New Seasons (Sustainable & organic products) & QFC (Conventional convenience)
•Coffee Shops - Albina Press, Firehouse Cafe, Tabor Space
•Brew Pubs - Tabor Tavern, Caldera, Horse Brass, Belmont Station (1,200+ Beers, 20 rotating taps)
•Red Box (3 blocks away)
•The Cheese Bar (Steve Jones –2011’s #1 Cheese monger in the Nation!)
•Food Cart Pod - SE 43rd & Belmont
GREAT ACCES TO TRANSPORTATION
•#15 Bus to Downtown (20 min)
•#20 Bus to Powell's books and the Pearl District (25 min.)
•Quick access to multiple bikes routes
•Let us know if you need a ride from and to the airport
Other Things to Note
Vacation is about family. Kids and babies are always welcome. We have great kids movies and you can bring your PS3 games including Skylander Giants. We have toys, a baby swing and a stroller available. Let us know what you need.
•Hypo allergenic bedcovers (under your sheets) - Prevents and protects against bed bugs
•All linens and towels washed with sustainable products in "sanitary" settings
•All bedding is down free
A NOTE ON BEDS
•In Bedroom - Custom recycled old growth Doug Fir platform bed
•White Scandinavian sofa converts into queen size bed
MOD URBAN FARMER BnB MANUAL
This manual is a “go-to” file that gives you the 411 on our apartment, “House Rules” as well, as some useful info about our neighborhood. As always, feel free to call should you have additional questions or concerns.
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• CHECKING IN & OUT
• QUIET HOURS
• ALCOHOL, SMOKING & DRUGS
• “GETTING HERE” - GETTING YOUR KEY, PUBLIC TRANSIT, BIKES, & PARKING
• LINENS, TOWELS & TOILETRIES
• WASHER & DRYER
• PETS, GROOMING & “OFF LEASH” AREAS
• Wi-Fi INTERNET, CABLE TV & PLAYSTATION
• KITCHEN’S HOT!
• TRASH, RECYCLING & COMPOST
• EATING OUT
• THINGS BREAK & NEED MENDING
CHECKING IN & OUT
CHECK IN – 2:00 PM
CHECK OUT – 11:00 AM
When you check out, we only ask that you return your key(s) to your assigned key box and let us know if there were any damages.
You don’t have to clean your suite, remove linens nor take out the trash - we will take care of all this.
QUIET HOURS - 9PM to 7AM
When checking in late night, hanging out in the gardens or on the front or back porch during early or evening hours, please be mindful of loud conversations or music. We want to insure we do not disturb our neighbors or other guests during quiet hours (AKA “night hours”).
The City of Portland’s Noise Ordinance defines “night hours” from 9 PM to 7AM. Please do not have loud conversations directly outside the house (E.g. Gardens, front or back yard, front or back porch) during “night hours” – seven days a week.
ALCOHOL, SMOKING & DRUGS
Though we are a relaxed home atmosphere all laws regarding the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and controlled and illegal substances apply to our rental spaces. This is not a “party house” - please look for an alternative booking if this is your intention.
We do not permit any kind of smoking in our home, or in the front or back gardens. Please be courteous to our neighbors and refrain from smoking in front of our and their homes.
“GETTING HERE” - GETTING YOUR KEY, PUBLIC TRANSIT, BIKES, & PARKING
OUR ADDRESS: 536 SE 55th Ave. Portland, OR. 97215
KEY BOXES & KEYS
For your convenience, we have well lit key boxes containing the key to your rental, that make it easy for you to check in after a late night flight or in the event our schedules don’t align during your check in time.
When you get to our home you will notice your private entrance in front of the driveway – the French doors.
To collect your key, walk up the path towards the front door and porch. To the right of the front door frame are key boxes.
Please note that the combo for the box is original for every guest. We will send you a message 12 to 48 hours before check-in with your key box and unique pass code.
