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Restored Two-Story Carriage House in the Heart of Seattle!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath (Sleeps 6-7) - Historic charm with modern amenities

Hansel and Gretel meet Restoration Hardware in this magical, two-story carriage house!

A wonderful place for enjoying your time in Seattle. Part rustic hunting lodge - part romantic cabin. Very private, very classy and very fun! Comfortable and well equipped for all of your needs.

Situated at the intersections of Capitol Hill, Eastlake and Portage Bay neighborhoods which are very central to all Seattle has to offer and a really cool area to call home while you explore Seattle and really get a sense of enjoying city life.

Walk to wonderful restaurants, party at the hip Pine/Pike corridor, watch the sunset from the West side of our location, and the sunrise just down the hill....both within a very short (5 minutes?) walk. Super quick drive or very short cab ride downtown, walk to U-District, Gas Works Park the Arboretum, Broadway, Madison Park, Volunteer Park, and bike just about anywhere on the Burke-Gilman trail just across the bridge or at the extreme mountain bike course (look up 1-5 Colannade Mountain Bike Park). Jump on a paddleboard or rent a kayak just on the other side of the bridge as well - (Check out Aqua Verde Paddle Club and Cafe :) Skiing and tubing is an hour away at Snoqualmie Pass, or you can go wine tasting at Chateau St. Michelle or check out Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. White water rafting is about 60-90 minutes as well. There is a lot to do here!

Families will love the separate spaces on the top floor and main floor, hidden nooks, shelves and shelves of games and toys for ALL ages, enjoy the rustic and comfortable features and careful attention to every detail.

Totally refinished with all modern amenities including Rinnai water heater(never out), gas range, stainless steel appliances, air conditioning, stereo system, high speed internet, cable for two tv's, xbox, tons of movies, games and books.

Sleeps quite 6 comfortably, and 8 if necessary with very comfortable beds with down comforters, wonderful linens and mattresses including a tempurpedic. Two main bedrooms on first level, and space for at least 4 with one bed and a futon and a 'secret nook' on the second floor.

Two fireplaces, full - subway tiled bathroom with chandelier, fantastic modern and rustic lighting throughout. Full kitchen with dishwasher and all of the necessary equipment to entertain, cook and prepare meals or relax and open a bottle of wine and party with friends!

This is a great place that has been enjoyed by families, (in fact a group of 9 were very comfortable here), friends, girls weekends, guys weekends, wedding parties, and extended stays. The courtyard and location of the house give this place real added private feel in the middle of the city.

It really is a great place to enjoy a vacation or get away! Let me know if I can help you plan anything, or if you have any questions that I can help with. We love this place, and really want you to be able to enjoy your time here too.

Managed by 'ex' Four Seasons Hotel employee and clean freak.

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More Details

Jill McCormick
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Jill McCormick

We have lived all over Seattle and love the Capitol Hill, Eastlake neighborhoods and have now, are enjoying the wonderful views of Portage Bay! This is a wonderful community tucked at the edge of four wonderful water features: Lake Washington, Lake Union, Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.

The picture above is prior to any renovation when home was still in its 'primitive' state :)

Jill McCormick purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jill McCormick chose Eastlake and Portage Bay

This is the most unique and charming property I have ever seen. Everyone who comes into the carriage house and the main house are charmed by the striking differences between the two era's (10's and 50's).

I understand the selection process you are going through, and have been through it multiple times of my own. It is hard to decide how to spend your money and make sure that the time you have away is not disappointing.

This home is really meant to be a vacation rental. Everything inside is designed for your comfort. It is not cluttered, it is thoughtful. There are no weird smells, or cheap features. This is a quality home with careful attention to detail and charm.

We look forward to continuing with the care and attention that older buildings require, as this one is certainly worth having around! We take every opportunity to make it a better place at each check in and out.

What makes this cottage unique

I think among other things that people find charming about this house, is that it was actually a functioning carriage home for many years. The actual 'carriage doors' were given to a restoration company when we purchased the property. The bedrooms and kitchen were horse stables and the bathroom was the tack room. The spiraling stairway up to the top was where they stored the hay!

It is made of stone and very thick insulation so that the upstairs area is actually very insulated from the downstairs area.

I can not imagine a more unique - historical property - so close to the city and walkable to neighborhood hot spots.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jill I wanted to take a moment and let you know how wonderful your little house was for us!

LOCATION, location, location! Easy on and off with the I-5

It was so great to have a kitchen--you had every pot and pan needed! Yes the steamer basket was great to steam the whole crabs!

Tea pot and coffee maker was Ideal---the added supplies really saved us--tea, coffee, creamer, sugar and sweet & Low- salt and pepper !!!

