Cute, cozy "new build" space in an old 1887 Victorian. Chickens, bike storage, walking distance to everything. Private and quiet, we have a wonderful home base for exploring all that Portland has to offer.
We have a bright, cozy guest room in the finished lower level of our renovated 1887 farmhouse-style Victorian. The bedroom has a full-sized bed, large closet, desk and bookshelves (stocked, if you haven't yet had the chance to hit Powell's). Since we primarily use the main level you have full, private use of the bathroom with a beautiful blue-tiled shower. There is also a private French-door keyless entryway, with a comfy family room area to hang out in. Wi-Fi and laundry too! Also if the weather is agreeable, we have a great backyard patio & small green space for relaxing in. We are indoor-pet-free.
Our home is located very close-in in SE Portland's Buckman neighborhood. We are in a quiet residential block right on 2 main bike routes and walking distance (~1 mile) to downtown and the Oregon Convention Center, shopping (Burnside, Belmont, Hawthorne), 2nd run movies with pizza and microbrews (Laurelhurst Theater, Avalon, Bagdad) many amazing restaurants (Le Pigeon, Biwa, Nong's Khao Man Gai, Screen Door), coffee shops (Three Friends, Heart), the Vegan Village (for all things Vegan), Voodoo Doughnuts Too, innumerable bars and brew pubs, the Doug Fir music venue, and more. It is also on multiple bus lines and walking distance to the Max train, and just blocks from the new streetcar.
For sporting activities Portland is like Mecca. There are two indoor climbing gyms within 10 blocks - the Portland Rock Gym (sport and bouldering) and The Circuit (huge bouldering gym). A mile away you can rent kayaks to paddle around on the Willamette from the Portland Kayak Company or rent bikes from several shops to take out for some great mountain biking or a cruise on a 40 mile loop around the multi-use path called the Springwater Corridor, or just getting around town. In the winter months you can be at the lifts in 90 minutes at Timberline or Mt. Hood Meadows for a day of downhill, or maybe take a snow shoe ($10 rental) or XC ski around Trillium lake. And last but not least the Columbia River Gorge has some of the best wind in the world for parasailing, kiteboarding and all that.
What to expect: Please note that our check in time is 5pm and we'll connect with you about your specific arrival time since we will be home awaiting your arrival. Your room is on a level that we use for weekend laundry and occasionally playing in the family room, so the space is primarily yours for coming and going. We provide sheets and towels. There is an electric tea kettle in the room with tea. You are welcome to use the refrigerator in the kitchen for leftovers, but we are not offering meals or general use of the kitchen. We love our neighborhood and town and are happy to give suggestions about what do to and where to go, so please feel free to let us know what you're interested in! There is also a large stack of Portland Monthly magazines, and assortment of maps and brochures in the room to help you get around.
We are family of 3 - Jim and Ada work in IT. Azure is 5 and would particularly love to have Spanish-speaking friends join us. We are a pet-free home, although we have the Portland-required chickens.
Airport access is on the Red Max line - please check with TriMet for the best route for your needs. Alternately it is about a $35 cab ride straight down I-84 to exit #1.
You have a private bedroom, a bathroom to yourself, laundry if needed, and shared use of the family room. Food can be stored in our kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
We interact a lot with some guests and others we never see again after check-in - with the separate spaces it is really up to you!
We live in the oldest neighborhood on the east side of the Willamette River. It is a very interesting mix of building styles and uses, very convenient to everything in the center of the city, and full of old trees, wonderful parks, and quirky neighborhood quirkiness.
We are right at the crossroads of 2 main bicycle routes and close to 4 bus lines: 12, 19, 20 & a little further to 15. Check out TriMet for trip planning and apps to help you get around.
There is currently free on-street parking if needed, but we're within walking distance of so many great things you may not need or want a car.
