Find all of the comforts and privacy of home in this light and bright, airy bungalow. Walking access to all that quaint downtown St. Johns has to offer--groceries, farmer's market, dining, shopping-- & a quick hop across the beautiful bridge to Downtown Portland and Forest Park, the largest US urban forest with miles of trails. The reviews don't lie--you'll love our nest!
High ceilings, lots of light, tasteful, simple furnishings and plenty of privacy make this home the perfect getaway.
Create a feast to share in the fully-stocked kitchen (all the high-end tools, spices, and basics you need for a gourmet meal--and them some), make memories around the harvest dining table. Many ways to brew the best of Portland coffee and tea! Groceries are just two blocks away (as are some great take-out options). Dishwasher, good knives, All-Clad & cast iron pots and pans, crock-pot, fuzzy-logic rice cooker-- we've got it all.
In the living room, relax and watch a game or movie on the 55" Smart TV with Cable, Netflix & Blue-Ray/DVD player, borrow a book off the shelf, pipe some tunes out of the bluetooth speaker. High-speed wireless internet, of course. There is even an upright piano. The couch is long, easy to sleep on and linens are available for it!
A comfortable Queen bed on an antique iron frame with quality linens is waiting for you in the bedroom. Room-darkening blinds help you get a good night's sleep. A dresser, closet with hangers, and mirror are standing by.
If you need a quiet space to work, you can escape to the large attic bonus room, where you'll find a work-ready table & chair, exercise balls, yoga mat, board games, puzzles and toys for the little people. Please note that the stairs are steep and not suitable for children to use unattended! The door to the stairs is in the main floor bedroom.
Behind the privacy of a high brick wall, the shared back yard features a gas grill, chiminea, gravity chairs, and party lights!
We use eco-friendly, free and clear detergents and never use strong artificial scents for those of us on the sensitive side. Indoor air quality is important!
Traveling with littles? We have much of the gear you need. Pack'N Play, High Chair, Baby Bjorn bouncy chair, Stroller, etc. The same goes for the kitchen-- if you are planning a special meal, we can easily provide kitchenware that we don't normally stock in the house, like a large roasting pan or food processor.
Do note that there is a separate 1 bed, 1 bath mother-in-law unit attached to the house. No space is shared with this listing except the back yard.
You'll let yourself in with a door code. You have full and private access to the whole front house, front porch with seating (where you can smoke anything legal, including recreational cannabis for the over-21s) and shared access to the back yard.
Early check-in may be available and late-night check in is always an option with the door code. We will accommodate early check-ins and late check-outs if we can. At the very least, we'll get you place to put your luggage while we clean!
Interaction with guests
We are as hands on or off as you would like us to be. The small, attached back unit houses your neighbor, Dorothy. Entrances to each unit are on separate sides of the house, so you may not see her at all during your stay.
We are always happy to provide recommendations for our favorite places to eat and things to do in our beloved city!
Other things to note
Permit number 15-230941-000-00-HO
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Check In/Out: Check in begins as early as 4pm. Please check out by 11 am. Let us know if your needs are different with plenty of advance notice-we love to accommodate!
Parking: One off-street spot is available. Please park on the right in the spot nearest the front of the house. Leave enough room for one more car to the left, please. Additional cars must be parked on the street. Please don’t block neighbors’ driveways.
Shoes: This is a shoe-free home. Bring your slippers or house shoes!
Luggage: Please don't roll your bags on the beautiful hardwood floors! They have another 100 years in them if we take care.
Keys: I will send you the door code before you arrive. There are also two keys in the lockbox. RETURN both keys if you use the lockbox, or let me know if you lose one!
Cleaning: Please do clean up any messes or spills. We ask that before checking out, you wash dishes used, run the dishwasher, and remove the linens you have used from the beds and pillows (mattress pads and duvet covers can stay on unless they are soiled). If you need any extra cleaning tools or solutions not provided, text or email Melanie.
Garbage, Recycling, Compost: Trash in Portland is only picked up every other week. You MUST sort recycling (under sink) and compost/food waste (next to sink) from garbage. Refer to the magnet guides on the refrigerator or in the house binder. Cans are on the North side of the house. Garbage in the gray, Glass is Yellow, Paper/Plastic/Metal in Blue & Food Waste in Green.
Backyard use/Outdoor Furniture: Please bring the hammock back to the mudroom after use. Rain will destroy it. Please exercise caution with the chiminea. Do not burn anything but firewood. Do not leave fires unattended. Do not move the chiminea.
Linens: We provide two sets of towels for each guest. If you need fresh towels or sheets, we are happy to get you more. Please text or email Melanie.
Extra Blankets: In the dressers in the bedroom and in the bonus room "closet" are extra blankets.
Air mattresses: Stored in the attic bonus room "closet". Please deflate after use. Please remove used linens before checkout.
Smoking: Smoking is not allowed inside the home, but there are chairs on the fantastic covered front porch and you won't be bothering anybody out there.
Quiet Time: Please Note: Dorothy lives in the back attached unit. Please do not make loud noise in the hall between the kitchen and bathroom. Play the piano? Please go ahead, but refrain from tickling the keys before 10 am or after 9 pm. That goes for most loud or obnoxious noises.
Extra guests/Visitors: We love to cook and entertain! If you invite folks over who aren’t part of your reservation, please:
Let us know if you plan to host folks not on your reservation
No more than 10 folks
No overnight guests not a part of your original booking request
Wind it up by 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, 11 pm Friday-Saturday
Ask your guests to be courteous of neighbors when parking/leaving. Be mindful of noise.
DO NOT LEAVE FOOD OUT: It attracts pests. We hate pests.
Not Allowed: No open flames/candles/incense. No smoking indoors. No Pets. No illegal activity, on the premises or on the internet. Do not enter or attempt to enter the back unit or basement.
Safety: Please exercise caution using the steep stairs. Watch your head. Do not allow young children to use the stairs on their own or leave them unattended upstairs.
If you break it: please fix it. Or replace it. Or let me know so that I can arrange to fix or replace it before the next guest arrives.
First Aid Kit: In the Bathroom cabinet
Fire Extinguisher: Under Kitchen Sink
Smoke Alarms/CO detectors: Don’t tamper with them. If you remove a battery or hear it chirping, contact Melanie ASAP.
Gas Shut off is at the meter on the North side of the house.
ONE LAST RULE: Please have fun!
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I'm one part crunchy hipster mama and one part frumpy bookkeeper. I am a natural hostess; it brings me joy to entertain, to cook and organize. I understand the meaning of it all when in the garden, in the woods, on the road or at the beach. I make a very kind cocktail and a perfect cup of coffee. But a good novel and a cup of tea might be all I need.