About This Listing
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! I know, it's a lot of words, but you can do it, I believe in you!
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 just be yourself.
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. From the outside, the place is really pretty non-descript - not fancy-shmancy. Also, the ceilings are 7'2", so a few inches lower than normal. 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.
*NUMBER OF GUESTS*
This apartment has only 1 Full size mattress with optional memory-foam topper. It 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 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 apartment 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 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 bright bathroom with a shower and tub and all the other bathroomy stuff!
There is no TV or microwave. They're both kinda bad for you. :) There's also a sweet record player and I've stocked the apartment with an assortment of vinyl for you to play. We've also got wifi, so if you are the type who likes to stay in and watch a movie, then bring a device.
We honor a strict confidentiality policy, so if you're shy, starting over, leaving behind, in transition, famous, infamous, handsome, hideous, or anything in between - 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. This is your private place, it has magic powers.
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 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.
Plenty of street parking.
We are within just a few blocks of 3 major bus lines - the #15 Belmont, the #14 Hawthorne, and the #75 Cesar Chavez. Trimet has a site where you can view a route map, plan a trip, etc.
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! For Taxi's, I use the Curb app and prefer RadioCab. There's also Uber and Lyft. Lemme know if you want to rent bicycles and I can give you recommendations for that as well. But really, you can walk all over the place.
Specific directions are provided to guests with confirmed reservations and are included on their itinerary.
Other Things to Note
**PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS BEFORE REQUESTING A RESERVATION:**
This property is probably not suitable for families with elementary school-age children or younger.
I encourage travelers to choose a place that suits their lifestyle first and their budget and location concerns second. You'll have a much better experience if your host's lifestyle and environment compliments your own. So, if you know you'd prefer a climate-controlled condo with stainless steel appliances, manicured lawn, and Ikea furnishings, you prolly won't appreciate or enjoy my home as much as those who appreciate creative re-purposing, thrift stores, DIY crafts, recycling, and working-class cocktail culture.
If you look at the pictures and description and your reaction is unfavorable but it's close to the people you're visiting or the price is right, you set yourself up to be disappointed from the outset, and you set your host up to fall short before you even arrive. But if you look at the pictures and clap your hands or are excited by a place with the kind of style and character that you'd like to step into for a while, then I like you already and I'd love to welcome you here to a culture that gets it.
If you are offended by other guests, neighbors, or myself who support marriage equality, believe that #blacklivesmatter, are members or allies of the LGBTQ community, or are aligned with other similar viewpoints, then I emphatically urge you to book elsewhere. If you book anyway and your bias is disrespectfully directed in any way at myself, neighbors, or other guests, you'll be lectured and swiftly asked to leave. Buh-bye. Yaaay!
With rare exception, I only accept reservations from guests that have been previously reviewed on Airbnb and who have completed at least 3 Airbnb verifications.
I only accept guests who have complete profiles with information about themselves and a clear photograph of you.
I only accept reservations from the guests that will be actually staying here - I 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 my home. This is standard Airbnb policy as well.
CHECK-IN (AFTER 3 PM)
I'll message you a day or two before you're arrival date to arrange your check-in time. You can schedule your check-in for any time after 3 pm. Once you've pinned down a time for your arrival, I'll arrange the cleaning/stocking schedule around that. So if you're running late, that's more than OK, there's no rush just keep me posted and we'll roll with it (more time to get stuff done rather than less is a good thing). BUT... if you're earlier than expected, the apartment won't be ready and you'll have to wait. I know, booo, but thanks for understanding. Fortunately, there are about a million places within walking distance to eat, drink, read, shop, etc. while you wait.
PLEASE REMOVE YOUR SHOES
Please please pretty please take your shoes off as soon as you come in the door. And please please pretty please don't puttem back on until you're headed back out the door. If you follow this rule I'll be so so happy and so will everyone else.
PLEASE BE GENTLE
Slamming doors scares sleeping people awake, startles people like me who have what I call 'hamster hearts', and it's also how stuff gets damaged. Please close doors gracefully, like a gazelle.
