A sunny separate studio w/skylights

Apartment - Entire home/apt · SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, United States
Your host, Scott
97 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

We have a very large house in the close-in Southeast area of Westmoreland/Sellwood. We originally created the separate"studio" unit eight years ago on our second floor in case either of our two sons wanted to live here while they went to college locally. Well, our oldest decided to go out of state, so we have now opted to share this space with visitors. Only one door connects the studio with the rest of the house and we lock it and block it off with two feet of insulation to give visitors privacy.

Second floor one bedroom with separate entrance, its own new full kitchen and bathroom, lots of windows, skylights, laundry, balcony, and sun room. Popular Westmoreland/Sellwood area. Lots of stores, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, a 1-screen movie theater, grocery store and a 1910 amusement park within walking distance. Reed College a short walk. County golf course four blocks away (although we do not have clubs). Relax in the sun room and look at the tree tops or walkers/runners as they go by. LED TV, blu-ray player and wireless internet.

19 Bus stops right across the street for a 20-minute ride downtown.

There is traffic on our street, but it dies down in the evening and there's very little at night.

There is at least one parking spot right in front of our house that is almost always open, so parking is not a problem. Also, access to the Springwater corridor, which is a great paved bike path is less than 1 mile from our house. You can take it downtown along the river (northwest) or out to Gresham (East). Look it up on the internet and you can find out more about it. We have a walkability score of 88 and a Street Smart Walk Score of 97!

In a pinch, we could accommodate a third person. Send us a note.

NEW - we now have bicycles available. They are not high-end bikes, but they'll get you around. If you want better ones, there is a bike store nearby that rents bikes.
We have cats but we've kept them out of the studio.

Interaction with Guests

Because the studio has a separate entrance, we generally do not run into many of our guests, especially since we both work full-time, go to the gym and spend time working on another building that we own. Our 16 year old son is also in school during the school year and works part time at a job so you might not run into him either.

Getting around

The 19 bus stops across the street and takes you downtown. The 70 bus stops two blocks away and takes you up the eastside to the Lloyd Center max stop.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $511 /week
Monthly Price: $1750 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Our experience was perfect! The space is so homey, practical, and convenient. We were so happy to arrive in a space that was already supplied with so many amenities- iron and ironing board, hair dryer, laundry soap, board games, a wealth of books re: surrounding area and hiking, DVDs, bath robes, and kitchen basics. The complimentary bottle of wine is also a nice touch. We even got a fresh zucchini from the garden! Scott was prompt an efficient with every communication we had with him. Oh, and I remember someone else had commented on street noise. This was a complete non-issue for us, we really had a very restful stay, didn't hear a thing! The bed is amazingly comfortable. Definitely going to keep this on our Favorite Spot list!

    July 2014
    Response from Scott:

    Thanks for the feedback. The knives have been a bit of a letdown. They seemed like a nice deal when we bought them, but we have found that they easily break. I'll have to keep an eye open for new ones. I should have told you that you could have used the dishwasher. We had one incident where the water leaked out of it, but could not reproduce it even though we test-ran it several times. A better note would have been to keep an eye on the dishwasher when you run it. Odd because it's almost new. Thanks for the other good suggestions. Glad the Frozen DVD worked out. I bet you're tired of hearing Let it Go by now : )

    July 2014
  • Well, the problem with reviewing this listing is that everybody else will discover it is a great location in Portland and I'll never get to stay here again. The (huge) studio is so well appointed, you'd think the residents just walked out the door. Street noise wasn't a problem because most windows don't open on busy Bybee. The sitting and dining areas are charming, the bed better than an expensive motel, there's more in this kitchen than in my home and the bath has everything you'd want. It is easy walking distance to an increasingly hot area of SE Portland and just three blocks from Westmoreland Park and down the street from Reed College. After three days here, I never made it into downtown Portland.

    July 2014
  • We couldn't believe our luck in finding this place. We wanted to stay forever! The apartment was too spectacular to list all its merits, but we'll try...

    The rooms were spacious and beautiful, with adjustable lighting fixtures and skylights everywhere; Craftsman wood details and design, with restful colors. Comfortable and tasteful furnishings throughout: a dining nook; a sunroom stocked with local magazines of things to do; a writing desk; a big, comfy bed; hundreds of DVDs and an HDTV to watch them on; plus a beautiful, private outdoor sitting porch.

