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Grace House -- A Cozy Pup-Friendly Cottage In Portland's Sellwood Neighborhood!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom, Sleeps Five

Nestled into Historic Sellwood, just a half-block from a large park with playground, swimming pool and nature trails, Grace House is the perfect home away from home for visitors to Portland. Food markets, restaurants, movie theater, bookstores. All within walking distance! Fully equipped for short or long stays, it offers extra comforts for all ages. A wide variety of toys for little ones (and visiting grandkiddos!), books, high speed WiFi internet, HD flat screen TV with premium cable feather this nest. The spacious back garden, lawn furniture, BBQ and flowers are perfect for warm-weather entertaining -- long tables and linens provided for your special family events! Bicycles are available for renting.

Susan Stanley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Susan Stanley

Born, raised and educated in the Midwest, I moved to Portland in 1965 and instantly fell in love with the beautiful, green Pacific Northwest. Though I've since traveled to more than a dozen other countries through my work as a journalist, I find there's no place like home. And for us, there's no place like an historic home in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood. Our own 1913 home is right next door to Grace House, and for nearly a quarter-century, we've loved welcoming visitors from around the globe to this sweet vintage cottage !

Susan Stanley purchased this house in 1994

Why Susan Stanley chose Portland

Grace House is perfectly situated to take advantage of all that Sellwood-Moreland and Portland have to offer. A short stroll to the east brings you to bustling SE 13th Avenue, with all its restaurants, public library and funky shops and coffee venues. The Moreland district, a few minutes further, is a town itself, complete with supermarket, post office, movie theater, banks, and even more eateries -- ethnic and others. A half-block west from the house lies Sellwood Park, with its playground, public pool and paths to a wildlife preserve. The nearby bluff offers a magnificent view of the Portland city skyline downtown, a 15-minute drive away.

What makes this house unique

The only house not owner-occupied on our tree-lined double block, Grace House is an oasis of serenity within one of America's fastest-growing cities. Its Asian-inspired interior relaxes and refreshes, and the huge back yard with vintage seating amid abundant plantings encourages outdoor lolling.

Anything visitors might want and need is likely already in place. (If not, we'll try to provide it!) The kitchen is outfitted with fridge, stove, microwave, hand mixer, blender, toaster, coffeemaker, espresso maker, Fiestaware dishes, plenty of pots and pans. Washer and dryer are in a separate utility room. The cable TV has various bells and whistles, the WiFi is ready to go, and a landline telephone is provided. The lovely yard and garden are professionally maintained -- the 50' by 100' lot and completely fenced for the pleasure of our frisky canine guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are a small family, we came to Portland from Israel as part of an academic exchange program. The stay at Grace House was an amazing experience!! The house is small but super sweet and warm. We lived there with our 2 small kids for 5 months during winter and spring 2017 and we enjoyed every day. The house is not fancy, and simple with a Japanese style touch, equipped with everything you need for either short or long stay. From kitchen stuff to children's toys. Every time we looked for something we needed it was there. And if we didn't find it we asked Susan and Sam the owners and they did their best to help us with everything!

Susan and Sam are lovely landlords. They are kind (really kind), efficient, available, funny, friendly and yet give you all the space you need to feel at home in privacy. We were very grateful to meet them and to spend time at their beautiful house. We must praise the beautiful garden which is being taken care of on a weekly basis and during Spring time it was our little heaven with a different bloom every week.

The neighbourhood Sellwood is the best place to stay in Portland and specifically Grace House is located a minute from a great park and river on one side, a natural lake where you can hike and feel totally in the nature. On the other side, a sweet street with great cafes and restaurants, library and antique shops. And yet the street and neighborhood is very quiet and calm and the neighbors are so sweet and kind. Don't miss them -- get friendly!

We are highly recommending this place! Before coming to Portland we did a big research in the Internet (including AirB&B, VRBO and other sites and virtually walking through Google streets in many streets in Portland) looking for the best location and house. We found bigger and fancier houses but from all our options we chose this one.

