ADORABLE, LIGHT-FILLED BUNGALOW NEAR BEACHES AND DOWNTOWN - PET OK!

Maggie Birlem

Speaks english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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ADORABLE, LIGHT-FILLED BUNGALOW NEAR BEACHES AND DOWNTOWN - PET OK!

Special Offer! Last Minute Summer Availability! June 29 - September 6

Portland Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms with clawfoot tub and glass shower, sleeps 4 + dog.

The bungalow is fully booked for the summer, but don't despair! We have another option right near the beach for you that has availability this summer! A friend is heading to Europe for three months, last minute and asked us to book up her house right near the beach. Please contact me directly for photos and availability. Weekly rate is $1500, with a one week minimum and rentals run Saturday to Saturday! It's listing #p3804614.

For options past this summer, if you can't find the dates you want, try our other two rentals in the same neighborhood (they are also fully booked for the summer though). They are also adorable and close to the beaches (listings #3684592 and #3723457). They are new listings and are decorated in the same style as the bungalow!

Beautiful bungalow, lots of skylights, wide pine floors, open floor plan, big stone gas fireplace, Japanese garden, chef's kitchen, washer/ dryer, well stocked and cozy. Why stay at a hotel when you can walk to the beach from this adorable home on a quiet street, two walkable miles from downtown Portland? Pet friendly and easy to rent and access, this home offers the ideal jumping off spot for a perfect Maine vacation. Everyone that walks through the door of this meticulously renovated bungalow falls in love with its charm. There's a hammock and porch swing to lounge in, BBQ, beautiful Japanese Garden and fenced in backyard. There are Skylites throughout the house and lots and lots of windows to throw open for that fresh Maine sea breeze. Home is within walking distance of Portland's best bakery, three local handmade ice cream shops, the area's most dog friendly beach and one of Portland's most popular restaurants. Bring your bikes, you'll be riding all over for the local eats!

Kitchen is fully stocked with every kitchen utensil a chef could want, including both a french press and a regular coffee maker, toaster, microwave, blender, pots for cooking lobster, cocktail bar area, crockpot, etc. If you are curious about something specific, just ask! Home has been thoughtfully furnished with a warm, stylish mix of antiques and more contemporary furniture. The artwork has been thoughtfully placed and the house is stocked with fresh, new bed linens and towels. Please let us know if you are curious about any particular details of the house.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Maggie Birlem

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish
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Hi! My name is Maggie and welcome to the little red bungalow! I'm in my late 30s and my family comes many, many generations from Maine on both sides - my mom from a long line of dairy farmers and my father from generations of sea captains and fishermen. He was the first generation NOT born on Cranberry Island. Instead, he was born in the bustling village of Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island. I myself am a builder and designer and the little red bungalow is my version of heaven.

Maggie Birlem purchased this bungalow in 2004

Why this property? Well, have you ever just walked through a door and thought, can there be a more perfect house than this? I've designed and built many welcoming spaces but this one is my favorite and I will own it for the rest of my life! I LOVE sharing this home with travelers and nothing makes me happier than reading the guest book after you leave! As many guests have commented, it truly is a 'slice of heaven' and while I'm sure I'm biased, the reviews are not! Please come visit!

There is a lot that made me fall in love with this house. From walking up the stone walkway out front through the amazing landscaping, to stepping up on the fir wood of the front porch and swinging on the porch swing that my dad made me, to launching myself into the hammock in the front yard, I don't even have to step through the front door to feel like I'm home. I no longer live there but I could never sell this little oasis. Portland is an amazing town to visit and this house is a perfect spot to just setting in to and relax - whether you're looking for some downtime away from your own home or if you're here for a wedding or looking a place to vacation or just want a warm, welcoming, well-designed house to escape to for movie watching, cooking and resting - this is the spot! The clawfoot tub under the skylite helps too :)

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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5
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
Wheelersburg, Ohio, USA
5

"THE LITTLE RED HOUSE" AS IT WAS AFFECTIONATELY CALLED BY OUR 3 1/2 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER!

"The Little Red House" as it was affectionately called by our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter!
  • 5 of 5
Lovely...just lovely is the best description I can give when writing this review. From the moment you arrive at this little red bungalow you are greeted by a hammock swaying in the breeze between two trees and a beckoning front porch that invites you to have a seat on Maggie's smooth wooden swing made by her father. However, the best is yet to come upon entering this South Portland, Maine treasure. The furnishings and art work capture the essence of a home that has been well loved and thoughtfully designed. It has such a feeling of spaciousness while at the same time remaining extremely cozy. The kitchen overlooks the back porch and the beautiful backyard Japanese garden area with a shed and a shelf for potting plants. The house is in a fantastic location in the South Portland area. It is a short walk to beautiful Willard Beach, two fabulous bakeries/ Scratch and The Cookie Jar, and right around the corner is Terra Cotta for those with a taste of Italy. Really, Maggie's little red bungalow is a MUST stay while in South Portland! The experience of working with Maggie and renting her house was lovely...just lovely!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

PERFECT PLACE!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay was a graduation celebration for my daughter. We spent the weekend in Boston & drove up to Portland on Monday. I had some fears the house was pictured better than reality, but in fact the opposite was true! The house was better than described...immaculately clean, homey, great quiet location, close to the beach. My daughter even commented Maggie must work for Hgtv. This house was the perfect place to relax and make memories as my daughter closed one chapter and begins another. So happy we found this home!
Check out Scratch, the Lobster Shack, Taco Trio, and the Q Street diner while you are here :)
  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
Killington, VT
5

HOME AWAY FROM HOME!

