About This Listing
Our quiet, comfortable and cheerfully decorated one bedroom apartment is located in the lovely, central neighborhood of Eastlake. The garden, the lake views and easy access by bus or car to Downtown, South Lake Union, and the University make this your home away from home! No pets and no smoking.
This lovely apartment opens onto the garden of our 3 story house located in the Eastlake neighborhood, with views onto the lake used in the film Sleepless in Seattle. There is a large bedroom with a queen size bed, a comfortable chair for reading or looking out onto the lake, a walk-in closet, a desk, and a sliding glass door that leads to a patio where you can sit and enjoy the garden, the birds, and the view. The living room has a chair for lounging, a table for eating, and a couch for looking out the window or watching cable tv. There is a small bathroom with a walk-in shower and plenty of towels, and a fully stocked kitchen, all completely self-contained and separate from the apartments upstairs. Our house was built in 1912, and we have lived here for over 40 years! It is a very peaceful, hidden spot, in between the University and Downtown with easy bus access to both. We are also close to REI and South Lake Union, and there are stand up paddle board and kayak rentals about a mile away. Two blocks from our house is the site of the original Boeing seaplane hangar as well as the charming houseboats that make this neighborhood so special. There is a local mini supermarket with a fantastic wine selection, a petanque (bocce ball) court, tennis courts, coffee shops, and restaurants, all within walking distance. Wireless and basic cable are included. Upstairs lives my mother, who occasionally fills the air with the sounds of piano playing, and she is also a native German speaker, for those visiting from Germany. This is a nice, quiet oasis right in the heart of Seattle!
No pets, and no smoking inside or out.
The garden is yours to enjoy if you wish.
Interaction with Guests
We will occasionally be in the garden doing yard work.
The Eastlake neighborhood is a forgotten little gem, right in the heart of Seattle. It is on the shore of Lake Union and is quiet and charming. There are houseboats, a neighborhood P-Patch, shoreline parks, cafes and restaurants to stroll to, and is only 5-10 minutes from South Lake Union and 10-15 minutes to Downtown and the University.
We are half a block from Eastlake Ave E, which runs between the University and Downtown for easy bus access.
Other Things to Note
This apartment is in the lower level of our house, so it does have slightly lower ceilings (just a cautionary note for those people over 6'2"!). There are several irregular, concrete stairs leading to the Garden Apartment, so able hearts and legs are recommended.
Since this is our home, you might see us doing yard work or cleaning up, but we respect everyone's privacy.
The apartment is not child proofed and has baseboard heaters.
This is a quiet house, so just the normal amount of consideration is nice. No cell phone talking outside, loud music, parties, no extra guests, etc. as well as no smoking, even outside, as it will float up to the rest of us. We are in a very safe neighborhood, but we ask that when you are not home to close and lock all the windows and doors. We also prefer that any lights or heat are also turned off when not home, and no candles. Please, no extra guests on the couch. We hope you enjoy our place! Thank you!
This is one of the best places I have ever stayed. Gillian has the whole AirBnb experience down to an art form. From the garden to the delicious coffee waiting for you in the kitchen, she adds a lot of personal touches. She immediately makes you feel welcomed when you arrive and the apartment is very cozy. The view and the neighborhood are unbelievable. My partner and I are moving to Seattle in a couple weeks and we will definitely be sending people to stay here in the future.
We really enjoyed staying in Gillian's roomy apartment for 4 nights. She has decorated it appropriately in a travel theme. We had no problems with getting there or using the nearby local bus system to get downtown. If you are a senior the bus fare is only one dollar. Highly recommended.
We loved our stay at Gillian's place. The views are stunning. You can see the lake from every room. She has thought of everything, from info about the area to toiletries and kitchen supplies. There are so many little areas to hang out or work in. It made us feel at home right away and we didn't want to leave. We'll definitely be back.
This was my first time using airbnb and what a great experience. This was the most perfect little studio I can imagine set in a beautiful location. Gillian and her mother Barbara have made this studio as close to a home as possible. It is decorated beautifully and Gillian has provided so many extras to make your stay pleasant- shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer and diffuser, plenty of extra blankets, a full kitchen including coffee grinder, and even some cereal choices. She has put together a basket of maps and tourist and restaurant info and has several books of things to do. There are umbrellas and shopping bags on hand and just about anything else you can think of. Gillian responded immediately to all of my inquiries and made check in/out a breeze. She introduced herself after we arrived but then left us to ourselves. Her mother Barbara was so sweet when we saw her working in the yard a few times. The view from the studio is gorgeous and it was fun to watch the pontoon planes in the lake. The area is perfect for walking and running and is centrally located.
Parking can be a little tricky- you can unload at the studio but then must park in nearby streets. We only had trouble finding a spot 1 time, and even then only had to walk 2 short blocks. This was definitely not a problem for us but just something to be aware of. There is a short flight of fairly steep outdoor steps down to the studio- again not a problem at all for us but it might be difficult for anyone with a disability so just something to be aware of.
The price is amazing- the place was immaculately clean and much nicer than any hotel we could have found. We would definitely stay here again!!
Gillian's apartment and location is exceptional.
While everything one would want is within .25- 1 mile (shops/restaurants, grocery store) by foot, we
used public transportation to get downtown every day.
The setting is charming and everything about the apartment exceeded our expectations.
Apartment very welcoming and interior thoughtful and very well kept.
Lots of light and great view of the lake.
The most comfortable bed and softest cotton sheets you can imagine!!
Layout of apartment is brilliant -- feels very open with lots of windows.
A lovely, lovely garden is directly out side the glass doors from the bedroom.
Gillian has thought of every detail!
The host was accessible and helpful in answering any questions I had about my trip to Seattle.
We have had some truly wonderful experiences with our Airbnb world stays, and this one, our four night retreat at "Lake Union Garden Apartment" in Seattle, may just be the best yet, which is saying a lot. My husband and I booked this one-bedroom apartment in Eastlake based on the great reviews, the photos, and the "thumbs-up" from our daughter who lives nearby in her houseboat. We enjoyed going back and forth between "our" place and hers, relaxing, and then having a quiet and restful place to sleep each night.
We were mostly out and about in the city and at the houseboat, and each time it was such a pleasure to be able to return to our cozy, beautifully maintained airbnb apartment in this lovely neighborhood. Gillian mentioned that we might hear some piano playing. We were looking forward to this, and on our last evening we did hear the soft, sweet strains of a sonata coming from upstairs. As we were leaving, we met the pianist, Barbara, and got to tell her what a pleasure it had been to listen.
A quote from our daughter: "Amazingly well-stocked, spacious, comfortable space with a beautiful view of the lake and a lovingly tended garden and patio."
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