We meet every guest upon arrival - please come to the front door of the house. As we both have day-jobs, check-in time starts at 5pm, but sometimes one of us may be working from home and can meet you earlier, or you can leave your bags on the back porch if you arrive early and want to wander around the city.
We have a young child, so being reasonably quiet/not loud from 8:00pm to 6:30am is appreciated.
We tend to get up between 6 and 7 am, even on the weekends, and leave the house by 8 most weekdays, but we will likewise respect our guests by not being loud too early. If you aren't a kid person, please know that a 5-year-old can be challenged by the need to keep very quiet, but she's pretty good.
Please make sure the shower curtain is tucked in at the bottom corners! After using the shower, please turn on the fan for an hour to draw out the excess moisture.
Shoes off inside the house.
No smoking on our property, please.
And please be gentle with the French doors - the weatherstripping makes them tight, but no need to slam.
My goodness Ada and Jim have the perfect spot! Their home is located in a great area, easy to get to anything of interest on both sides of the river and very easy access to public transport. In all honesty, I walked almost everywhere and got to know the city that way.
The room is private, in the bottom level with a private entrance - you don't feel like you're disturbing them, but you can pop upstairs for a nice conversation. It was really fantastic getting to know them and their daughter.
Everything was clean and well cared for. The bathroom was very nice - big shower! Lots of books and local resources/maps/guides kept in the room, so the whole city is really right at your fingertips.
I would highly recommend staying at their home - it felt like I was going home to a friend or family's at the end of every day. Really warm and lovely! Thank you for being such stellar hosts!
Ada and Jim were excellent, responsive hosts. Their house is beautiful and in an amazing neighborhood within walking distance to lots of restaurants and shops. The room was quiet and quite clean. We were given our privacy to do our own thing, which was just what we were looking for. Also, plenty of street parking all around, for those renting cars.
This was the second time I have stayed with Ada and Jim, and it was just as wonderful as before. The space is very comfortable, spacious, and cozy. It is completely private and you can interact as much or as little as you want to. I was busy and also catching up on sleep this time so we did not get to visit much, but Ada was very communicative the whole time I was there. The neighborhood is awesome--so many places within walking distance or a very short drive. Near everything but quiet at the same time. Perfect!
Ida and Jim's house is in a very convenient location in SE Portland; charming neighborhood and walkable to other charming neighborhoods of bars, cafes and restaurants. The lodging is very clean, comfortable and looks even better than the pictures. Also, the hosts are warm and friendly. Even though it's a basement to a house, you have full privacy and with light and windows.
You get exactly what it says on the tin with this place. I feel so fortunate to have had my first experience in Portland in such a warm and beautiful home. I didn't get to meet Ada or their daughter Azure due to my crazy schedule, but Jim was an utter delight, and was super helpful and welcoming. Ada & Jim's house is probably the definition of the German word 'gemütlich', and you'll immediately feel at ease here. Many folks mentioned the noise from upstairs in the morning, but I wasn't bothered in the least, if anything it made it feel even homier. Aside from the comforts of home, Ada & Jim's house is very conveniently located. As a lifelong LA driver, it was refreshing to be able to just walk a few blocks in any direction and find a cool spot or an easy bus stop. I'll definitely be coming back to Portland very soon and hopefully stay here again.
We had a great time staying with Ada & Jim during our recent visit to Portland. Our hosts were very pleasant and had some great recommendations for things to see and do in the area. The room was comfy and had a ton of personality. And the neighborhood was great! It was within easy walking distance of some wonderful restaurants and breweries and was also close to downtown. We will definitely be in touch with Ada and Jim the next time we are in Portland. :-)
Ada made me feel very welcome. i left my baggage before check in and she offered early check-in. Room and bath were very comfortable. Seperate entry was a breeze. I was able to do a load of laundry and well. A great stay!
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Jim and I are midwestern transplants from Columbus, Ohio who love our adopted hometown of Portland. We have an amazing daughter who brings love and laughter into our lives every day.