Large peaceful room with attached half bath with it's own entry is a 15 minute bus ride to downtown Seattle. The house is located in a cohousing community and is surrounded by plants and flowers. Just across the street is Chinese Gardens and College.
Quiet, large private room and half bath with separate outside entrance. Outside the entrance is a patio and stairs that lead down to the parking lot. You are welcome to hang out on the patio. Comfortable queen sized bed with premium bedding. Desk in the room and Air Conditioner for the rare hot summer day. Use of shower on main floor which no one else uses (except an occasional visitor) and use of kitchen, living room and porch. Breakfast food provided with short term rental (three days or less.) Free wifi. Located on major bus line and only fifteen minutes to downtown Seattle and 10 miles to the airport. Quiet house with no kids or pets located in a beautiful park like setting cohousing community near community college and Chinese Garden. You are welcome to join in community events while here (meals, barbecues, art shows) and wander around the beautiful grounds. The bus stop is a 5 min. walk. The bus does not run on Sundays but besides that it is easy to get downtown from here.
Cohousing means that people own their own homes plus a share of the common buildings. We make decisions by consensus. No one lives in this house but me.
Guests can use the kitchen some, hang out in the living room, eat on the dining room table or on the table on the porch. Host has private rooms on the upper floor. The middle floor contains the kitchen, living room and bathroom with the shower. The lower floor is the guest bedroom and half bath. There are stairs leading down the guest room. The outside door to the guest room goes to the back yard where there is a patio and lighted stairs leading to the parking lot. The front door of the house leads to sidewalks that take you to the parking lot. You need to park in the cul de sac and walk across a gravel parking lot to access my house.
Interaction with Guests
Host is gone most of the time but enjoys engaging with guests when the schedules align. Sometimes Host has sessions with private clients in the living room and will give the guest notice when that happens. Usually guest are gone during the day anyway so it is not an inconvenience.
The house is located across the street from the largest green belt in Seattle. If you want to take a walk you can walk in the woods or go to the Chinese gardens and botanical garden located next to the community college. The neighborhood is economically and socially diverse. Some people raise chickens and goats and others have professional jobs. There are people from other counties with different customs who are also part of this neighborhood.
The house is part of a cohousing community. There is a path in the community that leads up to 16th Street. Just across the street is a bus stop. The 125 bus takes you downtown in 15 mins or the 128 bus takes you to the center of West Seattle where there are restaurants and shopping. Five minutes by car takes you to Alki Beach and a bit further takes you to Lincon Park. They are both beautiful and unique areas. The immediate neighborhood around the house is an interesting mix of rural and urban. There are goats and chickens in the neighborhood and we have just gotten a grant to build a community orchard. We are starting to develop the land for that (first step was tearing down the house that was on the land.)
There is another cohousing community that is .5 mile away. You can rent a Car-to-Go also if you want to go places that the bus won't as easily take you.
Other Things to Note
Things go better if you read all of this information about the house. Also, read the directions to my house as a car's navigational system will often lead you astray.
If you use the kitchen you will need to clean up after yourself. I probably won't cook for you but you are welcome to help yourself to breakfast food and cook your own breakfast (breakfast food is for short term guests only-3 days or less.) Please turn off lights when not in use. When you use the air conditioner in your room, please keep the windows and doors closed. Also leave the windows closed when the heat is on. If you need something, just ask! There is an iron available and a hair dryer. If you leave the door to your room open when you are not there, then I'll know you are gone so I won't tiptoe around. I also like to use the door in your room when I take the garbage and reclycling out as it is easier then going around the house.
No smoking or illegal activities. This is a non smoking house and community.
This was my 3rd time with Melanie and was as pleasant as ever.
The improved walkway to the private entry makes coming and
going so much easier. I'd recommend this to anyone who can do stairs.
Melanie was warm and welcoming. The room large, clean and has been decorated extremely tasteful and attractive, as is the whole house.
Mel's place is lovely, clean, quiet and relaxing, which was exactly what we needed. Everything was just as described online. It was great to be able to use the kitchen. A toilet became plugged up while we were there and Mel called a plumber to have it fixed right away. Very convenient to West Seattle locations, and greater Seattle area as well. We loved the location in a beautiful co-housing community. Easy walk to Chinese garden and arboretum at community college. I would definitely stay there again.
