***Before booking, please read the "House Rules" which contain more information about the house, and if you do end up booking, please read the "House Manual" before arriving for more of the same--like how to access the house and what the internet code is. The "House Rules" are located in a tab above the description. When you receive your post-booking confirmation email from airbnb, click on the button in the email to view the itinerary, and the "House Manual" will be there. This is a three-bedroom, two bath home and to accommodate 6 people, beds are shared. Two beds are doubles and one is a queen. Many thanks!
Enjoy all that inner-SE Portland has to offer in a beautiful and creative home that lives like an episode of Portlandia—complete with chickens, raised beds, kids bikes, ping pong and more.
Located in the Clinton neighborhood, visitors can walk to the People’s Coop, a year-round Farmers Market, New Seasons grocery store, the Löyly Sauna and a plethora of restaurants, cafes and bakeries—many showcasing local and organic fare—with vegan to omnivore offerings. Yoga studios, food carts, shopping and more are also in the vicinity, as are bike routes and bus lines. Street parking available. Please see the "Guidebook"for great restaurant, grocery store and other suggestions in the neighborhood. Portland/Oregon travel information and maps are also available at the house.
The home was built in 1905 and is a charming space that has been tastefully and artistically updated while retaining original touches like wood mouldings, hard wood floors and leaded windows. It is designed with an eclectic mix of mid-century, modern and eco styles. The home has recently undergone energy efficiency upgrades through Clean Oregon Energy Works and has a new furnace, on-demand hot water, and is insulated and sealed creating a comfortable climate year-round.
For those booking during the summer, I don't have AC yet but have implemented the following measures that help to keep the house comfortable:
--Had insulation blown into the walls and attic.
--Have removable "indow window" inserts that keep heat out.
--Have shades in the front of the house that block the sun.
--Have 2 fans.
I find the house comfortable, but on the hottest days of summer, people who are heat sensitive may find it warm upstairs so please take that under advisement. However, the downstairs stays cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.
If a heat wave happened when you are at the house, I would recommend keeping the windows closed during the day and then opening them at night to air the house out.
The kitchen features a five-burner gas range, dishwasher, butcher-block islands and custom farmhouse sink and is well stocked for cooking. The upstairs/main floor includes the master bedroom with a queen bed and small dressing room, the second bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom that includes a claw-foot tub and shower and view of the chickens.
The downstairs contains a double bed, a bathroom with a shower, and the entire space has a gorgeous "Claylin" floor that was installed using eco-friendly natural building techniques. PLEASE NOTE, the downstairs ceilings are relatively low. If you are over 6 feet tall, you might not find it ideal. That said, I had a guest who was 6'3"last summer who was fine with it. (Upstairs ceilings are 10ft high throughout.)
The house also contains a washer and dryer, wireless Internet and local phone usage. The two-story carriage house features convenient covered & secure bike storage, gas and charcoal grills and ping pong.
The home is cared for by Amy, the owner, and her wonderful House Manager, Dorothy, who really makes things shine.
Interaction with Guests
There is a lockbox that enables guests to access the house whenever they arrive but if you would like me to be at the house and show you around when you arrive, please let me know and, if possible, I will do so.
The "Clinton" neighborhood is a mix of old and new Portland and has several great amenities within walking distance. Please read my guidebook for full descriptions.
There are several bus lines that access the house and starting in 2015, there will be a light rail stop within a 5-7 minute walk of the house. A taxi from the airport will be between $30-$40.
Other Things to Note
I love having airbnb guests, and as you can see by the reviews, many people have enjoyed staying in my home. (And below you will find a list of all the close-by amenities and some transport info to hopefully answer some questions that come up frequently.) That said, this house may not be for everyone. It is an old, creaky building that isn't totally soundproof and as it is old, it also has charms, quirks and the patina of a century that you wouldn't find in a more modern dwelling--if you are expecting carpet and/or modern flooring and/or granite counter tops, this likely isn't the place for you.
