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.
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, 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.
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.
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!! :)
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 :-)
I booked Tom's place for my mother, who was visiting from Virginia. The room was all ready for her when she arrived, Tom had even added wonderful little touches to make her feel at home. He had local food magazines for her to read and a hot pot with tea and coffee set up.
The bed was warm and comfortable and Tom was jovial and made her feel right at home. If she can't stay with me then, Tom's is definitely the next best place to home!
Tom and housemates were super friendly. House is quiet, room is comfortable. Parking is fabulous. Tom's a very welcoming host! Thanks, Tom!
Tom was a welcoming host; I enjoyed getting to know him. His room is as described. Guests should know that the bath is not en suite, so although the private bath is only across the hall, they might wish to bring a wrap for the short trek. Even though Tom has three housemates, the place was very quiet--one hardly knew anyone else was there most of the time. The room is simple, but comfortable. Good reading light! No private entry. Proximity to Mt. Tabor Park is a big plus for those who like to exercise.
Thanks to Tom and his roommates, I could have a wonderful time in Portland!!
Tom is one of the most wonderful host I have ever met!!
He is so kind that he solved any problems that I had.
I could enjoy sightseeing in Portland and also spending time at Tom's house.
It takes 30min from Tom's house to downtown by bus, so you can get to anywhere conveniently.
Thank you so much, Tom!!