Melanie home was beautiful and the room was like home, the bed was so comfortable as like the bed rapped me up. It was very quiet and like home. One of my best stays away from home. I recommend this place. Thanks again Melanie!
Melanie was fantastic. The room was just as pictured, there was a private bathroom, the bed was SUPER comfortable. You have your own private entrance which really adds to the privacy feeling, also Melanie made me feel very comfortable about using the kitchen and seating area upstairs. The neighbourhood is just one bus to downtown but makes you feel like you're out of the city, because it's so nice and quiet and full of trees. I was unfortunate enough to get sick while staying there and Melanie went above and beyond and brought me ginger tea and water in the middle of the night. Great experience overall and more than I could have expected. Would definitely recommend this place and will most definitely stay again.
Mel graciously adjusted to our unexpected delay in arrival time due to car issues. Even during the busy holiday season, she had everything ready for our third stay in her home. She's always cordial and easy to talk to. We've enjoyed our 3 stays with her.
Melanie's place is in a new (about 14 years old) complex of homes on a hillside. The layout of the complex imposes some problems that Melanie has no control over but need to be spelled out for potential guests. There are also some items she does have control over and hopefully this review will prompt some corrections. Melanie was an adequate host; we had minimal interaction with her. Layout problems. Having to park on the street and not in the parking lot was only a mild inconvenience but the gravel on the lot we had to walk over to enter made it impossible to wheel suitcases to the concrete path up the hill. There are ramps to circumvent three sets of stairs but these are not visible at night. In fact, the entire path to Melanie's place is very poorly lit. We had to use our iPhone flashlights to see the way. Since it rains a lot in the Seattle area, the complex should have allowed for umbrellas on the pathways. Instead, the bushes are too high and too close to the path to allow open umbrellas to pass. Also, the crowded path transfers wet leaves all over one's coats which then mess up the indoor carpeting. Finally, the private entrance referred to in the profile leads onto a muddy, slippery downhill path when raining. Interior and management issues. 1). There is no lock on the bedroom door. We have never seen a non-lockable door in our several years of b&b experiences. This is easily fixable. Melanie said she has a lock on her door; are the guests not equally important? 2). Problem with communication re breakfast. Melanie's house rules state, "You can cook your own breakfast or wait for me to wake up. I'm sure we can work something out that works for both of us." When we asked her about her fixing breakfast, she was adamant that she doesn't fix breakfast for anyone. She went on to chastise us for not having read the profile. 3). Luggage and stairs. We found out that one should not bring luggage in the private entrance - it messes up the carpeting if it's rainy outside. Coming in the front door is OK if one found the path ramps but the interior stairs to the downstairs guest room are hazardous with luggage. In fact, they're hazardous without luggage - far too steep for a public accommodation. 4). Cleaning up. Melanie complained to us about previous guests not emptying wastebaskets. Even if one believes that this should even be the guests' responsibility, we saw no place to empty wastebaskets. We also saw no vacuum cleaner to repair the deposits of nature from the wet outside and not even a broom. Also, there was no iron visible to press our clothing. 5). The actual room was OK; it was furnished with rudimentary IKEA knotty pine furniture. The half bath was lacking in counter space around the basin for all the paraphernalia that women need...
To tell you a bit about me: I am a RN who works in inpatient psychaitry. I also am a trainer-I teach Nonviolent Communication. I work with individuals, couples and groups to evolve their systems of communication. I have authored several books on Nonviolent Communication and health care. I speak at conferences and travel a bit. I'm also a grandmother of an adorable five year old. I live in a lovely four bedroom house which is in a cohousing community. There is way too much space in this house for little ole me so I like to have people stay here. I mainly hang out on the top floor. The living room, kitchen and bathroom are on the middle floor and the room I rent is on the lower level. You may see very little of me during your stay. If you don't want to see me at all you are welcome to come and go through the outside door in your room. You are welcome to use the kitchen and hang out in the living room and on the porch. You can also participate in some cohousing meals and activities if they are happening when you are here (they occure in the Common House, not in my house.) Occassionally I see clients and couples in the living room. I'll let you know when that happens so you can arrange your schedule to be somewhere else or in your room during those times. I look forward to meeting you.