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Ideal Location to Explore Portland - Beach House option too!

House • Portland OR United States

    6 Guests  
    3 Bedrooms  
    3 Beds  
    2.0 Bathrooms  
    3 Car spaces 
    1 Car available  
    Primary home  

Exchange types accepted



Listed  January 2020
Views  188
Response rate  100%

General overview

Our home, built in 1900, is a nice example of Portland architecture of that time. It has high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. At 1,800 s.f. (plus a basement), the home is comfortable for up to 6 people. We’ve been remodeling and updating the home since we purchased it in 1990. We also co-own a home in Manzanita on the Oregon coast (sleeps 9) that is also available for exchange alone or in combination with our Portland house.

The space

Upstairs are two bedrooms, a den and a small full bath. The two bedrooms have queen sized beds. The den has comfy sectional couch that folds out to a queen bed. This room also has a TV. The upstairs bath includes a large claw foot bathtub, original to the home. Downstairs is the kitchen, dining room, living room and a full bathroom. The leather couch and chairs in the living room comfortably seat six. The downstairs bath has a spacious tiled shower. The basement holds the laundry facilities and storage. We enjoy music of all kinds, so you’ll find a good stereo system (we even have speakers in the bathroom!) We also have two flat screen TVs for watching movies or our limited TV channel selection.

Guest access

There are three stairs to enter the house. You must be able to navigate a flight of wooden stairs to reach the bedrooms on the upper floor.


We currently have one outdoor pet rabbit (courtesy of younger daughter) who lives in a spacious hutch in the back yard. We appreciate if guests will feed/water her while in our Portland home, but have a pet sitter who will take care of her if necessary. In April 2020 said daughter will have our first grandchild. At that point we'll also inherit her small indoor pet rabbit who will live in a hutch in our basement. We can arrange for her care as well if needed.


Air conditioning
Cupboard / drawers
Hair dryer
Bed sheets
Fire extinguisher
Smoke alarms
Clothes dryer
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Travel styles

    Good public transport

House rules

    Suitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets not allowed
    No smoking


Oregon, located in the Northwest USA, is known for its natural beauty. The western part of the state, where we live, has evergreen forests as well as farmland known for growing strawberries, hazelnuts and producing world-class wines. The central and eastern areas of the state are high desert landscape with an unmatched rugged beauty. The state borders the Pacific Ocean, just 1-1/2 hour drive from our home. Seattle, Washington is a 3 hour drive north. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, is located in the northwestern part of the state near the border with Washington State. It is a city of many bridges with the Columbia River to the north and the Willamette River running through the heart of the city. It is a vibrant, modern city with great restaurants and cultural activities while being just minutes from nature. The temperate climate makes it a wonderful place to visit in any season – although it does rain a bit in the winter! But the winter rains make for beautiful green summers. Our home is located in the NW district of Portland, an ideal location to explore the city and surrounding areas. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland, you’ll find many beautiful homes built between the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. We are in the midst of one of the city’s best shopping districts (NW 23rd Ave) with dozens of restaurants, grocery stores, places of worship and entertainment within a few blocks. Portland is famous for our micro breweries - there are several family friendly pubs within blocks. We are a short walk or street car ride to the exclusive Pearl District and downtown Portland. Also very nearby are Forest Park (the largest forested park inside a city in the USA), the Portland Rose Garden, Japanese Gardens, the Oregon Zoo, and, in the summer, an amazing farmer’s market. Portland is a great launching spot for day trips throughout the region. Here’s just a few things you can see within 1-2 hours drive from Portland: The Columbia River Gorge – exceptional hiking and mountain bike trails with majestic views of the river and gorge. Also, some of the world’s best windsurfing! Wine country – dozens of local wineries featuring Oregon’s award winning pinot noir Mt. Hood – offers year round skiing as well as spectacular areas for hiking/biking and camping. In the early summer the mountain flowers are amazing. The Oregon Coast – some of the most beautiful rugged beaches you’ll find anywhere. Oregon offers complete public access to all our beaches, so you can walk for miles. Our home in Manzanita (sleeps 9) is also available for exchange.

Getting around

Public transportation is easy to access from our home (3 bus lines and street car line within 3 blocks and a short distance to the MAX light rail station). Our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (seats 5) may be available in the exchange.

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Portland, Oregon
Joined January 2020
Response rate 100%
Travelling group
Member description
We are Brock (60) an architect, Nancy (58) a hospital administrator, two daughters Lauren (25) and Sarah (23). Brock runs, bikes (both road and mountain) and does photography - you'll see examples of both his work and other artists throughout our house. Nancy enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and planning home exchanges! Lauren is studying for her masters in public health in San Diego and Sarah is working at a mental health clinic in Portland. The girls and their boyfriends sometimes join us on exchange trips. As a family we love hiking and camping. We have a jack russell terrier, Addy. We'll arrange for her care during exchanges. We have been exploring the world with home exchanges since 2008. Brock will be retiring in early 2020 and I hope to follow him in the not too distant future. We love to explore the beauty of nature, so homes near national parks are a big plus. Europe has also been a favorite destination with exchanges in France, Italy and Spain over the last decade and plans to go again in 2021. We're "opportunistic" exchangers, often building our adventures around offers made by other members. We have two homes to offer. Our primary residence is in Portland, Oregon and we co-own a large house on the Oregon coast in the town of Manzanita. I look forward to meeting others who embrace the true spirit of home exchanging.
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