The essence of Northwest Portland!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97210, United States

The Space


Located in an historic 16 unit courtyard condominium complex, this large three story town home is in the heart of the Northwest Alphabet district. Portland is one of America's few cities that can be lived "car-free" and this neighborhood is the best - forget neighborhoods with an 87% Walk Score - this one is 100%! - 4 blocks from the streetcar stop, 10 blocks the the MAX light rail, 1 block from two bus lines and a 15 minute walk to downtown. The airport can be accessed from the MAX line at baggage claim and transferred to the street car. Not to mention that Portland is America's most bicycle friendly city with hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bike parkways and cycle tracks. But if you have a car, we have an off street parking space which is a rarity in this neighborhood, just let us know you'll need the space.

Trader Joe's grocery store is one block away, Fred Meyers Supermarket (Kroger) is 5 blocks away. Cinema 21 (art movie house) is one block away along with dozens of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques. NW 23rd, only a block away, is considered one of America's best shopping destinations.

If you need a car for a day trip to the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge or the Oregon Wine County, try Zipcar, Car2Go or GetAround, hourly car sharing services in Portland with several cars parked within a block or two.

The condo was built in 1927 and features a living room, dining room and kitchen on the main level, two bedrooms and a bath upstairs and a master bedroom and bath downstairs. Both the downstairs king mattress and upstairs queen mattress are Tempurpedic, the 3rd bedroom has a double sized sleeper sofa. The common entry courtyard is one of the gems of the neighborhood and features camellias, pink dogwoods, and rhododendron. The kitchen was completely replaced in 2007 along with the upstairs bathroom. There is a coin operated laundry room in the common area portion of the basement. We have a television monitor for watching DVD's and an Apple TV (but no cable or broadcast television).

Sometimes our dates are flexible by a day or two so if it isn't available for the exact dates you need, try us, we might be able to change our schedule a little bit. We will always call you several days in advance to go over how to key exchange, parking, etc. and we have a very complete and detailed house manual.


- Please understand and respect that our home is part of a small, intimate and close-knit condominium community. Any inappropriate actions by our guests affect all of our neighbors.

- We only allow mature, responsible guests.

- This property is probably not suitable for families with elementary school-age children.

- Due to the small size of our home, you must agree to having absolutely no parties or gatherings within or on the grounds of the condo.

- With rare exception, we only accept reservations from guests that have been previously reviewed on airbnb. If you have not been reviewed, we will ask for further information, references and identification about you before we consider accepting your reservation.

- We only accept guests who have complete profiles with information about themselves and a clear photograph of you. We know that some social network profile photos are of landscapes, pets or other subjects, but that is insufficient for our needs.

- Guests must have an “airbnb Verified ID” (connected to your social networks, and scanning your official ID or confirming personal details - see airbnb website section "Verified ID" for information).

- We only accept reservations from the guests that will be actually staying here - we don't accept reservations from parents, children, friends, etc. on behalf of potential guests. Those who wish to make a reservation must be the ones actually staying in our home.

- When making a reservation, please state the number of guests, ages, relationship and purpose of the trip.

- We review all of our guests, good and bad and hope you will do the same.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1150 /week
Security Deposit: $175
Cleaning Fee: $50
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Dabney and Alan represented the most professional and comfortable Airbnb experience I have ever had. The home was exceptionally warm and inviting. I actually scheduled parts of my days and nights in Portland to allow time to be spent in their home--it was that therapeutic. The house manual left a clear understanding of the expectations and showed the care and attention that Dabney and Alan take with their abode. The manual also contained a plethora of local history and sightseeing spots that was very helpful. Dabney was always accessible for any inquiries about the house, directions, recommendations, anything. I was honored to be able to share Dabney and Alan's home. They are both welcome to stay with us anytime they are in Japan. Should you have the opportunity to stay in The essence of Northwest Portland, you will have a positive and lasting memory to take with you.

