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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian

Bedrooms 1
Space 660 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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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Lara Garrett
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Lara Garrett

The Vista Cottages caught my attention 15 yrs ago...

Why Lara Garrett chose Portland Heights

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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Portland Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • 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
  • Stove
  • 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
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Historic Vista Cottage- Portland Heights -Featured in the Oregonian
average rating of 4.9375 based on 97 reviews

Very clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is spotless and I enjoyed being there even though I was not in the cottage much, comfortable bed

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lovely home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for three days or family weekend at Lewis & Clark College and this was a perfect home base for us. Nicely appointed, and every detail taken care of. We also had dinner the first night at the restaurant around the corner--cozy and delicious.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation. This cute little cottage was amazing. It was well stocked and had everything you could possible need. It was very cozy and the bed was very comfortable! A beautiful neighborhood with a great place for pizza on the corner.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming bungalow in the hills

  • 5 of 5

The Historic Vista Cottage is a real treat for architecture and history buffs, as well as anyone interested in landscaping with local plants -- the garden along the side of the house is delightful. The cottage is the perfect size for two people, equipped with everything we needed, and had the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on in a rental. Street noise was not a problem in the bedroom. In fact, we found a little fan in the closet and turned it on for some white noise, then slept right through all the kids arriving and playing on the school playground across the street before their classes started! The location of the cottage is perfect. There's a wonderful little Italian restaurant and an antique shop at the other end of the block, the neighborhood is lovely to walk around with all the stately old homes, and everything we wanted to do or see in Portland seemed to be about 10 minutes away by car. We always found street parking within half a block when we returned to the cottage. Very convenient. I was sad to leave and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland in September

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Historic Vista Cottage in Portland Heights. After we booked our stay we found out that a friend had recently stayed in one of the units....small world...their experience was great so we knew ours would be as well.

Now after our trip we are convinced that staying in this neighborhood was a great decision. We were able to walk to downtown (big hills but we got our steps in) or Uber, enjoyed the Vista Cafe on the corner and walking the neighborhoods and looking at the homes in the area was half the fun.

Our son joined us for a few nights from LA and he slept on the couch (he said it was comfortable). We were also able to leave for a one night to tour the coast (Astoria, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City) and it was great that we had a place to come back to after we stayed one night in Astoria. This is close to everything you want to do.

The home was clean and the place was well apportioned with supplies (kitchen supplies, seasonings, bathroom supplies, bedding, etc). The laundry worked great and we were thankful we had this as we were in the middle of a 2-1/2 week road trip.

Thanks Lara for everything and we would recommend the Historic Vista Cottage to anyone visiting the Portland area.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique, inviting Spanish revival cottage

  • 4 of 5

On this busy corner lot across from an elementary school stands a beautifully renovated Spanish revival cottage, one of 5 in a group of sibling cottages. There is lots of opportunity to people watch from the perch overlooking the drop off early and the mid afternoon pick up of kids of varied ages and their parents. This coupled with the timing for our visit of street/utility construction made for lively (noisy) early mornings especially. We are from Texas, but we were able to overcome our disbelief over a paucity of air-conditioning. The highs early in our visit were hotter than what we left behind in rural west-central Texas! Lara brought us extra extra screens, and the nights cooled off well, for the most part. Excellent bed, very well appointed galley kitchen, the cleanliness, and all the furnishings spoke of great care with selection made us feel very much at home. The owner has told us that she will be adding towel bars and shower hand holds.

We enjoyed the location, and even took the challenge several times to walk down to Burnside and points north and back up the hill again. We enjoyed the convenience of the Vista Springs cafe, and all that we discovered down the hill in lovely Portland.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $85 + 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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.