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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!

71 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday bungalow in South Portland - Stone Drive

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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 - 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 :)


based on 71 holidaymaker reviews

Adorable, light-filled bungalow near beaches and downtown - pet ok!
average rating of 4.971831 based on 71 reviews
Riverdale, NY

Our favorite place in the world!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth (!) year staying in the little red bungalow. It has truly become our home-away-from-home and this is due not just to how accommodating and accessible and gracious the owners are, but also because the bungalow has everything you could possibly need to enjoy your vacation, and is itself a little piece of paradise. The listing on homeaway doesn't even do the property justice-- it's immaculate, the kitchen is fully-equipped and the beds are super comfortable. Make sure to take advantage of all the walking-distance bakeries and restaurants (the burgers at David's!). We took the ferry to Peak's Island (15 minutes from Portland pier) and rented bikes and had lunch there-- highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation home!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four and our golden retriever stayed at Margie's delightful

Little red Bungalo last summer. We wanted to write the review this summer as we remember our vacation. It was a fantastic rental can't say enough about Margie and her hospitality and her flexibility if we are ever in the Portland area again we will return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Beautiful home for a vacation filled with beautiful memories!

  • 4 of 5

Thank you to Maggie and her family for giving us a beautiful temporary home for our vacation in South Portland. The house was exactly what we needed. We looked at many prior to committing, but none really gave us that "home" feeling. As soon as we walked in the door of the red bungalow, we knew it was going to be a great week! Having small children I was nervous that we would be tip toeing around the property, but we didn't feeling that way one bit. The location was a quick 10 minute walk to Willard Beach (our favorite beach that is a secret to most). We went over to Portland one day for shopping in the Old Port and gelato! Mmmm......

We look forward to having this special place a part of our family tradition going forward!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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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!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
7.9 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in South Portland, Portland - Casco Bay Area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £114
Cleaning £57
Tax Rate 9.0%

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

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

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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 Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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