About this listing
A quirky and comfortable 1905 home with a mix of a eco, mid-century and modern styles. Well-stocked kitchen, walking distance to many great restaurants, bars, markets, and shops. Organic bath products, coffee, sugar, cream, and linens provided. Ping pong!
***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 Sept. 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. Please respect my neighbors--quiet hours are 10pm to 8am.
3. 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!
4. If comfortable for you, I try and keep the house shoe-free to preserve the floors and to help keep them clean.
5. Please wash your dishes and/or put them in the dishwasher and run it upon departure. Powdered detergent is under the sink.
6. 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!
Amy's house was the perfect place for our family reunion. The kitchen became the favorite spot for everyone as everything we needed was available and easy to find. We are a family of foodies and the stools pulled around the island became the quintessential spot to share our recipes, catch up on each others' lives and appreciate the convenience of the well appointed kitchen. Added bonuses included the plum tree in the front of the house (sweetest plums we've ever tasted), the chickens in the back who joined in the backyard conversations and the comfortable beds in each of the rooms. If you're looking for a great place to stay in SE Portland, this is the perfect location to be!
Great place near enough to restaurants, bars and other attractions. Very clean and accommodating. Would stay again.
The house was just as expected. Nice and quiet neighborhood and in a good location. We unfortunately visited during a heatwave and were a bit warm in the afternoon but she has fans which helped a lot. She left very thorough instructions on how to use the amenities. I definitely recommend staying at this house (occasional friendly neighborhood cat included).
House was in a great location and community feel. House was beautifully furnished, everything we expected and more. Would definitely recommend staying here.
Amy was very attentive via email and responded quickly to all my questions. Her house was very clean, comfortable, and accessible to many restaurants, coffee houses, shops and a market. I would definitely stay there again!
This is a great property, situated in a quiet corner of a thriving neighborhood with tons of restaurants and shops, and a short couple of blocks to the New Season's market. We particularly enjoyed the yard with all of it's fruits and plants, and the fresh egg each day from the chickens. We also enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the evenings. The kitchen is great for cooking. The beds are all very comfortable and the linens and pillows are good quality. Our host was very friendly, and we were welcome to everything the house had to offer. We enjoyed our time there immensely and we may return again next year!
The house instructions were extremely helpful and the house had all we needed for a comfortable stay. We would definitely stay there on a future team visit.
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About the Host, Amy
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!