Low Gear- Alberta Street 3 bedrooms
3 Bedrooms 1.5 Bathrooms House in Portland
from $222 per /nt

Property Details

A bright, spacious and beautifully designed kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with all your needs from coffee grinder to good knives! Dishwasher, micro, stove, ice maker- everything you need for entertaining. Flat screen TV with cable, dvd player, I-pod hook up, and wifi. Locally made art and materials showcase Oregon's finest talent. Comfortable and modern designed furniture with radiant floor heat = cozy space! Our welcome book holds tons of insider suggestions + discounts at local shops! Set a beautiful table or walk to tons of amazing restaurants. Half bath- beautiful concrete counter tops, reclaimed wood & designer fixtures. Large half bathroom. Beautiful tiles line the walls to the walk in shower with radiant heated floor. Clean, bright and spacious bathroom. Full bathroom with modern design and touches. We provide a hair dryer, towels, shampoo & soap. Iron and washer and dryer too! Reading lights, high quality mattresses will allow for a lovely nights rest. Queen sized, good quality mattresses will allow for a lovely nights rest. One of 3 bedrooms with a queen bed, quality mattress and linens. The upper house a 4 beds + 2 bath space can be rented for larger groups. View of the duplex from Alberta Street. Stay with us, we will take wonderful care to make sure you have an amazing trip. Picnic table, lounge chairs, and private patio make the outdoor area wonderful! We are in the heart of a vibrant arts st. A cool neighborhood, ideal location. Private rear entry with lounge chairs, charcoal bbq and dining table. A cozy hangout space is very welcoming and private. This could be you! Enjoying a glass of wine with your friends- nothing better! The side yard is shared with the upper rental and has corn hole, & other games A shared side yard has kids play area & plenty of space to run! The house is a duplex, the upper unit 444951, can be rented for large groups. A shared side yard has kids play area with a custom made play hive! Umbrellas are provided for your stay for rain or sun! Locally made products, like these tiles and counters are what fill the house. We have a washer/dryer, iron, pack n play, high chair, and stroller for you! Lots of artistic touches make your stay unique and special- our goal! You are in for the perfect breakfast at Tin Shed, across the street from us. The entire street has amazing stores, independent, locally owned! Outdoor patios, funky design, and amazing food pretty much sums up the street. Ethnic eats, or pizza, something for everyone and all prepared with love. Colorful inspiring murals and public art line NE Alberta Arts District. Many stores give our Shift guests discounts, like Frock, wow! Stores for everyone line Alberta St, this kids bookstore has public readings If you are a fan of native plants be sure to visit Thicket, this sweet nursery. Any time of year Mt Hood is stunning. 1.5 hrs away and majestic to visit. If you enjoy skiing Meadows, Timberline, Ski Bowl & Coopers Spur are all fun. Ohh the wineries of the Willamette Valley - 30 mins away. We have passes for you The views, the wines (Pinot Noir is our OR grape) and friendly folks= fun day! Forest Park is in the city and offers gorgeous hiking. Peaceful bliss. The Columbia Gorge, a 1 hr drive, is breath taking. We have suggestions for you. Lots of hiking, biking, wind surfing- fruit, beer & wine tasting in the Gorge! This could be you hanging on the front steps and watching the amazing street. Our name Shift comes from our love (and Portland's) of bikes.

Property Description

Make your experience in Portland as unique as the city itself by staying in our beautiful eco- friendly remodeled 3 bedroom space.

Property Details

**Please note that although we are listed above as accepting 1-night stays, we generally only accept 4-night stays during spring, summer, and holidays. However, we welcome shorter stays when the calendar allows, so please feel free to contact us about this! If you are interested in a shorter stay please send an inquiry first before instantly booking.**

Make your experience in Portland as unique as the city itself! Welcome to Shift Vacation Rentals, a totally remodeled vintage home in one of Portland’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the Alberta Arts District. Designed and created by Encircle Design & Build using reclaimed and local materials and loaded with luxurious touches including radiant floor heat, concrete counters, modern tiles and tons of natural light make this vacation rental a design haven.

