About This Listing
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 is a welcoming and generous host, his warm and rambling house easily accommodated five adults, giving us room to spread out (website hidden) Rainier greets us when we look out the front window. The neighborhood is lovely, and downtown Olympia is easily walkable. The house is within easy driving of Olympic National Forest. We had a wonderful visit to Olympia, thanks largely to Dan's hospitality.
Daniel was very welcoming! I stayed at Overhulse with my husband and two friends. We all thought the house was a winner, and found Daniel a great host. He stocked yogurt, chocolate, fruit and muffins for our breakfast. He even baked us muffins the second day! The washer/dryer was available if we needed it. The house is located an easy 10 minute walk from downtown Olympia. Great view of the Sound, the capitol building, and a sweet backyard.
Daniel gave us a great recommendation for a hike at Olympia national park, and a ferry ride to Seattle. We'd be happy to stay with him again if we make it back to Olympia!
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 there to check us in and give us a tour of the place.
About the Host, Daniel
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).
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