About this listing
This wonderful, private little gem is just blocks from good dining & coffee spots, a block from Woodlawn Park + a 5 minute drive from the Alberta Shopping District. So you can have it all close by, but not close enough to disturb your sweet retreat.
This space was built as a Model T Garage in 1926 behind a 1915 bungalow but it has had a face lift and has taken on a new life as a cozy, warm freestanding studio made mostly from reclaimed materials. A "tiny house" if you will, sweetly positioned between fruit trees and a garden sitting area.
The sleeping loft comfortably sleeps two and there is a futon below the loft where one can enjoy a book while the other naps above. Occasionally you will hear the trains in the distance which adds a touch of nostalgia and you get to wake to the relaxing clucking and cooing of the neighborhood hens as this area has a nice spattering of urban farms and lots of mature trees.
You may get an occasional visit at the door from Sita (short for Mamacita), a sweet black and white cat. She loves to come to say "hi" but is not allowed inside to maintain this as a "pet dander free" space.
The table pictured here has been replaced with a "garden shed" counter that houses a small, removable basin sink. There is also a rustic, rough hewn armoire to hang clothes and tuck away your backpacks. The little kitchenette corner is stocked with utensils, a two burner cooktop, a mini fridge, a microwave, coffee grinder and a coffee press.
The studio's setup is more akin to a cabin, and as many cabins go, there is no bathroom. You will be given a key to the main house so please feel comfortable enough to come in and use the facilities.
By the way, it is insulated, well heated, and stocked with plenty of blankets so it is a wonderful, warm hideaway in the fall and winter months as well. Yep, snuggly wifi too.
The yard is plentiful with flowers and fruit bearing trees (figs and delicious yellow plums) in the summertime, as well as an array of veggies in the gardens where you can sit amongst the trees and regroup after a hard day at Powells Books.
It's within a 5 minute walk from the heart of Woodlawn which has some fantastic spots to shop, drink, dance, and dine:
-Firehouse Restaurant, somewhat romantic with good service
-Woodlawn Coffee House, for plenty of people watching
-Breakside Brewery, to grab a bite and catch up on the game
-Bushwhacked Cider Bar
-Good Neighbor Pizza, laid back & late night too
-P's & Q's Market serves meals and a few grocery items
-The Village Ballroom, for Square Dance and Special events
-Uptown Cycles, buy and rent bikes
-Portland Girl, spa day anyone?
-Koken Market, for almost any beer you want, snacks
-Café Eleven, art, coffee, lunch & some gluten free pastries
-Oregon Public House, the nation's 1st nonprofit pub
-The Highwater Mark, rock pub with pool
-Bassato Gelato, 12 rotating flavors+bagels
-Tamale Boy, lots of outside seating
-HighWheel Mead, open Thurs-Sunday
-(Seasonally) Woodlawn Farmer's Market at Woodlawn School, Sat. 10-2
Downtown is a 15 minute drive.
The Alberta Arts District is also just minutes away so you can hop on a bike and be right in the middle of the jam-packed Last Thursday Art Walk or make a day of it with shopping, dinner and some delicious ice cream from the infamous Salt & Straw. Then come "home" to your quieter retreat where you can just relax and lay in the hammock.....ahhhh. And as the area is well surrounded by beautiful, mature trees, you may decide to enjoy dinner in the love seat swing under the pergola and watch the evening sky. It is a wonderful theatre for watching small bats do their sky routine in the distance.
Flying in? This spot is only 10 minutes from the airport. And if you let me know when you book, I can come retrieve you by minivan from the airport or train station for $20; this might be especially relevant if you have bikes, lots of bags or equipment. Let me know!
And while in Portland, you may want some wheels! Well, this location is very close to Zipcars and you can sign up with them or Car2go on their sites in advance of your stay. Check out Getaround to grab a vehicle to tool
But if you want to explore the city on two wheels, Uptown Clcles, Everybody Bike Rentals or Ebikes ( electric bike rentals) are the spots to hit first (10 min. by bus). They provide helmets and locks too!
***If you don't see the dates available on the calendar that you had hoped for or if you are traveling with more than two people, please check out my other listing (#95313) which is also a private studio at the same location. It is larger and complete with a bathroom. Just ask me!
Parking is close and the livin' is pretty easy. So please get that profile completed, then contact me and come kick up your heels and stay a while!
Oh! P.S. Please read the description and house rules beforehand just so that everyone is on the same page. Much appreciated. Cheers!
Interaction with Guests
after scheduling a time to greet you and show you around, I let you do your thing and just make myself available for questions or suggestions; like "Don't bother with Voodoo. It's a tourist trap. Tonalli's and Blue Star doughnuts are far better!" Really!
Typically there is lots of parking on 15th Ave, right next to house which is preferred as opposed to taking spaces in front of neighbor's homes. Many homes have no driveway or garages in this area.
The bus stop is just 2 blocks from the house at Dekum. Check out Trimet's website for best routes. Also you can use UBER, Getaround or rent a Smartcar.
If you bring bikes, please lock it up in backyard, visible to you.
Other Things to Note
As mentioned in the listing, there are several restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and a deli/ mini grocer all within blocks of the house.
Please help me to keep the peace with neighbors by parking in front or alongside my house only, not theirs.
Thanks for keeping your messages in the Airbnb thread so I can refer back when necessary.
This is a no smoking and no pets area so thanks for smoking outside with door closed and NOT letting the cat in. I do provide an ashtray for butts.
Thanks for NOT pouring your beverages into my potted or garden plants.
***The electrical box will go out if lighting, cooktop, and micro are running simultaneously.
Please do not burn candles (or anything) in the loft area.
Lock the door to the main house when you leave.
No Shoes Rule in Main House...thanks!
While in the main house to use the bathroom please keep in mind there are other Airbnb guests in the studio just below. For this reason, I appreciate if you will shower between 9am and 8:30 pm in case they need to get to bed early or sleeping in late. Of course you may use the bathroom as needed otherwise.
Also, before booking please be sure that you and your travel partner will feel comfortable coming in to use the house bathroom as opposed to urinating in the yard....cuz that Stinks!
It is a violation of your reservation agreement to add additional guests to your reservation without discussing with me. An additional overnight guest is only an extra $14/ night. Please do not jeopardize your entire reservation by sneaking others in.
Thank you for washing your dishes and otherwise leaving the cabin as you found it when you check out. You can leave the sheets in the hamper with your towels for me to launder.
Let me know if there are any maintenance issues that come up.
Thank you for turning lights (including outside light) and heaters off when you check out.
Check out time is 11am.
The futon is full sized and the window above has a hand crank to open and let the breeze in.