Also, there are chickens and trains nearby--while most people haven't had problems with either of these things, if you are very noise sensitive, you might. I do provide ear plugs though.
While I don't list a cleaning fee all the time, if I am away, or under extenuating circumstances, I may need to charge up to $150 in order to ensure that I have a house cleaner come and change sheets, towels, etc. I understand that it is an added expense, but sometimes it is the only way that the house can be available.
I live very close to the Seven Corners New Seasons Grocery Store, 1954 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202. You can use this address to get an estimate of where I am and can then use the Trimet website to access the public transportation options that will be available to you.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions, and if you do book, please read the House Manual, which you will have access to after booking, before arrival and make sure that all members in your party are aware of the house protocols.
1. No pets or smoking in the house. Please dispose of cigarette butts in the trashcan.
2. While I appreciate the sentiment of leaving perishable food in the fridge so that it doesn't go to waste, it is best if you please remove and/or dispose of any food that you have brought into the house. My chickens love leftovers and kitchen scraps so feel free to put them in their run!
3. If comfortable for you, I try and keep the house shoe-free to preserve the floors and to help keep them clean.
4. Please wash your dishes and/or put them in the dishwasher and run it upon departure. Powdered detergent is under the sink.
5. Please empty recycling and trash both upstairs and down and put it in the blue (recycling) and brown (trash) cans either at the front curb or under the side kitchen porch. However, please do not put glass into the big blue otherwise mixed recycling container. Glass goes in the small yellow box that will either be at the curb or under the side kitchen porch.
7. If you move furniture or other items around the house, please do your best to put things back where you found them.
Many thanks and happy travels!
What a lovely space!! Amy's home is a charming old craftsman home in a great neighborhood. I felt so at home in the kitchen, loved the chickens out in the back and the yoga space was special. Amy has interesting touches all through the house. This was a bittersweet reunion bringing 4 of 6 siblings together with their families to visit a sick mother. Amy's space was just the touch of home and comfort required.
Great house, nice decoration, and clean. I didn't get to meet Amy, but she was pretty responsive over the email.
We had a very good experience, I would stay here again.
The house was fantastic. Incredibly well stocked. We visited portland for Christmas and were able to make Christmas dinner for 7 without trouble. It was in a great location, and we had a wonderful time. It has wonderful space and I didn't feel cramped with 6 people staying there. Amy was great to work with.
As a fellow AirBNB host, I really appreciated all of the extra touches that Amy has in her home. It's really cozy and cute! She also has plenty of kitchen supplies, excellent bedding, and great smelling toiletries. Amy was easy to communicate with and all of our needs were met. We loved staying in her home and highly recommend it to other AirBNB travelers. Thanks Amy!
She made the extra and time consuming effort to help me make the reservation. She was kind, patient and professional. She graciously allowed us a later checkout time as well, and made things as seamless as possible. She promptly and kindly responded to the few questions I had along the way. She was an excellent host and is a real credit to airbnb.
Great house and neighborhood. I was just in Portland for a long weekend with my wife and 2 other couples. This house was perfect. It's in a nice neighborhood, it's easy to get to on public transit, and Amy does a great job of making everything welcoming.
The house itself is awesome. It is full of character and the personal touches around the house make you really feel at home. If you're looking for a place to stay in Portland, stay here and you will not be disappointed.
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I am a part-time law student focused on the intersection of food law and media and am active in sustainable food issues. Hosting helps me pay my school expenses and focus on public interest work. I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, reading, writing, wild-foraging, snowboarding, hiking, badminton, film, entertaining and hosting. I like living the quintessential Pacific North West lifestyle--with periodic forays to warm weather or new locales.
Stints as a travel writer and living in Asia, Europe and Canada at points in my life have honed my instincts for what travelers want and need whether they are staying in luxury hotels or are camped out in beach bungalows. I have strived to implement such small traveler touches in my home--you'll find organic towels, bath products, coffee, milk and sugar. And ping pong to boot!