We wish to personally thank Susan and Sam for being such a great landlords, neighbors, friends and supporters, for doing all you can to fulfill our needs and make us feel HOME !! Thank you !

We wish you all will enjoy your stay in Portland (wherever you choose to stay) and remember to bring peace by meeting your "others" face to face and reminding yourself and others -- we are all equal human beings.

Best wishes,

Elad, Iris, S&N
Jan 2017
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Car: not necessary

Once its own town, Historic Sellwood is a bustling, vibrant neighborhood in Southeast Portland, minutes away from downtown. Home of 'Antique Row,' it boasts a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and unique shops, along with a popular public park with seasonal pool, well-equipped playground and easy access to the Springwater Bike Trail, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and Oaks Park, America's longest continually-running amusement park.


Sellwood - Moreland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We offer a vintage clawfoot tub, perfect for lying back and reading in! There is also a full-size shower attached. Bubble bath and rubber duckies available on request!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , full size futon
  • The larger bedroom contains a queen memory foam bed. Additionally, there is room for a portable crib or toddler bed. The small bedroom can have a twin, two twins, OR a regular-size crib. In the living room, there is a futon, which converts to a full-size bed. We have on hand portable cribs, toddler beds and cradles. Additionally, baby changing tables are available.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Grace House -- A Cozy Pup-Friendly Cottage In Portland's Sellwood Neighborhood!
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Excellent location, charming cottage and owner

  • 5 of 5

My wife, our two corgis, and I, new to Portland, stayed here for a month while we looked for a house with a full year lease. I wish we hadn't had to leave when our month was up.

The cottage is charming and the beautiful wrap-around yard was perfect for our Corgis.

A short walk away are shops, restaurants, coffee shops, a Columbia sportswear outlet, and a New Seasons grocery. Susan, Grace House's owner, gave us a gift certificate to Jade, her favorite restaurant, and the food there was delicious.

Sellwood is beautiful. Old trees overhang and line the streets. Mostly modest houses with lots of flowers out front display the neighbors' joy and pride. Sellwood Park is a block from Grace House; you can catch a baseball game, play frisbee, admire the tulips or flowering trees, or hike down to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to look for eagles. If you're lucky, the Rose City Rollers will roller-derbying, just a short walk farther in the hangar at Oaks Park amusement park.

Susan is friendly and helpful. She lives next door, but don't worry, she's no nosy snoop. :-)

I recommend Grace House without reservation and wholeheartedly. If it was for sale and we could afford it, we'd buy it in a minute.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thank you for the great visit! Love this cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

Grace House is my favorite place to stay when I come to Portland to see my family. In fact, I had such a great experience a two years ago that I booked it again and stayed this summer for a nice long visit. The host (she's the SWEETEST host I've ever had, btw) lives next door, so if there is any thing I need, she takes care of it right away. The house is small, but very well appointed and adorable. There's a real dining room and a living room, with plenty of seating and a futon couch that makes into a double bed. My Portland family likes Grace House so much, they end up hanging out with me there! There are two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other smaller one with a twin bed can be shut off with curtain-darkened french doors. Behind the kitchen is a laundry area, which is a big plus too. The fenced in yard is HUGE and has beautiful plantings. I'm really tempted to bring my dog for my next visit. We like to BBQ or just relax and chill on the funky vintage lawn furniture. Grace House is in Sellwood, a fun neighborhood in Portland with a very nice library and plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. It's also close to a big park with a playground and a seasonal public pool. Be sure to check out the view of the city from the bluff. Oak's Bottom is a nearby nature preserve and you can walk through it to get to a wonderful old amusement park (Oak's Park). And of course Portland is a great place to visit, even if you aren't from there. I HIGHLY recommend this place. It was absolutely spotless, charming and you can't beat the location.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I apologize for taking so long to write a review on this property. My husband and I LOVED this place. The location was perfect, the yard just wonderful! We had several parties in the beautiful yard! Susan the owner was just wonderful and I have to say this place had everything you would need! I would have liked spending more time with Susan as I think we are a kindred spirit! We had our little Yorkie with us and he loved it there! We stayed one month in this house....I hated to leave it! We will be back Susan. Thank you so much for everything! You are the best!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Cozy Hospitality"is Hallmark of Grace House