    March 2014
  • Dabney and Allen's place was so wonderful! We met our friends in Portland to explore the city together all for the first time, and this apartment provided an incredibly convenient, comfortable, safe and quiet home base for our (email hidden)e neighborhood restaurants and nearby Washington Park are reason enough to choose the Northwest. Dabney made us feel right at home, a really talented host, he even provides a binder full of recommendations of places to eat and visit, along with comprehensive information about the house. We all would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    February 2014
  • wowza! staying at Dabney and Alan's was super super great, everything you need and want is right there. The house is perfect ie beds, linens, kitchen, comfortable chairs etc. the neighborhood is really nice and you can walk to everything you need...really good food and coffee, movie theater etc but it is small and quaint with lots of character. The best is that there is always a parking spot for you when you come home. This is a really nice spot to stay and Dabney was always right there by text or phone if I would have needed him. This place is the cream of the crop of Airbnb....where someone opens their home up that is full of true comfort and caring. I highly recommend them

    January 2014
  • Wonderfully engaging, Dabney and Alan, should be running a large B&B, they've got the personalities for it. Wish we could have spend some social time with them.
    Everything spotless and first class. Didn't expect all the toiletries, etc., but this is our first Airbnb experience. Kitchen was extremely functional with everything we needed for serious cooking and baking, even provided spices, condiments, etc. Reminds me I forgot to replenish the coffee beans.
    Outstanding, classy, comfortable decor. Courtyard as beautiful and secluded as in pictures. Even a loose-leaf binder with procedures, rules, extensive tourist materials.
    The kicker was they offered to cut and install a Christmas tree for us--one of the many highlights.
    A note for people who have trouble negotiating stairs: no bathroom on main level.

    December 2013
  • The Essence of NW Portland is exactly that ... historically handsome, with lots of soul and a little magic. We arrived after dark to an enchanted courtyard entry sparkling with Christmas lights, and opened the charming front door to find a beautifully furnished, comfy-cozy haven, smack-dab in the middle of the best neighborhood in Portland. You just can't do better! We've stayed in every upscale hotel in the city, and Essence NW rivals them all. If you are fortunate enough to book Dabney and Alan's house, you'll be living like a very lucky local. Dabney was a joy to work with, and we hope to be back soon!

    December 2013
  • We had a great stay at Dabney's place! Awesome location, very close to multiple bars, restaurants and coffee shops. A great place to wind down after long days of exploring Portland. Highly recommended!

    October 2013
  • This was my first airbnb stay and Dabney made everything so easy! The condo is beautiful and spacious, it has everything you need. We loved the neighborhood – it was very safe and we walked everywhere, even downtown. Dabney was very attentive and checked in on us through texts during our stay. Portland is a great destination and Dabney is the best host you can ask for. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in Portland!

    October 2013
  • I want to live in this home! My mother, adult siblings and our partners all came together for a wedding in Portland and it was the perfect place to stay. Dabney's home is both charming and comfortable. The location was amazing - great neighborhood, close to everything, great restaurants in the vicinity. I highly recommend a stay here.

    September 2013
  • Fabulous in every way. The property is beautiful and in an absolutely perfect location; and Dabney is a great host.
    We will absolutely be staying here again!

    August 2013
  • Great row house and a great location for a visit to Portland. The accommodation was very comfortable to stay in for a party of 5 adults. The location in Nob Hill was great for walking to nice restaurants and the downtown area.

    August 2013
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I am 56 years old and am a commercial real estate broker. My partner Alan is retired. That's me on the right and Alan on the left. My favorite travel destination is Paris, I think it is the City of the Planet. We love to cook at home and try to do that almost every night. We've stayed at airbnb in New York, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle and New Orleans and have found it to be a great way to find accommodations that allow us to be in the part of the city we want to be in and cook while we're there. We open our condo up on airbnb when we're out of town or visiting our land in Southern Oregon. Sometimes our dates are flexible by a day or two so if it isn't available for the exact dates you need, try us, we might be able to change our schedule a little bit. We frequently aren't at the condo to greet you when you arrive but will always call you several days in advance to go over how to get and return the keys and we have a very complete and detailed house manual.
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