My cozy 1920's Bungalow home is located in the lovely Concordia Neighborhood. It's 10 minutes to the airport and to downtown Portland. It is just a few blocks to the vibrant Alberta Arts District known for its Last Thursday art walk. Aside from the art galleries, Alberta offers a variety of boutiques, shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Various types of restaurants include: Italian, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pizzarias, Sushi, Thai, a French patisserie, vegetarian/vegan and even Creole/Southern food. Food carts a plenty! We are walking distance to "the friendliest " natural food market (New Seasons), a drug store, a movie theater at the esteemed McMenamins Kennedy School, a yoga studio, a video store and a huge park with an off leash area for dogs. We are just blocks from several bus and bike routes. There is plenty of parking available on the street or driveway in this quiet neighborhood.
The main floor bedroom has a comfortable king bed that can separated out into two twins, upon request.
I recently bought a Sealy coiled bed and bedroom furniture, but haven't gotten pictures posted, yet.
The stairs to the top floor bedroom opens into an entryway room where there is a long chest of drawers and an additional closet . There are double windows at both ends of the rooms that let in a lot of light. The cozy queen bed is in the middle of the room with a flat screen TV across and off to the side of it.
Relax on the sofas in the living room, watch a movie and warm up next to the wood stove or view cable and Wi-FI in the bedrooms. The bigger sofa can also pull-out into a bed.
The bathroom has a shower/tub, cabinets to store toiletries and plenty of towels.
The kitchen is small, but is well equipped for anything you might like to prepare.
There is another side entrance through the kitchen and stairs that lead into the laundry room in the basement. There is a basement apartment that could be rented out to other Airbnb guests if I am out of town, but most likely it will my housemate and I with our two daschunds.
Guests have access to the home, front porch, laundry room, backyard, flagstone patio, driveway and street parking.
Interaction with Guests
It depends which listing you rent. I most likely will be in one of the other rooms during the winter, basement apartment or newly converted studio garage with my wiener dog if not traveling during the summer. Interactions and conversations are neighborly and informative. If there are any questions, concerns or maintenance issues they are resolved quickly.
Everything! It's safe walking distance to shops and quiet.
Yes. Two blocks away.
Basic rules of turning of lights and heat when not there...
Garbage and recycling comes early Wednesday morning (so I put them out on curb the night before).
Jeanne was very friendly and welcoming and quickly made us feel at home. The house was charming and comfortable in a quiet street, with parking right outside and only 10 mins from downtown. A nice residential neighbourhood with shops, restaurants and a park nearby.
This is a mixed review. It is an excellent listing, but you should know what you are getting into. My wife, two young children and I stayed in Jeanne’s three-bedroom listing for 10 weeks during the summer. She was gone on a trip for about half of this time, and the other half she lived in a basement suite on the property with a roommate. Despite the high quality of this house, the great neighborhood, excellent location, and Jeanne’s friendly nature, we would not stay here for a long term rental again, at least not for the price we paid, which was about $2700 a month.
The Positives: Excellent location. It is in a quiet residential neighborhood, while just blocks from Alberta street which has many excellent restaurants, bars, shops and other things to do. It is also surrounded by several very nice parks. The neighbors were friendly and we enjoyed getting to know them. The house itself is very nice, very clean and well represented by the pictures. Jeanne’s decorating is simple, tasteful, and would make anyone feel comfortable in the home. We were happy with all of this. In addition, Jeanne herself was friendly and our kids enjoyed playing with her small dog.
The Negatives: The property appeared unready for renters and our space was not always respected. While we were renting the house, Jeanne was doing substantial renovations on her basement suite and on the garage that is adjacent to the house. She did not tell me about these renovations when I inquired about renting the place. Noise also travels very clearly from the basement suite, but she did warn me of this before I rented the place. The house also has a door that goes down to a laundry room and the basement suite, which has no lock on it. Part way through the summer, Jeanne told us the basement suite wasn’t getting consistent internet and she needed to move the router that was located in our house. This left a telephone cord running through the house which she assured us was only for a day, but it was there for the remainder of our stay.
Jeanne entered the listing on a fairly frequent and informal basis. Generally, she would ask before coming in and it was while we were in the house. On a few occasions however, she entered the listing while we were away with little or no forewarning. Her later comments would make it clear that she had been looking through the whole house. Near the end of our stay she also would make comments about how she was running a “charity” by renting the house to us at the price that she did. These circumstances, among other things, made us feel uneasy.