Press your assigned 4-digit code and slide the top black button down. The box should open; key enclosed. Dial your code on the box cover once again, place the cover back on the box and push until you hear a click.
If your key box does not open on the first try, slide the lower black button down to “clear” the lock and try again.
•Please let us know if you will need an additional key.
•When you check out, return all keys to the box using your unique code.
•Regardless of the time you are checking in or checking out, if you are having trouble accessing the lock box, please don’t hesitate to call or text us at:
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We have a great system of public transportation! We encourage all our guests to use Trimet Bus, the Max Light Rail and the Portland Street Car whenever possible. As part of our dedication to our City’s sustainability mission, and as an incentive to our guests to use public transportation, your first bus ticket is on us - just ask!
You can call Trimet’s Transit Tracker hotline for up to the minute bus arrival time for all bus, train and streetcar stops in their network. Call (503) 238-RIDE (7433) follow the prompts and punch in the code associated to the stop.
We are very close to Trimet Bus lines:
•#15 Bus, stops 2 blocks south on 55th Ave. (Code 446) and gets you downtown in 20 minutes via the SE Belmont, Buckman and Morrison Districts
•#19 & 20 stops 3 blocks north on 55th Ave. (Code 788) and gets you downtown in 25 minutes via the Burnside Commercial corridor
The Google map bus function is also pretty accurate way to schedule and plan your trips on public transit. As always, call us if you get lost - (phone number hidden).
NEED A RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT?
Are you getting in late to the airport or bus station, don’t want to rent a car? We have great options for public and private transportation.
MAX, Taxi Cabs & Shuttles
Taking the MAX (Our light rail system) from the airport is easy and affordable. It costs $2.50 for an adult one trip pass, $4.50 for an adult all day pass. Service is frequent, yet MAX service ends at approximately 11:45PM at the airport.
It takes approximately an hour to get to the apartment and will require a transfer from the train to a bus. Use GMAPS, in the public transportation setting, to get the most accurate schedule and transfers available.
A taxi from the airport, for 2 people, with a $5 tip may run you approximately $30.
Depending the route you take we are approximately 7 miles from the airport by car - 17 minutes away. The taxicab rates are set and regulated by the City of Portland:
•$2.50 for the first passenger in the vehicle
•$2.50 surcharge for pick up at PDX (Portland International Airport)
•$1.00 for each additional passenger
•$2.60 per mile (including fuel surcharge)
Radio Cab – (phone number hidden)
Broadway Cab – (phone number hidden)
Green Cab – (phone number hidden)
A shuttle from the Portland airport to our address is $40 for up to 6 people and their luggage.
Portland Airporter Shuttle - (phone number hidden).
If our schedule allows, we would be willing to pick you up at the airport for $45.
We are also the most bike friendly city in the country! We have great bike and scenic routes across all 5 areas of the city. Biking the waterfront and our bridges are a great way to mix it up with the local scene. You will find in your room bike maps for SE, NE, SW, NW & North Portland – Great way to explore the city!
There are some great shops in town that will rent you a bike or take you on a tour.
Cycle Portland Bike Tours & Rentals - (phone number hidden)
- Straight shot from the house, 25 min. on the #19 or #20 bus line
Waterfront Bicycles - (phone number hidden)
- Straight shot from the house, 20 min. on the #15 bus line
If our schedule allows, we would be willing to pick you up at the airport for $45.
For those who can’t go carless, please bring but one vehicle per reservation. This will help us insure ample parking for our neighbors and our larger community. If you need to bring additional vehicles we can direct you to a more vacant parking area around the corner, on SE Stark between SE 54th and SE 56th.
Please park your car in our driveway.
Please do your best to park in the designated areas. We will do our best to keep these spaces available just for you. Yeah… we know, on street parking are public, but please refrain from parking in front of our neighbors’ homes if you can help it. They are all very sweet and this minor detail will keep everyone happy.
Also, our family neighborhood is incredibly safe, yet even though we have a small town feel this is still an urban center. Please do not leave valuables in your car.
