About this listing
This 1955 split-level ranch home welcomes you to its private downstairs apartment, with quick access by car or light rail to the best of Portland. Private entry, swingin' basement 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 is a partial daylight basement that 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, if 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 now connects us to Portland more conveniently.
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).
Many 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. We have a beautiful new light rail line connecting us to Portland (the MAX Orange Line).
--5 min to charming village-like neighborhood of Sellwood in SE Portland with shops, cafes, bars
--13 min to inner Southeast and downtown Portland
It's about a seven-minute walk from house to transit stop at Park Avenue for the MAX Orange Line train. Frequent service. $2.50 for a two and a half hour ticket or $5 for unlimited one-day pass. Visit TriMet website for details.
--16 min ride to South Waterfront neighborhood and scenic aerial tram ride
--20 min ride to downtown Portland at PSU
For airport directions, scroll down to bottom.
--10 min to downtown Milwaukie with a few 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.
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 only 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
Uber and Lyft operate in Portland and its suburbs, including for airport pickup and drop off. Obviously you need to have a smartphone and download the app to use these services.
FROM PORTLAND AIRPORT...
16 miles / 22 minutes (without traffic).
Not sure of cost, probably at least $30 or more. The most direct route is via Interstate 205 south to Clackamas Town Center, then west on Harmony Road.
Uber and Lyft:
These transportation network services are operating inside the city of Portland for a trial period from May-August 2015, and operate freely in Portland's surrounding suburbs. As of early May, they're even allowed to pick up passengers at PDX airport.
Takes about 90 minutes via MAX Red Line and Orange Line.
--Take the TriMet MAX light rail Red Line to Portland City Center.
--Exit train at Mall / SW 5th Ave MAX station.
--Transfer to MAX Orange Line train by walking across 5th Ave to the sidewalk with signs for MAX Orange Line to Milwaukie. It's right there.
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 in the chilly season (it's located in the laundry area but can be heard from the living room and TV area).
-No full-sized kitchen for cooking elaborate, large meals (just the bar).
-Not located in an exciting urban neighborhood.
-Neighbor has a few dogs (Labrador retrievers). When you enter/exit your space, one of them tends to bark loudly at you. But they're kept locked behind a fence.
-Cool vintage design and fun "Mad Men" era cocktail bar with kitchen basics
-Spacious floor plan (approx 800+ square feet, three separate rooms)
-Quiet and safe location at the end of a dead-end street
In addition to the queen-sized bed in the bedroom and the full-sized sleeper sofa in the living room, we have a queen-sized air mattress with an electric pump you're welcome to use if needed. You can see it online by searching for "Intex classic downy queen air mattress."
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 (a service animal 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)
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 :-)
SCENTS: 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.
Despite that long list, we're actually pretty chill. ;-)
Thanks and enjoy your stay!