Unit C, The Family Apartment

Unit C of the Odell House enters from the Poplar side of the house and has a large picture window in the living room looking West.  You can see the window to the right of the entry door.


This one bedroom apartment is ground floor and relates very nicely to the new deck and Gazebo we installed in the spring of 2014.

This would be the view from the bath window,


–though obviously taken from outside as there is a curtain in the bath.


This is the sitting area right outside the picture window.  The apartments on the other side all have porches and covered sitting areas, and we felt this was missing on the west side of the house.  Gas grill for tenant use on far side of structure.  Anyway, this area relates nicely to apartment C.

A page of pictures of the interior of C have remained unchanged for years in our main website.


It’s easy to access, entry of the locked first floor landing.



Recently we have embarked upon a soft update, starting with repairing some cracks in the kitchen ceiling and repainting.


You can’t see it in these pictures but we also added one of my favorite kitchen improvements–a very quiet exhaust fan.  Air quality inside in any house is improved by these, and it is something I want in all the units.

The living room is large, with two sofas.


And then a little dining table that currently sits under the big picture window.  We had a custom “top or bottom” raise cellular blind installed this year.  That means you can  have as much privacy or as much view as you wish


The bedroom is not large and some have described it as awkwardly shaped–which it sort of is, the linen closet behind the only place to put the bed.  But it still fits a queen bed, a dresser and vanity.

The door to the right of the bed leads to a locked exit hallway–the old maid’s stairs–which are actually pretty convenient for moving things in and out of the unit.


The bedroom also contains the entrance to  the bath which was updated during the winter of 2014.   I will show you a couple  “as was” photos because it makes some previous comments about the space more clear.


The bath, now painted white,


has had a pedestal sink, and nice tile back splash dating from the nineties–the era of my Russian carpenter, Yuri.

There is also  a large, five foot claw foot tub that used to have a shower addition from the seventies.   A shower ring which sadly has caused us no end of review trouble!

What’s not to love about a full-length claw foot?

Nothing.  It’s a great tub.

But people want a shower as well.  And they uniformly hated the too-small ring enclosure from the seventies.  To keep the shower ring level I did some 2004 “granny” engineering!  (See the purple dog leash?)


Which I was so proud of at the time as the curtain stayed level.

My guests, however,  were not enthusiastic.

They now actually MAKE a suitably sized chrome shower ring–which was not the case in the “dog leash” years.

Here it is:


A lot roomier, cleaner looking and, well, just the right size.  Sturdily installed, stable and level. Go Dave!!! (Our carpenter.)

A note here if you stay, Please Please PLEASE put the shower curtain inside the claw foot tub if you take a shower!

The other project on the hit list was the carpeted bathroom–the last of same in the house.

The important areas are now tiled.

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This may not be 100% historic, but in my book a neat way to treat the often intricate and immovable pieces in an old house, like radiators and heating pipes: use smaller tile (or flat pebble tile) as an edge, larger tile to the center.

And the new tile supporting new toilet and plumbing–very sanitary–and not pink–now white with pink accents.  (I kind of miss the pink. . . .


Someday we will strip all the carpet that now runs from tub into bedroom, but in the meantime, new toilet, new floor and new plumbing.

It is an easy, fun little apartment. Great views, lots of light.

Composting and recycleing. Here’s how to do it here.

It’s no secret to anyone that the hotel industry is not the world leader in green living.

And we’re happy to announce we have been awarded the 2013, 14, 15, 16 (you get the idea) Tripadvisor  Green Leaders Gold award.


This means our property meets many of the highest standards of energy efficiency and recycling known in the industry.  (Not bad for a building over 100 years old!)

Anyway, waste disposal is part of our program.

We handle recycling, and the inevitable food waste that traveling entails, as part of a larger system of on site composting and gardening.

Most people know that up to 40% of the landfill volume is in household waste that could have been recycled or composted.

Here is an interesting blog post about food waste: http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/what-is-food-waste-and-why-does-it-matterwhat-is-food-waste-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/ 

(There are rumors that the hospitality/travel industries create more than double the normal waste, through disposable items, and travelers without the resources to compost, travel with food or feed the pet dog or chicken.)

Where all that waste goes unless we redirect it: landfills.


