Blues,brews,and bicycle guesthouse

House - Private room · N Blandena St, Portland, OR 97217, United States
Your host, Taizz
47 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Big, old farmhouse in Overlook neighborhood of N. Portland has hardwoods, W&D, great kitchen,wireless Internet, I/2 acre garden, secure bike storage. Walk to the river or the historic Mississippi Arts district, ride your bike or MAX downtown in 20 min. Start the day with home roasted coffee and a Dutch Baby with fresh raspberries and Greek yoghurt. Here for a music or beer event? Mention it to the host, for a special deal. A German Shepard and sweet indoor-outdoor kitty live here, will welcome you, and we are a registered rain garden and backyard habitat. This is a neighborhood that values diversity, with great pubs, cool eateries, the Addidas World Village, New Seasons, ecoroofs, community gardens, food carts, stealth bikers, occasional sightings of Extremo the Clown, Storm Large, and Sam Adams. Since the perfect way to get around is by bike, I always keep extras on hand that you can rent.
Gardeners, musicians, jugglers, coffee roasters, locavores, and community activists are always welcome here-please tell me a little about yourself and the nature of your visit to Portland so I will know if I am a good host for you!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 31 nights
Weekly Price: $405 /week
Monthly Price: $850 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Staying with Taizz was a dream. It was like visiting family in the south and enjoying their beautiful property with lots of trees and lovely big house filled with great company and great food. We had a blast spending time making dinner together and having a little dinner party with her and my friends. She makes the tastiest homemade kambucha, which I left with a piece of the mother to make my own. She also makes delicious coffee made several different ways and amazing homemade yogurt. We had great late night conversations whole sipping on some yummy brews... The room was cozy and had everything I needed. The house has such lovely characters and I LOVED her kitchen. I would recommend Taizz as a host any time, she has become a great person to know and to call a friend now. Thank you for sharing your lovely home and your time with me.

    May 2014
    Response from Taizz:

    Come back anytime Lena! It was such fun cooking with you!!

    May 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay in Taizz's friendly, comfortable home. I would definitely go back!

    May 2014
  • Taizz is the most warm and generous host. I stayed over for a lovely 3 days where she was so kind enough to teach me about her homemade yogurt, kombucha, 5 methods of coffee brewing, and sour beer! I rented a bike from Taizz, did a ton of exploring, had the best adventure in Portland, and learned so much about the life and culture there; much of it is thanks to the kindness of Taizz and the others I met at her guesthouse--David, Chezz, Mzcora and Leela (the cat and dog). This was my first airbnb experience and it was the best I could have asked for.

    Thank you--Taizz, David, and Chezz--and thank you Portland!

    April 2014
  • Taizz is a warm, bright, joyful and adventurous person and host. I felt very comfortable in her home. Taizz was open and generous in sharing her considerable knowledge about the Portland area and about green living. I stayed four days with Taizz and her sweet dog and cat as a part of a trip that included visits to Houston, Portland, San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. I'm very thankful that my first Airbnb experience was a stay at Taizz's home! I enjoyed my stay and I would happily stay again! Thank you, Taizz!

    Blues,brews,and bicycle guesthouse


    April 2014
  • Taizz was a great hostess! I really enjoyed staying with her and her incredibly sweet dog and cat. She really helped me understand how to get around Portland (she lives a 3-5 minute walk from the bus stop!), provided many ways of making coffee (including my favorite, pour over), and gave lots of breakfast options. She also recommended some great places to eat. Her house is very nice, her kitchen is open and accessible, and the room I stayed in was very nice, with lots of room for all of my stuff. I would highly recommend staying with Taizz!

    March 2014
  • My favorite place in Portland. Every time I feel very comfortable at Taizz's place.
    She is so friendly, fun, kind, bright person - words are not enough to tell.
    Just saying thank you is not enough. I'm very thankful, ありがとう(arigato)

    March 2014
  • After driving 3000 miles I was so grateful to have a warm, peaceful, and inviting home to stay. Taizz was a great host along with her dog and kitty. I would recommend Taizz's home without a doubt. Taizz gave me a warm feeling the minute I met her . Hope to go back and enjoy the gardens in the yard!!

    February 2014
  • My stay with Taizz was everything I hoped for.She made my solo trip to Portland both comfortable and welcoming. She answered every question she could and went out of her way to guide me in the right direction for both walking and riding the bus. The Misssissipi District was an easy walk for food and shopping, as well as the Alberta District and Downtown for busing. I knew I could have easily ridden a bike as well, and plan to do so next time.I can't thank her enough nor recommend any higher her lovely home..

    January 2014
  • I was accepted to a 2 month internship in the North West area and was looking for a safe, warm, clean, friendly and convenient place to stay. Taizz's home met all these requirements and more. I knew being in Portland from October to December, it would be wet and cold. One of the nicest things about returning home from work, was having a cozy place and a hot shower to come back to. There is a personal heater in the room so you can control the temperature to your liking and the bed is super comfy. I had 3 huge drawers/rollable clothes rack to store my clothes, a tiny desk/chair to work on, a full length mirror and a book shelf full of interesting books to read/flip through. Even with 3 people sharing the bathroom upstairs, there was never an issue. We were open to use the bathroom downstairs as well but I never had to. Taizz also has an amazing kitchen to cook in. We were given pantry and fridge space to store our own food. We were free to use her pots, pans, plates, utensils, spices, tupperware, etc. Public transportation (my primary method to get to work) was super convenient. The MAX Yellow line is only a 10 minute walk and the 35/72 Bus is a few minutes walk away...great for getting to work and exploring Portland! Taizz's dog and cat are really friendly and leave you alone for the most part. As for Taizz herself, she is wonderful, caring, funny, smart, generous and easy to talk to. Being a foodie and outdoor person myself, Taizz recommended plenty of yummy places to eat and fun places to explore. My positive experience working in Portland is largely due to having a great host/housemates and a great place to stay in.

    December 2013
    Response from Taizz:

    Lisa, I am so glad you chose this place to stay- you are always welcome here!

    December 2013
  • Taizz was a welcoming and helpful host. She truly loves Portland and is happy to share advice on getting about the city. Her neighborhood is peaceful, safe and near public transportation, but also walking distance to a great coffee shop, and a few bars and eateries. The house is well kept and well stocked with filtered water, coffee, tea, bread for morning toast with butter or "house crack" (vanilla espresso almond butter, mmm). If you're lucky, you'll get to try some home brewed kombucha.

    My last day there was the perfect fall day: cool, but wonderfully sunny. I took the opportunity to relax on the porch, soak up some sun and enjoy the view. Her yard truly is a lovely nature retreat - lush with foliage and brimming with beautiful birds and the occasional industrious squirrel. Stop for a break and enjoy the yard if you get a chance.

    I look forward to staying here whenever I'm in Portland next. Thanks, Taizz!

    October 2013
    Response from Taizz:

    It was a pleasure hosting you- and am inspired to try salt block cooking after hearing about it from you !

    October 2013
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