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.
The cottage is exactly as it looks in the listing. It's clean, neat and though spare, is comfortable. The hostess provides for all your needs. The neighborhood is beautiful - it's about 15 minutes out of the city center. So if you want quiet, comfortable and trendy, you've found the right place. If you want walking distance proximity to downtown attractions, stay in the center. I liked having the peace of being outside of the center. I would stay there again.
This was a perfect spot for us, just what we needed to be close to family in the area. The cottage was spotless, and had everything as advertised. Lisa was helpful and available to us. This is in a neighborhood, and we had no trouble with parking or noise. Very cozy. thanks Lisa
Lisa was our favourite Airbnb host (are we allowed to say that?). She was friendly, helpful, and she even set out furniture by the cottage so we could catch the morning sun with our coffee. This place is a magic spot in a great location -- a great location for driving/transit/walking around, and Ballard quickly became my favourite neighbourhood. We all agree that we'll never stay anywhere else in Seattle again. You won't regret staying in this beautiful cottage.
Our stay at the "Cottage" was great. Its locations was ideal for getting anywhere we needed and parking was always available on the street. The one issue we had was addressed immediately. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Our stay at the backyard tiny home was excellent. The space suited our needs perfectly. We left Seattle refreshed, happy, and inspired. It is a clever little home that makes you rethink how to use space.
This cottage is spectacular! It's pristine, centrally located and stocked with all the necessities. Lisa is an excellent host and made sure we felt right at home. The bed is super comfy too and the separate living room area provides an awesome Netflix respite after a long day of exploring Seattle. I highly recommend this cottage and would stay here again!
The Ballard Backyard Cottage was our base for a week for me and my 2 daughters during spring break. You couldn't want for more. The decor and finishes, and local artwork on the walls throughout are very tasteful. Lisa and family have thought of every detail from comfortable beds and bedding, towels in the bath, and everything you need in a kitchen. We arrived early, but Lisa said we were welcome to check-in ahead of time. A nice assortment of food--fruit, carrots, bread, and coffee, and a chocolate bar waiting for us was a nice touch. Finding parking on the street was always easy. We appreciated Lisa recommendations in her guidebook. Highly recommend this charming cottage!
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!