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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 660 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-3)

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), 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. Note that Vista Cottage and Springs Cottage (VRBO 907710) are side by side and may be rented together to accommodate 6-10 guests for larger gatherings

More Details

Owner
Lara Garrett
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Lara Garrett

The Vista Cottages caught my attention 15 yrs ago...

Why Lara Garrett chose Portland

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.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages were born...five of the tiniest homes almost anywhere in town...'pocket houses' of the 20's

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have to tell you, my husband and I just started talking about a Portland trip today and had originally thought we would come up around Memorial Day. So I went on VRBO to see if the cottage was available and wasn't shocked to see that it was already booked for those dates. I was going to start looking around some for a different place (which I was reluctant to do) but when I passed the sad news on to my husband, we had further discussion and just changed the dates of our trip to coincide with your available dates. The Vista Cottage is now a destination place for us and a large part of our experience of being in Portland is the joy of being in that little cottage!
Oct 2013
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Bamboo Sushi
"best Sushi in Portland"
Missing Sock Laundry
"destination laundromat- do it yourself or they will wash and fold by the pound"
Washington Park

Explore Portland

Amenities

Portland Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Reviews

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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian
average rating of 4.934066 based on 92 reviews
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Unique, inviting Spanish revival cottage

  • 4 of 5

On this busy corner lot across from an elementary school stands a beautifully renovated Spanish revival cottage, one of 5 in a group of sibling cottages. There is lots of opportunity to people watch from the perch overlooking the drop off early and the mid afternoon pick up of kids of varied ages and their parents. This coupled with the timing for our visit of street/utility construction made for lively (noisy) early mornings especially. We are from Texas, but we were able to overcome our disbelief over a paucity of air-conditioning. The highs early in our visit were hotter than what we left behind in rural west-central Texas! Lara brought us extra extra screens, and the nights cooled off well, for the most part. Excellent bed, very well appointed galley kitchen, the cleanliness, and all the furnishings spoke of great care with selection made us feel very much at home. The owner has told us that she will be adding towel bars and shower hand holds.

We enjoyed the location, and even took the challenge several times to walk down to Burnside and points north and back up the hill again. We enjoyed the convenience of the Vista Springs cafe, and all that we discovered down the hill in lovely Portland.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Vista Cottage for two months. It is located in a lovely neighborhood, well appointed and comfortable, with a beautiful surrounding garden. We travel regularly, and we much enjoyed the cottage rather than the condos/apartments we usually rent. Lara responds promptly to questions and checks in regularly to make sure all is well. In addition, if you need any help, advice or recommendations about restaurants, tourist sites, etc. she is ready to assist. Please note the surrounding neighborhood is hilly, and public transportation is spotty. For some visitors, using a car or a ride hauling service would be advisable.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cottage for its beauty, it's comfort and perfect location.

The owner was easy to contact and extremely helpful.

We definitely recommend this historic cottage for your home away from home !

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful and well appointed cottage. The decor is thoughtful and chic! It is the "big city" so there is street noise but think of it adding to the overall experience. Very much enjoyed my stay

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Clean, comfortable and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend staying at this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage on the hill

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is actually bigger than the pictures indicate. My two daughters and I just loved the charm of the place and felt completely at home. Lara was an excellent hostess without be overbearing. Even though we never met, I felt if we had any issues, she would have resolved it immediately. Great location too - near everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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