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Artful, Rustic Backyard Cabin-Sustainable Ethic, Downtown 20 Min, 5-Star Shower

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 360 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Secret Garden, Vaulted Cedar Ceiling, Terra Cotta Shower w/Skylight--A Real Find

Grandpa's Bunkhouse is a stand-alone cabin in our backyard kitchen garden, and it really was our grandfather's. Expect pride of ownership from 3 generations, appointments that speak to family and Pacific Northwest history, and a homestay that is simply a cut above.

AMENITIES

-Kitchen w/ copper farm sink & compact range and refrigerator--We repurposed Grandpa's old-growth fir workbench for the counter

-Queen bed with linens from LL Bean

-Couch to sleep young children or smaller adults

-Private bathroom

-Five-star tumbled stone shower, rainhead, skylight

-Vaulted 13 foot yellow cedar ceiling

-French doors open out onto 4-season organic garden

-Mitsubishi mini-split for heating and ac

-Library of cookbooks and Pacific Northwest literature

-Wireless internet, local TV

-Patio for outdoor dining & lounging

-Weber gas grill

-Sustainable no-chem gardens front, back, curbside

-Private covered porch with seating

Our grandparents bought the main house for their retirement, and it's been in the family since 1950. We have enjoyed hosting travelers for 9 years in our daylight basement studio, Auntie's Hideaway (#724637), and in our backyard cabin Grandpa's Bunkhouse (#594594).

For current information and photos on both studios, find us on Facebook under The Johnson House.

Each studio has one queen to accommodate 2 guests. For those traveling with children or smaller young adult, there are couches in each studio that can serve after a fashion. The fee for extra guests is $30 per night.

We accept pet guests in both studios. $65 per pet guest per week stay.

LOCATION OFF MAJOR BOULEVARD:

-Easy access to downtown (20 min), airport (10 min) and the Columbia River Gorge. We are 2 blocks off Sandy Blvd, one of Portland's major thoroughfares which makes getting around quite speedy.

-15 minutes from 3 of Portland's hip neighborhood districts: the Beaumont, Mississippi Avenue, and Alberta Arts

FELINE ALERT: We have 3 cats who roam the premises, so we cannot host travelers with allergies.

PARKING: Ample free street parking in front of our home.

BIKE: Secure (uncovered) tethering for bikes in the backyard.

PETS: Dogs and cats are welcome. Normally dog owners take their dogs with them when they go out except in the evenings. If you need to leave your dog in the studio for extended periods, please discuss the particulars with us prior to booking. Our pet guest fee is $65 per pet guest per week stay.

INTERNATIONAL CREDIT CARDS: There is an additional charge for using international cards. Please inquire.

MORE INFORMATION ON OUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD

We Johnson's are of the mind that life is art, and we've had this property since 1950. So whether you choose our more affordable lower level basement suite with galley and stunning shower (Auntie's Hideaway) or our lovely stand-alone backyard studio with vaulted ceilings (Grandpa's Bunkhouse), expect to walk into charm and history--as well as quality. We are of relatively humble means here, but what we do, we try to do right.

*The Grounds: This home is reminiscent of a Tuscan garden. Between the back beds and the front curbside gardens, your host Jean Johnson, grows much of the family's own organic produce year round, produce Jean uses in the cooking classes she teaches through the public library system.

Our LL Bean picnic table seats 6 under the red umbrella in the courtyard secreted behind the wooden gate. Potted plants and trees plus a sweet fountain make for an exceedingly inviting scene.

*The Neighborhood: We are 10 minutes from the airport and 20 to downtown. Also 3 of Portland's hip neighborhoods--The Beaumont, Alberta Arts, and Mississippi Avenue--are 15 minutes away. We're also on the east side of the city, where it's easy to hop on the freeway to the Columbia River Gorge, which is listed on the National Scenic Registry.

