About This Listing
This 1955 split-level ranch home welcomes you to its private downstairs apartment, with quick access by car or public transit to the best of nearby SE Portland. Private entry, swingin’ bar and living room, daylight bedroom, and private bathroom.
Welcome to the Turquoise Tunnel! Step into this mid-century modern "rumpus room" with its original turquoise and gold bar. Bring your mini-bottles!
The space sleeps up to four people. Your private entrance and bedroom have large daylight windows, while the bar and cozy living room are windowless and fully underground for safe cocktail consumption and protection from nuclear fallout (the year is 1955, after all).
Explore all the best of nearby urban Portland, then retreat to your suburban refuge for cocktails and streaming Netflix (wait, that didn't exist in the Fifties!...)
Laundry room shared with hosts. Feel free to use it at any time of day or night. Free laundry soap provided.
Interaction with Guests
We live upstairs and would only bump into you in the laundry room or outside. But we're happy to chat over a coffee or drink and offer local tips, as time allows.
Milwaukie, Oregon, is a woodsy suburb bordering southeast Portland and is near the Willamette River. It's an up-and-coming area, since the new MAX light rail will connect us to Portland in Sept. 2015.
You can easily get to the quaint Portland neighborhood of Sellwood and farther north to the food, fun, and culture of inner SE Portland and downtown Portland.
We're also close to the beautiful Willamette River for hiking, kayaking, or summer swimming (yes, it's safe and clean; the water quality was rated just two points below "Excellent" by the Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality).
Most of our guests have found it easiest to have a car, but it's not hard to get around without one, relying on public transit. I ride the #33 bus into Portland most days.
--5 min to charming village-like neighborhood of Sellwood in SE Portland with shops, cafes, bars
--13 min to inner Southeast and downtown Portland
BY BUS (six minute walk from house to bus stop)
--20 min to inner SE Portland at Hawthorne Bridge
--25 min to the heart of downtown Portland
(TriMet bus #33 McLoughlin is your route. The #32 bus is even closer, just a block away, but with a limited schedule).
The #33 McLoughlin bus is frequent service and just $2.50 for a two and a half hour ticket. Visit TriMet website for details.
--10 min to downtown Milwaukie with some restaurants and bars (but not as many as Sellwood)
--20 min to charming village of Sellwood via the Trolley Trail, through Milwaukie Riverfront Park, and north on SE 17th Ave.
BY CAR SHARING
Two of the big car sharing companies do business in Portland -- Car2Go and Zipcar. I find Car2Go to be the most useful, since they allow one-way rentals. You'd have to be a member already from another city. The other challenge is that Car2Go's "home area" doesn't extend all the way south to our house, but it is useful once you're in Sellwood or points north.
Uber and Lyft operate freely in Portland's suburbs and are now allowed on a trial basis inside the city of Portland until at least August 2015, and hopefully permanently after that.
Other Things to Note
THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE AND DISLIKE
No daylight windows in the living room and bar area. Occasional noise of the furnace turning on and off (it’s located in the laundry area but can be heard from the living room and TV area). No full kitchen for cooking elaborate, large meals. Not located in an exciting urban neighborhood.
Cozy feeling, cool vintage design, spacious floor plan, quiet and safe location at the end of a dead-end street.
WORK IN PROGRESS
We still plan to add a few things, including entryway furniture and a sliding door for quiet and privacy from the laundry room, which is adjacent to the living room. For now, there is a curtain up and we will do our best not to come downstairs and do laundry while you're around, to avoid disturbing you.
Keep in mind this space is technically a basement and there is not a full kitchen, just the bar. While it is well equipped with small appliances, it is best for light, simple meals, in part because the small (12x10 inch) bar sink isn't easy to do lots of dishes in. But we do provide a set of three larger dish tubs that make for easier washing of dishes.
-Heating: There is a small electric wall heater in the living room and a good space heater for the bedroom (or wherever you want to put it). The rest of the space (and entire house) is heated by an oil furnace next to the laundry room. Fireplace works fine and you're welcome to use it if you're very careful and talk to us first so we can show you how.
-Cooling: The space has no air conditioning but is naturally *much* cooler than the upstairs in summer, because it is partially a basement, built into the side of a hill.
Sound travels a bit between the upstairs and downstairs. From 10pm-7am Sunday to Thursday, we ask you to keep the noise down in your entry room and bedroom, since they're below the upstairs bedrooms. But you're welcome to have fun at normal volume in your living room and bar :-)
We take several steps to reduce our guests' environmental footprint including recycling; purified tap water instead of bottled; energy-efficient lighting; and green cleaning supplies (which actually disinfect).
You are required to have fun and relax, but...
NO smoking indoors, ever. Outdoors is fine if you're considerate of anyone nearby and also clean up your butts and *safely* dispose of them.
NO candles or open flame
NO pets. (Service animals with documentation might be possible.)
NO big parties, but you're welcome to invite a few friends over.
NO loud behavior when entering and exiting the house after dark. We have a neighbor right next door.
Please be considerate about using perfumes and scents, since other guests would like to enjoy a relatively scent-free space (and it's hard to remove strong perfume smells from the sofa).
Lastly, you assume all risk of injury, accident or illness on the property. You assume responsibility for any and all damage in excess of normal wear and tear.
Thanks and enjoy your stay.
This was quite possibly the best experience staying in a hotel, condo, rental, etc. The Host, Peter, is as knowledgeable as the concierge at any hotel and he genuinely wants you to have a great experience in Portland. The location is marvelous, secluded, and only a fifteen minute drive from Downtown Portland. The bar and living room are cozy and the couch is very comfortable. If I were headed back to Portland anytime soon, I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
The turquoise tunnel and Peter are both so awesome. The space has a great vibe and is perfect for 4 guest. The kitchen area is great for small snacks and leftovers. Overall location is not far from downtown Portland but definitely would need a car to get around.
Peter was super great about giving us suggestions on where to go and what to do, which came in handy. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you Peter for being awesome and having such a great place!!
My friends and I decided to visit Portland on our road trip. Peter was very responsive and accommodating. He gave us recommendations for sights to see and places to go. The space was very comfortable. The little things that were provided made the experience that much better. (Coffee, tea, clean sheets and towels, etc) I definitely recommend staying here and would choose to stay here again.
We had a wonderful stay in the basement apartment. Peter was very accommodating and quick to answer any requests or questions. He made sure that our stay was as enjoyable as possible. He was also very respectful of our privacy throughout our stay. The apartment is as described, very clean, and nicely furnished.
Me and two friends stayed with Peter during a road trip to Portland. This was the first time I have used airbnb but I saw that Peter had received good reviews, and I can see why. Peter was an excellent host, we only saw him twice though he would send me recommendations for things to do during each day. As for the place itself, me and my friends really enjoyed it. We really liked the decor in our place and it had everything we needed, Peter even gave us coffee to make for ourselves. All in all it was a great experience, I'd recommend Peter to anyone looking for a place to stay in the area.
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About the Host, Peter
I was recently given the badge of Airbnb "Superhost" due to my positive reviews and fast response time. :-) I'll do my best to live up to that.
I do communications work on city planning projects and dabble in documentary filmmaking on the side. I love cities, and thankfully Portland is more sophisticated than its small size.
When traveling, I like to go on architectural walking tours, meet new people, and ride public transit a little too much. I get excited by seeing live music and am spoiled by having tons of great local indie bands in Portland -- not to mention amazing restaurants.
As a guest, I'm friendly but quiet. I'm a homeowner and I will respect your space. As a host, I'm mostly hands off but respond quickly to requests for info or assistance.
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