About This Listing
Enjoy your own cozy space in large home. Easy access to transit and just steps away from historic Mt. Tabor Park. Secluded back yard in quiet neighborhood, with plenty of on-street parking. Morning beverage service included.
Both our household and our location are unique.
Our home is located just steps from Mt. Tabor - actually, an extinct volcano - which is a large historic city park full of interlacing trails, tennis courts, stately evergreens, and offering astounding views of our city and the park's huge open reservoirs. Our streets do not offer "through" traffic access, so they are quiet and used by residents and guests only.
Our household comprises four people: Tom, your host; Cinthia, a woman from Brazil, whose lively personality lights up the place, Joel, her sweet husband, and Sarah, a veteran world traveler who joined our household in December, 2014.
Together, we offer a diverse yet friendly and harmonious set of personalities with a welcoming attitude and holistic worldview. We have all traveled quite a bit, especially in the Americas, and we know you will enjoy your time with us. We are also a 420-friendly household.
Extra added attraction! Book now and I will send you my new - and continually updated - pdf document called "Portland Tips And Tricks". This is a fun listing of things in and around Portland that you will NOT find in the usual tourist literature. You'll find the odd, hidden, sometimes barely legal diversions that can make all the difference between a "usual" trip and a truly memorable one. It's loaded with clickable "hyperlinks" to scores of online resources that you won't want to miss. This is UNIQUE.....I know that because I wrote it!!
Guests will have access to their private room, which includes a full-size futon on a solid metal frame, and which looks out onto the private backyard/garden, their own (not shared) full bathroom across the hallway, and the rest of the downstairs MINUS the kitchen. You ARE welcome to store restaurant "doggie bags" or other small things in the refrigerator, and to use the microwave oven, but cooking is not possible. (We are all avid cooks and we use the kitchen A LOT!)
In sunnier seasons, you will also enjoy a lovely secluded backyard, fully equipped with a gas grill should you feel so inspired.
Interaction with Guests
I, Tom, am around the house quite a bit, with the other folks less so. We are all friendly people, but you will probably interact with me most of the time. I am a native Portlander, and love to offer advice and tips on how to get the most out of your visit. I was an airbnb host for three years in a different nearby location, and have learned that while each traveler is unique, there are some definite commonalities in the things that attract people to Portland and I try to be of service as much as possible.
I also respect your need for privacy, and I always keep in mind that you are here to enjoy Portland, and not my charming sense of humor!
Historic Mt. Tabor is close to many amenities, yet is quiet and picturesque. Anchored by one of Portland's largest and oldest city parks (and situated on an extinct volcano), our neighborhood is blessed with grand homes and shady streets perfect for walking and talking. Or, take an easy hike up the mountain, where you'll encounter grand panoramic views of our city and our historic open reservoirs. Stately evergreens shade hiking trails and tennis courts, picnic sites, and even a summer concert venue in the volcano's ancient caldera!
After all that walking, you will want to check out Portland's famous food carts, and lots of them are located within easy walking distance along Division St, just a block south....featuring food from all over the world at "takeaway" prices.
Venture further west on Division and you will be in the middle of one of the "10 hottest restaurant districts in the USA" (and along the way you will encounter an endearing street art installation of miniature bronze figures based on historic district culture).
Or go east on Division to the "Jade District" and a pan-Asian culinary escapade offering old- and new-school approaches to some of our favorite foods.
We are located just blocks from Trimet Routes #4 (east-west) and #71 (north-south), your transit gateways to the entire city. Frequent service, web-based trip planning, and easy transfers to other bus routes or Max Light Rail make it easy to get around Portland.
Airport access is easy during transit hours, with Max Light Rail connecting you to the #71 bus route, which drops you a couple of blocks from us. If the weather is terrible, or you are carrying a lot of stuff, I am usually available for a pickup at the 60th Street Max Station at no charge.
If you are arriving by train or bus, transit access to and from Union Station and Greyhound depots (located adjacent to each other downtown) is easy during transit hours.
For an overall picture of our transit system, check out (website hidden) for fares, routes, schedules, and easy trip planning. You can also download their app from the site.
If you will be using a car, there is plenty of free onstreet parking....just be sure not to block a neighbor's driveway or mailbox!
Other Things to Note
Portland is not called "Beervana" for nothing! I am a former home-brewer and lover of all things ale, so I can point you to some great resources within our burgeoning brewing scene.
Safe, secure bike storage is available in the backyard.
Check-in time is 2PM or later and check-out time is 11AM. CHECK-IN IS BY PRE-ARRANGEMENT and can be done at any hour, no matter how late or early...I just need to know ahead of time.
We encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect and consideration, so "house rules" are pretty much unnecessary, except for the "kitchen rules" as described in the Guest Access section. I was an airbnb host in another nearby location for three years, where my guests and I always got along (email hidden)rt of the reason I LOVE hosting!
The one thing I do encourage from my guests is feedback about your experience while you are here....what have I forgotten, or how can I make your experience the absolute best? I would much rather be able to address concerns on the spot, than get a less than perfect review!! :)
Smoking is fine in the back yard.
Pets are not allowed, nor are there any pets living here.
Tom is an awesome host, he made me feel extremely welcome and at home! He gave me great tips to get around the city. The room is very clean and the bed really comfortable. The neighborhood is also great, with a bus stop close by that brings you directly downtown where you have access to multiple bus lines to get around the city. I highly recommend anyone who visits Portland to stay with Tom for an excellent experience!
Tom is a great host, husband and I truly enjoyed staying at his home which is located in a fantastic part of town. He is a great host and a person that it is so easy to talk to, gave us some tips around town and made us feel at home. I had a chance to meet Cynthi a and Joel, both very nice individuals as well.
We can wait to be back in Portland sometime in the future as 3 days were not enough time to see everything we want to do.
Happy travelling everyone!
Tom was amazing. He could not have made me feel more at home or more welcome. I truly enjoyed my stay at his home and would definitely go back next time I'm in Portland.
Tom's house was exactly as described except I don't recall him mentioning how lovely his garden is. Tom made his home - living room and garden - fully available to share and even let me do some laundry. Travel to downtown Portland is really easy from Tom's house as the bus stop is a 5-minute walk away and a 20-25 minute ride.
The list description was perfect. The room is actually roomier than it appears. The room was clean and so was the bathroom. Before I had even arrived in Portland Tom had sent me info on things to do in the city that I wouldn't commonly find. He was also so helpful when we got there when we had questions about places to go and where to find things around the house. The neighborhood was great. It's so peaceful yet close to so many things. His home is a few feet from Mt Tabor park which is so beautiful and was a definite perk.
About the Host, Tom
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