About this listing
Cozy room with a single bed in a beautiful, single-unit apartment above a garage, built in the craftsman style of this historic neighborhood w/ a modern feel, beautiful natural light, exposed wooden beams, and French doors opening onto a balcony.
Dining area, front balcony, and the house dog (We've rearranged the living space a bit since this was taken to improve the space, but it looks more or less the same.)
Small room with a single bed, in a beautiful, single-unit two-bedroom apartment (we live in the other bedroom) above a garage, built in the craftsman style of this historic neighborhood but with a modern feel. The room is very small but efficient; since the bed hangs from the ceiling, there is space under-neither for your private little sitting space. There is a door opening from the room onto the back patio, and and a closet with coat hangers, as well as dresser and shelving for you to organize your things and make yourself at home. Please take careful look at the photos, this may not be an ideal space for you if you are either tall, or not good with heights.
The living area has wood floors, exposed wood beams, and French doors opening onto a small balcony from the living space. You can expect comfort but not luxury. In other words, there will be fresh/clean sheets, but they won't be ironed. And due to having a dog in a small space, we will do our best to keep the place clean, but there will most definitely be a dog hair or two that works itself into your room.
You may use our living room, bathroom (there is a hair drier and drawer we keep for guests), kitchen, washer/dryer, outside dining spaces, back patio, etc. Please understand that as our house is very small, our dining room table doubles as a desk for us. Since we use the living area for work and study, we cannot guarantee that the common space will always be perfectly clean. It is our home, not a hotel. That being said, your room will be certainly be completely clean and tidy ;-) We have a small second living space in the loft that we reserve for our personal use (We both have very full schedules, as we work and are back in school, and we like to have that as a place to decompress when we want it). That being said, it’s by no means off limits. You are welcome to check out the space and utilize it as you like when we are out.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to allow you space to do your own thing, but also enjoy meeting and socializing with good people. I have been a host via various websites for years, and am happy to give as many recommendations or suggestions for your time in Portland as you like! We are active people, enjoy exploring the live music happenings in the area, greatly appreciate good food/drink, and are eager to point people towards places and activities that show off our city. You are welcome and encouraged to make use of our kitchen and living room, but there is no obligation or expectation to share meals or activities.
We are located as central as it gets, right in between downtown and the handful of awesome east side commercial districts. You can walk downtown in 20 minutes. There are a decent number of restaurants and bars within walking distance (see our guidebook), yet the house its self is a couple blocks off of the main street, nestled in a quiet residential area, and a 5 minute walk from several parks, and walking distance from Streetcar and the light-rail. We aren't necessarily walking-distance (unless you are ambitious) to any of the fun commercial districts (Alberta, Mississippi, Williams, 28th, Division, etc.), but as mentioned earlier we are located very centrally to all of them, and they are a cheep Uber/Lyft/bus ride way.
We are located 5 blocks away from the streetcar and light-rail lines, both of which go downtown (and directly to the airport, train station, and bus station). There are a handful of bus lines that pass within several blocks, and Uber or Lyft always good options.
Other Things to Note
We have a very sweet dog, who for the most part likes to hang out on her bed. She is well-trained and wouldn't dream of climbing on the couch or beds. When she's in the house she mostly naps.
As our listing states, our pricing is for one guest. We want our home to be a comfortable place for ourselves as well as our guests, and our house is just two small to still be comfortable with more than three people (Myself, Duncan, and one guest). We are unable to accommodate additional overnight guests, and are unable to make exceptions.
We will email you our guest book after you make a reservation, which includes everything you need to know to make yourself at home (how to use the laundry, where everything is located, living space expectations, nearby grocery stores). There will be a printed copy in your room when you arrive. A few general rules are listed below:
• You are welcome to come and go as you like, but be respectful of noise if we need quite (we both use the living room for studying).
• Please refrain from eating or drinking in the bed, and be careful with anything in the bedroom that can stain; any expenses we accrue in order to clean or cover up spills or stains in the bedroom will be taken from the security deposit.
• No smoking (of anything) inside the home. If smoking occurs in non-designated areas, all security deposits will be subject to forfeit and owner has authority to evict tenants.
• SMOKING AREAS: The rental bedroom has a door opening onto a balcony, and there is a comfortable covered patio on the lower level.
• No walking inside unit with Bike Shoes, Muddy and/or Spiked Hiking Boots, or any Metal Sole Shoes that may scratch or harm the wooden floors.
• All debris and discards should be placed in appropriate receptacles (garbage vs. recycling).
• Clean up after yourself when using the kitchen, bathroom, and other shared spaces.
We live in Portland, where Sara was born and raised. Duncan is also a native Oregonian, hailing from Ashland. We are both avid travelers, but the Pacific Northwest is home! We have a small, beautiful place that feels a bit like a cross between a beach house and an enormous tree house. We love our home and enjoy sharing it.
We appreciate guests that make themselves at home and treat our home with respect. Sara works from home, and we are also both in school (Duncan - Nursing, Sara - Occupational Therapy), so we likely won't have much free time to hang out and show you around. We also often need the living area to be quiet for studying and/or work. This doesn't mean that we aren't happy to have you, just that you will have to be an independent traveler looking for a comfortable and welcoming "home base." And we are full of recommendations and suggestions!!! Public transportation from the bus and train station to our house is very easy.
If you have any questions about us or our home, please don't hesitate to contact us!