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Ideally Located, Modern & Artistic 4 Bedroom House Perfect for Large Groups

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

4 Bed, 2 Bath (Sleeps 9) In the heart of Alberta, outdoor space

This amazing duplex is located in the heart of Portland's most unique neighborhoods. Alberta Arts District, always has something unbelievable to look at, like people riding bikes while juggling. Amazing restaurants to eat at, it's home to Portland's culinary creativity. Fun pubs to have a drink, locally brewed beers won't disappoint. And loads of independent stores to purchase gifts at adorable dresses, funky jewelry, awaits you. The best part is it's the location you hope to get when book a vacation rental. Walking distance to all on Alberta Street. 15 minutes by car from the airport, 10 minutes by car to the heart of the city. The bus stop is a block away and there is also free street parking around the house.

High Gear (the upper level of the duplex) has 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. An open living, dining, and kitchen area. The first floor houses 3 of the bedrooms. 2 with queen beds and the third with a bunk bed (double lower and twin above). The first floor also has a full bath with walk in shower. The second floor houses a fourth bedroom, loft area with futon and skylights, and a gorgeous full bathroom.

The kitchen is fully stocked from coffee grinder to microwave oven to blender. You will be able to cook up a feast and eat in comfort at the wood dining table adorned with beautiful dishes.

One major perk about renting this house is the coupons our lovely neighbors have shared for our guests. Frock Boutique, Tin Shed, Mimosa Studios, Eco Vibe Apparel, Imelda's Shoes, Portland Insider Walking Tour, Crafty Wonderland & more....You get discounts to all these wonderful places! So eat, drink and shop- all a stroll away and all at a discounted price! To see the fabulous array of places surrounding the rental visit:

The side yard boasts the coolest kids hive play structure, teeter tooter, picnic table, charcoal BBQ, and yard games. In the nice weather its a perfect spot to enjoy a meal or let the kids run free!

The house had been newly gutted and remodeled using sustainable and local materials, and has inspiring touches throughout the house. It promises to be one of the best vacation rentals in all of Portland.

For larger groups, this house can be rented along with vrbo/443441 (low gear the 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom).

Need more space? Please check out our two other rentals in the chic Mississippi District:

We are fully compliant with all city of Portland permits. TL#90695

Our typical rental period is 5 night min, especially over the weekend and in high season (May - Sept & Holidays). We do accept shorter stays, as they work with the calendar so please ask.

More Details

Michelle Ruber
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Michelle Ruber

During our travels we have stayed at many places and began taking note of what we did/or didn't like with our lodgings. Our goal in creating Shift Vacation Rentals is to put together our ideal rental in our ideal city. We hope you find the artistic, funkiness, ecologically mindedness of Portland in our rental. We partnered with many local businesses and artists in creating the home to give it a look and feel that you won't find elsewhere. A walk down Alberta Street is an experience you will adore.

Michelle Ruber purchased this house in 2012

Why Michelle Ruber chose Alberta

The location couldn't be any better. It sits in the heart of Alberta Arts District and this Portland neighborhood encompasses all the amazing features that makes Portland- Portland. Reclaimed materials bring a history and story to the house that make it really special. There is thoughtfulness with all of the details from the paint colors to the lighting all of the items were specifically chosen to make the house beautiful and different.

What makes this house unique

I think our rental has many unique areas- from a large side yard filled with interesting kids structures to corn hole which is a game that friends can play and enjoy for hours. Inside the house has bike themed interiors from hanging tricycle lights to handle bar coat racks. We wanted the house to be comfortable for guests, so details such as reading lights above the beds were put in every room. We hope you love your stay!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just spent a weekend in Portland and found this lovely rental house to stay at. Located in the Alberta arts district it was close to a lot of nice shops and great eats. Only a short bike from downtown, it was also easy to get to other parts of Portland.

My friends and I (9 total) fit nicely in the high gear which is the upper level of the house. The house was absolutely beautiful, modern and Eco-friendly. The owner left us maps, coupons, and suggestions to nearby places which really helped our trip planning. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return again.
Mar 2013
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Alberta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No parties, no pets, and no smoking. Please keep noise down after 10pm. Thanks!
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tile lined shower and floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Spa like bathroom with skylight and luxury tile.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Double down/twin up
  • All of the bedrooms have comfortable mattresses and sheets. Each bedroom has reading lights above the beds and provides a wonderful place to rest for the night. The futon in the loft area and the couch in the living room can be used as beds, although they are not totally private.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Ideally Located, Modern & Artistic 4 Bedroom House Perfect for Large Groups
average rating of 4.8375 based on 88 reviews

