Kirsten's Sweet--10airport/20downtn

House - Entire home/apt · Northeast 76th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213, United States

Home off Sandy Blvd makes jetting around town easy. Artful charmer w/ 5-star shower, queen bed, galley, WiFi, & private entrance. Safe neighborhood with ample street parking. Your host is a retired historian, organic gardener, and native Portlander.

Your host, Jean
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Home off Sandy Blvd makes jetting around town easy. Artful charmer w/ 5-star shower, queen bed, galley, WiFi, & private entrance. Safe neighborhood with ample street parking. Your host is a retired historian, organic gardener, and native Portlander.

The Space

Portland's major artery, Sandy Boulevard, is one block away and can take you around town in a heart beat. Guests frequently remark that they get the best of both worlds staying with us: quick access to downtown and Portland's eclectic hot spots plus our pleasant and safe family neighborhood where plenty of street parking always awaits.

This is a nicely appointed daylight basement suite. The rustic artful touches are all family--from the trunk Grandma made her voyage to America with to Mom's iron baker's rack in the galley. In short, there's family history here. We are Oregonians. We are Portlanders. And we love to offer guests a comfortable home base from which to explore our city and state.

Double egress windows, private entrance, excellent locally made queen bed, LL Bean linens, galley kitchen for snacks and light cooking, and bathroom with a luscious 5-star shower. Indeed, Kirsten's Hideway was our proper Aunt Kirsten's room for years and years.

******************The Details*****************

*Our Home: Our Norwegian immigrant grandparents bought this cottage bungalow new in 1950 for their retirement, and it has been in the family since. Expect pride of ownership in from 3 generations of Portlanders.

*The Suite: A nicer package. This private, self-contained basement level suite includes a galley kitchen for light cooking and bathroom with a 5-star shower. Light filters in from a large double egress window and a rocking chair with hassock makes for a perfect place to peruse our volumes on Pacific Northwest culture and history.

The Bed: The suite has a queen bed with cherry wood frame and new mattress made by a responsible local company. Expect newer LL Bean linens always freshly laundered for your stay.

*The Bathroom: Hand-painted Talavera Mexican sink, dual flush toilet, and stunning, terra cotta shower with a bench seat and large glass door--truly a five star gem.

*Galley Kitchen: The galley is tiled with Spanish mission pavers and cobalt blue tiles from Mexico. There is a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, hot plate, and coffee maker. Great for storing snacks and light food prep.

*Internet: To stay connected, we offer free high-speed internet WiFi.

Eco: On the eco side of things we have dual flush, low flow toilets; pay an extra energy fee for wind power; a recycling ethic that makes for hardly any trash at all; native plantings that attract birds and bees; and a first rate organic approach to the garden and the home. More, we don't use artificially scented dryer sheets, candles, or air fresheners. In other words, a sustainable, no-chem scene awaits you.

*Private Entrance: The private entrance to the suite is through the side door of our home and down our finished basement stairs.

*Temperature Control: In summer dog days this lower level basement suite is lovely and cool. During winter space heaters and good insulation keep travelers cozy.

*Gardens, Patio, and Deck: We maintain our home and garden with considerable rustic flair. Guests are always welcome to linger outside in any number of inviting spots--from the large picnic table and umbrella to the deck hammock or out on the front patio under Florence the fig tree where a fountain burbles during the warm months.

Neighborhood: You get a glimpse into traditional Portland here. A safe, family-oriented neighborhood that while hip and DYI is beyond the stereotypical Portlandia trendy scene. Indeed, we like to say we are on the edge of trendy here where you'll find Noodle Row where Portland's venerable Asian restaurants sit--including one great Vietnamese noodle shop that's just a short walk around the corner. We are also walking distance to a major grocery store and pharmacy--not to mention Annie's Doughnuts, a longtime Portland institution that was here way before Voodoo ever thought about tossing a piece of dough into a deep fryer!

Parking: There's plenty of free street parking.

Recycle: Portland has a nationally known recycling program that we fully participate in. We ask that guests join us in efforts to separate trash and reduce land fill volumes. Indeed, even with guests coming and going, we don't make enough garbage to fill the monthly bin. Rather our compost pile out back and our recycling bin get plenty of attention.

Transportation: We are in Northeast Portland, 10 minutes from the airport and 20 from downtown by car. Major public transit lines are 2 blocks away. And from here it's an easy bike ride or 10-20 minutes by car to three of Portland's newest and notable neighborhoods: Mississippi, Alberta, and Beaumont.

Cats: Swish our resident cat just got a new friend, Keillor. So now there are two well-groomed indoor/outdoor felines lazing around upstairs and outside.

Feline and Footsteps Alert: When our cats get to skittering around upstairs with their toys, you can hear them downstairs. Ditto on footsteps from us humans. That said, we pad around in our stocking feet and take special care to be quiet during sleeping hours.

Vehicles: We must also pass if you are traveling by motor home/camper or motorcycle. We cannot accommodate larger and noisier vehicles here.

Cleaning Fee: Our cleaning fee is $60, and guests pay directly to us when they check in. We do waive this fee, however, for parties that stay 4 days or longer.

