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Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace

Overview

About the property

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

If you can't find the dates you want, try our other two rentals in the same neighborhood! 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!

Want to bring your baby? Not a problem! We've traveled with ours too and what a nightmare hauling all of that STUFF! We have a pack and play, high chair, toys, etc. Please be aware that the stairs are not baby-friendly and it's very important to know this before arrival (although we've never had any complaints or issues, I just like to be very clear about it).

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.

More Details

Owner
Maggie Birlem
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Maggie Birlem

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 Maggie Birlem chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

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!

What makes this bungalow unique

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 :)

Amenities

South Portland Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
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 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 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:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(92 traveler reviews)

Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
average rating of 4.978261 based on 92 reviews
5

Terrific!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful private place to stay. The neighbors were friendly and helpful as was Maggie.

We had a great time exploring Portland with our daughter and it was wonderful to come back and enjoy the relaxing back yard.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful, beautifully appointed house

  • 5 of 5

And great location, near Willard beach and Scratch Bakery. Best vegan vegan banana cake in the world!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Quaint and comfortable home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time staying at the bungalow. We had everything we needed and our dog was so happy in the fenced in yard. Loved all the area restaurants and bakeries and our visit to the Portland Head Light lighthouse which was only 5 minutes away! We will definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Bungalow!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week at the bungalow. From the time we first inquired about the property right up through our stay, Maggie was extremely responsive and accommodating - a pleasure to work with. The house is exactly as portrayed - clean and well stocked with everything you need to feel relaxed and at home while on vacation. Location was great - quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the beach and a short drive to some great restaurants and local attractions. Great spot!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cute and charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great location and place. Awesome spring break week spent in Maine. Owner has thought of everything and we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Lovely little red cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I just spent 5-6 days staying at the cottage and really enjoyed it. Even better, we were able to bring our elderly dog along with us, which made much happier than leaving him behind in a kennel for our vacation. The cottage is adorable, tastefully decorated, clean, vintage-charming with all the modern conveniences, cozy... the perfect home base for us as we explored the city and area. House is well stocked with all basic household items. I think the only things we needed of our own were shampoo & bathroom soap, everything else was there. The only small negative for us was that the cable t.v. was out / not working for our entire stay, which was only a minor inconvenience at night when we wanted to enjoy some lazy time winding down after our days out-and-about. Other than that, everything was pretty near perfect. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • 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
"Within walking distance of the house, this amazing restaurant is reasonably priced, with exc..."
Street and Co.
"Definitely my favorite restaurant in Portland! Make a reservation and make this your special..."
Lobster Shack
"The best place for a lobster roll and a stunning view! It's BYOB and worth any line there ma..."
Willrd 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 Barpub
0.1 Miles
David's
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Purpoodock
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
295
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
David's
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Sunday River
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Willard Beach

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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Rates & Availability

South Portland Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,950
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$190
$1,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 9.0%

We warmly welcome dogs. There is a $10/night pet fee.

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