The Birdhouse offers true Pacific Northwest natural beauty (1/2 block from Discovery Park) and quiet nights, but just 4 miles from downtown Seattle and adjacent to Queen Anne, Ballard and Fremont, Seattle's most popular neighborhoods
Nicknamed "the Birdhouse" for the friendly avian visitors from Discovery Park (Seattle's largest and most natural) next door, attracted by my many bird-friendly front and backyard plantings. The separate room for one or two: a 110 sq. ft. bedroom with luxurious latex queen mattress (sleeps 2 max) and garden views. Guests use a full private 40's style tiled bathroom. April through December, relax in a clean new hot tub in the backyard (rules apply). Cable TV (42" flat screen), wireless internet and stereo delivers international radio and a massive private jazz, blues and Brazilian music collection.
Staying at the Birdhouse is an even mix of Pacific Northwest natural setting and urban Seattle advantages. Nestled a half block from Seattle's largest public park (Discovery) in the upscale, quiet Magnolia neighborhood, you're in the heart of the city but with spectacular mountain range views, Puget Sound beaches, Fishermen's Terminal (the Alaskan small boat fishing fleet) and sweeping views - all within quick (1-10 min.) walking or biking distance. In a super quiet (especially at night) safe neighborhood, this clean, comfortable, recently remodeled 1941 home features superb gardens front and back.
Want to explore other Seattle neighborhoods? Magnolia directly borders Queen Anne & Ballard. Fremont is adjacent, Seattle Center, Belltown and downtown are 3-4 miles away. The Metro bus stops a block from the house. An easy walking excursion is to see the city's pleasure and working boat traffic pass through the Ballard Locks, go below water level to see returning salmon climb the fish ladder, explore a charming plant conservatory and see a heron rookery! Old Ballard, haven to hipsters and older Norwegians, has great boutique shopping, restaurants, marine charm, old architecture and a Sunday Farmers Market that just rocks (well, more like folk and jazz!).
Seattle Center is three miles away. Downtown Seattle is just 10 mins. by car, 25 mins from the bus stop around the corner, or 30 mins. by safe, smooth bike path).
Like golf? A 9 hole course + mini golf for kiddies is a mile away. Want to swim in a pool? A wonderful clean new public pool is a mile away. Biking? Nearby rentals and great urban or nature bike trails. How about kayaking with sea lions and majestic mountains? Easy.
My living space is at the other end of the house from the room you rent. So, there's a fair degree of privacy. Most days I am working from 8:30A - 7:30P. My office is just a mile from the house. Cold breakfast (yogurt, fruit, coffee/tea, toast) is available in the refrigerator.
Cooper - the world's friendliest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - and his kitty pal, Kowalski, are healthy, quiet and will love you like family, or can be kept away - your choice.
Limited use of kitchen, but food storage is OK. Cold breakfast- coffee/tea/toast/yogurt/fruit - is served.
Interaction with Guests
I make sure guests are comfortable and feel free to ask any questions about Seattle. I have a Spanish high school exchange student living here full time. He is very friendly and respectful.
It's a quiet upscale neighborhood in the middle of Seattle, with lots of natural Pacific NW beauty, safe streets and plenty of parking
The bus stop is one block away. Use the OneBusAway phone/tablet app to do all your planning on the system
Other Things to Note
Do check my Neighborhood Guide. I've tried to include some of the great places I know.
The house guide will be in your room, along with maps and tour information. The guide has simple maintenance/operation procedures for wireless internet, stereo, hot tub, TV, and pet policy.
A hot cooked breakfast is available on request for $10-15 per person (depending on what you want - steak and eggs would be the high end) payable at checkout, with reasonable advance notice via airbnb messaging (tell me what you like, including special dietary needs!) Coffee, toast, yogurt, fruit or fruit juice are available for no added charge.
There is no landline telephone in the home.
Robert is a great easy going host. The property is beautifully landscaped, private and well kept... hot tub, wonderful! The printed out house rules are straightforward and clear. Birdhouse is on a quiet residential street. We would certainly stay again when we're in Seattle next.
This is a lovely spot in a quiet residential neighborhood, and is perfect for two people staying in the private room. Robert knows the area well and is full of great tips, and there's a fresh breakfast of fruit (sliced papaya and local apples when we were there), coffee, tea, bread and spreads...all beautifully laid out on the best ceramic ware. The back garden is absolutely lovely, and I only wish it wasn't raining!
The neighborhood is about 15-20 minutes out of Seattle, but it's a "real" neighborhood, and right along the water and near a great park (we were in town for a wedding at said park).
The private room is compact but well equipped, the bathroom is right next door to the private room, and Robert's room is on the other side of the house, through the living room. There was an exchange student staying there in the same "wing" in another private room when we were there, just to note that there is another guest in the house. He was super respectful and we barely noticed him, but just to note.
What a nice stay in Seattle! Everything was great and perfectly conformed.
The house and location were very convenient. Quiet and well connected to go downtown.
Thanks Robert for your welcome. It was a pleasure meeting you. We appreciated your availability and advices.
What about the breakfast…eating outside everyday under the sun was just perfect.
Robert was charming and welcomed us to his pretty home in Magnolia. It's small but cute with a lovely backyard we had breakfast in. Low-key breakfasts of yogurt, fruit, and toast. Comfortable bed. We would go back!
His pets are also very sweet especially the friendly, portly cat.
Robert was very helpful. Two of us had to sleep in the sitting-room. The couch was large and comfortable but the sitting-room is a walk-through room. So actually for four people it's not so good - for two it is great.
We were excited to stay at Robert's house on the last couple days of a family vacation. The house was well cared for, Robert was very helpful and we enjoyed the neighborhood, taking advantage of nearby Discovery Park and the Ballard Locks.
The one disappointment was that we were expecting two rooms, one for the grownups and one for our seven-year old but found out the day before our arrival that the second room was already occupied. Our choice was to squeeze all three people into a small bedroom or make use of a pullout sofa in the living room. We chose the sofa but it wasn’t the restful, private sleep we had hoped for.
I am hosting a foreign student who arrived sooner than expected right before these guests. I was contracted with his agency to give him his room, which I had been offering on airbnb earlier this summer. I explain this to make clear that the single bed private room was not being rented to another airbnb guest. I also want to note that the private room was always available to the adults. It was their choice to sleep in the less private living room.
My stay at the Birdhouse was my first experience with airbnb and Robert has set my standards high. He made us feel very welcome.
The rooms, bathroom and kitchen were good. Robert was available when you needed him and gave some really good advice on moving around in Seattle (locks/one bus away), things to do, restaurants and pubs. The dog and cat were just as Robert, laid back and social.
Location is good, well reachable by bus and a good quiet neighboorhood close to the wonderful Ballard and Freemont.
His communication by email was informative and on time. All in all we (my friend and I) were very happy with our stay and enjoyed the conversations with Robert on Seattle and lots of other things.
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A single dad living in one of Seattle's most desirable, scenic and quiet neighborhoods. I've been a self-employed mental health professional for the last 15 years. My office is just over a mile from my home. I love to garden, stay fit, see films and concerts, and own a large collection of recorded jazz, blues and Brazilian music. I used to work in the film industry, living in L.A. and New York, where I'm originally from. I'm the parent of a truly superb adolescent daughter (you heard it right- a superb adolescent), and father to two of the sweetest pets in the world.