A personalized combination will be provided for the push-button lockbox outside the unit. The key stays in the box and the combination changes on the regular, so there are no concerns about lost keys, lock-outs, or duplicate keys.
SORRY, NO PETS
I love furblins but I also want to be sensitive to those who are sensitive. There's a sweet and demure feral kitty that hangs out in the yard and who I've been feeding for 9 years (and allowed to pet for 2). There are lots of friendly cats in the neighborhood who will flip and roll for you and lots of people walking their friendly goofy dogs. But this apartment itself is pet-free.
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.
Please observe an 11pm to 10am 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 groups or 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. I promise you that anything you forget will be safely and discreetly set aside for your retrieval.
This place was absolutely perfect! Walking distance from so many places to eat, drink, and shop. Detailed nostalgic decor and cozy spacious lay out. Host was very sweet and helpful with quick walk through...my man really enjoyed the record player, great selection of records. Lots of parking, and a true feeling of what Portland life is all about.
Meg's place was perfect for what we were looking for! Perfect, centralized location to plenty of restaurants and bars and only a short drive to downtown. Parking was really easy, although we didn't need the car that much. Meg was also a wonderful host-- just the right level of communication. She provided us with some great recommendations and even had a walking map of Portland we could use. I'd absolutely stay at her place again! The only "downside" really didn't affect us-- but the shower (and some of the ceilings) are a little short, but at 5'4" I didn't have any issues. This place was a wonderful value for the price. Thanks Meg!
Meg is great! A true Airbnb host, with one of the greatest, eclectic listings I've stayed at yet. The place is filled with "Easter eggs" and you will continue to find new great things throughout your stay (the bowl of fruits with googly eyes, the pink dog, etc). An entourage of peacock artwork, vintage goods, and a solid record collection made my every night a good night. The neighborhood is super friendly, with great bars, cafes, and restaurants: you really can't go wrong. I spent a total of 3 weeks at Meg's, and it was fantastic-- she's friendly and great at communicating. Thanks again!
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!
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!
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About the Host, Meg
I like shiny objects, I find it cathartic to paint things gold, and I absolutely love Portland and this neighborhood. It’s my mission to provide people in all stages of travel, transition, and transformation with a soft and friendly place to land in-between where you came from and where you’re going. For some, change, travel, and uncertainty are thrilling; for others it takes more courage. Either way, it helps to be surrounded by shiny objects, colored lights, and soft blankets. I’ve created a grown-up playhouse for you – my vision of an idealized 1970’s childhood. This is a safe and private place where you can be yourself.
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!
That's all for now I guess!
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7 am - 2pm. Southern style comfort breakfast biscuit sandwiches- with or without gravy. This is a popular place, but the line moves fast. They have a full menu with pictures on their website.Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214-4326
The Library!! They have books there!!Portland OR 97214
Another vintage/used clothing store that actively pays the community to bring in their good stuff. The buyers have a different eye than Red Light - a great place to find pieces thatll make you laughSoutheast 37th Avenue Portland OR 97214
swanky but accessible style, Nelson lamps, great candle-lit lounge. Theres a nice secret back patio too! My friends Kate and Alex run the place, so if you do drop in, tell them Meg sent you!Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214
Vintage and contemporary designer fashion. The owner is one of the most stylish individuals you will ever meet. True to herself.Southeast 34th Avenue Portland OR 97214
European style market with higher-end wines and gourmet pastas and groceries.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214-5145
Stumptown is a Portland tradition! If you love the taste of unadulterated coffee, theyll have plenty of options and great people-watching.Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214
It can get pretty crowded during the weekends if you just want to get some coffee and read a book, but during the week it can be a good place to stop in if youre out on HawthorneSoutheast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
Stop in if for no other reason than to check out this amazing space which is literally back stage in the 1927 Bagdad Theater. You can also play a fancy game of pool on nice tables.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
records! a long-time Hawthorne institution.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
