Built in 1909, visitors say our home has an open, friendly feel. Maybe our TWO CATS add an air of coziness. We are located in inner S.E. Portland in a popular, artsy area within steps of many locally owned restaurants, food carts, unique shops, and 2 bus lines to take you the rest of the city. We have TWO UPSTAIRS BEDROOMS - EAST and WEST that SHARE a large bathroom. We live privately on the main floor with our cats. We look forward to meeting you!
THE ROOMS: Guests stay in one of our 2 upstairs bedrooms - EAST or WEST - and they must be reserved separately. The two rooms SHARE ONE BATHROOM and there are NO COOKING FACILITIES.
The EAST room has a queen bed and a street view.
The WEST room has a double bed and a garden view.
NOTE: If the room you were hoping to reserve does not show up for your dates, it's because it isn't available. We don't charge a cleaning fee, but a 11.5% hotel tax is added along with your Airbnb fee when you book.
The rooms are meant for only 2 guests who share a bed, so it will feel a bit crowded with 3. If you register for 3, the third person has a single sized cot with an air mattress and a foam topper. Some folks find it comfy, others do not. There is an extra charge for a 3rd person or to set up the cot when there are only 2 in the room – a more thorough explanation of cot charges is under the heading, COT CHARGE below.
As mentioned above, these two rooms SHARE ONE BATHROOM with 2 pedestal sinks and a claw foot tub. Each room has a mini-fridge, but NO microwave. We DO NOT SHARE OUR KITCHEN. You can eat take out or cold food in your room, and each room has a table, plates, and silverware, but (to be very clear) there is no place to cook or heat food. Each room has a window AC unit. We provide organic cotton towels and ask that you use our unscented soap, conditioner, and shampoo, or you can bring your own unscented products. We clean the bathroom because you are on vacation!
THE SET UP OF THE HOUSE: We live on the main floor WITH 2 CATS and we keep our living space separate from the guest areas. Our living room and kitchen are NOT SHARED, so there is NO WAY TO COOK OR HEAT YOUR FOOD. Because we keep our living area separate on the main floor, one of our guests said in her review that she appreciated “the sense of privacy and the ability to come and go without feeling like we were disrupting another person’s household.”
From our front door it's only a couple of blocks to dozens of restaurants, food carts, and locally owned shops. Nevertheless, our home is in a quiet neighborhood, and your room will be a peaceful place to relax after a busy day. If you want to explore further, there are 2 major bus lines to the downtown within a few blocks of our house.
COT CHARGE: Please note that when two people register, it is expected that they will share the bed. There is a $10 per night additional charge to set up the cot when there are only 2 people in the room. Let us know in advance that you want the cot set up, and we will send you a "special offer" that includes the set up charge. We charge an additional $30 per night for a third person in the room. To add that charge, just indicate that the reservation is for 3 people. There are no charges for cot set-up or for a third person when it is one child age 4-12 years. There is a maximum of 3 people in a room and that includes children. Sorry, but we do not offer accommodations for children less than 4 years old.
Guests are asked to remove their shoes while in the home; freshly laundered slippers are provided. We do not share our personal living space and there are no kitchen or laundry facilities for guests, but we do provide freshly brewed morning coffee in the front hallway. Tea is also available. For breakfast, the area is abundant with locally owned coffee shops, food carts, and restaurants, all within steps from our home, or you can have a cold breakfast in your room. Free street parking is available across from our driveway. No city permit is required.
Interaction with guests
We love meeting new people and we take pleasure in helping you make the most of your visit to our wonderful city. We have made a list of our favorite places to eat – all are close to our home, and we have loads of books, maps, guides, and brochures to help plan your visit to Portland. However, we can also let you explore and discover on your own if that’s your style.
Other things to note
A. Our listing is not set up for the safety of babies and toddlers. Children should be at least 4 y/o.
B. We have 2 friendly CATS, Fiona and Chi Chi, and they roam freely throughout the house.
C. As mentioned several times already, we don't share our personal living space, nor do we share our kitchen.
D. Free street parking is available across from our driveway. No city permit is required. However, DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS VISIBLE IN YOUR CAR day or night, as we sometimes have car break-ins in our neighborhood. If you can’t unload your car into your room, then we suggest that you find a different listing.
E. Both guest rooms have keyless lock pads and you will choose a personal 4-digit code to get you in the front door and also into your room. For everyone's security, these personal codes are entered and erased from the locking systems for each guest's stay.
F. Finally, we are registered as an Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) with the City of Portland as required by law. Our ASTR permit # is 15-226468-000-00-HO.
1. Please respect our privacy. We do not share our kitchen or laundry and there is NO microwave.
2. Guests are asked to not wear their street shoes in the house. (Freshly laundered slippers are provided.)
3. Please keep our home fragrance free. We provide Earth Science (ES) unscented shampoo and ES conditioner, and Dr. Bonner’s Castile soap, or you can bring your own low or no scent products.
4. For safety, no candles or other open flames are permitted on the property.
5. If you are driving: for your protection, keep all your belongings out of sight when you are parked anywhere in Portland and we recommend that you empty your car's cabin at night.
6. Only registered guests can stay overnight in your room.
7. Finally, to be sure you have read these house rules, name your favorite cartoon or comic book character when you submit your reservation request.
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My husband, Lee, and I are retired and semi-retired. Lee was the finance manager for one of our large local food co-ops and I am teaching English to speakers of other languages. We are both interested in building local economies rooted in sustainability and community. We have 3 cats and neither of us smoke. We enjoy the outdoors, live theater, movies, and the monthly national newsletter "Funny Times." We look forward to meeting you.