About this listing
Our Four Square home is in a beautiful and historic neighborhood close to downtown & public transportation in inner SE Portland. The room has a new queen bed and is firm . Enjoy walks among the tall canopy of trees, roses, & alleyways.
Our Airbnb rooms are now legally permitted through the City of Portland and we pay the appropriate lodging taxes.
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Our house is a lovely historic home, and we welcome you to stay in our home. We are fortunate to live in a lovely neighborhood. Even though, there is a BNB in the title of airbnb, our home is our home; we are clean, tidy, but not fancy.
We invite you to make yourself at home, finding lights, make your own coffee/tea, borrowing a robe, and cleaning up in the kitchen after yourself. All the things you would like guests to do in your own home.
Do read the House Manual, and the entire listing details before checking that little box that says you have read it.
We live in a historic neighborhood in a historic home in Ladd's Addition. It is a Foursquare Craftsman that was photographed for This Old House Magazine 3 years ago.
We offer a bright, 3 window room, with wood fir floors and a Stearns and Foster QUEEN BED, overlooking a tree-lined street. Through June 1st there is a private bathroom with a tub and shower a few steps down the hall. *After June 1st you may share the bathroom with guests from our second airbnb room.
We offer you the freedom of a self-serve breakfast on your own schedule: yummy granola, cereal, instant oatmeal, toast, yogurt, fruit, tea, and coffee.
There is a shelf in the fridge for your perishable groceries and in the cupboard.
There is WiFi and an old tube TV (we don't watch much, except for an occasional Blazers game and Grimm).
You can do laundry after we tutor you on the front loading washer.
Our home is in the quiet neighborhood of Ladd's Addition. We are located in inner southeast Portland near the Hawthorne district. The neighborhood is Ladd's Addition based around a Washington DC land use design. The block is lined with maple and birch trees that provide a canopy in summer and fall with lots of crows and small birds.
Ladd's Addition is a historic neighborhood built around rose gardens, so the streets are diagonals; we call it the Portland Bermuda Triangle.
What makes us unique: Our home was built in 1910 by George Slater, and is registered as a Historic Four square Craftsman home.
We are a half block from one rose garden and two blocks from Ladd’s circle, a landscaped park in the middle of Ladd’s Addition.
We are near Hawthorne boulevard, 11th avenue, and Division. Nearby there are bars, restaurants, movie theaters:Vie De Bohemme, Lucky Lab, Cinemagic, People’s Food Cooperative, New Seasons, Second Story, Lardo’s, Juniors, Hawthorne Food Carts, and more.
There is plenty of nice restaurants within easy walking, several music venues, lots of shops, and then there is just walking in Ladd's Addition. Alleyways, rose gardens (in bloom now), historic homes, and lots of trees.
The space can hold two people comfortably, and then we have a twin airbed that can be used for a third person (upon request).
For Instant Book: We won't accept 1 nite stays on a Friday or Saturday night.
Do read the House Manual before clicking to accept the Pre-approval or Instant Book.
You have access to the living room, basement for bikes or laundry front porch or back porch and yard as weather permits.
FYI: The dining room is my project room, so it is not 100% tidy.
Kitchen use: If you want to reheat leftovers, make soup or sandwiches or simple meals we can coordinate the use of the kitchen.
We have one bike for you to use and we are hoping to acquire a second bike this year.
Interaction with Guests
We look forward to hosting you and chatting as both our schedules permit.
If you want solitude and little or no interaction that is just fine; do let us know how we can make your stay more pleasurable.
Fred works outside the home and I do so sometimes; and sometimes my work is Reiki or Coaching and I am home.
During the Summer and Fall months we are often gone on the weekends, but will communicate through cell phones; sometimes I have a house sitter if one is available.
*** Please note that I keep all communication through Airbnb. You can call me through airbnb too.
The phone listed, is for an emergency or questions while you are staying with us; the email listed is for all the (website hidden) that is generated and monitored infrequently.
Ladd's Addition is built on Washington DC unique planning. There are six rose gardens that are gorgeous in spring through early fall. We have alleys that are unique to Portland.
The tall Birch and Maple trees create a glowing canopy of leaves in Spring through Fall. The streets are diagonals and it is easy to get lost. But once you learn that Ladd's Circle (literally) is a navigation point, then you will start finding your way.
Palio's in Ladd's Circle is the finest coffeehouse in Portland, to hang out, talk, study, or work.
Vie de Bohemme a winery, has music 7 nights a week, Salsa lessons on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and features many kinds of music.
You can avoid renting a car to get around Portland as we have quick access to various forms of public transportation and Clever Cycles is a few blocks away to rent bikes.
We have a parking space in front of our home if you are driving.
The neighborhood is perfect for walking, riding bikes, and exploring (even on rainy days). It is an easy 35 minute walk to downtown, 15 minute bike ride, 20 minute bus ride (many nearby stops) or ten minute drive.
From the airport you can take the MAX train to Lloyd Center, then the #70 bus to 11th and Clay, 1.5 blocks left to Mulberry. 1.5 blocks down Mulberry Ave. We are the Yellow House on the left.
From the airport you can take a taxi (radiocab) tell them to go I-84 West and take the Lloyd Center Exit. Then they should know how to get to our home from Lloyd Center.
Other Things to Note
* An airbnb stay is very different from motel/hotel experience.
We are excited to host you; share our home with you; provide tips about our city (as you wish); and enjoy meeting people and building relationships (though short).
If you thinking of moving to Portland, January through May is the perfect time to experience real Portland weather.