Quick Facts:
3 bedrooms (2 with queen beds / 1 with two twin beds)
1.5 bathrooms
Patio
Laundry
Cable TV
Wifi
A/C
Fully stocked kitchen
Free On-street parking

This is a modern, bright and airy garden-level unit with a large, open living, dining and kitchen area and all the amenities you need (from wifi to coffee grinder) to live, work, entertain and explore Portland.

When you arrive, a large patio with built-in benches, table and comfortable lounge chairs greet you. Inside, an open living room, dining room and kitchen make a perfect place to hang out with family and friends. Three bedrooms allow for sleeping for 6 people, the couch in the living room or floor futon mattress can be used for extra sleeping space. The first and second bedrooms have comfortable queen beds with mattresses and linens. The third bedroom has two twin beds which can be pushed together to form a queen bed if desired.

What sets this place apart from others?
The location:
This inner Northeast Portland neighborhood is one of the coolest parts of the city. Alberta Street itself is lined with galleries, boutiques, several of Portland’s top restaurants as well as dozens of casual cafés and nightspots. Eat and drink your way down the street from Indian to Italian to Southern, slurping locally crafted coffee, beer and ice cream. Walking distance to several live music venues, a farmer’s market (summer) an organic food co-op and a top-notch restaurants. Minutes from the airport and minutes to downtown make it the perfect home base for an amazing stay in Portland.
One major perk about renting this house is the coupons our lovely neighbors have shared for our guests. Frock Boutique, Tin Shed, Bamboo Sushi, Mimosa Studios, Imelda's Shoes, and Eco Vibe Apparel, Crafty Wonderland and more....You get discounts to all these wonderful places! So eat, drink and shop- all a stroll away, and all at a discounted price!

The house is a duplex. The upper apartment, high gear, can also be rented for even larger group. It’s the perfect home base for wedding parties, reunions, workshops, family getaways, business meetings, etc. Need more room? No worries we have two more rentals in the chic Mississippi District a 5 minute drive away.

We are fully permitted and compliant with the City of Portland #TL90695

Amenities

Accommodations
  • Guests provide their own meals
Attractions
  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Parks
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo
Entertainment
  • Books
  • DVD
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet - Hi Speed
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Iron and Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cookware
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Dining Spices
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Leisure
  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Bowling
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
Local
  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services
Location
  • Downtown
Outdoor
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Deck/Patio
Sports
  • Basketball Court
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golf Optional
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • White Water Rafting
Themes
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Guest Reviews