While our stay was positive overall, Portland boasts many excellent properties for short-term rental, and for the price we paid we had excellent alternatives that I would probably book if doing it again given what I know now.
I actually was sleeping in the converted studio garage and was trying to get WIFI out into the backyard (and better connection in the basement listing) with an extender and asked to move it the last week ONLY of your stay. Obviously, your wife, Sara felt VERY different about the house and our interactions than you. When I asked permission/questions or gave notices by text to alert I didn't get a always get response in a timely matter from Sara about DISHcable(which required me to go into 3 rooms and turn on tvs/find remotes or WIFI and I was ALWAYS told, '...go right ahead, you don't need to ask , it's fine if we are not here, you can go in'. Which, would be VERY weird for someone to do unless I was babysitting your children which I have watched them at various times for moments while Sara had to turn and do something.
We agreed before you reserved and from the get-go that the noise from your baby,Tuck, screaming and crying and toddler, Jude running up and down, jumping off of beds and furniture would be drowned out by any summer music I might play.This is a charming 1922 house, Tyler that needs maintenance, and upkeep. I live on the property and I have to make sure the wiring for cable/Wifi. plumbing etc is functioning not just for your family, but others. I have a housemate and other listings that are dependent on me and they all funnel thru the house. I gave courtesy notices, check both your cell phones and I can show you the DISH bill how long I was on trying to get cable up and running so your children could watch Frozen, Shrek and it be up and running in your room.
Our neighbors got along. I hosted a a little cocktail party Sara on the last night and invited two other neighbor moms. She gave us all hennas, I left and went out dancing, cause I am the single girl and they stayed and talked on my flagstone patio behind the garage.
So, yes, this is your perspective, your mixed review. You say it wasn't ready. Is it ever REALLY ready? I was texting you while your were driving up ---the ages of your kids so I could buy them something...just ended up getting some children Card Story Starters for Jude and PDX day trips for kids cards. So, perhaps it's just perspective...
On a side note...this place is rented for $4500, so for $2500 you won't be able to back in time and even rent that.The side door is fixed (it just need a latch--which I thought you were going to get to baby proof against Jude opening), just got back from visiting family in Europe and still finishing up all these little things around the ADU/inspections and house. Being a single landlady...well, it takes this Jeanne with a bike a little more time to do her magic than married couples and car.
Good luck to you in your law firm here in PDX next year. I'm sure you'll do swell.
We spent the week of Christmas visiting our daughter and family in Portland and wanted a "homey" atmosphere where we could continue our Christmas Eve family tradition of dinner and gift opening at "our" home. When we drove up to the house we spotted a live tree lit in the living room window and knew we had made the right choice. The home was comfortable, spacious, warm, kitchen well-appointed --all the trimmings that made it a wonderful Christmas. The home is located in a quiet family neighborhood, plenty of space to park, very convenient to the fabulous New Seasons grocery and --a must--the Cup and Saucer cafe's breakfast til 2:00 PM! The Alberta Street shopping area with interesting shops and eating places is just a few blocks and bus service is near by. If you have a car, it is very centrally located to the many locations you may want to visit. Jeanne is so warm and friendly and willing to answer in questions and besides he tree, she greeted us with a bottle of wine! Leave your tour books at home, she has a basket full of information about the area!!
We loved our stay at Jeanne's house. Walking distance to shops, bars, restaurants, & parks but so peacefully quiet at night. Charming, spacious, & clean, it was just right! Just sorry we didn't get to meet Jeanne herself but enjoyed meeting the couple downstairs...would definitely stay there again. Love & miss Portland!
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I am an ESL teacher that likes to travel sevaral times a year to foreign countries---especially the ones that my students are from. My motto is, "Eat my way through Asia, dance my way through South America. I have been very fortunate to have had my own home for the last ten years and to be able to trek around the globe, but now after numerous tenants and housemates. I am ready to start hosting other travelers from around the world. I enjoy playing soccer, cycling, dancing and cooking. I adore Lucia (Lucy) my mini dachshund and enjoy doing as much as I can with her. Davia, my other housemate has a wiener dog too (Lucy's bf), but they will be moving in Autumn. One of us is on site or can be reached if there are questions or maintenance issues. This summer I am updating/legalizing basement listing so there will be a few arranged appointments that involve noise/electrical work. I am also creating a craftsman studio in the garage...pictures to be posted soon!