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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

76 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Southwest Portland - Vista Cottage

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

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  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lara Garrett
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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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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based on 76 holidaymaker reviews

Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 77 reviews
Hoboken, NJ

Hilltop gem

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay in Vista Cottage and it's every bit as gorgeous as it was last time. The setting is magnificent: a little Mediterranean jewel among the mansions and leafy streets of SW Portland. Lara has thought of everything. Cozy living room, super comfortable bed, lovely bathroom, and a great kitchen with all the basics you need--and more. 10 stars out of 5.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Superb in character,location,comfort, and ambience✌️️

This is such a wonderful alternative to a hotel there is no comparison. Not to mention there is no one to tip.

The handy neighborhood restaurant on the corner is perfect for lunch or dinner.....or a cocktail at the bar.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Portland Historic Cottage Stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved the relaxing environment of this lovingly restored cottage. Close to restaurants and downtown activities, but set away in a beautiful historic southwest hills neighborhood. We cooked in often with nearby Elephants Deli and Zupan's Market selections. We will definitely stay here again if available for our next Portland vacation. Lara is a great host.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Property!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed a week at this lovely cottage. It was an excellent choice! Beautifully furnished and oh, so cozy. Lara has provided all the amenities one could hope for. The location was perfect - a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and other busy districts, and the morning sound of the children at the elementary school was delightful. Lara was very helpful in answering all my questions, including suggestions for nearby yoga studios. I have already recommended this cottage to others and will definitely stay here again when I return to Portland.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marfa, Texas

Really really really nice! as in NICE! (adj: giving pleasure or joy; attractive or of good quality)

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Vista Cottage a number of times over the past several years - and the truth is that we plan our trips to Portland around times the cottage is available. We would find it an unpleasant prospect if we had to consider other lodging.We prefer a quiet, tranquil place to relax and sleep, and the Cottage fits the bill. We especially enjoy the convenience to downtown - just down the hill about 10 min to Pioneer Square. Zupan's is just down the hill (5 min), a great upscale neighborhood grocery store with very good takeout meals and a great wine selection; Elephants Delicatessen is another couple of minutes (take out or eat in, really good stuff) and another couple of minutes to Fred Meyer (a superstore with grocery and a whole lot more) - and then there is the Cottage kitchen where you can do your own thing. In all respects for us the cottage is a welcome, comfortable and cozy retreat from doing all the great things people come to Portland to do. The neighborhood is residential, and walkers need to know that it is hilly in every direction. There is a local bus (Route 51) stop adjacent the cottage that operates from about 7 AM until 6 PM; it's quick and comfortable but a car opens more possibilities for those willing to experience Portland parking - but of course there's Uber and Lyft.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this lovely little home for5 days and it was wonderful. Very clean light and airy. Fully stocked kitchen for your use.

Lara was a great host mad very attentive to your needs. Will differently stay there again

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Southwest Portland, Portland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
late October special
24 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £49
cleaning fee £70 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.3%

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Southwest Portland in Oregon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

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