Charming find! by Sarah Montzka 07/24/2018
Alberta is a fun and funky little neighborhood complete with nearby restaurants and shops (and great coffee across the street at Case Study Roasters!). We only stayed one night but appreciated being within walking distance of so many culinary options. Low Gear is clean, spacious and furnished a with cool, modern decor that still feels welcoming and cozy. Comfortable beds, awesome shower and well-stocked kitchen. It exceeded our expectations and met the needs of our multi-generational party (10 - 71 years old). Communication was clear and friendly. Thanks, Shift Rentals! We'll be back!
Great stay in Portland! by Amy McMorrow 07/02/2018
Our stay at low gear was great - all the comforts of home in a great part of town with lots of places to walk to and explore. The owners were very accommodating, access was easy, the kids had plenty of room to play both indoors and out, and everything was well-equipped and spotless. There was some nighttime noise from the street when the windows were open, but other than that we had no issue. Thanks for a great stay!
Excellent location and great house by Shelly Burkert-Fellers 04/06/2018
We loved the house and the set up of low gear. We could not have been happier with the location. 3 generations of our family stayed here and everyone was satisfied.
Beautiful Rental! by Kristen Sunkes 02/18/2018
My family and I stayed here for several days. The space is very charmingly decorated. It is very clean and comfortable. Located in an interesting neighborhood it was a great place to stay while we visited Portland. There were six of us and there was plenty of room!
Great location, cute place; needs a little love. by Tammy Jimenez 09/21/2017
Overall, our experience was very good. The location is fantastic! It's along a street filled with restaurants and shops—some rated Portland's best. We loved walking through the neighborhood, and enjoyed a few runs as well. It's a fifteen minute drive to downtown, and Washington Park, which houses a ton of Portland must-sees. The house is cute, and has everything you need. The house is setup great for kids, and even includes toys, highchair and pack-n-play. The only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars are as follows: the beds are not comfortable, and the pillows are terrible, and the twin beds make a lot of noise. I think beds and bedding are important in any vacation rental, so this place fell short in that regard. Also, the internet connection is awful. If you need internet, take a mifi or use your phone as a personal hotspot. And finally, don't do laundry before bed or nap time—the washing machine is super loud. Also, the outside patios need some love. My kids still enjoyed playing out there, but it needs to be cleaned up and maintained a little better. That's it, everything else was grand.
Fantastic Place and Location by Paul 08/17/2017
Fantastic place and location. 8 of us, 4 adults, 4 kids (3 of them ages 1-4) and we shared "Lower Gear". It never felt crowded, very comfortable with enough bedrooms and bathrooms. We loved the contemporary furnishing and artwork. The space worked out great for us. We all enjoyed then outdoor area as well with the kids loving the climbing hut, teeter totter, and we loved grilling and sitting at the picnic table people watching and watching the kids run around. Finally the location was perfect with tons of eating, drinking, and shopping in a few steps either direction. We must have hit the Tin Shed across the street daily (or more 🙂 and every time the food and service was fantastic. Michelle was super responsive and everything was as communicated so it would be hard not to book here again as the spot was ideal and we only scratched the surface after 6 nights of things to see and do.
Funky, environmental, and friendly! by Denise Kapaun 07/04/2017
Everything was clean. There were locally made snacks and a sweet note waiting for us. Whitney responded quickly when I texted her. The book with details and discounts was extremely helpful. We really enjoyed the photo book describing the property. We were close to everything we needed, including the bus stop. Great walking neighborhood. I loved Portland and this house was more than I expected. Thank you!
Fantastic Stay by Krista Pell 06/01/2017
We really enjoyed our stay at Lower Gear...can't wait to return!
This was a super comfortable and clean home for our week long stay in Portland. by Lois Braun-Oddo 03/04/2017
Loved the location. It was walkable to great shops, restaurants and coffee shops. There's no parking on site, but lots of space available on the side streets. There's a lot of night life happening in this area, so you will hear it if windows are open. We would definitely stay here again.
This house is sooooo clean. And perfectly located. by 12/17/2016
Great place to stay in Portland. We loved this house. Managed by professionals. Would definitely recommend it. In fact, if we're in Portland again, we will rent this unit, or the one above. (it's a 2-story house). Is located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, with several parks within walking distance. Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and a famous ice-cream parlor, all within walking distance as well. Great place to vacation!!!!
Great location and VERY clean!!! by Galey Doty 12/17/2016
We just returned home after spending a week in this cute little rental. First of all, this house was spotless when we arrived and that is a very important feature in a rental. The location is in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, within walking distance to our daughter's home. There are tons of coffee shops, restaurants, and small businesses everywhere along Alberta. The food is fantastic; some of the best we've ever eaten. We love Portland, but now, we especially love this particular neighborhood. It just doesn't get any better than this. I have to be honest and say that the first night that we spent here was rough due to very noisy neighbors above who were up all night and we could hear every footstep. The problem was immediately addressed by the owner and the rest of the week was just fine. We were grateful for their prompt intervention. We intend to rent this home in the future and highly recommend it to others.
Top Notch Place by Michele Silva 10/18/2016
We were in town for our daughter's wedding and chose this lovely place to stay for a week. Was top notch and we give it a 10! Loved the layout of the house...the colors and the decor.... We cooked a meal one night and it was great using the modern kitchen. Loved the concrete floors and they stayed warm all day...even when walking around barefoot. It was located in a great part of Portland..enjoyed many of the restaurants and all within walking distance. The manager Whitney can be easily reached if you need to get in touch with someone. A nice note and a bottle of wine was waiting for us when we arrived. The beds were so comfy!!! Thank you Michelle and Klaus for making our stay there wonderful and it was the perfect place for us to be able to enjoy our daughter's wedding! The Silva's
Great location, nice and clean. by Jim Bentley 10/13/2016
We had a great time and could not have asked for a better location! Due to weather, we had a last minute change of plans and this Alberta street rental was perfect. Friendly owners and great coffee just across the street. Thank You!!
Modern, clean and well appointed in a perfect location by null null 09/30/2016
Great neighborhood in Portland. Food trucks, second hand shops and funky art all make this a cool spot to stay. One block from the bus downtown too. Rooms were comfortable and the extras made it more so - check in amenities - nice bottle of wine, patio outside and plenty of room to chill. I was expecting it to be noisier being right on Alberta Street but we all slept well. We were here in at the end of Sept but I could see this as a destination in the summer because of the patio etc. I would definitely return.
Perfect location to experience Portlandia by Jeff Martin 08/06/2016
We rented both the high and low gear for a family reunion. The house is well appointed and modern with a touch of eclectic. The location is fantastic for taking in the local food scene with many options in walking distance. You have to park on the side streets as there is no parking at the house itself but this was not an issue. The neighborhood is in the process of transition and well along the way. You can sit right on the front porch to enjoy your coffee and soak it up. We used the public transit on all our trips to Portland. We would take the #72 bus to the Interstate station to catch the train to Pioneer Square. On the way back we'd catch the #8 bus from outside of Macy's to the stop a block away on NE Alberta. That takes from 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. You can get an all day, all modes travel pass for the bus, train and streetcar for $5 which is a great value. our kids found that part of the adventure.

