ArtFulLife II is an upper-floor flat in the same charming 1885 home as ArtFulLife and shares its unique art-filled aesthetic. Converted from what were the home’s original parlor rooms, ArtFulLife II is small but features a separate bedroom, partitioned off from the living room by a set of French doors. The bedroom window looks out over the building’s front porch to the street. The unit features 10’ ceilings in the bathroom and 9’ ceilings in the other two rooms, original Bay windows, and a gas fireplace believed to be original (however, the gas is shut off). It also has a 1940s kitchenette that has been modernized with Ikea modifications and new appliances. A retro 50s sofa, designer chairs, Mid-Century floor lamp, wooden blinds, and a TV stand that began its life as a library cart round out the eclectic, comfortable furnishings.
As for the art, you’ll see it everywhere throughout the flat, and it’s as interesting and unique as the furniture. Reflecting a wide variety of styles and cultures, the collection includes a large painting from Mexico as well as interesting conversation pieces that have caught my eye over the years. The bedroom is home to a portfolio of 12 photographs entitled Carved and Craved, which features fun and funky perspectives of historically significant statues from around the world.
The house itself sits in the heart of Portland’s historic Alphabet District and is situated just 50 feet off 23rd Avenue, one of Portland’s iconic shopping streets. Built in 1888 and converted to a duplex 20 years later, it was transformed into a sleeping house in 1940 for the war effort and to support Portland’s shipyards. Today it has nine separate, self-contained units. It’s an active, vibrant place, full of personality, with a clean, colorful décor that’s funky without the funk.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate knowing that the Alphabet District is a unique community named for its alphabetic progression of street names, and was added to the National Register of Historic Districts in 2000. A bastion of urban upstarts, it was home to Portland’s first neighborhood association formed over 40 years ago. It’s also known by the names Nob Hill, or simply Northwest Portland, and the shops and eateries here have always been among the best in the city. In addition, ArtFulLife II is only two blocks from the 23rd and Lovejoy light rail stop, making it an easy ride to/from the airport. You’ll find plenty of great activity options just a short stroll away.
At ArtfulLife II, you’ll be surrounded by the interesting and unconventional both inside and out. It’s the perfect way to experience one of the most exciting and inspiring cities in the country.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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