Spokane does have several land fills, and a history of them in the past until this creature arrived:


The Spokane Waste to Energy Plant.  Its just west of downtown, near the airport.  It burns trash, and produces a concentrated ash which is not as concentrated as you might think. 65% reduction in weight.

Here are the stats.

Ash Quantity:  65% reduction by weight of original MSW weight.
Ash Disposal: Rabanco Regional Landfill, Klickitat County (near Roosevelt, WA).
Ash Transport: Container capacity 15 tons. Configuration: two containers per load, 30 tons per truck, 8-10 truckloads/day. Intermodal train container, 25-28 ton capacity.
Iron recovery: 2.5% of original weight of MSW. Iron is not recovered with traditional landfilling.

So in our area it’s not so bad if you fail to recycle newspapers–though nice if you do–but it really is an issue if more solid, nonflammable items get dumped in the hopper.  If it is not magnetic–like aluminium or glass–it is going to go for eternity to the Rabanco Regional Landfill.  Until that fills up.

Anyway, people who are normally happy to compost and recycle at home may not know how to do it away from home, or what kinds of things are locally acceptable. And because guest cannot do it themselves they must depend on systems in place where they stay.

So here is the straight dope–more on the chickens later.

All the units have a trash can or two, and all have a stash of extra paper bags (usually in a drawer or cabinet very close to the kitchen trash can), for recycling.


If you want to recycle,  Spokane accepts unsorted:

tin cans (rinsed)

aluminium cans (rinsed)


glass of all types


Plastics 1-7 of the variety you find in milk jugs and yogurt containers


Paper of non waxed and non-greasy varieties (clean but no greasy pizza boxes)


Junk mail.


egg cartons


You can’t recycle, in the single stream containers:

Garbage/food waste (that goes in the compost crock)
Plastic Bags
Food Contaminated Items
Microwave Trays
Ceramics & Dishes
Light Bulbs
Window Glass & Mirrors
Hazardous Waste Containers
Un-Numbered Plastics
Sharp Metal
Shredded Paper
Coated & Laminated Paper Products

We will empty the recycling bag for you, but if you feel like it, the eventual destination looks like this:


These other receptacles are for things we do not want to compost–like branches, they go in the green waste bin to the left–and that cannot be recycled, these go in the dumpster.


But now the fun part!

The apartments (of late) also have something that looks like this–or a stainless model:

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This is a compost crock.  It is lined with a compostable bag made of corn starch which will last a few days when wet–possibly up to a week.  The crock has a charcoal filter in the top and we wash them after every visit.  In it you can put:

Coffee grounds

tea bags

fruit/vegetable peelings or remains

food scraps of all types

(Yes, with our system small amounts of meat or bone will be okay.  (We are trying to make this easy.) But if you have a tasty bit of something that you have to leave and is not quite garbage please consider how happy it would make the chickens.  They will eat anything that you can (with good nutritional conscience!), with the exception of raw onions, potato peels or very very salty things .  A cheery call of “Chook–chook–chook” will get you a lot of attention on the south east side of the garage.  :))

If you leave compostable materials in your crock, we will put them here:


The one on the left is an insulated, rodent-proof container that operates year round.  To the right are the sources of brown energy–straw and leaves.

Here is where the compost, when it is dirt, ends up–with plans of growing Swiss Chard, tomatoes and squash that you can use the next time you visit in summer:


There are six of these container planters stashed around the property–they each hold 55 gallons of soil made from the organic leavings of our organic yard care program–leaves and grass clippings.  And in the summer they will of course look a lot more interesting.

Behind the set pictured above is our new addition–the chicken coop!


Please see:


They are here on the composting part of the page to hint that they like treats. . . .IMG_1769

Henny Penny says: Quick!!!!! 


The Portico two bedroom unit of the Wakefield House.

Available for 30 day stays, the Portico is the unit with the sun room bedroom over the drive of the Wakefield House.  One of our two two bedroom units.   It can sleep five in a slightly formal and genteel space.


Wait, wait, this does not look genteel!

(This is Rick and my son Nick in August 2013 scraping away six layers of peeling wallpaper in the dining room.)

The dining room looks like this now.


Of course The Portico unit  has a full kitchen–south facing and sunny.

