This quaint shingled house has a cabin like feel with fir trees inside! It sits on a large, quiet neighborhood lot. A curly slide and swing are connected to the front porch. The kitchenette includes dorm fridge, camp sink, microwave, toaster oven, coffee, tea, bagels, fruit and french press. The bathroom is a short walk across our deck into our home with 24/7 access. 25-30 minutes south of downtown Portland. Only 1.5 hrs from the coast and Mt. Hood and 10 minutes from local wineries!
When our son was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 at the age of 4, our community and church came together build this cozy (500 sq. ft.) tree house with LOVE! Every piece of wood, window, door, lighting fixtures and work hours were donated. It is a sacred space to us and we love sharing it with others. As a survivor, our son enjoys watching others enjoy the space too.
Includes: 1 queen bed with a Temperpedic mattress, 1 futon couch that folds out to sleep 2 (children or small adults) in the main area and 2 twin beds in the loft. The kitchenette includes, filtered drinking water, a dorm fridge with bagels, fruit, cream cheese and OJ, plus french press, coffee beans, tea and electric tea kettle, microwave, small toaster oven and camp sink. No stove top or oven. Your bathroom is in our home just a short walk across the deck, accessible 24/7. A window bench seat with table and chairs are perfect for eating or relaxing. There is a DVD player near the queen bed. Free WiFi, but it is finicky at times. A curly slide is attached to the front porch along with a child's swing. (do not swing too high) We are only 25-30 minutes from downtown Portland depending on traffic. The coast and Mt. Hood are only a 1.5 hour drive away. We are 10 minutes from wine country. The Columbia River Gorge, 45 minutes from our home, is filled with spectacular waterfalls and glorious hikes. Portland boasts of many great restaurants, food carts, music and comedy venues, Powell's Book Store, VooDoo Donuts, Salt & Straw and more.
The bathroom is an easy walk across our deck and inside our private home. It includes a sink, toilet, and claw-foot tub/shower. It is available to guests 24/7. If arranged ahead of time, guests may have access to the large washer and dryer and our outdoor fire pit for a small fee. Our home kitchen will not be available to guests.
Interaction with guests
We have hosted people from all over the world and enjoy visiting with our guests. However; we also honor their privacy and appreciate our privacy being respected as well.
Other things to note
Please do not purchase bottled water as we try to be eco-friendly and provide a 5 gallon glass container of filter water. In the winter we have a separate box heater and heated mattress pad for warmth. A fuse will blow if you have heater and lights on then try to blow-dry your hair! Save that for the bathroom. Our summers are becoming increasingly warm, so we insert a window AC. We do have one cat, Macbeth, who is an outside cat only. In the summer, if you leave the top of the dutch door open, he may come in and wake you! Please do not allow him in the house or tree house as he is an outside cat ONLY.
Make yourselves at home, but please treat the House in the Trees respectfully. Enjoy the memorabilia connected to our son's cancer journey, but please do not take anything home.
No pets. No smoking. No illegal drugs. No parties. No guests other than booked guests.
If you'd like to use our fire pit, please inquire first. Please help conserve water by limiting your shower time.
We appreciate quiet between 10 pm and 7 am on weekdays and 11 pm and 8:30 am on weekends. IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN, PLEASE MONITOR THEM AT ALL TIMES.
I have lived in Portland since 1982 where my husband and I raised our 5 children. The House in the Trees is a special place to us, as it was built by the community and our church for our son when he was diagnosed with cancer. My husband worked for a non-profit traveling to to East Africa for 20 years. Now he works for a local non-profit that is a mentoring program . We have hosted many Africans and other international guests in our home. I am a writer and writing workshop facilitator. I co-founded the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and co-facilitate Contemplative Prayer & Journaling Retreats. I enjoy hiking, climbing mountains, travel, and reading.