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Historic 1892 Victorian with Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Beautifully renovated and restored 1892 Lair Hill Mansion with spacious decks offering views of the Cascades. Top floor unit features a grand living room, two decks, a quirky triangular shower with windows offering a partial views of Mt. Hood and a lovely garden dining area. The house, originally known as the A.P. DeLin house, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

My house is an original Portland mansion from 1892. It was divided in the '80s into 3 separate units. Your unit (3304) is mostly on the top level of the house. The main living area is the former attic. It has been transformed into a unique space with a massive built-in sofa and offers views of the cascades out the large french doors that lead to the main deck. The unit has a second partially shaded deck off the master suite.

Throughout the unit you will find interesting details like the triangular shower with windows facing Mt. Hood or the raised dais of the bed space in the master suite. A number of the windows in the foyer are original stain glass from the late 1800s. I have just completed a number of repairs and updates to the unit, so you may note the redone window seat area at the top of the stairs or the new shade structure on the 2nd deck. Prior to this, the house was last renovated in the '80s, so you may note a funky vibe from that era.

One of the funky design choices is that the master suite (bedroom and bathroom) is an entirely open space. There is no door to separate the bedroom from the bathroom.

A.P. DeLin, the original owner and builder of the house, was Portland's first official city undertaker. Don't worry his place of work was downtown. I have done the research. Lair Hill was essentially Portland's first suburb. The original neighborhood where the wealthy lived is in the King's Hill and Alphabet area west of downtown. Lair Hill was built by the professional class of early Portland that made out well - think Doctors, Lawyers, Undertakers, Merchants, etc. A street car line use to run down Corbett Ave right in front of the house to the ferry's formerly located upstream on the Willamette. It's a neighborhood full of history and charm.

It's a lovely, comfortable, and certainly distinctive home. I love it and I hope you will too.

A few logistical details:

-Portland Accessory Short Term Rental Type A Permit #: 15-271420-000-00-HO

- Easy street parking is available and guests have access to a parking permit that allows unlimited parking. You can usually park right in front of the house. You will need to use the parking permit during the work week as my house is in a 2 hour area. The 2 hour limit ends after 6pm.

- Unit 3304 comprises 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 "bonus room" with a queen size bed and closet, 2 decks, a washer and dryer, a large living room space, a dining room, a large window seat, and a desk area for working. There are 3 queen size beds in total. The unit is ~1600 ft2. It is one of 3 units in the house.

- This is my home, but I travel for work quite frequently. If I can't meet you personally, at a minimum, I will be happy to speak to you over the phone and answer any questions you might have that are not answered here. I will do my best to answer as many questions as possible here.

-The OHSU Tram passes just over the house. It is totally silent so you might not even notice. For those of you visiting the hospital it is super quick to get up there from the house. You can either ride the Tram or simply walk up the hill to the campus from the house.

-You can walk to the southern part of downtown in about 15 minutes.

- Public transportation: The best way to get downtown from the house is to walk over the Gibbs Street footbridge over I-5 just below the house and then grab the NS street car to downtown. It costs $2 and gets you downtown in about 15 minutes. If you rent bikes, it is also very easy to take the footbridge over to the bike path that runs along the Willamette River and bike to downtown in about 10 minutes.

There is a City Bike station right next to the tram, 2 minutes walk from the house, where you can rent bikes. The new Tililikum Crossing bridge allows quick access to the SE neighborhoods. You can also take bus route 43, the stop is right in front of the house, to the Portland City Center area and walk further downtown from there. That takes about 10 to 15 minutes as well.

You can also take the street car to the MAX and thus take public transportation all the way to the airport. The entire trip takes about 1 hour.

House rules:

I recently purchased and renovated this house. Please be very respectful of it and treat it as if it was your own home. I expect my guests to act like mature adults and be considerate of the other residents in this 3-unit building as well as of the neighbors.

The following rules must be strictly adhered to:

- NO SURPRISE OVERNIGHT GUESTS. You must correctly state the number of overnight guests that will be staying at the house. If you have more than number agreed upon at the time of your reservation you will be charged $50 extra per person per night and/or asked to leave without a refund.