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A large living room.


North bedroom with bath access.



The bath has two doors, which is nice as you don’t have to wander through the second sleeping space.


Below, the lovely curtained sun room/second bedroom and sitting area.


Of course the views are breathtaking.  It is probably one of the finest spots to sit and view the world in Spokane–really, it is fabulous.

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The Portico–the whole west face of the Wakefield second floor.

One bath, two doors.

Two queen beds in separate rooms.

One small informal twin or sitting area by window in dining room.

Sleeps five with three beds.

Full kitchen.

Two TVs with cable, one DVD player, wireless Internet.

No Smoking.


Upsides: Great light, lovely space, roomy.  A wonderful choice at all times of year.

Downsides: The hardwood floors with Oriental carpets are not as forgiving of noise as some surfaces, so one must be considerate of neighbors (though you would be anyway, we know it!)   Parking for overnight guests is limited on off street choices, but plentiful and free on street.

Our pet policy.

Yes, we accept pets.


Some of them.

In some units.

In general, well-behaved dogs belonging to very responsible humans are welcome.  We’ve been pet friendly for fifteen years and rarely have a problem, but please read seriously the notes below and decide to stay some place else if you cannot abide by them.  And some people can’t.  We know this.  There are other places to stay that are less rigid and probably less expensive.

They look like this–corner of Walnut and Second.)


 If you prefer a nice yard and a lovely, quiet setting, please remember, you, and your visiting pet, are part of it.


Here are the rules:

We charge extra for pets, at least on the first visit, and after that it is somewhat negotiable–based on our experience cleaning up.


Pets must not impact other guests or neighbors in ANY way.  That means no barking, no scratching, no visible signs of their toilet behavior. 

Visiting dogs must be attended at all times in the house, and on a leash when out–even in the yard.

Please take them away from the door for urination, and clean up any solid material immediately.

We offer pet friendly units because many responsible people own pets and like to travel with them.

And how do we know that complete strangers are responsible pet owners according to our quite rigid standards? 

We don’t.  The good news is that it is very, very rare that we have to say anything at all.  And if we do give a pet owner a report it will be at first informational–your dog started barking when you left.  And with that information–even if it was just for a moment–we expect the guest’s  behavior to be as responding to an emergency. No pouting, sulking or nasty public notes.  Come home, integrate the information and don’t let it happen again.

We no more allow barking or destructive dogs than we tolerate loud voices or domestic violence.  We have the rest of the house to think of–and we do.

Now, you have the important message–please act accordingly.

On to animal stories only if you feel like it.


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Yes, cats can walk on a leash–and enjoy rolling in the dirt–but prefer not to be eaten by the visiting Pit Bull when they go out their door.

(Keep in mind to a cat


this is a Pit Bull.)

While I understand that some people do not share my views, I’m going to ‘fess up right here I am an animal lover.  Raised on a farm, a professional horse trainer for many years (including the ones we are now in), I can’t help myself.

And because of this I have done many (many) economically  and otherwise foolish  things having to do with animals.

(The latest was scaling the Odell House roof, up to the base of the chimney


to retrieve the feline to the right


Who thought it was a good idea to camp out at the base of the chimney, having escaped from our upper deck balcony.


There is a nice safe little ledge there, which I have to admit can look attractive, given the alternative of coming down face first.  (If you make it to the base of the post I’ll give you my advice on how to do this manoeuver–the descent  of steep incline with a nervous cat.)

Anyhow, I have a long and checkered relationship with animals–and so can appreciate others weaknesses in this regard.


(Please see The Dressage Snob Blog   http://dressagesnob.wordpress.com/  where the argument for “economically foolish” and “Dressage” as synonyms is proposed rather frequently.)

So, how do pets work in an upscale lodging establishment?


Well, we have some units in which you can keep your dog (or contained bird).  We charge for one additional (if hairy) guest and clean like crazy after the fact.  We wash everything anyway, but we really really wash when there has been an animal in residence.  Everybody understands shedding.  No one wants to see evidence of the last guest.  It is a fact of hotel management.

