About this listing
This cozy 1920's home is tucked away in the historic South Capitol Neighborhood. Located minutes away from the Capitol Campus, it's a great place to stay if you're looking to do business in the area or visit downtown (25 min walk, 5 min drive).
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We have a private space in our attic that includes two finished rooms. One room has a queen sized bed and the other has a twin-sized futon mattress for one more guest. There is also a table and chairs and a microwave in the second room. If you have a hard time climbing up and down please do not book this space, as you need to climb up a loft ladder to get into the room (see pictures). The ladder goes through a 2'4" x 2'2" hole in the ceiling which is the floor of the room. If you have a large suitcase be mindful it may not fit, and you have to carry it up and down the ladder (we can also help, and if needed you can leave luggage downstairs and carry up what you need). The ceiling is quite low due to the lofty/attic nature of the space, although it hasn't been a problem for most guests.
If you have pets, small dogs are negotiable as long as you can carry them up and down the ladder (under 30 lbs).
We DO NOT do monthly rentals. The longest would be around one week. Exceptions can be made, however we're offering more short-term accommodations and we like a few days notice before accepting guests. Last minute does not work well for us. We do not provide food.
Wireless internet, keyless entry, bus stops around the block, fridge space, kitchen use, back and front yard use, hammock haven use, fresh fruit in the summer right off the trees and vines!
Interaction with Guests
Depends on the guest! During the week very little due to working hours, but weekends are flexible. We have been known to have coffee and go to shows with some of our guests. I love giving local recommendations, so please ask!
We live right across the street from a school which has walking paths, a park, and areas for dogs to run. Across the street at night has a view of the Capitol all lit up from your window (well, the top anyway). The area is family friendly and within walking distance is Olympia Coffee Roasters, Vic's Pizzeria, Frog Pond convenient store, and a great little market called Spud's. During the summer the yard has some fruit trees and grape vines! If you're really ambitious you can take a walking tour to see the historic homes in the area or visit the Capitol's museum.
It is located within walking distance to the bus stop. It's about a 25-30 minute walk to downtown Olympia. There is a parking lot and street parking for your car.
Other Things to Note
There are 2 VERY SOCIAL cats in the house, one who climbs up the ladder. Duncan (black and white) will most likely want to sleep with you (paw on the face means "lift the covers up!"). There is a dog as well, a blue heeler named Sadie, and she can be a bit neurotic before warming up to you. If you have a dog phobia, please don't stay here (she has never hurt anyone, she is just weary of strangers). The first Mondays of the month will be a bit noisy around here as we host the Olympia Old Time jam from 7-10 pm. Bring an instrument if you'd like! And once again, you have to climb up a ladder to get to your room. If you pee a lot in the night, this may be a problem for you because the bathroom is downstairs.
This is an old house which means it has character. I buy old stuff that is weathered and worn, which is just part of my style. If something looks old and used (some may judge as dirty and broken), it isn't that we don't clean it, it's just an older home filled with used stuff (disclaimer for those who want to stay in a sparkling/newer home). This can impact how clean the home looks/feels, and I assure you we clean the spaces. It may smell like an antique store in here, and I personally enjoy it.
Monday through Friday, quiet after 11 pm. We ask that guests be in before 11 pm on the weeknights to be sensitive for our work schedules. Respecting our animals and space as their own. Visiting pets are negotiable. Cook and supply your food, and clean up after yourself. If you smoke please do this outside away from the house. This includes marijuana (you know, legal in Washington now). Also, if you need ANYTHING, please ask. Suggestions on how to make the space better are also welcomed. If you're doing laundry, the last load has to be in BEFORE 9 pm (our bedroom is right above the noisy things).
Loved Amber, Bradley, their animals and their home. The upstairs is cozy and private. Two beds are perfect. Would stay again in a heartbeat!
This place is AWESOME!!! Amber and Bradley are neat, neat people (meaning super sweet though the place also feels comfortably tidy). I felt welcomed into their calm and sweet space and I was immediately put at ease. Duncan, Casey, and Sadie have to be some of the chillest pets ever. You might want to book this place just to meet Duncan. This home felt like a mythical space where the inhabitants seem to do what they love to do: canning, knitting, biking, fly-fishing, and playing the guitar: creating a vibe that feels sincere and comfy. Most important to me, as a female traveling alone, is feeling safe. The verdict? I absolutely slept soundly and so in terms of safe spaces, this felt like an A++++. I feel so grateful for my relaxing stay in this lovely space!
Very cute & clean place, great coffee cafe maybe 10 minutes walk.
Amber was very nice the little u got to see her. I was only there for one night, & my flight was late.
Had a great stay with Amber and Bradley! They were very helpful while I planned my trips in Washington. The room was perfect and clean. Walking up the ladder was not a problem. Duncan, the friendly cat, added to the great experience!
We stayed three nights with Amber at her very cool older home in an historic neighborhood. The house was clean and quiet and we enjoyed the friendly visits from cuddly Duncan the cat. Amber's description is very explicit in warning people that they will have to climb up a ladder to the bedroom, and this was not a problem for us but might be if you have mobility issues. And, because it's an older house, the bathroom might be difficult for anyone with back problems because the sink is quite low and the faucets are close to the back of the sink, making tooth brushing problematic if you can't bend over that far. Luckily we managed just fine and were very satisfied with our stay.
We very much enjoyed staying at Amber and Bradley's place. The attic bedroom was very comfortable (best bed we slept in on vacation), and liked hanging out with the cats and dog.
About the Host, Amber
Hi there! My name is Amber and I live with my boyfriend Bradley, dog Sadie, and cats Duncan and Casey in a cute little house in Olympia. We're quirky 30(ish) professionals who like to play outside. I work as a psychotherapist with my own private practice in Olympia. For fun I like blues and fusion dancing, practicing the fiddle, hosting jams, remodeling homes, taking walks with the dog, reading, and traveling. I moved here from Chicago, Illinois, where I grew up.
Bradley works as a urban planner for the Dept of Transportation for the State of Washington. His life outside of work is fly fisher, hunter, and explorer of rivers. Be ready for the paraphernalia around the house. He is also a food lover, cook, and enjoys finding new and local music. He moved here from twin cities in Minnesota, where he grew up.
We've been hosting people for almost a year now, and so far have had really great experiences. We love meeting new people as well as supporting AirBnb to continue to grow!