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.
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.
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 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 in the summertime, as well as lots of veggies in the gardens.
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
-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 around in too.
But if you want to explore the city on two wheels, 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 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 before you book this space 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.
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 8pm 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 $10/ 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.
For anyone visiting Portland for the first time, know that Woodlawn and the NE or SE areas are pretty residential. I was wondering why it wasn't so busy.
The outdoor studio house is a great spot for 1-2 people.
It is a little small, but there's everything you need in there - bed, couch, kitchen, microwave, stove/kitchen area, dining table. Andrée makes it work!
Also, she is super thoughtful about the littlest details - it happened to be really warm, so there was a big fan in the main area, and a little fan near the bed.
There are also two awesome pets - mamacita the cat and bougie (sp?) the dog who likes to roll around on your feet. I miss that.
I really liked the outdoor space, and how it was decorated inside and out.
Due to the weather, I was so lucky to have so many tiny spiders guard the studio, or hang around the bathroom sink.
Not a fan of the spiders at all. lol
Andree was enjoyable to deal with because she was a real person with real opinions, and open to talking. It was easy to rent from her, and she put up with my newbie communication mistakes. The barn is comfortable, though you'll definitely want to use the fan and not mind climbing a ladder.
Andrée was an extremely warm and inviting host! My boyfriend and I had been traveling for 5 days prior from Santa Barbara and her loft was the perfect place to decompress and relax. She offered a ton of unique and fun suggestions for us during our stay in Portland which really helped us out as well. I'd recommend this quirky, eccentric loft to anyone looking for something different and comfortable. Thanks Andrée!
Andrée was wonderful! She was very warm and inviting, introducing me to her wandering cat and sleepy dog. Her home is adorable and very comfortable. It didn't feel awkward to sneak into her home to use the bathroom. She was also accommodating for a later arrival and an early evening shower. The neighborhood is so Portland. Andrée pointed me to several places for food or drinks, including a non-profit pub. I had a lovely time and would love to return.
The host made us feel very welcome in this cozy and romantic nest. The neighborhood is wonderful and close to many good places to eat and sights to see. If you have to stay in a place in portland, this would be it. Andrée is very knowledgable about portland itself and can direct you to lots of cool stuff. The whole design of the property is very artistic and inviting, and little amenities in the cabin complete the experience. Great person, great cabin, end of story. Highly recommend.
The listing was very accurate. It was a tad warm but only because we went on an oddly hot weekend for Portland. Andree even gave us a huge fan and was enough to keep up cool. The tiny house was so quaint and cozy! The neighborhood was insanely cute too, quiet and residential. Andree was accommodating and it was nice to chit chat with her whenever we ran into her on our way in or out of the house. Amazing host!
I couldn't have possibly asked for more! The barn was cozy, comfortable, and all-around charming. Andrée was a lovely host and made us feel extremely welcome!
There were tons of great small businesses in the area and the relaxed neighborhood vibe made NE Portland our favorite section of the city. Two different bus lines dropped off a mere two (short) blocks from the barn which made getting around the rest of Portland a breeze (ps: it's only $5 to ride the transit all day).
This was my first experience utilizing Airbnb and I would definitely recommend staying in this rustic barn studio to a friend!
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About the Host, Andrée
I love music, dogs, dancing, gardening, and eating yummy meals with friends....maybe not at the same time though.
My sense of humor is slightly warped but I do enjoy making people laugh. I am really excited to share my home and some of my favorite restaurants/clubs and neighborhood hotspots with the new friends that I am looking forward to meeting via Airbnb!