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Maggie Birlem

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

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

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

Overview

Photos and Description of this South Portland holiday bungalow

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 rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maggie Birlem (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
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 83 traveller reviews

Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
average rating of 4.9759035 based on 83 reviews
5

An A-plus Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was wonderful. It was well appointed and cozy. The fireplace was perfect for the cold evenings. We enjoyed playing the board games and appreciated all those homey touches. All of us agreed the cottage was a perfect place for our Thanksgiving.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cozy and welcoming home.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to find a clean well-maintained warm house (it's November in Maine so that's important) in excellent readiness for guests. The little red bungalow is exactly as advertised; no surprises. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly. We have absolutely nothing negative to say about our experience in this sweet little home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming and cozy bungalow

  • 5 of 5

This conveniently located, open airy bungalow lives up to it's promise. With multiple skylights, the house was bright in spite of the weather and the gas fireplace was a big hit.

Our only regret was that because of wet weather we didn't get to enjoy the porch, deck or garden .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Adorable house within minutes of the city!

  • 5 of 5

This house is outstanding. It's walking distance to a few great places and driving into the city takes a matter of minutes. We took an Uber from the house to the Old Port and it was never more than 6 or 7 dollars.

It has a beautiful front porch with a swing so you can relax and enjoy your morning coffee. The back yard is great as well, it's small but you don't need anything larger...it has chairs and a firepit, I'm sold.

Every square inch of this place is functional and usable, we loved it. Tons of natural light coming through and multiple bathrooms were also a plus. The owner was exceptional as well, she answered all of our questions promptly.

There is a beautiful park down the street where we enjoyed breakfast one morning. Overall, great house, great owner, and we would absolutely recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Map

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

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow in South Portland, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
2 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$207
A$1,137
 
 
Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,607
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$254
A$1,671
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$201
Cleaning A$100
Tax Rate 9.0%

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

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in South Portland, Maine

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • City Centre
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • 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 flask
  • 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 , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    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 large double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • 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 - kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • ski
  • 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.