We are in walking distance is Noodle Flat, where many of Portland's Asian restaurants line Sandy Boulevard--and Otto's Wood-Fired Pizza packs 'em in nightly. A major grocery is 3 blocks away, as is the historic Fairley's Pharmacy where you can sit at the lunch counter from the 1920s and order malteds made on the old fashion green machines. Annie's Doughnuts is just around the corner, and their fresh French crullers with maple icing are well worth the stroll. And for those interested in meditation, Dharma Rain Zen Center is 10 minutes by car.

Espresso and croissants worthy of Portland's food culture are also 10 minutes by car over at Case Study Coffee and Jim and Patty's on Fremont, as are 2 local brew pubs (we like Alameda Brew Pub) and 2 excellent wine bars (Magnolia with its live music and Black Bird).

Our neighborhood is safe to jog in and walk at night. Families with young children grace our block, and parents are often out with their charges for happy hour in the evening--spontaneous street gatherings at which guests are always welcome.

Happy trails...We hope to see you soon.

NOTE: The Johnson House donates a portion of its proceeds to the following: Wounded Warriors, All Classical Radio, Portland Community Services, and Dharma Rain Zen Center.

Guest Interaction: Jean is always happy to include guests in her doings whether it be going for a Chinese foot massage (Jean is a connoisseur of these excellent and affordable massages and has found a little hole in the wall venue that she highly recommends), bicycling to New Seasons (Portland's small chain of natural food markets that focuses on local, seasonal produce), going for meditation and garden work parties at the 14-acre neighborhood zen center, and hill walking Portland's neighborhoods.

More Details

Owner
Jean Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Jean Johnson

Host Background: Jean a retired historian (20th century US, secondary field in Modern East Asia), four season organic gardener, and Oregon real estate broker with Portland's largest local company, Premier Property Group, LLC. A native Portlander, she has very much enjoyed hosting travelers over the past 10 years and helping orient them to the city she knows and loves.

Johnson House management: Jean Johnson is the host for this family business and lives on site. The Johnson brothers are silent partners and oversee policies and finances.

Jean Johnson purchased this studio in 1950

Why Jean Johnson chose Portland

Our home is 2 blocks from Portland's major Sandy Boulevard. Here guests get the best of both worlds: A affordable place to come home to that is has plenty of free street parking and close proximity (15-20 minutes) to four of Portland's newest trendy neighborhoods and downtown.

For those who appreciate charm, this homestay is all about artful presentation--from the curbside gardens to the tumbled stone showers to family furnishings and appointments. We are artists at heart here, and we like sharing our world with our guests.

Guest Interaction: Jean is always happy to include guests in her doings whether it be going for a Chinese foot massage (Jean is a connoisseur of these excellent and affordable massages and has found a little hole in the wall venue that she highly recommends), bicycling to New Seasons (Portland's small chain of natural food markets that focuses on local, seasonal produce), going for meditation and garden work parties at the 14-acre neighborhood zen center, and walking Portland's neighborhoods.

What makes this studio unique

Jean's grandparents from Norway bought this bungalow new in 1950 for their retirement, and it's been in the family since. Expect pride of ownership from three generations.

During Jean's watch, the lawn has given way to a 4-season organic garden that supplies most of the produce for the home. If you're looking for a glimpse into Portland's authentic food culture, you will certainly find it here.

Guest Interaction: Jean is always happy to include guests in her doings whether it be going for a Chinese foot massage (Jean is a connoisseur of these excellent and affordable massages and has found a little hole in the wall venue that she highly recommends), bicycling to New Seasons (Portland's small chain of natural food markets that focuses on local, seasonal produce), going for meditation and garden work parties at the 14-acre neighborhood zen center, and walking Portland's neighborhoods.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. We've loved our stay here from the lovely backyard cottage to the little treats you brought to the friendly neighborhood. We're so grateful for such a warm welcome to Portland. Please come visit us in our new home here. You are welcome any time.
Oct 2014
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Amenities

