|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
We want you to feel at home when you stay with us at The Shirley Marvin. Our 5-room suite is spacious, bright, and charming, a perfect choice for corporate relocation, short-term housing, extended-stay vacations and personal transitions. We prefer a minimum stay of one month, but can accept stays as short as 6 nights.
The suite features:
• Living, dining, bedroom, fully-outfitted kitchen, private bath
• Large walk-in closets
• Outdoor balcony /porch
• Vintage furnishings
• Free cable TV & Wi-Fi
Recreational options and open space are an important part of the Shirley Marvin experience:
• Nearby beaches and parks
• Running and bike trails
• Golf course, tennis courts
• Sailing & rowing center
After a career in engineering and environmental consulting, Rob spent the past decade helping develop Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Columbia City offers so much, but it hasn't had enough lodging choices. Rob and his wife Shelley bought the property from the grandson of the gentleman who built the apartment in 1935, and are committed to continuing a tradition of hospitality.
Robert Mohn purchased this apartment in 2009
Columbia City is well situated in Southeast Seattle ... halfway between SeaTac Airport and downtown, readily accessible by transit, close to beautiful Lake Washington, with great turn-of-the century building stock, and friendly people.
"We had the best time staying at your gem of a hotel! Thanks sooooo much Rob! We have done nothing but rave about you to everyone who will listen!"
My wife and I spent all of August, 2011, at the Marvin, wanting a base to explore, hike, and bicycle all of Washington, and to a lesser extent, Seattle. The property exceeded our expectations in every way. We hardly ever left the neighborhood for dinner, as there were so many restaurants within a 3-minute walk. The diverse population of the area was a real plus for us, so many interesting cultures and peoples interacting peacefully. The location is ideal for getting out of the city quickly to the south, west, and east...north, not so much, but that's the fault of I-5. Downtown was a snap on the new light rail, just a few-blocks walk to the station.
Laundry facilities in the basement, with room to store bicycles securely was a decided advantage over many places.
Columbia City is really a very small area, "gentrifying" quickly, with many young families mixing easily with the other residents of the area. We never felt unsafe, threatened, etc, the entire time we were there.
Perhaps one of the best things about the Marvin is the owner, who is always available, friendly, helpful, etc.
I'll close by saying I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Seattle.
This property was chosen to hose the HomeAway.com Truckster and their guest blogger on its national road trip around the country. We had an excellent stay here! Everything was very clean and well furnished. The owners are very friendly and will tell you about the area including the best coffee shops, restaurants, and historical information on the town and its businesses. The location couldn't be better either! For example, we woke up everyday and got coffee at a shop right next door to the Shirley Marvin and ate dinner at great restaurants within a block or two of the property. It's right off the main street in Columbia City and is a 5 minute walk to the Light Rail that takes you in to Seattle or to the airport. You would not need a car if you stayed here and could enjoy both Columbia City and downtown Seattle with ease.
We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Shirley Marvin. Our apartment was just as charming as the listing photos and description suggested. It was also very clean, well-equipped, and comfortable. We had brought a laptop, so we really appreciated the Wi-Fi connection. In addition, there was a lovely courtyard with beautiful flowers. Rob, the owner, was extremely helpful in answering questions about the area and assisted us by preparing the bikes for a ride to and around nearby Seward Park on Lake Washington, which is gorgeous. One of the great things about the Shirley Marvin is the location. It is just a few blocks from the new light rail line which took us to and from the airport in less than 20 minutes as well as to most of the attractions of downtown Seattle in about the same amount of time. We wound up only renting a car for a couple of day-trips to the wineries of Woodinville (about 30 minutes away and highly recommended for wine-lovers) and to the Olympic peninsula for some hiking and lunch at Port Townsend (also recommended, though further away and complicated by ferry schedules). We also spent a couple of days just relaxing in Columbia City which we loved. When we arrived on Wednesday afternoon, the superb neighborhood farmer's market was in full-swing just a couple blocks from the Shirley Marvin, allowing us to easily do much of our grocery shopping for the week. Rob and his wife had also prepared a great welcome package of discount coupons for many of the local businesses. This provided an extra incentive to explore the many terrific shops and restaurants in Columbia City--all within easy walking distance and all combining the friendly charm of a small, historic town with the sophistication and multiculturalism of a large metropolitan area. Although too numerous to mention all of them, we especially enjoyed Verve (a wine bar and restaurant), Empire Espresso, the Bookworm Exchange, Columbia Bakery, and Tutta Bella (a Neapolitan pizzeria). We only wish we had had more time to check out other shops, restaurants, the ale house, and the public library nearby. We would definitely like to return to the Shirley Marvin in the future and highly recommend it as a place to stay in the Seattle area!
The Shirley Marvin is a set of 4 apartments in a 1930's era brick building. I stayed in one of the upper apartments.
While the building is historic, it's been completely refurbished recently, with up-to-date fixtures and appliances that fit the theme perfectly. There is Wi-Fi internet and a flat-panel LCD TV in the living room, and another smaller one in the bedroom. Both have basic cable access with additional sports channels.
The owners are very attentive and friendly. I thought the overall value was excellent. There are numerous shops nearby, including a well-stocked used book store, a convenience store across the street, two coffee shops within 50 yards and a movie theater just around the corner. Plenty of eateries nearby as well.
There is excellent bus service with a stop on the corner and the new Link light-rail station is a third-of-a-mile walk. The light rail system makes it easy to get to either the airport or anyplace in downtown Seattle easily.
My only complaint is that my particular unit was exposed to the summer heat the most, which made it uncomfortably warm on a few evenings. There is a fan, and the owners gave me some tips on how to best manage it. This would only be a issue only in the upper, west apartment and only in late July and August when I was there.
A particularly nice touch in my apartment was a number of books, many of them political biographies which are a favorite of mine.
I would highly recommend the Shirley Marvin to anyone!
We travel twice a year from the UK to visit our son and family and the Shirley Marvin apartments provide luxorious, comfortable and impeccably clean accommodation. The apartments have been stylishly refurbished and whilst retaining a 30's character they offer modern conveniences.There is emphasis on detail and it is so nice on arrival, particularly from another country, to find some basic provisions and soap and shampoo.The apartments are very close to trolley and transit services to the city centre. Complementary Wi Fi is available and Columbia City has real character with coffee shops and restaurants. We love visiting and it really is like home from home.
The Columbia City neighborhood has lots to offer. There are 19 restaurants, pubs, wine bars, & coffee shops within just 3 blocks of the apartment. Unique retail stores & bookshops define the neighborhood. You’ll also find:
• Yoga studios & fitness gym
• Local farmers’ market
• Live music and stage venues
• Historic Walking Tour
• National Register Carnegie Library
Easy Access & Great Connections
When you stay at the Shirley Marvin, you’re just minutes away from downtown Seattle, the sports stadiums and SeaTac International airport via Light Rail. Plus, you’ll have excellent access to Metro bus service and ZipCars.
Other Activities: Boating, shopping, basketball, yoga studio, local farmers market, historic walking tour, Sounders, Mariners & Seahawks 11 minutes away by light rail.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
For a 30-day stay or longer, $80 per night. $135 per night plus tax for shorter stays.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Credit Cards Accepted:
Dates available: Year Round
$250 deposit at time of reservation. First half of rent due 60 days prior to scheduled arrival. Final half of rent due at check-in.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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