Our space is a mix of a hostel and a home. We are a group of long-term residents & subletors who welcome short term guests. This is the house to meet folks whether you are moving to town or traveling through. The house offers quiet and social spaces.
Our listing offers a unique Airbnb experience of staying with other Airbnb guests in a shared room as well as in a house of roommates who live in Seattle. This room is a great fit for individual or groups of travelers on a budget who are interested in meeting interesting people right in the place they are staying! We created this house so that people from around the world could meet, share experiences together and potentially create long lasting friendships that go beyond their time in our house. In a big house we are making the world smaller with more connections between people. Below is more information about your shared room, about us and about our house. Read through and see if we are a good fit for your trip!
ABOUT YOUR SHARED ROOM:
This is our Purple shared room with up to 4 other people who are all staying short term (1 night - 1 month). When you book this listing you are reserving one out of 5 beds (2 bunk beds and one lofted bed). This listing is not specific to a top or bottom bunk. When you arrive you can choose whatever open bed you prefer. The room has storage shelves, closet with hangers and lockable storage drawers (shown in pictures). The room has fans, air purifier, base board heater, floor lamps and bed side lamps.
Each bed will have a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow w/pillow case, blanket and towel. In the room there is a welcome board with ear plugs available and a welcome binder with VERY detailed information about the house (same information as in the house manual guests receive after booking is confirmed). Each bed has a dry erase board for guests to write their name and dates of stay.
This room is a shared entrance to one of the house's shared bathrooms. There are curtains around the end of beds to provide visual privacy for guests. The room is used as a shared access pathway to the shared bathroom 7am-11pm. 11pm-7am this room is closed to other guests entering to access the bathroom. Purple room guests are welcome to use this bathroom 24 hours a day. Two other (4 bathrooms in the house total) bathrooms in the house are also available 24 hours a day.
Guests in the shared room have access to all the house common rooms (living room, work/study room, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, and dining room, outdoor patio- with gas grill and fire pit, laundry room, garage). We have a common food shelf that guests are welcome to enjoy. The house has plenty of free street parking available on our block.
We are an 11 bedroom/4 bathroom house (3 full bathrooms, one half bathroom -All bathrooms are available to all guests 7am-11pm; 2 bathrooms are available for all guest use 11pm-7am). We have 10 roommates and two shared rooms (Green and Purple room) with up to 13 guests total staying with us less than one month. Our house can have anywhere from 10-24 people staying with us at anytime. Almost everyone staying in our house came to the house through Airbnb and stayed in our shared room before moving into private rooms. This creates a great atmosphere where everyone in the house is there because they enjoy the house and sharing experiences in life with new friends. We hope you feel welcomed into our home!
We envision what it means to be “grown up” as creating a place where you have yourself figured out enough to enjoy continually welcome new folks in. Our mix of roommates and Airbnb guests aim at creating this environment. Folks at the house do a mix of being out of the house at work/life events, hanging out in common areas meeting folks. Come say hi, introduce yourself, and hang out if you want, or if you prefer to keep to yourself during your stay you are welcome to do this as well.
The house has a weekly house hang out all current guests are invited to. This is a great way to meet the other folks in the house you may not have run into yet. In our living room there is a board with the list of upcoming hangouts! We tend to alternate between staying at the house for bonfire/potluck/movie night and going out for happy hour/food/hikes.
Here is more about Leah, Michael and our four roommates staying in the house year after year! Our house manager – Leah handles all Airbnb communications. Leah is a recovering social worker with an international student education habit. Leah has worked with youth/young adults for the past 10 years. She currently does the multiple- part time employment thing which is right up her alley. Leah works often and is around the house minimally. She is the Furiosa of texting (if you are confused, think Mad Max – she is a show stealer and speedy as all get out) and is also available via Airbnb messaging. While her face may not be at the house often, through her Airbnb messages, posted signs around the house and texts she is a familiar presence!
Michael is an avid traveler and not at the house often. His spirit is leaping around hoping everyone gets to know each other well and discovers something awesome about the human experience! He is human computer interaction fanatic and is enjoying his time as an entrepreneur developing businesses around his passion.
Eric has an extensive science back ground and currently works at a bio tech company helping do work that will cure cancer! He is kind of a big deal. He is also a big dude! He is our tallest roommate at over 6 feet. He has bright blonde curly hair. He is easy to spot in the house. Eric is a former academic and science teacher for homeschooled elementary students. He loves learning more about nature. Want to talk philosophy of shared living, he is your guy.
