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Urban Woodland Retreat, Near the ~UW~, Convenient to Everything

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Aug 25, 2016
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

You will be delighted as you descend from street level in a quiet family neighborhood to your garden-level suite opening onto a mature wooded greenbelt along the popular Burke-Gilman trail. You will open your private entrance to find a lovely,roomy apartment, providing two comfortable bedrooms. You'll have to decide whether to sink into the comfortable sofa to enjoy the big screen TV with cable, cozy up before the floor to ceiling windows to drink in the serene view of trees, birds and Lake Washington in the distance, or cook a gourmet meal in the well-equipped brand new kitchen. Your guests will relax and chat at the bar while you create, then you can share your bounty at the dining table, or al fresco on your private deck.

The first bedroom has a king size bed, huge closet and desk where you can log on via ethernet or wifi and work or surf in peace and tranquility. The second bedroom has an inviting queen size bed, convenient storage and a large window looking out on the wooded garden. This bedroom adjoins the full bathroom with tub and shower, separate vanity with plenty of storage.

You have your own laundry room, complete with front loader, high efficiency washer and dryer. Your suite will always be comfortable, with new natural gas heat and central air conditioning. You and your family will always feel safe with your own security system.

Your guest suite is your home away from home, secluded feeling but minutes away from all the amenities and activities you could want. You will find easy street parking in the uncrowded neighborhood. You are steps away from public transportation, taking the Metro bus to the University District, Seattle Center, Northgate, Ballard or downtown in minutes.

Keywords: Guest suite

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Your host, Ron, has decades of experience in hospitality, as the owner of one of Seattle's most beloved restaurants. I expanded into home renovation during 2010 as general contractor as my wife and I brought our 1967 home into the 21st century. We updated every inch of the home and are comfortable on the first and second floors of this three story home. We especially love the location, the feeling of being in the forest as we gaze out on the wooded garden and watch the birds.

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76 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

A wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here and it was just as great as the first. The owner is very accommodating and helpful. The unit is well kept and nicely appointed. The backyard is beautiful and the Burke-Gilman trail is right behind the unit and easy to access from down the street.

It's location is close to the University of Washington which fit our needs perfectly. It is also not difficult to get downtown on the light link rail (there is a new station next to Husky Stadium).

We'll definitely stay here again and recommend it to all our friends.

Thanks Ron!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Visit

  • 5 of 5

We wholeheartedly agree with the reviews we had read before booking this rental in that it was even better than what we thought it would be. Ron was extremely hospitable and showed us around the place which was extremely clean, comfortable, well-supplied, and very nice. The kids loved the fire pit and making smores in the backyard. They seemed to think of everything here and supplied so many little extras from laundry detergent to a few Seattle chocolates to enjoy. We very much enjoyed our first visit to Seattle and would enthusiastically recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Ron's place is beautiful. The gardens are stunning. The apartment is modern, clean and comfortable. Ron is a wonderful host. I would highly recommend this VRBO location.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

We had high expectations for this property based on all the reviews, and everything was even better than expected! Ron was a great host and was very informative and helpful. The property itself is very clean and well maintained, both inside and outside. The beds were very comfortable and it was very quiet at night. Our kids loved the outdoor fire pit and making s'mores every night after our trips out to see the sights. We highly recommend Ron and his home if you're planning a visit to Seattle. We are already planning our next trip back and will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Attention to detail is unmatched!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ron's property over Memorial Day Weekend 2016 while we were in town for a volleyball tournament. We have stayed in many rentals from VRBO over the past 10 years and I have to say this one ranks right at the top. The location to the University was perfect, there was covered parking so we didn't have to park on the street, the accommodations were comfortable and the apartment was furnished beautifully. The back yard is to die for and we thoroughly enjoyed the fire pit! But the very best thing is the attention to detail. I always lug all the little supplies with me since they aren't normally provided, but Ron provided it all!! From Keurig cups to face wipes, Ron didn't miss a detail! Those little things really make a guest feel welcome and at home. The kitchen is stocked so don't bring a thing! Need a crockpot? Check. Pie plate? Check. Every utensil you could possibly need- yep, it's there. We loved it and we will definitely be back. Thank you Ron for being such a great host! And thank you for leaving my daughter's pillow out for us. You can imagine her panic at 5pm as we started to head out of Seattle! And by the way... we won the tournament!! See you next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we wanted in a home away from home plus much more!

  • 5 of 5

The name "Urban Woodland Retreat" is a perfect description. This home has everything one needs and wants. It is extraordinarily clean. Ron is a gracious host. We were close to the UW campus, University Village, and an easy train ride into the city. It is lovely having the Burke Gilman trail right there for long walks and bike rides. Then coming home and sitting by the gas fire in the beautiful garden watching a variety of birds is relaxing. I would certainly recommend this retreat and we will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We have lived in Northeast Seattle for years, but especially enjoy this home for its tranquil setting combined with easy access to everything we love. We can be in the Cascade or Olympic Mountains, on Puget Sound, or the San Juan Islands in no time. Our community is diverse, urban, literate and comfortable.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Seattle-Tacoma International at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sand Point Bar and Grill at 0.2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Bainbridge Island Ferry at 6.9 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak Station at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Interstate 5 at 2.5 Miles Nearest Ski : Snoqualmie Pass at 60 Miles Nearest Beach : Magnuson Park at 1.8 Miles Car: recommended

Burke-Gilman trail is only steps away, providing easy access for walkers, runners and bicyclists to nearby Seattle Children's Medical Center, University Village, University of Washington, Ballard and Kenmore, all while enjoying views of Lake Washington , Lake Union, and Puget Sound.

Within a half mile are shopping, restaurants, spas, a gourmet supermarket and natural food store. Within a mile is Magnuson Park, on Lake Washington, which boasts a beach, picnic areas, playfields, restored wetlands, a kite hill, a boat ramp and miles of walking trails.

Northeast Seattle provides community centers,public libraries, schools and churches, all located in a convenient, safe family neighborhood. The University District has a vibrant year-round farmer's market, museums, movie theatres and clubs.


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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.6%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

We adopted the Pacific Northwest as our home many years ago, have raised our children here, and are now ready to share our community with visitors. We trust you will leave Seattle as smitten as we are!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Lake View


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1
  • 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Other (See Description)
  • King size bed, Queen size bed. A deluxe full air bed, pack n play, and high chair are available upon request.


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Stylish furnishings, sumptuous linens and well equipped kitchen, Large deck through sliding glass door features outdoor furniture, Blue limestone patio with grill, Fire pit, High efficiency front loading washer and dryer, New kitchen appliances with dishwasher, Beautiful quartz countertops and bamboo floor, Open floor plan with convenient bar as well as dining table.

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