LINENS, TOWELS & TOILETRIES
We provide all bed linens for you and your guests. We provide 100% Supima Cotton sheets and pillowcases with a 1,000 thread-count. 600 thread count duvet covers and blankets are also provided.
We also provide 100% Egyptian cotton, white terry cloth, towels and robes. Every guest gets a robe, a spa towel, body towel, hair towel and washcloth.
Please do not use these towels for makeup removal. We have provided you with black terry cloth washcloths for this purpose. They can be found in the bathroom sink drawer. We also have provided dishrags for drying and spills - in the kitchen drawers. Please help us keep our plush towels in good condition. Accidents happen, should your towels or linens become stained, please let us know as soon as possible so we may promptly apply stain remover and provide you with fresh linens and towels.
We wash all linens and towels with sustainable and hypo allergenic products and minimal bleach (I.e. only when necessary), to take into account people with skin sensitivities.
We provide organic shampoo (tall container); conditioner (squat container) and body wash (clear container) for your use. We also provide hand soap, cotton swabs, Q-tips, toilet paper and hair dryer.
WASHER & DRYER
Please feel free to use the washer and dryer as needed. It is located in the basement on your way out the back door of the house to the gardens. We have provided sustainable laundry detergent, softener, OXY stain remover, dryer sheets and some bleach - for those tough stains.
PETS, GROOMING & “OFF LEASH” AREAS
We are glad to welcome your pets on your visit. By pets we mean dogs only, and no more than one dog per reservation. If your dog weighs more than 75 lbs. please let us know so we can insure that our accommodations are suitable for the size of your pup.
Please keep your pet off all beds, furniture and planted garden areas.
Please keep your pet with you and attended at all times. Your pet is never to be left unattended in your room or other parts of the building, including: common spaces, front or back yard, or in a parked vehicle - on or near the premises.
Please keep your pet on leash while in the common spaces, in front of the premises and while on walks in the neighborhood. Please insure that you pick up after your pet in order to keep the City clean and our neighbors happy.
We can provide a dog bed, bowls and plastic doggy bags for their stay if needed. Just give us a heads up before your arrival. Maintaining these rules will insure that your pet, other guests, and neighbors, are safe and free of disturbance.
Also, please do not use the bathtub to wash your pup. You are welcome to hose them down in the back yard. Do not use the white towels to dry them off. Please let us know if you need a towel for them. Contact me as soon as possible so we can make arrangements for their needs.
You can also take your pup to a local groomer. This groomer is really close to the house and Yelp gives them great reviews.
Pupdo’s – (phone number hidden) SE Foster (website hidden)
The City of Portland is a great place for dogs. We have some wonderful “Off leash” designated dog parks that are very close to (website hidden) Tabor Park – Wonderful park, and only dormant/ extinct volcano in a major US City, with wonderful views of Mt. Hood and Downtown Portland. Has some nice incline and tons of spots for that scenic picnic. Tabor also has a great wooded “Off Leash” area just past Reservoir #5 and closest to the SE Stephens St. entrance to the park. (1 mile, 25 min. walk)
Laurelhurst Park – Great place to go hang out on a picnic, chill with the ducks or play horseshoes. It too has a great “off leash” area; wide-open space for chucking the ball. (1 mile, 25 min. walk)
1000 Acre Dog Park (AKA Sandy River Delta Park, Troutdale, OR 97060) – Taking your dog on a hike is a given, but this spot allows your dog to take you on a hike on 1400 acres of wilderness trails, nestled between I-84, the Sandy River, and the Columbia River. The Sandy River Delta is by far the largest of Portland's off-leash areas, and a sweet spot for dog owners to run, hike, or just wander aimlessly with their pups. The majority of the miles of trails within the park are officially designated as off-leash. Take 84 East towards the Columbia River Gorge to Exit 18, Crown Point Hwy (13.2 miles, 18 min. drive)
WiFi INTERNET, CABLE TV & PLAYSTATION
In order to gain access to our wireless network, do a network search for “E&M LLC. GUESTS”. Log in using this password – BNB2014
To get the TV and the cable fired up, use the XFINITY Cable Remote (i.e. found in console drawers) and press "Power All. Should you not have "signal" or find yourself in the Playstation setting, use the "input" button on the PS3 remote to select "HDMI 1". In the Xfinity setting you have access to most cable channels in both HD and non-HD, including HBO and other premium and on Demand Channels (I.e. See the menu in the console drawer or use the “Guide” button for an on screen menu).
