Location: Oakdale Neighborhood in Portland, Maine. 5 Min Drive to Old Port.
Accommodations: 3 Separate Units in one colonial home.
1st Floor: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
2nd Floor: 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths
3rd Floor: Loft with 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
Amenities & Perks: All 3 units come with Washer & Dryer, Strong Wifi, Televisions, Fully stocked kitchens with stove and dishwasher, Parking, Loft Unit has balcony.
If you're local to Maine and need a reliable contractor, get in line. If you're local to Maine and need a night or two away from your house after a year of quarantine, that line is also long.
...But, okay, I have a secret. I have both a reliable (and kind, knowledgable, shows-up-when-he-says-he-is-going-to) contractor who happens to own one of the best AirBnBs close to downtown Portland. We are currently putting on an addition to our house, and as it became clear we would definitely need to scoot for a few months to give them the space they need to complete the job, we started to search for some places to stay. After mentioning to our contractor that we just weren't seeing what we wanted in a rental for the period we needed, he casually mentioned he had a unit close to downtown that we were welcome to stay at if needed.
He's so nice that he doesn't even mention his unit in fear that people will feel pressured to take it when he's completing a project. And while I am hesitant to share my secret wealth of both a friendly contractor who completes jobs on schedule and who owns a gorgeous unit that he takes meticulous care of - here we are, friends.
Eleftherios ("Lefty") owns Ethos Carpentry and his AirBnB is in the beautiful, family-friendly Oakdale Neighborhood. You can drive to the Old Port in 5 Minutes, or take a pleasant 1.5 mile walk through Deering Oaks Park (and probably walk through an awesome Farmers Market) to get yourself downtown. But the best part of this neighborhood is you don't have to head downtown - some of my favorite spots in the city are not only in the Oakdale neighborhood, but about a 1 minute walk from Lefty's unit.
At the end of the street sits Rose Foods. It'd be criminal for you to visit Portland and not get a bagel and schmear from this spot. And it just so happens, my other favorite breakfast spot (when I've decided to pretend to be healthy for one full day) is Blake Orchard which is a 1/2 mile walk away. And the food mecca just goes on and on - there's Woodford Food & Beverage (get the burger), Bird & Co (any and all of the tacos) and my most favorite sandwich of all time (turkey with hots) at a true locals joint, The Local Press, is less than a mile down the road.
And you'll just need to cross Forest Ave and walk 5 minutes to be at one of the best walks in Portland - the Back Cove trail. A 4 mile loop with perfect views of the city.
And if you're not local to Maine but looking for an escape with your family or friends, but don't want to be on top of each other - this AirBnB setup is the perfect solution. Since the building is owned by one couple, it's easy and seamless to rent out the entire house. Rent out for a rehearsal dinner, wedding, family gathering, etc. Every family or group of friends gets their own floor!
We chose the second floor unit as it had everything we needed for a family of 3. Secretly, I dreamed about staying in The Loft by myself (listen, Moms need breaks, people!) but alas. And I have to say, these pictures don't really do it justice for how much space you actually get. These units are extremely spacious and gives every member of your family plenty of breathing room.
Lefty gutted and renovated these units and put a tremendous amount of love into each of them. When looking for a spot to stay, or a person to call to complete your dream home job, I'd start here.
The Loft: Unit 3
Second Floor: Unit 2
First Floor: Unit 1