Large Ballard/Fremont apartment

Apartment - Entire home/apt · NW 50th St, Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Your host, Michael
83 Reviews
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The Space

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, The Leary Traveler and Le Bon Ton Roule. 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!

We also invite you to relax in the private back yard. 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.


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!

*A $200 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

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Monthly Price: $1900 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Michael and his family were a pleasure to stay with! The apartment was exactly as posted and our hosts exceeded our expectations with all the extra amenities. We were greeted with homemade chocolate chip cookies, and breakfast staples in the fridge along with excellent coffee and wine. The apt. was very clean and well appointed for our needs. Michael offered suggestions for dining out and visiting local breweries. We felt very comfortable and thank Michael and his family for sharing their space with us.
    This apt is in a Ballard neighborhood where parking can be a bit of an issue. There are restaurants and breweries within walking distance.

    June 2014
  • Excellent stay with Michael and family! The apartment was just as pictured/described, impeccably clean, with some very thoughtful amenities (fresh baked cookies, lovely sheets/towels, toiletries) that made the visit feel like home. Highly recommended apartment with great hosts in the best part of Seattle. Thank you for the hospitality!

    June 2014
  • Had a very positive experience with Michael and his family. I reserved his apartment for my family to stay in for my husband's graduation weekend. The apartment was lovely and it was in a quiet neighborhood in Frelard. It was spacious, cheerful and well decorated. Michael baked cookies for my parents prior to their arrival and left a bottle of wine, which was very kind. My parents were a bit worried about finding street parking, but it was no problem at all. The shower and jet tub were wonderful amenities to have in the apartment. The bed and futon with memory foam cover were very comfortable to sleep on. However, I would like to note that all of the furniture is low to the ground, which can be difficult to get in and out of for taller individuals. He also put together a nice book of restaurants/places to visit. Based on those recommendations, we tried two new restaurants in the Ballard area and had delicious meals. What a cozy place to stay!

    June 2014
  • We booked this apartment based on location (we wanted to stay outside of downtown, in one of the neighborhoods) and the numerous great reviews. It lived up to expectations! The hosts were friendly and knowledgeable, and gave us our privacy. Minimal noise heard upstairs from their little boy ;) The apartment itself, was spotless, with all amenities. As in prior reviews, the bottle of wine and cookies were fantastic. We had a car and finding parking on-street was easy. Right between Ballard and Fremont restaurants, cafes, shops, so a great location, although it's not right outside your door.

    If I had to note any drawbacks (since you can already tell from previous reviews that this is overall a great place to stay), it would be that it IS the basement and that it could be updated more (but you can also tell that from all the photos posted). This is all just personal preference. Other than that, we had a great experience here!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I enjoyed our stay of 4 nights in June. Michael was great at communicating during the rental process and was there to check us in when we arrived. The apartment was very comfortable and had everything we needed. We didn't do any cooking, but did use the fridge and washer/dryer which was a big plus. The bed was very soft and we slept well after long days of walking around. My wife also took advantage of the jacuzzi tub to relax.

    The apartment is really close to the #28 bus to downtown which was convenient. It's not right in center of Ballard, but we were still able to walk to check out the Sunday farmer's market, shops, restaurants, and the locks. We definitely liked the Ballard area.

    We didn't have any issues with the rental and would definitely stay again!

    June 2014
  • My parents and I stayed in Michael and his wife's apartment for a couple of nights while in Seattle on a business trip. Michael and Jay Louise were extremely gracious and hospitable hosts, providing us with complimentary coffee, wine, and various other staples, and advice about the area. Their downstairs apartment is very nice with and comfortable with everything a traveler could ask for. The neighborhood is very nice and quiet yet close to many attractions, restaurants and bars. I would definitely recommend staying with the Allens when visiting Seattle.

    June 2014
  • Michael and Jean Louise were really nice hosts, and considerate people. They thought of everything, fresh flowers and plants, earplugs, netflix access in their TV. , neighborhood guide. The apartment looks just like the photos. The beds were very comfortable, even the futon that turns into a bed for a third guest was comfortable. We really enjoyed their place, and would definitely recommend it.

    June 2014
  • Mike & Jean Louise's space provides you with all the amenities of staying at a hotel or B&B with a personalized twist with fresh flowers, baked cookies and a bottle of wine. The space is comfortable, their backyard environment is lovely, and they take special care to make sure we have everything you need, including basic toiletries, coffee & tea, and plenty of pillows and blankets. We stayed here for a family vacation during Memorial Day week and it was so generous of them to open their personal space to us considering the holiday. Jean Louise also whipped up the most gorgeous floral arrangement in her studio for a last minute gift for a friend who owns a local restaurant. We would definitely stay here again if given the opportunity and would recommend it highly to all of our friends & family visiting Seattle.

    May 2014
  • Spacious, comfortable, private retreat in a great section of Seattle. Michaels place is exactly as pictured. What you can't see is the hospitality in the form of their graciousness, guidebook, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, organic eggs, coffee, cream and toiletries. This is a private, spacious, comfortable, safe space to stay. It's a short, easy drive to every where in Seattle and even Tacoma. Ballard and Fremont are funky, fun areas of Seattle. Very close to the Ballard locks and the best coffee in Seattle - ETG coffee and bakery in Fremont. I highly recommend this place

    May 2014
  • Host was awesome This was our first airbnb experience and I did not expect it to be so perfect. They had everything that we could possibly need: lots of shampoo and conditioner to choose from, eggs, coffee and cream in the fridge, a pack and play for our son, a bottle of wine, and even freshly baked cookies!

    Note for parents: There's a walk-in closet that fits the pack and play perfectly.

    May 2014
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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.
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