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Historic Springs Cottage- Portland Heights- featured in The Oregonian

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,320 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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Quaint 1926 Portland Cottage-recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Newly restored and renovated: hardwood floors, original wood burning fireplace, period molding and fixtures, a fully equipped kitchen including a Nespresso coffee maker 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. Springs Cottage is the perfect home base for a business executive looking for a hotel alternative, 1 or 2 couples, a family on holiday, or anyone looking to immerse themselves in Portland life and culture. **please also see VRBO listing 439210 - managed by same owner** Note: Springs cottage includes a lower level with second bedroom/ bathroom/gas fireplace/TV/game room- with garage door that opens to create indoor/outdoor living space. Additionally there is a sweet back yard with dining table for 6. Note that Vista Cottage (VRBO 439210) and Springs Cottage are side by side and may be rented together to accommodate 6-10 guests for larger gatherings

Lara Garrett
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

Why Lara Garrett chose Portland Heights

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 house unique

The cottages were born....'pocket houses' of the 20's...PS. Springs Cottage has the most living space of the bunch...with and entirely finished lower level ( an additional 660 sq feet of living space)

Guestbook comments from the owner

see reviews for Vista Cottage VRBO 439210
Aug 2016
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Portland Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1320 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • living room sofa can accommodate a child/small adult , a 'pack and play' is available for baby/y/toddler
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...


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(56 traveler reviews)

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Historic Springs Cottage- Portland Heights- featured in The Oregonian
average rating of 4.857143 based on 57 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Unique experience. Beautiful interior decoration! Great neighborhood! Loved the corner restaurant.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The attention to detail that is in this house is outstanding. Everyday there was something new to discover. Rooms were inviting, showers were relaxing, beds were comforting. I researched a few places to stay during my time in Portland. I know I made the perfect choice. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything the entire week I was at this house. If you are vacationing in Portland, don’t look any further for a rental. You’re home.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage - exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful. Better than in the pictures. The location was great. Our children loved how close the school’s playground was. Parking was effortless. We got a spot in front of the cottage every time. The kitchen was updated and had some food items available. Such a nice treat to have the Nespresso machine in the morning. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms were updated and excellent quality. We have already recommended this cottage to others and will definitely stay here again if we return to Portland. We also really appreciated the hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. We barely had to unpack our toiletries! Only small suggestion would be to provide some kid friendly dishes (i.e. plastic). The owner, Lara made the whole experience a breeze. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and felt right at home! Super comfy beds 😊. Thanks Lara!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location, tidy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was a great little house with everything we needed. We were close to town and walked to two parks. The small surrounding gardens are lovely and everything was very well organized and stocked. We stayed with our children who took the lower level with its own bath. We would definitely book this again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this beautiful cottage. Lara has thought of everything, and there are wonderful touches throughout the cottage which make the home inviting and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $15
Property Damage Insurance $59

please note that pricing for 1-2 guests includes use of the upper level of the cottage, pricing for 3-4 guests includes use of the entire owner regarding doggie guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.