The upstairs has AC but the low gear does not so keep that in mind if it's a hot time of year.

We really loved the loft master bedroom and bathroom in the high gear.

And our kids loved the resident cat called boo boo kitty. Apparently he's well known in the neighborhood and very friendly.

If you're visiting Portland this is a great place to stay for the full experience. Sure beats the downtown hotels we were originally planning.
The house was so cute and the location was perfect! by Cecily Hawkins 07/21/2016
We had an amazing time in Portland and Shift Low Gear was perfect for a bachelorette party of 8! The house was decorated cute and it was cozy and very accommodating. The location was amazing to just walk around and grab food or do some local shopping. I would highly recommend staying here!
Close to everything shops, food, buses...... by null null 06/12/2016
We enjoyed our stay, the beds were very soft. But I can say with the cold weather the floors and rooms were very warm. A little noise from upper floor, outside from the streets and the renovation in the back of us.All in all we had a good time. Would recommend it to our city friends.
Charming place in a nice neighborhood! by Jason Ragatz 04/22/2016
I rented Low Gear out for a 3-night stay with a group of 6 friends total and we could not have been more thrilled. The place is located in the artsy Alberta neighborhood and walking distance from several places to eat, drink, and explore some very distinct Portland establishments. Getting there from the airport was about a 20min Uber/Lyft, and it was even less than that to downtown.

The place itself was superb: clean, modern, and full of useful little amenities I hadn't even considered beforehand. They laid out bath towels and soap, and the kitchen came fully stocked with dishes. There's even a small amount of food and cooking ingredients keep there, with a loose "take some, leave some" policy.

The owners were also very friendly on several occasions and were very responsive when it comes to communicating (they did so via a property management firm). First, they got back to me quickly about having no problem forgoing their usual 5-night minimum for a 3-night stay in a hole on their calendar, which was a huge relief as I struck out in many attempts on Airbnb, some of which simply never got back to me. And then, they were able to accommodate an early check-in for my group. There's a lockbox outside with a key that made the whole check-in/out process a breeze, as well as general entry/exit with our group size.