  • 5 of 5
The Little Red Bungalow is a dream - clean, beautifully maintained, decorated to perfection, and SO cozy. The back patio area provided the perfect space for afternoon cocktails while our dog sunned himself on the deck. Beds (and bedding) are a heavenly place to lay your head after a day of exploring. I can't say enough about the house! For two people and their fur-baby it was more than enough room, we look forward to bringing friends along next time.

Scratch Bakery, Fort Williams, Harborside Seafood, and Eventide Oyster Co. were all fabulous places to eat/visit.

Beyond the fact that we were in Heaven, Maggie proved to be a highlight of our trip. She is knowledgable, hysterical, and personable. If for no other reason than her, we will be back for years to come!
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

RELAXING

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week in June. The house was perfect and very relaxing. Everything was as described, and Maggie was responsive to any inquiries or requests. There is a lot to do in the area, which is very dog friendly. Dogs are allowed at Willard Beach off hours, and Fort Williams has an off leash designated area. The local eateries were delicious. Two bakeries, Willard Scoops for homemade ice cream, Terra Cotta for fresh pasta and take out dishes. Portland is a short easy drive for plenty of additional activity, including ferries to the nearby islands. You can buy a ferry ticket for your dog, too. You can't beat the fresh seafood and Lobster Rolls. We look forward to returning.
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

GREAT MODERN MIXED WITH RUSTIC BUNGALOW

  • 5 of 5
The property was great, clean house and yard, homey but spacious. A lot of light from all the skylights and beautiful wood floors and fireplace. Homeowner was super helpful is our needs. Would highly recommend and would stay again.
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p973608
207-400-7494
Portland Portland and Casco Bay Area
5

FANTASTIC!

  • 5 of 5
Fantastic house, great location and Maggie (owner) is a enjoyable person to do business with. You will love staying at the red bungalow!
  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scratch Baking Co
"The most amazing bakery in Maine is within walking distance of the house!"
David's 388 Restaurant
"Within walking distance of the house, this amazing restaurant is reasonably priced, with exc..."
Street and Company
"Definitely my favorite restaurant in Portland! Make a reservation and make this your special..."
The Lobster Shack
"The best place for a lobster roll and a stunning view! It's BYOB and worth any line there ma..."
Willard Scoops
"Fresh, homemade ice cream with flavors like salted caramel and chocolate coconut...the best ..."
Whole Foods Market
"Their flagship store in the USA. It's spectacular and if you're from NYC or DC, you'll appre..."
Nearest Airport
7.9 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
295
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Willard Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
David's
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Sunday River
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Purpoodock
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
David's

Portland, ME is the perfect destination for an all-around Maine vacation! Just a couple of short, walkable miles into downtown, the house is situated within walking distance of a number of beaches and within a very short drive of some of the larger beaches in southern Maine. Portland won foodiest city last year by Bon Appetit so there is no shortage of amazing restaurants and cafes to enjoy. You can sail, deep sea fish or just take a leisurely ferry ride on the mail boats out of the Old Port. Local attractions include some of Maine's best beaches, amusement parks, outlet shopping in Freeport (including LL Bean) and lots of museums and sightseeing in Portland.

There are many local public golf courses in the area that are beautiful and affordable. Also, take some time to visit the most photographed lighthouse in Maine, which is just one walkable mile from the house. There are too many local ice cream shops, bakeries, breweries, coffee shops, cafe's and wine bars to mention!

There are also quite a few different ski/ snowboard mountains within an easy drive of Portland, as well as numerous groomed cross-country ski areas as well. You can venture out for the day and drive up to Boothbay to see the amazing botanical gardens and walk through the quaint village, or even up to Camden to visit the Farnsworth Museum, which features Andrew Wyeth's original works.

I have quite a few possible day trips and itineraries in a binder at the house. Of course there's also lots of information on the best places to get lobster - don't worry!

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Portland Bungalow Rental Rates

Special Offer! Last Minute Summer Availability!

Special Offer From:
Dates Jun 29, 2014 to Sep 6, 2015

Adorable home right up the block from Willard Beach! Please contact us directly for details. One week minimum and reduced rate of $1400/wk with a Saturday to Saturday rental.

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Summer Peak
Jun 14 2014 - Sep 6 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$180
$1,150
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Cleaning $75.00
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes $1,150 - $1,800/ wk or $180/night.
Please contact me directly for more information.
A $250 refundable security deposit is returned immediately after your stay.
We warmly welcome dogs. There is a $20/night pet fee.
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Amenities

Portland Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Heating
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Bathroom is gorgeous with the original clawfoot tub situated right under the skylight. Enjoy long leisurely baths or the beautiful glassed in separate shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedrooms are beautiful and classy. Windows line both sides of the master and lift up to let in the breeze. Master bedroom has perfect reading lights and a great spot for meditation. Second bedroom is adorable, though smaller. A crib can easily be fit into both bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Kitchen is gorgeous and a delight to cook in. All appliances are stainless steel and there is a gas range with a large ventilation hood. Refrigerator has filtered water and ice.
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