About the property
- Apartment1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Charming large first floor 2BR, 1bath is close to everything in Portland!
Our charming and bright apt in Portland's historic West End is walking distance to everything: fantastic restaurants, museums, music, the West Prom, Old Port, and more. Clean, renovated, cozy. Gas fireplace insert, wireless, laundry.
Our historical house (in the West End historical district) was built in 1899 and is an 'American Foursquare.' It still retains its original features (high ceilings, hardwood floors, original windows, layout, etc) but it's been updated sensitively to make it very cozy and pleasant.
The apt is about 900 sq ft with two lovely bay windows in the front facing our very quiet street. We have a fully stocked eat-in kitchen with a table that accommodates 6; a living room with cable TV; and a bedroom with a queen bed. We also have a larger second bedroom with two twin beds. We can also provide a portable crib for a little one with advance notice.
The entire place is very sunny and uncluttered with simple furnishings and artwork. We love it and stay there ourselves as often as we can. It can accommodate 4 people very comfortably.
The full-sized kitchen is well-stocked with everything you need to cook with -- spices, pots and pans, microwave, coffeemaker, etc. The stove is gas. There is wireless internet throughout the apt.
There is ample off-street free parking on our street and in the neighborhood. If you prefer, there are two reasonably priced parking garages about 9 blocks from the house.
We have a washer and drier in the basement that you are welcome to use. There is also a full-service laundromat just a block from the house.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
Since this is our Portland pied-a-terre, you are unlikely to see us during your visit. But we're just a text or email or phone call away and would still love to give you advice about where to go for great food (Portland is amazing!), hikes, music, etc. We also have an in-town Portland contact for any issues that arise that need immediate local attention (like locking yourself out of the house :-)
Our neighborhood is the most sought after neighborhood in Portland -- the West End. We are 1.5 blocks from Aurora's (an amazing upscale deli/sandwich shop) and there are numerous excellent restaurants and coffee shops within 1-4 blocks. A drug store and a natural grocery store are just 2 blocks from the house. The Portland Art Museum, the Arts District, and plenty of shopping along the main street (Congress) is only a few blocks away as is the Western Promenade --- a beautiful walk along the bluffs overlooking the working bay. There is a public pool 1 block from the house. The more tourist-oriented (but fun!) Old Port is also an easy walk. There's really no need for a car unless it's raining. Portland is a very walkable town.
Our street is particularly quiet as it doesn't connect anything to anything. The area is very safe --- mostly families and young people.
There are two city bus stops near the house. One is just on the corner nearby and the other a block away. You could easily do without a car altogether.
We are about 10 minutes from the Portland Jetport ($13 cab ride) and even closer to the bus and train station (easy access to Boston). We are also only a short walk to the major hospital (Maine Medical Center).
We don't allow pets or smoking. And we ask guests to leave their shoes at the door. So please bring slippers! (Although we have some you can borrow during your visit, if you forget :-)
Since there are 2 apts in the house and nice neighbors nearby, we ask that you be considerate about noise levels. Quiet hours: 10PM - 7AM out of consideration, please!
We now have a lovely gas insert in our fireplace!! It both provides ambiance and comfortable heat in the living room. We only ask that you turn it off when you aren’t home or go to sleep. Enjoy!!!!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Sarah Sloane-Barton
We are two college professors and recent empty nesters. Drew is a Forest Ecologist and Sarah is an Animal Behaviorist. We bought this adorable historic house because we wanted an income property/pied-a-terre. Our college is in a very small town closer to the mountains and we needed some big city time! And we love Portland! We have been very successful hosts on another vacation rental site for 3 years (with a different property, of course!) and decided to give VRBO a try for this one. We love travel, music , and fine food. Portland fits most of those criteria :-)
Sarah Sloane-Barton purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Sarah Sloane-Barton chose West End
If you know Portland, you would know why we chose the West End. It's not touristy, but still has everything nearby. It still has an arty feel, but is undergoing tremendous renovations. It's safe and historic. Just walking the neighborhood is a pleasure. The West End is well known for fabulous restaurants, coffee shops, and museums. Everything you could need is within walking distance. The house itself is adorable and solid. Lovely wood floors, high ceilings, but a modern kitchen and bathroom. And it has a classic fireplace that actually works! A nice mix of old and new.
What makes this Apartment unique
The absolute best part of this apartment is the location. You are literally walking distance to everything. That's what we wanted in our pied-a-terre for ourselves and so that's what we got. Fine restaurants, musical venues, shops, museums, the Old Port, Arts District, Western Promenade, etc are all walking distance. You don't need a car except for, perhaps, access to a big grocery store. But there are Mom and Pop stores nearby, so that's good enough for us. There's a good bus system too, so you can get farther afield if you wish (mall, etc).
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100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great area, clean, cozy and very convenient spot
Great spot, love the craftsmanship! Parking tricky
Stayed for a weekend. Location great for walking to & fro, which is key bc parking is limited on street during the weekend. Apartment has beautiful old craftsmanship - wood inlay in floor, stained glass fixtures, carved mantle... Plenty of space for the 4 of us, and hot water for showers. Kitchen seemed well stocked, impressed by quality pots for a rental! No dishwasher but we didn't use many dishes.
Wonderful home in a great neighborhood
Sweet apartment in a great location
The convenient West End location is made better by this clean, nicely laid out apartment. Close to downtown and the waterfront, our stay was surprisingly quiet. We enjoyed the gas fireplace and the well appointed kitchen.
I'm so please you enjoyed your stay. Please come again!
Charming 2 bedroom!
A great living space with a fireplace for everyone to come together and enjoy each others company, you won't even need the television on. All bedrooms have comfortable beds, but the master stands out due to the street view and great amount of natural light coming into the room. Aside from the Cleanliness and comfort of the apartment, you will appreciate the proximity to the downtown area while still enjoying the silence of a quiet street.
Booked this place for the weekend with plans to run the Maine half marathon, and it did not disappoint! The location was PERFECT, super close to downtown, awesome restaurants, etc., but on a nice quiet street. Everything was clean, comfortable and convenient. Thank you Sarah for an excellent weekend!
You are so welcome!! And thanks for being a great guest :-)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We charge a $200 fully refundable damage deposit.