Walk into your house and say "Ahhhhhh. This is going to be a good visit." It is airy, light and beautiful. Thoughtfully arranged for real human beings. Comfortable. Inviting. Nestled in a Craftsman neighborhood, it is minutes from downtown by car, MAX or bus and an easy walk to grocery stores, great restaurants and the most comfortable bar in town. This house is perfect for families, cooks, businessers and groups. It has a strong Portland theme, a welcoming feel and a very well-stocked kitchen.
One of the things people like about Magnolia house is the thought we put into your convenience and enjoyment. The well-equipped kitchen has plenty of staples, spices and fresh fruit. We'd be happy to stock your favorite creamer, breakfast food or juice--just let us know! We've got toys for kids and cozy places for adults. Little luxuries for the bath. Flowers in the master bedroom... yup, it's like that.
You have access to the entire first and second floor of the house, and to the laundry area in the basement. It, too, is stocked with basics. No buying laundry detergent on your vacation!
I may be camping while you are at the house. If I don't respond immediately, Laura, who has worked for me for years, is taking care of day-to-day details and knows the house inside and out. My daughter Renata is your 'concierge'--happy to help you out with ideas of places to go (and she has very good ideas) and also very happy to stock the fridge with a few special things you might like to have on hand when you first come in. We all want you to have a wonderful visit and to enjoy the place as much as we have.
All these contact numbers are in the ridiculously detailed house handbook.
When we travel, we like homey airbnbs that don't look like motels or Ikea displays boxes. But we don't so much like the feeling that our hosts just stepped out and we are visiting right in their stuff. Magnolia house is, we think, the perfect balance. It is a home--loved, tended, unique, interesting and with all the things that we enjoy having at hand, from immersion blenders to laundry soap or bath salts. But you will see very little of our personal stuff, and you'll only see one of us if you specifically ask for the attention (which we would be glad to give).
The house is located very close to I-84, but we are well protected from highway noises because the highway is situated on an old stream bed and the house is on a natural terrace above.
We're very conscious of indoor air quality. There are no artificial fragrances here, the soap is Dr Bonner's (or suchlike), our cleaning products are all groovy and the house smells good. And sun-dried sheets (weather permitting)!
If you have cat allergies: there is a short-haired, well-tended cat who lives here when I do (i.e., when the house is not being airbnb'd as a whole house). We don't have wall-to-wall carpets and the vacuum cleaner is HEPA certified and Patty the house cleaner is amazing. But if you have severe cat allergies, this is probably not the place for you.
Please note: As listed above, there's no smoking (neither tobacco nor marijuana nor any other burnable thing ) and no parties allowed. The smoking matters because I hate it, and I hate worse coming home and finding burn marks in the bed linens. (Also, there're nice smoking places on the porches.) As for the partying, when I started airbnb'ing, I promised my neighbors that I wouldn't allow parties. Believe me, they let me know when parties happen. It's not a happy thing.
Breaking these rules (or the ones below) means losing your security deposit. (No, I'm not going to charge you $300 if you leave two things in the fridge, but I seriously will charge you for smoking in the house or having a party.)
So here are the other rules:
1. The most important rule for our team is: let us know if there is something wrong/needed/missing/'off'. If it matters to you, it matters to us and we want to know about it and fix it!
2. For longer stays, please take the garbage/compost/recycling out to the bins at least every four days. (Keep the house smelling nice!)
3. At the end of your stay, dump damp towels and other loose laundry on the bathroom floor. It's much easier to gather up and also easier on the wood floors in your bedrooms. (No need to strip beds.)
4. Pick up and dispose of your stuff if you aren't taking it with you; we'll do the cleaning.
5. Put house stuff--pillows, blankets, furniture, lamps--back in the room (and preferably the place) where you found them.
I am a mediator/facilitator living in Portland, Oregon. I am on the tipping point between extrovert and introvert. Whether as a guest or host I like to stop and chat, get or give local advice and will hope to see you again... but on the other hand I am fairly self-sufficient as a guest and not particularly clingy as a host!