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Peaceful in Seattle/Columbia City Mother-in-Law

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Last updated: 07/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Columbia City apartment description

Private gated and fenced space, short walking distance to bus lines, Light Rail, grocery store, banks, and Columbia City's vibrant restaurant and pub scene. Five-minute drive to Lake Washington. 15 minute drive to downtown.

Please read the entire listing; many of your questions are answered below!

Before booking with us, please:
- Review the cancellation policy
- Read the Rental Agreement
- Note that the $20 per person per night over four (4) also applies to children aged four or older
- 9.5% sales tax will be added to the rental amount

Know before you go! To ensure this is a good fit, please let us know of any requests, concerns or sensitivities. We're happy to accommodate if at all possible.

Mother-in-law apartment includes:
- Separate entrance
- Private yard for your exclusive use
- 2 bedrooms (one Queen; one Full), carpeted
- Living room with Full sofa bed, wood floor
- Pack and Play for infants
- 1 bath, wood floor
- Fireplace (wood provided Oct-March)
- Kitchen includes, stove, refrigerator, toaster, teapot, microwave, coffee maker, wood floor
- Cable
- Wi-Fi
- Wireless printer
- Ample closet space
- Towels and bedding
- Complimentary coffee, tea and water
- Spices, detergent, dishes, utensils, pots and pans
- Outdoor grill

Guests have access to:
- Summer vegetables
- Free, on-street parking in front of the house
- Light Rail (15-minute walk) that's great for 20-minute ride to/from the airport and downtown sites (Stadiums, Pioneer Square, shopping, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, theaters, restaurants, and pubs)
- Bus is a 5 minute walk and will get you downtown in 30 minutes
- Columbia City (10-minute walk) for movie theater, pubs, restaurants, bank, live music, art gallery, library, post office
- Grocery store, Starbucks, and bus line (5-minute walk)
- Lake Washington and Seward Park (5-minute drive) where there are bike and walking trails.

A few notes:
- Pricing:
June to September: $105/night; $650/week
October: $95/night; $600/week
- We live upstairs where there are hardwood floors; we try to walk lightly, but you may hear footsteps!
- Children welcome
- No smoking inside
- As much as we love dogs, we are unable to accommodate pets.
- Check-in is 5:00 p.m.
- Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
- Feel free to ask for an earlier check-in or later check-out. We will accommodate, if possible.
- Your hosts live onsite (uptairs), but guests can enjoy a private stay! That being said, we welcome getting to know our guests if they'd like.
- We have two dogs who will be contained during your stay. During the day, they are typically outside, but do not have access to your space and will likely bark at passing strangers! In the evening, they are inside with us upstairs.

We are located in an urban area of Seattle, and our street includes several new construction, 'green' houses along with small, turn of the century homes. Our home falls somewhere in-between and was built in the 1960s. This area is known for its high per capita diversity that includes all walks of life!

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed:

            We love dogs, but in consideration of guests who may have allergies, we are unable to accommodate pets....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking is not allowed inside, but you're welcome to smoke on the outdoor patio....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            21 and older, please. Under 21 are welcome if accompanied by an adult....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Children are welcome!...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Sleeps two...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Sleeps two...moreless

          • Both bedrooms have a door, ample closet space, and windows. Note that the living room sofa pulls out to double-size bed....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • The bathroom includes basic toiletries (toothpaste, razors, shower caps, shower gel, shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer)...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Coffee, tea, cooking oils, flour, sugar, basic spices...moreless

          • Dining:

            There is a fold-down table available for dining....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster


          • Living Room:

            There is a pull out, full size bed in the sofa...moreless

          • Parking:

            There is free, on-street parking available....moreless

          • Fireplace
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board


          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable
          • DVD Player
          • Video Library
          • Games
          • Books
          • Toys


              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View


                  • Arboretum
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Hiking


                  Write a review 4.7
                  from 3 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
                  • Cleaning Fee $25 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 9.5%

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 07/04/2014
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                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Sea-Tac Airport
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  I-5 and I-90
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Seward Park
                  Columbia City
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Columbia City
                  60 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Jefferson Park Golf Course
                  Columbia City
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Columbia City

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Conveniently located with easy access to Light Rail, buses, airport, downtown, parks, and lakes.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2004

                  About the owner: We've only been hosting since August 2013 but it seems like years (in a good way!). We've met many interesting people, the vast majority of whom, I've personally welcomed. That's one of the best parts of being a host ... meeting the guests and sharing the comforts of the apartment. The majority of our guests comment that the space is like a home-away-from-home and that they appreciate the organic experience that can't be found in a hotel. We want you to enjoy your stay and have found that the best chance of success is to communicate, communicate, communicate. When inquiring about the apartment, please let us know a bit about yourself, the purpose of your visit, any sensitivities or concerns that you may have, and the names of all guests. It is very important to us that you meet what we think are those reasonable prerequisite requirements, and this will help us determine if we can accept your reservation. It's my job to make sure this is a good fit, and the only way to do that is to ask and answer questions! I'm the front of the house, and Ralph, my hubby of 26 years, runs the back of the house. He is masterful at carpentry, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work, can turn leftovers into dishes worthy of Food & Wine publication, and is as tender as a kitten with our grandkids. I'm a quasi foodie expanding on my culinary skills and choices. Translation: I like to eat! I also enjoy gardening, and our gardens are a constant work in progress. I'm crazy about my family and particularly enjoy hanging out with the grandkiddos, although when they leave I'm down for the count for days! I hope that after you've read this profile, our property description in full, along with the Rental Agreement, and answered and asked questions (don't be shy), you will choose to stay with us.

                  Why the Owner Chose Columbia City:
                  We purchased this property primarily because of its close proximity to public transportation, downtown, grocery stores, restaurants, lakes, hiking trails, and parks. We also like that there are separate living spaces that at the time worked very well for our two adult boys, and now we can share the space with vacationers!

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  The outdoor space is fully fenced and has a large lot for my gardening experiments. It also works very well for our dogs, although still trying to figure ways to keep them away from my plants!

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english


                  • Fresh Summer Tomatoes!

                    Fresh Summer Tomatoes!

                  • Summer Vegetable Garden

                    Summer Vegetable Garden

                  • Private Patio

                    Private Patio

                  • Sofa with pull out Full Bed

                    Sofa with pull out Full Bed

                  • Ample Closet Space and Desk in 1st Bedroom

                    Ample Closet Space and Desk in 1st Bedroom

                  • 2nd Bedroom with Full Bed

                    2nd Bedroom with Full Bed

                  • Bathroom


                  • A View from Your Patio

                    A View from Your Patio

                  • May Peonies

                    May Peonies

                  • May Garden Leading to Entrance

                    May Garden Leading to Entrance

                  • Grapes on the Vine

                    Grapes on the Vine

                  • Gated Entrance

                    Gated Entrance

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • 1st Bedroom with Queen Bed

                    1st Bedroom with Queen Bed

                  • View from 1st Bedroom

                    View from 1st Bedroom

                  • Kitchen


                  • 2nd Bedroom Desk

                    2nd Bedroom Desk

                  • Mt. Rainier view from upper deck.

                    Mt. Rainier view from upper deck.

                  • View from the Living Room

                    View from the Living Room

                  • Stairs Leading to Entrance

                    Stairs Leading to Entrance

                  VRBO #513145

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                  This listing was first published here in 2014.

                  Date last modified - Monday, July 14, 2014

                  $85 - $105 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 07/04/14
                  Minimum stay: 1-2 nights
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