Want to relax a bit outside but remain dry? Curl up on the porch with a blanket and some hot chocolate. While you’re out there make sure to admire the hand-crafted railing and gaze out at the unique architecture of the surrounding houses.

Portlandia meets the Land Down Under in the fifth installment of our series on the city's host of hidden guesthouses. Originally renovated by Portland-based contractor Dave Rush, whose background in sculpture lends an artistic air, this meticulously restored Alberta Arts District home offers the perfect base for visiting family and friends (especially those with kids). Aussie Ash Howard, who relishes in the laid-back Portland lifestyle each year, snatched up the three-bedroom 1908 Craftsman home and opened it for vacation rentals in September. Inside you'll find a tasteful meld of Australian and Northwest decor, as well as attention to family-friendly details: cruisers with baby seats, plenty of board games, and an amazing treehouse for hiding out (when the rain is at bay). And your guests won't have far to go to enjoy a helping of truly Portland culture. Tin Shed, Salt and Straw, and boutiques like Frock and Tumbleweed  are all just steps away.

View our slideshow to take a peek inside this modern craftsman home.

Book it on airbnb.com; $350 per night (includes $75 cleaning fee)