Modern & Cozy Tiny House

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

A clean, comfortable, private, safe and unique house to relax and rest up in while you prepare to explore all Portland has to offer.

Your host, Andrew
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A clean, comfortable, private, safe and unique house to relax and rest up in while you prepare to explore all Portland has to offer.

The Space

The space was designed and built by myself and my best friends and family over the past few years and I am happy to offer it up for your upcoming visit to Portland. I think it's amazing how light, open and comfortable this space feels even though it's only 230 square feet. The kitchen, bathroom, sleeping loft and living area are all thoughtfully compacted inside. A 10' door of glass and aluminum easily folds open, allowing the interior space to flow outdoors to a patio, garden and grassy backyard. There's a hammock outside in the summer, which I recommend checking out after traveling into town and before you explore all Portland has to offer.

To give you an idea of the place, you'll arrive (street parking is free) and walk up to the tiny house via a wooden gate, once inside the gate you'll cross a private bamboo lined courtyard alongside the main house. You'll be provided a key and can arrive anytime day or night as you please.

When you open the doors to the house you'll see how clean, simple and comfortable the place is.

The 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 or condo unit, instead windows and skylights lookout to the landscaped yard, garden and treetops in the backyard.

In addition to simple comfort like warm, natural light, the tiny house is fully equipped for all your needs.

-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.

-The kitchen has a small sink, fridge, counter-top oven, electric stove and water warmer for light cooking. Cookware, pots pans and utensils are provided for you to prepare simple meals. There's a small local grocery store about a 5 min walk away, Cherry Sprout Produce, where you can buy the basics and a handful of specialty foods, and beer and wine too.

-The bathroom is very compact, a toilet and shower. There's a heavy curtain separating the bathroom from the living room. We do provide dish and hand soap don't provide shampoo or conditioner so please bring your own toiletries.

-A large sectional couch with chaise lounge is great for reading, watching your favorite tv show, or a sleeping if you find the loft too small.

- New to the tiny house, we added a TV with AppleTV so you can stream your favorite Netflix, Hulu or PBS shows.

-There's built in speakers in the ceiling and outside that easily connect to your iPod/iPhone so you can rock out.

-If you bring your laptop, there's a miniDV port you can connect to the TV if you are into that.

And if you're driving in, access to the freeway is sooo easy, something you won't find in other neighborhoods deeper east or west into the city.

Guest Access

Since Portland is known for Rain (and sometimes Sun), here are my suggestions for activities in two categories:

On a RAINY DAY, I recommend:
1. Brewery Tours
2. McMenamins Kennedy School
3. Shopping
4. Shows (Music/Theatre)
5. Powells City of Books

1. Brewery Tour: There's a free brewery tour at Widmer brewery. Fridays at 2:00pm & 3:00pm
Saturdays at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm Sundays at 1:00pm & 2:00pm
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED / GROUP SIZES ARE LIMITED Online search to call the Widmer Brewery (Airbnb won't let me show the number) ext. 7201. Once your reservation is confirmed, please plan to meet your tour at the Widmer Brothers retail store prior to your tour start time. Close toed shoes are required to participate in our brewery tours. N Portland

2. McMenamins Kennedy School has been adapted from a former Elementary School into a whimsical unique community space. Classrooms have been converted into restaurants, cigar rooms and bars, while the gym was converted to a movie theater, a large outdoor soaking pool is great for relaxing in an oasis with friends on a rainy day. You won't find this anywhere else, a classic Portland (website hidden) Portland.

3. My favorite stores and shops all over town. Portland are: Canoe (Downtown), Powells city of Books (Downtown), Poler (Downtown), Patagonia (NW Portland), Schoolhouse Electric (NW Portland), Worn Path (N Portland).

4. Shows. You'll find good music all over. Check out the Portland Mercury or Willamette Week for suggestions specific to your timing. My favorite venues are The Wonder Ballroom, The Crystal Ballroom, The Aladdin, Tugboat Brewery has jazz on Fridays, There's Irish fiddling at the County Cork on Fridays and Saturdays. For theatre, look to Portland Center Stage online for current shows.

5. Powells is mentioned twice for emphasis. It's a building the size of an entire city block 4 floors tall, full of books. Must see. Downtown.

6. Voodoo Donuts - Mouthwatering selection of donuts... bacon maple bar.... mmmm. Downtown.

If its a SUNNY DAY:
1. Hiking Forest Park
2. Drinking beer on a rooftop
3. Driving out to the Columbia River Gorge
4. Hike and soak in Carson
5. Timberline Lodge - ski year round
6. Cycle Portland Bike Tour
7. The Beach
8. Parks

1. Hiking nearby. Try Forest Park for a walk/hike, there's a maps online if you search for them. The Wildwood Trail or Leif Erickson trail are my favorites.

2. Drink beer and gaze out over the city. A swanky rooftop bar called Departure is at the top of the Nines Hotel downtown. You can get a good perspective of the city, rivers and Mount Hood. It's worth a look.

