~~The Hawthorne Eco-Luxury Home~~

House - Entire home/apt · SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97215, United States

A Spacious Luxury Home for up to 8 people in the middle of Portland's fun neighborhood- Hawthorne! Quiet, Private, and filled with Comforts. Environmental build perfect of folks with allergies or those who just was to be in a healthy environment.

The Space

Be sure to book early.... We have been fully booked for the last two years. Read on to find out why. Also check out the other reviews tab since most of those reviews are for this house as well.

[Instructions for EcoLuxury House Rental:
This home is very unique in that it is the only house of its type for rent in this neighborhood. We want to make sure this is a good fit for your people, so the more detail we have about your family or fellow travelers the better the chances that we can offer this house to you.
This is especially true if you do not have any references or referrals on Airbnb and/or have just joined our community recently. We are very transparent about who we are and this works out great when the same is true about our guests. Please read our reviews(other tab too.) and you will get the picture. We have so many dear friends whom we met first as guests. A key point to remember- this is not a hotel, motel, guest house or even vacation home - it is much much nicer and much less expensive! How often does that happen?
The way this is possible is through community and trust. Consider if you had folks staying in your home, what would you want to know about them? Imagine that you are staying at your friend's house, how would you care for it? Consider the real costs of a 14 room luxury home and you will realize that this is more than a financial transaction. This is a community of sharing people, which brings amazing benefits to all. Welcome! :) ]

About The Eco-Luxury Home:

A true luxury get-away in lovely and spacious surroundings. This property will be only for you- no other attached or detached properties with the owner or other guests sharing. .

Eco-Luxury Home in a quiet and safe neighborhood nestled between Hawthorne Boulevard, Belmont Street, MT Tabor Park, and all the action Portland has to offer. This home is a New all-Green construction (Earth Advantage) with hardwood floors and wool carpets. It also has many clean air quality features for those with allergies or who just wish to be in a clean and healthy place- meaning none of the mold of older houses and none of the chemicals of new construction.

The floor-plan of this house is open with lots of sun throughout the day. Also there is a great connection to the outdoors and two large porches. We are often told that the photos do not do it justice. We slowly filling the house with the work of local artists.

A unique trait of the house is the size at 3000 sq feet. There is good sound buffer between the rooms and the neighborhood is quiet. Our guests love the quiet but for those even more sensitive we supply white noise cancelers.

Another feature is the cleanliness. This is an allergy free and chemical free household without clutter. You will not be living amongst other belongings. There is room to relax and everything is easier. Plenty of room to put things away, hang your clothes, breath easy, and feel at home.

Large living room with Instant fireplace, DWR couch, and lots of space for dancing or lounging.
Dining room with seating for 8 and artistic touches and detail here and through-out the house.

True gourmet kitchen with gas & induction ranges, 2 ovens (including a speed cooker), big granite island etc. All dishes, wine glasses, pots, pans, waffle maker, rice cooker, crockpot, toaster, French press, etc.
Cozy Kitchen nook is in the heart of the house with a diner booth.

Theater room with surround sound, giant flat screen led television, Blu-ray player, and streaming Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora. Enjoy all of this from the red Italian reclining couch in front of the French doors leading out to the back yard.

Master bedroom is a sunny and private get-away. Your bed is from DWR with a handmade all natural latex mattress with three layers of topper and luxurious organic bedding. Includes mirrored vanity table a la Hollywood, DWR nightstands and full mirror, antique bureau, reading scones, and hanging rack. (New this year, day bed chaise in the Master)

In the Master you have your own bathroom en suite with double sink, jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower with dual shower heads. All natural materials of marble, glass, wood and tile under a skylight. Towel warmer and all natural bath products and sumptuous towels.

Rising Sun Room has very comfortable Queen size bed, Full spectrum lights, bureau, night-tables, desk, chair, luggage table and closet. All natural wool carpeting and a bit of a view of Mt Tabor.

Sky Room has a all natural hand made double bed with a latex mattress, bureau, closet, full mirror, shelves, and lots of art. Bright and Festive with nightlight lanterns on the walls.

Sunny and Private Yoga/dance/art studio space is available for your use. This can also be used as a 4th bedroom. This Large, Sunny, and Private loft space is separate from the rest of the house. (Bathroom access is in the main house.) There is a Double+ SofaBed with a real mattress and spring slats which is quite comfortable. Other furnishings include a dresser, standing desk, hammock chair, easel and chairs. This space is particularly nice for anyone that needs a bit more privacy and room to spread out.

Main Bath contains wood, ceramic and glass with a big vanity and separate powder room. Half bath downstairs.

High speed wi-fi and hardwired ethernet lines in every room. Free domestic long distance phone calls. Stereo in Den as well as living room with iPhone and Smartphone connections.

Outdoor room to backyard- All organic lawn, trees, and landscaping. We have lawn games! Table, chairs, hammock, couch so that you will be outside just as much as in.

Big front porch on bike route- The only traffic we have are bikes and dog walkers. Friendly neighborhood and neighbors, with gardens galore and lovely for strolling.

