Modern & Cozy Tiny House

Cabin - Entire home/apt · N Commercial Ave, Portland, OR 97217, United States

Miraculously small and simple, the cabin is just right. You won't believe how open, light and comfortable a small space can feel.

The Space

Miraculously small and simple, the cabin is just right. You won't believe how open, light and comfortable a small space can feel.

Thoughtfully designed, marrying life's basic necessities with comfortable amenities, this tiny house was crafted by my best friends over the past few years. I am offering this small backyard cabin up for your visit to Portland.

The cabin is located off a quiet street, through a private courtyard behind the main house. The space is efficient and cozy, a bathroom, kitchen, living area and sleeping loft all fit comfortably within 230 sqft.

Facing south, there is a 10ft wide glass accordion door, which can fully open onto the backyard area, creating the sense of a much larger space. The incoming natural light is terrific at all times of the year, especially in the winter when Portland can get a bit dark during the day. This is not a basement, instead you'll have views of the sky, garden and trees.

The cottage is located in North Portland, a 10 minute walk to Historic Mississippi Ave and 15 minute walk to the Arts district on Alberta St. These are the two neighborhood centers of North Portland, where you will find food carts, delicious restaurants, beer gardens, fun shopping, coffee and art galleries. Check out my guidebook for a couple favorite spots.

The bed is a double size memory foam Tempurpedic mattress (super comfortable), and is located in a small loft underneath an operable skylight. The loft does sleep two adults but it takes a few moments to get used to. It's not like your bed at home as the skylight is just a few feet above your head. At night, you look above into the branches of a large maple tree and beyond into the stars. Love that in this city you can still see stars. Anyway, the loft is a really cozy place to read a book and relax too.

The interior was renovated with bamboo floors, salvaged fir french doors and not too much ikea. The bathroom and kitchen can be closed off with heavy curtains. A large sectional couch with chaise lounge, is great for reading, watching your favorite show, or a sleeping if you find the loft too small. There's a wide variety of guidebooks, maps and brochures to get the most out of your trip to portland. I suggest renting a bike from Portland Bicycle Tours, for a unique perspective of this terrific city.

New for 2014, we added an AppleTV so you can stream your favorite Netflix, Hulu or PBS shows. Also there's built in speakers in the ceiling and outside that easily connect to your iPod/iPhone so you can rock out. Finally if you bring your laptop, there's a miniDV port you can connect to the TV if you are into that. We provide the dish and hand soap, but please make sure to bring your own toiletries.

***Note I'm currently traveling, so the listing is being managed by my friend Matt, who is way more helpful than I am. He is a transplant from the great state of Virginia, has been in Portland many years, is a master woodworker and will be your host.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We'd be happy to host you!

The cabin is in North Portland, the fifth quadrant of the city. And because that doesn't really make sense, let me assure you staying here positions you in between three neighborhood main streets, Mississippi St, Alberta St and Williams Ave. Each of there's main centers of North Portland offer top notch restaurants, bars, venues, shopping, grocery stores and you're within an easy walk, bike ride or short drive to all of it. So, you'll find a comfortable home base for adventuring further out into Portland, if you want to. And if you're driving in, access to the freeway is sooo easy, something you won't find in other neighborhoods deeper east into the city.

Access to major freeways is very close by, parking is free on the street. Public transit (light rail and bus) is dependable inexpensive and convenient, checkout (website hidden) to plan your route (there's also an app). If you don't have a car there's two Zipcars nearby. There's also car2go. I also suggest bike rentals for a day or more, there are safe and convenient bike lanes that run throughout the city and beyond.

You'll love it

The Neighborhood

The cabin is in North Portland, the fifth quadrant of the city. And because that doesn't really make sense, let me assure you staying here positions you in between three neighborhood main streets, Mississippi St, Alberta St and Williams Ave. Each of there's main centers of North Portland offer top notch restaurants, bars, venues, shopping, grocery stores and you're within an easy walk, bike ride or short drive to all of it. So, you'll find a comfortable home base for adventuring further out into Portland, if you want to. And if you're driving in, access to the freeway is sooo easy, something you won't find in other neighborhoods deeper east into the city.

Getting around

Access to major freeways is very close by, parking is free on the street. Public transit (light rail and bus) is dependable inexpensive and convenient, checkout (website hidden) to plan your route (there's also an app). If you don't have a car there's two Zipcars nearby. There's also car2go. I also suggest bike rentals for a day or more, there are safe and convenient bike lanes that run throughout the city and beyond.

Other Things to Note

You'll love it

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • This tiny house is truly cozy. The directions to the house were very clear and everything was as described. I was glad that I was there without my husband because, it really felt like an abode for 1. The heaters worked well to warm it up each morning and evening and the spring sun warmed it during the day. I was glad that I didn't plan to cook since there were notes advising against using multiple appliance at once. The loft bed was very comfortable but a bit cramped (and I am only 5.2 feet tall). Overall, I am glad that I stayed here. I enjoyed the large doors that open to the yard to the south. The sunny weather made it very pleasant. Thanks tons.

