About this listing
Looking for an affordable, authentic, and peaceful Portland experience? Stay in our hundred year old classic Portland home! The space is the entire top floor of our duplex. It's perfect for families and friends
Street parking, temperature control, wifi and ethernet.
Our well appointed one bedroom apartment is the top floor of our 1908 bungalow. We live downstairs in the duplex. Both spaces share the same front door and a foyer. Our guest walk up a very safe set of stairs with a banister to the apartment door.
This cozy place has one separate bedroom, a living area with a comfy and new couch, dining table and chairs, a smart TV, cozy throw blankets, current magazines, and books.
The bathroom has a large shower (tub coming in 2015), nice towels, a hair dryer, and a basket of courtesy items like shaving cream, q-tips, nail polish remover, hair care products, a sewing kit, and other goodies.
The kitchen rocks. We have everything you need to make some serious food. We keep everything clean and organized. We have the usual pots, pans, and utensils. On top of that we have other fun stuff like an electric kettle, a rice cooker, and an ice cream maker.
We also stock the kitchen with ice, coffee, tea, and a few healthy breakfast options to get you going in the morning along with staples like olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar and other items to make cooking convenient and easy.
The place was occupied until July 2012 and has been completely updated with fresh paint, new carpeting, counter tops, appliances, and more. It's super clean with fluffy white towels and nice linens.
We do the sweat equity thing here of constantly working on improving the property. In 2014 we had the exterior of the home painted. We are looking forward to new landscaping in 2015.
We are located in the "up-and-coming" Foster-Powell neighborhood in SE Portland, or Fo Po as we locals call it.
This is actually one of Portland's really ethnically diverse neighborhoods. We have Russian bakeries, art studios, Asian grocery shops, noodle joints, a mostly Vietnamese library branch, two coffee shops, and American brunch spot Bar Carlo, and Red Castle Games (nerd table-top game mecca) all within walking distance.
We are also within walking distance to the Gemini Lounge, N.W.I.P.A. (a beer bottle shop dedicated to hoppy IPA brews), and a great dive bar which serves wood fired pizza.
We also have grocery, drug stores, and fast-food options minutes away by car, bus, or bike. There are also parks and bike trails aplenty close by.
Major bus routes to downtown run every 15 minutes, also a quick walk down the street.
The bedroom has a full bed, classy Mid Century Modern furniture, linens, and closet space.
The living room has a comfy , Scandinavian Modern couch and a couple of chairs, a coffee table, and a built-in cabinet which houses a new smart TV, a dvd player, an eclectic collection of books and a drawer full of fliers of current events, walking tours, art shows, restaurant guides, and the like. We can provide extra sheets, pillows, and blankets for couch use.
The dining area has a retro dining table and chairs. There are window ac units in the bedroom and living area in the summer and extra space heaters in the colder months.
The bathroom is stocked with shampoo, towels, body wash, and a hair dryer.
Wifi is available and there is also an Ethernet cable for a dedicated connection. There are a few Redbox kiosks around. You can also log into your Netflix or Hulu Plus account on the smart TV.
Downtown Portland and the PDX International Airport are both easy 20 minute drives in non-peak traffic from here (in opposite directions) Hawthorne is a 7 minute drive and the Woodstock neighborhood is minutes away by car or bike. Reed College is less than 10 min drive. Trimet’s #14 bus line (SE Hawthorne to downtown) picks up every 15 minutes from Foster Rd. should you not have a car during your stay.
Pigeon notice: Put a bird on it!!! There are many birds that live in our neighborhood and a new feathered family tries moves in every month or so. Just let us know if you hear animal sounds and we'll evict the pigeons again before they get too cozy.
There is plenty of street parking available.
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• Please tell us what brings you to Portland and who’s in your group. Are you a family group, pals, friends?
• Contact info is only passed along after you have made a reservation.
• We are happy to answer any questions you have about the space, neighborhood, us, or our dog.
• We are unable to show the apartment prior to your reservation.
The upstairs apartment with lots of great amenities!
Interaction with Guests
I try to be as responsive as possible to your questions, requests, and desire for interaction.
Absolutely no smoking in the house.
The smart TV takes 3 to 4 minutes to wake up and get going. It's like a teenager that way and we're sorry. It's just not going to roll out of bed and do chores but it will work given a little space.
Speaking of teenagers; we have some and the can really hog our bandwidth. We have a great Internet connection. Please let us know if it is slow or acting up. We'll ask the kids to dial down their usage. We've run into this a couple times and we're more than happy to address the issue should it come up while you are here.