Central Vac for easy and healthy clean up. Instant gas Fireplace for chilly romantic nights. Air Conditioning. Almost no one has it but we do, And it sure is nice at times.

Stuff to do in the hood? This is easy to sum up. Anything in general that you want to go to is in walking distance. Parks, cafes, restaurants, theaters, shops, yoga, dancing, music, banks, kung fu, floating tanks, book stores, festivals, fresh juice, street parties, extinct volcanoes, playgrounds, banks, groceries, food carts, cult videos, skateboarding, tennis, etc etc..

Feeling over-whelmed by all the choices of things to do in Portland? Have a cup of tea and meditate with the tropical fish and frogs. However you will first need to choose between 50 types of tea!

Chickens in the chicken run. (This is Portland after all!) Feel free to say hi to Gals when you gather eggs for breakfast. Fried eggs or waffles perhaps?

This is transportation paradise. Portland is all about biking, walking, and taking public transport. After experiencing the ease of access and the delightful places that surround us- many guests want to move here. And some do!

We will rent bikes to you and there are many other options as well. Quick walk to many buses, #14. #15. #75

More details later, or just ask!

Guest Access

This house, secondary building, and property, all for your use. There are not other guests on the property.Sometimes when renting on Airbnb folks will be surprised that they are actually sharing the space with others. Not true here. Off street parking.

The entire property will be yours except for locked areas of one room, and two storage closets. What is open to guests is front porch, entry, living room, dining room, kitchen booth nook, kitchen, theater room, mud room with standing desk area, three bathrooms, laundry room, outside room, 3 bedrooms, yoga/studio space or 4th bedroom, driveway, front/back yards and bike storage in garage.

Interaction with Guests

Myself and my staff are available to answer questions as well as do a walk-through to explain where everything is and how to use it.

Talia and her staff for the last two years has been an amazing concierge, cleaner, and is also one my best friends.

She runs the show when I am away but I am always in contact -usually within a few hours. I am at the Moytura Irish Mountain Retreat (check it out on my other listings -past guests get discount :-) )

I am 8 hours difference which is an advantage since you can usually get a staff member 24/7.
There might be landscaping staff on the property to do work during your stay. Talia might need to access storage in the garage. We fully respect the privacy of our guests but often due to summer weather, watering and maintenance are necessary.

When we prepare this house we clear out any clutter, clear out drawers, closets, and create a space that will feel like your home... but cleaner and easier so that you can relax.

Feel free to ask us any questions. :)

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is one of the most interesting and fun and accessible in the entire city. This neighborhood is safe and close to anything that you wish to do or see. If you are coming to Portland, have the real experience by being in this famous neighborhood- Hawthorne/Tabor/Belmont.

Take out the tandem bike for a romantic ride up to Mt Tabor. Or travel to Movie Madness or Slappy Cakes or the Bagdad Theater or Powells Books etc etc.. Easy walking access to some of the best stores and restaurants in the city.

Getting around

You don't need a car. In fact many of our guests rent a car only to abandoned it while they transform into native Portlanders and bike, walk, or bus where they need to go.
Near frequent buses (14, 15, 75 etc) , bike routes, flex car and car-to-go.
Plenty of parking- Off street and on.

We are truly in one of the most walkable and bikable neighborhoods in the country. Easy walk to the hippest spots in town- theaters, cafes, carts, pubs, parks, music venues, restaurants, stores, clubs, yoga/dance studios, groceries, too many to list. Plenty of parking on and off of street.

Downtown is very easily bikable and busable or a 10 minute drive but remember the Eastside is where is it usually happens!

Easy drive to Mt Hood, Hood River, and the Coast. (The answer is always "About an hour!")

Cabs are a phone call away. Try the Max, Streetcar, and Tram when you are here.

Other Things to Note

Most of it is listed above but here are some of the details of this environmental house, some guest responsibilities and some answers to questions we get asked.

First- the Fish and Frogs.
Turn on light in the morning. Watch all the swimming and splashing.
Give 2 pinches of fish food and 2 pellets of frog food. Happy fish. Happy frogs.
Every 2 or 3 days, give the algae monster an algae wafer so he might come out from under the bridge. (Don't worry- this is clear in context)
At night turn off the light.

The girls are sweet and funny. Just be sure that they have water and food. Usually once per day (sometimes twice) fill up their food container. Fill up their water. This is especially important in the summer. If you let them out into the run be sure to close them in after so they don't get eaten by raccoons!
The Gals looooove leftovers. You can hand feed them. Yes, they eat meat. They adore pasta and bread. If they don't like your leftovers they will give you a withering look that only chickens are capable of.
You can let them out in the yard as well. Just make sure they are not destroying the landscaping and always put them away when you are done. They are fun to watch them having dust baths as well just being their funny selves. You can start to figure out their personalities. Be kind to them and be sure to supervise children.
During the summer, they lay between 2-6 eggs/day. You will be rewarded for feeding them well and making sure they are hydrated. If you are feeling even more grateful, you can muck out the coop with the shovel and put that fertilizer gold in the big green composter in the neighbors driveway. Now you are a real Urban Farmer!
If you don't wish to partake please tell me but no eggs for you! :p