Northeast Portland Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 360 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Open terra cotta shower, hand painted Talavera sink from Mexico, dual flush toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • We have 2 studios with private entrances. The backyard cabin-Grandpa's Bunkhouse--sleeps 2 in a queen bed. (We have a a folding bed for those traveling with a young child.)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • tennis
Notes:
The Johnson House is quintessential Portland, Oregon. Unpretentious, nicely maintained, artfully appointed. We are DIYers so that we can enjoy the beautiful appointments our artists' souls adore. Our grandparent's bought this bungalow new in 1950 for their retirement, and it has been in the family since. They were Norwegian immigrants, and saved the trappings of their New World American experience. Our suites are full of this history which gives guests a window into the past of the Pacific Northwest, complete with names and faces.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.861111 based on 45 reviews
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Chuck and Denise from Michigan

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Grandpa's bungalow. We love this spot! So homey and comfortable and Jean is a great hostess. We especially enjoy sitting on the patio with an adult beverage watching the garden and cats. It's definitely our stay of choice when visiting Portland!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ...the patio seating is now named the Chuck & Denise Lenk Chairs!
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Quiet spot in a big city

  • 3 of 5

The owner has obviously worked hard to convert what was once a garage into a comfortable small accommodation. Nostalgic accessories abound and are interesting to peruse. However, in our opinion there are several items of concern - the wifi connection and speed is terrible (in today's world many of us need to stay connected, even while on holiday), bathroom essentials (better soap, some shampoo, facial tissues, etc.), a more modern coffee maker. If these items were addressed we would provide the property with 5 star review.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been in business years now with great reviews. No one has complained about the wifi. Home stays do not provide toiletries--they are not motels. Our espresso maker is a hit with our guests This party arrived with an attitude. They were not friendly from the moment they got here, treated us like "the help," and were mainly interested in "finding a good steak." We were glad to see them go.
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5

Clean and close to parking. Quiet and private. Nearby shopping and restaurants.

  • 5 of 5

Modern with a homey feel inside. We slept well.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

It was hard to comprehend how 400+ sq ft could be so comfortable and enchanting. From the workbench turned into drainboard and a copper sink to the many family pictures and the stories that went with them to the comfy couch/ottoman to the unbelievable bathroom; it's all marvelous! Jean gave us a wonderful tour and told us a few stories about her family and the history of the bunkhouse. Our desire was a couple of lazy days, curled up and reading. Jean was respectful of that and we felt like we were in our own private oasis, with raspberries, kale, herbs and grapes "at our fingertips". We would highly recommend this darling "little but ever so big" retreat! Thank you Jean!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Jean is a lovely and gracious host and Grandpa's Cabin is as comfortable as it is charming with its old photos and mementos of times past. My husband and I recommend this vacation rental and, if in Portland, would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to unwind and relax.

  • 5 of 5

Grandpa's Garage was very clean and inviting. Atmosphere was relaxing and calm. Owner was welcoming and accommodating. Tranquil garden atmosphere and trickling fountain encouraged relaxation.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Alameda Brew Pub
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pho Van Vietnamese Noodle Shop
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Mt Hood
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Cannon Beach
Car: not necessary

Portland has come into its own over the past 20 years. From front curb vegetable gardens (including our own here at The Johnson House) to food carts to jazz and indie film, Portland is the latest in hip while being down-to-earth and downright friendly.

Your host, Jean Johnson, is a retired cultural historian. She is happy to share insights into the region's history and cultural fabric--and can point interested guests in any number of directions to enhance their trip. She is especially knowledgeable about Portland's music, dance, and gardening communities.

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Rates & Availability

Northeast Portland Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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3 night minimum stay
$145
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $65
Tax Rate 11.5%

1. We ask all guest to complete our rental agreement which we forward once a booking is made. It includes a standard
"stay at your own risk" liability waiver per our legal team and guest registry information required by the City of Portland.

2. We are in a residential area and are highly conscious of our street presence. Therefore we ask that our guests park directly in front of our home, facing in the line of traffic, and leaving room for a second vehicle.

3. Our facilities are designed for limited numbers of people, and the City of Portland does not permit us holding events here. That said, from time to time our guests do have visitors who do not stay overnight and who are not part of the official party. We do ask, though, that guests let us know prior to booking what if any plans they might have with regard to friends and family joining them here.

4. The Johnson House is registered with the City of Portland as a homestay and fully compliant with the City's short-term lodging taxing system. Tax ID number available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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