The baking dishes- pie pan, rectangle pans , sheet pan and even cup cake pans, WAS PERFECT! ( was looking for a mixer or blender for baking but just wipped with my hand! it was fine)

Your outdoor area was IDEAL- & perfect-- BBQ, tables, chairs MUSIC was great--and yes the chickens---those eggs really came in handy! lol The bamboo skewers sticks came in handy also for the seafood Kabobs. THANKS- my nephew enjoyed his birthday on the patio

Your bathroom was beautiful- the added soap, shampoo and conditioner was excellent!!! all of the linens was great- thanks for the laundry soap too! Blow dryer, straightener was great, iron also came in handy! ( not sure if you had a folding ironing board- just used the bed! )

The loft area was perfect for the two teen boys to get away from us adults! :)

We loved our time in Seattle. The weekend was perfect---went to hike Mt Rainer, rattle snake lake for a hike to the cliff ledge, Leavenworth for rafting, then to Anacortez, Oak Harbor and Deception Pass- was absolutely beautiful! We had the chance to visit new IN LAWS in La Conner--cute little town--want to return for the tulips! :)
Jun 2015
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Eastlake and Portage Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hair dryer, and all linens and soaps provided.
  • 1 full bath with chandelier, subway tile throughout, bath tub and shower. High quality linens provided as well as soap, shampoo, conditioner and many extras that may arise.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Reading nook - 1 child bed , Small little nook where small children 'love' to sleep :),
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private room, main floor with luxury linens & feather duvet
    Loft - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Semi Private spaces, sleeps 4 total on top floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private room main floor with luxury linens & feather duvet
  • Main floor features two queen size beds in private bedrooms. One bed is a TempurPedic and the other is a luxury Serta mattress. Both are encased in mattress protectors and have luxury linens including 550 fp duvets. Pillows are of top quality and are also encased in pillow protectants. The top floor - loft area, has a very comfortable full bed which also features a 550 fp duvet and wonderfully comfortable 'seasonal' sheets. The futon is typically set up for tv viewing, but has wonderful linen options tucked cleanly away in the upstairs linen closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
If you should require anything further to make your stay more comfortable, such as some stocked items at arrival, please let us know! We have good relationship with massage therapists who love to do work here. We can also make great recommendations for local activities and anything near by. We love this part of Seattle, but know most of it very well.


Enjoy relaxing at the Carriage House or walk to nearby attractions.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jun 29, 2016

The Seattle Carriage House was the perfect place for the VRBO Bear and his friends to stay while we enjoyed our time in Seattle. Jill, the homeowner, did a fantastic job making sure that we had everything we would need for our stay. Upon arrival, the house was sparkling clean and completely prepared for our group. The four of us stayed comfortably in the house, and we easily could have had room for more! By far, our favorite feature of the house was the beautiful courtyard in the rear. To make the already unique location even more special, there is a chicken coop in the courtyard! The location in Capitol Hill was perfect as we were able to walk to many of the nearby attractions. Many of the other neighborhoods are just a short car ride away. Our entire group loved the Seattle Carriage House and cannot wait to stay there again!

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Restored Two-Story Carriage House in the Heart of Seattle!
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Like a house out of a fairy tale

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay at the carriage house. Jill was very accommodating with our late check in and when we arrived we were greeted by music playing and a nice bottle of wine so we instantly felt right at home. My traveling companion had a lot of fun feeding the chickens and was even able to collect a few fresh eggs for breakfast. We really enjoyed the back yard fire pit and the twinkling lights in the trees created a lovely atmosphere. There are a handful of restaurants within easy walking distance plus a small market which stays open pretty late and it was a quick Uber ride to the more happening neighborhoods. It really is a little oasis in the city and we would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing to stay at our carriage house while you enjoyed Seattle! We appreciate the lovely review and are so happy you enjoyed all the little things :) It was lovely to meet you both- come back anytime!!
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Wonderful time at the Carriage House

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time at the Carriage House. A great location, adorable home, fun chickens, comfortable beds, great holiday decorations. Every detail was taken care of for us and the house had everything we needed. Jill was incredibly accommodating for our group and upon our arrival we were welcomed with festive music playing and the heat on in all the rooms. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location !

