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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's place is exactly as pictured and described -- clean, comfortable, well provisioned, and perfectly located. And Margo is a joy to communicate with. We loved our stay.
Margo was a great host! Even though she wasn't there for our trip, she made us feel very welcome and well taken care of. She gave us the contact information of her housemate and another nearby host who could help us out if we needed anything at all.
The place was very cozy, bigger than I pictured, and very clean. It is close to bus routes, so we could get everywhere without a car. I would definitely recommend this little apartment to anyone visiting Portland for the first time!
I loved this quiet little place. I really appreciate quiet, and this place fit the bill. Clean, comfortable, and I slept like a baby in the amazing bed.
The artisan sanctuary was even lovelier and more relaxing than pictured! Margo was very welcoming and accommodating. This area of Portland is full of great restaurants and bars within walking distance. We even rode Margo's bikes all the way to Forest Park. What a great time!! Absolutely recommend.
We spent 3 nights in Margo's sanctuary. It was very clean and cozy, with comfy bed, fully stocked kitchen and she provides some great breakfast and snack goodies. Neighborhood is quiet and quaint, but also easily accessible. One note, this is a basement apartment, so natural light is limited. Overall, great deal and we would stay here again!
What a great place to call home for a few days as we explored Portland. The house is centrally located in NE Portland which is my favorite of all the burbs. So many fun cool shops, bars and restaurants around. We rented a car so transportation wasn't a problem, but this could be more difficult if you have to take the MAX. The bikes that Margo offers are totally old school which we liked. It added to the experience of being in Portland. The house is totally cozy. The kitchen offered everything we needed, with a few goodies in the fridge like yogurt, juice, a couple of beers, fresh local bread and some fruit. Perfect. The bedroom slash living room was more than big enough. The bed was comfy and the lighting was perfect for sleeping in. The shower was awesome with tremendous water pressure and nice and hot. It met all of our needs for a short term stay. We didn't get to talk to Margo a lot, but she seemed very pleasant and courteous, and her recommendations in a guide book were spot on. We went to a nearby bath house for an incredible soak and massage. Definitely would recommend this spot.
The Artisan Sanctuary was truly a peaceful quiet place to call home for a few nights! Margo was a wonderful host :)
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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.