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The Happy House - A Seattle Urban Oasis

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms/2 bathroom

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A neighbor coined my house 'The Happy House', because he said it made people happy when they were here. I am hoping that carries over to all the people who stay here. This sweet house, with its cheery décor, has a lot of personality and artistic charm. It is located about 8 miles north of downtown, in the eclectic Lake City/Meadowbrook area of Seattle. There are four bedrooms all with queen beds. The nightly rate includes up to 6 guests. After 6 guests, there is an additional $20 per guest per night fee. The efficient kitchen is well stocked and located conveniently next to the outdoor and indoor dining areas. The house has two bathrooms (one on each floor), a living room, dining room, TV room with DVD player, a washer/dryer, wireless high-speed Internet, and off-street parking for several cars. There is also a hot tub and an outdoor ping pong area! You'll find the beds lovingly made, fresh towels in the bathroom, and a coffee/tea service in the kitchen, in addition to other homey touches, so you can begin your relaxing vacation the minute you arrive.

What makes this house so special are all the different spaces for relaxing or mingling. Build a fire in the cozy living room or outdoor fire pit. Take a long, soaking hot tub and enjoy the night sky. Play a game of ping pong in the covered, outdoor ping pong area (with lights for nighttime playing as well!.) Make a bowl of popcorn and watch a movie in the cozy TV room. Hang out on the front porch with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful garden. You will feel like you stepped out of the city's fast pace into a magical world of its own.

The house is also conveniently located close to many Seattle favorites, all the while being off the main circuit. Greenlake, a popular Seattle park for walking, rollerblading, biking, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking, is 3 miles away, The Burke Gilman trail is about a mile away. This paved bike and jogging trail is detached from most roads and winds its way from the north end of Lake Washington to just north of Lake Union; connecting you to other parts of North Seattle such as the U-district, Wallingford, Fremont and Ballard. Matthews Beach, where you can swim in Lake Washington, is only 2 ½ miles away. The house is located within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, a wonderful nature park, tennis courts and the Meadowbrook Community Center, with adjoining children’s play park and athletic track at Nathan Hale High. You can easily hop on a bus to downtown, just a half a block walk up the street.

More Details

Melissa Steele
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Melissa Steele

This is the home where I raised my family. I am happy to share the wonderful memories it has held with others. The happy times continue on!

Melissa Steele purchased this house in 2004


Meadowbrook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Failure to notify owner of pets before booking will result in a $500 damage deposit charge.
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom on each level. One has a tub/shower set up and the other a walk in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms have queen beds, dressers, closets. Three have desks.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


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(55 traveler reviews)

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The Happy House - A Seattle Urban Oasis
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews
Kingston, Ontario

Three adults, three children, a fun time had by all

  • 5 of 5

We were in Seattle for my daughter's wedding. The Happy House was our prewedding location. My elder daughter and her family and I stayed there. It was clean and welcoming when we arrived.

My son-in-law worked; my daughter and the kids went sightseeing; relatives enroute to the wedding visited; and I puppy-sat at the home of the bride and groom so they could finish up stuff. It all went well. The house is near supermarkets and restaurants and buses to downtown.

The yard looks like something out of "A Secret Garden" and the artwork inside is varied and intriguing. We each remarked on one piece or another and the house itself has a number of different places for people to be so there was no crowding. Melissa was very accommodating when we needed a little extra time to get organized to leave

I would be happy to go back there. Thank you, Melissa.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place of convenience and serenity

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to get away and yet still have convenient access to all the sights and activities near and around Seattle. We throughly enjoyed our stay. This cozy home has everything available you could ever need. The beds were extremely comfortable and the garden was peaceful. The house is a place where serenity and laughter are easily found when you dwell here. Thank you for making this home available!! The wine and chocolate were a beautiful surprise!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Teresa!! You were wonderful guests and I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Happy House is a fun place for families.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Happy House in Seattle. Great house for 6 adults and 3 dogs. It is a perfect location with short drive into Seattle. Great local restaurants down the street and breweries and wineries.. We people from the hot state of Texas have a different idea of air conditioning. It was a warm week, but windows open, fans going and temperatures cooled down to 60 at night, still made it a great stay. Setting outside in various areas of the yard and porch were very enjoyable. Kids took advantage of board games and ping pong table. Melissa has done a great job of providing amenities for this house, thanks for a great week!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Trixie!! You were wonderful guests! Seattleites may have to reconsider air conditioning if we continue to have summers like this!
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Alameda, CA

Happy stay at happy house!!

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best houses I have stayed since I start using HomeAway. Melissa is very responsive and provides a great hospitality during our stay. The house has everything, including some basic first aid supplies. We arrived the house late So Melissa turned on the graden lightings and soft music in the house, with Champagne and chocolate, to welcome us. We love how she put in way beyond effort to welcome us. Bed rooms are clean and comfortable. If we go to Seattle again, this is a must stay house!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is wonderful, relaxing and just what my family needed!

  • 5 of 5

This charming house had everything my family needed, close to downtown Seattle and access to many different great neighborhoods. I recommend staying here. Thank you Melissa!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing and beautiful place to stay. The gardens were amazing.

  • 5 of 5

The atmosphere was so inviting. The beds were so comfortable.The best part was the relaxing feeling after a busy day of sightseeing. The backyard was so peaceful and a great place to read a book. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Seatac Airport
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Edmonds-Kingston Ferry
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Matthews Beach - Lake Washington
Car: recommended

Located in the North Seattle neighborhood of Lake City/Meadowbrook. The house is set back from the street and surrounded by gardens on all sides. It is a little oasis unto itself, even though it is in the middle of a fairly busy city neighborhood. The house is fenced on all sides, so it is safe for dogs and there is plenty of room for them to roam. You can catch a bus to downtown a half a block away. You can walk to restaurants, tennis courts, a playground for kids and recreation center.

About a mile north, is the center of Lake City, with an eclectic mix of ethnic shops and restaurants, a brew pub, great Thai food, Greek and Mexican food and a great greasy spoon breakfast place!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Insurance $59

Additional charges for each guest over 6 at $20 per night per guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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