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Moving to Portland -- Looking for an Urban Homestead willing to rent space for 2 people

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Hello! If you are looking to rent to 2 permies moving to Portland next month, please read this entire post! I have a unique and interesting proposal that has to do with my Airstream trailer, but I'm open to any rental opportunity there might be within the permies community in Portland. Please keep reading through the trailer stuff, even if you can't accommodate one!

My girlfriend and I are relocating to Portland next month so she can attend nursing school. We are hoping to find some urban homesteaders in the Portland area who might have just enough space to accommodate a 28' Airstream trailer. It wouldn't need to be a traditional trailer pad, as we would only need somewhere to plug in an extension cord from time to time, and something to hook up a garden hose to get some water for showering, etc. We're sporting a composting toilet as designed in the "Humanure Handbook", so blackwater isn't an issue the way it is for normal trailers. If you have or are willing to have a humanure pile, we'd happily help maintain it and contribute to your fertility. If you don't have or don't want to have a humanure pile, we know other permies in Portland who'd let us haul it to their place, which I'd happily do. (Unfortunately, those friends of ours don't have room for our Airstream.) We only use toxin-free stuff (like Dr. Bronners or 7th Generation) when washing our dishes and taking showers, so our greywater would be very safe for your trees and whatever else you might be interested in diverting greywater to. We're also willing to use something else if those soaps don't meet your homestead standards.

We're both permaculture minded folks. I'm very willing to help around the homestead in the garden or with other homesteading projects. My girlfriend would probably love to as well, but she will be quite busy as her program is an accelerated one and so she won't have much time for other things. We're quiet and peaceful, and would respect you, your space, your privacy, and your land. We're hoping to find someone who might be willing to rent us the space for between $250 and $350 a month. That range is an ideal, but we're willing to chat if you have something else in mind. I have a stable job that I'm relocating from Olympia to Portland for, and we're both responsible people who will pay our rent, our share of utilities, of internet, etc., in a timely and respectful manner. Finally, we're hoping to find a place that is within an hour's commute by bike or public transit to the OHSU campus, since that is where she's going to school, and I'll be working close by there as well (in the Pearl district). That's why I specified "urban homesteader," but if you're less urban but about an hour's commute from that area, we're all ears.

If this seems like an arrangement you might be willing and able to make, please reply to this or send me a private message!

Lastly, if you happen to have a rental opportunity (such as a guest house, an empty basement, an empty trailer but not room for another trailer, etc), please get in touch with me anyway. I have friends in Olympia that would love to borrow my Airstream while my girlfriend is in school, so I'd be willing to rent your space, if it meets that hour commute time restriction. The $250-350 ideal range obviously wouldn't apply to many of those situations, but I'm open most anything. We're really just hoping to find some cool permaculture minded people to share community with while we're down in Portland, and we're open to all ideas.

Thanks again!!
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