A vintage-lover's dream nestled in the golden heart of Portland's Sunnyside district! Yay! You're important, you deserve the pink velvet headboard! A soft place to land, velvety, pink, gold, warm, private, safe, and quiet. We like you!
Please be sure to read the entire description as well as the house rules and message me with any questions whatsoever!
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This apartment has only 1 'real' bed (Full size mattress with memory-foam top) and is more well-suited to a single guest or a couple. There is a bonus room off the hallway with a fold-out couch, but as is the nature with fold-outs, it is not as comfortable as a real bed. So please keep that in mind if your booking requires 2 separate sleeping arrangements.
Sometimes called the "Peacock Suite", this is a 1 bedroom, 1 bonus room apartment on the ground floor of a large 3-story house that is split up into 4 separate apartments - each with its own outside entry. This suite stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Step outside your front door and watch the nice people walking their dogs, children, and themselves!
Decorated in a mix of 50's, 60's and 70's - lots of hidden gems! About 890 Sq Ft.
The main bedroom is in the back of the apartment. There are two windows as you can see in the photos, but also lined curtains as well as front privacy curtains so if you like it light in there, you can have it light, and completely dark, you can have it that way too! There's a mood-lighing valance over the bed and dual-controlled electric blanket.
A bonus room off of the hallway can be used as another bedroom or as an office or dressing room (I'd be happy to supply you with plenty of fun costumes to dress up in, just ask!). It has a modern futon which folds out easily into a full-sized bed as well. This is a chill spot to read a book or to spread out all the new clothes you just bought. There's mood lighting in this room as well so you can adjust to your level of comfort.
Super sweet kitchen with pantry cabinets, gas stove, 70's banquette, and ample counter space. There's a place for everything, and everything is in its place. Some spices, a bar cart, pots and pans, a Mocha Pot for making grrrreat coffee, teapot, teas, martini glasses, so on and so on.
There's a record player and lots of fun records, a 50's curvy sparkly couch, red velvet chairs, 2 barcarts in the hallway, and a gas heater that keeps is super cozy in the winter. Large picture window witih a screen that opens, mirrors, cute swag lamps, and a 60's peacock wall hanging with a jeweled headpiece.
****If you're over 6'2" tall, you might have to maintain poor posture while showering since the bathroom remodel required us to raise the tub a few inches. *****
Small but super clean bathroom with a shower and tub and all the other bathroomy stuff!
To avoid any confusion imagonna spell out a few need-to-knows... The house was built in about 1890. Through the decades, there have been a patchwork of weird repairs. So, point is... it isn't brand new and untouched by time's meddling hands. It has character... it has scars... it has stories. And I love that about it. But... it's not for everyone and we've all lived the saying that you can't please everyone all the time. But I try.
So it isn't perfect, but if you focus on what it does have rather than what it doesn't, I hope that you will experience something from the past that modern living has abandoned. Something important.
From the outside, the place is really pretty non-descript - not fancy-shmancy. Like a secret garden where low-brow meets Liberace. We want you to feel like you can kick your shoes off, drink a beer and swear while you sew! We honor a strict confidentiality policy, so if you're shy or just too handsome for the general public, we'll leave you be and won't tell anyone you're here. This is a really wonderful place to hide from the world too if that's where you're at.
We were featured in the Willamette Week's 2008 Article about Portland Hot Design spots:
"A cross between a bed-and-breakfast, an extended-stay hotel and crashing at your BeDazzler-obsessed friend’s house, Portland’s Beauty Sleep features fancifully themed rooms to help even the most jaded hipsters get their kitsch on. The two-room Peacock Suite, in particular, is so chock-full of over-the-top 1950s furniture it feels like Liberace’s guest house on steroids. This and other suites come stocked with a collection of vintage nightgowns, robes, boudoir slippers, costume jewelry, fur stoles and wigs so you can play dress-up and lounge about languidly, double martini in hand, as Perry Como serenades you on the vintage LP player. With all of these distractions, who could sleep?"
And Apartment Therapy had this to say as well:
"While the majority of the newspaper's list was familiar, we’re most excited about being pointed in the direction of Beauty Sleep, a B&B that sounds straight out of a John Waters flick. Crazy, a teensy bit creepy and utterly Portland."
We like you already and have created this unique experience just for you. Yay!
You get your own private apartment with all the usual apartment stuff - and more! And you can hang out in the shared side yard too - there's plenty of space to sit on the swing, or make a fire in the fire pit, or sit under the cherry tree.
Interaction with Guests
I'll be there to check you in and answer any questions, but from there it's as much of as little communication as you prefer. I'm always available day or night via text message, but I'll stay outta your way if you're shy, private, or grumpy. And I'm also around if you have questions, you're always welcome to hang out in the yard if I'm having a sip with friends or other guests.