Ok non-Portland folks. Let's talk recycling. The amount of garbage pick up every other week is that one tiny barrel. If you stay for a week and you use more than a half a barrel you will be charged $10/bag. But fear not! The trick is not to bring garbage into your life and save the planet!
The good news is that the massive green barrel is for compost. That means anything is organic material. Yes, that includes meat, bones, yard waste, left over yogurt, etc. (Not baby poop) Don't disposal food down the drain where it annoys the water treatment folks, instead compost it so that it will be used to grown the roses.
The other good news is that the massive blue barrel is for recycling- paper, cardboard, plastic, metal... (Not plastic bags, facial tissues, garbage!)
If you sort incorrectly you will be banned for Portland forever and ever and ever. Well, actually, no but the Master Recylers will weep. If you look on the top of the barrels there are pictures to tell you what can and can't be put inside.
Lastly, the yellow bucket is for glass.
Have you ever thought so much about garbage in your life? Welcome to the future! :D

Oh, a couple of more things. If you want the paper delivered (The Oregonian) just give me heads up. Available Wed, Friday, Sat, and the huge Sunday paper.

We have stacks of tourist books and maps. These can leave the house but please bring them back.

Other stuff stays in the house. We had only one set of guests that must have had a picnic or something and a bunch of our kitchen stuff went missing. It really bummed us out. So don't be that guest. Instead, use the games, read the books, watch the videos, listen to the music, and cook up a gourmet meal, But leave our stuff at home.

We use an honor code that has usually worked quite well. If you use up stuff, please replace it. Don't be one of those silly people that leaves 1 tablespoon of oil or vodka or coriander. Get some more for the next people and your Karma will soar!

Lastly yet important, if anything is lost, damaged, or soiled, please tell us right away. Guests are responsible for lost, damaged, or soiled things. This means the cost of materials, labor, and staff costs and time. For example damaged sheets would be the cost of replacing the set as well as the time to replace them. It is very rare that we take a deposit. We have found that being proactive is the best solution.

The house is actually quite easy in its simplicity.
But of course any other questions just ask.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 5
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Monthly Price: $8000 /month
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $200
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • House is very nice and comfortable. 6 people in our group. Only drawback is that extra bedroom (loft) is actually detached from the home and does not have a bathroom next to it, we were there in March and had cold and rain, so walking outside to enter the main house in the middle of the night to use the restroom is not very practical.

    All of us enjoyed our stay there and w/the exception of the detached loft the home was perfect for our trip. Great location lots of good, fun food places nearby.

    Highly recommend.

    March 2014
  • We stayed in this lovely home for a week in July. I highly recommend you consider staying here - the neighborhood is wonderful with bars, restaurants, food truck/pods, and coffee in walking distance.
    The home has all the comforts you could ask for with 3 good bedrooms, two full bath and a half, laundryroom, etc. We were very comfortable.

    July 2012
  • We had a wonderful two-family-vacation in this very beautiful home. The space is clean, well-appionted, comfortable, allergen-free, and newly renovated. The location is ideal. Hawthorne area has loads of great restaurants, Mt. Tabor Park is very close, and there is a variety of grocery stores nearby. Thanks Nola and team, we will be back!

    July 2013
  • This house is outstanding. Everything is beautiful and clean, the four bedrooms are great, and the neighborhood (food trucks, bars, etc) was fantastic. Nola and her crew were also very attentive and kind.

    June 2013
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Dear Travelers, It is so much fun watching Portlandia make fun of our beautiful city Portland, as well as its residents. I could say the same about Father Ted and Ireland. I am a bit of a stereotype of Portland since I have a business in green rentals as well as being an extremely social, nerdy, outdoors loving, book reading person. I have a bunch of Irish influence which makes me a social story-teller who loves guests. I enjoy hosting folks as well as traveling. I have spent time living in Argentina, France, and Hawaii. I live in Ireland as well as in the States. Sharing my home and other properties is lots of fun. I designed the Taylor house be lovely, healthy, green, and efficient- it's the Sustainable Economist in me. The other properties that I list I have remodeled to be fun and healthy as well. The house in Ireland is on my ancestor's land and I grew up going to this house. I have spent the last two years doing a major remodel and it looks great. La Casita was where I taught Argentine Tango for many years and is quite charming. I also have a house that I rent full time that was featured on the GreenRenter site and is an offical G-Rated environmental home. A key thing about what I offer as a host is what I am looking for as a guest. I can't stand chain hotels. They can be quite luxurious but they always come across as impersonal. Give me a fun walkable neighborhood that real people live, work and play- and That is where I wish to stay. My properties are unique luxurious spaces that I created for myself, my family and my community that I can also share with you. One last thing, these are my personal properties so there are no surprises about folks who are subletting through Airbnb. I have a great team (Talia, Anastasia and Mike) who take care of things when I am away, but you can always contact me through email with any concerns or questions. I am a social person so hosting comes naturally to me and I have often had folks staying with me even before AirBnB. Friends stay with me or just toss relations and friends my way to take in. Thanks Airbnb for their great forum and community. On last thing, my daughter and I have been experimenting with waffle recipes and we need Waffle taste testers. Cheers, Nuala
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