House rules are the dogs must be quiet and not disturb other guests.  They must not be left to themselves, and you are responsible for all of their  behavior beyond shedding.  Spokane has leash laws and there are a lot of other walkers, some with their own dogs, and many bicyclists and cars who do not expect loose dogs.  Visiting dogs MUST be on a leash–even in our fenced yard.  (How come?  We have dogs too, and other guests expect to be able to walk through the yards without necessarily communicating with a strange dog–or seeing any signs of one.  If your dog poops in the yard, please clean it up immediately–the yard belongs to everyone.)


There is a very nice dog park down about half a block to the west on Pacific–one block total, if you would like room for loose play please take your dog (and cleanup equipment) down the block.

Inside? Accidents can happen.  For simple ones we don’t get very upset, but we really need to know because we have an arsenal of pet cleaning products that you probably don’t carry with you on vacation.

That’s the deal. Total honesty.  We won’t lecture or hold it against you.

There are two units where you can have a dog and every single other one is pet free.

Don’t even think about bringing an animal unannounced.  It’s just not fair to the other guests–they really do have allergies!

How about other animals besides dogs?

Other house pets?

You mean, of course ducks!


Well, once I raised a group or orphan ducklings in my bathtub at home.  (Cost–$135 to have the drain run after I mistakenly washed grain down it in an effort to keep up with the fantastic mess they made).  Truly there is nothing cuter than a small flock of baby ducks bonded to you and peeping around the yard when they get old enough.  That said, never, never, never do this.  It is a very bad idea.  Find them a mommy duck.

Besides, in the end they look like this:


Oh, you mean one of these?


They also look like this:


I love my cats.  They are fantastic friends.  Though very, very expensive.  (So far my two cats have cost me about $5,000 in purchase and vet bills. (One has three legs from a misadventure outside, and losing a leg will cost you a bit.  I have cared for horses that were less taxing.)

But, unlike other problems with my equine friends, the kitties have also cost me about $3,500 in upholstery–and that’s just in my house.  (Rick and I have four pieces of destroyable furniture.)


Scratching.  It is part of their nature.  Like bears with trees.  Polite kitty behavior involves rubbing chins and scratching things to make things feel “homey”.  There are of course other alternatives. . .


Anyway, I am not home all the time to train and lecture.  And when the cats die off, I will just get my stuff  upholstered  again.  I don’t mind.  Truly.  I love my kitties.  Or, maybe I’ll just get another cat.  It’s my furniture and my house.

BUT, in the Odell House it is your furniture.

And it is their cat, who they undoubtedly love better than your furniture.

(Cute, furry cuddly thing vs. inanimate object?  There is no contest.)

(History: my optimism with the foreign kitties is really limited: in the Odell House I once had to completely re-carpet a unit with already-new carpeting because the guest kitty sadly developed a bladder infection in the two month stay.  $8,500.  The owner was apologetic–but did not offer assistance above that.  And every single visiting cat has destroyed at least one piece of antique upholstered  furniture, which as you no doubt know is very, very, very expensive to have redone.)

And since I will not have furniture that looks like the sad chair  above in a place where you are coming to stay, and because SO many people have allergies to kitties, the kitties must stay home.

The only exception would be with a very, very very large deposit.  Which, when I have suggested to people with “utterly harmless” animals, they never seem too enthusiastic about actually guaranteeing the utter lack of harm.

So be it.

Enough said, most pets who have stayed with us have been wonderful, as have their owners

I noted once to a client how quiet his dog was.

He told me, Really he is not quiet, he gets stressed if he’s alone.  I just know he barks when I go out and so I never leave him in that situation when we travel.

Well said!  It’s not the dog or the size, it’s the owner that matters.


A further note about bringing the pooch.  In winter they are usually quite comfortable alone in their own den–which looks exactly  like your car–not a strange apartment with unfamiliar noises.  In the warmer seasons every single one of our public Browne’s Addition eateries and coffee shops has an outside patio where dogs are welcome.  One Pug we knew had a standing order for a bowl of water and the buttered noodles off the children’s menu at The Elk.  In Europe dogs are welcome in pubs–the interior–and while not quite there yet, we are close.  Dinner out?  What a great opportunity to practice your pup’s extended “Down-Stay.”

The locals are usually very dog-friendly in Browne’s Addition.

Oh, the cat.  Okay, here’s the prize at the end of the long story–how to get the cat off the roof.