I also adored the nice touch of being greeted with a handwritten note and a binder full of places to check out nearby (including a couple local discounts!). All in all I could not recommend Low Gear highly enough! We had a wonderful stay!
Well appointed, great location, will return. by Colleen Gibbs 03/20/2016
Owners did a great job making sure this garden apartment feels bright - High ceilings and good light. Efficient layout, fun decor, well- appointed kitchen. Great binder of information for things to do, places to eat. Loved the neighborhood, as did our teenagers and 10 yr old.
Great House in Fun Portland Neighborhood by Test Test 03/14/2016
Loved staying at this place! It's in a great neighborhood and actually sits on Alberta street which has great restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets. The house is comfortable and well-equipped and is a perfect base for venturing out into all that Portland has to offer. We were at the Oregon Coast in 90 minutes and the Columbia Gorge in less than 60 minutes. Downtown Portland and other fun neighborhoods could all be reached in minutes.
Perfect Portland getaway! by Laena Huffaker 02/17/2016
Low Gear was an amazing place for a group of friends or a family to spend a weekend (or longer!). The decor is great- lots of fun art and a variety of furniture and lighting. There are adorable scenes set up outside of the egress windows! Something fun to look at everywhere. The shower and radiant heated concrete floors were highlights; the place felt modern but cozy. Location was excellent- great coffee and brunch options across the street, co-op a block away, and lots of cute shops and food options on Alberta. We did get some noise from a party upstairs one night- some rooms were more impacted than others. There were lots of amenities, including a bottle of wine upon arrival. It had onsite laundry, dishwasher, nice towels, and parking on side streets was pretty easy to find. Highly recommend!
It Was Great by Kyler Christensen 11/01/2015
We couldn't park in the driveway beside the house but other than that everything was pretty much perfect and several things used for cooking were already supplied. Thank you!
Great location for family fun. by Linda Angie Ribowsky 08/28/2015
Our family of 4 adults were thrilled with our choice. It looked just like the photos and was just as clean. The beds were very comfortable, the house quiet. The kitchen fully furnished. It has off the street parking, a plus. Many wonderful restaurants and shops within walking distance. We got to meet the owners. A very nice couple who take great care of the property. They have warm smiles and have great taste in their decorations. Everything was well thought out. We would stay there again in a heart beat. We highly recommend it.
Perfect location for girl's getaway by Kathryn Toyne 08/19/2015
This place was fantastic. Upon arrival, there was a nice hand written note and a bottle of wine which was a lovely touch. We did some tourist things outside of the area, but every afternoon when we came home, we were so happy to have a nice spot to relax and unwind. I loved the entire neighborhood and the atmosphere. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice vacation.
Great place by Brian McGinnis 07/17/2015
Great place, great property, great location, great hosts. I would have given this place 5 stars but there was no air conditioning and Portland was nearly 100 during our visit. Other than that, perfect.
Wonderful house and neighborhood! by Nancy Wooley 01/24/2015
What a great Portland experience we had at this house! It was so urban and chic and the neighborhood was all everyone had said it would be! We walked across the street for coffee or breakfast, wandered down the streets at night going in and out of little shops and restaurants. We never even made it downtown! Our trip was short though. The house had everything we needed and we all really enjoyed the shower...separately of course! Even my 85 year old aunt couldn't stop talking about how nice it felt on a cold, rainy morning. We had a perfect weekend! Thanks to the Shift owners and management for everything.
family celebration by barbara thompson 10/30/2014
we LOVED this house! it was exactly as described, but the neighborhood was better than we expected. Beds were all comfortable, able to cook in the kitchens, plenty of community space, overall loved it.
The only concern was because of all the rain the steps going into both units were very slippery, so beware.
otherwise, it was truly wonderful!
great place to stay in a funky neighborhood! by Jim Serling 09/11/2014
We had a wonderful stay in this home. We had everything we needed, plenty of space, the house was clean, in a great neighborhood, great city. We highly recommend staying here. Wonderfully decorated, with lots of fun little artifacts and reading material. A great choice for Portland, and only 10 minutes from downtown, and very close to the airport and great hiking!
Exceptional quality and location by Marilyn Chladil 07/23/2014
My friends and I (total 7 adults) from Austin TX shared the Low Gear 3 BR, 1.5 Baths for a 5-night stay. The apartment was exactly as advertised, reasonably priced, and in a vibrant location with plenty of options for shopping, dining, and late night excursions. The nearby co-op grocery served our immediate needs for snacks and refreshments and the larger grocery was only a short drive away. The central location was an easy drive or bus trek to the gardens and downtown. The beds were comfortable, the place was well stocked for dishes, cutlery, and coffee makers, and there is a clean and well-stocked laundry room. We did not want for a thing during our 5-night stay and, therefore, never had to call Michelle to ask for help. We were very grateful for this smartly designed space and it added to the enjoyment of our vacation.
Great place by Sara Kozelisky 06/18/2014
We really enjoyed our stay at low gear. The location was great for getting to the rose quarter. The neighborhood wasn't to noisey at nite which was a plus for us since we had small kids with us. It was very clean and had everything we needed. We loved the kid play area. It wasn't huge but it didn't matter the kids used their imagination with what was there. It was nice to have a "private park" for them. We had absolutely no issues with anything, except maybe the filtered water from the fridge. It was very very slow. But we didn't feel the need to complain because it was such a little thing and everything else was perfect.
Loved looking out our windows to see different scenes. Star Wars scene was awesome!!