Upon finalizing your booking you'll receive our house manual which includes additional roommate introductions!
ABOUT OUR HOUSE:
Our house is located on the Northeast edge of Capitol Hill and the Montlake neighborhood. It is located by public transportation and is walkable to the nightlife of Capitol Hill, Arborteum and a quick bus ride to the University of Washington.
This mansion of a house is built into the side of a hill. You can see the entire Lake Washington, and the Cascade mountain range, from the windows.
You'll be on the Northeast edge of Capitol Hill, bordering the Montlake neighborhood. You're a two-block walk from public transportation, a 10-15 min walk to the closest grocery store, 15 min bus ride to University of Washington campus, a 20-25 minute walk from the bustling Capitol Hill, scene and a 45 min walk to downtown. To get there, you'll walk through really pretty neighborhoods of mansions, trees, unique homes, and restaurants.
And you will be a 10-15 minute walk from three of Seattle's greatest parks: the lillypad-filled Arboretum, the gorge-filled Interlaken Park, an the Olmsted Brother's famous Volunteer Park. Climb the top of the Volunteer Park water tower and see a 360 view of EVERYTHING in seattle.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood has a great mix of artisan food and drink, local movie theaters, nightlife and parks. The area is walkable (for those who are okay with walking a mile or two) and also can be quickly traveled with public transportation. We have ample free street parking available on our block for guests.
Our house is closed to the 43 and 48 Metro bus lines. The 43 bus goes downtown and has a stop by the Westlake Light Rail Station. The Light Rail goes from downtown to the Sea Tac airport. The King County Metro is the area bus system. The maps app that starts with Goo and ends with gle works really well in seattle for planning travel including public transportation. Pick an intersection near where we show up on your map to find out if we are in the area that fits your trip needs! You can also use that to find out more about what is nearby to our location!
Our roommates share responsibilities of deep cleans around the house a couple times a week and light cleaning daily. The cleaning schedule is listed in the kitchen. If during your stay you notice any area of the house that needs attention please alert Leah immediately!
We aim to have a clean house but with so many folks around the house we can’t ensure it is the cleanest 24 hours a day! We do want to address quickly any areas that aren’t welcoming for guests so help us out by letting us know what needs more attention!
We ask all guests to be excellent at cleaning up after themselves and wiping up any residue left behind. We have cleaning supplies easily available in our kitchen and bathroom to help guests clean up after themselves. Please be mindful that there are many folks in the house that this is their home! Please follow the golden rule and treat others (and our house) as you want to be treated!
We are a no smoking indoors house. We have a few roommates who have breathing issues related to smoking so… you know… we want them to be able to breathe. We have an area on our back patio away from doors and windows that guests are able to smoke if desired.
Interaction with guests
We are best suited for guests that are comfortable with communication mainly through airbnb messaging/texts and receiving written instructions. We aren't able to provide in person hosting consistently so it is best to expect that all points of contact with host will be through technology. Check in instructions will be thorough and contain essential information. Guests should plan on having read through all these instructions and our house manual before arrival.
Leah communicates with all guests for booking and stay arrangements. As Leah works multiple part time jobs she will not be present when guests arrive. We try to make check in as flexible as possible to accommodate the time that works best for the guest. To do this we have a check in process that is self directed (with detailed check in instructions sent a week before arrival). Guests should plan ahead to have the check in instructions accessible for reference upon arrival as we are not able to meet guests in person.
Leah follows up with guests via text/airbnb messaging in the first 24 hours of stay. While Leah may not be much of a face around the house she is very available via text/airbnb messaging and can usually reply within 30 mins. We encourage guests to be proactive about questions and reach out to Leah.
Our bed check in/check out times are firm (3pm check in/noon check out). We are able to arrange for guests to arrive earlier/depart later, and store bags in our coat room just to the right after entering the house. Arriving before 3pm or departing after noon should be arranged through messaging before the week of arrival.
Our long term roommates as well as guests who have been stay with us are usually very friendly and willing to help new guests get a sense of the house. Often time if other folks are around the house when guests arrive they will receive a tour of the house from a long term roommate or current guest. To make sure things about the house aren't lost in translation - make sure to refer to the house manual and welcome binders in the house.
Follow the Golden Rule - Treat others (and our house!) as you wish to be treated!
Leave our house a bit better than you found it.
Everyone in the house is responsible for the safety, tidiness and welcoming spirit of the house!
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We are a roommate duo (Leah and Mike!) who have lived together for a number of years! We make music, do science, design the internet, social work, and drink cheap beer.