Daylight Basement Studio W/Queen Bed, Tiled Galley & Bathroom, Private Entrance.
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.
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Portland Basement Suite
Quiet neighborhood. Great for sleeping. We were up early every day so we did not hear any footsteps above. Weather was hot but the basement stayed nice and cool
Quaint and Charming
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.
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.
Funky, funky but chic!
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!
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!"
Great spot for a long weekend!
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. :-)
Cozy, private, quiet, excellent location
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.
excellent; as described; historical "Auntie" artifacts
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.
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.