1200 Sq Ft Apartment in Magical Woodland Home
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
West Hills apartment description
We offer an airy ground floor apartment, in the home where we live. Walk down the rock stair path through the gardens to your private entrance. The oversized windows bring the outdoors inside.
We live in a uniquely sited place that will soothe your spirit. Come to write, to explore, to read, to unwind.
Our home sits on the edge of Forest Park in NW Portland, which makes it feels as if you were miles and miles from no-where, and yet is 5 minutes by car from the night-life and shops of the Nob Hill area, and the city public transit system.
The apartment.... Walk into the great-room. It has an office working area and dining area at one end and a living-room area with gas fireplace and HD TV at the other. The couch converts to a second queen futon bed at night, if needed.
Go up the steps to the bedroom with queen sized bed. The bathroom is accessed through this bedroom. It has tub and shower, and the floor is heated in cold weather.
This apartment is self-catered. You walk up another short flight of steps to the kitchenette, with a 4 burner propane stove top, a microwave/convection oven, and an under counter refrigerator. The U-shaped kitchen has bamboo countertops.
The kitchenette also has a washer and dryer.
The house uses DSL for its internet, but only at a rate of 3 mbs. If you really need zippy Internet access, please bring your own AT&T or Verizon cellular Internet service.
The house uses a satellite for TV; a DVR makes recording shows possible, but it has no internet connection for gaming or on-demand movies.
There is one parking space available to you.
Housekeeping services can be arranged.
Keywords: One bedroom, furnished, private entrance, close to downtown, Peaceful, spacious, beautiful, restful.
- 1200 sq. ft.
- On floor 0
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Gas Fireplace:
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- DVD Player
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Medical Services
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winery Tours
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Absolutely perfect location, close to downtown, but in the middle of Forest Park. Quiet, relaxing, upscale rental unit. Extremely comfortable and met all our needs. The photos of the apartment and outdoor settings are accurate; it was clean and perfect in every way. Hiking available right outside the front door. We enjoyed meeting Margie and David who made us feel welcome. We would definitely come back to enjoy this setting in the woods, watching birds and wildlife, breathing in the fresh air. Actually, I'd probably never stay anywhere else when visiting Portland.
- Guest Kelli D.
- Date of stay 11/28/13
- Review Submitted 12/03/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
We spent an extended 3 day weekend in the downstairs apartment. Imagine a forest sanctuary with nature abounding in close proximity to downtown Portland where you can walk out of a beautifully appointed and very private apartment with your cup of Jo in the morning, breathe pure mountain air and watch a multitude of birds and nature go about their lives in complete peaceful bliss. All our stresses melted as soon as we arrived and we just wanted to hang out most the time and hike the extensive trails of Forest Park surrounding the property. We had events and commitments in the city but couldn't wait to get back and relax. Owners were always very respectful of our privacy and very attentive with assistance.
- Guest Ron P.
- Date of stay 09/12/13
- Review Submitted 09/19/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Amazing Stay in PDX
Amazing Stay in PDX
Margie and David are wonderful hosts who go out of their way to make you feel welcome! The home is a one bedroom, but my wife and I were comfortable sleeping on the living room futon while our friends took the bedroom. A car or bicycle is recommended as the house is in the hills and about 1.5 miles from town. Or you could spend the entire time relaxing outside in the secluded woodlands; you never even realize you're in a major city while you're at the house. There are hiking trails that connect to all the parks in the West Hills, the zoo, the Rose Garden, and NW 23rd, so plenty of outdoor activities without having to drive. If you're looking for the hustle and bustle of the city, I'd recommend somewhere else. But if you're looking to stay with wonderful people in a secluded, quiet woodland area while still having access to all Portland has to offer, I'd highly recommend staying here.
- Guest Anthony A. (Mesa, AZ)
- Date of stay 07/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/28/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: Yes, the apartment is designed to be for 2, but with 4 good friends it seemed to work pretty well, especially in the summer when being outside is so glorious. And yes, the french bakery is only a 40 minute downhill walk from here... first through the woods and then through the neighborhoods of NW Portland. It'll be a bit longer coming back up-hill, while carrying a fresh croissants for breakfast!
Cute apartment set in beautiful grounds, surrounded by forest--with a lovely hostess and host! We would definitely recommend this property (and already have) to anyone wishing to stay in Portland.
