I have a comfortable and spacious three bedroom house with elegant hardwoods throughout in which the upstairs two bedrooms are available for short term stays. The house is a classic 1920's bungalow with plenty of built-in storage, your own designated and reliable wifi network, a wood-burning fireplace, secluded back yard with a multi-variety bamboo hedge for privacy, laundry, dishwasher, a well equipped, foodie-friendly kitchen, updated bathroom, a long driveway for off-street parking, and a covered back patio dining space set-up with a large BBQ.
I don't rent these two rooms out to separate parties so anyone who stays at my house gets the upstairs all to themselves. That's two bedrooms plus two exterior closets, nicely insulated from downstairs sounds, as your own totally private zone. This could be ideal for a person who wants a bedroom plus a separate office / art / work space or for two or more guests wanting room to spread out or looking for separate sleeping quarters. The west guest room is furnished with a nice firm queen-sized Ikea bed, a night stand on each side, and an Eames style lounge chair. The east guest room is furnished with a desk and chair, floor lamp, oodles of empty built-in shelving and drawers for storage as well as a futon couch which folds out into a full / double-sized bed and is topped with a new memory foam pad for added comfort. The shared bathroom is located just at the bottom of the stairs.
Included on each morning of your stay is a self-serve breakfast. Typically available are organic fresh apples, pears, oranges and bananas, an assortment of cold cereals (also mostly organic), milk or milk substitute by request, oatmeal, usually coffee and always a variety of teas (green, black, & herbal).
The house has a convenient location on Ainsworth street between I-5 and Interstate avenue in North Portland. Outside of rush hour it takes only about 6 minutes to drive downtown. There is a New Seasons market and a stop for the yellow line Max train just 3 blocks away. New Seasons is like a smaller and more localized Whole Foods with better prices. The max train will whisk you downtown in about 13 minutes or north to the Portland Exposition Center in less time. A few blocks east is the gorgeous and historic Peninsula Park. Also nearby are bustling Mississippi and Alberta streets, the new Killingsworth food cart pod, and P.C.C.'s Cascade campus. Within a mile or two are also the University of Portland, Adidas North America headquarters, and Legacy Emmanuel Hospital.
You can take the Max train between my house and the airport for about $2.50 and without having to go downtown.
Guests traveling on business or in Portland for a wedding or other formal events will be glad to know that you'll have access to an iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and two full length mirrors.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Thanks for looking.
I am a fairly clean and respectful person and am hoping you are as well. While I often go out in the evenings I am quiet at night and hope that if you were a night owl that it could be reasonably quiet in the house after midnight.
I have a strict policy against candles or indoor smoking of any kind. Smoking on the front porch or back patio is totally fine and i do have an outdoor ashtray.
I prefer to keep the house a mostly shoe-free zone. Please bring some comfortable slippers for your stay. This is not a deal-breaker but simply my preference, especially in the wet season. Most of the floors are hardwoods so if a person does need to use shoes i ask that the soles be metal-free (no steel-toed boots, spiked heels, etc). Thanks.
This is a pet-free house. No dogs please.
The house is not "child-proofed" but if you have one or two well-behaved children we can talk.
Unless otherwise arranged with me, and aside from pick-up / drop-off type situations, please do not have non-paying guests over to the house.
Please lock the exterior doors behind you when coming and going.
My cleaning fee is not exorbitant so please be kind and leave the place in similar condition to the way you found it. Don't worry about emptying trash or taking linens off the beds when you go, I'll take care of that, but it would be great if you could clean up spills or messes as they happen, and please wash all surfaces of any kitchenware used with hot soapy water. Thank you.
Enjoy your time here!
I couldn't have asked for a better experience -- Abraham was the kindest host, easy to get in touch with, and made sure I had everything for a comfortable stay. I truly felt welcomed in Portland, thanks Abraham!
We have stayed at Abraham's several times and it feels like our "home away from home" in Portland. The house is always very clean and comfortable and Abraham is a gracious host.
Abraham's home is close to transit and was very accessible. We enjoyed walking to Mississippi ave for meals. The bus or train are close enough to take anywhere in the city.
It was great having two beds so we would not have to share.
The house is comfortable and convenient. It was nice to have fresh fruit every morning before heading out on the town.
Abraham is probably one of the kindest. I actually didn't get to go to Portland because I caught the flu and completely missed out on staying at Abraham's place in Portland and the convention I was to attend. But my friend Eugene went ahead and stayed at Abraham's and he said the place was perfect! Abraham was kind enough to contact me and offer a refund because there was one person (Eugene) renting instead of two. I didn't even ask. How awesome is that??? Super sweet guy! Thank you Abraham!!!
We have stayed at Abraham's several times. As always, the house was clean and comfortable and Abraham made us feel very welcome.
I enjoyed my week here quite a bit. It was a great choice for my sister and I, with the 2-room suite rented as one unit. Everything was clean, organized, and well thought out. The complimentary breakfast goods were tailored to my dietary restrictions as well, and there was a whole table laid out with maps, metro schedules, neighborhood/restaurant guides, etc.
The directions and house rules were all very clear and made sense, I had no trouble finding the place. Our host was quiet and often gone, easy to live with, and a nice person in general when he was around.
The only problem I found was the squeaky floor. I was operating on a different time zone, and tended to wake up early by local time despite normally being a night owl, and I felt a bit guilty with the floor announcing my every step in certain areas, but with older houses it can't be helped sometimes. Our host was very understanding about it fortunately.
Definitely a good place to check out if you are seeking a pair of rooms, hard to go wrong here. Close to public transportation and some interesting neighborhoods and park area as well.
Abraham was very welcoming: he was gracious enough to drive me to Mississippi Avenue to check out its sights, sounds, and tastes. In addition to providing breakfast (with lots of fresh fruit!), he also recommended coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurants in multiple neighborhoods. Plus I learned a bit more about old-school rock music by staying at his place!
The room where I stayed (along with the rest of the house) is very clean. The bed is very comfortable. It is easy to pick up the MAX (the light rail) two blocks away from the house to go to Downtown Portland. I definitely would book again.
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I am a small business owner, native Oregonian and been in Portland for the last 14 years. A few of my favorite things are music, cooking, motorcycling, world travel, and film-making. I've explored high and low in my years of Portland living and am happy to share my insight on all that Portland has to offer. I am a fairly clean, respectful, kind, easy-going and fun-loving person and am hoping you are as well. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for considering my listing.