About this listing
Spacious master bedroom with vaulted ceiling is in a beautiful new (2008) condo with central air/heating. Condo is on the 2nd and 3rd floors, so there are two flights of stairs. It is sadly not wheelchair accessible. Room with queen bed in quiet, peaceful, smoke-free home is a bibliophile's dream, as a huge section of my library is housed in this room and available to guest during their stay. Attached ensuite bathroom with standard-sized tub and shower ensure your privacy. Plenty of towels, toiletries, and a hairdryer. Rental also includes wifi internet access, but no cable or satellite (don't have that in the house anymore because of epic time suckage it creates).
Coffee or tea included every morning, if guest expresses interest. One shelf in fridge for guest's food storage and use of microwave, stove, etc.
Clubhouse has a fitness room and a swimming pool. Parking in guest spots (short term renters) or resident spots with parking sticker (longer than two weeks) in the Condo complex or on a side street. However, please know that parking has limitations (mostly on weekends when folks seem to have more guests), so this place is best suited for someone who is willing to park across the street on Arroyo or intends to use the Max Lightrail. Those who want to bring a bicycle may store it in the garage. Short (for me, but I do walk a lot in good weather) walk to Quatama Max station. The Streets of Tanasbourne mall (Macy's, REI, the Gap, Loft, and more) many chain and local restaurants (Bambuza Vietnamese, Nice Rice, Xtreme Pizza, PF Chang's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles & Co., Chipotle, Panera, Jamba Juice, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and more), coffee shops (two major chains and a local establishment called Insomnia Coffee that rocks!), and several grocery stores (Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe's and Winco) are also within walking distance. The new Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center is next to the Streets of Tanasbourne. The Rock Creek walking/bilking trail is nearby, as well as several parks. "Silicon Forest" location also great for business travelers working with tech companies such as Intel, as well as for families and visitors of student attending Pacific University's Hillsboro Health Professions Campus. Easy freeway access to Hwy. 26 for day trips into Portland, the Willamette Valley Scenic Wine country, and to the Oregon Coast. Hillsboro is a westside suburb in the greater Portland metro area. It is the center of the tech industry in Oregon.
ABOUT ME: I am a public school teacher/counselor, so, during the school year, I have an educator's schedule. I will be staying in the second bedroom (also on the third floor), as this is my private residence. As the photo shows, I am an a voracious reader (former high school and middle school English teacher). I am also an avid West Coast Swing danc president of the Portland Swing Dance Club, current Vice President) who also has background in Ballroom and Latin dances. I have ties/relationships with all the area's dance studios and venues. I am very knowledgeable about the local attraction in Hillsboro and throughout the greater Portland metro area (a family member is a travel professional with AAA). I keep a stack of maps, local attractions, menus, and important internet links in your room, so you can learn more about the area and interesting things to do while you are here.
This condo is my dream home and I am very proud of it, so I treat visitors as honored guests. Please feel free to ask questions about the community. I see this as an awesome opportunity to get to know people and share a calm, comfortable space, while making a little income to supplement my squeezed budget---I'm still making up for those pesky education budget cuts!
Access to the pool (May-Oct), weight room, kitchen, laundry. My office is off limits.
Interaction with guests
I will be living in the condo at the same time guests will be staying here. My room is next to the rental room (my bathroom is between the rooms).
I will certainly engage in conversations and do whatever I can to be helpful/answer questions. However, I am quite busy with work, going to my gym, teaching dance, etc. and usually keep to myself at home to recharge after talking most of the day at school. Depending on when their booking starts, some guest may be entering the space via a keysafe when I am at work or out dancing.
I often take my cues from my guests.
My favorite thing about my neighborhood is the new extension of the Rock Creek Trail that goes to Orchard Park. It is a lovely walk through a gorgeous park that gets the balance between that starts right in front of my community. I also like how close I am to shopping and the Max.
The Elmonica Max station is just under a mile away. There is also good bus service, as the condo is not too far from several major streets.
Quiet, Non-smoking, pet-free home.
$30 Cleaning fee.
Rental most suitable for 1 or 2 adults or 1 adult and a child. As there is only one queen bed, there is not enough room to handle more than 2 guests. Professionals traveling for business, couples or friends traveling for pleasure or to visit family, an adult traveling with a child, and college-age students and grad students are probably the best fit. However, please know that, because I am a single adult and this is my private residence, the cabinets, storage, etc. in the condo are unfortunately not "baby-proofed." Gender, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation, of course, is not an issue. What is most important is that you are the kind of person who is conscientious, respects privacy, and likes a serene space.
Please provide photo ID and be willing to abide by all of the Airbnb policies.
Please use indoor voices and try to keep media volume down after 10pm on weeknights. I prefer relative quiet at night as I am an early riser for work. Some evenings I watch TV downstairs via a digital antenna. Guests are welcome to join in, but there are not a lot of channels.
