Room is in the lower level of my daylight basement ranch style home in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue which is only 3 miles from the Microsoft Campus.
The room is completely furnished with:
- a wood stove
- kitchen size table with two chairs
- queen bed and end table
- 32" LCD TV with HDMI (for streaming) cable and DVD player
- apt. size fridge
- two chests of drawers a wardrobe type closet, and shelving for storage.
- it's own separate entrance, with a small uncovered patio and a chair.
The main kitchen is available if you like to cook. The home network is wireless 802.11N
I supply bedding, towels, laundry soap and the shower has a soap/conditioner/bath gel dispenser. All you need is your personal items.
Shared with another room are the laundry and a newly remodeled bathroom with shower and HEATED floor.
There is a deck with table and chairs under a canopy and BBQ grill with a view of the mountains (when it's not raining).
The neighborhood is quiet and suitable for walking or bike riding.
Crossroads Community Park is 3/4 of a mile away. It has a par 3, city owned, golf course and a very pleasant walking trail system, covered picnic areas and children's play areas.
Crossroads Shopping Mall ((website hidden) that) is one mile away with a QFC grocery store, the city's most popular food court populated with a large variety of ethnic foods, a Regal Cinemas movie theater and a new Stone Gardens indoor climbing center and a Crunch Fitness Gym.
Downtown Bellevue has many restaurants and Bellevue Square Shopping Mall in the heart of the city. Lincoln Square Mall and Cinemas is also on Bellevue Way.
Seattle is available by car in about 20 minutes or by bus service in about an hour.
If you need to see a bus route and schedule, search for King County Metro Trip Planner.
The Cascade mountains are a 30 minute drive to hiking areas and 60 minutes to skiing!
No Maid service.
No smoking indoors.
Deck outside if you must smoke.
Clean up kitchen and bath after use out of respect for others use.
"Room C", situated in a basement, is large and well-furnished. There is a wardrobe sufficient for one person. If you need more than five cloth hangers, you might want to bring your own.
The carpet looked like it had not been cleaned in a while.
The entrance door cannot be locked from either inside or outside the room. The patio door does have a lock. However, to say that the room has its own separate entrance is a bit misleading because there is no walkway leading to the patio.
The woodstove cannot be used because it has no hearth.
The wireless Internet goes down several times a day. Sometimes, an outage lasts for hours. The Internet password is easy to guess. Furthermore, Rick could not recall the last time the password was changed. This means that your connection could be hacked from the street, a neighboring dwelling, etc. If you care about identity theft and/or privacy, you might want to connect through a VPN as I did.
The ad claims that the bathroom is “shared with another room”. This is misleading on two counts: 1) there are three other rooms and 2) a bathroom is shared with people, not rooms. Since Rick rents out four rooms accommodating up to seven tenants, you may end up sharing a bathroom with as many as six others.
The shower stall’s interior (29”x26”) is somewhat larger than the average casket (28”x23”) but smaller than anything Home Depot advertises on its website. Usable width is further reduced by a 3” shelf and 2” soap dispenser. Because the door is only 60” high, expect water from a shower head to splash all over the floor.
If you want to use a kitchen upstairs, you may need a container to carry food and utensils from and to the room. While you are there, Rick may watch you from an adjacent room periodically emerging to direct your cooking and garbage disposal activities.
Last, but not least, Rick has a nasty habit of entering a tenant’s room while the tenant is out of the house. On my second day, I left a toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom only to find both in my room upon return from work, along with a text message from Rick saying “Please keep your personal items in the room. There is not enough room in the bathroom for everyone”. He could have put the items at my room’s door but chose to enter the room instead. Be careful what you leave behind when you go out.
Over the past year, I have been in and out of the Bellevue area and stayed at four different locations (not counting two-star hotels). In my experience, Rick charges twice as much as the competition for inferior accommodations.
Great (email hidden)fe and quiet neighborhood in proximity to Bellevue's small strip malls. As advertised, rates and amenities were great. Rick was simply amazing!
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