  • 5 of 5

Grace House, in the heart of Sellwood District in Portland, is exactly as described online. However, the photo, which seems to convey a bit of an "overgrown" entry, does not do this gracious little getaway spot justice. It felt inviting from the minute we pulled up at the curb. We were greeted by the owner who had dropped by to leave fresh flowers and a tin of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and were made to feel at home immediately. Grace house is within walking distance of the Sellwood business area where we were surprised by a grand collection of antique stores and a superb asian restaurant, Jade. Another hidden treasure within quick driving distance is the "Original Hotcake House", a 24-hour pancake shop reminiscent of America's diners of the 40s and 50s. Also within quick driving distance, thanks to our hosts' excellent directions was Oaks Amusement Park (a hit with our grandkids), the nternationally reknown Powell's Books, and the Portland Japanese Garden. The highlight of our stay was a small family birthday celebration made possible in the lovely back yard of Grace House. Our hosts set up long tables, chairs, and provided linens so we could actually make Grace House our own and accommodate guests for a birthday barbecue and cake. The nearby QFC (Quiff-cee to the neighborhood) Quality Food Center was an excellent grocery where we could easily find entire meals in the well stocked deli, or could buy food to cook ourselves in the small, but well equipped kitchen in Grace House. A seemingly endless supply of fresh linens made us feel we were in a hotel without the hassle of hallways and elevators. We have, and will continue to recommend Grace House to family and friends, and are looking forward to our next stay there.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is a dump!

  • 1 of 5

To all vacation house hunters we used the internet to find a vacation home for several days. Included in our search was a place to return to each year and enjoy the different , cultures. However, this place is a dump, spider infested, dirty, black mold in this 100 year plus house, 1/2 truths were given regarding the house, not to mention, the large nut tree that sheds where you have to park your vehicle (in the street). Needless to say, your vehicle gets pelted.

This place is old and filthy. The door to the basement is a accordion type vinyl door not a normal door for safety and black mold on basement walls. The main and only bedroom has no door for privacy, the house has one bathroom in order to reach the bathroom you have to pass thru the main bedroom and there is no door on the bathroom except for another accordion door. This place is awful don't get suckered into renting it because of the other reviews. They are not correct in describing this terrible place. This place is a dump.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're sorry these guests were so unhappy. Clearly, Grace House wasn't the right place for them. Any issues or concerns during your stay at our century-old house were quickly and politely resolved. For example, the small mold spots on the bathroom ceiling were remedied the day after they were reported. There are ample parking spots to avoid the beautiful walnut trees near our property and a screen door that successfully keeps out insects. Our house is older but far from "filthy," as we thoroughly inspect and clean after each guest. Many of our past and returning guests have left enthusiastic reviews of Grace House, we invite you to compare and contrast those reviews with this one.
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Amazing location!

  • 4 of 5

This little cottage is in a wonderful location - charming historic Sellwood, and within walking distance of a lovely park and walking trails, restaurants, shopping, bus stops, etc. But for so many urban amenities, the neighborhood is so peaceful and quiet and safe! It's like an urban oasis! The owners live right next door and are very responsive to any needs that might arise, yet are very unobtrusive as well. The cottage is small but functional, and the fenced in back and front yards provide additional space to enjoy. We enjoyed our time here and would rent this cottage again if we ever have the opportunity to come back to Portland. The fact that the owners accept dogs is wonderful - our little dog enjoyed her stay here as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $50

$100 security deposit required.
$100 cleaning fee.
Monthly rate: $1950. Includes lodging tax.
$50.00 per pet / per month. Dogs only.

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.

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