This is generally a quiet community, although, like any residential area, neighbors do throw a party once in a while on the weekend. Also, this condo community is fairly close to the Max (which is great for guests who would like to use public transportation during their stay). However, my unit is situated in an area of the community where Max noise is very muffled. I am a very light sleeper, but, despite initial worries when I first moved in that it might be a problem, I do not notice the Max and find the condo very quiet.
Home is currently accessed via a key safe with pin pad. After initial access via the key safe, guests will find a house key with an accompanying key fob to the community gym on the counter in the kitchen.
Guests are welcome to morning coffee (in coffee pot on counter) or tea. Feel free to use the breakfast bar any time or to sit on the balcony in good weather. Dining room table takes some extra effort with placemats, etc. to protect the surface, so please ask for some direction if that area would be more comfortable for you. I tend to use the breakfast bar for most meals and reserve the formal dining table for special family gatherings. I do not use the formal dining table as a workspace.
SHORT STAYS (3 days or less): Shelf in fridge for your use as well as microwave and toaster. LONGER STAYS (more than 3 days): full kitchen access (although fridge and pantry space are a bit hard to come by), as well as access to washer and dryer upstairs. For clothes washing, please try to use hot water for sheets and towels and cold water whenever possible to conserve energy and have last dryer load finished by 10:30pm. Guests on short stays (1-10 days) don't need to worry about laundering sheets and towels---I'll take care of it when you leave. Guests on longer stays are responsible for their own room clean-up. Also, keeping the bathroom clean is important. Please let me know if any cleaning issues come up before a problem escalates. (I once had a longer-term guest who didn't let me know that the shower curtain had started to get moldy, and I only discovered it after he left!) Cleaning supplies are under the sink. Just ask if you need anything or have questions.
Those who are interested in using the fitness room, game room, and/or pool may access those areas with the electronic key fob on your keychain. Rules for the use of those spaces is governed by our community's CCRs. Please be respectful of condo owners and their rights to the equipment. The pool is only open from May 1-September 30. The "living room" of the clubhouse is not included in this rental---even owners must pay a $50 fee and cleaning deposit to access that room.
I keep a very tidy house (clutter is so not my thing), so used dishes should be rinsed and put in the dishwasher, counters should be cleared, and wet towels should be hung to dry. At the end of your stay (or the end of each week if you are staying longer), please strip the bed and put the sheets and towels in the laundry basket. I do laundry every weekend. Long-term guests:I am happy to wash your sheets or to leave that up to you. I also have additional sheets and a warmer comforter stored in your room's closet. Please let me know if there are any spills, damage, or accidents to the bedding, carpet, or furniture (things like that happen to everyone) as soon as they happen so that we can fix the problem before it becomes a permanent one.
Please respect my privacy by staying out of my bedroom (to the left as you come upstairs) and my office (on the main floor). While you are staying in my home. I want you to feel comfortable and welcome, so, of course, I will respect your privacy and I will do my best to make sure you are comfortable. I keep bedroom and laundry room doors closed upstairs. Your door will be open and have a welcome sign on it when you arrive so you know where to go (especially useful if you arrive when I am out). If I am home, I am happy to help carry bags, etc. Also, please let me know if you are too hot or too cold, etc.
I have been a teacher/school counselor for 21 years. Secondary education is right up my alley, especially middle schoolers. They crack me up and I can see past the grouchiness to the goofy insecurity. I am a voracious reader (former high school and middle school English teacher), I love theatre (it was my undergrad major), and I am obsessed with West Coast Swing dancing. I also attend Zumba and barre classes several times a week.
The best trip I ever took was when we took 17 8th grade Spanish students to Costa Rica. We stayed in a private home/hostel so we were able to get to know a Costa Rican family. Also being an ESOL teacher, I do have some Spanish--although it is a bit dodgy since I moved to Oregon from southern CA---which enabled me to flirt with the young men who run the zipline in Monteverdi as well as get the kids ice cream in San Jose. We also visited an orphanage and the students contributed to their library and school supplies. The kids there were amazing and we had a bus full of 8th graders and adults crying their eyes out when we had to get back on our bus and go home.
As I get older, I like my travel to include more nice homes and hotels with private bathrooms rather than "crashing" on someone's futon. I also tend to like city vacations with cultural activities more than outdoorsy things, but I have been fishing several times and I really like it. I've been lucky so far, as my experience has been more "catching" rather than "fishing". I can do camping provided that the campground offers a hot shower, but "roughing it" beyond that is not in my DNA! I do have a thing about hygiene.
I am funny and I have a snarky sense of humor. I am pretty no-nonsense and direct. My favorite comedy film is The Full Monty. I like situational humor and irony. My favorite film of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird (also my favorite book) because I am a strong advocate for social justice and I prefer films that are well-written and well-acted to action films (unless they are really clever).
I want folks to feel comfortable and to love Hillsboro/Portland. As a guest, I try to be flexible and to leave places as nice or better than I find them---actually, I think that's how I like to be in every situation.