    April 2014
  • What an amazing space. In the summer, I'll bet it's even better, with its bi-fold sliding glass wall opening out to the back yard. The sleeping loft might not be for everyone -- the configuration always will be awkward for two -- but it was great for me. Having the toilet not hidden behind a door also will challenge some, but really -- we Americans are so strict with ourselves and one another.
    The hosts have obviously spent time and affection in other cultures and this is a marvelous way to bring some of that openness back to share with others. Hooray for them.

    April 2014
  • Our stay at the Tiny House was great. The instructions for finding the house and getting inside were easy to follow, and the location was perfect for all that we wanted to do in Portland. The house itself was very cozy and had everything we needed. Overall a great experience!

    April 2014
  • Our stay in the Tiny House was great. We came with the hope of walking around and experiencing an interesting part of Portland, and that's exactly what we were able to do from this location. I was attending a conference at the Convention Center and had just a 2 block walk and 15 minute ride. Perfect. When we had a few questions and the hotplate stopped working on us, our host was super responsive and helpful. The bed is fun and cozy, the house is clean and cute. (The curtained toilet is fine for people who are very comfortable with each other.) We hope that the host can get the gas cook-top up and running soon. That would make the kitchen better for those hoping to cook more involved meals.

    March 2014
  • Great stay, I loved the little house. Would definitely stay again.

    March 2014
  • My gf and I stayed here for the weekend in Portland. It was a very nice place and got a great taste of what it's like in a "tiny home." We really had no problems, the whole process of checking in and out was easy, no fuse breaker problems, and the bed was big enough for both of us without fear of falling.

    March 2014
  • I absolutely loved this little home! Spent a whole week here, and had the most pleasant experience. The loft bed was really comfortable and the skylight was lovely. Falling asleep to starry skies (when weather permits) is wonderful. I don't know how to follow directions and made the power go out, and Matt took care of the issue right away (THANKS MATT)! Thanks for making my first Portland stay really memorable!

    March 2014
  • This was my first experience with airbnb, and it was great! Andrew & Matt were quick to respond and easy to reach throughout our quick stay. The tiny house was just as described, and in a great location.. with basically every place we drove to being only 10-15 minutes away, and within walking distance to Mississippi Ave. All in all, a really wonderful experience!

    March 2014
  • This is a great place. Cozy but nice, just as advertised, and with great light (even in March). Andrew and Matt were attentive and messaged me before and after I checked in to make sure I was all set, but that was hardly necessary since the directions on the site were detailed and the place had everything I needed.

    One word to the wise: the skylight provides great light, but if you plan on sleeping in, you may want to pack an eye mask.

    March 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had spent two wonderful nights in this tiny home. While most people probably rent this place so that they can visit Portland, I happen to be a Portland resident that just rented it for the tiny house experience! I spent a lot of time in the house and miss it already. We cooked multiple meals in the tiny kitchen that turned out delicious. There was adequate space for our food in the refrigerator and a little bit of shelf space for produce and other dry food.

    The weather was perfect on Friday, allowing us to open all of the folding doors to the garden. Sunlight streamed in throughout the house and it was perfect for working remotely. It felt very private and serene. We were in view of the main house but never saw or heard any of the tenants. When I needed something, I called or texted Matt and he was very attentive and friendly. I appreciated his help!

    We took full advantage of the Apple TV, and it was a very comfy space for watching movies. The location was also perfect for walking down to Mississippi or along Killingsworth for coffee, happy hour, or food. It was fun getting to know another neighborhood! There are plenty of options for food and dining.

    My only regret was that there was only a curtain for the bathroom, making it difficult to have other people over to see the tiny home. That and perhaps the tight (but comfortable!) sleeping quarters are the only reasons why I might not be able to live here full-time. It is a great home to rent while visiting Portland, however, or if you just want to try out the tiny house experience. It's fun and I highly recommend it. Thanks Andrew and Matt!

    March 2014
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Portland State University, Architecture/Biology
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Oregon Health Science University
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Originally from the small town of Port Townsend, Washington on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula... but I've lived in Portland for nearly ten years now. While I do like the convenience of living in a city, I prefer to camp out under the stars, float rivers, surf the oregon coast, travel south in the winter. I am an architect by training but making a career switcharoo over the past few years to biomed research & medicine. I think you'll really like this little cottage, I spent a long time thinking through how best to adapt a former 1 car garage into a clean and modern cozy cottage space, and it turned out very well, it feels just right for a home away from home. Note: As of October 2013, I have decided to take a work sabbatical and travel for a bit and won't have regular access to internet. In the meantime, my very good friend Matt will be assisting you with any questions, bookings. He is a transplant from the great state of Virginia, is a master woodworker and will be a terrific host.
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