We are offering the upstairs of our cozy home. The space includes a living room with a comfy couch, a piano and a desk. The bedroom is bright and sunlit and has hardwood floors as does the living room. The space includes a private entrance and bathroom. Shared kitchen if needed. The house is located in the quiet neighborhood of Ballard which (email hidden)ly downtown core and includes restaurants, shops and clubs. We are close to bus lines and zip cars.
Al was a great host. The accommodations however were a bit different than expected. We were not informed that there were two young children in the apartment below us until after we arrived for our 6 day trip.
Previous reviews stated that the apartment was a bit messy but comfortable. When we arrived we noticed the room we were staying in was very dirty. The bathroom shower curtain had black mold growing on it and the entire bathroom smelled like urine. The bathroom door knob is still missing (that wouldnt be a problem except the downstairs neighbors can walk in at any point. The shared kitchen was always very messy and dirty with food being left out for days.
These things being said, Al is a very kind person and was gracious enough to let us use his home.
I regret the lack of communication about the downstairs tenants. As one can see from earlier reviews, I pride myself on good commication.
I personally mopped all of the rooms before these tenants arrived including the bathroom. I appreciate the feedback on the shower curtain of which will be remedied.
I contacted Al Parisi twice during my stay in Ballard, and both times he responded quickly and positively. First we had missed communications about getting the key, and Al showed up promptly to let us in. Then, when the shared kitchen tenants had left the kitchen a mess, he got on it and the kitchen was cleaned.
You approach his funky Ballard apartment through an overgrown front yard, and go into a living room with piano, musical instruments, festival posters and 1950s era drapes. And there was fruit and water to welcome us.
A center hall has a bath on the left. The knob is still missing from the bathroom door, but we appreciated the selection of soaps and lotions that were there for us if we wanted them. The shared kitchen on the right is well-equiped, but it is not clear what pots, pans and tools are for common use and which are the downstairs tenant's private things. An info sheet with hints about kitchen use, wi-fi, and checkout, f.i., would be helpful.
The hall also has a well-stocked supply closet. We found light bulbs there and replaced some burned out bulbs in the overhead fixtures.
At the back of the hall is the bedroom, with a comfortable bed and warm quilt, and good closet and dresser space.
Nothing polished and fancy here, but it was easy to settle into. The price was in our budget, and the location was right.
Al seemed like a nice guy. And very accommodating of having a dog. Kitchen is shared with downstairs tenant. Location is great too. However overall clutter/cleanliness could be improved. Some things like missing door handles on closets and bathroom, etc.
Lovely, bright and cozy. We had a great weekend; the piano was a big bonus for us. Beautiful original tiles in the bath and kitchen; large sunny bedroom and very comfy bed. It's a very very quiet neighbourhood, we were awakened by the birds, which was really nice. Close to some really super restaurants.
Al was very accommodating and friendly, and his Ballard house was exactly what we were looking for. A very short walk from great restaurants, record shops and coffee, but very quiet at night. We would definitely stay there again.
Myself and a friend stayed with Al for 3 nights in March. The apartment was cosy and comfy, and was in a good location for accessing the shops in Ballard and for getting the bus downtown. We got to meet Al, who was friendly and helpful, and gave us plenty of tips for where to go.
Staying with Al was wonderful! A fantastic host. He offered us a bottle of wine upon arrival; took us on a tour of Ballard; and recommended lots of restaurants and night spots. His flat is cozy and very conveniently located. A fantastic trip - thanks Al!
We had a great stay at Al's. It was super brief but it was the perfect crash pad in Ballard for our 1 night in town. If you want a comfortable, basic accommodation with privacy and peace, this is a good deal. Al is super nice and left goodies like chocolates, coffee and San Pellegrino too!
Our stay in Al's house fit our needs very well. Right location, comfortable space, and accepted our little dog. Al bustled around to get the space ready within 24 hours. He clearly communicated about possible concerns that have already been discussed on his airbnb page so that there would be no unpleasant surprises.
I was impressed with his friendly welcome and concise explanation of use of the house.
Last weekend, my friend and I took a pretty impromptu trip up to Seattle from Portland. I sent the request on Friday and Al thankfully responded and accepted our last minute request for the next day! Our friends were playing a show at a venue in Ballard that was within walking distance from Al's so it was perfect! When we arrived that afternoon, Al had just finished cleaning up the place and the sheets had been freshly laundered. He gave us some suggestions about where to eat and we ended up taking his advice and walking to an awesome Greek restaurant right off Market, about 10 minutes away. The house itself wasn't luxurious or anything but it was warm, pretty clean and he provided us with some sparkling water and snacks. However, there wasn't a hand towel in the bathroom and the doorknob still hasn't been replaced in there. Overall, it was great for the price, just what we needed.
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