Zoe Mae and Milo will announce your arrival. Then you'll know you've come to the right place.Here's an overview of the upstairs 400 sq ft sunlit suite. The stairs up here are not as steep as attic stairs, but they are slightly steeper than regular ones. If you find chairs a challenge, even with a railing, you'll be happier in   the Sanctuary for Strays Apartment.
Garden Sanctuary For Strays! in close-in NoPo
Garden Sanctuary For Strays! in close-in NoPo

Private room

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Welcome to the Sanctuary For Strays, home to all who wander! The roomy art-filled suite is the entire upstairs of our colorful 1924 home with half bath, skylights, Persian rugs, painted furniture, reading nook & big desk w.wifi. Downstairs a shared kitchen & outside an urban oasis garden. Our NoPo location is foodie heaven, near Mississippi & Alberta Arts district. Public transport & parking is a snap. We also offer the Garden Sanctuary For Strays APT if you'd prefer your own private place.

The space

The minute you walk through the gate of my colorful 1920's bungalow in the heart of North Portland, you'll leave the day behind you and step into a whole different world.

My sophisticated and secret urban garden, featured in many magazines, is filled with botanical treasures, secret spaces and amazing fountains, with lots of room to sit, sleep, wi-fi or kick back with a drink.

Once through the lime green front door, you'll find works by NW artists, a gorgeous, light-filled kitchen nook and a posse of four-legged friends: Milo the blonde ball boy and Zoe Mae, the world's only vacuum cleaner with a tail. This is a home where animals rule!

Milo will take you upstairs to your big and colorful skylight suite with its own big desk, reading nook and half-bathroom. The shared shower is downstairs. Note: the flight of stairs are steeper than average. The vegetarian-only kitchen can be made available on request and for guests staying four or more nights, we'll do your laundry, no charge. All you need to bring is your curiosity about this fabulous, open-hearted city and a respect for all living things, great and small.

If you're looking for your independence but feel grounded by animals, great art and gardens, come stay with us. And if you're traveling alone, we're your place; singles get a price break.

Our tree-lined neighborhood is easy walking to buses and MAX, morning-to-night coffee shops (my fave is Coffee House 5), restaurants, groceries and a gorgeous European-style park. We're right in-between the Alberta Arts District and historic Mississippi Ave, both filled with all the best micro-everything Portland has to offer.

Finally, this: if you're vegan, the beer and wine in the fridge is on us!

Guest access

You are most welcome to turn on the garden fountain, sit on rocking chairs or pull out the lounger and zone out for hours. The kitchen is steps away where you can stash your preferred brew. If you need an evening at home, the big screen TV room loaded with Netflix, HBO, etc. is yours for the asking. Other than sharing the downstairs shower, it's entirely up to you how visible/invisible you'd like to be.

Interaction with guests

The dogs and I are often around and available, but I'm all about privacy - yours and mine. I cannot vouch for the irrepressible Milo who will try his hardest to impress you with his stuffed toys. Zoe Mae, however, now almost 17, will keep a more mature distance.

Other things to note

All the products in my home are cruelty-free, from shampoo to cleaning supplies. I take animal welfare pretty seriously; so do my animals!

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 air mattress

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 4PM - 11PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room

Free parking on premises

Extra people $28 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $28 NZD
Weekly Discount: 14%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 11PM

$20/night for each additional guest refers to dogs, children and adults. Do know that 3 adults is a bit of a crunch but we can talk. You are most welcome to cook here as long as it's vegetarian. Thanks, too, for not putting on perfume or strong aftershave inside. And since the animals and I wake early, pls give me the heads up if you're planning on coming in later than 11pm. Those are the big ticket items, we can negotiate the rest!

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 12 stairs up to the room with a railing.
Pet(s) live on property - Two very grown-up dogs
Some spaces are shared - Upstairs suite has its own half bathroom, downstairs shower is shared with me.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

120 Reviews

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Blake User Profile
September 2017
Milo, Zoe, Ketzel all were very welcoming to their castle. As a stray myself, I felt very comfortable staying with my new friends.

Zack User Profile
September 2017
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HOUSE ! My favorite out of the three airbnbs I visited on this trip; cute AND conveniently close to a great area of Portland.

Tyson User Profile
September 2017
Ketzel was such a great host and the space was amazing! I recommend anyone traveling to Portland to stay here!

Debby User Profile
August 2017
A very inviting home with a lovely outdoor patio to relax. Beautifully decorated and very clean.
Ketzel User ProfileKetzel is a superhost.
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Debby added: "We had an amazing time!! Your home is beautiful and it was very comfortable! Thank you so much!!" August 2017
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Anna User Profile
August 2017
A lovely host, friendly dogs, a beautiful house and a cool neighborhood! Everything was clean and more than comfortable, and Ketzel was so helpful and kind. I would highly recommend staying here!

Steven User Profile
August 2017
Wonderful location, so very close to wonderful Alberta street eateries and pubs. Right around the corner to local spots for great food and evening drinks. A good place for parking and adventuring out into Portland from. Ketzel was very generous to offer our third person a quiet cool Den with a pullout (very comfy) bed. While the upstairs is indeed a private suite and most comfortable it is quite creaky on the stairs and floorboards. If you're concerned about keeping your host up or waking them going in and out you may want to know that. Ketzel never mentioned a word but we tried hard to be quiet and not come or go too late. Very nice stay.

Charmian User Profile
August 2017
Ketzel is warm and welcoming. Her dogs Milo and Zoe are lovely and gentle. Her charming heritage home is filled with beautiful original art pieces and has a lovely tranquil garden space. The location is within walking distance to funky shops and great restaurants, and is a short drive into downtown. We would stay there again!

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