About this listing
An inviting basement apartment located in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood, with a home theater system, kitchen, an assortment of musical instruments, and private entry. Walk to restaurants, cafes, shops, parks, bus, grocery store.
Sellwood Central Basement Suite is a separate private apartment below the main part of the house we live in. A private entrance with your own unique keypad entry code brings you into the spacious living room. The bedroom has a double bed and a bunkbed with two single mattresses - and more people can be accommodated with the queen hide-a-bed in the living room. The bathroom is off of the bedroom. The radiant floor heat, fairly high ceilings and abundant natural light are the source of its warm open feeling. And even on the hottest summer days, it stays fairly cool.
NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, there is a house construction project two doors down from us, which will undoubtedly last several months. They tend to make noise from about 8am until about 5pm, and it tends to be quiet on the weekends.
A projector shows Apple TV, Netflix, or Blu-ray/DVD movies on a 110" screen, and the surround sound completes the home theater experience as though you were at the movies. That same audio system can be used as a stereo - you can dial in radio stations from Apple TV, radio tuner, or connect your own device to play your own tunes.
There are musical instruments (keyboard, drum set, guitar, plus more) that are there to be played.
We just added a full kitchen in 2015, so if you've stayed with us before, look at our pictures and check out the changes!
Done exploring inside? Then it's time to explore outside! Within blocks, you have cafes, restaurants, food carts, a tea shop, grocery stores, a library, bookstore, parks, the Willamette River, antiques, boutiques... the walkscore website gives it a 92 out of 100! There's also a bus stop half a block away.
It's also a great area for bicycling, and there is a bicycle shop a few blocks away that rents bikes. There's an amazing bike/pedestrian path along the river all the way into downtown Portland.
Your stay comes with wifi, shared use of the utility room with its laundry facilities, free parking, and much more. If we're around, come knock on our door and we'll help you figure out what's going on around town.
One bedroom apartment with home theater system (120" screen projector, surround sound, Apple TV, Netflix, DVDs), a variety of musical instruments (drum kit, keyboard, guitar, and more), kitchen with mini-fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster oven, shared laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
It depends how much interaction you're interested in. We try to be home to greet your and show you in. If you're up for more than that and we're available, great - otherwise, with your own entrance, you can be as autonomous as you want to be!
We moved here because we wanted to live where there was a lot to do within a few blocks, and we don't always have to get in our car. There are parks, cafes, restaurants, shops, grocery, bars, library, bus stop.... All within a few blocks! People are out and about when the weather is good (and even when it's not) - it's a friendly, vibrant neighborhood atmosphere.
We're a half block from Tri-Met's #70 bus stop! We're in a car2go home area - an awesome car share business model. And if you're so inclined, walking and biking will get you far here.
- Be respectful & courteous
- No smoking
- Take off your shoes if they're dirty
- Please lower the noise level after 10pm; if you close the windows & door it will help keep the noise down for the neighbors.
- Before checkout, please load and start the dishwasher with your dirty dishes
- Feel free to park in our driveway.
- If you park on the street, park in front of our house if possible, and leave room for a second car
- Consider wearing ear protection while drumming :-)
Excellent hosts! Very friendly and accomodating, place was very clean and fun, not very far from downtown, I highly recommend staying here!
I loved staying in the Music Suite. It's comfortable, well-equipped, and has everything you need. And it's in a excellent location for exploring the Sellwood neighborhood: it's close to shops, cafes, and a beautiful park that is great for running or walking. I wish I could have stayed longer, as Dave and Silke are very welcoming hosts and fun to talk to.
We had an Amazing stay at the Sellwood Music Suite!!! We were on an overnight trip from Washington and looking for a great place to spend the night- It could not have been better!! Dave greeted us and welcomed us in like new friends:) The Suite is So Fun!! There are alot of personal touches...Art, photos, instruments(my son Loved the drums!), a Huge movie screen(with plenty of entertainment choices!) Lots of room to move around, dance around or lay around(Comfy!)...a full kitchen-but we ate out at a Fabulous place close by(Jade) and enjoyed all of the the little places one block up on SE 13th Ave! Craft and Antique shops..Food trucks....Ice cream stands..Yoga...This area is just Amazing!! Take your Family...Friends...Whoever!- You will have a great time and have a Wonderful Memory to look back on!!
Dave & Silke have a beautiful home with delightful touches at every corner. The space instantly makes you feel at home and has all the amenities you could want during a stay in Portland. You can tell they take great care of their space and make great effort to ensure visitors have everything they need--from extra blankets to a wonderful entertainment center. The apartment is also located just a block or two from the main street in Sellwood, so it's easy to walk over to a number of restaurants and shops. And Downtown Portland is just a few minutes drive away. We would definitely stay here again!
Had an absolute blast in the Sellwood Music Suite. The place was spotless when we arrived (and set up early for us) and had everything we had hoped for.
Great location, even better neighbourhood and made our stay in Portland very relaxing.
Dave & Silke were extremely accommodating as we had a fair few plan changes made in the lead up to the weekend. We only wish we got to meet you both.
My stay at the Sellwood Music Suite was perfect! When I drove up to their home, I noticed the colorful and beautiful front garden and knew this would be a great space. Dave and Silke are wonderful! They were friendly and so helpful. The music suite was like a retreat. The kitchen is adorable and immaculate. The bathroom has a wonderful claw foot tub and was bright and cheery. The bedroom had a nice open closet and very comfortable bed. There are games and movies and Apple TV, but I was out exploring the great neighborhood! I definitely hope to have the opportunity to stay here again, and I highly recommend this space as it has something for just about anyone-traveling with a friend, with children, or exploring on your own. I loved it and I am grateful to Dave and Silke for their kindness and gracious hosting.
We enjoyed our stay very much at the Sellwood Music Suite! Very clean, eclectic, environment! It is in a great location to downtown Portland and only a few blocks away from their quaint neighborhood stores and coffee shops. We enjoyed Dave and Silke's accommodations along with their friendliness!
About the Host, Dave & Silke
Though we love travel and adventure, our home base has always been Portland. But what better place for a family of three to call their launching pad for camping, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, kayaking, rafting, snowboarding, kiteboarding - and who knows what's next! Really, Portland has it all.
Silke has been a Portlander since moving here from Germany in 1991. She enjoys many hobbies, such as gardening, knitting, sewing, painting, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. After trying on a few different careers, she started a property management company in the late 90's, which continues to thrive to this day.
Dave grew up in Portland. A software engineer for 19 years, he finally kicked that habit in 2005 in favor of working full time for the property management business. Many people don't understand how a married couple can also be work and business partners. But, really, we can't imagine it any other way - we've finally got our life set up almost exactly how we want it. If only he could somehow figure out how to make a living as a musician.
Lucca attends high school, enjoys photography, outdoor adventures, and hanging out with friends.
We're excited about meeting new people and sharing what we love about where we live.