About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights
3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath House In NE Portland Walking To Tons of Local Shops
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 :
Lower Unit- Low Gear:
3 bedrooms (2 with queen beds / 1 with two twin beds)
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 sleeping for 6 people, the couch in the living room or floor futon mattress can be used for extra sleeping space. The first and second bedrooms have comfortable queen beds with 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?
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 Indian to Italian to Southern, slurping locally crafted coffee, beer and ice cream. Walking distance to several live music venues, a farmer’s market (summer) an organic food co-op and a top-notch restaurants. 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, Imelda's Shoes, and Eco Vibe Apparel, 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!
**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 contact us.**
We are fully permitted and compliant with the City of Portland #TL90695
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- Response time:
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- english, spanish, dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
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 Alberta
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Excellent location and great house
We loved the house and the set up of low gear. We could not have been happier with the location. 3 generations of our family stayed here and everyone was satisfied.
My family and I stayed here for several days. The space is very charmingly decorated. It is very clean and comfortable. Located in an interesting neighborhood it was a great place to stay while we visited Portland. There were six of us and there was plenty of room!
Thank you Kristin for taking the time to write a review. I am thrilled that you found the neighborhood and house excellent. We pride ourselves in having extremely clean and well appointed rentals, thanks for letting us know you felt the efforts.
All my best,
Great location, cute place; needs a little love.
Overall, our experience was very good. The location is fantastic! It's along a street filled with restaurants and shops—some rated Portland's best. We loved walking through the neighborhood, and enjoyed a few runs as well. It's a fifteen minute drive to downtown, and Washington Park, which houses a ton of Portland must-sees. The house is cute, and has everything you need. The house is setup great for kids, and even includes toys, highchair and pack-n-play. The only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars are as follows: the beds are not comfortable, and the pillows are terrible, and the twin beds make a lot of noise. I think beds and bedding are important in any vacation rental, so this place fell short in that regard. Also, the internet connection is awful. If you need internet, take a mifi or use your phone as a personal hotspot. And finally, don't do laundry before bed or nap time—the washing machine is super loud. Also, the outside patios need some love. My kids still enjoyed playing out there, but it needs to be cleaned up and maintained a little better. That's it, everything else was grand.
*I wanted to note we now have a better wifi plan. Seemed the issue was if lots of people were streaming devices at the same time, it was too much pull. We have solved that so that hordes of people can all stream to their hearts content! Also the pillows that we found more worn out have all been replaced.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you loved the location and the house. I appreciate your feedback on the washing machine, it was on it's last leg and we have a new one in there now. The bed comfort, is hard to please everyone, as it is so personal as to if one likes firmer or softer. Thankfully most people ask for the mattress info as they like them so much. The wifi we are working with comcast to come up with a better solution, as it should be perfect for everyone. Thanks for letting me know it wasn't working well, I am on it! And yes, after this year of forest fires keeping the exterior clean at all times was a challenge. This Spring we will be power washing the play toys and replacing the exterior matts. We hope that you come stay with us again and see all the items addressed!
Funky, environmental, and friendly!
Everything was clean. There were locally made snacks and a sweet note waiting for us. Whitney responded quickly when I texted her. The book with details and discounts was extremely helpful. We really enjoyed the photo book describing the property. We were close to everything we needed, including the bus stop. Great walking neighborhood. I loved Portland and this house was more than I expected. Thank you!
Yeah! Thank you for your beautiful review and for feeling the love and care we put into the homes. I am thrilled you had a wonderful time, please come stay with us again!
We really enjoyed our stay at Lower Gear...can't wait to return!
This was a super comfortable and clean home for our week long stay in Portland.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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!