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 was a great host. We were unable to stay at her garden studio apartment, but had a second property available very close to the train and the rest of town. The neighborhood was quiet and the house was beautiful. Perfect for a couple looking to getaway for a little while. Sara patiently waited for my boyfriend and I to arrive (our train was delayed) and was very welcoming. She let us know about restaurants and the park and the nearest supermarket. We really couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay and a more helpful host. Thank you!
Sara was a great host. My plans changed at the last minute and she was very accommodating. The apartment was even bigger that I expected, it was clean and the bed was comfortable. I really only slept at the apartment and never cooked, but the kitchen looked well stocked and ready. I would definitely recommend both the location and the host, Sara.
This was a perfect place to land for a college visit to Willamette.
It is cozy, and inviting, and just as pictured. The three separate yet connected spaces provide flexibility for both my son and I. Sara is warm and helpful and helped us stay warm by getting a roaring fire going on a particularly cold night. The neighborhood is easy to navigate- just about two miles from Willamette, close to everything.
I live in Salem and stayed here for three weeks while looking for a long-term rental. The place is nice and the bedroom is spacious. There is a wood-burning stove and plenty of wood to help keep the place cozy.
The kitchen has a toaster oven and a portable two-burner electric stove. Not a full setup, but enough to easily make some small meals.
I work downtown, and it is about a 30-minute walk. This takes you through parks on both sides of the river. In the rainy season, you'll get a bit soggy on the trip, but it would be a great walk in the dry months.
Sarah was a nice, friendly host. This is a great place for one or two people. I would stay here again.
Sara was very accommodating during our stay. She was flexible on our arrival time and even provided a few small things we needed for packing before we left. The apartment was very spacious and the sitting room with the eating table was just lovely. We didn't realize from the listing that the apartment actually had a kitchenette so were pleasantly surprised to see that! Essentially the kitchen was fully stocked and Sara left us breakfast food AND snacks for the entire stay....MUCH more than we've ever had left out for us at any other airbnb site. She even left us fresh fruit and veggies from her garden. We had a very nice stay and would recommend her apartment to others!
This was my second time staying at Sara’s. It is such a comfortable and peaceful place to stay – I can’t imagine staying anywhere else when visiting Salem. Sara is an awesome host… she is very warm and easy going. She is available if needed, but still gives you your privacy.
The kitchen is well stocked, including all you need for making coffee and some healthy snacks. I appreciate that the bathroom is also well stocked with a hair dryer, shampoo and even hairspray.
I would highly recommend Sara’s place to anyone visiting Salem.
Our host was very responsive & helpful. The place was perfectly clean, and as described. We really appreciated this option, as I was "over" hotels and our need was immediate.
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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.