3. Outside the city, consider a waterfall hike in the Columbia River Gorge, horsetail falls is one of my favorites, or Eagle Creek Trail. Directions are available online.

4. There are also funky mineral hot springs at a funky old lodge along the wind river in Carson, Wa. About an hour and 20 minute drive. you soak in an 8 foot clawfoot tub and then they mummify you with warm blankets. Look to Carson Hot Springs online.

5. Timberline lodge is pretty amazing if you want to drive to the top of Mount Hood. About an hour and a half. It's a historic restored ski lodge built during the WPA. You can ride the chair lift to the upper glacier for a good view on a nice day sightseeing or skiing is open year round. To make a day of it have lunch at timberline and find a hike or snowshoe up on Mt Hood. Topo maps and guides are available at REI in the Pearl District.

6. Cycle Portland is owned by my friend Evan. Tell him Andrew sent you there and you will get the special treatment for renting Bikes by the hour, day or week.

7. The Pacific Ocean is about an hour and a half drive west on HWY 26. Suggest Manzanita beach for strolling, picnic, frisbee on the beach. Or at Pacific City you can hike up a big sand dune, gaze out at the ocean and coastline, relax and then visit the Pelican Brewery. Check online for directions.

8. Good urban parks for picnics, strolling, napping, relaxing, people watching: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Tanner Springs Park, Laurelhurst Park, Mt. Tabor Park and my favorite Keller Fountain downtown.

Interaction with Guests

Guests can come and go in privacy as they please. If we bump into one another, feel free to ask for any more recommendations or suggestions. We are available via text or airbnb message us if we can help you further.

The Neighborhood

Relative to the city, the tiny house is located in North Portland:

1- 8 minute walk to Mississippi Ave,
2. 15 minute walk to the Arts district on Alberta St
3. 15 min walk to Williams Ave corridor.

These are the three neighborhood centers of North Portland, where you will find all the amazing authentic awesomeness that makes Portland, Portland. Friendly people, delicious restaurants, beer gardens, food carts, fun unique shopping, bikes everywhere, the best coffee and art galleries.

Within the neighborhood, here are my suggestions for breakfast and lunch. I've coded these on Mississippi (M), Alberta (A) or Williams (W). Or if it's (somewhere else) that's noted, the best restaurants for dinner are dotted all around the city. I'll assume you can map these locations on your phone or laptop.

1. Albina Press - (M) - An 8 min walk, on the way to Mississippi Ave. Friendly place with cozy leather couches and good music.
2. Barista - (A)- the guy who owns this place won the espresso pull national championship. when in rome! Ha ha!
3. Ristretto - (W) - Say hello to the very nice ladies behind the counter. Sit outside rain or shine under the covered heated patio.

Breakfast or Lunch at:
1. Kenny & Zukes - (W) - An easy consistently good urban Jewish style deli. My go to place with rarely a wait.
2. Tasty n Sons - (W) - Incredible inventive food you won't find anywhere else. Expect a wait on weekends.
3. Gravy - (M) - Huge portions, sorta a cult following, good service but expect a wait on weekends.
4. Muddys - (M) - Under the radar kind of place, consistently good food and service... one waitress responds like a hippy cheerleader after you order, "vegetarian quiche! yes! awesome!"

1. Petite Provence - (A) - French style restaurant and bakery. Delicious and a good value.
2. Podnah's Pit BBQ - (Killingsworth) - Amazing. My personal favorite, last meal before I die kind of place.
3. Little Big Burger -(M)- Gourmet burger and fries in the center of Mississippi.
4. Lovely's 50/50 -(M)- Pizza, yum.

1. Grain & Gristle - (N Prescott) - Neighborhood restaurant and bar. Delicious and good value.
2. Nicolas Restaurant (SE Grand Ave) - Funky Lebanese, across town, great value and so delicious. Wait on weekends. Hole in the wall.
3. Bistro Montage (under the Morrison bridge)- Upscale southern creole meets mac and cheese funky and order the oyster shooters. Expect a short wait in the evening. It can get rowdy.
4. Beast - (30th & N Killingsworth) - NYT writeup good. Make Reservations
5. The Farm- (E Burnside) - Classic Portland. expect a full menu of seasonally appropriate organic locally sourced ingredients.
6. Blossoming Lotus -(15th)- All vegan and I love it and a beautiful atmosphere (email hidden) too.
7. Toro Bravo -(N Russel)- Same chef as Tasty N Sons, a hero in the restaurant world of Portland, incredible menu of inventive delicious dishes. The happy hour is good too. Make reservations.

Getting around

Access to major freeways is very close by, something you won't find in other parts of the city, plus parking is free on the street. Public transit (light rail and bus) is dependable inexpensive and convenient, checkout the trimet website 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
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The tiny house is awesome. It's modern, clean and the Apple TV or the sound system are cool gimmicks. Had a very good time here. With Mississippi St. and Alberta St. there are two cool areas just a few waking minutes away. The city is easy reachable by different bus lines or Max.

