About This Listing
Beautiful, private, peaceful Mini House getaway, custom designed by an artist and designer. Featured in design books, magazines and the NY Times. Come and stay in this unique and one of a kind gem!
4 days minimum stay
Check in is at 4PM
Check out is at 11AM
(special check in and out times can be arranged)
Just 6.5 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle and 6.3 miles from the Airport.
•Sleeping loft with 1 double bed: **indoor slippers provided for climbing the ladder for those with tender feet
•1 single day bed on ground floor
•Studio kitchen with all dining and cooking necessaries provided
•Free standing wood fireplace
•All linens provided
•Bamboo and stone floors
•Large bathroom with sky light, soaking tub and hand held shower
•Outdoor patio with vintage cafe table and chairs
•Back yard garden with raised vegetable garden beds
•Fruit trees and raspberries
This beautiful Mini House is a 285 sq. ft. guest cottage with a sleeping loft. It is an open, light, peaceful and private retreat perfect for up to 3 people. Guests experience a peaceful feeling of comfort, simplicity and beauty, and consistently feel that they are having a true retreat in their own private oasis. This is a peaceful and relaxing place that delights the senses. The house is designed to stay cool in the mild Seattle summers, and cozy and warm in the winters. It is tucked away toward the back portion of the property with it's own private back patio and yard space. During the day the space fills with light. The windows are strategically placed to keep the space feeling open, but provide privacy from the main house that is located in the front portion of the property.
The Mini House is conveniently located just 6.5 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle.
The house features a cozy sleeping loft that is reached by an old ship ladder (indoor slippers are provided for climbing the ladder for guests with extra tender feet), with windows that let in the fresh air and look out onto a sunrise over the Cascade Mountain Range. French doors that open out onto a private back patio with a garden, fruit trees and a beautiful red Japanese Maple tree, outdoor cafe table and chairs, and a soaking tub with a hand held shower in a large, stylish bathroom.
The Mini House was originally a little shack of a garage that Seattle artist, welder and designer Michelle de la Vega designed and built in 2006 and lived in for 5 years. The result was a personal and unique environment made with many found elements, custom made fixtures and salvaged industrial materials.
The house has been featured in the New York Times, MORE Magazine, Western Australian magazine Scoop Homes and Art, several high profile design blogs, to televisions shows, as well as Terrance Conran’s book How to Live in Small Spaces and Joanne Palmisano's book Salvage Secrets. It will also be featured in the April 2013 issue of L'Uomo Vogue.
Please call the owner at your arranged check in time (4pm unless otherwise arranged) to access the key and take a brief walk through over the phone. This system works very well!
Interaction with Guests
I interact with my guests by phone, email or text. For anything pressing I ask guests to call or text and I respond within an hour (but usually sooner). I appreciate communication!
The neighborhood is urban residential, and multi-cultural. There is quick and easy access to both I5 and Hwy 99 - a rarity in Seattle! The house is close to town, but guests feel like they get to come back to a peaceful retreat after a busy day of touring.
Bus line 2 blocks away.
GENERAL HOUSE RULES AND INFO:
•Check in is at 4PM – Please call Michelle at (phone number hidden) when you arrive at the property to get the keys and check in.
•Check out is at 11AM – Please lock the door and return your keys to the designated spot outside.
PARKING: Please park on the street. There is almost always parking directly in front of the property. There is a long term tenant in the main house (left side of property) who uses the driveway, so please do not park there.
Wifi: The computer wifi network: artisanoasis. The pass word is: evergreen
Smoking is allowed outside. Please dispose of evidence in an outside trash facility.
Wood burning stove: The wood burning stove can only be used during the months of October – March. No exceptions.
Use only manufactured fire logs in the wood stove. Manufactured fire logs are a recycled product that create much less emissions and are less of a fire hazard than cord wood. They can be purchased at McLendon’s hardware down the road, and at most grocery stores.
It is important not to let smoke escape from the stove as it will set off the fire alarm.
Do not, under any circumstances, put anything on the surface of the wood burning stove – even when you aren’t using it.
PLUMBING and TOILET: Do not flush anything but toilet paper and turds down the toilet. This house has a sewer sump pump and feminine products or anything but the above mentioned lovelies will jam the pump, fry the motor and cost approximately $900 to replace.
Please feel free to pick vegetables and herbs out of the garden.
Please remember to lock windows and doors anytime you leave the house.
No children under 11 years are allowed in the Mini House loft bed, and no children can be in the loft alone. Children of 11 years and older must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the loft.
Gas Wall Heater: Please make sure to turn heaters to the lowest setting when you leave the house, and just leave it off in the summer. To turn the heater up: turn large knob on top of the heater counter clockwise to the setting number you desire. Tor turn heater down: Turn large knob clockwise. The lowest setting is “low”, highest setting is “high, number settings in between. Please do not turn the heater all the way off in the winter months. If you do you will need to relight the pilot. To relight the pilot: Turn knob to pilot setting and push the knob down, holding for 10 sec. While the knob is still pushed down, push the smaller white igniter button while continuing to hold the large knob button down for a few more seconds. Turn the knob counter clockwise to turn the heat on.
