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 is a wonderful and welcoming host and her Garden Studio apartment is fantastic. The apartment is comfortable, spacious and well-stocked with just about everything needed. Sara had fresh fruit and veggies and wine waiting for our arrival. There was a more than adequate variety of breakfast items along with milk, tea and coffee to send us off with a good start each day. The quiet location is only a few minutes drive from the heart of downtown and is easily walkable through pleasant parks and trails and the old railroad bridge across the river. We were in town for an American Volkssport Association convention and with morning walks and afternoon convention sessions our schedule was very full. It was so relaxing to come back each evening to the privacy and serenity of Sara's beautifully landscaped garden apartment. If we are ever back in Salem we will certainly look first to Sara for our lodging.
This lovely property with fantastic garden is quiet, peaceful, and private, while being close to downtown Salem. We spent four nights here during our relocation to Salem. Sara is a welcoming and helpful host; she has filled the spacious studio with wonderful books, art and pottery pieces. The decor is tastefully and charmingly eclectic. We give Sara and this property our highest recommendation!
Sara was an amazing hostess! We loved the garden studio and it was perfect for our family. Our girls enjoyed waking up each morning and spending time in the garden. The location is perfect for getting around Salem. We will be back again!
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.
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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.