We would definitely love to stay again. Thanks for everything.
Excellent place to stay in Portland by David Treptow 05/23/2014
Our group, which had 13 members, rented both units of this house for a weekend. It was the perfect size and had everything we needed (including coolers for a road trip and bottled water because of a 1-day warning about the drinking water in the city).

It is in a great location, with restaurants, shops, and a brew pub all within short walking distance. Anything we wanted to do within the city was easy to access.
AWESOME location! Great for families... by Shay Davidson 03/23/2014
We stayed in low gear for 3 nights - amazing! Perfect location, stress free area with great eating / shopping options. We never heard a peep from the upstairs renters, although they may have heard us - we have 4 little kids. We have stayed in numerous vacation rentals and this place was the BEST. Cozy, clean, safe, professional, affordable. Thank you for making our trip to pdx so great!
Perfect spot for a family getaway!! by Julianne Smith 03/17/2014
We spent Spring Break at Low Gear and could not have been happier with our accommodation and the location.

Low Gear is situated with great access to downtown by bicycle (20ish mins towing 2 kids in a trailer), while the Alberta St neighbourhood gave us all we needed for excellent eats and entertainment close by (we have children ages 2 & 4, so don't like to stray too far in the evenings). The shopping on Alberta St is top notch - wonderful boutiques with a little something for everyone. We also found the Zoo and other attractions very easy to access by car along the highway.

