Charming funky cottage in the heart of one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods, Wallingford. While there is plenty of parking, you may not even need your car to enjoy what Seattle has to offer, as my 1905 home has a Walk Score of 91 and Bike Score of 85, and is close to several bus lines.
Entitled, imperious, but friendly cat. This side of the couch is apparently his for the moment (though he is easily distracted by the sound of a can being opened.)
This is one of the original houses in the Wallingford neighborhood, built in 1905. It was built at the very back of the lot (though in 1905 it was at the base of a small hill, now my neighbor's back yard), and subsequently has a big front yard and plenty of air space around the house. Many of the houses in Wallingford are built quite close together, but my house has clear access to sunshine and garden views, particularly on the south side.
The neighborhood used to be covered by an apple orchard, and we have one of the original trees, a Gravenstein apple tree.
Since this is a room in a house, you have full access to the shared places in the house: kitchen, living room, yard. You know, like a normal house.
Interaction with Guests
While I'm quite social, I can adjust to whatever level of interaction/non-interaction you prefer. As this is my home, I will be in and out of the house just like any other day.
What do I love about my neighborhood? Almost everything!!! I love the houses, my neighbors, and the short walk to anything one could need - grocery store, drugstore, hardware store (very important to an old house owner), a wonderful array of restaurants from Afghani to Thai.
It's also a really good neighborhood for walks, as the houses around here are quite well taken care of, and many of them have lovely gardens. If you like pet-patting as I do, there are a lot of dog owners walking their pets throughout the day, and I have found them to be quite generous in sharing the affection of their dogs.
There are several parks around, including Meridian Park just up the street at the Good Shepherd Center. The Good Shepherd Center, home to many non-profit organizations, is also home to Seattle Tilth, an organic gardening organization. Tilth has a P-Patch (community gardening plots) and a Community Learning Garden with self-guided tour on site.
The house is within 2 and a half blocks to major bus lines, and it's far easier to take a bus to downtown than to drive - far easier!!! There is also plenty of on-street parking, and we're located equal distance to the 2 main north-south arterials - Interstate 5 and 99 (aka Aurora Avenue).
Other Things to Note
Please note that the house is a work in progress! While the house is all that one would expect in a home - warm, safe, quiet, and cozy - it has been radically transformed over the last 14 years and is still undergoing the final bits and pieces of a massive remodel. If you are expecting a completed work of art of a house, well, we're not there yet: windows need trim, some walls need paint, the tub surround needs tile. But if you like warm, cozy and a bit out of the ordinary, this is the place for you!
Please take care of my home as you would wish for me to take care of yours - clean up after yourself, recycle, be kind, the usual.
Please, no smokers.
Pets - the resident cat is an only child, despite my previous forays into fostering feral kittens. At this time the only pets that would work would be anything small enough to smuggle into your room so that he wouldn't notice.
And as this is Seattle and the resident and owner of the house has a background and interest in environmental issues (and because it just makes sense), please recycle and compost when you are here. (Welcome to Seattle!)
This is a shoes-off house (if you ever refinish floors yourself you will fully understand this policy!) Bring your favorite slippers if you have them, but there are also slippers available here.
Please park in front of the house if at all possible (there is usually a space available) to minimize the impact on my neighbors. Thank you!
I have five hundred words to explain how amazing and wonderful my experience at Sheryl's was and that wouldn't be enough. I have never been as happy with an airbnb or a hotel as I was with Sheryl's house. It didn't have lavender water in the lobby, automated maid service, or even all the paint on the cabinets, but it had Sheryl and Joey. I could not have asked for a better place to stay. The room was SO cozy and I felt completely at home. Honestly, words aren't enough, so just stay here.
My brother and I had a fantastic stay at Sheryl's vintage style home. Sheryl was a perfect host and had a lot of great suggestions on what to do and where to eat. Wallingford itself was an awesome and safe neighborhood to stay in, everything you need was in walking distance from the house and you'll never run out of different restaurants or pubs to go to. The house definitely is 100 years old but it's like staying in a piece of history which I thought was cool and everything is exactly as Sheryl describes. The bed was actually bigger than I expected, my brother and I both slept comfortably and we're both 6 feet and up. Also the shower had good water pressure which is always big for me. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in the area. Thanks again Sheryl!
Sheryl has a great place to stay in a quiet neighborhood. The area is excellent and near bus lines which is really appreciated.
Sheryl is so nice and her house is clean and cozy. She will tell you everything you need for traveling and living in Seattle. Her cute cat is also friendly, not bothering at all. My room has a good view of some beautiful flowers ( I guess cherry blossom?) I enjoyed it so much!
I had a great experience at Sheryl's. It may have seemed busy with everything that was going on, but I somehow felt really relaxed, even with the other guests. I think it's due to Sheryl's hosting abilities to explain everything clearly, not to mention all the great info she has on the area! Lots of maps and pamphlets to pour over during breakfast. She was a great help in my decision to move here.
The room was just enough to be adorably artsy and still be relaxing, and it had a great view of the backyard. The bathroom was huge, and I loved the skylight! Plus, there were a lot of amenities.
Who needs Lonely Planet if you have your hostess Sheryl? Sheryl's home is indeed a Seattle landmark. Sheryl is a socially conscious, truly cultured citizen of Seattle. People like her makes Seattle Seattle. I got way more than just a room from staying at Sheryl's. I am looking forward to staying there again on my next visit to Seattle!
Sheryl and her home were both great! The location is wonderful - you could certainly get by without a car staying here. It is only a short walk to 45th with tons of restaurants & a grocery store - and a longer, but manageable walk to gas works park or Woodley park. Also, the bus was easy to figure out for a trip into downtown and didn't take too long. The room itself was on the smaller side, but adequate for two adults and had ample storage. The bed itself was quite comfortable. The bathroom and kitchen were both very clean and everything was well organized and easy to find. Sheryl provided all linens and everthing in the kitchen you could need (she even had reusable shopping bags for guests to borrow.) The house is in a state of renovation, which according to Sheryl is perpetual :), but is definitely safe and provides character.
Sheryl shared a lot of information about Seattle's different neighborhoods, and had suggestions of lots to go see/do. She also has a lot of maps and literature for guests to look at and take. She was engaging and easy to talk with, but not overbearing at all. She provided a good balance of hospitality and privacy.
I hope to run into Sheryl again in Seattle and would definitely recommend her home as a lovely place to stay.
This was my first stay in an airbnb. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would look to do it again on my next trip. I felt it gave a more authentic feel for the city, as opposed to staying in a hotel, which was exactly what in was looking for.
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Outgoing, cat-lover, work in non-profit, and crazy about tiny houses. [Don't know why - I blame my parent from our time living in a converted school bus (very cool!)]
I traveled on and off for several years, but have been firmly anchored by my home for about 15 years. Ready to travel a bit more again, and always enjoy meeting interesting people from far away - and nearby - places.