We love to hike, bike, and ski (both alpine and Nordic) and our vacations are usually centered around outdoor activities. We also enjoy kayaking on the quiet river near our home. My husband is a retired mechanical engineer who loves to fix things. In the past 10 years or so he’s remodeled both our bathrooms and our kitchen as well as making everything else in the house work smoothly. I’m a retired college professor and education researcher. Since retiring, I became an Oregon Master Naturalist. I love gardening and learning about the amazing natural history of Oregon. My husband is learning the guitar and also does water color painting. Our two children live nearby and we have five grandchildren who keep us busy when we aren’t out adventuring.
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Non-simultaneous Home Exchange
Simultaneous Home Exchange
Smoking Not Allowed
Use of Personal Car is possible
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Description of the home we are offering for exchange
We love living here and hope you will enjoy staying here too! So what do we love about our modest one story home in a quiet suburb south of Portland, Oregon? We love that it backs to woods, and I’ve landscaped the yard with native flowers and shrubs. It’s a joy to sleep with the bedroom window open and wake up to a chorus of birds. The deck is a great place for watching birds. I’ve identified over 20 different bird species including the gorgeous Western Tanager. Portland has a reputation for being cool and rainy, but that’s what makes it so green here. I’ll let you in on a secret…our summers are glorious. Sunny day after sunny day with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Of course we do occasionally get a “heat dome” that roasts us, but if you’re here when that happens, we do have air conditioning.
Although the kitchen is small, we designed it for convenience and to allow the cook to enjoy the company of others. Two of the bedrooms have queen beds. One bedroom has a single bed and the room is used when our grandkids sleepover. We also have a twin blow-up mattress and can borrow a travel crib if needed. We have two tables for meals and for playing games or doing crafts. We also have a large deck with a grill and sink with hot and cold running water.
I also love that our home is super convenient to a variety of shopping experiences that will meet the needs of a range of tastes. An upscale shopping center is nearby, and a classic large American mall is 15 minutes away. The various Portland neighborhoods also have all sorts of fun and funky stores to explore. There are too many grocery stores to count, four pharmacies, lots of small family restaurants as well as larger chain restaurants all within a few minutes drive.
The best part of living here is how close we are to the things that make Oregon and the Pacific Northwest special. Mt Hood and the Mt Hood National Forest is only an hour or so away. It offers spectacular hiking during the summer and skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing during the winter. The amazing Columbia River Gorge is also an hour away. We get to experience gorgeous wildflower displays in the spring, a number of heartstopping waterfalls (including Multnomah Falls, which was used as a setting in the movie Twilight). The Columbia River Gorge also is the location of the town of Hood River with it’s world class kite surfing.
Ninety minutes away is the Oregon Coast and the town of Cannon Beach and the iconic Haystack Rock. The city of Astoria is also a fun day trip. You can see the house from the movie, The Goonies, visit the Maritime Museum, or just enjoy watching ships pass through the mouth of the Columbia River. Mt St. Helens is visible as we drive around town, and it’s about 2 hours to go the Johnston Observatory where you can learn about the 1980 eruption and see how the plants and animals have returned to the mountain.
If you don’t want to drive too far, there’s Forest Park and miles of hiking trails in Portland, Tyron Creek State Park just ten minutes away, and many smaller parks and nature preserves with walking, running, and biking trails. During the summer, you can borrow our kayaks or rent a canoe for a paddle on the Tualatin River just five minutes away. You can also paddle on the Willamette River. And then, if you want a change of pace from all that nature and activity, you can drive an hour south and sample some of Oregon’s Pinot Noir wines in the Willamette Valley Wine Country. And of course, the city of Portland offers a wide range of cultural and restaurant experiences. We are never bored here, and I hope you won’t be either!
House - single floor/ Main Residence
Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area
Our neighborhood is quiet but close so many things. We have lovely neighbors.
Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home
From our house you can walk to a coffee shop and a pizza place. A longer walk or short drive will take you to a brew pub and a tap house as well as more coffee shops and small restaurants. An upscale shopping center and a classic large American mall are short drives away. A few minutes away is the quiet Tualatin River where you can kayak, canoe, or paddleboard (rentals available during the summer). The Willamette River is also close by for more water sports. Three golf courses are near by. Downtown Portland is 20 minutes away by car, or you can drive to a transit center and take the bus or light rail into the city. Quick and easy access to the freeway will take you on many day trips: 1.5 hours to Mt Hood for hiking and skiing. 1 hour to Oregon’s wine country. 1.5 hours to the Columbia River Gorge. Less than 2 hours to Mt St. Helens. 1.5 hours to the Oregon coast.
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Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules
It is important to us to find our house neat and tidy — pretty much the way we left it for you.
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