Low Gear itself is awesome - funky, unique decor made it feel upmarket without feeling stuffy (read: easy on the eyes AND kid proof). We loved all the personal touches. Warning: the play hive was such a hit with our little guys that they often didn't want to leave to do any sightseeing. Some people may be put off by the sound of traffic (which is occasionally audible inside), but we actually found Alberta St to produce less noise that we had expected (it is the city, right?!). We will not only come back to Low Gear, but will recommend it to our friends. Thanks for hosting such a great visit!!!
Shift is the place to stay! by Denise Perez 03/07/2014
We had a great time staying at Shift. The home is beautiful! The owners were very welcoming and accommodating. I would highly recommend this place to any and all who come to Portland looking for a place to stay. We loved it and will be back.
Perfect Location by Andrew Ames 02/28/2014
This place is amazing. I rented out both units for a weekend. The place is in amazing condition and has everything you need and more. I cannot believe the location. It is walking distance to some of the best places to eat and amazing bars. I would stay here again in a heart beat!!
Cozy and convenient! by Blythe Simmons 02/14/2014
Really well equipped house with all the amenities. There were umbrellas, plenty of towels and it was super clean. Wonderful location. When I had a question it was answered immediately. We will recommend this rental without a doubt. We will be back.
Lovely, modern and comfortable rental right in the middle of the NE Portland action! by Stacy Short 11/26/2013
Our family stayed with SHIFT in Lower Gear over the Thanksgiving week, and had an amazing time. The apartment was even nicer than we had imagined, with lots of amenities and every detail thought-through. The beds were comfortable, the linens were great quality, and working with the folks at SHIFT was easy and convenient. Our kids loved the outdoor hive structure, and the toys/chalk, too! We had one question about the wi-fi in the rental, and the manager was immediately accessible and helped us get the answer we needed quickly and easily. As a side note, we didn't realize that we were right in the middle of all the fun shops and restaurants on Alberta Street, and were pleasantly surprised with how calm and peaceful everything felt just off this busy street, with the private back patio. As a bonus, there are lots of great coupons and discounts for the shops on the street, and we could easily walk only a block or two (or even a few steps!) to breakfast, for coffee, to a great grocery co-op, and for gourmet ice cream. We loved SHIFT, and hope to be back in the summer!
Fun, Funky place in a great part of Portland by Adrea Wheaton 11/01/2013
Low Gear was a fun, funky place to stay in a artsy, lively part of town. Great bars, restaurants and bloody Mary's within walking distance. The place itself was fantastically furnished and so artistically designed. The attention to detail was impressive and we all really appreciated the radiant heat flooring and the thoughtfully designed spaces. We would definitely stay there again!
Great spot by REBECCA DAVIS 09/13/2013
We had a great time visiting Portland. We were happy with this house. Everything was as described. Jen was very accommodating. The bus into town is only 1/2 half block away. There is a fantastic little grocery there as well (I wish I could take the grocery home with me). The restaurant across the street (Tin Shed) is fabulous. We ate half of our restaurant meals in Portland at that place. The area is very cute, lots of nice shopping. There was a barbecue grill outside that we used. We tried to use the oven, but someone had spilled something in it and the smell was overpowering. It was very convenient to have the kitchen and bathrooms already stocked with basics. The decor was adorable, however, the furniture in the living room was not too comfortable for lounging.There were enough nice towels for showers, but only one wash cloth in the whole place. I would stay here again, and recommend it.
Great, modern home base by Hamish Eisler 08/16/2013
This is a great, versatile place, suitable for a family weekend with kids or a group of friends (we were 8 guys in town for a reunion weekend). There are many interesting restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity and make for easy exploration. The place is immediately comfortable - it has been very nicely redone and there are lots of nice touches. The only downside is that you will need to drive to downtown if that is in your itinerary. But the ample space and affordability definitely makes that a worthwhile tradeoff.
Great place - here's our list of pros and cons by Linn Engel 08/08/2013
We recently returned from our trip to Portland and stayed in the Low Gear section of the home. It was just me, my husband, and our 14 month old, who isn't quite walking yet. I will just cut to the chase and list some pros and cons.

Pros:
-Great location! So much to explore in neighborhood. I enjoyed the Tin Shed across the street and the food trucks just a min or 2 away
-Bedrooms are a good size and comfortable. Each room has a dresser, but no closet. We were able to fit our pack n play in the room with twin beds, but I think one could fit in any of the rooms.
-Clean, modern, nicely decorated
-Dishwasher
-Nice communal outdoor area with some play equipment for kids and adults. Cornhole, play shelter, bin with balls etc
-Owners are very friendly, considerate, and responsive. We didn't complain about the construction going on next door since we are up early with our little one, but they actually gave us a bottle of wine and some ear plugs anyway.

