2.5 Blocks from Anywhere

House - Entire home/apt · South Ferdinand Street, Seattle, WA 98118, United States

This two bedroom apartment is in the heart of Columbia City, a super-cool, historic business district. The house is 2.5 blocks from the light rail station. Light Rail takes you directly to/from the airport or downtown Seattle in minutes.

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This two bedroom apartment is in the heart of Columbia City, a super-cool, historic business district. The house is 2.5 blocks from the light rail station. Light Rail takes you directly to/from the airport or downtown Seattle in minutes.

The Space

The apartment is a fully furnished two bedroom lower level of a duplex. Floors are Pergo and carpet. W/D, dishwasher, disposal.Look out onto the park-like setting of a school playground.

Guest Access

The beds, one double and one queen and a fold-out sofa are less than a year old. Included are wi-fi internet, off-street parking and a storage shed for sporting equipment, etc. The unit is level with the street so there are no stairs.The washer and dryer are shared with the tenants above.

Interaction with Guests

The unit is stand-alone but we are only a few blocks away. If there is anything you need - a fondue pot, Pictionary, a needle and thread - maybe we've got it - we're only a phone call or text message away. We are several generation Seattle natives who grew up in the neighborhood and are happy to share our city and answer any questions we can. The upstairs tenants are very considerate, however, one works at night and if she is home, may be moving around in her apartment into the wee hours.

The Neighborhood

98118 was declared "the most diverse" neighborhood in the US by the 2010 census and Columbia City has been recently declared one of Seattle's two most walkable neighborhoods. The array of restaurants within approximately 5 blocks of the house include American, Ethiopian, Filipino Italian, Japanese, Kenyan, Mediterranean, Mexican, Senegalese, Thai, Vegan and Vietnamese. The business district has many services, trendy boutiques, gift and import shops, an art gallery, a butcher, a bakery, a cultural center, live music, a movie theater, a gym, a public library, community center and a selection of parks. PCC a natural grocer, and Safeway are both 1/2 mile from the property. The neighborhood has an abundance of parks and Stan Sayers Pits on Lake Washington is a walk away.

Getting around

This home is a geographic oddity - 2.5 blocks from anywhere. Via Light Rail, you can get to the airport in a flash or to downtown Seattle, the hub of the city's public transportation. The house has a walkability score of 97. Off-street parking is provided for a single vehicle (or four motorcycles!). 15 minutes to downtown via car or public transportation. The neighborhood is serviced by Car2go and Zip Car. 1.5 blocks to #7 metro bus. I-90 is 2.5 miles away, and Snoqualmie Pass is approximately one hour east.

Other Things to Note

One street over, May through October Columbia City hosts a farmers market every Wednesday from 3-7 pm. The Beat Walk is a reoccurring jazz festival every 2nd Sunday from 4-9 pm, May through October. Many venues on the Rainier Strip host different musicians and you are invited to stroll between the venues. The events are free.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $700 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had a great 6 day stay at Joseph's place with our two little kids! It was truly perfectly positioned, a short walk from the light rail and from the adorable downtown area of Columbia City. The place itself was nice and clean, with two full beds and space in the living room for us to set up the portable crib we brought with us. We weren't able to meet Joseph, but his mom Dana stopped by to make sure we had everything we needed. This was one of if not the best airbnb experiences we've had and we hope to stay again if we find ourselves in Seattle. Also, this is a great place to stay with kids as there is a playground across the street as well as around the corner, and beautiful Seward Park is just a short drive away.

    July 2014
  • Great place to stay. Joseph and Dana were very helpful with lots of information about the area, and they made us feel very welcome. The location is great, only a few minutes walk to the light rail transit system which goes into downtown Seattle. Half a block to many great restaurants and pubs. We parked our vehicle in the driveway when we arrived and then were able to use public transport to get around the city, very easy and convenient. Will definitely stay again if we are back in Seattle.

    June 2014
  • This place was great! Had everything we needed and lots of space. Kitchen had tons of dishes and appliances. Joseph was easy to get in touch with and very helpful about exploring the area. Everywhere we ate was within walking distance and tasty! When we come back, we will definitely stay here again!

    June 2014
  • Perfect for our girls weekend getaway! Both Joseph and his mother were great hosts! We arrived in the evening and were greeted at the apartment by Joseph's mother, Dana! The Columbia City neighborhood was very quaint and friendly. Dana had lots of great recommendations for restaurants in the area and provided great info for the rail hours. The place was very clean and welcoming and just as it appeared in the pictures. We didn't nearly have enough time to do the things we wanted to do in Seattle and would come back and stay here again, in a heartbeat!! Great place!

    June 2014
  • While we didn't get to meet Joseph, he was very clear in communicating and let us pick up the keys in a lock box when we were delayed getting to our meeting time. The apartment was clean and quiet but we hardly got to use it because there were many cute restaurants and bars on the main strip of Columbia City we wanted to try. Getting to/from downtown or the airport was very convenient via the light rail so it is a great place to stay if you want to get away from the more touristy side of Seattle.

    June 2014
  • Joseph's apartment is really nice, clean and silent.
    We were 5 people and could easily fit in this place. The neighborhood is also great. The public transportation is nearby and the parking is free.
    It's the perfect spot to stay if you want to explore Seattle!

    June 2014
  • My family of four had an awesome stay at Joseph's place. It had all the ammenities needed for a weeks stay, full kitchen, comfortable beds and lots of reading materials, games and puzzles. The location is fantastic, so close to the light rail system and easily accessible by car from main highways. They graciously accommodated our early check, Joseph's mom Dana came, showed us the property and answered questions. After that we had 5 nights and 6 days of fun, fun, fun. We love Seattle and Joseph's place. Also, the neighborhood restaurants are a short walk away, plenty of variety, and the ones we went to were great. This was truly a great way to celebrate my 50th birthday.

    June 2014
  • Joseph was able to accommodate our request for an earlier check-in, which we were grateful for. The place was spacious for the three of us, and it really felt like a home away from home. Without a car, we were able to easily access the light rail from the place, and we were only a block away from the lovely restaurants and coffee shops of Columbia City. I recommend this place for any looking to enjoy a respite in Seattle.

    June 2014
  • host met us at the house. Although it was 2.5 blocks from anywhere you need to take public transportation 15 minute to downtown to be anywhere.

    May 2014
  • Prefect place for our stay! Joseph accommodated us at such short notice and late night arrival, the keys in the lockbox was convenient. Upon entering the sheets from one of the bedrooms and the futon were pulled as if they were going to be replaced/cleaned. The apartment was not ready for our arrival, but luckily there were clean sheets and blankets in the closets. We weren't too put off by it. I'll chalk it up to miscommunication as they mentioned they did not expect our arrival until the next day. The rest of the place was nicely kept. We did not make use of public transit near by but everywhere we needed to go was within a 15min drive. 4 of us stayed more than comfortably for 2 nights, definitely will return when in Seattle again. Thank you Joseph!

    May 2014
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Garfield High School, Evergreen State College, University of Washington
Kali and Joe are a young couple of nurses who leave town on a regular basis and want their house to be used well while they are gone! We are both native Seattleites, Kali a second generation, joe a 4th(what!?), with plenty of local knowledge should it be required. Joe's mom, Dana (3rd gen Seattlelite), lives right near-by and drops the knowledge when we are out of town.
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