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Lara Garrett

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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

72 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 (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

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 72 holidaymaker reviews

Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 73 reviews
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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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Total satisfaction !

  • 5 of 5

An exceptionally beautiful house in a fantastic neighborhood.Upscale amenities , neat , organized,clean. I would love to return for a longer visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We loved Vista Cottage and enjoyed our stay! The property is comfortable, charming, cozy, with lots of natural light and a well-stocked kitchen . . . everything other reviewers have said. We took advantage of the washer/dryer in the garage--very helpful and convenient! And we enjoyed sitting in the small patio for morning coffee or sunset-gazing in the evening. Vista Spring Cafe is just steps away, and the bus stops RIGHT outside. Lara was very responsive and easy to communicate with. We would definitely stay again!

Having said that, we would want to have a car next time. We thought we'd done our due diligence and could get by without one, but it turns out the Trimet 51 bus only runs during commuter hours. The last bus goes down the hill about 9:10 a.m., and the last one comes up the hill about 6:25 p.m. And by "hill" I mean HILL. I had viewed Vista Ave. on Google Map's street view but didn't discern just how steep the incline was. It's a lovely walk down, but unless you're a hiker, be prepared to use a taxi or Uber to return to the cottage during non-bus hours. Unfortunately, the Lyft app I'd downloaded before our trip didn't work. But if you've got a car--no problem!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would stay again when we return to visit Portland

  • 5 of 5

Property description matches what we experienced. We enjoyed our stay, walking through the neighborhood, and our son was sad to leave. Great communication with the owner before and during our stay. The restaurant on the same block was great and we went twice during our 5 day stay. There are also many other restaurants to enjoy in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vista Cottage, a great choice!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was the perfect location for my husband and I to explore Portland for the first time, whether by foot or by car. Though the weather was hot and sunny during the day (we were there 7/23/16-7/30/16), it cooled off enough at night to comfortably sleep with the windows open. It was clean, beautifully decorated and landscaped, and full of amenities that made cooking meals at home a pleasure. Lara was a very gracious host and even stocked the fridge with some home made jam, which we enjoyed daily with breakfast! For those sensitive to noise, be warned that the home is located on a busy corner. And if you walk down to Washington Park to enjoy the Japanese and Rose Garden, or 23rd street to explore shops and restaurants, or even go east on Burnside to the Downtown area, don't forget you have to walk back uphill! We loved staying in this home and would not hesitate staying there again on our next visit to this wonderful state. P.S. Vista Cafe three doors from the cottage was convenient and had yummy food.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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
Early October Special
3 Oct 2016 - 6 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45
cleaning fee £66 + 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
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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