bedroom with comfortable pillow top premium bed and plenty of pillows (down and hypo-allergenic)
Your apartment is 800 sq ft large and immaculately clean! Bedroom features a queen size pillow top bed with plenty of pillows and 300 thread count sheets, walk-in closet and a large window that opens to the private yard. Living room has a Dania sofa bed to snuggle up near the fireplace (we provide a duraflame log and some firewood to get you started)...this is a real working fireplace! We also provide a 3" memory foam topper for the sofa bed which makes it super comfortable as a second bed. The armoire houses a brand new 32" LED SMART TV for full Premium Package Directv viewing, Netflix and streaming through wifi (all included at no charge). Attached blu ray DVD player picture is amazing! Bathroom features a large Jacuzzi tub/shower. We provide complimentary body wash, towels, hand soap and toilet paper (up to a weeks worth). The kitchen is also very large with a full size refrigerator, full size electric oven/stove, microwave oven, coffee maker and all utensils needed for cooking. Coffee, cream and sometimes baked goods will accompany your arrival. You will also find fresh flowers throughout designed by Jean Louise herself!
We are located between Ballard and Fremont. When you walk the neighborhood you'll find an eclectic mix of businesses and
eccentric residents. You are blocks away from booming neighborhood breweries like Populuxe, Stoup, Reuben's Brews, Maritime, Bad Jimmy's and more! Great neighborhood restaurants like The Dish and The Leary Traveler. Venture a little further to Old Ballard Ave and you will be treated with 1/2 mile strip of nightlife and great restaurants, new and old. Anthony Bourdain featured this area on his show No Reservations! Venture the other direction and you will find yourself next to the original Lenin Bronze Statue brought over from Czechoslovakia in what locals call "The Center of the Universe" or Fremont. Great vintage shops, restaurants and local artisans call Fremont home.
If you want to venture to downtown Seattle just hop on the #28 bus 1/2 block from the apartment and be there in 20 minutes! It's only 5 blocks to the #44 bus that runs directly to the University of Washington.
The apartment entrance opens to the cozy and private back yard (enclosed by a 6 foot cedar fence), outdoor seating with cover (if you care to enjoy our rainy season up close) and gas grill.
FREE WIFI AND FULL PRIVATE LAUNDRY ALSO INCLUDED!
Some other distances to landmarks:
~ 5 miles to Pike Place market and the heart of downtown
~ 2.5 miles to University of Washington
~ Just across the canal from Seattle Pacific University
~ 5 blocks from the Burke Gilman Trail (a 17 mile paved trail that runs from Golden Gardens Beach Park to Kenmore) for running/walking/biking
~ 3.5 miles to Golden Gardens Park
~ 2 miles to The Locks (passage for boats from Lake Washington to the Puget Sound). Also has a working Salmon Fish Ladder that can be viewed from below water level.
We are a family of three (plus our friendly miniature dachshund named Guinness) and we live in the upper portion of the house. We are extremely conscious when we have guests in house to respect your privacy and keep noise to a minimum. Your apartment is totally private, but we do share the house so you might hear us at times. Although the apartment bedroom is very quiet and peaceful we provide complimentary eye masks and earplugs for those light sleepers! We also run our floral studio on property, so we are generally available all day for questions or recommendations. We hope to meet you soon!
We are here to help and converse if you like or leave you alone. We want our guests to have the most enjoyable stay possible. We are pretty good at catching a vibe of how much you want to interact, so come stay with us and relax! We do run our flower shop from the studio behind the house, so someone is around most of the day.
We are situated between two of the best neighborhoods in Seattle (Ballard & Fremont). Both have great nightlife, shopping, restaurants and coffee houses. Our neighborhood is quiet, safe and very friendly. We have 10 neighborhood breweries within walking distance as well. You might even see the 'cycle saloon' peddling around from brewery to brewery! There are two great parks within walking distance as well if you have little ones.
*A $50 cleaning fee will be added for stays 1 month or longer*
Seattle, Ballard, Puget Sound, Apartment, House, Corporate Housing, short-term rental, extended stay, furnished rental
The apartment is fully private. You share the rest of the grounds with us. Yay!
Interaction with Guests
We interact with you as much as you like. We have years of experience working in hotels and other service industries. Trust us...we'll know if you want to keep to yourselves or if you want our advice.
