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Maggie Birlem

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish

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

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

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Overview

Portland and Casco Bay Area 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maggie Birlem (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, a little German, can translate Russian, Spanish

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 :)

Reviews

5
based on 68 traveler reviews

Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
average rating of 4.9852943 based on 68 reviews
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Third Time Is A Charm!

  • 5 of 5

For our third trip to South Portland (see our reviews from 2014 and 2015), our trip started off rocky (a big storm hit our area the day we were to leave!) but we were determined to pull off our vacation so we arrived a day late. When we texted Maggie to let her know we made it, she wrote "Welcome home"...and that is exactly how we felt!

The house will feel like home once you arrive. Maggie has thought of everything you would need- the kitchen is fully stocked. Bathrooms are supplied with towels and other incidentals. The front porch has a great swing and the backyard has a nice deck for meals or even a game of cards on the picnic table. Just pack your clothes and plan to take a quick trip to the food store, and you will be set for your stay!

As for food, in addition to our favorites (Willard Scoop, Scratch, Cookie Jar, Taco Trio, and Ottos), we tired a few new places. You must get a lobster roll from Bite Into Maine (Fort Williams lighthouse/park)- don't let the food truck fool you, it is amazing food! Terracotta was also great- very fresh food. We tried Dock's Seafood- good food and nice atmosphere. Being it was 4th of July week, a few places were closed so we ended up eating at our favorite places a few times- not complaining!

As for activities, hands down Willard Beach is the place the go. Clean and relaxed, with amazing views. Also there is a little playground just up the road from Scratch- a great place for little ones to burn off some energy. Fort Williams is a must see. We also ventured to Haven's Candies- you can go a candy tour and have the freshest taffy and chocolate. A shopping trip and lunch in Old Port is necessity. For little ones, try Tree House Toys and Little- great toys, books, clothing, etc. In the evening, we loved to go walking the streets by the bungalow- lots of folks walking, running, and children playing. It is a safe and very friendly neighborhood!

Our third time staying at Maggie's was a charm and is now our family's annual vacation. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did and don't forget to sign the little red book when you leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Clean, bright, well maintained vacation cottage

  • 5 of 5

Maggie's beach cottage is stocked full of kitchen supplies, fresh bath towels, oversized beach towels and plenty of laundry detergent. It's well kept and clean. For a family of four, it was fantastic to have everything we needed at the cottage to make our stay comfortable. Maggie is great and accommodating! She let us bring our dog and he enjoyed his stay. You can walk to Scratch from here and the beach is just a bit farther but walkable as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from a wonderful week in Portland and this house was perfect for us! My husband and I (and our dog) just wanted a relaxing week and we got it. Our favorite part of the house was the front porch with the swing! Not only is the house very comfortable, but it is in a perfect location. We enjoyed walking to the beach and to Fort Williams park. My husband loves to fish and there were so many fishing holes less than 30 minutes away! The house is in a very convenient location to so many things. We loved our time there so much we just booked a week for next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in nice area of South Portland

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay this May in Maggie's home. There's a lot of charm in this nice little bungalow and we felt at home relaxing by the fire or swinging on the hammock. There's plenty of natural light coming into the home and the kitchen was fully loaded, allowing us to cook a number of meals. It's located near a lot of nice restaurants in South Portland, and is only a few minutes away from Portland Head Light, so the location was perfect.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland Paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a little gem! Maggie has done a terrific job decorating this adorable bungalow. We felt like we were at home from the minute we walked in. It was meticulously clean in every way. She even had the little things from wine glasses to nail polish remover to dog bowls and even dog toys. Our 3-legged pooch loved her trip with us. She didn't want to leave. We had a terrific vacation and definitely will return. What a perfect spot! Thanks for everything, Maggie. J &J from MA (and Lucy, too)

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Cozy winter bungalow

  • 5 of 5

Although far too brief, my husband, mom and I had a wonderful stay at Maggie's gorgeous Portland bungalow retreat. The property looks like it is right out of a "Cottage Living" magazine, every corner of the home is a new adventure for the eyes! The fully equipped kitchen is wonderful and the fireplace (the center of the downstairs area) and living room is so warm and cozy that it is hard to want to leave the house. My favorite part of the rental was the antique soaking tub on the second floor which is centered under a skylight with a view of the stars!

In addition, it meant a lot to us that we could bring our small dog, who enjoyed snoozing in front of the fire and the pet bed which was so thoughtfully left for him. As for location, the cottage is very close to downtown, yet in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and cafe's nearby. Our personal favorite was the C.I.A cafe where we enjoyed oversized cups of perfect coffee and the most delicious giant egg muffin breakfast sandwiches! Also a great spot for picking up unique pieces from local artists.

We loved our stay at the Little Red Bungalow and hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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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

Portland Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$155
$850
 
 
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

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

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

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Amenities

Portland and Casco Bay Area Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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.

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