Fantastic property for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We rented High Gear for a bachelor party, and it was gorgeous and spacious and we all loved it! I would highly recommend for any large group coming in to Portland -- it was great to be in walking distance to all the incredible things that Alberta had to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kyler for your wonderful review - we are so happy you ladies all had a great time! We cater to groups, with the large number of bedrooms, and know how important hang out space is for everyone to come together and enjoy and catch up is. I am thrilled you all loved the house and the charming Alberta neighborhood. Please do come back and stay with us again! Best, Michelle
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Charming home in great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The place was clean and comfortable, with nearby places to walk to, to eat and shop. A small natural grocers and wine shop nearby. Tin Shed across the street had excellent food.The neighborhood seems to be undergoing a renovation. A lot of houses seem to be being remodeled (as this place was) and turning the neighborhood into a hip spot. Yoga studio nearby and bike shops, etc. The house was perfect for my husband and myself, my kids and grandkids.

Kitchen had everything we needed. Great dining table (even though we used the picnic table outside). beds and baths were great. Would stay here again.Thanks for sharing.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Pamela, Thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We love our neighborhood! It is true that for the past 20 years Alberta Arts District has been evolving into what it is now. It is filled with independently owned businesses which gives it such an unique refreshing feeling. You know when you walk down Alberta Street that where you shop, eat, play is a one of a kind space- making the Portland experience so true to what it is at the core a makers, creative mecca! Please come back and stay with us again. Best, Michelle
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Super cool place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in a fun part of Portland. We were traveling with children and it was incredibly hot outside, however, the house was nice and cool and within walking distance of so much to do. I highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alicia for your great review. I know this summer has been the hottest one on record for Portland. Now 8/24 it is actually cool again, and dare I say I miss the heat :) The houses all have a/c which makes the heat bearable. In high gear we zoned the heat so you can control it from both floors. Please come back in another season so you can experience Portland with a different flavor- Spring time is amazing as the flowers and trees start blooming and it is stunning! Sincerely, Michelle
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Beautiful Home & Great Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the upper level (aka "High Gear"). The decor is fantastic, the home was clean and ready for us upon arrival. Due to it's charming exterior, the home gets lots of attention from passersby, but that really was not a problem (minus the one peeper at the front door one night!). The home is located in a beautiful neighborhood with lots of shops and restaurants. I would be absolutely delighted to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Claire for your wonderful review! We pride ourselves in having the houses super clean, and I am so happy you found it that way. Having these houses as full time rentals helps as we treat the business as a hotel with cleaning, maintenance, and making sure everything is up to date and top quality. Please do come stay here or at one of our other rentals in the Mississippi District - we'd love to have you back. Thanks, Michelle
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Well appointed house in an amazing location. Just blocks away from great coffee shops, breakfast, and a co-op grocery. However, while we were there the kitchen, living room, and one bedroom was swarming with sugar ants which got into our food. A little disappointing considering how nice the house was.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andy we are so happy you loved the house and the location. We do too! So sorry that you had an ant problem. We have been very on top of treating them.(Note they are now all gone!) They are attracted to the food left on counters, so when food is left out it they return to look for food. We strive our very best to make sure each guest has an amazing experience so I do dearly apologize that it wasn't perfect.
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

What a great location and property! We visited with another couple and our 4 children - the property was well appointed, the manager quickly responded to questions we had prior to and during our stay, there was a book full of local recommendations and coupons, etc. Great coffee and breakfast locations right across the street with additional options within walking distance. If my travels ever take me back to Portland, I would certainly stay at this property again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes Kevin please do come back and stay with us when/if you are in PDX again! Thanks for the great review. We are thrilled you had everything you needed and enjoyed the promotions we do with our neighbors! The exclusive Shift guests discounts are amazing, and we are so happy to be able to share them with our guests. Sincerely, Michelle
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Portland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Radio Room
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Heron Lakes
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Portland Train Station
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Tin Shed
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Mt. Hood
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Cannon Beach
Car: not necessary

The location:

Is simply perfect. The house sits in the heart of Alberta Street, Portland's most vibrant funky neighborhood. You can walk to a multitude of restaurants, bars, and stores. Inner NE Portland is centrally located so visiting other neighborhoods or going downtown is a few minutes drive. The house is 15 minutes from the airport. There is plenty of free parking on the street. The bus stop is 2 blocks from the house making public transport a breeze.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $115
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Five-night stay notice: Generally, when a reservation request includes a weekend, we will require a five-night stay. A possible exception to this is when the dates fall between existing bookings or the requested dates are coming up soon. This five-night requirement will vary depending upon our calendar and booking load. Generally, when booking during low season well in advance or during high season (holidays and summer), we will most likely ask for five-nights minimum. If uncertain if this will apply to your request, please ask! We do not always have the five-night minimum requirement automatically set up in our calendars, which is why not all reservation requests will be accepted. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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