Cons-
-This is no secret as the pictures show this, but there are no curtains in the common area. This kind of bothered us as we felt a bit exposed when we were there during the evening. Also, if our upstairs neighbors were hanging out in the common area, I felt like they could see us too, which kind of bothered me. All the bedrooms have curtains of course.
-It can get a little loud depending on what your upstairs neighbors are like (ie- how loudly they walk).
-No garbage disposal, but that is because they strongly encourage composting.

Overall, a great place to stay, but I did want to give people some details so they know what they are committing to. I notice a lot of reviews on VRBO lack any detail, just vague "it was great!". So I hope you find this review helpful.
Clean, cozy and charming by Hollis Way 07/04/2013
My girlfriend and I, along with her two kids, stayed here during the 4th of July. It was the perfect location for us. We enjoyed walking to Barista and many of the other shops nearby. We spent quite a bit of time in downtown Portland. With a 5 minute drive to downtown, it made for easy access into the city. The rooms were perfect for us and the shower was amazing. We love that Portland is so green and well, GREEN! That was a huge plus. I recommend playing cornhole out in the yard. It's quite addictive and super fun. This was one of our best vacations yet. Thanks to the great rental.
I absolutely loved everything! by Mike 04/12/2013
I absolutely loved everything about my experience from renting this property - the modern touches throughout the space, the price, the location, and equally important the host! Michelle was quick to respond to my constant flood of emails and questions and was extremely flexible and courteous with any special request I made. I could not have asked for anything better. My friends and I had such an amazing experience in Portland and many of the memorable moments came inside this charming space and in Alberta neighborhood. Will definitely come back soon, without hesitation. Thank you, Michelle!
The place was everything we hoped for. by Zoe 04/04/2013
We had a wonderful stay in this lovely suite. It was so great to be located right on Alberta street, so close to the neighborhood's shops and restaurants. Yet, it was surprisingly quiet despite being so close to a busy street. Michelle was great. Everything was so easy, convenient and thoughtful. The place was everything we hoped for. We loved the modern look, the radiant floor heating and the cats lounging on the back deck. We would definitely stay there again.
Family stay by jean hammond 02/28/2013
We chose this property because of its location. I wanted a place to walk to restaurants, shops, and the bus line--I wasn't disappointed. The pictures correctly displayed that it was tastefully decorated, clean, and the kitchen had everything you would want. Off-street parking was a definite plus. The owner quickly responded to all my questions.

If you're looking for a "base camp" for your visit to Portland, I would definitely recommend it. My adult children loved it. We will be back.
Charming and delightful! by Monika Reti 01/27/2013
I loved my stay at Low Gear. Great location, and a wonderful apartment with all the amenities. It is the sort of place that the owners have put tons of love and thought into - you can tell by all the details. I loved the fresh flowers! Michelle and Klaus were very responsive...and my stay was fantastic. I'd recommend in a heartbeat!
Best place to stay in Portland! by Anne 01/16/2011
This 3 bedroom was spacious enough for my 6 member family. It is perfectly situated on alberta within walking distance to many fabulous shops and eateries. The house was beautifully decorated and had many extra amenities we were not expecting, i.g. exercise bike, washer & dryer with detergent, bottle of wine, maps, toys for the kids, and many more. The renting process was easy and hassle-free. We will be returning to this property whenever we make our way back up to Portland.

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Daily Rate: $222 - $326 per night
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Taxes
Lodging Taxes - 14.50%
Fees
Low Gear Cleaning Fee - $95.00
Deposits
Refundable security deposit - $500.00
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made 30 days in advance receive 100% refund, minus any processing fees.
Cancellations made 30 -15 days in advance receive 50% refund, minus any processing fees.
Cancellations made 2 weeks before the reservation there is no refund.
Last updated 12/22/2018
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Last updated 12/22/2018

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