About this listing
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 separate 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, although it is currently being rebuilt after an extensive building project. 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.
French doors on the side of the house provides guests with a private, separate keypad lock entrance.
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.
About the Host, Ada & Jim
…think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering... that encourage young people to create, build, and invent — to be makers of things, not just consumers of things - B. Obama
Jim and I are midwestern transplants from Columbus, Ohio who love our adopted hometown of Portland and work in IT. We have an amazing daughter who brings love and laughter into our lives every day. She is 5 and would particularly love to have Spanish- or Slovak-speaking friends join us. We are a pet-free home, although we have the Portland-mandated chickens.