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About Michelle Ruber
Myself and my Dutch husband, Klaas, are obsessed with travel, design, nature, hiking, and biking....We have combined all of these things into our vacation rental business. During our travels we constantly note what makes things feel unique and special and then incorporate them into our location. We want our guests to feel super comfortable. We can do this by making sure the kitchen is fully stocked, linens and towels are high quality, internet is high speed, the house is super clean. We also want people to feel that they are in Portland, not just anywhere. We do that by using locally made materials in the construction (tiles, flooring, art work), providing lots of info and books about the area, creating an insiders guide of our favorite places, and we have collaborated with locally owned shops who give discounts to our guests.
Michelle Ruber purchased this House in 2012
Why Michelle Ruber chose Alberta
I think our rental has many unique areas- from a large side yard filled with interesting kids structures to corn hole which is a game that friends can play and enjoy for hours. Inside the house has bike themed interiors from hanging tricycle lights to handle bar coat racks. We wanted the house to be comfortable for guests, so details such as reading lights above the beds were put in every room. We hope you love your stay!
What makes this House unique
This amazing rental is located in the heart of Portland's most unique neighborhoods, the Alberta Arts District. With 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a large living room, and all of the amenities you need to feel directly at home.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 11 (sleeps up to 11 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
Great house. Owner let us check in early because Portland was a ghost town because of Covid-19. Great house in a great neighborhood.
We are so glad to hear you had a comfortable place to stay while in Portland, despite the changing atmosphere throughout the city due to the virus concerns. We always try to offer early check-ins whenever possible...and glad we could for you, especially under the circumstances. Please stay with us again in High Gear or in another of our four North and NE Portland properties.
Great location in a really cool part of town. Had never been to Portland before so wasnt sure if I should stay downtown but this was the spot. Great restaurants and bars in walking distance. Would rent again. I guess my only critique is that the listing wasnt totally clear on the setup, it's one house with two parts which you can rent both but was sort of confusing in the post on how it all worked. But overall a great find and a great place to stay.
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed Portland and your time in High Gear. Being steps from some of the best eateries and shops is certainly a huge plus and why we chose that spot! We are sorry to hear the duplex set-up was confusing. It is not immediately clear that there is another unit below High Gear, as the entrances are totally separate and private...which we see as a plus. But we do hope you'll stay with us again in High Gear or one of our other N or NE Portland houses. Cheers!
A Great House in a Great Neighborhood!!
This is the perfect house for a stay in Portland. Me and my friends only needed it for one night, but being in the middle of the thriving Alberta Arts District made it a great spot for either a short or extended stay. The house has every amenity one could need as well as some added, thoughtful touches by the hosts. The neighborhood is full of options for dining and shopping, most within walking distance. Although we didn't have any kids with us, the house also has all the accessories and is well designed for a family stay. I highly recommend this property!
We were so excited to host your group in high gear! It sounded like a very special trip and we are so glad the house worked out for the occasion. Thank you so much for the nice review. We hope to see you again in the future in our Alberta Arts or Mississippi District houses!
Manager for Michelle and Klaas
Ideal Portland visit location
High Gear is a really well maintained, well located rental for large groups up on NE Alberta St, in one of Portland’s coolest neighborhoods. My wife and I had 6 out of town guests join us - ourselves from out of town, just not very far - for a weekend in this spot and I can’t say enough great things. The rooms are comfortable, the common space is ideal for sharing a meal or playing games, and the kitchen is really well equipped if you want to cook in. Highly recommend High Gear for Portland visitors, especially those who plan to explore more than just Downtown PDX!
We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed High Gear! The owners have worked hard over the years to make the house match what guests want and expect in a vacation house experience, so we always greatly appreciate the feedback. We hope to see you again in high gear or in another Shift property!
Location location location!!
Delightful home in the heart of the Alberta district! Exactly as pictured. Immaculate. Well appointed. Just a perfect place to stay for a trip to Portland! Walkable to everything!
Is simply perfect. The house sits in the heart of Alberta Street, Portland's most vibrant funky neighborhood. You can walk to a multitude of restaurants, bars, and stores. Inner NE Portland is centrally located so visiting other neighborhoods or going downtown is a few minutes drive. The house is 15 minutes from the airport. There is plenty of free parking on the street. The bus stop is 2 blocks from the house making public transport a breeze.