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House - Entire home/apt · 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98168, United States

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!

Your host, Michelle
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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!

The Space

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.

•Free wifi
•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
•Vaulted ceiling
•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.

Guest Access

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

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.

Getting around

Bus line 2 blocks away.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $610 /week
Monthly Price: $1850 /month
Security Deposit: $750
Cleaning Fee: $80
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • 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.

    July 2014
  • Cute place. Exactly as it looks in the (website hidden) made check in smooth.

    June 2014
  • 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.

    June 2014
  • 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!

    April 2014
  • There is one word for the Mini House: AWESOME! The house is exactly as pictured, EXACTLY. And it was perfect for our first visit to the Seattle area. It was very clean and since we arrived in mid march the heat was already on low when we arrived which was nice. Michelle was super low key but clear and easily accessible via phone immediately upon arrival. The process to access the house was clear from the moment we confirmed our stay which given we were new to the area was very helpful. The house is located behind a separate larger home but we never saw nor were bothered by the occupant. The only drawback would have been if the occupant was home they would have seen us in the buff as there is a wonderful window on the side of the house facing the main property but no curtain.

    During our stay we really only slept and showered at the house only because we spent the days and night exploring the city but it was nice to get out of Seattle proper with a short ride home to have a quite, restful safe place to rest our weary tourist bodies. If we had a longer stay I can imagine a restful afternoon in front of the fire reading and taking in the calm house energy. We LOVED the tub, shower lovers might find it difficult but we thoroughly enjoyed the large claw foot tub.

    The one thing that was a bit of a trial and i think mentioned in a review already, are the rings on the ladder to the loft. They are a bit hard on soft feet and can be a bit treacherous if you are a little drunk in the middle of the night. But that's not a reflection on the house of course. ;-) Also the sunrise view from the loft is to die for. We tend to run cold and so the extra blankets all around were super useful.

    We highly recommend this location and found Michelle to (email hidden) we never saw but knew she was accessible if needed.

    March 2014
  • First off, Michelle is a dream to work with. Super sweet, super accommodating and was INCREDIBLY helpful in her suggestions and quick responses. As far as hosts are concerned, Michelle is the best I have had any interaction with, including messages sent back and forth with other property owners who I ended up not booking with. She's fantastic.

    The space, if it's even possible, is equally so. I initially booked Michelle's "Mini House" for 4 nights, but the day before checkout I messaged her asking if there was any way that I could stay for an additional week and a half. This is the perfect little place to hide away in after you've spent your day in the city or the mountains, both of which are SUPER accessible from this location. Ridiculously cozy (email hidden) for sleeping, a comfortable daybed situated the perfect distance from the fireplace and the minimal/industrial kitchen all within a few steps of each other is basically the perfect setup, especially when you couple that with the curated art and furniture choices that have been used here. I stayed by myself but this little mod cottage-esque apartment (which is completely separate from any other house/building) would be an amazing escape for two people. The distance from city center or the other neighborhoods isn't bad at all and was a nice chance for me to enjoy the drive in and back out whenever I needed to do either one.

    If this space is available, book it and book it fast. My experience in both the space and with Michelle as exceptional.

    February 2014
  • My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 days and 5 nights. We chose this place over a boutique hotel in Downtown Seattle and couldn't have been happier with our decision.

    The Artisan Oasis, which we eventually learned to call "the oasis" for short, was absolutely beautiful. We had high expectations after seeing pictures of it on Michelle's blog, and they were easily met once we got there.

    The oasis is a 25-minute drive from the Sea-Tac Airport and a 10-/15-minute drive from Seattle proper. While some might not like the need to drive - and yes, a car is needed - my boyfriend and I loved being able to come home to this quiet, intimate refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    As for the interior, it, like I said, is just like the pictures. Once you enter, you'll see a daybed for naps or conversations in front of you; to your right, a kitchen fully stocked with utensils, kitchenware, and spices as well as a mini fridge; and to your left a schoolhouse locker cleverly intended to function as additional storage for your outerwear.

    One of two caveats is the bathroom which was most definitely aesthetically pleasing but a bit awkward to use. There's a washtub with a shower hose, but since there's no shower curtain, you'll have to sit/squat to shower to minimize splash damage. You could of course bathe, but that's a bit time consuming. In any case, we didn't look at the tub as an inconvenience. We rarely bathe, so this kind of set up was actually quite fun for the novelty of it if anything.

    The second caveat is the sleeping loft. The bed was ridiculously comfortable, so much that I'd consistently fall asleep within 2 minutes of laying on it. However, getting to it was another story. You have to climb a ladder to get to it, as was implied with my use of the phrase "sleeping loft," and the rungs on the ladder are narrow and cylindrical. This particular shape apparently is not the greatest for your feet. I ended up having to wear my flip flops when climbing up to ease the discomfort. Again, this wasn't a dealbreaker at all - just another novel experience (email hidden).

    Now on to Michelle! We only communicated via cell phone and email, but she was (email hidden). As soon as we were immediately approved to stay at the oasis, she sent me an email with detailed house rules (they're not neurotic or overbearing, by the way) and directions from the airport. If I had any questions, I could easily text, call, or email her, and she would answer within the half hour. Upon arrival, Michelle gave me a call, provided an abridged version of the house rules, and recommended several places for me and my boyfriend to check out during our stay.

    Overall, fantastic AirBnB. I'm recommending the oasis to my friends and family!

    August 2013
    Response from Michelle:

    Hi Michelisa, thanks so much for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and the uniqueness of the MIni House.
    I just wanted to clarify that the house is actually 10 minutes from the airport.
    I've driven it many times over the years, and there is rarely traffic on that route! I'm sorry it took you 25 minutes...maybe a wrong turn or two:). Please come back again!

    August 2013
  • Great host, and easy time overall. Close enough to the city, and very proximate to the airport. Quiet neighborhood. Artistically decorated and clean, well-appointed home. Cozy space, and a fun time sleeping the loft. I really liked the high quality pots and pans available for use, and the composting that brought me back to childhood. Two points that became pertinent--it is a bath with a shower head, i.e. no shower curtain, which can be clumsy if you're looking to shower and not bathe, although I made do just fine. Secondly, the ladder going up to the loft requires some amount of foot strength, as the bars are metal cylinders--a pair of slippers might aid this, I suppose. The intensity of the experience became a sort of joke after a few ascents/descents. These aren't criticisms, just unique features to the experience that made an impression on me, and may be noteworthy to bnb-seekers. Personally, I appreciate these sorts of oddities, and the place overall offered a unique feeling that enhanced my first experience of Seattle. Thank you Michelle, for offering such a sweet spot and putting your creativity into it!

    July 2013
  • We (email hidden) House for 3 nights and loved it. It is located not too far from downtown and very close to Alki beach, though the immediate neighborhood was not amenable to exploring on foot. The interior is as shown in photos and quite urbane. Especially loved the abundant hot water and stylish fixtures and furnishings. As this is a loft accommodation, access to the bed is limited to those who can navigate their way up an odd ladder (see previous reviews) and into a low-ceilinged area. Note also that street parking is tight to the street.
    Michele was easy to communicate with remotely and available to communicate by phone at the time of our arrival. Her tenant in the main house is quiet and very pleasant to talk with if you happen to catch her outside.
    We would love to stay here again.

    July 2013
  • Michelle's Mini House was so completely perfect for my vacation! It is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, it had everything we needed and was relatively close to the heart of the city. Michelle was friendly and completely accommodating, and responded very quickly to any of our questions or concerns.

    June 2013
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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!
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