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All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 26860
Region: West

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Last Updated: October 19, 2019

We are a family of 3 (including one elderly parent) living in a restored 1884 Victorian house in Portland, Oregon. We've taken on a new challenge saving and restoring an 1890 Victorian cottage. Someone with general handyman skills will be able to help restore the house including refinishing woodwork, general carpentry and finish woodworking, interior and exterior paint prep work and application, and landscaping. You'll be working along side us for about 4 hours a day 5 days a week in exchange for staying with us in our 1884 home - private bedroom, shared bath with adult sons, meals with us if desired. We are 3-5 minutes from public transportation, on lots of bike routes and near the Alberta Arts District and the Mississippi Avenue area.

We're happy to help others learn or sharpen their English, but we'd also like to learn other languages - Spanish, Japanese, German, French..... During weekday and weekend free time we are happy to help you get to know Portland and the Pacific Northwest. We like to hike, ride bicycles (short to century rides), tour mountain and beach, go to movies, hangout in the hammock.

We are a nonsmoking household - no smoking in or around either house. We remove our shoes when in the house. We keep our house clean and neat (definitely not neat freaks but slobs not allowed) and do expect you to contribute to that.

Photos - first is the 1884 house we live in, second is the 1890 house we are restoring, third is the 1890 house being moved from its original location, fourth is the room you'll be staying in, fifth is a helper creating a newel post for the exterior stairway.

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