As far as checkout, you don't even need to see me if you don't want since there are keyboxes, but I do appreciate a courtesy text letting me know that you've checked out.
We're located in the golden heart of the Sunnyside district - right in the middle of the cinnamon roll that is Hawthorne and Belmont. This specific location has over 300 amenities within just one mile. Yay!! Everything your heart desires is within walking distance... Stumptown coffee roasters, Bagdad Theater, Laurelhurst park, too many great restaurants to list, Zupan's market, New Seasons, shops full of cute shiny things, and vintage shopping galore. And the people-watching in this neighborhood is unparalleled... so many peacocks! We hope that you treat yourself to a walk through this neighborhood that brought us out of our pumpkin shells and has won our forever love.
We are within just a few blocks of 3 major bus lines - the #15 Belmont, the #14 Hawthorne, and the #75 Cesar Chavez.
This is also a hotspot for Car2Go - so if you're the plan-ahead type, you can get an account with them and then have a tiny smart car by the hour if and when you need it - super smart! ZipCar and GetAround are other options if you don't want to drive a tiny baby-shoe smart-car around :)
Specific directions are provided to guests with confirmed reservations and are included on their itinerary.
Other Things to Note
There is no TV or microwave. They're both kinda bad for you. :) But we've got wireless, so if you are the type who likes to stay in and watch a movie, then bring a laptop. That said, there are soooooo many things to do and see and hear and taste and drink within a few blocks in either direction - 4 movie theaters within walking distance even! YAAAY!
Your apartment is fully outfitted with most of the basics that you'll need to cook, clean up, shower, shampoo and shine... ironing board/iron, hairdryer, wine key, paper towels, coffee, tea, scented candles, fresh towels and linens, etc.
All our linens are washed on the hot cycle at the Belmont Eco Wash - brand new energy efficient ElectroLuxe machines and a super awesome place. If you're staying for a while, please note that there is no on-site laundry here at the house. But Belmont Eco Wash is just a few blocks away - most machines take a debit card, you're in and out in under an hour (suuuuuper fast!), they have wi-fi, it's super clean and awesome, AND your washing machine can even text you when your cycle is done! Whaaaat?!?!
We'll stock you up with towels, but we encourage guests to re-use your towels as you would at home.
I'll tell you about recycling and composting when you check in.
We will message you the day before you are scheduled to arrive. Please let us know approximately when you will be checking in so that we can be sure to have someone at the house and you won't be kept waiting when you arrive. Normally, we can't accept check-ins until after 3 pm to allow us to thoroughly clean and re-stock.
PLEASE REMOVE YOUR SHOES
The Suite is carpeted and it can get rainy and muddy here in Portland, so this is a shoes-off apartment. Also there's a fluffy white rug that we'd like to keep fluffy and white.
A personalized combination will be provided for the push-button lockbox outside the unit. The key stays in the box and the combination changes with each guest, so there are no concerns about lost keys, lock-outs, or duplicate keys.
We have a no pet policy. However, there are cats in the neighborhood and the shared yard, but not in our airbnb listings.
Smoking is OK outside in the side yard if you promise to be good and use the ashtrays so that I don't have to pick up soggy cigarette butts with my delicate lady hands.
We ask that guests observe an 11pm to 10 am rule of thumb with respect to loudness - in other words a modest volume. We encourage guest to come alive between 10 am and 11 pm - play some ELO and sing along, teach yourself new dance moves, laugh!
PARTIES AND EVENTS
Please no large/loud parties unless expressed ahead of time as a part of your booking. This is a fabulous place to host an event, and we'd be happy to book the suite for that purpose with an extra negotiable deposit and cleaning fee.
LOST AND FOUND
Occasionally people leave personal items behind. All rooms are thoroughly cleaned after each departure. We promise you that anything you forget will be safely and discreetly set aside for your retrieval.
My husband and I had a wonderful time at Meg’s apartment. We spent 3 nights at her place. She was easy to communicate with and responded quickly to messages. She is very friendly and warm. She was open to communicating with us if we had any questions and informed us when she was going to be around the property. Meg walked us through the apartment when we arrived. We didn’t have to communicate with Meg during our stay, due to the fact that this was not our first time in Portland or the neighborhood, and we didn’t have any issues with the apartment.
The apartment was clean when we arrived. The apartment is exactly as described and photographed. We were very happy to have a ground floor apartment when we arrived to 95 degree heat in mid September. The apartment stayed very cool despite the lack of central AC and a fan. We left the living room window open during our stay and that was enough too keep the apartment cool and comfortable even through the night. As other guests have commented, the apartment is a little dark, but that was a great advantage during the hot weather, keeping the apartment cool. The bedroom was nice and dark at night, so no worries of pesky early morning light waking you up. There are plenty of lights in the apartment to keep it well lit if you are cooking and reading. We had no issues with the full sized bed and slept well. The apartment was very quiet at night and we didn’t have any issues with neighbors being noisy. It was easy to park on the street at all times.
The apartment is situated in a fantastic location! This is why we chose this apartment (and the charming décor)! You are within walking distance to bars, coffee (Stumptown), grocery markets, and shops on Belmont and Hawthorne. SE Division St. is close by and has many great places to eat.
I highly vouch for the apartment and Meg!
Meg's place is great! Orderly, comfy, and stylish, and an awesome location (the street itself is quiet, but really close to transit and other amenities). We'd definitely stay there again!
Very welcoming, accommodating and with great communication from Meg, who was lovely at all times. Reasonable for the price.
The location and neighborhood are amazing. Within short walking distance of fantastic bars, cafes, food and shopping on Hawthrone and Belmont.
Kooky apartment, with decorations that are so kitsch that they would perhaps tread the line of good taste for some. The powder room for example, is a little creepy. If Liberace on the fridge doesn't bother you, you'll be fine. The apartment is quite dark too, although there are various vintage lights everywhere.
My only real gripe would be the bed which is small and somewhat uncomfortable. My girlfriend left Portland with her sciatica playing up after sleeping in it three nights running. I'm 5'10 and my feet overhung the end of the bed. I wouldn't recommend this bed for anyone taller than me!
Other than the bed, an overall positive experience.
I appreciate the feedback regarding the bed. There's a lot of information in the description, but it is important for potential guests to note that it is a Full-size mattress which is slightly smaller than a Queen. There is a *removable* memory foam topper on the bed... some people commented that the bed was too firm. So we added the memory foam topper. Then others commented that the bed was too soft with the topper. So for other potential guest reading this review, please keep in mind that the bed can be made firm or soft depending on your needs by including or removing the memory foam top.
The decor is definitely nor for everyone. And we like it that way, it's not generic and you won't find anything from Ikea here except mood lighting. I've included lots and lots of pictures, so there shouldn't be any surprises. And yes, if Liberace on the fridge is up your alley, we'd love to host your stay. If not, there are plenty of other awesome listings to suit everyone's particular style.
Thanks again for choosing my listing and I appreciate the feedback.
Host: Meg is AMAZING! I felt so welcomed, and honestly I would want to become friends with her if I were to move to Portland. I was able to text her anytime for help or a quick question and she always got back to me.
Place: Loved it! So spunky and retro and adorable, it really felt like I was staying at a friend's apartment. A very authentic place to stay in Portland. It was extra great in the hot month of July because it felt 5-10 degrees cooler inside. It can be a little darker than the photos but it comes off as a nice cave-like cosy feeling that is very peaceful to "come home to". Kitchen is great very easy to cook own meals.
Location: PERFECT. It is in the hip cool neighborhood of SE portland. We were within walking distance to the grocery store, bars and Hawthorne street (really cute boutique shopping and good eats here!). Also close to Laurelhurst park- a very lovely picnicking place- we picnicked a lot during our stay. VERY EASY to get downtown- choose between 2 lines to take a 10 min bus ride downtown. We didn't have a car or bike and got around easily.
for the price this place is 5 stars!
We had a wonderful stay at Meg's!
The apartment looks exactly like the pictures, and the location was perfect.
We had a very nice private stay, and never needed to bother Meg, however she was very accommodating and told us to contact her if we needed anything.
The one thing that we had trouble with was the bed. It was okay for a week but left us a little crooked.
Thanks Meg! We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
We had a great stay at Meg's. The only negative point I could say is that the bed were too soft for my back... But we enjoyed the vintage deco especially the record player.
Meg is a really nice host.
Meg was a gracious hostess with a cozy apartment in a super fab area. Great deal for the location. If you're looking to feel like a local, I'd recommend this spot!
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I like shiny objects, I find it cathartic to paint things gold, and I absolutely love Portland and this neighborhood. Native Oregonian, lived in Portland for over 10 years. I've been renting out these vintage-themed apartments to nice people since 2005. Now that airbnb has caught on, hopefully more people will be able to experience something special and off the beaten path. I try to create more than just a place to sleep and sit - there's a warmth and a silent light-hearted narrative in the spaces that I hope you will enjoy and appreciate. And if you're at all interested in 50's - 70's vintage, this might be even more suited to your style.
By day I'm a software engineer - specializing in Oracle ERP B2B and A2A XML integrations. So if you wanna nerd out and talk about tech, yes! If you wanna talk about rainbows and puppy dogs instead, yes!
I love hosting and meeting new people! The great thing about this setup is that you have as much or as little privacy and interaction as you desire. I'm around if you need me, want directions, a private tour, or a snack. And if you are the independent, shy, or even grumpy type, I'll leave you be and you can call on me as needed.
That's all for now I guess!
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