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!
The Artisan Sanctuary was cozy and inspiring! The apartment was everything described and more. The directions and information provided by Margo made accessing the apt. and neighborhood easy. It is located in an area with a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance and a short bus ride to downtown. The bed was especially comfortable after a long trip on the PCH. The space is appointed thoughtfully with anything you might need including snacks and breakfast items to a sketchpad at the desk. We would stay again and will suggest to anyone visiting Portland!
The Artisan Sanctuary is by far the most hospitable, relaxing and comfortable temporary lodging we’ve encountered. Margo shows exceptional thoughtfulness in caring for her guests’ needs, providing – for example -- both coffee and orange juice to get the day started, and a small sampling of local beers in the fridge to wind down at day’s end. We enjoyed the overall spaciousness of the Sanctuary, as well; we were particularly envious of the roomy and restful sitting area near the bed – if only our bedroom were as inviting!
The neighborhood around the Sanctuary is quiet, as well, and within easy driving distance of several interesting places for breakfast and lunch.
Folks with moderate mobility difficulties might want to consider that the stairs down into the Sanctuary are a bit steep. Margo was thoughtful to alert us about that in advance of our arrival, so it presented little to no difficulty to us.
We hope to the Sanctuary is available to us on our next trip to Portland.
Couldn't have enjoyed our stay more! The apartment was exactly as described, and extremely comfortable and quiet (great bed, too!). Margo was a pleasure as a host and really did make you feel like the space was your mini home away from home. The location was perfect and it was within walking distance of two great neighborhoods with lots of things to do. We really enjoyed having the Artisan Sanctuary as our home base. If we ever come back to Portland, we'd definitely stay here again. Highly recommended!
Margo's place was nice and matched the photos in person. The place is right off the main drag of NE Alberta. We took the bikes out the night we were there go get around a little easier.
Unfortunately our flight was canceled on the first day we were scheduled to arrive in Portland and Margo was not willing to offer any sort of discount or reimbursement on our 2 night rental despite only being in town for just over 12 hours before having to check out.
One other thing to note, the refrigerator is either broken or very weak. We woke up to warm left overs and beer which isn't the end of the world, but worth mentioning.
Our stay at the Artisan Sanctuary was absolutely wonderful! Margo has put so much thought into every detail of the space, from the kitchen stocked with delicious coffee and all kinds of pantry necessities, to the living room with board games and a stocked bookshelf. Everything was very clean and comfortable, with no harsh soap or chemical smells. There are plenty of extra towels and linens. Margo is a wonderful host. We got to meet her and her adorable dog and enjoyed getting to know her. Portland was experiencing a heat wave when we visited and the basement was the perfect cool temperature for a good night's sleep even in the heat! The location was perfect! We had a rental car and noticed that just about every place we wanted to go in the city was 10-15 away at most. Also very walkable to restaurants and shopping. We highly recommend this space!
Margo's beautiful space made our first trip to Portland even more special. Margo provided plenty of help leading up to our arrival including easy to follow instructions for accessing the property and lots of info about Portland.
The space itself was clean, organised, wonderfully decorated and contained everything we needed. We must also add that the bed was more comfy than our own, we could have slept for 100 years!
Highly recommended and definitely on the list for the next time.
You rock Margo!
Margo is a wonderful person. She was home, she greeted us and gave all the information needed for a good stay. She is very organized and it is easy to settle. Both my husband and I were impressed with the amount of information she provided us.
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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.