I left him there a few hours and he made some attempts at the valley, but could not make it more than five or so feet.

Determining that I wanted to not worry about it all night, and that rescue was necessary, but probably safer from the east face of the house (roof of wrap around porch as base camp) I got out the ladders and enlisted help steadying them.  I scrambled up the valley of the roof, and sat next to the chimney and of course Pasha came over.

Keep in mind this is the Siberian cat that I walk on a leash and he is used to me reeling him in and grabbing him when things get tense–dogs and such.  And he knows I am stubborn about insisting on coming back home–eventually.

In other words, he is both quite tame and quite brave about being handled.


So, up on the roof I tied my shirt at the base and unbuttoned it enough to stuff the cat down the front, buttoning it back up again to the neck.  This gave both me both hands free, and the cat still well-secured.  And then I scooted down the valley to the second ladder from the porch roof.  Viola!  Cat back to ground level.

It took two hours of stress trying to make the cat do it,  five minutes of ladder adjustment and three minutes of. . . lets just say. . .physical activity.

Unit E; The Maid’s Apartment

Unit E on the second floor of the Odell House is shaped like a long keyhole.

It is the second to largest unit in the Odell House, and has the most light and sun of any  There is an eastern exposure down one long side–about 60 feet–for the bath, hall, bedroom and kitchen, then there are two large bay windows to the north and west in the living and dining rooms.

For many years unit E contained what is now the upper laundry, but was for a long time the little Maid’s room.

We need better pictures of the living and dining rooms, which because they have a lot of light are really hard to photograph.

Here are some anyway:  The first is a view from the bay window facing the corner of First and Poplar.  A summer sunset the second week of July.


The larger five bay windows would be right behind the photographer here.


The two “flower” windows of the house belong to E.


There is a desk below one of them.



In this summer shot above you can see one of the sofas in the living room and large draped bay window.

There are five windows making up that Bay, and a recent update is a set of custom light reflective double cellular shades.

They open from top down and bottom up, were fantastically expensive and are doing a GREAT job insulating that very bright window from the hot afternoon sun–though still too much light to get a good photo.  (My kingdom for a photographer!!!)


Here they are without the drapes:

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This is a winter view, but you can see how the bay windows of the second floor are laid out above the porches. (The photo above is of course the ones on the right as you face the house.)


Galley kitchen below with a big window off to the left–east side.


The bedroom–queen bed.  Flat screen TV on the wall– a little one.

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Above, the bath with original  octagonal tile floor.  (This is a good and bad thing!)

Good parts: Very pretty views and light.  A lot of space to spread out, dedicated desk as well as dining table.  Some availability for extra guest. Two TV spaces. Convenient laundry.

Bad parts: second floor, laundry is near bedroom so the odd inconsiderate other guest might be a problem.  Has not happened yet. (Hint, hint–let’s keep it that way)  Microwave and other appliances used at same time will blow fuses.  Fuse panel is in laundry.  AC and hair dryer have new circuit dedicated. . .it’s the darned micro.  In the summer it is air conditioned from the back hall near the bath and bedroom.  Careful use of the drapes and new insulated cellular blinds in the larger bay window that faces west is the key to being comfortable in the front areas of the house.  It makes a huge difference if you use them thoughtfully–open at night to enjoy the view and air, closed during the day.


Some client thoughts:  This unit has a lot of light and very, very pretty views in all directions.  It is large, the second largest of the house.  A woman who stayed in both D and E  this spring reported that she preferred E because she was a”view person,” and while D has some nice outlooks as well, the windows of E pleased her.  She also liked the additional storage both in the bath dining room area.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station: Bring your Tesla (or Volt!) to Spokane. . .

The Odell House Lodging, operated as a B&B, offers furnished apartments for both short and longer stays.



Built in 1898, on the Registry of Historic Places, the house has a history of cutting edge technology: telephone, gas, electric and public sewer from its inception–it now has an electric vehicle charging station.

(Never mind laying hens and an organic vegetable garden for guest use. And a very comfortable Gazebo to sit in and read or check your mail;)


What do you need to charge your EV here at the Odell House?

First, we need to know you are coming so the right area for your car will be clear and ready.

