Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Quaint 1926 Portland Cottage-recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. comments: 'adorable', 'idyllic', 'magical', 'peaceful and relaxing'. Newly restored and renovated: hardwood floors, original wood burning fireplace, period molding and fixtures, a brand new fully equipped kitchen including a Nespresso coffee maker, and a NW Native Garden designed by Habitat Restoration NW outside your bedroom window! Centrally located in SW Hills, on bus line, steps from Vista Spring Cafe, The Heights Antiques, Ainsworth Elementary School (you will hear the laughter of children on school days), and miles of hiking trails. Within walking distance of Portland's NW 23rd St (featuring some of the cities trendiest restaurants, brew pubs and boutique shops), Strohecker's market, Washington Park (with its Zoo and Rose Garden), Providence park (home of the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams) and Forest Park (the largest natural urban forest reserve in the U.S, with 5000 acres of hiking trails) An easy commute to OHSU and Beaverton.
Vista Cottage is the perfect home base for a business executive looking for a hotel alternative, a couple on holiday, or anyone looking to immerse themselves in Portland life and culture. Thanks to all past and future guests of Vista Cottage I will be donating 10% of proceeds in 2015 to the Portland Rescue Mission- Burnside Shelter in Old Town.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 660 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books:

    books, periodicals, maps highlighting diverse local attractions ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    The cottage garage is home to a washer and dryer with room for bike storage. Parking for automobiles is free/non-permit street parking along side the cottage- very safe neighborhood ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker:

    coffee, tea, hot coco and spiced cider mix provided...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave:

    small microwave...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    basic condiments, herbs and spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 49 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
winter season
Nov 17 - Feb 29, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$868 $2,980

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • cleaning fee $85 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12.5%


1 or 2 night stays possible as schedule permits

20% discount for stays of 7 days or longer- note that this discount may not be reflected in the "quotable rate"

will consider pet guests for an additional fee

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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Owner info

About the owner: The Vista Cottages caught my attention 15 yrs ago...

Why the Owner Chose West Hills:
Fred Leeson for the Oregonian: Nothing tells us what Iver Bohnsen was thinking when he set about developing an 8500 sq foot lot in upscale Portland Heights in 1926. The German born grocer had opened Portland Heights Grocery (now Vista Spring Cafe). He knew that the current houses in the neighborhood were...(large)... and that his customers and neighbors opposed apartment buildings and commercial buildings in their hilly, affluent neighborhood. But he also knew that Portland's population was booming...From the outset, the small one bedroom houses were popular rentals for singles, young couples and widows. Now the five tiny units bear the distinction that many of the far larger neighbors do not: as a recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Robert Mawson, vice president of Heritage Consulting, helped compile history to support the registry nomination. 'We have been doing this for 25 years, and to our knowledge there isn't any other complex like this in the city', he says.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottages were born...five of the tiniest homes almost anywhere in town...'pocket houses' of the 20's

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Historic Vista Cottage

    Historic Vista Cottage

  • bedroom- queen bed

    bedroom- queen bed

  • Vista Avenue Cottages circa 1950

    Vista Avenue Cottages circa 1950

  • lower level (garage) laundry/bike storage

    lower level (garage) laundry/bike storage

  • kitty not included

    kitty not included

  • Entryway


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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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