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Artful, Rustic Studio w/ 5-star shower---Sustainable Ethic, 20 min to Downtown

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 360 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Daylight Basement Studio W/Queen Bed, Tiled Galley & Bathroom, Private Entrance.

Auntie's has a new queen bed, 5-star terra cotta shower, gorgeous tiling in the galley and bathroom and a double egress window. The result is an artful, rustic daylight basement studio full of family history that reflects what Portland, Oregon is all about.

Basement level. Prvt entrance. Galley w/ microwave & compact fridge, WiFi. Terra cotta shower. 2 blocks off major blvd for easy access. Pet guest $65/stay. Auntie's is on the basement level. We have a double egress window for light and there is no mold or moisture issue. You do hear footsteps overhead--both the cats and ourselves. We try to be quiet but we do rise early, so if you are a light sleeper we recommend considering our stand-alone backyard cabin, although it is more expensive.alking Portland's neighborhoods.

AMENITIES:

-Private Entrance

-Queen bed with quality mattress and linens from LL Bean

-Galley kitchen suitable for storing snacks and light cooking: small copper bar sink, micro, toaster oven, compact fridge, coffee maker

-Bathroom with shower in terra cotta tiles, hand-painted Talavera sink from Mexico

-Wireless internet, high speed

-Library of good literature (We are happily TV-free in our main house and Aunties--if you must have television, we suggest you check out our backyard cabin, Grandpa's Bunkhouse)

-Ample free street parking

-Private front patio outside egress windows for Auntie's guests

-Side patio for outdoor dining & lounging (LL Bean table)

-Weber gas grill

-Sustainable no-chem gardens front, back, curbside

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

NEAR MAJOR BOULEVARD: We are located in NE Portland just off Sandy Blvd which makes for easy access to downtown (20 min) , the airport (10 min), and The Columbia River Gorge. We are also 15 min from the Beaumont, Mississippi Ave, and the Alberta Arts District. Please scroll down more information on our family-oriented, safe neighborhood.

FELINE ALERT: We have 3 cats who roam the premises--including getting invited into the studios on occasion--so we cannot host travelers with allergies.

PARKING: Free street parking in front of the house for one vehicle per guest party. We do not have room for second vehicles for guests.

PETS: Dogs and cats are most welcome. If you will be needing to leave your dog unattended for extended periods, please consult the hosts prior to booking. Our pet guest fee is $65 per pet per week stay.

TELEPHONE: ATT plans and iphone6 users get perfect reception in this basement studio. Other plans and phones can experience problems depending on tower traffic.

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

Auntie's Hideaway really was our very proper Aunt's suite for 20 years. And if it passed Aunt Kirsten's standards, we think it will pass those of the most discriminating guests--and their canine or feline companions.

We have enjoyed hosting travelers for 9 years now, first in our daylight basement studio, Auntie's Hideaway (#724637), and most recently with the completion of our stand-alone backyard cabin, Grandpa's Bunkhouse (#594594).

For those traveling with children or smaller adult parties of 3, there are couches in each studio that serve after a fashion. ($30/night for 3rd guest)

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.

GUEST COMMENTS:

"The air is totally crisp and clean in this first rate daylight basement studio. Paint entirely up-to-date and terra cotta Mexican pavers on the galley that are to die for. They go the extra mile here." Erin and Todd, BC, 2011

"The thing about Auntie's is that it's just minutes away from everything. Two blocks off Sandy Boulevard that takes you to downtown in 20 minutes, and around the corner from Fremont St. that leads to 3 of Portland's newest hip neighborhoods. So great coffee, food, sights, and wine are all to be had easily from this lovely, unique homestay." Gabon and Charles, Chicago, 2013

"We recommend Jean's home hands down, and we are seasoned travelers. Great value. Hip host. They have something special here." Vic and Nan, Bay Area, 2012

"A 5-star shower that is the best by far we've ever seen. Plus, there is a big window for light in the lovely sitting area and a fab queen bed. Jean goes for quality from the mattress to the linens. The family has obviously put a lot of love into her property, and it shows!" Bob and Beth, Arizona, 2014

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

MORE INFORMATION ON OUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD

We Johnson's are of the mind that life is art, and we've had this bungalow since 1950 when Grandma and Grandpa downsized for their retirement. So whether you choose our lower level basement studio with galley and stunning shower (Auntie's Hideaway #724637) or our stand-alone backyard studio with vaulted ceilings (Grandpa's Bunkhouse #594594), 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 a gardener's paradise. Between the back beds and the front curbside gardens, your host, Jean grows much of her own organic produce year round. She preserves for the family's winter use and also uses the produce in the cooking classes she teaches in Portland.

Our LL Bean picnic table seats 6 under the umbrella, and small stone fountain completes the private, spacious patio that is secreted away behind the garden gate.

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

We are in walking distance to 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--dubbed by the downtown travel bureau as the best doughnuts in town--is just around the corner, and their fresh French crullers with maple icing are well worth the stroll.

Espresso and croissants worthy of Portland's food culture are 5 minutes by car over at Case Study Coffee or 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 walk about at night. Families with young children line 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.

More Details

Owner
Jean Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

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 bungalow in 1950

Why Jean Johnson chose Roseway

Our home is 2 blocks from Portland's major Sandy Boulevard. Here guests get the best of both worlds: A safe residential area 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. All that plus a sense of local history. Our family has owned this property for 65 years.

What makes this bungalow 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 and DIY 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 hill walking Portland's neighborhoods.