if you like fancy cigars and ports, this is the place... a mans place to hang out with other men and talk about man stuff while smoking cigars and drinking top-shelf whiskey or single-malt Scotch.Southeast 37th Avenue Portland OR 97214
great food, great space. Good for brunch or dinner.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
lots and lots of reasonably priced vintage clothes arranged intelligently. Part of their success is that they actively buy from people who can manage to pay their rent by changing out their wardrobesSoutheast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
breakfast served all day is always music to my ears! And something for everyone - vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, all the way up to local meats. Im in love with their raspberry-apple juice!Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
Groceries downstairs, housewares up. Sushi bar, amazing deli , lots of flowers, great produce. If you walk up Taylor and then hang a right where 38th would be, theres a shortcut.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
This is a great market for specialty items like cheeses, salts, and wine. They also have a great deli.Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214
vegan options too - you must go to there! They also share space with a great vintage shop called Noun.Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214
Cool Victorian house turned into a cafe where you can get sweet treats, coffee, or best of all sit outside in the secret garden. They also offer tobacco hookas outside if youre so inclined.Southeast Belmont Street Portland OR 97214
Like going to a huge garage sale packed to the rafters with lots of vintage. It can be overwhelming in terms of sifting through the sheer volume, but there are definitely treasures to be found.SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland OR 97214
great vintage decor, cute boytenders, great food and great drinks. some summertime patio action too - out front and around to the sideSoutheast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
This is one of the most lovely and serene city parks Ive ever had the pleasure and the privilege to live near. So many varieties of flora and fauna - off leash dog area, ducks, people... sereneSE Oak St. Portland OR 97214
this place is part dvd rental house, part movie memorabilia museum. Some truly unique titles, arranged intelligently. Even if you dont want to rent a dvd, go there for the people-watchingSoutheast Belmont Street Portland OR 97215
some really great mid-century and unique finds here. Better overall condition of furniture than some other places on the East side.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97215-3250
a great vintage co-op. Much more spacious and easy to see things in context. Reasonable prices, great variety.Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
Great for date-night. And walking there will give you a great tour of upper Hawthorne. Good wines, great food, home-made ice cream, great lighting, etc.Portland OR 97215
LOTS of great wearable vintage finds at reasonable prices.SE 28th Ave Portland OR 97214
pizza, beer and cheap movies!East Burnside Street Portland OR 97214
during the summertime this is the place to sit on the grass and pretend to read a book while sunbathing. A huge hangout for single 20 somethings in the summerPortland Oregon
AAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING vintage clothing. High-end.Southeast Clinton Street Portland OR 97202
This place is small but packed full of filigreed delights.Southeast 26th Avenue Portland OR 97202
Still one of the best restaurants in Portland. Art. that you can eat! The award-winning sommalier, Jack Hott, is a master of the perfect pairing - tell him Meg sent you!Portland OR 97214-3723
Great food, cute boytenders! This will get you into the Clinton neighborhood where you can explore all the other cuteness on the block.Southeast Clinton Street Portland OR 97202
great place to look at vintage furniture and lighting. SWOON!Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland OR 97214
The space is dramatic... this is a great place if you feel like dancing without going downtown - theres a huge difference between downtown clubs and Holocene dance parties.Southeast Morrison Street Portland OR 97214
Izakaya style Japanese cuisine. small, intimate, and UH-MAY-ZING. For 35 per person, you can get the chef to just keep bringing you different tasty foods (omakase)!Southeast 9th Avenue Portland OR 97214
the fine folks at galleryHomeland have been curating some of the most dramatic exhibitions and installations in the historic Ford Building for many years now.Southeast 11th Avenue Portland Oregon 97202
There are a few great spots where people gather to watch the sunset from the East side. Pretty romantic and also a nice little getaway without getting away.Portland Oregon
One of my favorites. I love the toasted chevre salad, and if you admire a good risotto, nobody does it better. I like to sit in the back bar or outside on the patio if its sunny.Southeast 7th Avenue Portland OR 97214
a favorite Portlander urban hiking destination. 70 miles of recreational trails, 112 species of birds, a few patches of old growth, one of the countrys largest urban forest reservesPortland Oregon 97229
80 acre botanical garden and resortWest Main Street Silverton OR 97381