Ballard and Fremont, or where we live...Freelard, is the place to be in Seattle! 10 Breweries within walking distance of the apartment. Some of them are even kid friendly! Food? Amazing food in our area. Walk Old Ballard on Ballard Ave for some of the best food around. Anthony Bourdain, like him or not, even hit Ballard Ave on his show.
We can arrange for an airport pickup for $40 (Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac Escalade with driver!)
We have a beautiful, brand new 2014 VW Passat available to rent during your stay! We keep the availability calendar on the Relay Rides website. Email us for the link or search 'Joe's Volkswagen' on the site.
You can also catch a bus to almost anywhere within 5 blocks of the apartment. The #28 leaves 1/2 block from the house and you're downtown in 20 minutes, the #44 leave 5 blocks away to the University of Washington in 15 minutes!
Other Things to Note
Are you in need of a rental car during your stay? We have a beautiful 2014 VW Passat that you can rent through Relay Rides site.
Low volume 9pm - 6am. We have a 6 year old boy, so we are in bed early and up early! No smoking on premises. ID required upon arrival. No parties. No persons under 18 without an adult. Key will be given upon arrival and must be returned before departure. Extra keys upon request. No pets. We have a small dog that does not enter the apartment. We run a florist business from the studio behind the house. We are around almost always because of this and you will often see us working with beautiful flowers and plants.
Great place. Just as it was listed, actually even better. Lots of small touches that made the stay exceptional, whole bean coffee, kitchen supplies, comfy bed, soft linens. A wonderful location between two fun neighborhoods-- great food, microbreweries (Mike even provided an updates list of those in walking distance) farmers market, unique shops. So much better than a hotel, loved the space to stretch and hang out. The fresh flowers were a lovely touch!
Such a wonderful place and great hosts. We felt like home which is so rare when you travel. The apartment was cozy, cute, clean and with so many wonderful amenities we really didn't need anything more. It's very conveniently located close to everything you'd want to do in Seattle...highly recommend it and will stay here again.
My family and I had so much enjoyable experience. They are great host and we would love to stay here more later.
Michael and Jean Louise made every effort to make our stay over the holidays a wonderful one. The apartment was exactly as described, in a good location, with yummy homemade cookies and a great bottle of wine upon arrival. Plus beautiful little flower arrangements all over the apartment. Oh, and the bed is very comfy. We were traveling with a toddler and converted the walk in closet into his "room" and it worked perfectly.
We would definitely stay again on a future trip!
Mike, Jean Louise e Cash foram acolhedores e receptivos. Mike sempre foi imediato em responder as nossas perguntas e muito prestativo. Chegamos em Seattle para estudar e ficamos na casa deles enquanto procurávamos uma casa para alugar. Antes mesmo de vir, ele tentou nos ajudar nos colocando em contato com uma imobiliária. A casa é exatamente como está nas fotos, muito aconchegante e confortável, e ela estava especialmente decorada com flores e com uma linda árvore de Natal natural. Muito obrigada por tudo! Pelo vinho, pelos deliciosos biscoitos e pelo dia inesquecível de brincadeira que o Gabriel teve com Cash e suas amigas no quintal... Indicaremos com certeza para nossos amigos que vierem a Seattle!
Although I never met Michael in person, he was responsive via messages and I felt I could get in touch with him if need be. The apartment was large as described with some nice touches including muffins, a bottle of wine, and recommendations for walkable neighborhood spots. Much of the toiletries and soaps were available for use. Since this is a basement apartment, there was noise from upstairs, but minimal. The photos represent the apartment well, and it was clean, but could be updated a bit (ceiling tiles were noticeably old and carpet had some stains).
The neighborhood was a mix of houses and businesses, and some abandoned lots. Being new in the city, not knowing much about it, and the progressive vibe the community gave off, I did not feel comfortable walking around by myself at night.
Overall the apartment met my needs, and I was able to see Seattle from a local's perspective. Thanks!
Michael and Jean Louise have lived in Seattle for over 16 years. We enjoy music (especially listening to KEXP), good books, art, running, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, skiing, etc. We are self-employed running a flower studio that has been in business for 10 years. Our son and miniature dachshund complete our little family. We like for our guests to be as comfortable as possible. Whether you like to be left alone or like to talk about the area and are looking for recommendations, we are happy to accommodate.