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

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Studio
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.
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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • Studio
  • 360 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Cats and dogs are welcome. We ask that dogs not be left in the studios unattended. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1

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  • 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.) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • Open terra cotta shower, hand painted Talavera sink from Mexico, dual flush toilet. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Cards, Grandma's Poker Chips ...moreless

  • Television:

    Grandpa's Bunkhouse has local TV and a DVD player...moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    We are 20 minutes to downtown and 15 minutes to 3 of Portland's unique neighborhoods where restaurants, pubs, and galleries line the streets. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Grandpa's Bunkhouse has a table that seats two. During warm weather, a large LL Bean table seats six in one of our outdoor common areas. ...moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Mitsubishi mini-split ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided:

    Quality linens, blankets, and comforters, always freshly laundered. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    We have free street parking in front of the house. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Quality towels from LL Bean...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    French press ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Grandpa's Bunkhouse has compact fridge and stove, and ample counter for slicing and dicing....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Compact stove in Grandpa's Bunkhouse ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Your host, Jean, grows a 4-season organic garden. ...moreless

Building Type

  • House
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Season
Nov 27 - Dec 20, 2016
1 night min stay
$69 $79
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas rate
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2017
3 night min stay
$89
Off-Season Rate
Jan 4 - Feb 9, 2017
1 night min stay
$69 $79
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Valentine's Day
Feb 10 - Feb 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$125
Spring Rate
Feb 16 - May 26, 2017
1 night min stay
$69 $79
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$129 $149
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

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

Notes:

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:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Location

4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland International
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Alameda Brew Pub
8 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pho Van Vietnamese Noodle Shop
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Hood
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1950

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Northeast Portland, Portland, OR, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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Photos

  • Night lighting outside Grandpa's.

    Night lighting outside Grandpa's.

  • In warm weather, the outside table is a popular gathering place for guests.

    In warm weather, the outside table is a popular gathering place for guests.

  • The boss

    The boss

  • Grandpa's 1943 calendar. Guests get a sense of Portland's history & culture here

    Grandpa's 1943 calendar. Guests get a sense of Portland's history & culture here

  • Gardner's paradise

    Gardner's paradise

  • We've hosted for 8 years & are always happy to chat by phone.  503-287-9732.

    We've hosted for 8 years & are always happy to chat by phone. 503-287-9732.

  • Looking out on the organic garden.

    Looking out on the organic garden.

  • Queen bed in Grandpa's with LL Bean comforter & linens. Grandma's crochet work.

    Queen bed in Grandpa's with LL Bean comforter & linens. Grandma's crochet work.

  • Skylight in cottage shower. Note the rainhead and terra cotta tile that Jean did

    Skylight in cottage shower. Note the rainhead and terra cotta tile that Jean did

  • Grandma bought this Pendleton throw, and it's made for snuggling in the cottage.

    Grandma bought this Pendleton throw, and it's made for snuggling in the cottage.

  • Part of the homestay experience is relaxing from the usual tourist pace...

    Part of the homestay experience is relaxing from the usual tourist pace...

  • The berries

    The berries

  • Sunflowers and blue window on the bike shed. We are artists at heart here.

    Sunflowers and blue window on the bike shed. We are artists at heart here.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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