To use the PS3 for Games, Blue Ray player, DVD, or to access your personal Netflix, Hulu or Amazon accounts, please use the PS3 remote. Make sure the input is set to "HDMI 2", and power up using the PS3 circular ICON button. Please use the “Air BnB Guest” account and toggle through the various menus using the 4-directional cursor on the remote. The PS3 game controllers are wireless and are on the charging station in the console bay. We have a growing library of games and Blue Ray discs in the console.
There is a Redbox three blocks North (down the street toward Stark) inside of the QFC grocery store – on E. Burnside & SE 55th Ave. As you may know Redbox is a vending machine that let’s you rent Blue Rays/ DVDs and games for about $1.50 a day, without a membership or sign up process. All you need is a major credit card.
There is also a Portland cultural icon down the street on Belmont, where you can rent movies from film geeks, while losing yourself in eccentric film categorization.
Movie Madness Video
4320 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR (phone number hidden)
The BIG GAME
We get most of the games... but if you want to go watch the game in the neighborhood, these places normally offer the latest football, basketball, and/ or soccer matches.
•Tabor Tavern - Great food and drink, 3 blocks North @ 5325 E Burnside St.
Call: (phone number hidden)
•Stark Street Station – Café with Beer, Wine & Spirits, 3 blocks NE @ 6049 SE Stark St.
Call: (phone number hidden)
•Horse Brass – Great British Pub, great selection of beers, OK food, mostly soccer matches, 8 blocks SW @ 4534 SE Belmont St.
Call: (phone number hidden)
We have great restaurants in PDX, and those restaurants are great because of our access to wonderful local ingredients. Should you wish to bring some of that local bounty to the house (E.g. Chanterelles from Larch Mountain, Olympic Provisions Chorizo, Fresh caught Albacore from Newport, etc.), please know that our kitchen is fully equipped - Gas range, convection oven, knives that really cut and all the accessories you will need to make breakfast, lunch and dinner what you want them to be. We have wonderful dishware, glassware, cloth napkins and all the extra details you may need to host a proper dinner - and, of course, a great dishwasher to help you with cleanup.
If you're missing something for that special recipe, I more than likely have the equipment or know where you can find that elusive ingredient – call me.
Just to get you started, we will have some complimentary organic: eggs, coffee, tea, half and half, over 24 spices, pasture butter, olive oil and other basics, waiting for you.
Please help yourself to more eggs if you like. Go visit the “girls” in the backyard chicken pagoda. There might also be some veggies and berries to share in the garden rows - when the season allows.
PLEASE NOTE: Our entire house is wired with interconnected fire and carbon monoxide alarms. Always use your stove fan when cooking or baking. Never leave the stove or oven unattended. In case of an emergency our kitchen has fire extinguishers located in the pantry. In case of an emergency please contact us immediately and don’t hesitate to use 911 services should they be absolutely necessary.
TRASH, RECYCLING & COMPOST
Our City prides itself on having a comprehensive system of trash, recycling and compost. We ask you to chip in and use the City’s trash, recycling and compost poster located on the fridge to sort out what is what. We have provided bins for recycling and trash, as well as a compost bucket.
We don’t expect you to take out your trash, recycling and compost. We’ll take care of that! Yet, if you need to get to our larger cans they are located through the lower cedar gate on the left hand side of the house.