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation bungalow rental in Roseway, Oregon

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 360 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Gorgeous tiled bathroom with 5-star terra cotta shower. We did the tiling ourselves, true to Portland's DIY culture.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • This is a studio with queen bed and sitting area in one large room. There is a sectional couch that can be pulled together to sleep a child or a smaller intrepid adult. In other words, Auntie's is designed to accommodate 2 people, but we try to help people fit in a 3rd member of their party if need be.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a traditional Chinese spa 15 minutes from here that we highly recommend. Their "foot massage" is $30, runs an hour, and features a great face, shoulder, arm, and leg rub among all manner of back pressing that keeps 'em coming back. And you don't even have to get undressed. Keeping with the meditative mood, The Grotto is just blocks away and makes for a mellow meditative walk among the trees and pools. We are just off Sandy Blvd, which makes getting around town particularly easy. Plus there are 3 of Portland's unique neighborhoods within 15 minutes of here, reachable without going out into the main hubbub of the city.

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Artful, Rustic Studio w/ 5-star shower---Sustainable Ethic, 20 min to Downtown
average rating of 4.65625 based on 32 reviews
Temple, TX
5

Funky, funky but chic!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely charming little studio. Auntie's pictures and memorabilia give the space a comfy retro feel. A bookcase with a variety of titles complements the space. Jean was a wonderful host and it was a joy to spend a few days in this little nest. I might add, that although the temperature outside got up into the upper 90s, the room was never uncomfortable--and I keep my thermostat at home set on "frostbite"! A great location, with easy access to the airport, or anywhere you need to be. Outside, Jean has amazing gardens to enjoy. Loved it!

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahh Melissa. Most of my charming guests get it, but some really, really do. What can I say other than, "It takes two to tango!"
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3

Quaint and Charming

  • 3 of 5

Jean is fantastic, a lovely, helpful, and charming host! The space is unique, quaint, private, and the bed oh so comfy!

I give it a 3 Star Review because:

The drawbacks are it's in the basement and getting heavy luggage up and down not easy. The house has a wooden floor and every step the upper occupants make creates a squeak. They're early risers so apt to wake you around 5am. I'm an early riser so it was not much of an issue for me.

In the local area there is a large population of transients and homeless people, it did not create a feeling of safety for me when needing to walk my dog in the surrounding blocks. They walk in and around the neighborhood often.

If you have a dog, the host's property does not have a space for them to do their business because it is all vegetables and herbs (which I loved), but was inconvenient and not disclosed.

You have to walk your dog on the sidewalk around the neighborhood (a one block square) to use neighbors yards (be sure to bring your waste bags to clean up!), which puts you into contact with transients. I did have one encounter that was unnerving as I walked my dog.

A lady was in the street and started yelling at me and cursing, I hurried as quick as I could to get back to Jean's street.

I would absolutely stay again, but not alone. I say these things because I would have liked to know before I came to a city I was unfamiliar with and believe in transparency, as well as honesty.

Lastly, the home has a wonderful history, Jean is an accomplished woman who was very accommodating and absolutely wonderful! I truly enjoyed this space and it was exactly what I needed at this time in my life.

  • Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been in business 12 years now and have enjoyed hosting many wonderful guests. Unfortunately there are a few, like this guest, that don't seem to appreciate our homestay or our friendly neighborhood where children are being raised. We are sorry for them and wish them well. We also wish that they would mention their concerns while they are staying with us so we might address them. A word on Auntie's Hideaway. Yes it is a lovely daylight basement studio. Also yes, you do here footsteps overhead, albeit stocking feet and kitty pitter-pat. Further, we also have Grandpa's Bunkhouse, a stand alone backyard cabin, where the studio is entirely removed from the main house. We always tell guests about that, explaining that it is more expensive, so that they can make their own choice. In this case, instead of being in Portland to see the sites, the guests who was apparently so unhappy with her stay, spent quite a bit of time in the studio. We are the first to tell guests that our studios at 360 sq ft are not designed for apartment-style living, but instead were built for those who get out and about during the days. In any event, we are glad that our 12 years of business has us reassured that we are doing things right. And again we are sorry that this disgruntled guest seemed to 1)have unrealistic expectations about a daylight studio and 2)couldn't seem to get along with our lovely neighbors when she walked her dog.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
4

Great spot for a long weekend!

  • 4 of 5

Auntie's room was perfect for me. Spent a long weekend and it was great. Convenient to accessing all the sites. Lovely bath and cute small kitchen. Host, Jean, was awesome... and a heck of a veggie griller. :-)

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cozy, private, quiet, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Location, excellent. We explored Portland using only public transportation. Studio was comfy, bed (very important for us) seating area carpeting all very nice. Nights were quiet , no traffic on the street , and dark enough for us to sleep well. Jean was helpful and ready to assist whenever we needed help. Be sure to peruse her cookbooks that are on the bottom shelf. I learned a few new tricks.

Kitchenette was adequate for breakfast if cereal and fruit is all you need. Our favorite place was sitting in the front garden by the fig tree enjoying the peace and quiet and shade after a long day of exploration.

  • Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

excellent; as described; historical "Auntie" artifacts

  • 4 of 5

Owner (lives on site) was attentive and friendly while not being intrusive. Five-star mattress (unless you like very firm). Underground but adequate ambient light, no detectible mould.

  • Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA
4

Quaint, homey, I covet that rug.

  • 4 of 5

See review title.

  • Submitted: 6-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
PDX but we are well away from the fly zone

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

We are in walking distance to 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--dubbed by the downtown travel bureau as the best doughnuts in town--is just around the corner, and their fresh French crullers with maple icing are well worth the stroll.

Espresso and croissants worthy of Portland's food culture are 5 minutes by car over at Case Study Coffee or 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 walking at night is no problem. 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.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation bungalow rental in Roseway, Oregon

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$96.28
Pet Fee C$83.44

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

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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