About this listing
This gem is a five minute walk to Link light rail, a twenty minute ride to SeaTac airport, and a ten minute drive to downtown Seattle. You can walk to Lake Washington, it is two blocks to the park and an easy jaunt through the park to the shore.
This delightful,1933 Mediterranean style home boasts inlaid parquet wood floors, artfully textured plaster walls and Philippine mahogany doors and windows. The common space features an art gallery with two dimensional work by well known artists with disabilities, such as Esref Armagan, Robert Koval and Jim Stevens.
Breakfast choices change daily,is served between 8 am and 10 am arranged the night before, unless you need to catch an early flight and then I'll pack you a travel bag. Guests will NOT have access to the owners kitchen.
The master bedroom, known as the Orchid Room, has a double bed, amoire, and dresser, and a private bath, right out of the 1950's. Turquoise, black and pink color scheme enhance a walk-in jetted tub and shower.
Small refrigerator, toaster, and teapot in the living room is available to guests who may have personal preferences in food choices
Or want to store some perishables
Interaction with Guests
On a daily basis unless I'm out of town
You must check in and get a key before 9:30 pm; you can then come and go, but I need to be rested so I can cook great breakfast! If you break something, expect to replace it. I prefer to meet guests on their arrival date so please communicate arrival time prior to the day of your arrival. Please arrive prior to 9:30 pm and If you need to arrive later, please make special arrangements ahead of time. Please be courteous, my house is your house, if only for a short time!
Our host was amazing. We felt so welcomed and it was way above our expectation. She was so generous and took pride in everything she did. We had the best breakfasts ever! Every morning it was something different and exciting, with top quality material and homemade products. The place was immaculate and comfortable. The bath tab and shower was really clean and comfortable. It was better than home! Every corner of this house had something enlightening with paintings, books, stories,..... The location was great - close to downtown and walking distance to Lake Washington. We went for walk around the lake and watched sunset. It was beautiful. This is a real Gem. The host, the house, the yard with fruit trees and great conversations with the host. We gained so much knowledge and really learned how to be generous and take pride in what we do. We recommend this house to anyone who wants to go to an exceptional human experience beyond just staying somewhere.
Beautifully decorated room in a well cared for 1930's art deco home in a charismatic neighborhood, with all amenities true to description. Breakfast was delicious, with fresh blackberries from the garden (what a treat!). Barbara was kind and a great conversationalist, and made us feel right at home.
We had a wonderful stay at Barbara Oswald's home in the Mount Baker neighborhood in Seattle. The location was very convenient to every place we wanted to visit. (The light-rail line to both the airport and downtown Seattle is only a few blocks away.) Barbara's home was charming--more than charming, beautiful. Despite the heat during the week we visited, my wife and I were quite comfortable. Our room was spacious, with elegant older furniture and fixtures. Both bedroom and bathroom were just fine.
What made our visit so special, however, was Barbara. She greeted us warmly. She helped us (despite the late hour of our arrival) find a good, nearby, place for dinner. What was particularly enjoyable were the conversations we had with Barbara about her career and ongoing work as an organizer, artist, gallery owner, and promoter of the art of other artists. To top this off, Barbara provided fresh coffee every morning, made us two wonderful breakfasts, and gave us a tour of the artwork--much of it, her own--in her living room.
This is my first experience with airbnb and I feel very lucky to have spent four nights in Barbara's "House of Hope". It is clean, cozy, full of styles and spirits, with a great location to downtown and highways, and Barbara is an excellent host. She was organizing an art event in her gallery the evening we arrived, so we actually met her at her gallery in order to get the key. Although she was very busy we can still feel her hospitallity, and it was our first experience of running into a small-scale private exhibition and it provided an excellent chance to know more about Barbara's work and her passions. We were busy visiting Seattle in the following days, returning to her house and chatting with her made our visit more enjoyable and meaningful. I'll definitely choose to go back to the "House of Hope" when I visit Seattle in the future.
Barbara was a delightful and knowledgeable host. She knows the history of Seattle and is full of recommendations if you need ideas of what to do and where to go. Her home is safe and quiet and conveniently located to light rail and bus lines. Lake Washington and an excellent Italian restaurant are within walking distance. Barbara's passion for cooking is evident in such homemade goodies as mulberry muffins. Her home is filled with art (mostly hers) and lots of 1930's character. A television is available as we wanted to follow the recent All Star Baseball game. All of our needs and wants were met!
Barbara was there to greet my wife and I upon arrival. Our rapport was instantaneous. Staying with her is completely unlike grabbing a hotel room - we were made to feel at home throughout our stay. She's local, she's engaging and breakfast was served with great tasting organic ingredients. This lady has had a wide variety of life experiences both in her Seattle neighborhood and beyond. We were in Seattle for medical reasons and the location of the home made it easy to drive to the various hospitals. We found that we could enjoy conversation or privacy, which ever suited us at the time. A walk to Lake Washington was a great antidote to a day in the city. I guess the bottom line is that when we return to Seattle, we hope to stay with Barbara again.
Barbara's place was awesome. A nice quiet neighborhood and a short walk to the light rail and beautiful lake. Barbara was very accommodating and gave us tourists wonderful recommendations. Even before our stay she was very helping in helping me figure out transportation. I would definitely stay again!
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About the Host, Barbara
Welcome to Seattle, Washington! I own and live in my 1933 mission style home with original parquet floors, plaster walls, and original Philippine mahogany woodwork recycled from an old Seattle hotel. It is not been upgraded or modernized! I have been managing a Bed and Breakfast in the multicultural and diverse neighborhood referred to as Mount Baker for seven years. I enjoy the out of doors, tandem cycling, and gardening.
I enjoy interacting with my guests. I was an international exchange student in Vienna, Austria and have traveled to Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, England, and Russia. I have lived in California, Massachusetts, and several cities and towns in Washington State.