About This Listing
Custom-finished room in a semi-secluded area of the house.
The room is a large, craftsman-style space, in the basement with 3 operable windows that get direct morning sunshine. Lots of angles, level changes and custom work give the room a unique feel. There is a writing desk with a swing-arm desk lamp, chair, plenty of outlets and excellent high-speed wireless access. The room includes built-in bookshelves made from vintage doors, and plenty of closet space. There is a comfy queen-size bed with nightstands, and a full length mirror.
This room (one of two basement bedrooms), is completely separate from the upper two floors. The door to the basement is in the back of the house. To access the bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) on the main floor, you exit the basement, go outside, under a covered porch and enter the main house through the back door.
You are welcome to enjoy the common areas of the house including the fully equipped kitchen with storage space available in the refrigerator and shelves--though some guests prefer taking advantage of the delicious food in the neighborhood. A comfortable, covered front porch with a couch and a large, covered, bamboo-wrapped back porch keep the sun and rain at bay. The house also has a dining room with large bay windows and a warm, inviting living room with a wood-burning pellet stove that runs during the heating season.
As a guest you have private storage areas in the kitchen, refrigerator space, use of French-press, coffee maker, or espresso machine (we like coffee here). Also included are the use of the washer and dryer. We have a cleaner who keeps the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors, nice and tidy. The rooms and entire house have free high-speed, wireless internet, as well as a wired connection option in the living room.
Interaction with Guests
The house is usually comprised of a mix of short and long-term stay guests. I live in one of the rooms, though I am occasionally away traveling or on rock climbing trips. There are usually good opportunities to interact with other guests in the common areas of the house, but it also easy to find privacy. I've had some wonderful people stay here over the years and look forward to meeting many more.
The house is located in the heart of the vibrant Alberta district. Starting 3 blocks away, there are great restaurants (including Podnah's Pit, 2011 restaurant of the year), coffee houses (like Random Order named one of America's Best Pie Spots by Food&Wine), brew pubs, shopping and entertainment. Walkscore street-smart, walkability rating for our house is an amazing 96! It describes our location as a Walker's Paradise.
Many excellent, and some of the best restaurants, cafes, and entertainment options are located in the Alberta neighborhood--all within a 5-20 minute walk from the house. When you need to get downtown, it's only a 15 minute bike ride to the city center. Frequent-service bus lines (#6,#8,#72,#15) and a Zipcar station are 4 blocks away. Car-To-Go service is available throughout the city. Also, a bike sharing program is being implemented in the city.
Other Things to Note
House bicycle is available for $10 a day.
Dogs are invited to stay for $10 a night (access to the room, basement, and outside only).
If you can't bring your dog, one is available to catch frisbees for free.
Guidelines to make your stay as peaceful and pleasant as possible.
COMMON AREAS: Please keep common areas clean and store all personal items in your room. Please use headphones if listening to music or watching videos.
QUIET HOURS: 9:00 PM - 9:00 AM. Please respect other guests need for quiet rest during these hours.
SMOKING: Smoke-free house. If you need to smoke, please go out to the sidewalk.
Shane is a fantastic host. He runs his home like a hostel, with both short- and long-term guests in and out all the time. It's a great place to get to meet fellow travelers and rest your head for any amount of time. He gives you complete autonomy to come and go as you please.
Keep in mind that the basement rooms are very basic and a bit dark, and you can hear foot traffic from upstairs, but they're clean, quiet, safe and close to all the happenings on Alberta... so, all in all an incredible deal! Oh, and his pup is adorable. I would definitely recommend Shane's place to a friend.
We had an awesome time staying in the Alberta Arts Basement room! Shane is a very inviting host and so friendly. He's got the whole B&B very well organized and is so generous in allowing people to use all the amenities of the home! It was in a super convenient location, close to lots of shops and browsing. We were sad to just start to get to know all of our house mates and our wonderful host Shane on the last night of our stay. We will most definitely be returning to this humble home.
Thanks so much Shane!
Come to Victoria and visit sometime :)
We had a great time in Portland. Shane's B and B was perfect for our trip. The basement suite was cozy and Shane was an excellent host - very respectful and understanding. His dog, Maggie, is also a lovely gem! We hope to be back and would stay at Shane's place again!
We had a great time at Shane's place. We didn't have a chance to meet as we were only there for a night, but we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Shane replied quickly to our questions. It was very easy to get into the shared space (for bathroom and kitchen use) and we appreciated little touches like night-lights to guide the way at night!
I made a last second decision to stay one night in Portland and Shane's place was perfect for my needs: a cozy bed and a clean bathroom. The kitchen was also nice though I didn't need it. It was easy to book and communicate with him. I like its proximity to Alberta. I would stay there again for sure.
Our stay was awesome! Shane was a great host to us and our canine companion, gave great recommendations, and Maggie was a splendid pup as well (frisbee know-how). The house is beautifully done -- especially the kitchen -- and the room is very nice and warm. Looking forward to the next time we come back to Portland.
We scheduled our stay at Shane's only a day in advance so we appreciated him accommodating our stay. Upon our arrival Shane wasn't home and we couldn't reach him for a few hours. Thankfully another house guest checked us in and got us situated. Our stay was short but convenient for the night. Never met Shane but seems to have a good thing going at his home !
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About the Host, Shane
I love living in Portland. I get to ride my bike around town most days and usually take my amazing frisbee dog, Maggie, along. I usually do a range of sports during the week depending on the time of year--including basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, running and cycling.
However, my biggest sports passions are rock climbing and slacklining. I've been climbing for over 20 years and have put up many new climbing routes around Portland over the years. Depending on the time of year, I will have a slackline set up in the backyard. If you've never tried it, it's unlike any other balance sport...basically a single line trampoline that feels impossible at first, but is actually quite manageable after a bit of practice.
I like gardening and have spent the last five years or so transplanting and cultivating trees, shrubs and sedums at the house. There are all sorts of perennial edibles here--cherry, plum, persimmon, fig, currant, blueberry, huckleberry, gogi berry, strawberry, pear, grape, asparagus, kiwi and raspberry.
I lived in Bolivia for a couple of years while I was in the Peace Corps and have traveled to about 30 countries. I like being an adventure traveler and enjoy hosting other travelers and visitors as well.
I bought this house back in 2006 and it was practically unlivable. Then once I decided to replace all the plumbing, it was unlivable for about 3 months. doh! But that was years ago. These days, I continue to work on smallish projects around the house, whether it's shuffling around my bamboo planters, planning a new raised garden bed, building a shed out of recycled materials or adding a utility sink to the laundry room (on the list!).