As seen on HGTV! This little house is a sweet retreat in SE Portland, between Mt. Tabor Park & the Hawthorne district. At 440sf, it's a bit larger than a typical tiny house, and has lots of green design features to keep you intrigued and entertained.
The house is currently available for stays of at least a month.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to live in a well-designed small house, you can find out here. Check out the:
- alternating tread stairway
- cozy loft
- concrete counters
- nicely equipped kitchen
- oculus that passes light into the kitchen
- classic bent-plywood lounge chairs
- abundant natural light
- huge bolster on the Twilight sleep sofa.
All these things are meant to keep the quality of living high, even though the space is small.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD & VOLCANO
Mt. Tabor Park is only 1 block away and is beautiful for running, walking, and tennis. It's a huge, forested park, and -- BONUS! -- a dormant volcano. I'm pretty sure it won't erupt while you're here, but no guarantees. :)
The Hawthorne strip with all its fantastic businesses -- Albina Press, Apizza Scholls, Por Que No, etc. starts half a mile away. Further out but still in this part of SE Portland are Belmont and Division streets, home to lots of dining -- Pok Pok is nationally-known, and deservedly so, and Salt & Straw makes the most amazing ice cream flavors you would never think of.
HOW WAS THE HOUSE CREATED?
This structure was built in 1922 as a garage, but we converted it to a house in 2006.
DOES IT STILL FEEL LIKE A GARAGE?
No, since the building was extensively restructured and insulated. The only sign it was once a garage is the concrete floor on the main level, which is cool to the touch and still a bit uneven in places -- the resurfacing work left a few imperfections. The loft level has a cork floor.
HOW MANY DOES IT SLEEP?
The house sleeps 1 to 3 people, depending on your mattress preferences and length of stay.
- It's wonderful for 1 person for long-term stays.
- It's really, really nice for couples or good friends for a week or so.
- It's workable for 3 people for shorter stays -- if two of you don't mind sharing a bed. Call it a tiny house adventure.
WHAT ARE THE BEDS LIKE, EXACTLY?
There are two beds to choose from.
(1) In the loft, a comfy full-size model (54x75 inches, slightly smaller than queen). This is a real bed on a very low frame, with a linen duvet cover. This can sleep 1 or 2 people depending on your need for width.
(2) In the living area, the fabulous Twilight sleeper sofa. We tried a lot of convertible sofas and this was the only one we found worth sleeping on. It's got a firm foam mattress in Twin XL size (39x80 inches), which is good for a taller person. You will need to put the sheets (provided) on this one. The conversion is really simple -- you just move the big bolster back and put on the sheets. This sleeps 1 person.
ARE YOU LEGAL?
Yes, we are a fully permitted short-term rental under Portland's rules.
CAN I COOK?
Yes! The kitchen has a standard fridge, lots of pull-out storage, a 2 burner gas cooktop, a convection microwave, dishes (Fiestaware!), basic cooking supplies, and a Chemex coffee and tea maker. We'll provide you with some excellent coffee beans and tea leaves for the Chemex. The only thing missing here is a full size oven, but as long as you're not making whole turkeys or lasagnas, you'll be okay.
Yes, it's your own. Plain but nice. Skylight. Shower stall, no bathtub.
THE SPECIAL STAIRWAY?
Standard stairways take up too much volume to be useful in tiny houses. An alternating tread stairway saves space while feeling comfortable by giving separate treads for left and right feet. It really works! There's just one rule -- ALWAYS hold on to the banister.
- Double wall structure with lots of insulation
- High efficiency gas fireplace controlled by thermostat
- LED lights throughout
- Tankless hot water heater
- Original siding
- Cork floor in loft
- Resurfaced concrete floor on main level
SUMMER GUESTS PLEASE NOTE
This place does not have air conditioning. You probably won't need it, because generally Portland has a mild climate, and the house is well insulated. However, Portland does get a few hot spells each summer, and it's hard to know when they will happen. We have fans!
NO TV, YES INTERNET.
To us, this house is a retreat, so there is no TV. But if you must get your fix, wireless internet is available. Speed is usually sufficient to stream Netflix at standard (not HD) quality.
A LITTLE LIBRARY
Secreted in a closet by the upstairs bed, you'll find a little library of paperbacks -- sci fi, romance, the occasional piece of actual literature. The loft is a nice place to hide out and get lost in a story.
Most kids love the space, and immediately go to play in the loft and peek down through the plexiglass oculus. However, please note the loft is high and the floor is hard. If your kid has a natural idea of how to move safely in such an environment -- for example if they would not climb on the railing -- they'll be fine. Not every kid fits this description (consider a typical 2-year old), but for those who do, this can be a very special retreat.
This is the most frequently asked question about our tiny house. We love animals, but regretfully cannot allow pets at this time.
We (i.e. me, Martin, and my wife and son) live next door in the "big" house. At least one of us will be in town during your stay. We may be too occupied to chat much, but we can help with directions, restaurant tips, etc. The best way to contact us is by sending me (Martin) a text message.
We like to keep arrangements as straightforward as possible. We charge no cleaning fee, and request only a modest security deposit (which is held and returned by AirBnb). We are always open to your ideas about how to make the experience of staying at the tiny house better.
Hope to see you soon! 14-216770-000-00-HO
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-No vaping, smoking, or 420 in the house.
-Most children will be welcome , but please talk with Martin first. :)
-Small gatherings (like a 2-3 visitors for wine or coffee) are fine, but not big or loud parties.
-Let Martin know if there are any issues! We want you to have a great stay!