Available: the top floor of the historic Overhulse house overlooking downtown Olympia. The house has views of Mt. Rainier, the state capital building, and is easy walking distance to the Olympia Farmers Market, the Baview Market, and downtown.
The Overhulse house is a historic Victorian house, built in 1902, with original hardwood floors and details, but with updated bathrooms, kitchen, and new instant hot water heater and furnace. The house has a large yard and privacy, but is only minutes to the Olympia Farmers Market, state offices, and the Bayview market.
Rainier Bedroom: The Rainier bedroom has a magnificent view of the Olympia harbor, Mt. Rainier (weather permitting), downtown Olympia, and the state capital building. It has a queen sized bed with a new hypoallergenic mattress and a desk.
Capital Bedroom: The Capital bedroom has a view of the state capital building and the surrounding neighborhood. It has a queen sized bed with a new hypoallergenic mattress and a desk.
Harbor Bedroom: The Harbor bedroom has a view of the Olympia harbor and the surrounding neighborhood. It has a queen sized bed with a new hypoallergenic mattress.
Living Room: The living room has a futon couch, two comfortable chairs, a stereo with CD player and turntable, and a gas fireplace. Cable TV is available on request.
Dining Room: The house has a large dining room with a table that seats 8+ adults.
Kitchen: the kitchen has all new appliances with a great gas range, espresso machine, K-cup coffee maker, microwave oven, and toaster. Kitchen essentials (olive oil, butter, milk, soy milk, flour, seasonings, baking supplies, etc) are available. Breakfast makings are provided, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and eggs. Baked goods can be provided for guests with extended stays.
Kitchen work area: A table with a computer with internet access and a printer is available for guests in the kitchen. You can use the house computer, or just plug in your laptop and use the monitor and wireless keyboard/mouse.
Guests have exclusive access to the second floor of the house, which has 3 bedrooms, and 1 1/2 bathrooms. Guests have shared access to the living room, dining room, kitchen, and a full bathroom downstairs.
Interaction with Guests
Your host Dan is friendly, but sensitive to your privacy. He is happy to make you a latte or espresso, to provide directions, or to recommend a restaurant or local business, but equally happy letting you enjoy the common areas of the house without interruption.
The Overhulse house is on a rise overlooking downtown Olympia. It is on the edge of the West Olympia neighborhood, and is walking distance of anything happening downtown: government offices, the Olympia Farmers Market, the waterfront, restaurants, the Bayview market, etc.
The house is less than two blocks from two different transit lines, and is 5 blocks away from the Olympia transit center.
Daniel was a very welcoming host. We arrived to freshly baked muffins. The three bedrooms were just what we needed for our group of 5 adults. Close to restaurants, grocery store, and walking around the marina.
Daniel was very welcoming. He showed us around the house, where things were and made us feel welcome. We had a bit of trouble finding our turnoff to the house be he helped us figure it out.
Overhulse house has a prime location. It is just across the bridge from downtown, an easy walk of ten minutes or less. We stayed for 6 days and the house was big enough to accommodate our daughter and son-in-law who stayed with us, as well as our other daughter and son-on-law who visited everyday and hung out with us. The house has great views of Olympia harbor and the capitol dome. The gas fireplace kept us cozy in rainy Olympia.
The house was well stocked with towels, t.p., paper towels, and other toiletries. I enjoyed using the kitchen. We had most everything we needed to make a Thanksgiving dinner. Daniel was generous in letting us use everything he had. He supplied muffins, fruit, milk and juice. It was like having a generous roommate who was seldom there. Daniel lives in the front section of the house and comes into the kitchen occasionally to make a quick breakfast or dinner. I found him to be easy to talk to and I think he intentionally made himself scarce so that we could enjoy maximum privacy. The kitchen is not filthy but not pristine, either. The previous owners installed exterior slate for the kitchen flooring. It is difficult to keep clean. Daniel did a great job if letting us know about his schedule and immediately picking up household item that was needed.
Dan took the time to show us around, made us feel welcome and was nice to let us use his kitchen. He left muffins, fruit, and yogurt, and many things are labeled around the house with instructions for guests. It's in a close location to downtown. I will say, however, that it seemed some areas were not as clean as you might hope for and we were surprised to learn that it is more of a shared room set up than an entire house/apartment, though Dan happened to be heading out that evening and gave us space.
Dan was present to greet us offered a delicious basket of muffins to enjoy during our stay.
We had a great stay at Dan's place. Its a very special old and spacious house conveniently located to explore Olympia (by foot!) and head out to Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park.
Dan prepared delicious muffins for breakfast and made us feel right at home (and always responded promtly to any questions we hade before and during our stay). He even played some steel guitar for us which was one of the highlights of our trip (he is a great musician).
We absolutely reccomend his house to anyone heading out to Olympia!
I am a software developer and musician who has lived in Olympia for 6 years, and in the Northwest for several decades. I love to get outdoors all year round, to have a great dinner, to spend time with friends, and to make music (outside of the house, mostly).