About this listing
Come join us at the Zen Apartment! You'll enjoy a home rich in character, comfort and beauty. Our shanti one-bedroom (plus livingroom pull-out), full kitchen, new bath and gorgeous porch will suit a variety of good folks coming through Portland.
Casa Zen, a beautiful 1899 historic home, features 3 units. You'll be in the apartment on the main floor, a gem of a spot. We share an entrance and foyer, and the apartment is entirely yours. You'll enjoy a 1-bedroom with a Queen sized bed, small walk-in closet and adjacent new bathroom, a full (and fully-appointed) kitchen, your own laundry + additional closet/storage area, plus an airy living room (which includes a queen-sized pull-out sofa-bed) and eating nook. 4 people can comfortably stay here, though note that the bathroom is off the only bedroom.
Our home features a gorgeous wrap-around front deck and Japanese maple, with a sweet outside eating spot.
Casa Zen is located in inner SE Portland, and is very accessible to multiple key locations and routes. We are 3 blocks from the Ross Island Bridge which gives you immediate access to downtown attractions, shopping and business via car or multiple bus lines. We are close to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and the Springwater Corridor Trail that takes you along the Willamette River north to South, via foot or bike. Not far are OMSI - the Science Museum, OHSU - the educational hospital over the river and up the hill, the sweet Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood, as well as a handful of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques, including The hip Ford Building (where you can do yoga, get a haircut, buy a dress, and get a latte while listening to great local music!) We are just up the hill from the Aladdin Theatre for you live music lovers. For you families who may join us, there is a great kid-park and a kids resale shop blocks away. Additionally, New Seasons Market, the People's Food Co-op, and the Warehouse Cafe and Market are in the neighborhood and offer the full range of healthful groceries.
Guests have full access to the whole apartment, as well as the front porch. We have a decommissioned hot tub in back that is not currently for use. Sorry!
Interaction with Guests
We have just moved out to the country and only come in to our "city pad" just a few nights per week, if that. So, my interactions with you will be slim, and we may not meet at all! I rather miss being onsite to engage with my renters, I have to say. However, I am available by phone and text, and can be more present for anyone who wants to map the city a bit more and learn the attractions.
The neighborhood is lovely - the spring blooms gorgeous and our home, breezy and restful for the season. See you here!
Public transit options are copious and regular. There are about 6 bus lines to choose from just 2 blocks away. Street parking is included with our listing. Getting to us from the airport could include the MAX line and then a bus, or MAX plus cab, or cab all the way.
Other Things to Note
This house is a duplex with 2 Airbnb rentals. The rentals share the foyer, as well as the north wall and some up/down space. Please be conscientious of the other guests in the house. Please arrive by 10pm. If you cannot, please be in touch via text with your estimated ETA. We'll do our best to meet you at the door if we are in town. Thank you!
Please don't let the little grey kitty inside. Love her up on the front porch instead. Her name is Spooky.
*** House is privately owned. Owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur while on premises. Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guests.
We request that you are respectful, honest, clean and friendly! We prefer shoes off in the apartment - leave them in the shared foyer, or enter and use the bench to sit and leave them there. Coats go on the back of your door.
Please no smoking!
Upon departure, we'd like for you to do a general pick-up throughout the place, a wipe-down in the kitchen and to tackle your own dishes. Please put all dirty towels and linens in the laundry basket in the laundry room. Ask if you need any help or clarification!
Park anywhere you find in front or along the side. Thank you!
Communication with Robyn was easy. The rental is compact and well furnished. Good location.
Thanks for your great feedback on the place. Yes, we really got the AC hit this crazy hot summer! We've lived there 15 years with no AC but we may need to change that. We are about to upgrade the tv in the apartment and will add some basic cable to get you all connected to news. We are not tv people (we do Netflex and my husband surfs for his news) but I hear you! As for the weedy look, I see that. We are not in town as much these days and we have a fewllow helping out with that but it is getting a bit overgrown. We'll get to it. I hope the house didn't feel run down! It is old but we had the whole thing repainted last year, and we do plan to pressure wash again soon...
Thanks Susan, great feedback!
This was my first time using airbnb and my experience greatly exceeded my expectations. Casa Zen is a great place located in a beautiful neighborhood. Even though I didn't get the opportunity to meet Robyn, she was a great host who was always prompt in her communications.
The place was spacious, clean and had a ton of character. Would definitely come and stay again.
Robyn made my stay at Casa Zen a lovely experience from the moment i arrived. I was delighted by the little touches throughout this lovely apartment-within-a-home, and found the whole experience relaxing and refreshing. The bed was comfy, and the spacious bathtub greatly appreciated! Having a fully appointed kitchen full of great cookware was also a treat.
The location was perfect, with easy access to wonderful restaurants, shops, and coffee. I was working on East Burnside, and want to recommend LUCE on that street, a sweet and unpretentious lunch and dinner place that is affordable and delicious! The octopus salad was perfect and their broccoli polpettes also memorable. They had great pasta, and many wonderful antipasti dishes! Also loved Heart, a coffee house on east Burnside.
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a NE hide-away that is comfortable and great value for the money.
Robyn was very welcoming, and attentive to our needs. We were traveling with two small children, and she made some helpful offers of extra supplies, a booster-seat, and some notes on kid-friendly places to go and things to do. The house has a lot of character and has been well cared for, offering a very functional kitchen, a bright-spacious bathroom (with tub, great for kid's baths), and a washer/dryer. The quiet neighborhood felt safe, and is not far from a few parks, restaurants, and pubs. It was an enjoyable, comfortable stay for our first trip to Portland.
The host canceled this reservation 15 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
I'm feeling so guilty! You do a good job, Airbnb, at keeping us honest. Phew! This cancellation was an error on my part. I have family coming to stay and we did it offline, and I accidentally started their booking on the 19th instead of the 18th. Candy booked my place until the 19th and I approved it, thinking I was in the clear, but I was off a day. I checked in with family, but it cannot move. I offered Candy to stay for 1 less night, but she is not able. I was very polite in my dealings. I feel that penance has been done. We are good over here at Casa Zen, so please don't judge me too harshly. This is my first cancellation in 2+ years of hosting.
Robyn's place is even better than advertised! It is spacious and well appointed; it is also better 'stocked' for guests than many. Robyn replied promptly to any concerns that we had. Even though we didn't meet her personally, we felt like we knew her. The neighborhood was quiet and an easy commute to the city. We felt very comfortable there and would highly recommend!
Located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of SE Portland, Casa Zen serves its purpose comfortably. Located on the northern side of the Craftsman styled house, this main floor well equipped apartment is a comfortable place to rest your head after exploring the wonders around Portland.
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About the Host, Robyn
Hi! We are progressives, we have 3 awesome kids, we eat organic food, love our beautiful nature-escapes here in the Pacific Northwest, and we listen to good music and dance around the livingroom. Pretty standard for Portland, OR! I'm a dancer, healer, self described "beautification specialist" and full-time Mama, and my husband is a builder/contractor. Come join us at Casa Zen!