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Modern & Beautiful Eco Rental In Vibrant Arts District- Shift Low Gear

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath House In NE Portland Walking To Tons Of Local Shops

**Please note that although we are listed above as accepting 1-night stays, we generally only accept five-night stays during spring, summer, and holidays. However, we welcome shorter stays when the calendar allows, so please feel free to contact us about this!**

We are fully permitted and compliant with the City of Portland #TL90695

Make your experience in Portland as unique as the city itself! Welcome to Shift Vacation Rentals, a totally remodeled vintage home in one of Portland’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the Alberta Arts District. Designed and created by Encircle Design & Build using reclaimed and local materials and loaded with luxurious touches including radiant floor heat, concrete counters, modern tiles and tons of natural light make this vacation rental a design haven.

The house is a duplex. The upper apartment, high gear, can also be rented for even larger groups, please see vrbo/444951. It’s the perfect home base for wedding parties, reunions, workshops, family getaways, business meetings, etc. Need more room? No worries we have two more rentals in the chic Mississippi District a 5 minute drive away, please look at :

Mississippi District:

Lower Unit- Low Gear:

3 bedrooms (2 with queen beds / 1 with two twin beds)

1.5 bathrooms



Cable TV


On-street parking. No reserved space.

Fully stocked kitchen

This is a modern, bright and airy garden-level unit with a large, open living, dining and kitchen area and all the amenities you need (from wifi to coffee grinder) to live, work, entertain and explore Portland.

When you arrive, a large patio with built-in benches, table and comfortable lounge chairs greet you. Inside, an open living room, dining room and kitchen make a perfect place to hang out with family and friends.

Three bedrooms allow for comfortable sleeping for 6 people. The first and second bedrooms have queen beds with comfortable mattresses and linens. The third bedroom has two twin beds which can be pushed together to form a queen bed if desired.

What sets this place apart from others?

The location:

This inner Northeast Portland neighborhood is one of the coolest parts of the city. Alberta Street itself is lined with galleries, boutiques, several of Portland’s top restaurants as well as dozens of casual cafés and nightspots. Eat and drink your way down the street from Peruvian to Italian to Southern, slurping locally crafted coffee, beer and ice cream. Walking distance to a movie theater, several live music venues, a farmer’s market (summer) an organic food co-op and a top-notch supermarket. Minutes from the airport and minutes to downtown make it the perfect home base for an amazing stay in Portland.

One major perk about renting this house is the coupons our lovely neighbors have shared for our guests. Frock Boutique, Tin Shed, Digs Inside and Out, Mimosa Studios, I Am Yoga Bikram Studio, The Wax Skin Spa, Crafty Wonderland and more....You get discounts to all these wonderful places! So eat, drink and shop- all a stroll away, and all at a discounted price!

More Details

Michelle Ruber
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About Michelle Ruber

We are a husband and wife team who love to travel and love designing houses. Our passion for both led us to start of our business, Encircle Design and Build. We adore Portland and think it is, if not the, then one of the best cities in the USA. We are excited to share our home and neighborhood with you as it offers so much. In the house there is a list of recommendations of what to do and see in PDX!

Michelle Ruber purchased this house in 2012

Why Michelle Ruber chose Portland

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.

What makes this house unique

The private sunken patio gives a perfect spot to drink coffee in the morning. 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay in this lovely suite. It was so great to be located right on Alberta street, so close to the neighborhood's shops and restaurants. Yet, it was surprisingly quiet despite being so close to a busy street. Michelle was great. Everything was so easy, convenient and thoughtful. The place was everything we hoped for. We loved the modern look, the radiant floor heating and the cats lounging on the back deck. We would definitely stay there again.
Apr 2013
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Alberta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The bathrooms are beautiful with a tiled walk in luxury shower and concrete counter tops.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms have comfortable beds and linens. There are night stands and bed lights for reading next to each bed. Additional sleeping arrangements include a floor futon mattress for one.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Modern & Beautiful Eco Rental In Vibrant Arts District- Shift Low Gear
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 39 reviews

This was a super comfortable and clean home for our week long stay in Portland.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the location. It was walkable to great shops, restaurants and coffee shops. There's no parking on site, but lots of space available on the side streets. There's a lot of night life happening in this area, so you will hear it if windows are open. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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las vegas, nevada

This house is sooooo clean. And perfectly located.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay in Portland. We loved this house. Managed by professionals. Would definitely recommend it. In fact, if we're in Portland again, we will rent this unit, or the one above. (it's a 2-story house). Is located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, with several parks within walking distance. Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and a famous ice-cream parlor, all within walking distance as well. Great place to vacation!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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las vegas, nevada

Great location and VERY clean!!!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home after spending a week in this cute little rental. First of all, this house was spotless when we arrived and that is a very important feature in a rental. The location is in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, within walking distance to our daughter's home. There are tons of coffee shops, restaurants, and small businesses everywhere along Alberta. The food is fantastic; some of the best we've ever eaten. We love Portland, but now, we especially love this particular neighborhood. It just doesn't get any better than this. I have to be honest and say that the first night that we spent here was rough due to very noisy neighbors above who were up all night and we could hear every footstep. The problem was immediately addressed by the owner and the rest of the week was just fine. We were grateful for their prompt intervention. We intend to rent this home in the future and highly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane WA

Top Notch Place

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for our daughter's wedding and chose this lovely place to stay for a week. Was top notch and we give it a 10! Loved the layout of the house...the colors and the decor.... We cooked a meal one night and it was great using the modern kitchen. Loved the concrete floors and they stayed warm all day...even when walking around barefoot. It was located in a great part of Portland..enjoyed many of the restaurants and all within walking distance. The manager Whitney can be easily reached if you need to get in touch with someone. A nice note and a bottle of wine was waiting for us when we arrived. The beds were so comfy!!! Thank you Michelle and Klaus for making our stay there wonderful and it was the perfect place for us to be able to enjoy our daughter's wedding! The Silva's

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! I am thrilled you all had a wonderful stay and it's the best to come into town for a wedding! Congratulations to you and the family for many years of bliss! All our best, Michelle
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Great location, nice and clean.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and could not have asked for a better location! Due to weather, we had a last minute change of plans and this Alberta street rental was perfect. Friendly owners and great coffee just across the street. Thank You!!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern, clean and well appointed in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Great neighborhood in Portland. Food trucks, second hand shops and funky art all make this a cool spot to stay. One block from the bus downtown too. Rooms were comfortable and the extras made it more so - check in amenities - nice bottle of wine, patio outside and plenty of room to chill. I was expecting it to be noisier being right on Alberta Street but we all slept well. We were here in at the end of Sept but I could see this as a destination in the summer because of the patio etc. I would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the excellent review. Yes, the patio does rock in the summer, a private little space but just a step from the heart of it all. I have an idea in mind for an art installation there, so hopefully, if you are back in the summer it will be up! Thanks for the wonderful review. Warmly, Michelle
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Portland Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: not necessary

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

Alberta House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
winter/spring 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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