Beautiful backyard cottage, built in 2010, in the Whittier Heights area of Ballard. 2 stories with kitchen, queen sized Murphy bed, 3/4 bath, living area, full sized futon, laundry, wifi. Gorgeous new deck and modern patio for relaxing.
Relax on the futon while watching a movie and then convert it to a bed to sleep up to 2 additional people on the first floor. Don't get your heart set on that orange lamp...I broke it recently. You'll love the new green one, though.
This is a dedicated guest cottage, not a primary residence.
The cottage showcases a number of environmentally friendly features, including an electric car charging station, bamboo flooring, zero VOC paints, efficient windows, repurposed salvaged building materials and generous insulation.
There are 2 stories in the cottage:
- 1st floor: futon, stereo, TV, desk, laundry
- 2nd floor: Murphy bed, kitchen, closet, bathroom
All windows are covered with custom roller blinds that create a very dark space for sleeping.
A note about cleaning - - - we have heard repeatedly that this is one of the cleanest vacation rentals around, and we are proud to offer a tidy and (almost!) spotless home-away-from-home to our guests. All linens are washed on hot, with fragrance-free detergent, every time - - - sheets, towels, zippered pillow covers, and mattress covers. We are very particular when it comes to cleaning and work hard to ensure the space is tidy and measures up to our standards.
Guests have full access to the cottage with a private entrance. They also have shared access to the patio and deck.
Interaction with Guests
If we are home, we really enjoy interacting with guests and sharing tips on local restaurants, parks and other hot spots. In summer, our family is outside a lot, and we'd love to eat meals and/or socialize with guests, if desired.
Our family travels quite a bit and truly loves meeting people from all over the world - - - that's one of the top reasons we became Airbnb hosts.
Whittier Heights is very family friendly, with great parks, restaurants and lots of other kids to play with. After dark, it's very quiet, with little traffic noise or other distractions.
Check out the Guidebook here for recommended restaurants, bars, stores and activities in our neighborhood. There's a printed version in the cottage for off-line reference.
Easy street parking with no restrictions. The 28 bus route is 3 blocks away, and the frequent Rapid Ride D line is 7 blocks away. Both go to downtown Seattle and points in between.
If you're an Über or Car2go member, you're in luck! Both are available in Seattle, as are a number of other taxi alternatives.
Other Things to Note
These are the staples in the kitchen, though you'll also find some random items left by other guests:
- Decent assortment of pans, pots, a tea kettle, dishes and utensils. Almost everything is 2nd hand, but we've scored some great items over the years.
- Cloth napkins & plenty of dish towels
- Fresh, local coffee beans. Think Zoka, Stumptown, Olympia Coffee Roasters. The cottage has an electric grinder, French press, and drip maker. If you're a shameless snob, ask to borrow our AeroPress!
- Black and herbal teas
- Sugar and honey
- Salt and pepper
- Assorted oils - - - olive, canola, grapeseed
- Assorted vinegars and seasonings
- A couple reusable shopping bags; stores in Seattle charge for bags now, so take your own!
For stays of 7 nights or longer, we stock the kitchen with light breakfast items and snacks, e.g. farm eggs, milk, butter, nice bread, fruit, nuts, etc. Everything is organic and local, when possible. We're friendly to non-traditional diets, e.g. gluten-free, vegan, low FODMAP, etc, so let us know if you have any such requests.
If you're staying less than a week but would still like some items stocked on arrival, let me know and we'll try to accommodate ($10 fee + cost of groceries).
Other House Items:
- Roku with Netflix and Amazon Streaming
- Bluetooth and aux cable for playing your own music through the stereo
- Computer monitor, keyboard, mouse to connect to your own laptop
- A box fan for white noise, or cooling on the very rare hot summer night
- Extra bedding and pillows
- A folding drying rack for clothes
- Plenty of hangers
- Iron and board
- Hair dryer
- Nightlight in bathroom
- Kids items can be provided: Pack n' Play, step stool, car booster seat, high chair (straps on to a dining chair), bin of toys, books, baby gate, and dishes/utensils.
