About this listing
Charming funky cottage in the heart of one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods, Wallingford. While there is plenty of parking, you may not even need your car to enjoy what Seattle has to offer, as my 1905 home has a Walk Score of 91 and Bike Score of 85.
This is one of the original houses in the Wallingford neighborhood, built in 1905. It was built at the very back of the lot (though in 1905 it was at the base of a small hill, now my neighbor's back yard), and subsequently has a big front yard and plenty of air space around the house. Many of the houses in Wallingford are built quite close together, but my house has clear access to sunshine and garden views, particularly on the south side.
The neighborhood used to be covered by an apple orchard, and we have one of the original trees, a Gravenstein apple tree.
Since this is a room in a house, you have full access to the shared places in the house: kitchen, living room, yard. You know, like a normal house.
Interaction with guests
While I'm quite social, I can adjust to whatever level of interaction/non-interaction you prefer. As this is my home, I will be in and out of the house just like any other day.
What do I love about my neighborhood? Almost everything!!! I love the houses, my neighbors, and the short walk to anything one could need - grocery store, drugstore, hardware store (very important to an old house owner), a wonderful array of restaurants from Afghani to Thai.
It's also a really good neighborhood for walks, as the houses around here are quite well taken care of, and many of them have lovely gardens. If you like pet-patting as I do, there are a lot of dog owners walking their pets throughout the day, and I have found them to be quite generous in sharing the affection of their dogs.
Neighborhood safety: Wallingford is a very safe neighborhood, and I have never felt personally unsafe either at home or walking around, no matter the hour. That said, it’s a fairly wealthy neighborhood and there are enough instances of cars being broken into to justify caution: please do not leave anything in your car that you value!
There are several parks around, including Meridian Park just up the street at the Good Shepherd Center. The Good Shepherd Center, home to many non-profit organizations, is also home to Seattle Tilth, an organic gardening organization. Tilth has a P-Patch (community gardening plots) and a Community Learning Garden with self-guided tour on site.
Neighborhood blog: Wallyhood is the Wallingford, Seattle neighborhood blog. Their goal is to foster community and communication between Wallingford residents by creating a voice and storyline for residents to follow and to participate in. They cover local personalities, events, daily life…anything and everything relevant to our neighbors and to guest. It’s also a great place to find out about restaurants (under Resources tab), events, and general purpose gossip.
The house is within 2 and a half blocks to major bus lines, and it's far easier to take a bus to downtown than to drive - far easier!!! There is also plenty of on-street parking, and we're located equal distance to the 2 main north-south arterials - Interstate 5 and 99 (aka Aurora Avenue).
Other things to note
Please note that the house is a work in progress! While the house is all that one would expect in a home - warm, safe, quiet, and cozy - it has been radically transformed over the last 15 years and is still undergoing the final bits and pieces of a massive remodel. If you are expecting a completed work of art of a house, well, we're not there yet: windows need trim, some walls need paint, the stairs inside the house are still construction treads (very strong and functional, just ugly), the tub surround needs tile. But if you like warm, cozy and a bit out of the ordinary, this is the place for you!
Guide to Joey's Palace
•Please, no smokers, of any substance (cigarettes or pot). (Note – not just no smoking in the house, no smokers. Thank you in advance for your understanding!)
•This is a shoes-off house (if you ever refinish floors yourself you will fully understand this policy!) Bring your favorite slippers if you have them, but there are also slippers available here. Pick a pair of slippers from the red basket by the door for your time here, and leave them on the floor by the front door when you leave so I can wash them for the next guest.
•As this is Seattle and the resident and owner of the house has a background and interest in environmental issues (and because it just makes sense), please recycle and compost when you are here. (Welcome to Seattle!)
•Please park in front of the house if at all possible (there is usually a space available) to minimize the impact on my neighbors.
Bottom line: please take care of my home as you would wish for me to take care of yours - clean up after yourself, recycle, be kind, the usual.
Security: please keep the front door locked unless you are hanging out at the dining room table, living room, or kitchen. Please make sure the door is locked when you leave the house.
Plumbing: Like the house, the plumbing from the house to the street is over 100 years old and is, therefore, quite delicate. Please do not flush any products other than toilet paper.
•The front porch light is kept on throughout the night.
•The light next to the couch in the living room in on a timer, so please do not turn off.
•Light in the upstairs hallway: there is a two way switch for the hallway light. The downstairs switch is at the base of the stairs just behind the hutch by the yellow curtain. The other switch is on the wall at the top of the stairs.
Recycling, compost, trash: there is a guide to all three on the front of the guest refrigerator. All three receptacles are located in the kitchen:
•Recycling is under the kitchen sink on the left in the gray bucket
•Trash is on the inside of the right door under the kitchen sink
•Compost is to the left of the kitchen sink on the counter.
Food, fridge appliances:
•Fridge: there is a refrigerator for guest use under the stairs. Feel free to leave anything you can't take with you and we'll make sure it goes to good use!
•Space to store food: there is space in the lower cupboard to the left of the stove for guest food. Feel free to push my things aside is you need more room.
•Food for guest use: help yourself to the coffee (in the box in the space described above) and coffee filters, tea (just above and to the right of the sink, and the second shelf up to the left of the stove).
•Toaster oven, coffee maker, water heater: feel free to use any of them during your stay. Note: the coffee maker does not turn off automatically, so please remember to turn it off when you have completed your caffeination.
Outgoing, cat-lover, work in non-profit, and crazy about tiny houses. [Don't know why - I blame my parent from our time living in a converted school bus (very cool!)]
I traveled on and off for several years, but have been firmly anchored by my home for about 15 years. Ready to travel a bit more again, and always enjoy meeting interesting people from far away - and nearby - places.