- NO AUDIBLE OUTSIDE NOISE AFTER 10pm. If you come back to the house after 10pm enter the house as quietly as possible. Avoid entering and exiting the house multiple times after 10pm. The other residents of the house and the neighbors may be asleep. You may use the decks after 10pm but conversation must be kept to a whisper. My neighbors’ bedrooms are directly across from the decks and they can easily be disturbed by any conversation.

- INSIDE QUIET HOURS 12pm-7am. No significant noise inside the house from 12pm until 7am. There are two other units in the house. If you are stomping around, playing loud music, or shouting you will likely be disturbing the other residents of the house.

- NO PARTIES are allowed at the house. This unit does accommodate up to 6 people, but please do not have large groups over to the house. If you would like to have a gathering at the house, you must receive my permission in advance. If this rule is violated I will ask you to leave that evening and there will not be a refund of your fees. The other two units in the house are below you and if you are making a great deal of noise it will disturb them. I have long term tenants in the other two units. A $100 fee will be taken from your security deposit if this rule is violated.

- NO PETS - animals are not allowed at my home. This is a strict policy. No pets. A $50 extra cleaning fee will be assessed if this is violated.

- TIDY UP after yourself. If the house is left in poor condition after your stay you will be charged an additional $85 cleaning fee.

- Do NOT SMOKE in the house or anywhere on the property. Outdoor smoking and dropping of cigarette butts into garden areas is the number one cause of house fires in the city of Portland. Do not smoke on the property, period. If you must smoke please do so on the public sidewalk and dispose of your cigarette butts properly and do not thrown them into the yard. A $50 extra cleaning fee will be assessed if this is violated.

- DO NOT FORGET TO PUT THE PARKING PASS BACK IN THE HOUSE! I am able to offer free parking at the house with the use of a parking pass. However, Do not drive off with the parking pass. It should be placed in the dish in the middle of the dining table before your departure. If you leave with the pass you will be charged a $30 replacement fee.

More Details

owner/property manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About owner/property manager


I am a Wisconsinite transfer to the West Coast. I travel a lot so I like to host people at my apartment while I am away. I am a big believer in the sharing economy. It makes sense to use things more efficiently and share them when you aren't using them yourself. As for me, I work in cleantech at a small startup. I love the quality of life and relaxed feel of Portland. I have been an short term rental host now since early 2013 and have also stayed as a short term rental guest a number of times. I formerly hosted many guests at my apartment in San Francisco.

I like to host cool people who are excited to visit Portland, get away from the hotel experience, and get a taste for what living here is really like. I hope to host you soon and get to know you in the process.

owner/property manager purchased this house in 2015

Why owner/property manager chose Lair Hill

This house is a unique little gem in a less visited part of Portland. The Southwest area is just south of downtown and has easy access to the beautiful waterfront and is just below OHSU. I love this house because of it's quirky features, it's beautiful views, it's historical quality as an original 1892 house, and it's great location in a quiet neighborhood where it's really easy to get downtown.

What makes this house unique

Historic Queen Anne Victorian on historic register, quiet, beautiful views of city, river and Cascades, decks decks decks, funky unique home layout / design, great family room to hang out with your group, bright space filled with windows, history, parks nearby, trail running nearby, amazing food trucks nearby. Bike everywhere. No need for cars.


Lair Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • NO SURPRISE OVERNIGHT GUESTS. You must correctly state the number of overnight guests that will be staying at the house.
  • NO AUDIBLE OUTSIDE NOISE AFTER 10pm. If you come back to the house after 10pm enter the house as quietly as possible.
  • TIDY UP after yourself. If the house is left in poor condition after your stay you will be charged an additional $85 cleaning fee.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Master suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom off kitchen area with huge triangular shower w/view
  • Master suite bathroom area is open to the rest of the bedroom space. The shower/tub, sink, and toilet have no doors separating them from the bedroom space. The toilet is in an alcove but there is no door. This is a bit strange for some people, but I love the large spread out space and feel this provides.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Mastersuite bed is on a raised platform above the main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , On ground floor next to foyer.
  • There is a "bonus room" off the dining room that is used as a bedroom. It has a queen size sleep number mattress, dressers and a closet.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • zoo