Mini House Stove: turn on the knob for the gas and light the flame with the lighter. Turn off by turn the knob counter clockwise.
Shed: The shed in the backyard will be locked, unless you are a longer term guest and have made special arrangements to keep something in it. If you do have special arrangements to use the shed do not remove any furniture or items from it during your stay.
Please do not leave uncovered food, pizza boxes, chips, scraps, etc… out overnight in the kitchen.
Recycling: Glass, plastic, metal and paper go in the large dark blue ‘Recycling’ bin.
Trash: Trash goes in the smaller light green bin.
Food Scraps: Please be “Green” and put all your food scraps in the large gray food and yard waste bin OR the compost bin in the yard. The compost bin is on the left side of the yard next to the Blue Spruce tree.
**There is a small metal bucket on the kitchen counter for this purpose. Just deposit food scraps in there and take out to the compost bin when full. Thank you!!.
NOISE: Please be respectful regarding noise past 11PM.
KEYS: Please lock the door and return your keys at check out to the hiding place outside where you retrieved them at check in.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, please call 911 or King County Sheriffs Department: (phone number hidden)
The nearest hospital and emergency room is Highline Hospital: (phone number hidden)
In case of non-threatening emergency, please call Michelle: (phone number hidden) anytime.
•All household trash, food scraps, recycling and/or other discarded items should be properly bagged up so as to avoid spillage/leakage, and deposited in the proper refuse containers provided near the back door to the Main Cottage.
Strip sheets off beds and place all soiled sheets and towels on the floor in one pile in the main living area.
•If you’ve moved any furniture around, please return it to its original place.
•Please make sure all dirty dishes, cookware and eating utensils are washed, rinsed, dried and put away in the proper location.
•Please leave refrigerator and stove in a clean condition and free of spills and grease.
•Please wipe down surfaces and counters.
•Please lock the door and return your keys at check out to the hiding place outside where you retrieved them at check in.
Thank you so much!
**Upon sending your deposit, it is understood that you are in agreement with these Guest Guidelines.
The listing description is accurate in regards to the mini house; it is very cozy, tastefully decorated, warm and welcoming, and there are some interesting and inspiring artworks on the walls. It was nice to come back to at the end of the day as it felt homey. Having a fireplace was fantastic and an excellent amenity if you visit Seattle in the winter. Instructions were emailed to us in advanced, which was very helpful in understanding the rules. Our only wish was that the neighborhood matched the comfort of the mini house more closely; there are no amenities at a walking distance so be prepare to drive everywhere. The neighborhood is a bit run down and feels unwelcoming. Just something to consider if one cares about this sort of thing.
Thanks so much, Ana. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! I'm sorry it was tiresome to go over the specifics during your check in, but I've found that not everyone reads the emailed material. Some people process information more verbally, so I try to make sure everyone understands how the place works. Thanks for being prepared!
We really enjoyed our stay at Michelle's mini house in White Center Seattle. It was a short drive to town and our little oasis during the holiday bustle (we spent Christmas here). It was also like staying in a tiny gallery with antique found objects, book collection, and beautiful art on the walls. Soaks in the claw foot tub were a plus and the loft bed was very comfortable. Michelle also provided a few extra staples…spices, honey, hand blender, and such which were so helpful for us travelers who like to cook but cannot pack the whole kitchen pantry. It was a nice place to host a few of our friends on Christmas eve and I was able to serve them my homemade eggnog. Thank you. We would certainly be happy to stay here again. - Erynn and Carl
simply fabulous.. quiet, beautiful location. local eats were awesome... meander's kitchen for breakfast, pho for vietnamese and proletariat pizza for a thin crust treat.
space was bright, quiet and very cozy. bath was spa like. host was lovely and accessible. her recommendations were spot on and the neighborhood was trendy but not pricey.
would go back in a heartbeat.
Although we never met Michelle, she was a pleasure to communicate with. The mini cabin was adorable, and felt incredibly private. We loved leaving the french doors open to the gardens and picking fresh raspberries in the yard. It is a very cute place, perfect size, and impeccably styled.
Mini house is lovely. I loved soaking in the tub and reading in the garden. Michelle was helpful and provided us with all information needed. It was very tranquil and relaxing. We enjoyed our stay and would book again.
My partner and I had a wonderful time staying at Michelle's "mini house." It was very private, quiet, and cozy. Instead of hitting another museum in the city on our last day, we decided that it would be more fun to curl up with some good books and coffee. We just didn't want to leave! It's incredibly easy to get to most neighborhoods from this location and bypass a good chunk of city traffic on the Interstate. We hope to stay here again!
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About the Host, Michelle
I'm an artist designer and welder living in Seattle. I designed, built and remodeled the Artisan Oasis property and now live around the corner in a 1959 view house my husband and I remodeled together. We have a workshop and welding shop there as well! I love the neighborhood because it's close to down town, multicultural, and is one of the highest points in the city. I love being up on a hill and having easy access to so many great resources!