Call us 8 AM to 8PM and ask if it is available.  (It probably is.) 509 879-4619

Or, you can reserve the charger yourself:  https://reservations.frontdeskanywhere.net/odellhouse/

(We put a default cost of $10 on the reservation form.  Charging is free to our guests and they will not be billed.  We really do appreciate donations from folks who just drop by to charge.  Power is pretty inexpensive here, but as you probably know, it costs over a thousand dollars just to install these chargers. Amusingly, the only “drop-in” charger who did not generously assist our cause of helping their travels, was a pair of “investigative journalists” who arrived in a donated Tesla model S, sporting a large dent. 😦  They were promoting their new movie about fracking.  We gave them a pass on cheapness, not being particular fans of fracking ourselves, but are still entertained by the memory.)

What’s the equipment like?

40 amp 240 volt (NEMA 6-50P) plug, supplying GE Watt Station charger.


Our design was for overnight guests, who in less than the time it takes to get a decent sleep, can have a fully-charged car for travel the next day.

Where are we located?

On the map below, left side at the star, just west of downtown Spokane.   The nearest exit from I-90 is Maple/Walnut WA I-90 EXIT #280  We are only ten blocks from the highway: north on Walnut, left on Second,  right on Cannon and cutting over two streets north will get you to First.

The circle on the map (5,6,7,8,9)  below is where the very nice places to eat are at at Cannon and Pacific.  The MAC museum would be #4 on our map. The corner of Spruce and Second by the Coeur d’Alene Park is the bus stop both to downtown and the airport. Route 60.


We are a very convenient place to stay: ten blocks from the highway, twenty from downtown Spokane, a superb walking neighborhood.

That said, people now do sometimes drop in for an electric top-up to reach the new Tesla super chargers in Ritzville, or Ellensburg:

From “running on empty” in a Tesla, you only “need” two hours at the Odell House to gain 62 miles fuel to get to Ritzville

(I’d want a little cushion on that distance on a highway, particularly traveling from the west to east where there is a bit of a climb.)

Of course if you have stayed overnight with us and drive thoughtfully, you’ll have more than enough to skip Ritzville and refuel in Ellensburg

We are not ready to talk yet about travel more than 100 miles east of here. Right now (September 2014) the nearest super charger to the east is 540 miles away in Billings.  Billings, MT I-90 exit 443 Billings Big Horn Resort

(Lots of welders and RV parks in the meantime.)

And keep in mind that there are very little, if any, fast charging opportunities in Pullman, so plan accordingly. (If any one knows differently please let us know!)


More on equipment: we have a “normal” 240 V 30 amp level 2 fast charger, that works directly with the Leaf or Volt needing no adapters.  Teslas seem to come regularly with the right ones–even on maiden voyages.


The picture above was taken during installation–you will note there is a plug hanging down to the left side of the charging unit.  A few hours later there was a 240 v 40 amp “welding type” outlet just to the left of it.

(NEMA 6-50P)


You CAN unplug our charger to use proprietary Tesla adapters to get the full 40 amps.

If you want to access the 40 amps that the wall plug provides, you will need a male adapter that would work with this type of set up–and of course a long enough cord to reach the car.

In reality, using the provided charging station seems to deliver the roughly 30 miles of juice per hour that is promised from these welding type of plugs.  People have done it both ways–30 amps and 40 amps.

Using the equipment as provided at 30 amps seems the most reliable.  The Watt Station sometimes takes a couple of resets to come back on after being unlpugged, so if you do unplug it, make sure you’ve got the right cords!


Where to park? Two options. We sit on a corner and have two drives that can access the charger.

Option #1 2325 West First drive.

A Tesla, charging on the left rear, is easiest to charge by backing into the 2325 West First Avenue gated drive. This is the dedicated drive for unit B.







This is an example of the correct parking placement for the Tesla–quite close to the porch and garden wall. There is enough cord for this–but not a lot to spare.




Option #2 the 105 South Poplar Street Drive

Volt below, charging on the right rear is easiest in the 105 South Poplar Street location.



As is the Leaf, which can pull in easily forward in the Poplar drive.

If you rent unit C, or no one is parking in the space for unit C–where the dark blue or black car is shown below–it is possible to back a Tesla in close enough to access the cord.  But it is close.   First Ave is the easier location, near unit B.



