About this listing
The Big Yellow House is a huge Victorian home near happening Mississippi and Alberta streets and on bus lines running both directions! The Portlandia Room is perfect for students, interns, house-hunters and long-term vacationers!
The property is an old Victorian house, 4 stories high, surrounded by a 6 ft.-tall cast iron fence. We rent rooms on the top two stories. The house has a large eat-in kitchen and family room, workout room and game room. The game room has a pool table, electronic dart board, puzzles and board games, all available for shared use. We have a beautiful electronic foosball table in the family room as well. The workout room has a Vectra On-line 1270 home gym capable of 22 different exercises, a treadmill, and a Reebok recumbent bicycle with an LED screen with games. If you want to play, you have to keep pedaling, though. ;-) There are also two covered balconies. The side balcony is huge and has an outdoor fireplace, gas grill and charcoal barbecue, which guests are welcome to use when we are home. The front balcony is right at the front of the house overlooking the street and is a great place for people-watching. ;)
It should be noted that the photos of the living room and dining room are no longer accurate, as those rooms are now the game room and workout room! We found, over time, that our guests weren't really using the formal living room and dining room, so we decided to put something fun in the rooms that guests would enjoy more. We hope to get the photos updated soon.
Room 303 is on the third floor. It faces west and has affords a lovely view west on Killingsworth. A great vantage point for watching spectacular sunsets! The room has one twin bed, a desk, dresser and heated mattress pad. The room also has Dish satellite t.v., DVR and wifi access, although the wifi signal is strongest in the family room and kitchen.
You will also have full access to the kitchen, fully stocked with pots and pans, dishes and utensils and are welcome to cook in it whenever you like!
Our guests have access to all the common areas (kitchen, family room, game room, workout room, laundry room and balconies) and the kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes and utensils.
We also have several shelves full of games and tons of dvds which guests are welcome to use anytime.
Interaction with Guests
Terence and I hosted foreign English-language students (and others) in our home for about 8 years and have been hosting with Airbnb for over a year now. We are friendly and easy-going, and are very comfortable with a houseful of people from all over! In fact, in the 7 years that we have lived here we have probably hosted over 400 guests!
We recently moved downstairs, so we don't live with our guest anymore, but we come upstairs frequently and still share a lot of the common areas.
Most of our Airbnb guests have been with us long-term, the majority of them students and interns, and they have been AWESOME!! They have all gotten along fabulously and many have forged lasting friendships.
We are in a commercial district surrounded by many of the city's best restaurants and coolest hangouts and sit right between popular Mississippi Avenue and the hip Alberta Arts district. This is a happening place!
There is also a convenience store right next door and a Safeway grocery store, Walgreen's drug store, post office and fast food restaurants all very close-by. The historic North Portland public library and McMenamins Chapel Pub (in a beautiful renovated funeral home!) are just steps away from the house.
Behind the house sits a beautiful old residential neighborhood- a perfect place for invigorating jogs or leisurely strolls. We are just a 5-minute walk from Peninsula Park too, which boasts a beautiful historic rose garden and fountain, picnic areas, a large playground with a sprinkler water play area, tennis courts and baseball diamonds, a basketball court and soccer field, an outdoor swimming pool and a community center with indoor games and activities.
There is something for everyone here and I know you will enjoy your stay!
Buses running both east-west and north-south go right past the house and the MAX is nearby as well, so you can easily get to just about anywhere from here! If you are in a car, we are just 8 blocks from the freeway (I-5) and only a 10-minute drive from downtown and 20 minutes from the airport, which is very easy to get to from here. The Convention Center, Rose Garden (where the Trailblazers play), and Memorial Coliseum are close-by and also very easy to get to (straight down Vancouver Avenue from here) and Lloyd Center Mall, with 200 stores, an ice rink and movie theaters is just down the street from there. We have plenty of Portland brochures and bus information and would be happy to help you with tourist and travel info.
Other Things to Note
We ask that guests bring their own bath towels. We will provide bedding, kitchen towels, and bathroom hand towels (please use for drying hands only), toilet paper, hand soap and cleaning supplies.
Victorian houses have thick walls! Our Wi-fi signal can be a bit patchy in many of the bedrooms, but there is a strong signal in the great room/kitchen and guests will sometimes bring their computer in there to work when they need a really strong signal.
As we host several guests in the same home at once, we need to do our best to ensure that all of our guests feel safe and comfortable during their stay here. All of our rules have been written with that end in mind. We value you and want you to have a wonderful stay here!
We ask that you not drink or keep alcohol in the house. There are two pubs within a block of the house, and the Enat restaurant right across the street serves beer as well, so if you would like to drink while you're here, you have plenty of great options!