If you don’t feel like cooking and wanna’ go out… here are some of my picks:
•Tasty and Sons, Mississippi - Quintessential Portland, hands down best brunch, great dinner, cocktail concoctions galore
•Le Pigeon - Best French Pacific NW fusion! My all time Portland favorite. Best chef tasting menu ever. FOIE GRAS, FOIE GRAS, FOIE GRAS!!!
•The Woodsman – Early 1900’s PNW throwback with magic cocktails, eclectic, curated menu
•Biwa - Best fancy korean/japanese, great Chef's tasting menu (Toji's more traditional)
•Lardo - Bad ass, best foodie sandwiches on the west coast. Chefwich and house made root beer never fails.
•Chiang Mai - Best traditional Northern Thai, even better than…
•Pok Pok - Best Thai street food, their Whiskey Soda Lounge across the street can scratch that itch also, and oh yeah… great drinks!!
•Nostrana - Beautiful Italian
•Ken's Artisan Pizza - Better than anything I ate in Rome
•Pambiche - Miami Cuban grinds and brunch. Vaca frita y postre… oye que delicia!
•Nuestra Cocina – In a city bereft of the tastiest most diverse cuisine food on the planet… this is hands down best Mexican food in the City (outside of my kitchen)
•Bamboo Sushi, NW - Best sustainable sushi, call ahead for fresh Uni (sea urchin), Eastside location not as fancy, yet great service and more casual
•Bollywood Theatre - Oh snap... Indian street food!!! Don’t miss the chai
•Salt & Straw – Wait in line and talk amongst yourselves… best ice cream ever (full stop)
•Branch - Scotch & Whiskey with mind blowing craft beer pairings… my kind of chemistry
•Doug Fir Diner - Good hipster diner for late night eats, great music shows
•Food Cart Pods – The best one is an elusive title, yet the closest to us is on SE Belmont and 47th
•Wildwood - Great yuppie NW dinner, seafood
•Higgins – White linen, Pacific NW traditional goodness, great place to take your mother and drop some coin, great bar with excellent affordable burger
•Cafe Navarre - Basque baby... great crab benedict, mostly go for the tapas and wine
•Slappy Cakes – Great breakfast for the kids and adults, griddle right on the table, just down the street on Belmont… Daddy needs another Spanish coffee!
•Burnside Brewing, Co. – Wait… now Dad needs the best beer in town, and great food he can eat with the kids, with awesome service and no hipster attitude
•County Cork – Now Mom needs an imperial pint, a burger for the kids and some Irish fiddle (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Happy Eating Peeps!
THINGS BREAK & NEED MENDING
We know things sometimes get busted. If we can easily fix them than we will do so - no problem. But if its really broken and/ or its going to take me a while to mend it, than we reserve the right to bill you for the damages. If need be we would work it out through your security deposit. Just let us know what happened and we will work through it.
The couch is white, but cleans easy with a bit of all-purpose spray (i.e. under the sink). The place is nicely set up yet needs to be used, so don't walk on eggshells.
HAVE FUN & RELAX
Whether you're visiting for work or play, we hope our place is one of the highlights of your trip – a place where you could relax and have a good time. You could have stayed at a hotel, but instead you chose us. We think that’s awesome!
We believe folks choose BnB setups because they want to save some money, maybe run into some cool people, have some creature comforts of home and still receive a bit of pampering (At least that’s why we choose BnB’s when we travel). So thank you for staying with us.
Enjoy our home and please let us know how we can make your stay what you want it to be.
Guillermo & Sarah
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About the Host, Guillermo
I am a farmer, policy advisor and a dad. My wife farms and consults on brand management. We care deeply about growing good food and jobs - while making them accessible to everyone.
We like drinking good beer and wine. We enjoy the simple pleasures of our dinner table and the large well thought out meals we share in the company of our son and our extended family of friends.
Air BnB’s been a blast! It’s allowed us to share our communal spirit and our love for growing, through the hospitality of the garden and home we steward. We have been kindly hosted by Air BnBers on our travels, and are glad to have the opportunity to return this kindness to others.