Garden studio apt

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Hilltop Dr, Salem, OR 97304, United States
Your host, Sara
55 Reviews
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Response time: within a day

The Space

Only an hour's drive from the Pacific coast, the Cascade mountains, or Portland's many food, brew, literary, hip culture attractions, Salem is easy to get around with plenty of historic buildings, parks and gardens. From the house you can walk to all services you need or stretch out and cross the river on the beautiful pedestrian bridge. The downstairs suite of about 940 sq ft or +/- 100 sq m includes a large, dividable space with queen bed in one half and twin in the other. Bath, kitchen and laundry, den and garden patio complete the spacious, quiet enjoyment indoors and out. Wi-Fi, offstreet parking. Casual family neighborhood with minimal traffic. Walking distance supermarket, bakery, coffee shops, library, restaurants, ice cream shops, etc. Public transit about 5 blocks away. Good spots for reading, many books and info on local sites and history on-hand. Fresh fruit in season. Travelers offered info and tips in English, Spanish, German or French if needed.

Guest Access

Guests have access to all spaces within the apartment, the patio, backyard and garage.

Interaction with Guests

I always enjoy meeting guests upon arrival if at all possible p, answer questions and let them know they can follow up when they want. Then I usually respect their privacy unless they want more contact. Sometimes we have long conversations or share a glass of wine, while other guests may chat only at the beginning and end of a visit.

The Neighborhood

There are 2 good-sized parks nearby, nice hilly Ineighborhoods and the ability to walk to most services. I value not needing to drive everywhere, the simple family neighborhood, and the greenness of the area.

Getting around

The closest bus stop is a 3-minute walk and the west side transit area is about 10 minutes away. Buses can connect to the train and bus station or to the shuttle for Portland airport. Several trains and buses travel between Portland and Salem daily.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1225 /month
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Very nice! I spent 6 nights while I conducted business in town. Everything is as described in the description / photos and other reviews so I won't repeat it all. I'll just add a few things and say that Sara was very welcoming and helpful!

    The neighborhood is quiet, and very close to several parks to enjoy (don't miss the pedestrian bridge over the river). Access to downtown is very easy. The backyard garden is a very peaceful place to sit and enjoy. There is a table/chairs to eat meals or do some work. Lots of books and TV/DVD to keep you entertained along with good wireless internet. It's great to be able to make some meals when you travel and the self-contained kitchen area has everything you'd need.

    It was perfect for what I needed - would definitely stay here again if I'm in the area.

    July 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay in Sara's Garden studio in Salem. It was very spacious, with a separate sitting/dining room and a kitchen. It's more like an apartment with large bedroom than a studio. It was well furnished and the gardens were very pleasant. You had to walk through them to get to the unit.
    The unit was very clean, large, private and very pleasant to stay in.
    We never did meet Sara, but her daughter was in contact with us -- so everything was arranged and fine.
    We would be happy to stay here again if we are back to Salem.

    July 2014
  • Really enjoyed our stay at Sara's. Would recommend.

    June 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay at Sara's. She lives in a quiet neighborhood and has a lovely secluded backyard for her guests to enjoy. The bed and pillows were a little too firm for me, but did enjoy the other furnishings and mini kitchen area. Thanks Sara!

    June 2014
  • This is the second time we have stayed at Sara's and this time we were able to enjoy the beauty of the garden in full bloom. Would stay again if we are there in the future.

    May 2014
  • Sara is a kind, graceful and accomodating host. The booking process was easy and smooth, the stay was very pleasant, and even though I was stuck in the apartment for a couple of days, due to a freak snow storm, I couldn't have been in a better place, with a wood-burning stove, plenty of wood, a fully stocked kitchen, cozy living room, comfortable bedroom and bathroom.

    February 2014
  • I stayed at Sara's apartment with my husband and daughter and it was the perfect place for us. We loved it!!! Sara was a wonderful host: friendly, showed us around her apartment, helpful with suggestions of places to go and where to acquire things we might need in Salem, and then left us to ourselves. Sara also provided a wonderful variety of food, which was a sweet surprise! Her place was great for the 3 of us. Plenty of room, warm and cozy, quiet, and a lovely view into the garden. I would like to go back in spring or summer and enjoy the yard and patio. The kitchen was stocked with a wide variety of pots, pans, knives and cute dishes. Great to be able to fix small meals. The apartment is very visually pleasing with Sara's furnishings and art. And she also has a huge selection of books to keep you entertained.

    The neighborhood is off a busy road, but it was quiet at Sara's home and felt safe. We were able to walk to stores in the area, which had everything we needed and if we'd had more time, we would have walked to the waterfront park.

    Our experience at Sara's garden apartment was better than we anticipated and we all hope to stay there again in the future.

    December 2013
  • Sara was an exceptional host and very accomodating at all times. Very friendly and totally separate entrance from main house on th upper level. The studio apt is actually quite large and clean with all the necessary items. Parking is very easy and the location very good. Close to downtown Salem. We have nothing but positive comments and memories of our 1 month stay at Sara's.

    December 2013
  • My mother and I stayed at Sarah's place and absolutely loved it. The apartment was very clean, spacious and inviting. We felt comfortable right away. Sarah made sure we had breakfast foods and all the information we needed for the apartment and the Salem area. We appreciated the privacy we had, coupled with the warm and friendly interactions we had with Sarah. If we ever have a need for a place in Salem again, we'll be checking if Sarah's is available. I'd love to enjoy a morning cup on the patio everyday. Such a gorgeous garden! We highly recommend staying at Sarah's.

    October 2013
    Response from Sara:

    Thank you for such a lovely review. Your comments reinforce why it matters so much to me to share space and provide options for travelers. I'm glad you enjoyed the patio and garden as I do.

    October 2013
  • This is a spacious apartment located within a quick drive to downtown Salem or Willamette University (where we were visiting our son). Sara greeted us and made sure we knew where everything was. The kitchen is well equipped. Would definitely stay here again.

    October 2013
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An avid traveler and lover of the outdoors, I teach English to non-native speakers at the community college in Salem. Nowadays I do that parttime, making way for winter skiing, summer hiking , road trips or river trips, music, reading and favorite small children. History, gardening, poetry and literature, food, agriculture are some of my interests. Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Mexico, Switzerland and France are places I've traveled alone and spent at least 2-8weeks each. In fact, staying in one place while exploring all around suits me better than continuous travel, and that's the experience I'd like to enable as a host. From here, there are so many day trips: to the Pacific, to wineries of all sorts, cities north and south (Portland and Eugene), the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood, waterfalls and forests, art galleries and museums. One of my strengths is connecting folks with resources and opportunities. At work, that's been my focus in helping newcomers with cultural adjustment. Helping guests get the most from their time here appeals to me, but I also value independence and privacy, so knowing what they prefer can make a good stay for us both.
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