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Lara Garrett

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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in 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), Strohecker's market, 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.

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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 66 holidaymaker reviews

Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian
average rating of 4.939394 based on 67 reviews

Luxurious and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The house is gem of architecture and design. It is well stocked with everything you might need to cook up a quick dinner from the bounty of the PSU farmer's market, with high end knives and cookware. There is plenty of street parking and it is located in a very upscale neighborhood with large mansions which was fun to walk around. It was quite a delight to have the Nespresso machine along with plenty of pods to have expresso at the house. The bed is comfortable and firm. We stayed for a week and generally walked down the hill to downtown for our touring, dining and drinking, and then took Über back for about $6-8. The owner was very responsive and friendly when I emailed a question about the dishwasher.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite Historic Cottage is Your Home Away From Home in Portland

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we arrived, my family and I could see that this gorgeous cottage was no ordinary vacation rental. Lara's attention to detail and hospitality shines through in every corner of this delightful place. From the handcrafted jams available in the cottage refrigerator to the incredibly comfortable yet exquisite furnishings, you'll fall in love with every feature, and you'll wish you'd booked some extra nights. We were treated like close personal friends here, and we loved every minute of our stay in this lovely place. If you're looking for a restful home away from home in Portland, look no further. Thanks, Lara, for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The restored historical,cottage was terrific.We enjoyed spending time in it as it was so charming and comfortable to be in. The owner,Lara,was wonderful in supplying restaurant suggestions too.The Vista Springs restaurant 1/2 block away makes very good pizza and a excellent Manhatten.

This is a "must return" place. The description of everything was spot on.

Thank you Lara‼️✌️

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in Portland

  • 5 of 5

Vista Cottage is charming and well-located in a lovely neighborhood. Everything we needed for our three week stay was available and it could not have been cleaner. Vista Spring Cafe is an easy walk and serves great Italian food; Zupans Grocery is a short drive and the most beautiful store I've visited--try the Greek yogurt bar! NW 23rd Avenue with it's unique shops, restaurants, and movie theater is close-by with downtown just a little further. Downtown Portland is alive with so much fun, especially Fri and Sat nights. TriMet bus 51 stops at the corner and makes access easy if you don't have a car. The owner, Lara, was quick to respond to all inquiries and is close by should assistance be required. We highly recommend this property except it might not be available to us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful beautiful small home

  • 5 of 5

After joining my husband who was in town for work, my son & I moved us to this lovely home from his dank work hotel. What a ray of sun shine this beautiful small house brought to our visit! Spacious yet cozy, with everything you could need! We even had some local friends over one evening for drinks and appetizers. So nice to be able to share time together and feel comfortable. And the location perfect.....Washington Park; with the Zoo, Rose gardens & Japanese gardens, World Forestry Center and more, or the Pittock Mansion, Powel Books, Burnside street, Downtown or the water front are all easy to access! Would stay here again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

The pictures on the web site represent this beautiful home very well. It is very well maintained, decorated and equipped. Lara has added many personal, thoughtful touches such as soaps in the bathroom, hair products, big fluffy towels, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, and many board games in the hall closet. The kitchen is very well equipped with extras such as spices, oils, plastic wrap, and some miscellaneous snacks. The only item that I found missing were some sharp knives.

Although I never met Lara in person, she did communicate via email and offered any help if needed. She seems very gracious.

The only caution I would offer is to consider your tolerance for road noise. Vista Avenue is a very busy street, with constant traffic until late at night. (This cottage is on the corner of SW Elm and SW Vista.) I had difficulty sleeping as I am not used to living in a metro area with road noise. If this doesn't bother you, you should be quite contented in this small cottage.

Karen Brooks

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Goose Hollow, Portland

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3 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £65 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £45
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 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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