Hawthorne 1+ Bdrm ♥ Vintage Jewel

Apartment - Entire home/apt · SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214, United States

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!

The Space

Oh Hi!

Please be sure to read the entire description as well as the house rules and message me with any questions whatsoever!

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! Prolly about 700 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 ((website hidden)) 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!


Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $450 /week
Monthly Price: $1650 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $45
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I stayed a total of 8 nights at Meg's apt.
    It was soooooo quiet and relaxing. (it helped that nobody was staying above me for 7 of those nights) . Its location was great; I rented a car (you don't need one though) and parking was easy.
    The bus was super easy to catch downtown or to other places, such as breweries.

    The attention to detail as others have mentoined in the apt was great; the only recommendation i could give to meg, would be to add a microwave. but....with all the amazing cheap food in pdx its not much of an issue- esp since you are walkable to a few grocery stores.

    Meg was a great host , and available when needed. I would highly recommend staying here; it was my first visit to portland, and i loved the location.

    January 2014
  • Meg was a perfect host. We were unexpectedly delayed in our arrival and she was completely flexible about our check-in. She cares a lot about her home, and it shows. We loved staying there. My only disappointment was the beds. They were not as comfortable as they might be. Otherwise, however, a great place! Thanks, Meg!!

    November 2013
  • Meg's place was exactly as described. The bed was comfy, the heater was toasty, the family circus was hilarious, and it was in the BEST location. I felt truly at home. I think the spot is better suited for the warmer months when windows can be cracked to air out.. But if I find myself in Portland again I'll definitely be back.

    October 2013
  • My boyfriend and I stayed in the Private Vintage Jewel for a couple of months over the summer as we looked for more permanent housing. First off, you can't beat the location! Blocks from Belmont and Hawthorne neighborhoods, Fred Meyer, and Laurelhurst Park. Second, the apartment is definitely fun and someplace you will continue to talk about with friends for years to come. Picture a cross between I Dream of Jeannie and Mad Men. You can tell a lot of attention was given to every detail. Overall we loved our experience though I think shorter stays would be better as there is no laundry in the building and not much storage. Meg is great and very accommodating!

    October 2013
  • OMG loved this place! There are SO many personal touches in this apartment that you could spend just as much time exploring the Meg's place as you could exploring Portland! The apartment is in an fantastic location, with tons to do! There are several streets full of shops,restaurants and bars within walking distance. And hello, it's Portland, so there's tons of vegan options in this area as well :) The neighborhood is friendly and safe, and we didn't have any concerns walking home at night time. Meg is delightful! She's extremely personable, accommodating, full of great recommendations and very reachable. Portland's public transportation is wonderful and there are several bus lines just a couple minutes walk away that will get you anywhere in the city. The bus drivers are also amongst the friendliest that we've ever come across! Would definitely recommend Meg's place, we are hoping that we can come back soon!!

    July 2013
  • What a lovely place to stay in! The house has great energy and decorations, and is in one of the best parts of town with countless amazing restaurants within walking distance, as well as several buses that can get you downtown.

    Meg was prompt in solving minor problems that appeared in the apartment and great company for a nice chat! Will try to stay here again next time I'm in Portland!

    July 2013
  • Meg was fantastic! She went above and beyond for us. The place is lovely and the location couldn't be better! Looking forward to next time!

    July 2013
  • My stay at the Private Vintage Jewel in Hawthorne was perfect! I felt right at home with everything I needed to have the quintessential Portland neighborhood stay. I felt like a resident and found it really easy to get around. Meg is an awesome hostess providing many provisions, including wonderful coffee from Stumptown., and all the handy walking maps, travel booklets and TriMet information one could need. The record player and collection of albums was a wonderful added plus and I had a truly memorable experience browsing through the neighborhood vintage shops to add to her collection.

    July 2013
  • While my husband and I were staying at the "Peacock Suite", we excitedly invited a good friend of ours over (who is also a PDX native), to show her the place. While giving her the tour she turns and looks at us, jaw dropped, and says "OMG! Who IS this person?!?" , referring to our amazing/super stylee host Meg.
    Coming from our friend Emily, this is as high of a praise as one could ever hope for. I think it describes in essence our stay at the Peacock Suite.
    The attention to detail in the place was superb from the vast array of mood lighting, down to the "Arthur Lyman" record playing on an old phonograph when we arrived.
    Every room was a pleasure to be in. There were antique/vintage treasures to be found all over the place. The kind of collection that comes from a lifetime of hunting.
    She supplied us with "Stumptown" coffee and a MOKA pot, half and half, fresh fruit, scones, and some nice bottled juice.
    She showed us how everything worked, and was friendly, inviting, and totally gave us as much space as we wanted. A perfect host/neighbor.
    Our stay indoors was equalling as pleasant as our stay outdoors. We spent a lot of time walking around Hawthorne eating ridiculously tasty food and checking out unique shops.
    Every single person we interacted with was friendly.
    So if you have an opportunity to go to PDX, I highly suggest staying at Meg's Pad!

    June 2013
  • Best neighbourhood in Portland, in my opinion, and Meg's cozy pad is right in the middle of everything. Meg was a great host, with awesome taste, and some outstanding gems in her record collection. If you don't like basement suites, this may not be your ideal, but in reality, there's so much to see and do in the area, we didn't spend very much time sitting around the suite.

    April 2013
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Oh hi! 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. We have been renting out these vintage-themed apartments to nice people since 2005. Now that airbnb has caught on, hopefully more people will find out about it and be able to experience something special and off the beaten path. We 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. We 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, we'll leave you be and you can call on usas needed. That's all for now I guess! Bye! Meg (website hidden)
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