CLOSE-IN! The Big Yellow House, 302

House - Private room · N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217, United States

The Big Yellow House is a huge Victorian home near both Mississippi and Alberta streets and on bus lines running both directions! Room 302 has a full-sized bed, desk and dresser and is perfect for students and interns. Short-termers are welcome, too!

The Space

The property is an old Victorian house, 4 stories high, surrounded by a 6 ft.-tall cast iron fence. We live and rent rooms on the top two stories. The house has a large eat-in kitchen and family room, formal living room (complete with an indoor porch swing) and dining room, all available for shared use. There also two covered balconies. The side balcony is huge and has an outdoor fireplace, gas grill and charcoal barbecue. The front balcony is right at the front of the house overlooking the street and is a great place for people-watching. ;)

We have five rooms available for rent and there is a guest-only bathroom shared by anyone staying on the third floor. Rooms 303 and 304 have t.v.s with built-in dvd players and we plan to add t.v.s to the other rooms soon as well. All rooms have wifi access.

THE BLACK ROOM (301) is on the third floor on the NE corner of the house and has two smaller windows (only one opens). It has one twin bed, a desk and dresser. There is an electric mattress pad on the bed to keep you cozy and warm at night. We also provide a microplush afghan for you to cuddle up in during waking hours.

ROOM 303 is also on the third floor. It is furnished the same way as the the black room, but is slightly larger and has two twin beds (we've added one since the photo was taken). The room is on the west side of the house and has a large window looking west down Killingsworth Street. There is a lovely view of the Chapel Pub and you can see some gorgeous sunsets from there as well!

ROOM 302 is very much like 303, but faces east. It has a full-sized bed (also added after the photo) and can accommodate two people (but, of course, just one is fine, too). This room has a large window looking east down Killingsworth. If you enjoy watching beautiful sunrises, this is the room for you.

ROOM 304, THE WONDERLAND ROOM, is both fun and unique! My now-married daughter has a passion for all things "Wonderland" and we custom-decorated this room for her when she was 16. The ceiling in the room is covered with glow-in-the-dark stars. With the lights out, you will see a crescent moon as well...or is it something else? Flip the light switch and a smiling Cheshire Cat will appear, sitting in a tree. Turn on the black lights in the room and he will drop half his stripes and the verses painted on the wall will change color! The Wonderland Room has two twin beds, so it will accommodate two people, but one is fine, too. :) This is a great room for children or children at heart!

Rooms 301 through 304 all have gas central heat, and the 3rd floor has it's own separate furnace.

The Blue Room is on the second floor (the same floor as the common areas) and is right off of the dining room. It is larger than the third floor rooms and has a full-sized bed, hardwood floors, a vanity and a dresser. There are two closets. Some of my things are stored in one of the closets, but the other is all yours. This room is heated with a space heater as no one has been able to figure out how to get heat to the vent in there. The room has three doors: one to the dining room, one to the front entryway, and one to a small hallway to the bathroom door (which is inches from your door). This bathroom is shared with just one other person.

We also have a friendly little Jack Russell Terrier named Maggie and a parrot named Mijo who has been with us for 23 years. I have a horse as well, but he doesn't live here. :)

Guest Access

We share almost everything here! Our guests have access to all the common areas (kitchen, family room, living room, dining room, laundry room and balconies) and are welcome to use any of our pots, pans, dishes and utensils. The only thing we don't share is the refrigerator, as we have a separate one for guests. The food would never all fit into one!

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 rented rooms in our home to foreign English-language students (and others) 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!

I don't work outside of home, so I am here a good share of the time. Most of the guest rooms are on the third floor though (the common areas are on the second), so our guests have plenty of privacy when they want or need it. Terence works a lot, so he is gone a lot of the time.

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

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!

Getting around

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $295 /week
Monthly Price: $680 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I had a wonderful stay in the Big Yellow House. Lynette and her family were very welcoming and I felt very at home there. The bus service is good - I used it to get downtown to work every day without any problems. The neighbourhood is also lovely to explore on foot, with many coffeeshops and restaurants really close to the house. Overall I had a really good time in Portland and would definitely stay here again!

    February 2014
  • Lynnette was very warm and sweet, always welcoming you with a smile after a hard day's work. I really enjoyed meeting her and her family, as well as all of the other guests staying at the house at the same time. Lynnette was also very flexible and understanding, which gave me a lot of comfort during a very hard rotation. I would definitely stay here again if I find myself in Portland in the future.

    September 2013
  • We felt very lucky to stay with Lynette and her lovely family in the gorgeous 'big yellow house!' The room was spacious and comfortable and communication with Lynette was a breeze; she had great suggestions for our stay in Portland and also for our onwards journey. The house is in a great part of town, near lots of yummy restaurants and coffee. Thank you Lynette for your warm hospitality!!

    June 2013
  • It's a great old house in a diverse neighborhood. Lynnette is a welcoming and caring host. She helped me with some things like printing and provides a lot of useful information - very great if you are visiting Portland for the first time. The other family members including the dog and others guests were also friendly and fun to chat with. Slept well, too.

    June 2013
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Sam Barlow High School, Brigham Young University
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!!
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