THE SPACE: This treehouse-like, one-room studio is a sunny detached structure in our backyard, on the second floor above the garage. But fear not! We do not use the garage for parking, so no noisy door-opening will invade your quietude. And because it is a detached structure, you are ensured a private environment, shaded from neighbors and our own home by an old apple tree. Once upstairs, you can enjoy the view of Mt. Hood from your private deck, overlooking our urban farm: vegetable and herb garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens, bunnies, and honey bees. A great place for your morning cup of coffee or an evening cocktail. The studio itself is one large room that sleeps up to four (one brand new queen-sized bed and one queen-sized sofa bed), a full kitchen, and cozy, bright bathroom with cast iron bathtub/shower. The kitchen and bath are brand new additions, added since we've moved in. The kitchen is equipped with utensils, dinnerware, basic appliances, and cookware; linens and towels are included; and though we don't have cable, there is a television available for DVDs, as well as high-speed wireless internet.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD: We are just a short walk east of Mount Tabor, a 190 acre public park and dormant volcano in southeast Portland - great for picnic-ers, birders, runners, concert-goers... this park has it all. We are also within walking distance of the fabulous Montavilla neighborhood, which includes a movie theater, coffee shop, and multiple boutiques, bars, and a number of excellent restaurants. Ask us for recommendations - we've tried them all! If coffee-drinking, beer-tasting, vintage-shopping, and people-watching are up your alley. a five-minute drive or short bike or bus ride gets you to the Hawthorne and Belmont neighborhoods. A 20 minute drive gets you to the Columbia Gorge, 60 minutes to wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, and 90 minutes to the beach!
US: We love this place! Jeff and Katie have lived in Portland for approximately ten years, transplanted from Alaska and Chicago, respectively. We live in the main house, a quaint 1888 Victorian, with our new little addition, Nina Clementine. We embrace the fact that your space is private, relaxing, and quiet... except for the occasional cluck of a chicken down below!
TRANSPORTATION: We are a 15-minute drive or a 45-minute train/bus ride six miles south of Portland International Airport. You then have a three block walk from the bus, which also will take you directly into downtown Portland and then on to NW Portland - a must-visit for first-timers! This neighborhood is wonderfully walkable and has great access to public transportation, so a car is absolutely not a necessity... however, the quiet neighborhood affords you plenty of street parking.
A beautiful space! The hosts have thought of every need a guest could have and more. There was even a blender! The studio was super clean, decorated tastefully, and included touches like Ninkasi beer in the fridge and nice toiletries in the bathroom. The hosts were helpful, friendly, and communicative. What a peaceful place to fall asleep with the swaying tree branches outside the window.
My wife and I absolutely loved our stay at Jeff's place in Portland! It was quaint, quiet, clean, and wonderfully furnished. We would highly recommend it to anyone!
The Mt. Tabor Studio was a great place to stay. Conveniently located about 2 blocks from a bus that head right down Belmont into downtown. There is a corner store a short walk from the apartment where groceries can be picked up. Jeff and his family were extremely friendly and accommodating to any need. I would stay at this apartment again.
Our stay in Jeff's place was amazing! The studio was perfect for our little family, and our 5- and 2- year olds loved staying there. It was clean, well decorated and had all the amenities needed! The location is extremely convenient (we rented a car) and we loved the balcony view and the kids loved the chickens and bunnies!
The week we stayed saw about 4inches of snow fall in Portland with temperatures well below 20 deg (F), and apparently 'worst' in 27 years according to the news! That said, the studio was warm and cozy (we had the fireplace and heater going when in the place), and sitting on the counter in the morning looking out at Mt. Hood and the frozen landscape around was surprisingly therapeutic!
I'm guessing that due to the unprecedented weather, there were a couple cold-related issues, but it was very easy to contact Jeff, and he was very quick to respond and fix the issues.
Overall, the place was as advertised, and I fully agree with many of the reviews given. If i'm in Portland again, I definitely know where I'll be staying!
This spacious studio was perfect for a relaxing getaway. The little details like luxuriously soft rugs combined with casual but stylish decor made me feel pampered and right at home. Everything was spotless and well organized, the bed extremely comfortable. I loved the movie collection (including the entire old movie series of the Thin Man!), though I didn't end up watching anything. The neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful in spite of being close to fun things to do. Excellent hideaway!
Mt Tabor Studio provided an excellent base for us for the three weeks when we visited our daughter and family. Well appointed, it provided all essentials and we loved the two (very) large plants, the collection of cushions, the resin-embedded beasties, the view and the feeling of being in a tree house. Coming from a rural background we found the sound of Jeff's happy hens very pleasan too. We enjoyed the quiet situation and found the bus routes convenient. Locally, we walked to Mt Tabor and ate out at a nearby restaurant
Jeff and Katie were friendly and helpful.
This is one of my most favorite places I've stayed on AirBnb. I loved the space, it was very welcoming. Parking was easy. The view was wonderful in the morning. I would love to stay again.
Jeff's studio is absolutely wonderful. It's clean and beautifully decorated, with a full kitchen, two beds and a bookshelf full of McSweeney's magazine. Jeff was also easy to communicate with and accommodating with our arrival time. I highly recommend his place!
Solastalgia is a word that defines missing a place that still exists but can no longer be inhabited by a particular species. This is an accurate summary of our experience with Jeff and Katie's place. We were lucky enough to snatch it up for New Year's Eve and had a hard time returning the keys. Totally spotless, modern, and fully stocked with every amenity we could need. Very private and cozy. Unfortunately it was too foggy to catch a view but we imagine that it is probably incredible as well. Thanks Jeff and Katie!
our stay was amazing. the place was fantastic. private, natural, warm and cozy....all of the things you are looking for when traveling. everything we needed was provided and the communication was clear and consistent. also, as a last minute booking, our hosts were completely accommodating and quick to respond to our inquiry.
i highly recommend this place and look forward to another cozy stay next time we are in the pdx area!