- Picnic/Beach items: 4 big beach towels, small cooler, ice packs, sunscreen
For security purposes, we have a policy of not renting to anyone with a blank profile. Please see https://www.airbnb.com/help/question/67 for advice on how to complete your profile. The cottage is on our home property, so we feel it's vital to know a little bit about everyone who will stay here. If you have any questions about me or my family that aren't answered in my profile, please ask!
Shoes off. No pets, no smoking. Quiet outside after 9pm weekdays, 10pm weekends.
Guests must agree to follow Seattle's composting, recycling and landfill laws. Written guidance is provided in the kitchen.
We do have a cat who goes outdoors in the summer who you'll likely see lounging in the sun. Feel free to give him love, but please don't invite him inside the cottage.
Lisa was Awesome! We had a family emergency during our stay and they were wonderfully accommodating. We also really appreciated their thoughtfulness to make it toddler friendly. Great location, great space, great people!
Thank goodness I had the good judgment to book this cottage when I did. For our four night stay, it was perfect; close enough to walk to sweet areas of Ballard or to hop on a bus and explore elsewhere.
The cottage is bright and sunny, open and airy, and feels super clean. We had everything we needed to get started in the morning (french press=thumbs up), and popping up the bed to let down the breakfast table is a brilliant use of space. Things just make sense here.
Lisa is very laid back, really fun to talk to, and had she and her family not been out of town for the weekend, it would have been lovely to have chatted more.
I felt like we got a really great deal for the price, because everything is so orderly, shiny and new. The shower is heavenly. To sum it up, the place left nothing to be desired for us, and when we got some down time to stay in and enjoy it, it was difficult to leave. I can't wait to come back. The very cute cat is an additional plus!
Great hosts! Lisa helped with some on-the-fly instructions to get there by bus. Sean invited me and my 5.5 yr old over to watch the Seahawks come from behind to trounce the Packers. Neither of us football fans, but our 5 year olds enjoyed playing together and eating popcorn.
We arrived late at night to the cottage, and Lisa had left the heat running so it was nice and warm when we arrived. The cottage was clean and neat and beautiful.
The kitchen was well stocked with all pots, pans, dishes etc you would need, including a fridge, microwave, an oven, toaster and coffee pot.
The bathroom was stocked with towels, shampoo & conditioner & lotion, soap, and hair dryer and was gorgeously designed.
And OMG the bed. The bed is a memory foam mattress and sooo comfortable. It's nicer than my own bed and we slept on a cloud all weekend.
As for location, it's a few blocks away from a bus stop and about a 1/2 hr journey to downtown Seattle. It's in a quiet neighborhood and very peaceful.
This place was great, I highly recommend it, and Lisa was a great host.
This is a newly constructed clean, convenient, comfortable and QUIET
cottage. The hosts were very thoughtful in the design and welcoming touches. This cottage is convenient to downtown Ballard and Seattle buses.
We would not hesitate to book this location again.
It's been a great stay at the cottage! The place is in great conditions and very well equipped (specially the kitchen).
Lisa hosted us wonderfully mailing us before our arrival and providing a crib and a baby feeding seat, very nice from her.
Definitely I would stay here again my next time in Seattle!
We had such a great experience at the Ballard Backyard Cottage! Not only was the location and space great, but there is so much attention to detail. Lisa obviously knows what a traveler needs -- especially when traveling with kids. We were so pleased to find things like a step-stool, kid cups, and zip lock bags. We also loved all the local artwork on the walls. We'd love to return the next time we're in Seattle. Thanks Lisa and family!
My husband, Sean, and I live in Seattle (Ballard neighborhood) with our 5 year old son, Finnegan. We love to travel and eat locally, and we avoid hotels as much as possible by using Airbnb. We're also huge music fans and see at least one show a month.
I grew up in Kansas and Montana but fell in love with Washington during college and haven't left for longer than a couple years. Sean is from Ohio and also lived in Illinois and Florida, but he considers Seattle his home now. The two of us went on an 8 month backpacking trip all around SE Asia and Oceania in 2005/06, and then we lived in Brooklyn for a couple years after that. Travel is fun!
We built an über-green backyard cottage a few years ago and have listed it on Airbnb so we can meet other travelers and share our beautiful city with them!