If you want to stay one night only, that is accommodated during the week Sunday through Thursday (in Winter this is more flexible). Please don't request one night on Friday or Saturday, as this prevents other guests from staying the entire weekend.
**Notice the price says 'From'. Some months are more, some months less. When you book notice the price and then airbnb will add their small fee, and now that we are permitted taxes are also included in your fee.
*We have repainted the entire downstairs in December 2013 (except kitchen) in creamy yellows and off white colors with a red like baseboard color, so the pictures here are the old colors.
* Please do not ask to book for another person, this is a third party reservation and is not allowed through airbnb.
* If you are new to airbnb and want to stay with us do tell us who you are: we like to know who we are welcoming into our home. You must have a current picture of you (and guest if there are two of you). Do tell us in more than a few words who you are and what you like to do in your profile. Then let us know what it is about our listing that attracts you.
We have a GUIDEBOOK on airbnb at our listing for some of our favorite restaurants, bars, and things to do. It would be helpful if you printed it out, but you can always ask us for ideas or recommendations. For your reference if we aren't available.
* If you are interested in one on one coaching, SoulCollage facilitation, or Reiki you will receive a 25% discount on these services during your stay.
The 'rules' are about consideration and respect, not doing anything wrong.
Kitchen use: If you want to reheat leftovers, make soup or sandwiches or simple meals we can coordinate the use of the kitchen.
Quiet hours: 1030pm-to 630am.
If you come in after 1030pm we ask you to remove your shoes before coming up the stairs. The stairs are old and carry sound.
If you arrive after 1030 pm during the week we may be in bed and will greet you in the morning. Your room is green and the bathroom is blue. A light will be on in your room to guide you. ;)
We are allergic to animal dander, so pets are not allowed.
Smoking anywhere, of any type is not allowed. This includes e-cigarettes or vaping; or medical marijuana.
We also ask that only those people included in your reservation enjoy the house, unless for brief visits.
We are smoke-free, pet-free, Television-free and gluten-free.
We enjoy organic food, but are not vegan or vegetarian.
Typically check in is at 5pm and check out at 1pm. Though we can be flexible at your request.
We look forward to hosting you. We have lived in Portland for more than 25 years and know the area and history very well.
We had a really excellent experience. Kym and Fred were excellent hosts. The location is perfect.
Hanging out and talking with hosts Fred and Kym in the evenings was the best part of my business trip to Portland. I loved their front porch, which drips with Wisteria and charm. I ate supper on the porch one night, and sat and read there the other nights.
This airbrb is in a safe, comfortable, tree-lined residential neighborhood, easy to get to on Portland's bus system. The house is easy walking distance from two great restaurant districts. I stayed for three nights while attending a conference at the convention center and was quite comfortable (and glad to get away from the convention center!). Kym and Fred are experienced, thoughtful hosts. They welcomed me into their kitchen and invited me to have breakfast in the mornings. They have Wifi, which was very useful.
One evening Fred had a rehearsal with a fellow musician in the living room, and I got a free concert (he is an accomplished musician). I am a single woman, not particularly adventurous, and I felt perfectly safe at all times. I would definitely stay here again, and recommend it, particularly for anyone traveling alone.
We had a lovely stay with our hosts Kym and Fred. It is located in a beautiful old neighborhood very close to downtown. I found it best to use a day pass for the excellent public transportation ($2/day) to visit the attractions. The accommodation feels more like visiting family or friends rather than a traditional b&b or hotel which we found comforting. Parking is on the street but was never a problem and it felt very safe.
Fred and Kym are wonderful hosts. They were extremely communicative and accommodating for my late arrival and early mornings. The room was clean, cozy, and comfortable. They were also very gracious in offering refreshments upon arrival and breakfast/coffee in the morning.
And if you're lucky you will get to hear Fred play some amazing jazz saxophone! Ill be sure to stay with Fred and Kym again next time I'm in SE Portland.
I felt very welcome into Kym and Fred's home! They were great about communicating with me prior-to and during my stay, and if I had any questions they never went unanswered.
Kym and Fred are very special people and their house is located in a wonderful area. I really enjoyed walking around the neighborhood in the evening. The room was spacious and clean and I felt very welcome and comfortable in their house. Couldn't have asked for much more . . .
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About the Host, Kym And Fred
Fred and I are happily married; it will be five years in August 2015. I have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren; and Fred has one son in college.
In my past I was a former Medical Assistant/Receptionist for Oregon Health Sciences University (15 years at Richmond Family Medicine), Home birth Midwife, Starbucks barista, childbirth educator, and ceremonial drummer.
Now I help women in divorce and after divorce create a life they love through the tools of Reiki, Professional Coaching, Mindfulness, Laughter Yoga and SoulCollage.
Fred is a director of Energy Conservation, gardener, and flute/Tenor Saxophone Jazz Musician.
Both Fred and I have lived in Portland over 30 years and have watched the growth, transitions, and changes.
We enjoy Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, and ethnic music. My favorite wines are Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc ; Fred's are Syrah and Pinot Noir.
Our favorite places near or in Portland are: Mt. Tabor Park, Sauvie's Island, Forest Park, and the Portland Saturday Market.
We love to wine taste at small hard to get to wineries, camp, kayak, bike, explore local gardens, and Gluten-Free restaurants and breweries.
We also enjoy barbecuing on the back porch, watching the birds, drink wine, and marvel at the beauty that surrounds us.
We love Bend, Ashland, and Breitenbush Hot springs all in Oregon.
Fred and I practice Non-Violent Communication imperfectly and we are always in motion.