- Guest srd (Paradise, CA)
- Date of stay 05/24/13
- Review Submitted 06/02/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Even for a shorter stay, the apartment is a lovely place to relax after being a tourist, or visiting with family!
I rented this B&B for a Month. Margie is amazing! the property is absolutely beautiful and serene. The west hills of Portland are truly a magical escape. The house is very well appointed and cozy. Every morning I was greeted by Addy the resident 4 legged friend. Hummingbirds buzzing around my head. I couldn't have had a better stay. Thank you!
- Guest pdxkirby (Portland, OR)
- Date of stay 12/13/12
- Review Submitted 01/20/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Staying a month means you really get to know whether a space "works" for you or not. Close in to the city, yet it feels like Mt. Hood! Guests here, whether for a week or a month treasure the privacy this place affords. We live here too, but enough apart to be able to help when we can, and be out of sight the rest of the time. Come. Stay. Here.
The Best of Both Worlds
The Best of Both Worlds
We had the pleasure of staying in Margie and David's apartment for 3 nights. It truly is the best of both worlds with the close proximity to the city for exploring, yet such a lovely quiet place to return to at the end of the day (with Addie waiting in the driveway to welcome us home each time). Having the park with great running trails at the top of the driveway was an added bonus. The apartment and it's amenities far exceeded our expectations in every way. Margie and David were excellent hosts with many suggestions of things to do and see in the city...unfortunately the lure of Portland's food scene kept sidetracking us and we spent the majority of our holiday either eating or planning our next meal! We would love to come and stay again to see the other sights of Portland and would highly recommend it to any friends or relatives heading down that way.
- Guest Anne L.
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/15/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: So Much Food! So little Time.. Portland DOES have a fabulous food scene.. from the food cart pods found all over the city, to the 5 star intimate restaurants. BUT even with all that, having a kitchen to make breakfast or to keep a couple of local microbrews cold is a real plus to renting the apartment. AND the hiking/running trails just up the driveway mean you can eat to your hearts content and then have a great outdoor workout! Come. Stay. Here.
Magic Urban Retreat
Magic Urban Retreat
Thank you, Margie and David, for helping make our trip so pleasurable. We felt right at home as soon as we arrived. This was our first trip to Portland and it really was like a home away from home. Margie and David are very knowledgeable about Portland and the surrounding area. They really helped us with the details of what to see and how to get around. Their home is in an amazing location. Surrounded by the largest urban park in the US, you are in a forest abundant with wildlife, while having all of the advantages of the city just a short drive away. The apartment was better than we expected. The apartment is on the ground level and very private. It was nicely appointed with all the conveniences you need when you travel. We will be staying here again when we return to Portland and recommending this apartment to our friends.
- Guest Lewis (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Date of stay 08/25/12
- Review Submitted 09/04/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: We appreciate feedback! If something you need is NOT in the apartment, let us know! We've tried to "think like a guest" and provide everything we might wish for, BUT there's always room for new ideas! AND because we live here too, we can respond quickly... Hiking maps? Suggestions for dinner? Favorite Winery loop drive? Bike rental? Quirky art gallery? Just ask!
Our lodgings definitely exceeded expectations.Guest comment entered by owner
Our lodgings definitely exceeded expectations.
Margie and Dave are wonderful hosts. Perfect balance: We felt very well cared-for, but our privacy was respected. We had our own floor! Great location: forested, yet close to downtown. Our lodgings definitely exceeded expectations. They even had a small gift basket of treats for us in the room when we arrived! We really can't say enough about this place -- if we were in Portland again, we'd stay in an instant. Thanks, Margie and David! P.S. As they are very clear in the description, internet is on satellite, so don't expected to be "connected" while you're there. But who cares?! That's the whole point!
- Guest Ryan, CA
- Date of stay 06/25/12
- Review Submitted 08/27/12
We could not have picked a better place to stay!Guest comment entered by owner
We could not have picked a better place to stay!
Margie, David, Thank you so much for making our stay and vacation so easy, smooth and wonderful. When I think of it, it was really perfect: so convenient to be so close the class as well:) My husband, Mathis and Axel enjoyed their vacation so much and only wished it could have lasted longer! They did a lot of sports, outside activities and overall being with nature! Mathis and Axel enjoyed your company a lot and of course Addie's! I think they really need a dog: when I ask what was their favorite part of the vacation, they said unanimously: Addie!!! Your apartment was perfect and very comfortable. We could not have picked a better place to stay!
- Guest Emmanuelle, from Fl.
