About this listing
Welcome to our home! Your space is a lovely finished basement, with private room and en suite bathroom. You also have living room, kitchen bar, and laundry room all to yourself. This area has a private entrance but is not a complete apartment – the “kitchen” area is limited to a small mini-fridge, microwave, coffee pot, and electric water kettle. We try to incorporate sustainable features such as organic sheets, dual flush toilets, and the option to compost and recycle while you are here.
Neighborhood: We live in the awesome Irvington neighborhood! We are centrally located, offering convenient access to the airport and downtown Portland, Hawthorne, Laurelhurst, the microbrew district, Mississippi, and Alberta. We are just a few blocks from Broadway, where you will find lots of great restaurants and shops within walking distance. Almost every kind of food you could want within a few blocks: bar food, vegan raw food, mexican, thai, ethiopian, etc, as well as several coffee shops. It’s also close to a Safeway for whatever basic stuff you need, and the Lloyd Center shopping mall.
We are vegetarians, outdoor enthusiasts, and lovers of local Portland culture. We can provide the best recommendations for vegan and vegetarian food, getting around the city without a car, spending time outdoors, and great spots for classic Northwest beer. We also have games, movies, and books for you if you want to have a quiet evening in.
We include parking, wireless internet, towels, sheets, blankets, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dishes, coffee, and tea. Need something else? Just ask! We do our best to make your stay comfortable.
We have a dog and a cat in the house, but they do not go in the basement. If you are highly allergic, this place probably won’t work for you. Contact us for our pet policy.
A couple of other notes about the space: as it is a finished basement, the ceilings are a little low (6'6"). Mark is 6 feet tall and is perfectly comfortable in the guest space, but a couple of doorways are only about 70 inches high. If you're very tall, you may not be comfortable here. Also, the furnace is audible from the guest bedroom and a few of our guests are bothered by the noise at night.
Mostly, we just expect you to respect us and our home. The only hard and fast rule we have is no smoking.
Although we have marked reservations as flexible check-in and check-out, we generally anticipate check-ins around as early as 4pm and check-outs as late as 11am. This gives us the time we need to prepare the space in between guests. It is no problem is you plan to arrive later or check-out earlier. However, please don't hesitate to ask if you want an early check-in or a late check-out! If we can accommodate it, we absolutely will - but understand that if we have another guest that day, it may not be possible. We are always happy to hold bags for you if that would help.
Had a great stay - the room was excellent, great host and very accommodating. Was able to be very independent.
Ann and Mark were attentive, polite, and immediately handled our requests. The Spacious Irvington Retreat was just as represented and was indeed spacious and comfortable. We found everything clean and well kept. We felt very comfortable with the accommodations and access was very easy and convenient . The location put us right where we needed to be in Portland and we
really enjoyed our stay.
The rental was even nicer in person than in pictures. The space really worked for us, and we liked the location. We would recommend this rental, and would enjoy staying again in the future.
Great location. We were able to get just about anywhere with public transit.
The space itself was roomy, clean, and well organized.
Our hectic schedule didn't allow us to interact with our hosts very much, but when we needed help with resetting the router for the internet, they were right on top of it.
Our stay was fantastic. The apartment is very nicely furnished, clean, comfortable and inviting. It was perfect for our visit to Portland. Ann and Mark were very attentive hosts and readily accessible for any concerns or questions. We highly recommend their place.
We felt welcomed the moment we found Ann's home. On a dark December evening, we were greeted by bright and cheerful holiday lighting decorating their home. After some initial trouble with the combination door lock of the lower suite, we rang the bell of the host's residence and she promptly answered and assisted us with it. There were no further problems once we understood how it worked.
I am not going to repeat other reviews of how clean, spacious and well furnished the rental is, but we were still amazed by how much room we had to spread out. It is also very well situated to the commercial area along NE Broadway and along a major bus route with frequent service to downtown.
I do want to note a couple of things special about this rental:
1) It is very well lit, which avoided the cave like feeling that some basement units have if they are too dark;
2) It has plenty of electrical outlets for charging your gear. We have been in other rentals where we've had to purchase outlet strips so we didn't have to unplug lights to get things charged.
We would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to friends.
Ann and Mark were amazing! They were very detailed in all aspects of making our stay pleasant. The location is amazing, and the space inside (especially the bathroom) was clean and welcoming. Thank you!
About the Host, Ann
We moved to Portland a year ago, returning to Oregon after a stint in the midwest. We're thrilled to be back in the northwest enjoying trees, mountain views, hiking, mild summers, sweet rain, and local breweries. We used to live in Eugene, but before that Mark lived in Washington and Ann lived in Missouri. We love to travel - Mark spent a summer backpacking through Europe and Ann spent several months living in Australia. We want to return to these places together, but have many other places on our travel wish list!
Ann is primarily who you will communicate with through airbnb. As hosts, we pride ourselves on offering an affordable, super clean, neighborhood-based option for Portland's travelers. We are very responsive to guest questions and needs - we love to give recommendations, help using the public transit, etc - but we try to stay out of the way until you ask, so we don't interfere with you trip!