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

79 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


South Portland Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

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

Maggie Birlem
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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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 :)


based on 79 traveler reviews

Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
average rating of 4.974684 based on 79 reviews

Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The pictures and reviews describe the house perfectly. If we find ourselves back in Portland, we would love to stay again at Maggie's bungalow!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home... we had an awesome vacation there

  • 5 of 5

It is a great place and the location is awesome. Quite street and 5 minutes from Portland. Great places to eat within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Cute and quaint!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this house. There are a lot of great restaurants and shops within walking distance and beautiful beaches to explore. The house is nice and cozy for 4 people and has everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. We'd love to come back and stay again if we make it back to the Portland area.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Still perfect second year in a row

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at the little red bungalow! We had a fantastic time! It's centrally located to everything, in a great neighborhood and has everything you could ever want in a vacation rental. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Comfortable and close

  • 5 of 5

We had a great long weekend here. It was central to our activities, some in Portland and some to the south. The house is nearly perfect for 2 couples. Modern but homey too. Thoughtful touches everywhere.... Hammock, porch, bikes, fire pit, books galore. The beds were very comfy too. I don't know how I could complain. Well the toilet paper roll was on to the back. I'm a front roll person. Yea we liked it that much. I hope we can visit our niece in Portland again soon because this is a great place to stay

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Loved our stay at the bungalow!

  • 5 of 5

This bungalow had everything we could have wanted and more! We were especially glad that we could bring our two small dogs with us on vacation. The area has so much to offer within walking distance. We were able to walk to the beach every day. My husband enjoyed walking to The Cookie Jar every morning for some blueberry coffee. There were many wonderful restaurants to choose from depending what we were in the mood for. My husband and I found that there were several craft breweries in the area which were wonderful. I wish I had brought a logo glass from one of our local Indiana breweries to leave at the house for future visitors to enjoy, as well as a Colts bottle opener to leave along side of the Patriot bottle opener already in the drawer!! I really don't think there was anything we lacked. The house is very well stocked with just about everything you could possibly need. Thank you Maggie for sharing your little red bungalow with our family! Loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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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
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
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!


Rates & Availability

South Portland Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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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South Portland Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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