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.
Our time in Portland was truly memorable thanks in large part to Tom and his housemates. They are an open, friendly bunch who don't hesitate to give advice or spark up a conversation. From the tea thoughtfully placed in our bathroom to Mt. Tabor (practically located in the backyard), this trip was a wonderful one--we would definitely stay with Tom again!
Tom was very,very welcoming and receptive host. This was my first time using AirBnB and he did his most to make the stay as comfortable as possible. The accommodations were very clean and hospitable. His neighborhood was friendly and I had no qualms with parking my car overnight for multiple days.
He was also a fantastic host in the fact that he has a massive wealth of knowledge concerning the best tourist-y, and even non-tourist-y, sights in Portland. Tom prides himself in being a Portland native and his knowledge of the city really shines through. Overall, my experience with Tom was fantastic.
This lively household is a perfect place to discover Portland. The neighborhood is safe and well situated for getting around in Portland. The household is friendly and welcoming and both the room and bathroom are clean, comfortable and private. A great place to stay in the city.
Tom was great! We coordinated my arrival via messaging on Airbnb and then through phone calls. Though he was out when I arrived, his house felt warm and inviting, the signs to my room were great, and his welcome sheet gave me all the information I needed upon arrival. Upon first arriving at Tom's house a wonderful floral scent greeted me from his front yard.
After walking in and finding my room I felt at home and was able to quickly get on the internet to find a group of food carts close by. At different times, Tom's housemates all greeted me and helped me feel welcome in the house. When Tom arrived home, he welcomed me into his house and gave me a walk through of his Airbnb.
If your traveling to Portland, Tom's Airbnb would be a great place to stay as there is a cute coffee shop around the corner, delightful food carts about ten blocks or so away, and it's a short driving distance, depending on traffic, to many of the other neighborhood spots that make Portland a great city.
Thank you so much for everything and welcoming me into your beautiful home. You were extremely generous, helpful, and accommodating. Staying with you was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone. I really appreciate everything!
Really nice place - although I could have sworn that it said on the description that there would be no one else staying in the other bedrooms downstairs, and it appears that the host lives downstairs. I may have misunderstood. Tom was friendly and also gave us our space when we needed it, and was very quiet. Be aware that the quiet hours at this house seemed to be between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which may be a bit early for some people. The backyard was lovely, and so was the home. Seems to be plenty of hot water for us to take two showers in the morning also. The neighborhood is very quiet, and seemed really safe. It's not quite as easy to get on and off the freeway as you might think, due to traffic, however there is a really awesome coffee shop right down the street with gluten free options called The Seven Virtues, which I think makes up for that :-) all in all, I believe that this is a really nice place for a mature couple or single person to stay. Was great to meet you Tom, thank you so much for the hospitality :-)
About the Host, Tom
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