 Why do you want to charge your car here–or stay?

If we do say so ourselves, we are a great place to charge your EV.  (And actually, other people have said this, though secretly wishing for an even faster and covered service. )

Why so great a charging place?

To charge, one has of course to leave the car plugged in.  While that car is plugged in you will be within three  blocks of public transportation, walking distance to places to eat and shop, and across the street from a museum.  https://odellhouselodging.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/local-places-to-eat-and-drink/

Getting to downtown or the airport is easy.  Some individuals have actually left cars here to charge while away for the weekend on flights from the Spokane Airport.

If you visit in summer there is also a play ground in the nearby park with a fun water feature for your shorter friends.


Rick and I have a Leaf (Nissan all-electric vehicle) which in real practice has a range of about 75-80 miles–given typical Spokane terrain and weather.  We admire the cross country trekkers who appear every now and then with an  EV.  We hope you will be one.



Ten blocks from the highway, on the most western edge downtown of Spokane–and all slightly down hill. . .  🙂

(We understand range anxiety. . . .)




The Gallery Studio Space, Unit A

The Gallery/Studio, unit A is located at the front of the house, on the ground floor, facing First Avenue. 

(Left side in the photo below, taken standing on the corner of First and Poplar Streets.)


Right in the middle there under the “eye” windows.


The Gallery is the closest we come to a hotel room–two queen beds, a very normal small bath, and little tiny kitchen. It is often rented in combination with one of the main floor units.  It has a locking door that can be opened into unit C if one wants a two bedroom two bath suite.






As seen in previous photos there are now a set of arm chairs settee where Dobbins, my grandmother’s rocking horse, is in this photo.  (He moved over to the corner for a better view of the TV.)



There is a large display case from when the Gallery really was a gallery.  It has lots of interesting antique glass–also making this unit not the best choice for toddlers.

The gallery sits at the front of the house, with a nice porch sitting area, but because of that “front row seat” it is somewhat public. Very easy to find and check in.

Though it has many fans and repeat visitors, tucked away is NOT the description of the Gallery.  It has lots of huge windows, light and views–also with a very good set of drapes and cellular blinds which help with both privacy and the heat exchange of those very large and handsome windows.


What’s it like to stay there solo?

The Gallery is a lovely space with lots of interesting art, nick knacks and comfortable outside sitting area with dining table.

As the original reception room of the house, it was designed to be used somewhat publicly, and it looks like that.  It is very staged, with a “for sale” tea display and many interesting oddments.  It is its own space, fun to explore, very interesting, but notoriously hard to make “your own”.  We seldom use it for long term stays because of this, though often people stay a period waiting for their “real” unit to become available.  The large and well-developed outside seating area is a nice addition because the apartment itself is small.


We added a set of roll up sun shades to the west face of the porch in the spring of 2016.

(It only took eighteen years to realize the summer sun made sitting in that area in the afternoon uncomfortable–we are sorry to be so slow!)

The other side of the sun shade is the west gazebo yard, which can certainly be used by all.


But the west covered porch is private to unit A

Re storage: There is a large clothes closet in the second room.  It also holds a vacuum which you probably won’t want, and an iron and ironing board which you might. There is a second place to hang clothes in the bath.

The Gallery has a little half kitchen.  And them some cooking equipment tucked into various places.  Not a full, proper kitchen, but all the elements available: small fridge, two electric burners, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and sink in the little kitchen.  Then below the tea display an apartment sized oven–tiny–and in the second hall closet a small freezer.  The last two are new this year because I was getting tired of telling folks they could not make cookies, and all the ice cream would have to be eaten in one sitting. . .

The gallery is a fun space, particularly for a quick overnight.  It is the only one of the smaller units with two formal queen beds.  We try to make it affordable, but others are as well–so don’t let price alone guide your choice.  If you are traveling with a child, or need to cook extensively, a better choice might be a larger unit at 800 square feet with a full kitchen–and nothing that you have to worry about small, interested hands breaking.
In another post I explain that we recently moved the house thermostat–which for years was in unit A–to make it easier to customize the heat in that small space without affecting the whole house.
More on heating/cooling in the post below.