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Box & One Lofts in Portland

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Stay in a veritable caricature of Portland!

A single unit above a tiny micro-brewery, Coalition Brewing.  Next to Crema, the best bakery/coffee house in town.  (All are part of the award-winning Box & One project.)  Enjoy one of Portland's famous villages and enjoy the true character of this town.  No need to drive - walk to any of a dozen wonderful restaurants (Pambiche, Navarre, Ken's Artisan Pizza, Tabla, Il Piatto, etc), a quaint Whole Foods grocer, a beer-and-pizza movie house (Laurelhurst Theater), and any number of fun, quirky retailers.

The loft was in the past the upstairs commercial kitchen to Noble Rot, the award-winning restaurant that has located a mile down the road.  But they left their wonderful kitchen!  This is both good and bad.  If you love cooking, good food (by your hands, or via the neighborhood food scene), and the 'flavor' that a non-Pearl-District eastside village one-off loft offers, you'll love this place.  If you are particular, bordering on uptight (I can't think of a better way to say it .... sorry.), and see worn-paths of 8 years of sous-chefs and line cooks walking from stove to ice mackine to dry good storage to refrigerator as anything but floor art, you're best off staying in a newer space.  If you need a doorman, you're best off skipping the Box & One.

A pair of city bikes with locks and helmuts are now onsite.  SE Ankeny is, after all, one of the best bicycle streets in town.  (Look out the huge window at 8 AM or 5 PM; bikes will outnumber cars 5-to-1.)

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The loft is 1,100 sq.ft., is heated via a 6" thick, radiant concrete floor slab, has open-webbed ceilings, and 2 industrial glass garage-doors-as-windows.  (The project is featured in Michael Crosby's coffee table book "Living Together.  Multi-family Housing.")  The loft includes a Cal King bed, a full bathroom with stacking full-sized washer/dryer, and the large kitchen/dining/living area.  There is also a small covered balcony.  Wonderful local art adorns the walls, there's free internet access, and a nice flat-screen TV with cable.

activities and attractions in Portland Oregon

Inner East Portland is a vibrant quilt sewn together by its patchwork of flavorful villages, and none of the villages is more interesting than E 28th Ave.  It is a foodie paradise, and home to "28th Feast".  It is quintessentially Portland - quirky and fun and cocksure and weird.  

The Box & One is an easy bike ride to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Laurelhurst Park, the Hawthorne and Belmont villages, Hollywood farmer's market, the Eastbank Esplanade, Downtown, and the Pearl.  Heck, this is Portland; everything's close (enough).

vacation rental rates

Rates do not include a $75 cleaning fee and 11.5 percent hotel tax.

Move-in will be 4 PM.  Move-out will be 11am.  Of course if there's nobody moving in right behind you, there's no hurry to move out.  Eventually I guess.

There will be a $25 fee per week per dog.  I'm not that excited about cats.  Sorry.

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Amazing loft in amazing Portland neighborhood

Review submitted: April 8, 2014   Date of arrival: March 28, 2014

Great place to stay during a long weekend in Portland. The loft is located in a great neighborhood close to plenty of restaurants, breweries, cafes, bakeries, and yoga studios. Plenty of street parking available. Short car drive away from downtown and other great Portland neighborhoods or you can use the bicycles provided to tour the area. The loft itself is spectacular. Professional kitchen, comfy bed, lots of Portland charm...felt like a home away from home. Special thanks to Emily for helping suprise my wife with flowers and an amazing cake (from Crema) when we arrived for my wife's birthday. Will definitely stay here again for our next visit to Portland.

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A fun and unique lodging experience!

Review submitted: September 30, 2013   Date of arrival: September 18, 2013

My wife and I spent five nights at this property and it was a lot of fun! Located right above a brewpub with a large garage door to open up to the neighborhood was a unique expereince, to say the least. We were able to enjoy the great vibe of the area without being disturbed one bit by any noise from the pub. The large commercial kitchen added to the uniqueness of the property, although we didn't utilize it much. There were simply too many great restaurants within walking distance. Two that shouldn't be missed are The Screen Door and Ken's Artisan Pizza. I should note that the large gas stove does emit a fairly strong gas scent. However, if you have the garage door even slightly open, you won't notice it. We will definitely return.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car

Owners response: Thank you for all the kind words! As for the stove, it is restaurant style, so the pilot lights are left on 24/7. This can cause a bit of a smell. We have it checked regularly and we have been assured that it is normal for this type of range!

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Only in Portland Experience

Review submitted: July 3, 2013   Date of arrival: June 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I spent two nights at this loft during the Summer months. Our experience was unique and extremely enjoyable. Being able to open up the garage doors for an open air apartment made us feel like we were staying at a hybrid of a firehouse and treehouse.

We cooked dinner in the full scale kitchen one night and visited one of the many local restaurants the other. For a few food fans, we couldn't be happier.

We rode the two bikes provided with the apartment the entire weekend. I couldn't think of a better way to experience Portland. This mode of transportation was worth the price of entry alone.

The location couldn't be better. Strolling down the street each evening to grab ice cream or a drink made the experience feel like Summer Camp. Having a brewery directly beneath the unit for the regular half-pint couldn't be beat.

This was the best VRBO experience that we have ever had.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


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