Glamping at the Nest Tiny Home in a lush garden in the Alberta Arts District.
- english, Armenian... if they are using the Turkish dialect
About sonia kasparian
Hi, I'm Sonia, and The Nest is my Tiny Home behind my 1911 craftsman home. I am a designer and a rehabber. My training is as a fashion designer. I create bespoke couture clothing (quite a bit of it bridal) for my clients. I also love building and working with my hands. I like to work with reclaimed materials whenever I can to keep wonderful old things from being destroyed and just becoming landfill. Besides preserving something which has a resonance of history, theres such a beautiful patina of age that can only come with time. I also am a big plant salvager. Most of the plants.. and there are a great many in the lush outdoor space... have been salvaged. Either thrown out, or sent to dump piles or simply put out on the street. I hate to see a life wasted, so if I can find a way to incorporate it into a space where it will thrive, then I'm happy. My personal aesthetic is organic modern. Warm inviting environments that nod to the past but presented in a fresh clean way. I put a great deal of care and detail into my work. Because I love what I do. I also think humans are much healthier and happier when they are close to nature. I know I am. Since I am essentially an artist, renting out The Nest, which was once my art studio, helps to allow me to do the art that I love. So if you will be staying with me- Thank You very much :) (I also have no idea why it keeps putting my profile pic in upside
sonia kasparian purchased this Guest House in 2006
Why sonia kasparian chose Alberta Arts District
I bought this property in 2006 to be my art studio. The Main house was listed at the time as an "extreme fixer". Have you ever seen an agent put that on a property? Well- it was true. It looked like every wall and moulding in the house had been attacked with a chain saw. The bathroom drained into the basement, and the roof drained into the kitchen. The brick chimney swayed wildly back and forth with the touch of a finger. The walls had greasy brown streaks dripping down every surface which looked looked like liters of coke had just been sprayed everywhere. It was grease and nicotine. There were piles of rubbish and the remains of a life ended and ransacked covering every floor and surface. There were large ? rabbit ? pens built into one bedroom, and shag carpeting that was Hazmat worthy. You couldn't breathe without a respirator. In short.. it was a total re-do. Also in short... perfect for an artist/builder wanting a space affordable enough to get into and re-do. It was kind of heart breaking to see really. I fell in love with it instantly. I am pretty exacting in my work, and love architecture and home design. So over the course of the next several years rebuilt the main house using mostly materials from The Rebuilding Center which became my second Home. I like to rebuild in such a way that my hand is mostly undetectable. I want my work to marry the best aspects of a place as if the things I redesign had been there all along. By the time that I finished the main house- the neighborhood had turned. The drug dealers had gone, more restaurants and stores were coming in, and what was once a cute but struggling little residential neighborhood had become the hip trendy place people wanted to move to. Chock full of so many great places to see experience and hang out. I moved to Portland from L.A. in 1997 for what was to be a short stint following a divorce. I'm here still, and Portland is more my home than L.A. ever was. I love the people. I love the place.
What makes this Guest House unique
The Nest is a great place to relax and recharge and live simply. There is no TV, which I find fantastic, but there is a great wi/fi connection if you want to stream your HULU or other subscription programs on your laptop. Its a great place for working, writing, or reflecting. And when you want to be in the heart of things- see people, and get great food, coffee, drinks, or see art or stores... you're in the heart of it. Barbequeing outdoors is fabulous, as well as sitting around the fire pit. FIRE CAUTION: you cannot use the open fire without the screened fire pit cover placed back over the fire. There are many overhanging trees, and the sparks must be contained. I know this sounds like common sense.... but common sense is not so common I've found. Opening the house to the outdoors is great as well. Remember though... air will come in, but so will anything attracted to light. Think Glamping. There are window screen that can be popped in on the side window and kitchen window to leave them open all night. Ive also found that mosquitoes don't tend to come through the skylights as much as they would through regular windows.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Cozy & charming
My daughter and I had a wonderful first visit to Portland and were very pleased with the location of this sweet place to stay, as we were a short drive from the airport, had easy access to cross-town routes, and found lots of great places to eat within a short walk. There were some issues with electricity throughout our stay that I think will be resolved before another visitor stays, but the owner was very willing to relocate us if we wished. Although it wasn't a problem for me, my daughter (who has allergies to pollen and mold) was affected by the air quality during our early-June stay. A dehumidifier used between guests might help in reducing some of the moisture in this dwelling. Overall, though, for convenience and cuteness, we were happy with our choice!
Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Yup. We figured out the electrical issue. Pacific power can by and fixed their corroded weatherhead outside on the wire.
The best thing to do to keep the air fresh and dry would be to either open the windows or the skylights to let any moisture out from your stay.
That should air it out in a few moments. But you should know that Portland in spring is pollen central. Even for us who live here and are more used to it. It’s probably best to book into a place that is not located in such a lush garden- but honestly- anywhere you walk outside you will be taking pollen baths.
Quaint and cozy; great price; would have liked coffee maker; house did supply a French press. Coffee houses nearby, however, I like coffee before I get dressed... will stay here again when in Portland... love the hippy vibe in the town...
Glad you enjoyed your stay. We like coffee in the mornings too. But we use a French press because we like nice strong coffee.
However- like it says in our listing and the notes on the wall inside The Nest: there are lots of amenities we stock in the main house, that we don’t clutter the Nest with. Like a coffeemaker. So if you wanted to use it, it was there for you. All you had to do was ask.
Ask for it on your next stay, and we’ll have it there for you when you arrive :)
Exactly what I needed.
The Nest was just what I needed during my remodel. Safe, clean, quiet & cozy. If you’re planning on visiting Portland, this is a great option in a cool part of town.
I enjoyed staying here.
Cozy and comfortable in the midst of nature
My stay in the nest was remarkable!
The apartment itself was clean, comfortable, beautiful, stylish, and welcoming.
The sky lights provided great light and ambieance, the wood within the apartment created warmth, and the setting in a garden made things feel natural and private.
The location is outstanding. One would not think there is an eclectic arts neighborhood only two blocks away in such a private setting. The restaurants and caffes in the area made wandering a daily adventure.
The host is beyond helpful, kind, and supportive to a comfortable stay. Importantly, i was able to stay in comfort knowing I could be provided all I needed but also had my solitude.
I would absolutely stay in this wonderful place again and wish I would have had more time there to begin with!
Thank you so much for the lovely review Sebastian. I do hope you get the chance to stay with us again. You were an awesome guest, and we enjoyed hosting you :)
Sonia thought of everything. The space is exactly as described. Highly recommended!
The Nest is in the heart of the super cool Alberta Arts district, full of amazing local restaurants, coffee shops, artisan ice cream, yoga studios, galleries, local clothing, jewelry, and home ware stores. You can walk everywhere. The is also a bike rack just behind the Nest, and surrounded by our fenced back yard, where you can lock a bike if you've brought one, or you can easily rent bikes from local Nike Bike kiosks. The designated biking lane boulevards are nearby as well. Mass transit pickups also within a block or two depending on which line you're taking.
The Roseland theater 3 blocks away is a great place to go see live music or shows. Every last Thursday is the local art and gallery night. in the summer, Alberta Street (3 blocks away) is closed off to foot traffic and filled with people walking and shopping the many local vendors who set up booths, or listening to live music set up o the street corners, or visiting all the local food carts and restaurants and bars. Its a very vibrant scene. In the winter, it still continues, but at a quieter pace with most of the foot traffic going into the local establishments due to weather.
If you want to feel a true quirky artsy Portland vibe, Alberta is the best pace to experience it. So So So many great food establishments with food ranging from pizza(Bella), Mexican(Stella,Sirenita, Autentica) to ramen(I forget the name...), Indian street food(Bollywood Theatre), southern style cooking (Bernie's), Thai(several), Middle Eastern((Dar Salaam), Asian Fusion(Yakuza), Italian(Nonna), Meat lovers (Beast),vegan( Vita),to artisan Ice cream (Salt & Straw)...... seriously. Something for every foodie. Bars...yoga...shopping....And the best most wonderful Grocery store around- New Seasons.
There are two nearby parks for kids or dogs: (Alberta and Fernhill)
MY MUST DO'S:
FOOD: Breakfast at Tin-Shed, Mojito's at Bernies (back patio in the summer), The Burger or any sushi at Yakuza..(sit out on the back patio if you can), Tacos-nachos and especially Mojitos at Stella's, Thai-Noon for Thai..Salt n Straw ice cream anytime!!! Never never never go to cup and saucer however. too much good food all around you. That's just not one of them.
COFFEE: Want coffee out instead of at home? Walk over 1/2 block and get your morning cup at Extracto and stay to do your work at their many tables in their bright cheery airy space. They roast their own. Take some home :)
YOGA: People's Yoga is excellent. Walk over with your Mat. 1 block away. And check out Red Fox Vintage next door while you're there.
Roseland Theatre: See who's playing and whats happening.