  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend exploring Seattle, Jill’s Place was a perfect spot for it. Walking distance to restaurants and shops, very close to the water and not far to Capitol Hill! The house itself was very smart and cosy. Although it seems fairly small it was plenty big for my group of 8!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, convenient and great for families with kids!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great visit in Seattle despite being short. Their house was in a great location and had everything you would need along with charm to make it feel like home. The kids loved playing upstairs and playing with the chickens. When we return to Seattle, we will definitely consider the carriage house again.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome place so charming great hosts great location

  • 5 of 5

Would stay again for sure thanks

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Charming, great location

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the Carriage house! We were in town with our three teenage daughters for a wedding and everything about our stay was amazing. The home is darling and every detail was thought out, bathroom amenities, books and games, a basket in the fridge saying feel free to get eggs from the chickens, to milk duds and popcorn for game night. The highway is literally right next door to the home and you can hear the cars, but the owners had two fans and white noise machines in every room (and earplugs available) and after the first night we didn't even notice it. We were walking distance from everything. We had rented a car and Parking was never an issue - we always had a spot out front. We had a bit of a mixup on my end with the reservation and the owner was very accommodating about it. I would highly recommend the Seattle Carriage house.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pike Place Market
Check out the Can Can late night burlesque show here after hours.
Space Needle
Dinner at the top can be pricey, but for a special occasion is really fun! Be sure to bring...
Seattle Waterfront
Cool for a stroll and bowl of clam chowder
Gum Wall
Great improv place right next door, check that out and the bar across from the gum wall
Washington Park Arboretum
Great park for walking around and getting lost on trails. Superb for running and really coo...
Dicks Drive-In - 45th St.
Classic late night munchie joint.
Theo Chocolate
Cool chocolate tours, and great neighborhood. Grab a Fremont walking map and make a "hunt" o...
Molly Moons Homemade Ice Cream
Many a late night runs are made here....get the Salted Carmel!
The Pink Door
Cool trapeze show on weekends. GREAT summer deck, cool Post Alley address.
Portage Bay Cafe & Catering
Yummy and healthy! Usually a line to get in, but pretty tasty. Your dogs are allowed to din...
Tavern Law
Take the "secret elevator".
Nearest Airport
16.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Eastlake Bar & Grill,Eastlake Zoo Tavern, Roanoke
Nearest Ferry
3.6 Miles
All Downtown Ferries
Nearest Golf
3.2 Miles
Par 3 at Greenlake is fun!
Nearest Train
3.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Little Water Cantina, Eastlake Bar & Grill, Sebi's
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Snoqualmie (1 hour) and Stevens Pass (1.5 hours)
Nearest Beach
1.8 Miles
Madison Park Beach,Green Lake Park,Golden Gardens
Car: not necessary

If you are new to Seattle, there is a lot to offer! How do you start to narrow down choices and neighborhoods of a place you haven't visited? I understand, and have been in your shoes before. I have been very disappointed by locations that were labeled as 'urban' and equally disappointed by places that were mislabeled 'private'....I take pride in the fact by honestly saying, this carriage house is an 'urban oasis'. Yes, we are in the city, yes, we are near busy streets, yes, you will see people, buses, traffic, but if you look out your window, you will see trees, and tranquility. A short half blocks distance in nearly any direction will lead you to water. This is the funniest little piece of land in Seattle. We have lived in many of the neighborhoods around the city and will never leave this place. We LOVE it here!!

We are located at the intersection of North Capitol Hill, Portage Bay, Eastlake and Montlake neighborhoods. Some of the most premier neighborhoods in the city of Seattle. Enjoy nearby historic nearby parks, lush walking and jogging trails just steps away, high end shopping both downtown and at University Village, and amazing restaurants in literally every direction!

This intersection has our property sitting just to the East of Lake Union, to the South of the Montlake Cut, to the West of Portage Bay and the West of Lake Washington....all visible by a short walk of maybe half a block in any direction.

Husky Football Fans!! Walk to games in new stadium! Enjoy jumping into the crowd as they make their way towards Husky Stadium on game day!! Public transit is just half a block away, and so is the newly implemented public bicycle program (rent a bike).

The Seattle Carriage house is very close to getting around to all areas of town. Walk to many restaurants and coffee shops, walk to the parks, walk to the water or kayak rentals. Also, a super close drive to almost all Seattle attractions.

Great option for longer term needs for those caring for family in close by hospitals. Many of our guests have stayed for more than 1 month. The Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson are very close, as is Seattle Childrens Hospital.

We offer non zoned street parking, and for our long term guests, we are happy to arrange an off street parking option for you.

The Seattle Carriage House is a home of pride for us and we enjoy sharing it with others. I hold a degree and background in hospitality so strive to ensure that all aspects of your vacation or trip are attended to or...more importantly met prior to arrival.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your time here in Seattle. We would love to make your experience here as memorable as possible.

Jill and Dick McCormick


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $100

Monthly rates during off season $3000 - $3500
Monthly rates during peak season $4000 - $5000
All monthly rates are tax free.
Please contact owner for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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