    The owners provided everything a vacationer or traveler could want: a new washer and dryer; an ironing board and iron; a gas stove and microwave; a huge refrigerator and freezer; cooking utensils and dishes. They thought of the smallest details.

    The setting was wonderful, too: a quiet side street near a bustling little village to suit every shopping need, from food markets to hardware store to antique shops. Even a couple bicycles to use for exploiting!

    It will be hard for any other place on Airbnb to measure up to all the quality, comfort, and convenience this studio has to offer.

    We hope we can come back and visit again soon!

    June 2014
  • Amazing, lovely, perfect. I cannot say enough good things about this studio. In a way, I think it's ruined me for making other decisions when booking a place to stay as this suite had everything! It's very clean, bright & the perfect combo of classic character with a modern touch. All the essentials were there; eggs, coffee, tea, wine, beer, robes, a new toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner. There were bikes to use, a nice big bed, movies galore. They thought of everything. There was no hassle of checking in/checking out. The area is great; quiet enough that you'll get a great sleep but within walking distance of great pubs, restaurants & the best frozen yoghurt store. There is a bus stop right across the street. We drove to the local Trader Joe's & it took a few minutes to get there. We drove downtown one day & it took about 15 min. NO COMPLAINTS. This place is a 'must stay'.

    June 2014
  • We absolutely loved this great studio apartment, and really hated to leave!! It is light, open, and beautifully furnished. Scott is a great host, and provides everything you need to feel comfortable and at home. The location is also great, within walking distance of shopping and restaurants, or just for a nice stroll through a beautiful neighborhood. Highly recommended on all counts!

    June 2014
  • Scott's place was great. Nice location in a really cool neighborhood. My wife and I didn't have a car and did pretty well by using the bus system. The 19 bus to downtown drops you off and picks you up literally at the house. Best bet is to buy the one day pass for 5 bucks on your smartphone. We really enjoyed everything about this place. I like staying out in the neighborhoods and getting a real feel for the town. Scott's place is everything that you would want to make a base for exploring this awesome city.

    June 2014
  • Thank you Scott Lechert. Our stay was very enjoyable. We lacked nothing during our stay...even cold beer, wine, coffee and tea all available. It sure beat staying in a sterile hotel.

    June 2014
  • This is a perfect place for a visit to Portland. The apartment is lovely -- clean, comfortable, private, and with a number of very nice touches. It has a a very warm look, with lots of natural wood, a modern, well-equipped kitchen, and lots of light. The bed is delicious -- so comfortable. Scott has arranged everything in advance, so it's very easy to get into the apartment and get oriented. And… the location could not be better. Sellwood is a charming neighborhood, and Scott's apartment is three blocks to a small commercial area with nice restaurants, coffee shops and a great frozen yoghurt place. We loved our stay. Thank you Scott.

    May 2014
    Response from Scott:

    Thanks for the suggestions! Our current guest also request wash cloths so it is definitely something that we will add. : )

    May 2014
  • Scott's place was great, more than we expected! It was located very conveniently - about 3 blocks from the center of Sellwood. The accommodations were especially comfortable. The refrig and pantry were unbelievably stocked with 6 plus bottles of wine, a couple six packs of very good beer, and anything else you could want or imagine even down to great, coffee, butter etc. The bathroom was equally well stocked and very up-to-date. The bed was very comfortable with a flat screen tv and plenty of DVD's and CD's. We especially liked the kitchen which was very attractive and modern. The eating area was particularly pleasant and took great advantage of the upstairs location which offered great views of the idyllic setting. We will definitely consider Scott's place again.

    May 2014
    Response from Scott:

    Thanks for the feedback, especially about the alarm clock. I will look into the shades. It's actually a bit rare to have early morning sun in Portland. Usually, even in summer, it starts off cloudy and then burns off by noon.

    May 2014
  • We really enjoyed out brief stay in Scott's studio. Although we did not end up meeting him, he was communicative by message and made sure we were settled in. The place was immaculate, fridge well-stocked, and the bed was unbelievably comfortable - better than ours at home! It's a short walking distance from lots of neighborhood spots and convenient to other parts of Portland by car. I would happily return if I visited Portland again.

    May 2014
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That's my partner and myself and our two kids. The oldest now lives in San Diego. We have lived in New York City then San Francisco and finally Portland, OR and love the city and love our neighborhood. We are both professional and very active (running, hiking, etc). If you are visiting Portland for the first time, try to fit in a visit to the Gorge. It's beautiful and only 30 minutes away.
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