Well-appointed room in the heart of the vibrant Alberta Arts district.
The room has views of the lush backyard, overlooks the neighborhood, and on clear days, Mount St Helens can be seen in the distance. A full glass door opens to the backyard letting in ample fresh air and light. The room has a queen size bed tucked into a cozy nook, a walk-in closet, reading lamp, mirror and its own thermostat controlled heat. Refinished 100-year old fir floors add lots of character. It shares a full bathroom across the hall and another full bathroom is available on the floor below.
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 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 and eclectic 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.
When you need to get downtown, it's only a 15min bike ride to the city center. Frequent-service bus lines (#6,#8,#72,#15) and a Zipcar station are 4 blocks away. Walkscore street-smart, walkability rating for our house is an amazing 96! It describes our location as a Walker's Paradise.
Other Things to Note
House bicycle is available to rent for $10 a day.
Cute dog available for walks, $1 a day; catches 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.
Really enjoyed our stay! We didn't spend too much time at the house, but Shane and the other housemates were very helpful and easy to talk to. Can't wait to visit Portland again!
This was the perfect base for my one week stay in Portland. Shane was friendly and let me know what was going on in the area. The house was clean and comfortable, with a good usable kitchen. Alberta Arts is a fun area to be in. Downtown is accessible, but it's a great place in its own right with many coffee and food options.
Shane is a fantastic host, and really, just a great person. He is very welcoming, extremely responsive, and very generous. His house is very clean/ organized. Located in a safe, fun neighborhood (Alberta Arts District). And other roomates are very respectful. I have enjoyed a wonderful stay, and I would strongly recommend this room! His dog (Maggie) is adorable, as well.
Shane, Maggie and temporary host, Jessie were all wonderful hosts for my month-plus stay at the Alberta house. Everything was well ordered and clean, the room was just what I needed for a stay during the holiday season. My only regret was that my visit to Portland was for business rather than pleasure. I was able to set up my sewing machine to get some last minute holiday gifts completed. The room and house were just as described and the neighborhood is absolutely lovely. The Alberta district is growing and becoming a great place to dine and walk. Thank you, Shane, for your hospitality, and for sharing Mags with the house. I hope to come for a stay in the future, next time for recreation and more family visits.
Shane set the bar high as a fantastic airbnb host. As a first time user of airbnb and first time to Portland, staying with Shane made the ultimate experience. Cozy, warm, accommodating, convenient, unique, fun & friendly. When traveling you truly make it your own experience, Shane understands this and is there as much or as little as you choose to interact. He is a great resource while enjoying what Portland has to offer. Super inviting and friendly. Stay with Shane be open and you'll get a awesome local glimpse of Portland life.
Great location. The place was clean, cozy and comfortable. It was freezing in Portland, but the basement was really warm.
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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!).