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Charming Home in Quiet Country Setting Minutes from Downtown

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-10)

UPDATE: There is a new school being built nearby. The construction noise can be disturbing from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Contemporary home with vaulted ceilings, with large deck on an acre with fruit trees and gardens, picnic area with fireplace, gazebo, firepit and off-street parking. Great place for kids. Owner is an artist whose home and studios are on the property. 10 minute drive to downtown, close to the zoo and Washington park, half mile to HWY 26 and a scenic drive to the Oregon coast.


The house has good appliances, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas stove, basic staples and spices provided. Fruit and produce available in season. Laundry room on the main floor, Living room has new furniture, a Baldwin Acrosonic piano, TV, Wifi, Upstairs, a larger bedroom2 twin beds and comfy couch with room for mattresses on the floor. All four bedrooms have windows overlooking a big very private yard. Two bedrooms have new queen beds, two bedrooms have 2 twin beds. There are books and magazines on the shelves, board games and puzzles if you want them. The host is available if you need something, invisible if you don't. Two dogs share the grounds. Guest dogs may be permitted but outdoor time must be coordinated with the home dogs. Theo, the Wheaten Terrier can be territorial, but he is happy to be in the car so others can enjoy the yard.


Our street dead-ends on both ends and is accessed only by a short street in the middle. It makes the neighborhood very quiet and safe. There are no houses behind us, but at this time construction of a new school is very loud from 7 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, There is a pleasant walking path around the neighborhood. The backyard is large with picnic table and a covered structure with daybed great for naps and reading. An old barn is one artist's studio, another studio is attached to the guest house. The grounds are lush with gardens and trees.

Surrounding area

The 10 minute drive to the city can be a scenic meander down Cornell Road through Forest Park, past the Audubon Center and directly into the picturesque Northwest and the Pearl District or a quick drive down 26 to the zoo, the soccer stadium and downtown. If a trip to the Oregon Coast is on your itinerary, a half-mile jog to HWY 26 gets you on the road with no city traffic. Washington County is wine country. Information on tours and wineries provided. Nearby Beaverton is a mecca for ethnic restaurants. A short drive to Forest Park has miles of gorgeous hiking trails. Summer time farmer's markets are great for local produce and entertainment. Oregon College of Art and Craft 2 miles away has exciting workshops for adults and teenagers and terrific camp for younger kids. Information on activities is available from your hosts.

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Mardy Widman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Mardy Widman

I am an active senior. An artist, retired from many years in student services at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. My husband, Harry was a nationally recognized painter who recently died of Alzheimer's disease. I stay busy with friends, day trips, our dogs and cultural events. I am an avid gardener and do all the yard work. I do my art work when I'm not digging, driving, dining, dog-walking or cooking. I have an active social life and love sharing our property with our VRBO guests. I am currently developing a new, more private area in the yard especially for guests. Watch for new photos. I live on the property and love to share it with guests. If privacy is a major issue with you, just let me know and I can disappear.

Mardy Widman purchased this house in 1979

Why Mardy Widman chose Portland

We replaced an old greenhouse on our property with the guesthouse. We rented to art students for several years and had a great time with the house full of young people. Now that our extended family has out-grown our house, we enjoy having the guesthouse available for our children and grandchildren's visits. Between family visits, we are happy to make it available to others through VRBO and HomeAway.

What makes this house unique

The yard is very big, has a rustic, country feel to it with lots of interesting, surprising spaces. The 'Perch' can be a great place for naps or reading, can be a theater (our grand kids made a fine village scene backdrop), stage for music (we have had several bands play there) or with the canvas curtain down can be an outdoor movie theater. There are a couple different areas for campfires and picnics. Kids love being here when the blue berries are ripe or the gardens have things to pick. Yet, we are minutes from everything Portland has to offer. What could be better if you want a country experience in the city?


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(46 traveler reviews)

Charming Home in Quiet Country Setting Minutes from Downtown
average rating of 4.847826 based on 46 reviews

Comfortable base camp for Portland adventure

  • 4 of 5

We had two families together over the a holiday and there was plenty of room to hang out and play the supplied board games.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beaverton home

  • 3 of 5

Overall the house fit our needs. Little things could be better - the compost is inconvenient during the rain, being outside on the deck under the dripping gutters; and the outside lighting needed repairs. The owner was very responsive to our requests.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Place!

  • 5 of 5

Mardy's place was perfect for our stay in Portland. We enjoyed it thoroughly!! Not far from the city, yet gorgeous trees/fall foliage views out every window. It was well supplied in the kitchen, & bedrooms, with towels, pillows, blankets. A few games and toys for the children too. She and her son were so kind and accommodating! Her dogs very friendly. Beautiful, safe neighborhood. She gave us wonderful food from her garden and fruit trees too. We cooked up the fresh tomatoes and basil with our eggs in the morning, and had fresh pears from the tree-YUM! She just went above and beyond! Thank you Mardy!!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so happy to have you here to share the bounty. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Come again!! Loved having you.
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Charming property just outside of the city

  • 5 of 5

Our group really enjoyed staying at this property. The owner is very friendly and welcoming to her guests. The location is great for heading into downtown Portland and surrounding areas.

We will definitely be staying here again on our next trip to Portland.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing to stay here..I would be delighted to have you back any time.
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Third time stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family LOVE this home! This is the third time we have stayed here. It's cozy, quiet and very comfortable for our family of 10 adults and one child! Mardy is such a nice person. She is so hospitable, but very aware of our need for privacy. We attended our grandson's wedding. We felt staying here was a minature family reunion. So much better then staying at a hotel!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always, it was a delight to have your family here. So happy that you are so comfortable in our guesthouse.
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Sweet stay

  • 4 of 5

Mardy is very nice. The home is comfortable and we were thrilled to have air conditioning during an extra hot weekend. The veggies and plums made our visit extra special and the short walk through the park to grocery shopping and restaurants was lovely. The Beaverton MAX station was super convenient. All around a great trip! We would stay here again for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Is there anything I could have done to make it better?
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cedar Mill
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 26
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Cannon Beach
Car: recommended

Our property is in unincorporated Washington County has a Portland address but is surrounded by Beaverton. Being on the Northwest edge of Portland 1/2 mile from Hwy 26 it is a congestion free trip to the Oregon Coast or wine country. Yet it is a 10-15 minute trip to the heart of the city. Washington Park with the zoo, Children's Museum, Forestry Center, Vietnam Memorial, Rose Garden, Arboretum and great hiking trails is minutes from us. Other places near are the Audubon Center, the Pittock Mansion with incredible views of the city.


Rates & Availability

Cedar Mill House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
cleaning fee $150

There is a one time charge of $40 for each additional guest over 7.
No additional fee for children under the age of 13.
Holiday rates apply for July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas with a 4 day minimum.
There will be a fee for parties of 20 or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cedar Mill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , plus a couch and pull-out mattresses
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Play and Pack crib available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Couch plus additional mattresses that can be put down on the floor. Pack and Play crib available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large quiet yard, old stone fireplace, picnic area, fruit trees, barbeque grill. private patio Owner's house is on the same property. Owner frequently has friends for picnics or gatherings. The yard is shared with guests. Guests may request private use of the yard. The entire property is fenced with an automatic gate.

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