About This Listing
The room has east and south facing windows with views of the lush side yard and front garden. A queen size bed is tucked between 2 large windows. The room also has an antique sewing-table desk with chair, two custom nook closets, a refinished antique dresser, reading lamp, mirror and its own thermostat controlled heat. It shares a full bathroom across the hall and another full bathroom is available on the floor above.
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 most 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 stay 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 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.The WalkScore rating for this house is described 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.
Shane was very welcoming and took the time to show us around. Shane was available and responded to needs promptly. My room was very comfortable. It was nice to have adequate space for food, in the refrigerator, freezer and cupboard. Also an area for each guest in the bathroom. Conveniently located. A nice place to stay.
Great place to stay! The house is furnished with a nice, clean kitchen, comfy bed, and quite fine bathrooms to use. Everything is organized well and the house is only 2 blocks away from Alberta where there is a ton of stuff to do. Plus Shane is super nice! Get on it!
Shane was super responsive to texts and calls as we approached the house which is always deeply appreciated. The house has a few other rooms that are airbnb rooms as well, so it was fun to chat with other travelers. The vibe was really low key, the house cozy despite freezing temps outside. Very close to the shops and restaurants in the Alberta neighborhood.
Shane did a great job of welcoming my friend and I to his very clean and accurately described house. We also liked his dog Maggie!
The neighborhood is great, quiet, and residential. Alberta Street's shops, eateries, and street art stretch far down the street in the district.
Shane was a fantastic host! And the house is beautiful! The place was very clean and comfortable. I slept well and was happy to cozy up on the couch in front of thr furnace. Shane's dog was friendly and well changed. We also ended up needing to extend our stay and Shane was very flexible with that. I would highly recommend this listing.
Had a great time staying at Shane's place! The weather was cold outside, but the room was cozy and the living room had a great fire burning stove that kept the house warm. The walls were a little thin so some outside noise got in, but my bf didn't notice it at all. The area is really convenient and walkable!
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About the Host, Shane
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!).
If you're looking for a 'do everything' bar-restaurant, this is the one--serves breakfast, lunch, great happy hour burgers and food almost anytime. Only a few blocks from the house.
The best breakfast on Alberta St. Started as a small shed decades ago..expect long waits on weekends, but enjoy a cup-o-joe in the garden area while you wait. Great people watching spot.
A great niche food cart catering to the Paleo/Gluten-free eaters. Several other food carts in the same courtyard to choose from. Close to the house.
Great, German-inspired breakfast spot. Good alternative to the Tin Shed if the wait is too daunting.
An excellent neighborhood bar with delectable food and beer selection. The live edge, maple bar is a work of beauty.
The best full-size grocery store Portland has to offer.
Their barbecued chicken was voted as one of the Top Ten Dishes in America. Not to be missed! The owner has since opened 2 more spots in Manhattan.
Grocery store specializing in organic, locally-grown food. Excellent bulk-food section and good spot to get additional spices.
Upscale coffee house serving a rotating selection of some of the best roasts the world has to offer. Free wifi (like all coffee shops in Portland) and a clean, polished environment.
Fantastic coffee and national acclaim for it's baked pies.
Need to rent a bike in Portland? This service is run by a guy who is passionate about bikes and loves what he does.
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Specializing in, yes, Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Order a 'Kindergartner' (the crusts are cut off) and eat on a converted big, old school bus.
Great, Indian-inspired cuisine with a fun, festive atmosphere.
The neighborhood brewery. Two-dollar Tuesdays for cheap pints and well drinks.
Great bar and restaurant. Very lively in the evenings.
A hidden gem of a bar...very unusual. A converted, huge old craftsman house. The inside still feels like being in a living room in places.
One of my favorite restaurants on Alberta. A self-described "Taco Lab" that serves very flavorful and unusual tacos. The 2 tacos and a side Happy Hour special is hard to beat.
Great breakfast spot and excellent dinners.
One of my favorite restaurants in Alberta! Self-described as a 'taco lab', they will impress you with non-traditional, ultra-flavorful tacos. Happy hour special: 2 tacos and a side is hard to beat!
What else, but a German style brew pub! Get a beer here then walk down Mississippi Street for a wonderful stroll in another great Portland neighborhood.
The best traditional Mexican food on Alberta...otherwise head to the Cruzroom on Alberta/23rd.
Good food and great live music shows.
My favorite Thai food on Alberta.
A vast warehouse of recycled building materials and spot I frequently visit. Check out the cob front entrance for an exhibition of natural building techniques.
A destination in itself. Whimsical and artsy redesign of an old grade school into a living room style theater, "Detention Room" bars, and classic NW food menus. Don't forget the soaking pool!