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Sunny Historical West End 2BR

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming large first floor 2BR, 1bath is close to everything in Portland!

Our charming and bright apt in Portland's historic West End is walking distance to everything: fantastic restaurants, museums, music, the West Prom, Old Port, and more. Clean, renovated, cozy. Gas fireplace insert, wireless, laundry.


Our historical house (in the West End historical district) was built in 1899 and is an 'American Foursquare.' It still retains its original features (high ceilings, hardwood floors, original windows, layout, etc) but it's been updated sensitively to make it very cozy and pleasant.

The apt is about 900 sq ft with two lovely bay windows in the front facing our very quiet street. We have a fully stocked eat-in kitchen with a table that accommodates 6; a living room with cable TV; and a bedroom with a queen bed. We also have a larger second bedroom with two twin beds. We can also provide a portable crib for a little one with advance notice.

The entire place is very sunny and uncluttered with simple furnishings and artwork. We love it and stay there ourselves as often as we can. It can accommodate 4 people very comfortably.

The full-sized kitchen is well-stocked with everything you need to cook with -- spices, pots and pans, microwave, coffeemaker, etc. The stove is gas. There is wireless internet throughout the apt.


There is ample off-street free parking on our street and in the neighborhood. If you prefer, there are two reasonably priced parking garages about 9 blocks from the house.

We have a washer and drier in the basement that you are welcome to use. There is also a full-service laundromat just a block from the house.


Since this is our Portland pied-a-terre, you are unlikely to see us during your visit. But we're just a text or email or phone call away and would still love to give you advice about where to go for great food (Portland is amazing!), hikes, music, etc. We also have an in-town Portland contact for any issues that arise that need immediate local attention (like locking yourself out of the house :-)


Our neighborhood is the most sought after neighborhood in Portland -- the West End. We are 1.5 blocks from Aurora's (an amazing upscale deli/sandwich shop) and there are numerous excellent restaurants and coffee shops within 1-4 blocks. A drug store and a natural grocery store are just 2 blocks from the house. The Portland Art Museum, the Arts District, and plenty of shopping along the main street (Congress) is only a few blocks away as is the Western Promenade --- a beautiful walk along the bluffs overlooking the working bay. There is a public pool 1 block from the house. The more tourist-oriented (but fun!) Old Port is also an easy walk. There's really no need for a car unless it's raining. Portland is a very walkable town.

Our street is particularly quiet as it doesn't connect anything to anything. The area is very safe --- mostly families and young people.


There are two city bus stops near the house. One is just on the corner nearby and the other a block away. You could easily do without a car altogether.

We are about 10 minutes from the Portland Jetport ($13 cab ride) and even closer to the bus and train station (easy access to Boston). We are also only a short walk to the major hospital (Maine Medical Center).


We don't allow pets or smoking. And we ask guests to leave their shoes at the door. So please bring slippers! (Although we have some you can borrow during your visit, if you forget :-)

Since there are 2 apts in the house and nice neighbors nearby, we ask that you be considerate about noise levels. Quiet hours: 10PM - 7AM out of consideration, please!

We now have a lovely gas insert in our fireplace!! It both provides ambiance and comfortable heat in the living room. We only ask that you turn it off when you aren’t home or go to sleep. Enjoy!!!!

More Details

Sarah Sloane-Barton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Sarah Sloane-Barton

We are two college professors and recent empty nesters. Drew is a Forest Ecologist and Sarah is an Animal Behaviorist. We bought this adorable historic house because we wanted an income property/pied-a-terre. Our college is in a very small town closer to the mountains and we needed some big city time! And we love Portland! We have been very successful hosts on another vacation rental site for 3 years (with a different property, of course!) and decided to give VRBO a try for this one. We love travel, music , and fine food. Portland fits most of those criteria :-)

Sarah Sloane-Barton purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Sarah Sloane-Barton chose West End

If you know Portland, you would know why we chose the West End. It's not touristy, but still has everything nearby. It still has an arty feel, but is undergoing tremendous renovations. It's safe and historic. Just walking the neighborhood is a pleasure. The West End is well known for fabulous restaurants, coffee shops, and museums. Everything you could need is within walking distance.

The house itself is adorable and solid. Lovely wood floors, high ceilings, but a modern kitchen and bathroom. And it has a classic fireplace that actually works! A nice mix of old and new.

What makes this apartment unique

The absolute best part of this apartment is the location. You are literally walking distance to everything. That's what we wanted in our pied-a-terre for ourselves and so that's what we got. Fine restaurants, musical venues, shops, museums, the Old Port, Arts District, Western Promenade, etc are all walking distance. You don't need a car except for, perhaps, access to a big grocery store. But there are Mom and Pop stores nearby, so that's good enough for us. There's a good bus system too, so you can get farther afield if you wish (mall, etc).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in West End in Portland

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath with bathtub and shower. Recently renovated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Sunny Historical West End 2BR
average rating of 4.65625 based on 32 reviews
Austin, Texas

Wonderful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

It was everything the owners said it was. Located in a very charming neighborhood with everything within walking distance. It was very clean and well maintained. Great restaurants just a few blocks away. I would not hesitate to recommend this place. The owners were very responsive to any questions we had. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being great guests and for your patience and help with the TV situation! You are welcome back any time :-)
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  • 5 of 5

Great area, clean, cozy and very convenient spot

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great spot, love the craftsmanship! Parking tricky

  • 4 of 5

Stayed for a weekend. Location great for walking to & fro, which is key bc parking is limited on street during the weekend. Apartment has beautiful old craftsmanship - wood inlay in floor, stained glass fixtures, carved mantle... Plenty of space for the 4 of us, and hot water for showers. Kitchen seemed well stocked, impressed by quality pots for a rental! No dishwasher but we didn't use many dishes.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home in a great neighborhood

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The convenient West End location is made better by this clean, nicely laid out apartment. Close to downtown and the waterfront, our stay was surprisingly quiet. We enjoyed the gas fireplace and the well appointed kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so please you enjoyed your stay. Please come again!
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Charming 2 bedroom!

  • 5 of 5

A great living space with a fireplace for everyone to come together and enjoy each others company, you won't even need the television on. All bedrooms have comfortable beds, but the master stands out due to the street view and great amount of natural light coming into the room. Aside from the Cleanliness and comfort of the apartment, you will appreciate the proximity to the downtown area while still enjoying the silence of a quiet street.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland Museum of Art
The biggest and best art museum in Portland. Just a 15 min walk from the apartment.
Old Port
Touristy, but fun! This is a pretty older section of the city with restaurants, bars, music...
Longfellow Square
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Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
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Local 188
Great food and a relaxed (but a bit loud) atmosphere. Right near Longfellow Square.
Petite Jacqueline
Fantastic French restaurant. Right on Longfellow Square.
Old Port
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Aurora Provisions
Love this place. It's a treat to step out, walk just 2 blocks and get a cup of coffee in th...
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.13
Damage Deposit £148.52

We charge a $200 fully refundable damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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