About this listing
Charming mother-in-law studio in the basement of my 1910 Craftsman home is cozy and homelike. It comfortably fits two. Located in a quiet neighborhood, you're just blocks away from great restaurants, coffee shops, bars and even downtown.
This charming, mother-in-law studio is the perfect get-away! Cozy and comfortable, while the Murphy bed make efficient use of the space. The backyard is so peaceful and serene, it's hard to believe you're merely blocks away from 4-star restaurants. There's always parking available, but if you'd like, off-street parking is also available for an extra $5/night.
The studio is in the basement of my 1910 Craftsman bungalow, with its own separate entrance. It's newly renovated. The kitchenette has a small stove top, microwave, refrigerator, pans, dishes, spices, everything you need to do as much or as little cooking as you'd like! The front of the Murphy bed folds down into a desk, so you can work or write if you'd like. You will have access to my WiFi network and printer. There's also a TV with basic cable, DVD player and some DVDs.
Public transportation is readily available. Great restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques are also in walking distance.
One or two Sundays a month I have Sunday dinner at my house. If you're staying here when people are coming, you are welcome to join in the good food, laughter and companionship. I will let you know ahead of time. Price is one bottle of good red wine.
Guests have access to the basement, which includes the washer & dryer in the other room. If you're attending something more formal, I can also bring down the iron and ironing board. Guests only have access to the basement and not the rest of the house.
Interaction with Guests
I am generally on the property 100% of the time while my guests are there. The unit is in the basement of my house, where I live.
However, I do travel occasionally. At those times, my cat sitter is at the property twice a day, and can take care of any issues that arise. (Only thing that's ever come up is resetting the internet.)
The entrance to my unit is separate from the house. The unit itself is all self-contained: I don't share a kitchen or bathroom with my guests.
During the summer months, I spend much of my time out in the backyard. Sometimes I'll interact with my guests a lot, as they'll come and join me. We'll eat meals outside together, or maybe enjoying a nice glass of wine in the afternoon.
During the winter months, I tend not to have as much interaction with my guests, as I'm not outside. Still, I always try to be at home when my guests arrive so I can show them everything.
My neighborhood is the quiet residential part of Capitol Hill. My house is a beautiful Craftsman, and there are many like it in the neighborhood. There are also several business corridors nearby, such as 19th, 15th, 12th, & Broadway, as well as all of Pike/Pine. It's the best place to live in Seattle as far as I'm concerned, with the best of everything.
Public transportation is easily available. The #8 will take you directly to the Space Needle, the #43 will take you downtown, Pike Market area, and the #12 will take you further south. Use this site for planning buses:
I live on 18th & E John, the corner the buses come to is 19th & E Thomas. It is a 10-15 minute bus ride downtown. If you like to walk, it's also a nice walk downhill. However, that means the way back is uphill, so the bus might be a better choice.
If you have a smart phone, I would recommend getting the free app OneBusAway. It gives you real time information about when buses are arriving near you:
Other Things to Note
Please remember that this is my home. Treat it as good as, if not better, than your own.
My cancelation policy:
--If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the date you're supposed to arrive, I'll refund your payment (minus the credit card fees that AirBnB charges me.)
--If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the date you're supposed to arrive, I'll charge you for a single night and will refund everything else, minus credit card fees.
--If you cancel after you've already checked in, I will charge you for your entire stay.
No smoking is allowed, either inside the property or in the yard. Burning of candles or incense is not permitted.
Only use the appliances for their intended uses, and that doesn't mean Peep battles.
While I love pets and children, I can't accommodate them.
Street parking is readily available. I also have one parking space available for an extra fee. Please ask. For longer stays, ask for a neighborhood parking permit. (Permit not required on weekends.)
There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included, daily maid service isn't. Let me know if you'd like to do laundry, or need an iron & board.
The fire pit can be used year-round. I'd be happy to start a fire for you. Washington State requires the spark screen be used at all times.
People other than those in the guest party may not stay overnight on the property. Any other person on the property is the sole responsibility of the Guest.
This unit is privately owned. The owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
As much as I would like to keep Slanted Ivy to myself, I must share that it is everything defined in the listing plus more. This has a private entrance and what I liked best is that being in the basement, it was nice and cool (there is a heater for cooler months). Very quiet, private and clean. I stayed there with my daughter. It had everything we needed, and the neighborhood is wonderful. Wish we had had more time to wander about but we were in town for an event. Leah is incredibly accommodating finding the right balance between tending to your needs and letting you go about your business. As always, parking is an issue, but Leah provided a card for "legal' parking in the neighborhood. We felt safe there. The backyard is very peaceful and pretty - the Pacific Northwest at your doorstep. We will be back, and my message to the rest of you is - please don't book when we need to stay! Thanks Leah!
It was easy to check in with Leah when I arrived - responsive to communication and accommodating. The space is cute (I admittedly have a weakness for efficiency studios) and as a bonus was quite cool and comfortable even during a heat wave since it's ground floor/basement located. The location is awesome - easy walking access to anywhere in Capitol Hill or to downtown. The herbal tea (from a local shop) was also really tasty!
Overall positive experience. Very clean apartment with everything you need. Close walk to everything.
Leah was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was very responsive kind and helpful. The place was cute, clean, and cozy. The murphy bed was fun and the bathroom was nice. Great location to explore Seattle and the Capitol Hill neighborhood as you could get to almost any part of the city within 20 mins and there are some great restaurants and venues just a short walk away. Onsite coffee was an added bonus. This was our first Airbnb experience and Leah made it so comfortable and easy.
We had a fantastic stay at Slanted Ivy. This small studio is in the basement but there is natural light on two sides. Everything seemed very new, up to date and clean. The bathroom has a big shower with nice quality towels and plenty of hot water. The small kitchen is well stocked, even with high end coffee beans and a grinder (this is Seattle after all). The room has its own entrance and access to a small patio garden area. The location is great - near bus lines to downtown, a grocery store and lots of restaurants within walking distance. We only had a few conversations with Leah who is very friendly and was available if we needed her. We brought a car and found parking on the street to be pretty simple. All in all, it was the perfect choice for our trip.
Leah was very welcoming in her emails and quick to respond. The studio was clean, modern, comfortable, attractively decorated. The kitchen was nicely stocked. Coffee and tea made us feel welcome. We didn't use the backyard, but it's beautiful. The neighborhood is convenient to reach from the highway, has access to public transportation, has several supermarkets within a couple of blocks, and is also very pretty.
About the Host, Leah
I have lived and traveled all over the world. Seattle is my home now. I've been here the longest I've ever lived anywhere (5 years.) I love this place, and would love to share it with everyone. I try to eat at a different restaurant every week, so I'm pretty knowledgeable about the local food scene.
For my day job I write computer manuals for a California software company. I telecommute, which means I will be sharing the backyard with you on those beautiful Seattle days! I'm also a fiction writer, with many novels and short stories professionally published.