Portland is a happening place--hip but down-to-earth and friendly. We're glad you're thinking about traveling here. Happy trails....

Guest Access

Guests have complete access to the downstairs suite and the outside areas: picnic table, hammock, deck, and front patio fountain area during the warm weather.

If you need laundry services, we can point you to a great laundromat sandwiched between a cornmeal crust pizza parlor and a colorful Cuban restaurant where the desserts delight.

Interaction with Guests

Your host, Jean, is a native Oregonian and steeped in Portland's DIY and garden culture. Her life is full with piano lessons (she dutifully waits to practice until 9 each morning or later on weekends if guests have been out late), ongoing history pursuits, and community doings. She loves hosting guests, sharing her knowledge of Portland, and generally welcoming travelers into the world of unique homestays.

The Neighborhood

Neighborhood: We are just off Noodle Row. Plenty of parking is always available, and you will get a glimpse of life beyond Portlandia. Unlike Portland's trendier neighborhoods, our Northeast area of the city has solid roots that go back generations. Indeed, our grandparents bought this bungalow in 1950 for their retirement, and we have kept it in the family ever since.

Getting around

Transportation: We are in Northeast Portland, 10 minutes from the airport and 20 from downtown by car. Major public transit lines are 2 blocks away. And from here it's an easy bike ride or 10-20 minutes by car to three of Portland's newest and notable neighborhoods: Mississippi, Alberta, and Beaumont.

Other Things to Note

Airbnb is all about travelers having a home away from home. Of connecting with locals. Of experiencing all the small touches hosts offer to help invite guests into their cities and cultures. Here at our home you will get a glimpse into Portland's DIY and kitchen garden culture. We did all the tiling in Kirsten's Sweet ourselves--but you would never know it--and also got into some green building by recycling wood from our brother's righteous old workbench. And of course, Jean always has something she's tending in her 4-season organic garden--at least when she's not learning pieces like Let It Be on the piano.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • We arrived in Portland on a late flight from Albuquerque and couldn't be more in need of a good night's rest. When we arrived in our room, we knew we would be getting just that. This suite is beautifully decorated, had a comfortable bed and soft chairs with a great place to put up your feet. The bathroom is gorgeous, and the kitchen met every need;
    Loved the full sized coffee pot! Jean, seemed to anticipate every need with these accommodations: Delicate notes answered questions about the room or provided easy instructions, different maps of Portland helped familiarize us with the city, and Jean was available to answer any and all questions we had and simply was a pleasure to converse with! The comfort, history, location, and a truly gracious host, made this the BEST night's stay we have had anywhere away from our own bed.

    July 2014
  • Loved my stay in Kirsten's Sweet. The digs are well appointed and very comfortable. The neighborhood was so nice and quiet and cozy. The ride to town was easy and interesting. Pleasantly surprised at my host Jean, a woman of many talents, very interesting conversations and great cook books. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay and look forward to returning. I'd love to spend and evening with Jean!

    June 2014
  • My sister and I had our first airbnb experience at Jean's home. We enjoyed Kirsten's
    Sweet and would not hesitate to book another stay. The "Sweet" is charming and cozy, providing all we needed during our 6 day stay. We were warm and comfortable despite the first cool rainy days of our visit. The neighborhood is
    quiet with hardly any traffic. Jean was a wonderful host, thoughtful and helpful in
    every way....and we enjoyed the times we sat and visited with her.

    June 2014
  • Jean's place was just as described and was the perfect spot for myself and my college age daughter to relax while looking for our home in Portland. Thanks Jean for sharing your beautiful home with us.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying at Kirsten's sweet. Jean was a perfect host. She had numerous recommendations for anything we wanted to do in Portland from dining out to things to do around town. Best place to choose for first time there! We cannot wait to visit again.

    June 2014
  • This was our first Airbnb stay and the apartment was lovely. The bed was comfortable, the mini kitchen outfitted with everything we needed, and a gorgeous bathroom, too! Jean is a gracious host and the neighborhood was very quiet with easy parking.

    May 2014
  • Our time at Jean's place was peaceful and relaxing. Jean was very knowledgable about the history of the area and it was a pleasure to share time with her. The room met all our needs and the bed was very comfortable.

    May 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay. Everything was as described. Very accommodating

    May 2014
  • We had the most wonderful stay in Kirsten's Hideaway in Portland! Jean is a delightful and gracious host, the apartment is cozy and welcoming. We highly recommend Jean's as a "home away from home" in Portland!

    April 2014
  • Jean's place (Kirsten was her aunt I believe), is just as cozy and cute as the pictures. The furniture is mostly from the family, and they had good taste back then, too. She's updated the bathroom and kitchenette with a mexican and rustic flair, and it works well with the traditional furnishings. If you love Portland, and avoid chains and Anywhere USA accommodations, this is your place.

    April 2014
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Jean is all about thrifty sustainable living and local/seasonal food. She is a historian and four-season organic gardener. Her mantra: We don't have to be gourmet to eat well--or affluent to travel well.
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