About this listing
Cozy, quiet, artistically appointed basement apartment in great NE Portland location. Fully furnished and on the bike route. Located on a quiet street within walking distance of Alberta Street, N. Williams and Mississippi Ave.
Cozy, quiet, artistically appointed basement apartment in great NE Portland location. Fully furnished and on the bike route. Located on a quiet street within walking distance to the trendy neighborhoods of Alberta Arts and the Mississippi Corridor. Near the bus line. A relaxing retreat from the excitement of Portland. Funky, clean, uncluttered, private apartment.
500 square feet, interestingly laid out dwelling. Two large spaces include the kitchen/dinging room/ media or writing desk. Bathroom has a shower, toilet grotto with reclaimed fir magazine caddie and shelf that holds rocks collected on Cape Cod. The back area consists of a 12’x24 open room with bedroom and living room with another desk for writing, media or thinking. There is a comfy queen bed. Private hang out area with chairs and table is just outside entry.
The neighborhood is really great. I have lived here for almost 20 years and have witnessed this place change and flux with the times. While the gentrification has been great for families, businesses (and property values), I am glad that my street has maintained a sense of community and diversity that makes me glad to be a human.
It is located between Alberta Arts and the Mississippi Corridor (a ten minute walk in either direction.) These are two very hot and fun areas for eating, drinking, shopping or people watching. There is a seasonal local farmer's market every Sunday just 3 blocks away.
My street is also on a bike route. Portland has a vibrant bicycle culture and has mapped out routes that take you safely all over the city. I will have two basic bikes for use free of charge at your own risk. The #6 bus line is at the end of the street and the house is close to I-5. There is parking in front of the house.
The apartment has a private entrance with a driveway patio hang out area. It is a basement apartment and is quiet, clean, artsy, esoteric. I created it a year ago and lived here until very recently. I found it to be a nice calming space. Most of the woodwork is reclaimed material. All windows are new and insulated. The lighting is an eclectic collection of random coolness that my friend (and professional lighting designer) threw together for me. The place turned out to be a perfect manifestation of my vision. A unique and comforting abode, which I hope you will enjoy visiting.
I have a small dog, Pico. He stays with me half the week and is pretty mellow. He does bark on occasion but I try to curb that. And there is a cat, Daisy, who sleeps in the laundry room across from the apartment. She is super friendly and has won the hearts of many guests. I don't allow her in the apartment as a rule, but she has been invited in for visits on occasion. If you have severely allergies to cats, this may not be the place for you.
I have enjoyed living in this neighborhood and house. There is much to be explored within walking and biking distance, as well as easy access to the routes that take you off to see the splendors of this amazing part of the country.
Separate entrance, hangout area, two vintage bikes with accoutrement, hairdryer, iron, cooking apparatus, fake fire place log with "real wood crackle" sound, my book collection (please leave on premises).
Interaction with Guests
I like to meet everyone if possible. But also respect your privacy. Depends on the guest. Some people want some interaction while others prefer to just do their thing. I've met some amazing people.
A lovely older established neighborhood that is undergoing a major transition. There are still many people who have lived here for years, but it is also being developed. There are now 3 area within walking distance that offer housing, shops, restaurants and bars etc. I am on the bike boulevard system and not far from the highway access. It is also easy to get around on public transportation which is at the end of the street. I have loved living here for these 20 years. One of the nicest neighborhoods in Portland, I think.
There is a bus at the end of the street. More (email hidden)
Other Things to Note
The fireplace is temperamental, so I have put in a fake log which lights up and can make crackle sounds. Cheesy goodness
*Smoking in the yard only, no unauthorized guests or parties of more than 6 people. No excessively loud music. Respect quiet hours from 10pm-8am on weekdays. Bicycles are provided free of charge, but guests must agree to and sign "Bicycle Agreement" which I will provide upon arrival.
Please call me right away if you have any questions or problems!
Margo and her Artisan Sanctuary are both wonderful. We had such a rewarding time staying here!
Margo's guidebook inside the suite was SO HELPFUL. We had friends give us all sorts of recommendations for places to go on our first trip to Portland, but Margo's recommendations were all nearby (lots within walking distance!) and all excellent.
Margo is a rad woman and was very accommodating. We got to chat with her in the outdoor hang out area and she told us about her experiences in Portland, and how she made the space we stayed in. It was fun hearing these backstories and her interpretation of how her neighborhood has changed over the years.
The apartment itself is so quiet and peaceful. We're normally early risers, but we slept in every day we were there because of the tranquility the apartment offered. There's an old guitar and hand drum down there, as well as various amenities in the kitchen. Overall great vibes and great decor! The only thing to note is that the bathroom doesn't provide the most secure door. It didn't bother us, but just a heads up if that kind of privacy is necessary for you.
I highly recommend staying with Margo. She was wonderful and her artisan sanctuary is awesome. We'd stay here again on a future trip.
It was absolutely wonderful staying at Margo's Artisan Sanctuary during my stay in Portland. Margo herself was especially accommodating and friendly. And the place itself was very cute and well decorated. It's located centrally from all the major attractions and districts, as well as major bus lines so it was always only a hop and a skip away from anywhere I wanted to be.
Overall, Margo made my first Airbnb and visit to Portland really memorable. I'll definitely try to book with Margo again when I visit in the future!
Margo was great and made sure to provide everything we might need during our stay. The Artisan Sanctuary was exactly as described in the listing and we were very satisfied with our stay.
Wow! What a great stay in Portland. Margo's place is truly a sanctuary. Margo had given us detailed instructions on how to enter the apartment which was excellent considering we arrived pretty late Friday night. We arrived and exited the apartment without trouble.
The basement space was peaceful, quiet, clean and cool in the summer heat.
Margo was a gracious host. She gave us tips on what sites to see and where to eat and never once was she intrusive.
Wifi worked great. Kitchen, bathroom and bed were great as well.
I will definitely be recommending this place to all my friends who plan on visiting Portland.
The place was great. Margo's description of the suite was accurate and it had EVERYTHING you could possibly need. We visited during a heat wave and the suite kept us cool without AC. I definitely recommend Margo's place to anyone looking for an easy and chill place to stay in a neat neighbourhood.
Margo's place is very peaceful, relaxing and comfortable. The Artisan Sanctuary is a perfect name for it. Kitchenette has all appliances you need to cook a meal. Place is ideal for hot summer days. Margo is friendly and very accommodating.
Margo was an excellent host, so friendly and helpful with anything we needed. We happened to be in Portland during a heatwave, so the basement apartment was just totally perfect to keep cool during the nights. And also very, very quiet. So we slept like babies!
The apartment was clean and we loved the decoration and little details. The kitchen was very well equipped for our needs and we loved that they had fresh local coffee beans for us to enjoy.
The area is peaceful and safe, but also lively and there are many interesting hip neighborhoods nearby. All the local people we met were super friendly and so we enjoyed our amazing Portand stay.
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About the Host, Margo
Carpenter, Artist, Traveler, Free Spirit. From the Boston area. Currently living in Portland, OR. I love the Cape so much!
I built this, my dream home, on the last sliver of my grandfathers property. I grew up going to the cape every summer. This is truly a magical and peaceful place and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.