It’s our mission to provide people in all stages of transition and transformation with a soft and friendly place to land in-between where you came from and where you’re going. For some, change and uncertainty are thrilling; for others it takes more courage. Either way, it helps to be surrounded by a supportive community, shiny objects, colored lights, and soft blankets. We’ve created a grown-up playhouse for you – a vision of an idealized 1970’s childhood. This is a safe and private place to help you on your way or to stay and put down roots.
Everything is provided – 3 month lease cycles without a bunch of expensive move-in costs, stay for 3, 6, 9, 12, or more. We are a tenant-run not for profit community. What that means is that there’s a master-tenancy lease with the property owner – but we determine on a sliding scale how best to divide up the total rent we owe to the property owner but never collect more in total rents than we owe. Having a sweet place to live shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, it doesn’t have to hurt. We are able to created a sense of autonomy and agency as renters that is rare, we have created this community for ourselves and for you – it has evolved in many ways over the last 13 years. This is a large old turn of the century three story Portland Foursquare house. The ground floor daylight basement has its own entrance and is fully self-contained. The middle floor is two apartments side-by side that have a pass-through door connecting. And the top floor also has its own separate entrance and is fully self-contained. By forming a Tenants Union, we also want to develop a deeper sense of community, stability, and collective advocacy, and we also a kind of flexibility that is rare – we help eachother, we have privacy but also community.
If you can’t tell already, we’ve been trying to prove a point here. It isn’t always easy and there are trade-offs for sure, but we are so proud of the unique community we’ve created and we’ve been able to share something very special with everyone who has come through these doors over the last 13 years.
We were featured in the Willamette Week’s 2008 Article about Portland Hot Design spots:
“A cross between a bed-and-breakfast, an extended-stay hotel and crashing at your BeDazzler-obsessed friend’s house, Portland’s Beauty Sleep features fancifully themed apartments to help even the most jaded hipsters get their kitsch on. The Peacock Suite, in particular, is so chock-full of over-the-top 1950s furniture it feels like Liberace’s guest house on steroids. This and other suites come stocked with a collection of vintage nightgowns, robes, boudoir slippers, costume jewelry, fur stoles and wigs so you can play dress-up and lounge about languidly, double martini in hand, as Perry Como serenades you on the vintage LP player. With all of these distractions, who could sleep?”
And Apartment Therapy had this to say as well:
“While the majority of the newspaper’s list was familiar, we’re most excited about being pointed in the direction of Beauty Sleep, that sounds straight out of a John Waters flick. Crazy, a teensy bit creepy and utterly Portland.”
Come live with us here! You’re important and we like you already!
Welcoming Committee Hostess, Collector of Shiny Objects