    July 2014
  • We had a great time at this place & the hosts were so nice and flexible. The bed was super comfortable & being in the loft under a sky light gave a nice added feeling of camping under the stars. The ladder getting to the bed was easy to use as well. Comfortable couch for hanging out. This is such a cute place & the photos don't do it justice. We'd definitely stay here again!

    July 2014
  • Our trip was wonderful! The Tiny House was perfect for a night in Portland. The loft bed and skylight were very romantic and the gardens were beautiful. A quick and easy bike ride into the city for tons of things to do. Andrew made sure we had everything we needed. Would highly recommend.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying at the tiny house! And appreciated the flexible and laid back style of the hosts. Not only is it a beautiful place to stay, but it is located in what may now be our favorite part of Portland, Alberta. We didn't have a car of bikes, just took the bus ($2.50 for a 20 minute ride downtown) and walked. We were going to rent bikes, but opted out when we realized that it costs more to rent a bike ($30/day/person) than it costs to rent car.
    The house is walking distance of some cool shops (Paxton Gate, Half Pint, Worn Path, Land Gallery, etc.) We were lucky enough to be in town on a Last Thursday when there is the monthly street fair on Alberta- go if you're in town for it! Art, thrift clothes, music, clowns, etc. We hit the Kennedy School soaking pool before hand, 45 minute walk, which we didn't mind because there was plenty to see along the way, and walked back through the Last Thursday booths. Get ice cream at the Salt & Straw!
    Thanks Andrew for your extensive, Alberta-area recommendations on your profile- we were only in town for two days, but can vouch for Tasty n Sons (and Tasty n Alder)- our favorite restaurant that we always go back to- Petite Provence, loved it so much we went twice, The Farm, delicious, and a menu with items we've never seen elsewhere eg. pickled green strawberry endive salad, and of course Powell's. If you want a great, comfortable place to stay with a lot of great shops and restaurants nearby, stay here.

    June 2014
  • This was the best find in Portland! The area around this house is great! E Mississippi area was our favorite area and it is about 1mi from here. The house was perfect! All the essentials and very comfortable. The only downer was that Mastiff wasn't around! Would love to stay here again if ever we were back in Portland.

    June 2014
  • I stayed at Tiny House for two nights with a friend of mine. When we got there I was surprised at how clean and new everything looked. The small house/room has it all. The only surprise was the curtain that was used in lieu of a door to the toilet, but this was only funky because there were two of us in very close quarters. The bed is very comfortable, as is the large couch. And the operable skylight in the loft cooled the place down almost immediately. I never met Andrew, the host, but did meet some housemates. Everyone was very nice and accommodating, asking if we needed anything etc. We were also pleased to see that we could catch up on world cup highlights with the Apple TV installed in the house. The location is great- only a couple of blocks from great bars and restaurants. It's also close to the highway which made it easy to find and made trips to other parts of the city quick. This was my first airbnb experience and it was great. I would definitely stay here again and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a clean and homey alternative to local hotels.

    June 2014
  • We stayed at the Tiny House for one night and had a great time. The house has everything you need. The bed in the loft is very comfortable. However, if you are more than one person be aware that the space up in the loft might get a bit small if you are someone moving around a lot during sleep (You don't want to fall from that hight;). The check-in and check-out were uncomplicated. The Apple TV was a fanatastic feature. We watched a match of the world cup after having missed the live broadcast. The Tiny House can easily be reached by car and public transport. We enjoyed our stay!

    June 2014
  • We were so pleased with the Modern & Cozy Tiny House. It had everything we needed (even Orange is the New Black on Netflix for when we were delightfully drunk from all the beer we enjoyed in Portland). There are quite a few cool places within walking distance, and this is also in the car2go home area, so we were able to go downtown in 10 minutes easily. It was very clean when we arrived, so that was fabulous.

    When I first saw the bed, I was a bit worried, but it definitely all worked out - and it was so comfortable! I felt like a kid again climbing up the ladder.

    Thanks Andrew and Matt! Your little home was definitely a bonus to this amazing trip.

    June 2014
  • Loved the tiny house! The perfect Portland experience. What made it even better was the list of recommendations that Andrew provided for places to eat, drink, see, etc. We went to 4-5 restaurants and coffee houses on his list and were so happy we did. Andrew has amazing taste!

    You'll love it!

    June 2014
    Response from Andrew:

    Shannon! So sorry you didn't see the directions. It's not uncommon for a lot of guests to miss them. For everyone reading these and considering, the house directions and manual are emailed to you when you book your reservation. They are also available through the airbnb website when you look at your reservation.
    Sorry that it was an inconvenience but we're glad it worked out and that you enjoyed your stay!

    June 2014
  • The tiny place was a great place to stay! It was warm whenever we came back to it, but cools down quick once the doors and window are open and the fan gets blowing the air around.

    We didn't find the bed area cramped and looking out at the stars was a treat! The morning sun wasn't an issue.

    The tiny house is in a great location within walking distance to a lot of places to eat and tiny shops. Also close to a bus stop. We would love to stay again!

    Danielle & Adam
    Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    June 2014
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Portland State University, Architecture/Biology
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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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