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Historic 1892 Victorian with Mountain Views
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful, historic, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Elliot was an amazing host with top notch recommendations - would stay again without a doubt.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely Victorian mansion that is divided into a triplex. The home is conveniently located for public transportation. The bus stop going into the downtown was right outside the front door; however, we chose to use the streetcar. It was just a 5-minute walk down the side street and across the foot bridge to the waterfront area. This neighborhood is quiet with a lovely coffee shop within two blocks walking distance. The house was clean and neat when we arrived with a stunning view from the kitchen and den area. We were even able to see Mount Hood from the deck. The beds are comfortable and the bonus bedroom was perfect. The owner, Elliott, was away during our stay, but he was in contact with us and made sure we had everything we needed. If you come for Thanksgiving, I suggest you reserve a table at Huber’s instead of cooking! I would highly recommend this house and would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Time In Portland

  • 5 of 5

This was great location with a great view the tramway and city. Our party of four really enjoyed the patio during our stay and the rooms were clean and well appointed. The digital locking system was also very convenient! Thanks again Elliot!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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LA, California

Wonderful Home and Perfect Portland Location

  • 4 of 5

First of all Elliott was a great host... very helpful, answered all of our questions and provided tips on where to eat in the area. The house was unique, gorgeous and the perfect size for my wife, nine year old, and my parents. Plenty of room to spend time together or get away and read. Every day began and ended on the back patio gazing out at the picturesque Portland skyline... The location is perfect to take advantage of everything downtown Portland has to offer... food, beer and shopping. We either walked or took a short tram ride everywhere we went. I would not hesitate to book Elliott's home again... the one and ONLY drawback was that there was no AC (as I'm sure most of the homes in the area do not have either). We unfortunately stayed in Portland on three of the hottest days of the year and the upstairs of the home (where we stayed) got uncomfortable during hotter spells of the day (low 100s). As I said it was an extreme heat wave at the time and not something we would have experienced if our dates would have been slightly different. Elliott also warned us that this might be an issue and suggested ways to help keep the house cool. ... But overall this was an amazing place to stay, ideally located if you want the Portland experience and I would gladly stay there again (maybe just not during a state-wide extreme heatwave).

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Absolutely a must !!

  • 5 of 5

Simply put- this house is a must-do. It is lovely and fun and unique and to me, an analogy of the city of Portland itself. The living area and kitchen are open and airy, and the quirky corner shower is so fun ! The master bedroom is simply lovely, and again, unique. The other bedrooms are also treated with an eye both for comfort and design. There is a wonderful deck off the living area.

Located beneath the aerial tram (it is very quiet- silent actually), it is located in a beautiful neighborhood of Portland with easy access to transportation.

Elliott is a wonderful host and interested in the comfort of his guests.

Don't look anywhere else- if this house is available- grab it. You will be thrilled you did.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fanwood, NJ USA

This is a fine comfortable property full of Victorian charm in a wonderful city.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Elliot's fine property. Gorgeous Victorian with great views sums it up. The home has Victorian charm with all the necessary amenities that my family has come to expect from HomeAway properties. Elliot has done a superb job renovating the home. The decks are outstanding, the bathrooms are spacious and the bedrooms are comfortable. The property is also immaculately clean which is always appreciated. The home is located in a quiet neighbor with easy access to public transportation. There is a bus stop right outside the door but we chose the scenic root over the foot bridge and down to the street car when venturing into town. Portland is a great town and there is plenty to do. In one day we enjoyed lunch at Deshutes' Brew Pub, a wine tasting at Division Wines, a delicious vegetarian dinner at Harlow's and coffee at the haunted and creepily cozy Rimsky Karsacoffee House. The next day we took the hour drive to the Columbia River Gorge and experienced waterfall alley. Multnomah Falls was too crowded but we enjoyed Horsetail Falls and had an adventurous hike to the beautiful Wahclella Falls. The Portland Art Museum and the Lan Su Gardens are also recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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