Marvelously Funky Old House in S.E.

House - Private room · SE Henry St, Portland, OR 97202, United States

The Space

Sellwood/Westmorland is a splendid little neighborhood in S.E. Portland with assorted shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, bookstore, library, riverside wildlife reserve, parks, playgrounds and grocery stores all within walking distance. A short bus ride (#19) will get you downtown easily, and it is not difficult to connect with the Max train line to travel to or from the airport (transfer to Trimet bus #70 at the Lloyd Center Max stop). We are also well placed for Reed College visitors, about a 15 minute walk or a five minute bus ride on the #19. For detailed transit information, please reference the TriMet website.
Our house has a lot of nice corners to hang out in, as does the garden, and the bedroom is spacious, with a queen sized bed. There is only one Bathroom, but it does sport a delightfully large claw-foot bathtub. Given the number of stairs and the tub-with-shower-curtain arrangement, I would not recommend our house for guests with limited mobility. Guests may use the kitchen if they wish, and we offer complimentary tea and cornflakes for the weary traveler.
So on the plus side: Wi-Fi access, lots of cats and WAY more knick-knacks than a Motel Six! But It is only fair to warn you that my style of housekeeping is cleanish; Spotless Modernists will probably not care for what we have to offer.
Friendly! Funky! Fun!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • What a wonderful place to stay in Portland! We will definitely be back! I knew from Kate's profile that we would click. My house is also old and full of stuff. Kate's stuff is just more interesting!! We were on completely different schedules which prevented us from actually meeting, but next time I'm sure we will. Polly
    PS: I wanted to bring the bed (very comfy) and the black cat, Mickey home with us.. miss you mickey!!

    February 2014
    Response from Kate:

    I promise we will meet in person next time for clearly we are kindred spirits. The cats and I give you five enormous stars and happy, fuzzy, rainbow colored blessings! Kate

    Polly made me a little basket; how cool is THAT!

  • Kate had a family emergency that precluded my being able to stay but . Kate did everything one could reasonably expect to find me other accomodations at the last minute .Thank you Kate.

    October 2012
  • My boyfriend and I enjoyed our two nights in Marvelously Funky Old House. Sweet location, sweet house full of interesting odds and ends to check out, plenty clean IMO, definitely for cat-lovers (we got to play with the new kitten :D). Kate was friendly and helpful and Apollo was a blast. Be aware that the situation is not super-private--the bathroom is shared, and the two bedrooms are right next to each other. But the bathroom has a beautiful old claw-tooth tub! The place smells a little old-housey, but that's made up for in charm and Kate's awesome decorations. All in all a delightful stay (our first air bnb experience, and we're looking forward to a repeat).

    October 2012
  • Kate is a gracious host with a comfortable home. Five stars!

    October 2012
  • An absolutely charming house, filled with books and multi-ethnic crafts, an atmosphere that perfectly suits avid travelers... Kate was very considerate, generous and fun - as little as we saw her, we felt her warm care.
    Location is very convenient and the neighborhood has a lot to offer - and downtown is only a short drive away. We will consider staying again!

    September 2012
  • Kate has a beautiful and cozy home in a fantastic neighborhood. She is very welcoming. The house is plenty clean enough. The room is spacious and comfortable. Things to keep in mind - Be prepared to share a bathroom and know that you are not near downtown or the MAX line.

    September 2012
  • Kate's bungalow was just as described...marvelously funky. As fate would have it, Kate was gone the days we were in Portland so we didn't get to meet her, but she was reflected in her eclectic books, furnishings & decor... and fresh flowers found throughout the house!

    Kate's home is conveniently located 2 blocks from QFC grocery, (which serves Seattle's Best in their bakery for your morning cup of joe), and 3-4 blocks from three bus lines & neighborhood restaurants & businesses.

    We really appreciated Kate's flexible check in/out times as we arrived with luggage via the airport, & relied on the efficient public transit to play tourists. (Connect with TRI-MET on line & use their trip planner feature to get around & see the sights.)

    One possible drawback . . . the old clawfoot tub, fitted to include
    a shower, may be a challenge for some getting in and out. And anyone over 5'8" may find it awkward as the showerhead is low and the tub sits against an angled wall.

    Overall enjoyed the house, the neighborhood, and Squeaky the cat. . .(and her neighborhood friend, Ninja.) No ghost cats!

    September 2012
  • Although there was a small mix up which which caused the room to be double booked, Kate went the extra mile to ensure we had a comfortable place to stay for the night. She was truly a top class host. The house itself was beautiful and very clean and was in a great location.

    We would definitely love to stay at Kate's place again in the future.

    September 2012
  • Nice place to stay, comfortable bed. Kate has a wonderful collection of fun artsy pieces from around the world.

    August 2012
  • Lovely stay in beautiful neighborhood with a warm & friendly household. Great places to walk and shop. Beautiful gardens. I had a great overnight stay. Thanks, Kate!

    August 2012
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I am an anachronistic, artistic, beatnik buddhist single mom, with two cats and a son named Apollo. Aside from cats, Apollo likes comics, steam-punk, building tanks and airships in the dining room, and dangerous scientific experiments. We both love going through other people's recycling bins. How else could we afford to build the airships? Apollo and his best friend Paul are the Top Chaos Agents, and there are apparently three Chaos Portals hidden in our house. You will probably have to arrive by car or bus though. Not everybody can be a chaos agent. You should probably also know that the house has cat ghosts, but they are friendly and never bother anyone. Come see for yourself!
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