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 :-)
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!
Davide and Silke were great hosts and the apartment was fantastic. The addition of the kitchen and the ameneties were excellent. They provided us with great recommendations around town and at the beach and Mt. Hood, and were very welcoming, inviting, and accomodating. The surrounding neighborhood was great too. Overall it was a great experience.
We had a delightful stay at Dave and Silke's basement apartment. It provided a quiet refuge as we prepared for our daughter's wedding and there were so many great places to walk to and enjoy in Sellwood. The apartment had great amenities and comfort in all ways. Truly a great find!
We enjoyed staying at the house again. There were improvements being made to the house and that will be good for future visits. This is the second time we stayed and Dave and Silke were great hosts. I would do it again and only wished the rest of our folks could have made it as they would have felt at home. Great yard and backyard too. Weather was very hot when we were there this time and the basement was nice and cool. Last time we were there, it was cold outside and the basement floor heating was great. Sellood is a wonderful place to base yourself when checking out Portland.
Dave and Silke are very nice and friendly people from the very first minute! We had a great experience in their welcoming home. All of the appliances and electronics were definitely very nice to have around and available to us. We slept four very comfortably without any problems. You have to check out Dave's soul band! Soul Dave! The neighborhood is awesome and navigation very easy. Good restaurants within walking distance. The bus stop right out front goes right downtown and easy to hop on a train after that. Very lovely to walk around in this hood! Will definitely recommend Silke and Dave to anyone looking to stay in Portland!
We arrived later than expected and didn't have a chance to meet the hosts upon checkin, but we easily made our way to the basement suite. From the beginning, Dave and Silke were gracious and accommodating. We were fortunate enough to have crossed paths upon checkout, sealing the deal that these hosts were both genuine and compassionate. Their care showed through in everything from the niceties in the space to ensuring that we had a chance to interact before leaving the city.
The space was impressive, eclectic, and immaculate! Staying in this area of the city definitely helped me to fall in love with Portland even though we were just passing through.
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.