An inviting basement apartment located in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood, with a home theater system, 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 right next door to us, which began in January 2015 and 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.
Though there isn't a full kitchen, the refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, water dispenser and kitchenware will get you far.
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.
We have some bicycles you can borrow (and you can even rent more bicycles 10 blocks south at Bicycle Commuter). 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), mini-fridge, microwave, water dispenser, 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.
- Feel free to park in our driveway. Note there are two adjacent driveways - ours is the one on the right, next to our house. The one on the left (with grass in it) belongs to the neighbor - please don't park there.
- Consider wearing ear protection while drumming :-)
A lovely experience for me, my first weekend alone in years. Silke was so kind and welcoming, the apartment was in the perfect location for me to leave my car and walk, Sellwood is such a great part of Portland! Thank you!
A few friends and I were driving up to Portland and decided Dave and Silke's place would be perfect. Once we got there we knew we were right, as soon as we got in they showed us around the basement. It easily accommodated 4 of us which was great, even though sleeping on the floor wouldn't have been bad since it is a heated floor. The various instruments provided some fun while we planned what we were doing that day. The neighborhood was really nice, walking distance to lots of restaurants and most importantly a bottle shop that Dave recommended which we all loved. They even had a washer and dryer for us to use, which was awesome. On the day of checkout Dave messaged me that there was no other guest arriving that day so we didn't have to leave by the checkout time. The next time I go to Portland this will be my first choice to stay at.
Dave and Silke were super nice, and very helpful. Such good people! The space was exactly as pictured and perfect for me and my friend. It was clean, cozy and so much fun with cool instruments to fiddle with! And the theater system coupled with the disco ball was the highlight of our stay. The neighborhood was cute and quiet, but there were plenty of shops and places to eat around. We didn't want to leave, and we'd go back in a heart beat! =)
Dave and Silke made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived. They gave us a short tour of the apartment, showing us all the essentials, and then left us alone. The place is exactly as pictured: well decorated, comfortable, and full of amenities. Our kids absolutely loved the musical instruments, and were transfixed by watching cartoons on Netflix on the huge projector screen. The apartment was very comfortable with the heated concrete floors, and all of the beds were very comfortable. The location in Sellwood also cannot be beat. Very close to great restaurants, parks, coffee shops, public library. We highly recommend this place and are eager to return!
The rental unit was great, just as expected! The owners were very friendly and took the time to show us how everything worked when we arrived. The unit was very comfortable for two adults and a 10 year old, and the neighborhood had great restaurants and shops. We really enjoyed our stay and would go back again in a heartbeat.
Dave and Silke were amazingly welcoming, warm, and accommodating folks. I was flying into Portland late in the evening, and though I had told them I would be taking public transit from PDX to their place (it is easily accessible, and alternatively parking would be no problem), they called once I landed and offered to pick me up. We had a great conversation on the way to their house, and they are both so fun and nice that I was disappointed to not run into them more often during my stay, but I had a pretty packed dance card while in town.
The downstairs space they provide is fantastic: perfect temperature despite the slight chill in the air outside, amazing heated floors, and all the kitchen you'll want in Portland's foodie environment (i.e. a refrigerator and coffee/tea utilities, because you'll want to explore restaurants and food trucks). As one earlier reviewer mentioned, you can hear some activity from above, but unless you're a light sleeper and a late riser, it probably wouldn't be an issue. One more, unique thing, about the place: there are lots of fun instruments to spend some time playing with when you're not out enjoying the city or neighborhood - which probably means you won't spend much time with those instruments, as both the city and neighborhood are totally engaging. The Sellwood area, where their house is located, offers tons to explore within walking distance (admittedly I didn't get to do much exploring here) and is located pretty close to trails which run along the river; these trails, however you choose to take them, are beautiful and a great way to access the city as they run right downtown: if you're a runner, they're fantastic and offer a beautiful route for what can be a good distance (you can loop around the river, coming back - or going out - over the Sellwood Bridge near Dave and Silke's and crossing again on one of the bridges downtown, all while being on paved trails, and getting 10+ sightseeing-quality miles).
This trip to Portland had a pretty specific purpose for me, but whatever your agenda while in town, Dave and Silke's space seems like it would be a perfect place to serve as a home base.
Both Dave and Silke were very prompt in answering my questions about my trip and also about checking in. I was able to text Dave the morning of to update him with our schedule. My group got in Friday night and were able to play all the instruments until 10pm (quiet hours). We love the whole setup of the basement! The couches, disco ball, projector screen, and the kitchenette were very handy. Saturday morning Silke came by to welcome us and to ask us if we had any questions/needed any suggestions about places to visit in Portland. She's very friendly and also very welcoming. They have a helpful handmade notebook with places to visit in Portland which was so cute! During our stay, the basement was very warm (it was 37 degrees outside) and we had everything that we needed. We also met Dave as we were leaving their place and he made sure that we had a great experience. Overall, we had a great experience at their house and would definitely recommend this location to others.
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.