About this listing
The "Frere (rhymes with air) House" is a gorgeous 1909 Victorian that will take you back in time. Used in several projects, the feature film "Untraceable" and considered for a "Grimm" episode. Music lessons by a Pro make for an unforgettable trip.
Thanks for your interest in The Frere House. In addition to The Queen Room there is another large room at this property, The Suite Room. You can also rent the entire top floor which accommodates up to six guests and includes both of the two rooms with a private bath.
Note from the owner: "I am so grateful to all the people who have stayed at The Frere House from around the world who have enriched my life with their many stories and have made themselves at home in this magical place. I'm very proud of the many favorable testimonials I've received. I do my very best to make everyone feel welcome and to make the house comfortable and I take all the suggestions to heart. The guests who would most appreciate staying here are those interested in having the "Portland Experience". The home is well kept, vintage, quirky and comfortable. The location is the best - close to fantastic restaurants, live music venues, shops, a park and public transportation. I hope to have many repeat customers and look forward to meeting many more new guests."
"Wow!" is the common thing heard when folks enter the wainscoting filled entry way. The house has a "vibe" that is difficult to put into words. "Cozy" is a good one. "Homey" is another. "Unique", "Beautiful", Original" are a few others.
The main floor has a vintage kitchen with a one-of-a-kind antique sink, a large living and dining area with a big communal table, a sunny front porch with a swinging bench and a large back deck for relaxing.
The Queen Room is located at on the top level facing the front of the house. The large 200 square feet of space includes an impressive queen-sized wood canopy bed, a large closet with many shelves and roomy enough for all luggage, newly refinished floors, a small computer desk, an adorable faux fireplace/heater and a vintage dresser with mirror. Steps away is a large shared bath with a giant claw foot tub. A comfortable roll-away twin bed is available for a third guest.
The location of the house is as desirable as the house itself being just three blocks from the famed Alberta district, Portland's most active and sought after place to reside. Public transportation to everywhere is just three short blocks away. There is a large grassy lot adjacent in addition to the Frere yard that can be used by guests to throw out a blanket to soak up some sun, play frisbee or play some guitar.
The kitchen is stocked and good for light/normal cooking and solely for use by checked in guests only.
For something really different, add a music lesson to your stay. Kathryn is an award winning singer, musician and songwriter who has had her music featured on the Official Grammy Ballot (Best New Artist, Best Electric Blues Artist). She has a Masters Degree in Commercial Music and is a professional private instructor teaching Voice, Guitar, Bass, Piano as well as offering her skills as a songwriting coach.
The uniqueness of the house, the neighborhood, the "vibe", the occasional song you may hear from Kathryn on the piano or guitar will make your stay at the Frere House something to remember. Please email if you have questions.
There is a large communal area with a cozy living, a dining room with an acoustic piano and a large table to sit comfortably, eat and socialize.
Interaction with Guests
I live in the house and am available for questions and help when and if needed.
This is Portland's best neighborhood! It's just a perfect spot to stay in this city and all is within walking distance. The last Thursday (Alberta Street's monthly Mardi Gras) is something to see if you really want to have the "Portlandia" experience.
There are buses just three blocks away that are very simple to use to get to where you need if you won't have a car and even if you do (saves on parking fees). The Trimet website will give you info on point to point trips.
Other Things to Note
The cable TV is local cable (50 or so channels). We also have Netflix.
Laundry is available for those who are staying one month or longer with weekend hours at a charge of $5 per load.
For stays longer stays (two weeks or longer) there will be a mandatory cleaning of the rented space (vacuuming, dusting, etc., sheets washed, etc.). Guests are expected to clean up after themselves in their rooms and in the kitchen (dishes washed, counters wiped, floor swept if there are spills, etc). We discourage keeping food in the rooms to avoid Portland's known ant problem. We are proud we have no ants due to cleaning diligence and guests honoring this rule (there is lots of cupboard space and room in the fridge). The house has a thorough deep clean weekly but guests being mindful about their own cleaning make the home very pleasantly tidy at all times.
This is a smoke, pet and shoe free home. The 100 year old floors have just recently been re-done and cannot accommodate heels, wheels or animals. This room has a "Oh My God" Queen bed (usually what is heard when people see the bed) and an extra a comfy roll-away twin for a third guest. There is a two night minimum stay and a one month maximum.
This house is meant to be a calm, safe and creative space to stay. No outside guests allowed onto the premises without prior approval from owner. This address cannot be used to receive mail of any type.