I’m a longtime dharma student who would like to share my large home on SE Belmont St. with fellow practitioners. I’m dedicated to the Shambhalian goal of creating a society of meditators who through their practice are developing their compassion, openness to life, and clear communication with one another. My intention is to create a household that reflects these ideals to the best of our abilities.
The house is warm and welcoming and has hosted many Shambhala Center parties and meetings over the years. It has four bedrooms, all on the second floor, two of which are currently available. One is 12′ x 14′ with large windows facing west and north (the west window has a great view of downtown Portland), the other is 11′ x 12’6″ with windows facing east and north (great morning light). Both have refinished fir floors and functional but not very large closets (apparently people didn’t have that many clothes in 1906 when the house was built), but there’s ample storage elsewhere for whatever won’t fit. I have some bedroom furniture if you need it, or if you have lots of furniture you can help furnish the common spaces if you want. The other two 2nd floor rooms are my bedroom and office, although I’m planning to convert the office into either a shrine room (open to all) or a bedroom for another householder. These rooms all share a common bathroom.
The rest of the house: 1st floor–living room, dining room, kitchen–all quite large; basement–one finished room, has been a band practice room in the past but future use is open, tons of storage, laundry, half bath; 4th floor: a beautiful, partially finished attic space with good headroom, more storage, nice accommodations for overnight guests, great city views; it’s currently my shrine room, although it can get fairly chilly in winter. There’s a large yard with a flagstone patio, furnished with table and chairs, and a raised-bed vegetable garden out back.
The neighborhood: I love this neighborhood! It’s diverse, lively, close to shopping (including the brand new Hawthorne New Seasons), cafes, great restaurants, funky movie houses and night spots, and it has the most beautiful park in Portland at it’s heart–Mt. Tabor, which will become your inspiration and refuge if you live here. There’s frequent bus service on Belmont–15 min. to downtown, 10 min. by bus or car to the Shambhala Center (probably faster by bike!)
Me: I’m an artist/designer in my 50’s and a recent empty-nester, with the departure of my youngest son for a household of his own. I’m into a fairly quiet lifestyle, work at home part of the time although I have a studio across town where I’ll usually be during the day (and some nights). I love to cook and entertain, to listen to music both at home and in performance, to read, watch the occasional movie on DVD but almost no other TV, to hike and take city walks as often as possible, to travel. I’m open as far as household organization, but would want a group effort in keeping the common areas clean and uncluttered.
I’m asking $500/mo. for each room, plus a share of the utilities (which include wireless internet)–each share should be around $100/mo. in the winter, less in the warm months.
If you’re interested, contact me, Linda, at: [email protected], or 971-235-6588.