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Tiny Volcano HouseTimes Viewed: 15,120 views
: 200 Sq. Ft.
: Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Heating, Internet, Wireless Internet, Kitchen
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in a well-designed small house, you can find out here. It could be a great in-town staycation, or a way to test out your own tiny home dreams before building one of your own.
Check out the:
– alternating tread stairway
– cozy loft
– concrete counters
– nicely equipped kitchen
– oculus that passes light into the kitchen
– classic bent-plywood lounge chairs
– abundant natural light
– huge bolster on the Twilight sleep sofa.
All these things are meant to keep the quality of living high, even though the space is small… a total of about 440 sf.
THE NEIGHBHORHOOD & VOLCANO
Mt. Tabor Park is only 1 block away and is fantastic for running and walking. It’s a huge, forested park, and — BONUS! — a dormant volcano. I’m pretty sure it won’t erupt while you’re here, but no guarantees.
The Hawthorne strip with all its fantastic businesses — Albina Press, Apizza Scholls, Por Que No, etc. starts half a mile away. Further out but still in this part of SE Portland are Belmont and Division streets, home to lots of dining — Pok Pok is well-known, and deservedly so.
HOW WAS THE HOUSE CREATED?
This structure was built in 1922 as a garage, but we converted it to a house in 2006. You can still feel the garage-ness of the place in the concrete floor (a bit uneven in places, but easy to clean) and the exterior siding (all original, just repainted purple).
HOW MANY DOES IT SLEEP?
The house sleeps 1 to 3 people, depending on your mattress preferences and length of stay. It’s wonderful for 1 person for long-term stays, really nice for 2 people for a week or so, and workable for 3 on shorter stays — if someone doesn’t mind sharing a bed.
There are two beds:
(1) In the loft, a comfy full-size model (54×75 inches, slightly smaller than queen). This is a real bed on a very low frame, with a linen duvet cover. This can sleep 1 or 2 people depending on your need for width.
(2) In the living area, the fabulous Twilight sleeper sofa. We tried a lot of convertible sofas and this was the only one we found worth sleeping on. It’s got a firm foam mattress in Twin XL size (39×80 inches). You will need to put the sheets (provided) on this one. The conversion is really simple — you just move the big bolster back and put on the sheets. This sleeps 1 person.
YOU CAN TOTALLY COOK HERE.
The kitchen has a standard fridge, a 2 burner gas cooktop, a convection microwave, dishes (Fiestaware!), basic cooking supplies, and a Chemex coffee maker. The only thing missing is a full size oven, but as long as you’re not making whole turkeys or lasagnas, you’ll be okay.
Yes, it’s your own. Plain but nice. Skylight. Shower stall, no bathtub.
THE SPECIAL STAIRWAY
Standard stairways take up too much volume to be useful in tiny houses. An alternating tread stairway saves space while feeling comfortable by giving separate treads for left and right feet. It really works! There’s just one rule: ALWAYS hold on to the handrail.
Double wall structure with lots of insulation
High efficiency gas fireplace controlled by thermostat
LED lights throughout
Tankless hot water heater
Parking will not be a challenge on neighborhood streets.
If you want are low-car or car-free, this house is close to the Salmon and Lincoln bike boulevards, only 2 minutes from the 71 bus, 0.4 miles to the 15 (Belmont) bus. 0.5 miles to the 14 (Hawthorne) bus. You can get to or from the airport with only 1 transfer (between 71 bus and Red Line train).
NO TV, YES INTERNET.
To us, this house is a retreat, so there is no TV. But if you must get your fix, wireless internet is available. Speed is usually sufficient to stream Netflix at standard (not HD) speed.
$99/night ($109/night on weekends)
3 night minimum
14 night maximum.
Location : Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard