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Cottage In The 'Hoods' In Central Ne Portland Near Alberta Arts District

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Br, 1 Ba, 1-level Home With Private Parking & Tons Of Private Outdoor Space.

This delightful single-level home is a warm, inviting and colorful space that very comfortably accommodates 4 people overnight in 2 bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed.

The 2 bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the house, making it ideal for 2 couples seeking to take in Portland's many offerings together, but at the end of the day, would appreciate a little privacy.

Guests will enjoy the luxury of 100% cotton sheets, goose down comforters and wonderfully comfortable mattresses with the addition of memory foam pads - you'll wallow in comfort!

With a fully-equipped cook's kitchen and formal dining room that seats up to 6 people, guests can enjoy comfortable space in which to create and enjoy culinary delights crafted from Portland's gastronomic bounty.

Unique from most other Portland vacation rentals are the patio and yard space where guests can take full advantage of Portland's glorious spring, summer and fall. There's plenty of room for sun-seekers, barbecue aficionados and kids.

Other amenities include

• Private off-street parking for 2 cars

• Free Wi-Fi

• Bose speaker dock for an iPod

• Gas fireplace in the living room

• Gas barbecue grill outdoors

• Dishwasher

• Air conditioning in the bedrooms

• Dining Room w/seating for 6

• Walk-in shower

• Hairdryer

• 2 bicycles for guest use

• Amazon Fire TV - brings the latest in entertainment technology to the home, offering thousands of movies and shows, as well as extensive music choices.

Guests will have the run of the entire 1000 sq. ft. house and the 5,000 sq. ft. lot on which the house sits. This includes full access to 2 private patios, one with a gas barbecue. 2 bicycles are available for guest use.

PLEASE NOTE: We book our home ONLY through VRBO/Homeaway. Any other offering of this property is NOT valid. Should you find our property listed elsewhere, including Craigslist, even if there are pictures provided that look like those shown here, please protect yourself and DO NOT book through another entity!

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Peter Gearin
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Peter Gearin

Seeking warmer summers and a more exciting, diverse urban lifestyle, my wife and I recently relocated back to Portland from the Oregon Coast. I'm a 5th generation Portland native, and am now enjoying retirement. My wife, Susan, grew up on the coast, and got to know and love Portland while attending college here. She is a former newspaper owner and is now a business communications consultant; she works from our home.

We love to travel, and together have enjoyed trips to Madagascar, Zanzibar (for our honeymoon!), South Africa, Spain, Italy, France, England, Morocco, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and most recently, Chile, where Susan's son is living.

In our 12 years of togetherness we've frequented vacation rentals almost exclusively when we travel because we prefer that lodging experience over a hotel.

We love to eat and Susan loves to cook; one of our favorite summer activities is bi-weekly visits to Portland's many farmers markets for locally- grown produce, cheeses and meats.

We're also avid mushroom hunters. (No, not that kind!). Funghi foraging opportunities abound in the region, but our favorite season is fall, when we find and feast on chanterelles, hedgehogs, matsutaki, lobster and the occasional but generally elusive cauliflower mushroom.

There's much to enjoy in and around Portland, and we're happy to share what we know with our guests!

Peter Gearin purchased this house in 2013

Why Peter Gearin chose Portland

When an aging neighbor made moving plans to be closer to family, he gave us the opportunity to purchase his home for future use by Susan's mother. The home was in need of some TLC, and we were up to the challenge.

As Susan's mother isn't relocating here in the near future, we made the decision to transform the home into into a fun, feel-good vacation rental property in the interim. It was a natural outlet for our creativity - including that of Susan's very artistic Mom!

Also, as frequent vacation rental guests and with a family that formerly owned a luxury boutique hotel, we wanted to use the knowledge of what we liked - and didn't - in vacation rentals around the world to create a welcoming, warm home for travelers to Portland and our neighborhood.

What makes this house unique

This 1000 sq. ft. home sits on a very large Portland lot, allowing for a great deal of outdoor space. With the home sitting far back on the lot, the front yard enjoys a great deal of sunshine.

We like that because we are sun worshipers, and expect others are, too! A summer vegetable garden is in the works, and guests will be able to partake in the seasonal bounty.

Inside, while a simple home, the efficient floor plan uses every ounce of space (no hallways!) making it seem much more open and airy. Natural light streams in washing over the colorful walls; my family refers to it as 'The Happy House.'

A very pleasant surprise for us was the honey-toned hue of the original floors, revealed when we had them refinished.

While we live just steps away, as our remodel and furnishing process was nearing completion, we found ourselves enjoying an end-of-day drink or lunch on the front patio with family and friends at THIS house instead of at our own home!

In short, this house FEELS GOOD. We hope you think so, too.


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Salt & Straw
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Community Cycling Center
Rose City Golf Course
Portland Saturday Market
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Nepo 42
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Blackbird Wine Shop
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Helser's on Alberta
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Bar Mingo
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Alberta Street or Beaumont Village (many choices)
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Rose City (18 hole public golf course)
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Union Station (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Alberta Street or Beaumont Village (many choices)
Nearest Ski
48 Miles
Mt. Hood
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Cannon Beach
Car: necessary

Our quiet neighborhood is flat - therefore walk-able and bike-able. Our home is just two blocks from the Going Street Bikeway, where cars take a backseat to bikes on this East/West bicycle thoroughfare. Adults and kids will enjoy Wilshire Park, just 1/2 bock away.

And for foodies who prefer doing their own cooking, New Season's grocery is just a 12 minute walk or a 4 minute bike ride away.

The happening Alberta Arts District, McMenamin's Kennedy School, and an emerging restaurant/bar district at 30th & Killingsworth nearby offer exciting eating and nightlife options as well as galleries and unique boutiques. Just west of the property, Beaumont Village offers a quieter option for shopping, dining (some great breakfast options!) and welcoming coffee shops. Old Salt Marketplace, one of Portland’s hottest new restaurants, is just down the street on 42nd Avenue.

In addition to bicycles provided, public bus service is just a few blocks away. Visitors can also access Car to Go, or private taxi service and 'sharing' economy taxi services. Light Rail serves downtown and the Airport, with the nearest station just a short cab or bus ride from our property.


Northeast Portland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly-tiled walk-in shower with grab bar w/grab bar & bench
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Nicely appointed, large closet, comfortable bed, aircon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Comfortable bed, closet & chest of drawers; skylight. aircon
  • All beds feature 100% cotton sheets, down comforters and memory foam toppers, air conditioning.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Cottage In The 'Hoods' In Central Ne Portland Near Alberta Arts District
average rating of 4.9692307 based on 65 reviews
Clovis Ca.

Very nice and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Great hosts and place. Really enjoyed our 3 days. Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carpinteria, CA

Very cozy, well appointed, close to everything

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We came up to Portland for my sister's wedding. The hosts were very responsive and provided a clean and welcoming home for us to stay. It had great air for the summer heat, it was in a perfect location and the property and home were beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland was hot!

  • 4 of 5

We planned a visit to Portland to attend a friend's beer party. I probably would have given this a 5 out of 5 if it hadn't been a record high weekend weather. We did survive because the bedrooms (which were lovely) both had good air conditioners. The main house didn't and it was a bit challenging, but we worked around it by going to a matinee movie and eating out in restaurants with a/c. In the northwest we don't always need a/c but when we do...

But besides that it was a lovely place to stay in a really nice neighborhood with easy access to fine restaurants, coffee shops, etc. The neighborhood is well established and quiet. The home is well maintained and has lots of artistic features. The couches are funky but nevertheless comfortable. The hosts were quick to respond and easy to work with. When the weather is more agreeable I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz, thank you for your thoughtful review. Yes, it was darned hot when you were in Portland! We've researched air conditioning for the main area, but because it is so big and open, there's no way to effectively provide cooling. There's the charm of an old home - but it comes at a cost. Thank you for your kind words about the Cottage in general, and do hope you'll come again....when it's not so hot - which it usually isn't, thank goodness! Susan
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Nice and classy house, great hosts and the park was perfect for our kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, quiet and convenient location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for my family. Easy block walk to the park, quiet set-back house that does not hear any street noise. House was nicely updated with everything you need. Great front yard sitting area with lawn and beautiful garden.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $300

Monthly rates available upon request. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.