- Date of stay 07/04/12
- Review Submitted 08/27/12
A beautiful site, a lovely apartment, and gracious owners. Margie and David were warm, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about the region. I especially enjoyed hiking and birding tips. The apartment is very beautifully appointed and comfortable. I highly recommend this property.
- Guest sj (Irvine, CA)
- Date of stay 08/12/12
- Review Submitted 08/23/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: The apartment looks out into the woods, at ground level. A three basalt tower fountain has adirondack chairs and a picnic table nearby for summer enjoyment and relaxation. The propane fireplace in the living room area warms the soul on the cool nights during the rest of the year. We welcome anyone looking for a bit of peace and calm in a crazy world. While designed for 2 people (the bathroom is reached through the bedroom), the apartment has a couch that converts to a second queen-sized bed, and a family of 4 can function easily. Hiking trails are right outside your door... you can walk for 30 minutes or run 30 miles on the trails of Forest Park! Come. Stay. Here.
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For stays of a month (or more), the 11.5% room tax is not charged
- Tax Rate 11.5%
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- Nearest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX) at 20 Miles
- Nearest Train: Amtrak Station , in Portland at 4 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Interstate 5, State Highway 26 at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Cannon Beach at 75 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Mt Hood at 75 Miles
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Goethe wrote, and I wholeheartedly believe: 'Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.' I thoroughly enjoy meeting people, and we have developed friends all over the world. A favorite place is The Netherlands where we once lived, and I dream of returning to Australia for an extended stay. I really enjoy ocean kayaking, rock-climbing, casual biking, and hiking. I am surprised at my 'addiction' to the iPad which I have been able to incorporate into many aspects of my life... working with elderly hospice patients, cooking gourmet foods at home, or reading National Geographic by the fire at night. We strive for a smaller impact on our world with strong tenets of sustainability in our daily lives.
Why the Owner Chose West Hills:
This is apartment is part of our home. We live in a uniquely sited place that will soothe your spirit. Come to write, to explore, to read, to unwind. Our home sits on the edge of Forest Park in NW Portland, which makes it feels as if you were miles and miles from no-where, and yet is 5 minutes by car from the night-life and shops of the Nob Hill area, and the city public transit system. Forest Park is a magnificent resource for residents and visitors alike. It’s future depends on the personal stewardship gained from appreciation of it’s magic; and that can only be developed by spending time within it… Listening, watching. Guidebooks are around around for identification of native trees, flowers, birds, and animals… and conversations about invasive species can lead to deeper insight and possible action. The bee hives are a source of conversation (and honey). The hosts are deeply involved in the stewardship of the forest, and reducing the impacts that the house and guests will have on the ecosystem. The home has solar panels for hot water and electrical generation. It is heated by an air-source heat pump. Foods and drinks served are sourced locally, supporting small businesses. Guest service incorporates environmentally responsible products for personal use and laundry, recycling, and conscious choice. 10% of profits are tithed in support of on-going maintenance and protection of Forest Park.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
walking, birding, just being in a beautiful restful place. We are right on the edge of Forest Park... the 5000 acre wooded park in Portland.
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The tendrils of the fern fiddleheads, reflected in the handrail.
A summer meals, or a game of cribbage as the sun goes down
Grab a book, a mug of tea and sit by the fountain and read in peace.
Media center, HDTV, audio, DVD. Settle in!
Perhaps a tournament in is your future?
Your queen bed. There is an alarm clock for early mornings.
The view from your bedroom window; looking west, across the croquet lawn.
The vanity with fluffy towels, and environmentally responsible toiletries.
Fully equipped for daily activity. Stools for counter eating.
The fully equipped Kitchen. If you need a tool, just ask us for it!
One of the 5 species of woodpeckers that visit us. Other wildlife visit as well!
Take these steps down to the entrance of your apartment.
This is the entrance to your apartment; Adirondack chairs and a picnic table.
The fountain just across from your front door.
Your living-room. The couch converts to a Q bed. Fireplace is propane.
Tables for writing your novel, entertaining friends, or working a puzzle.
Stairs to kitchen, bedroom to the left of landing. Book shelf stocked with games
Looking into the bathroom from the bedroom doorway. Spacious and welcoming.
A lovely soak tub for the end of a busy day
Shower and tub are separated by a glass wall. The floor is heated for warm toes.
The kitchen in action...
Head up the driveway to run or walk on the trails of Forest Park's 5000 acres.
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