Please don't use the washer and the dryer at the same time. A fuse will blow, unfortunately. Also, be gentle with the handle on the washer. It is sensitive.
Please let us know if something comes up during your stay that needs to be addressed. If we’ve forgotten something we’d like the chance to make it happen for you during your stay.
Since the apartment is upstairs from us we ask that you keep the noise down after 10:00 pm during the week and a little later on the weekends.
We are looking to accommodate travelers seeking an affordable, authentic, and peaceful Portland experience rather than those who want to party (not that we don’t appreciate a good beer!).
Recycling is a part of the Portland experience since actual garbage is only picked up every two weeks. We’ll make it easy to participate. Rinsed out cans and plastic bottles and clean paper go in the small recycling bin. You can leave rinsed out glass bottles on the counter by the sink. For short term guests, don't worry about composting unless you really want to. If you're here for more than a week, we'll set you up with a compost bucket and liners and show you where everything goes in the outside bins.
The Murphy bed is only available by special arrangement. Any kinetic activity on the 100-year-old, metal bed frame is an instant and noisy deal breaker. It is really only for non active sleeping:)
We have a loving Labrador downstairs. She's on a diet and we prefer folks not feed her even if she is at the backdoor giving you meaningful and pathetic glances.
Holly's apartment was adorable and equipped with everything you could need! ...A comfortable bed and couch, space to work, and well stocked kitchen. A great neighborhood with great restaurants and stores all within walking distance. I would definitely stay here again!
Holly was communicative, helpful and easy to work with. The space was as advertised and Holly even offered to stock the kitchen with goodies. (It was already pretty well-stocked!) Despite being in the upstairs of Holly's home, we felt like we had total privacy. Not too many food options to walk to, but Nayar Taqueria is a must!
Holly's upstairs apartment was perfect. Me and three friends were in Portland for a weekend get-away and Holly was kind enough to set out an extra mattress and leave extra blankets, sheets and towels. The neighborhood and was cute and in a great location.
Holly made us feel super welcomed. The apartment was so clean! It rained a bit and our host left out towels for us and also was very sweet to our small dog. She left a basket out with snacks, definitely couldn't ask for more.
This apartment is perfect if you want to stay in East Portland, you are far out enough that it's peaceful but close enough that you can get just about anywhere quickly. Would definitely consider staying again!
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay in Holly's apartment. This was our first Airbnb experience and it was a perfect spot in a quiet neighborhood! The surrounding neighborhood offered plenty of things to do and we really enjoyed being able to walk to get food and drinks at the end of the day.
Holly herself was a great host and was right there the first night when we waned to know more about the neighborhood and Portland, but gave us plenty of space to do our own thing.
We would definitely recommend!
Holly was communicative and helpful from the very start. The apartment was perfect for our needs and was exactly if not better as it was described. They have amazing planets of the solar system plates! We had everything we needed and would recommend the place to anyone.
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay in Holly's apartment. The space is much bigger than the pictures would lead you to believe and we were able to make ourselves right at home. The surrounding neighborhood offered plenty of things to do and we really enjoyed being able to walk to get food and drinks at the end of the day. Holly herself was a great host and was right there when we needed her help but gave us plenty of space to do our own thing. Definitely recommend!
About the Host, Holly
Cory and I have lived in our little bungalow 10 years together. We spend lots of time working on the house: gardening, painting, all that stuff. It's always getting some well deserved love!
We've rented out the space to a series of friendly folks who have moved on to buy their own homes or to move in with their significant others. Hosting comes pretty naturally to us (check out our referrals) and we've had some great people rent the apartment from all over the wold.
We enjoy cooking, music, movies, art, architecture, plants, technology and canines (among other things, and not necessarily in that order).
Cory works in the software business out in Hillsboro, OR. When he's not working (which is seldom), he's trying to get better at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, looking at funny pictures of animals, researching/making beer or perfecting his pizza dough recipe. Or grilling steaks! Favorite travels spots have been Cuenca Ecuador, Machu Picchu, la Paz Mexico and the Kona side of the Big Island. He grew up in New Hampshire, but the accent didn't stick. He has a deep love of sushi, but just can't seem to develop a taste for Uni.
I work part-time as an office lady here in PDX. I grew up in South Texas and relocated happily to the West Coast in my 20's. I'm an introverted neat freak with compulsive reading tendencies. I'm here to answer your questions about the apartment or make recommendations on things to do in town.
We have a wondeful and derpy 6-year-old chocolate lab who lives with us and loves everyone and everything about life (except for bath time).
We look forward to meeting you!