Since our guests share a bathroom, we ask that they keep it tidy. We also ask that you put away clean dishes at least once a week and that you leave common areas (kitchen, bathroom, family room) looking as good as or better than you found them (common sense, of course).
Sorry, we don't allow pets.
No smoking in or near the house.
We ask that you not use the oven or stove after 10:00 at night for fire safety reasons. You can use the microwave anytime. Before putting food in the refrigerator, please write your intials on it with the Sharpie pen provided. Please mark your laundry products as well. Otherwise, they may hang around for months after you leave, leaving little room for current guests to store their things!
On one of the balconies we have an outdoor fireplace as well as a gas and charcoal barbecue grill that you are welcome to use when we are home. If you plan to use any of them, please let me know.
Guests are welcome to watch t.v. or movies in the family room, but we ask that you stick to entertainment with a PG-13 or TV-14 rating or below so that everyone will be comfortable. Of course, what you watch in your own room is your business. We also ask that you avoid using foul language in our home.
For fire safety reasons we don't allow open flames of any kind in the house including candles, incense, etc. This is for your safety. You may be a very safe and conscientious candle-user but your neighbor in the next room may not be. Trust me on this; I've hosted over a hundred guests!
This house was such a pleasure to stay in. Not only the style of the home, but the Packhams were wonderful as well. My month long stay was very well accommodated. The Alice in Wonderland room is legit and there were heating pads on the beds in my room. I recommend The Big Yellow House for a stay to enjoy Mississippi and Alberta for tasty food adventures.
We had such a great time staying at Lynettes place. We are thankfull for the opportunity to get a great look of the city, getting arround from there was so easy. It was great to get to know the other guests at the house and Lynnettes family. Unfortunately I haven't met Lynnette in person but the communication before and through our visit was absolutely perfect. Thank's again for having us!
The Packhams are so friendly, hospitable and helpful. They made me feel right at home and they were able to give me good tips on how to get around, where to go etc. I didn't love the neighborhood but once I had access to a car there was no problem any more. The ambiance around the house is also great with many other airbnbers staying there.
Lynnette was a great host. She was very accommodating and flexible with our needs. I loved the visitor center she had by our room with maps and things to do in Portland. The house was conveniently located by the bus line downtown and we were walking distance to the Chapel Pub and the Rose Garden. If you are looking to stay on a budget..this is the place for you :)
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About the Host, Lynnette
My husband, Terence and I are both native Portlanders. I was born here and his family moved here when he was just 6 months old. We’ve lived in a few other places, but came back here to stay about 23 years ago. We couldn’t stay away! We’ve been married for 29 years and have 4 grown children, 2 married, and 2 new baby granddaughters.
Terence is a corrections officer for Multnomah County. He works at night, so he is usually asleep during the day, but you will probably see him in the evening at least some of the time. He is also the bishop of our ward at church, so he keeps very busy! He loves woodworking, outdoor activities like hiking, camping, rock climbing and scuba diving, and football. He has traveled to Spain and Mexico and has lived in Provo, Utah and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he served a 2-year mission for our church.
I am at home full-time (this house and all its goings-on keep me pretty busy), but I am also a licensed esthetician. I hope to open a salon on one of the lower levels of the house. I love movies, horseback riding, hiking and traveling and have traveled to Japan, Mexico, Canada, Germany and France. I have lived in Provo, Utah, Boise, Idaho, Reno, Nevada and Chicago, Illinois where I served a Spanish-speaking mission for our church. Before hosting with Airbnb I hosted over 300 exchange students in our home over a period of 8 years, so people from all around the world call me “Mom”!
Our dog, Maggie, is a Jack Russell Terrier. She thinks she runs the place! We adopted her from Life for Paws, who rescued her from a California shelter. We don’t know her background, but it has been estimated that she is about 10 or 11 years old. We have had so many different people live with us since she’s been here that she immediately accepts all new arrivals as part of the family.
Mijo is our Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot. He has been with us for 23 years. He likes to laugh like my daughters and I and cry like a baby, so if you hear a baby in the house, it is probably just the bird! He also loves to whistle and often composes his own melodies. He loves visitors, but if you stick your finger in his cage, he may bite, so be careful!
We also have a horse, but of course, he doesn’t live here. He boards at stables in Washington, about 20 minutes from here.
We have 5 guest rooms in our home and they are usually full! Most of our guests are students and interns who stay with us for a month or more, but we host short-term vacationers in-between, too. Our guests have been AWESOME and have all gotten along fabulously, so there is a real community feel in our home.
We have hosted with Airbnb for over a year now and we love it!!