Great location, super comfortable

House - Entire home/apt · N Gantenbein Ave, Portland, OR 97227, United States

The Space

This is a great, cozy spot to live while you're in Portland; a comfortable home with all of Portland's charms easily accessible.

The house itself is a comfortable, restored 1910s bungalow: A very cozy bedroom, a well-stocked kitchen, a great dining room, and side as well as front porches. I bought the house five years ago, and have done an extensive remodel, adding French doors to the side porch, designed a very-usable and very-adorable kitchen (with up-to-date appliances), and updated the bathroom.

Dogs are absolutely welcome. Street parking is easy. A great landing spot while you are in town.

Sandwiched between two remarkable restaurant rows (N. Williams and N. Mississippi) the house is a couple minute walk from world-class restaurants, great breweries, a fantastic music venue and, really, just a top-notch sampling of Portland's best. The whole neighborhood has transformed over the past several years: Tasty & Son has been lauded for its brunches (although lines can be long at times), and the chefs at Lincoln (another restaurant just 2 minute walk away) recently won a James Beard award. My favorite new addition is Social Box, a swanky super-friendly bars (with my favorite new whiskey drinks).

There is a park a block away, and I-405 is convenient (a two minute drive), which pops you over to the city's west side really quickly; which makes both Forest Park, Burnside (i.e., Powells) and the Pearl District all accessible (five minute drive in normal traffic).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • A perfect size house for three. Our one year old loved the stairs :) Perfect location for stores, restaurants and public transportation.

    April 2014
  • My daughter and I had a wonderful 4-night stay with our dogs at Phil's house. We felt right at home. It was very comfortable (email hidden)d-in feel and had just about anything you'd need in the kitchen. It is a charming older home in a great neighborhood/location - easy access to everywhere we wanted to go. My dogs and I would definitely love to stay there again on a future trip! :)

    March 2014
  • Phil's place was just what we needed. It's in a great location and the house is very cute. We were able to cook dinner and relax for the evening. We would definitely come back.

    March 2014
  • Super cute and comfortable house between two phenomenal areas. I would definitely stay here again. Phil was a gracious and accommodating host and his house was very charming. It is an older house, but it was warm and cozy and well furnished. I really enjoyed lounging on the couch in the morning listening to music, and drinking delicious pour-over coffee.
    The house is located 2 blocks from one great neighborhood and about 5 blocks from another great area. I walked between the two neighborhoods by myself at night and felt safe doing so. The house next door is not in great repair, but the majority of the homes in the area are well-kept.

    March 2014
  • Great house - excellent location! Very comfortable bed, and cool old house. Everything in the kitchen which we needed.

    February 2014
  • Phil was great! He made our stay super comfortable and was always great at getting back to me with questions. His place is great and the location is even better. We ended up spending our day just touring the area. We had the chance to check out some great breweries, live music, and good shopping and fantastic coffee...all within walking distance! The place was well stocked and had everything we needed. The only small downside was that the place did smell like a cat also lives there and I am allergic so that was unexpected. Besides that small issue though everything was amazing. Thanks for the great trip Phil!

    November 2012
  • We had a wonderful stay at Phil's home. It's in a great location near awesome restaurants and bars. The kitchen is well equipped, laundry in the basement, and a cozy living room. Phil was attentive and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

    November 2012
  • We never actually stayed at Phil's place but the interaction with him was negative so I felt like I should share my experience.

    My husband and I made a reservation to stay at Phil's place. We were disappointed that we had to cancel because of my husband's work. At the time, Phil's cancellation policy was "flexible" so as long as we cancelled within 24 hours of the reservation, we would get a full refund less the airbnb fees. I contacted him prior to the 24 hours required notice to tell him how sorry I was that we had to cancel. His reply was that he would not be able to get a replacement for the weekend and he said "not to be snotty, I will change my cancellation policy because of this."

    Once I contacted Phil about our trip being cancelled, I thought the cancellation process was complete and honestly believed it was the host's responsibility to cancel the reservation online since they are the ones who accept the reservation. However, I was wrong in assuming Phil would cancel the reservation. I have since discovered that it was my responsibility to not only contact him, which I did, but to electronically cancel as well. Therefore, he received the funds even though we didn't stay at his place. I contacted airbnb to see what had happened and they said that even though the error was mine, they would contact him to see if he would give me the money back. He agreed only to give a 50% refund, even though his cancellation policy clearly stated that a full refund would be provided.

    So because I wasn't fully versed on airbnb's instructions on electronically cancelling, and the funds got transferred to Phil's account even though we didn't stay in his place, he took advantage of the situation and decided to keep 50%. I honestly believe that most hosts would have honored the cancellation policy even though the guest fumbled the electronic cancellation. I have had nothing but positive experiences on airbnb up until this interaction. Airbnb had mentioned that I could contact the host and have a conversation with him to see if we could come to an agreement. As we were having the conversation over the (website hidden), the email string was intermittent, and only involved 3 posts from my side, Phil's last response was that he was reporting me to airbnb as harassment. I was very surprised because I thought we were in the middle of the conversation. I will not respond and hope that you will take into consideration what I have posted. This is the first time I have ever given negative feedback to a host. I have always been a strong promoter of airbnb because I think the concept is wonderful. I am thankful there is a chance for us to give feedback so that we can all stay informed when we are making reservation choices.

    Safe and happy travels!
    Marla

    October 2012
    Phil
    Response from Phil:

    This was truly a frustrating interaction: A day before their arrival, Marla told me she no longer planned to come. HOWEVER, she never bothered to cancel her trip on AirBnB, so left my place booked for the weekend--thereby not allowing anyone to rent it!

    When the trip was, naturally, charged to her, she complained--and began to harass me with repeated emails demanding a refund. (Again, she never canceled on AirBnB, and then when the reservation wasn't canceled, (which was her responsibility to do so) blamed me for not managing the reservation for her.)

    AirBnB told me that I did not need to refund her any money whatsoever. Instead, I gave her a 50% refund.

    Anyway, it was extremely unfortunately. After a year of great interactions with renters, this was enough for me to consider no longer listing on AirBnB.

  • My wife and and I stayed at Phil's place while in Portland for a friends wedding.
    Positives: Great location, comfortable bed, accurate description of house.
    Negatives: The big one for my wife and I was honestly the heavy scent of dog in the house. After being inside for a couple minutes I didn't notice much, but my wife is really sensitive and didn't get a great night sleep.
    We also couldn't get the WIFI to work which was a little bit of a hassle (Phil acknowledged having difficulty with this issue).

    October 2012
  • cute house by two great neighborhoods
    hope to stay again on my next PDX visit

    October 2012
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