About this listing
Light and cozy opening onto garden, this apartment is private, quiet and secure. There are 2 sleeping or work areas in the large bedroom, a bookshelf-lined den, kitchen and bath. Close to downtown and to bike and walking trails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
quiet requested from 11 PM to 6 AM;
Sara's place was amazing! The apartment was clean, private, comfortable, conveniently located and beautiful. My husband, my daughter and I had a great stay. We felt that finding Sara's place was a stroke of good fortune. I would recommend it many times over!
We enjoyed our stay with Sara, check in was smooth and the apartment was clean and comfortable. Very nice outdoor area too. Thanks Sara.
My husband and I stayed at Sara's in law apartment for a long weekend in July and were so glad we did. The neighborhood was very peaceful and quiet and a great home base for our wine touring. We loved her place- from the beautiful decore to the garden patio- we felt so at home. The master bed was maybe the most comfiest I have ever slept in and the living room/library was a great spot too. Sara really thought of everything and had breakfast items and and snacks waiting for us in the kitchen. If you are considering staying here, we would definitely recommend it. Such a beautiful, comfortable roomy apartment.
Sara's studio is very spacious and well-lit. She has a great collection of books about the region, and was also available to give recommendations. I would recommend her place for visitors to Salem.
We very much enjoyed staying at Sara's beautiful, spacious, downstairs apartment in West Salem. We had a refrigerator filled with yummy breakfast items and also enjoyed eating our meals on the grapevine covered patio. We had an interesting talk with Sara and felt instantly connected to her. This is definitely a place that I would highly recommend. Katharina
We very much enjoyed Sara's cool apartment on a hot Oregon weekend. Our 5 yo son enjoyed an eclectic collection of children's and art books and a family Go-Fish game on the a beautiful garden patio.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at Sara's studio apartment. It was beautiful, spacious, and fully equipped with anything we would need, including a fridge full of yummy food that Sara had thoughtfully bought. Sara sent us very detailed instructions in advance and gave us a quick tour when we arrived, so everything went smoothly. She also provided us with a binder of useful information about Salem, which was much appreciated for two people who had never visited the city before. Also the location of her place is great and very convenient - minutes from downtown, but in a quiet neighborhood. We would stay there again in a heart beat!
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About the Host, Sara
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.