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Cottage In The 'Hoods' In Central Ne Portland Near Alberta Arts District

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Br, 1 Ba, 1-level Home With Private Parking & Tons Of Private Outdoor Space.

This delightful single-level home is a warm, inviting and colorful space that very comfortably accommodates 4 people overnight in 2 bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed.

The 2 bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the house, making it ideal for 2 couples seeking to take in Portland's many offerings together, but at the end of the day, would appreciate a little privacy.

Our guests will enjoy the luxury of 100% cotton sheets, goose down comforters and wonderfully comfortable mattresses with the addition of memory foam pads - many of our visitors have commented that they enjoy the feeling of wallowing in comfort! (Note: Those who prefer a more firm bed may find the beds too soft for their liking.)

With a fully-equipped cook's kitchen and formal dining room that seats up to 6 people, guests can enjoy comfortable space in which to create and enjoy culinary delights crafted from Portland's gastronomic bounty.

Unique from most other Portland vacation rentals are the patio and yard space where guests can take full advantage of Portland's glorious spring, summer and fall. There's plenty of room for sun-seekers, barbecue aficionados and kids.

Other amenities include

• Private off-street parking for 2 cars

• Free Wi-Fi

• Bose speaker dock for an iPod

• Gas fireplace in the living room

• Gas barbecue grill outdoors

• Dishwasher

• Air conditioning in the bedrooms

• Dining Room w/seating for 6

• Walk-in shower

• Hairdryer

• 2 bicycles for guest use

• Amazon Fire TV - brings the latest in entertainment technology to the home, offering thousands of movies and shows, as well as extensive music choices.

Guests will have the run of the entire 1000 sq. ft. house and the 5,000 sq. ft. lot on which the house sits. This includes full access to 2 private patios, one with a gas barbecue. 2 bicycles are available for guest use.

PLEASE NOTE: We book our home ONLY through VRBO/Homeaway. We do market for stays of 28 days or more through other channels, but ultimately the booking will go through VRBO. Protect yourself - do not BOOK our property through anything by VRBO!

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Peter Gearin
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Peter Gearin

Seeking warmer summers and a more exciting, diverse urban lifestyle, my wife and I recently relocated back to Portland from the Oregon Coast. I'm a 5th generation Portland native, and am now enjoying retirement. My wife, Susan, grew up on the coast, and got to know and love Portland while attending college here. She is a former newspaper owner and is now a business communications consultant; she works from our home.

We love to travel, and together have enjoyed trips to Madagascar, Zanzibar (for our honeymoon!), South Africa, Spain, Italy, France, England, Morocco, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and most recently, Chile, where Susan's son is living.

In our 12 years of togetherness we've frequented vacation rentals almost exclusively when we travel because we prefer that lodging experience over a hotel.

We love to eat and Susan loves to cook; one of our favorite summer activities is bi-weekly visits to Portland's many farmers markets for locally- grown produce, cheeses and meats.

We're also avid mushroom hunters. (No, not that kind!). Funghi foraging opportunities abound in the region, but our favorite season is fall, when we find and feast on chanterelles, hedgehogs, matsutaki, lobster and the occasional but generally elusive cauliflower mushroom.

There's much to enjoy in and around Portland, and we're happy to share what we know with our guests!

Peter Gearin purchased this house in 2013

Why Peter Gearin chose Northeast Portland

When an aging neighbor made moving plans to be closer to family, he gave us the opportunity to purchase his home for future use by Susan's mother. The home was in need of some TLC, and we were up to the challenge.

As Susan's mother isn't relocating here in the near future, we made the decision to transform the home into into a fun, feel-good vacation rental property in the interim. It was a natural outlet for our creativity - including that of Susan's very artistic Mom!

Also, as frequent vacation rental guests and with a family that formerly owned a luxury boutique hotel, we wanted to use the knowledge of what we liked - and didn't - in vacation rentals around the world to create a welcoming, warm home for travelers to Portland and our neighborhood.

What makes this house unique

This 1000 sq. ft. home sits on a very large Portland lot, allowing for a great deal of outdoor space. With the home sitting far back on the lot, the front yard enjoys a great deal of sunshine.

We like that because we are sun worshipers, and expect others are, too! A summer vegetable garden is in the works, and guests will be able to partake in the seasonal bounty.

Inside, while a simple home, the efficient floor plan uses every ounce of space (no hallways!) making it seem much more open and airy. Natural light streams in washing over the colorful walls; my family refers to it as 'The Happy House.'

A very pleasant surprise for us was the honey-toned hue of the original floors, revealed when we had them refinished.

While we live just steps away, as our remodel and furnishing process was nearing completion, we found ourselves enjoying an end-of-day drink or lunch on the front patio with family and friends at THIS house instead of at our own home!

In short, this house FEELS GOOD. We hope you think so, too.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Northeast Portland, Oregon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly-tiled walk-in shower with grab bar w/grab bar & bench
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Nicely appointed, large closet, comfortable bed, aircon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Comfortable bed, closet & chest of drawers; skylight. aircon
  • All beds feature 100% cotton sheets, down comforters and memory foam toppers, air conditioning.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Cottage In The 'Hoods' In Central Ne Portland Near Alberta Arts District
average rating of 4.9589043 based on 73 reviews

Very clean, comfortable home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 months while our nearby house was being remodeled. The house was squeaky clean, well stocked, and very comfortable. Our hosts Peter and Susan were fantastic and were available any time we had questions. We loved being less than a block from Wilshire park and a few blocks from New Seasons (a great, local grocery store). We also easily walked to the Alberta Arts district for dinner many times. After staying for so long, it really felt like a home to us and we were sad to leave. We'll definitely be encouraging friends and family to stay here in the future.

  • Submitted: 3-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great. We enjoyed the cottage very much

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, art-filled, clean and well-appointed (oh, and great location, too)!

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at this pretty and comfortable house. The last time was during a very hot summer weekend, and this time - in winter - we liked it just as much. We love the neighborhood, and the feeling that we were staying in a friend's home: there are paintings and art throughout, comfortable furniture and lighting, and wonderful peace and quiet. The beds would be best appreciated by fans of soft mattresses.

We would definitely stay here again on our next visit to Portland.

  • Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim & Laurie, so glad you enjoyed your 2nd stay at the Cottage, but it sounds as though you were not, and continue to not be, soft bed fans! It is, of course, a personal preference, and many have commented on how they love them. That said, you've alerted us that "cushy" is not to everyone's liking. We will be mindful of that, and incorporate that reality into our listing so as not to blindside anyone who has not previously stayed. But thank you so much for being repeat guests, and if we change out the beds to something more firm, we will let you know! Susan
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Talent, OR

Cozy home for family stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely stay! We would definitely be repeat renters here. A comfortable, sweet cottage that felt cozy and cared-for (I’ve found that sometimes rental homes are empty and spartan). We stayed here with our two young children - we appreciated the park nearby and the fenced-in front yard to play in, too. By the time we went inside, they were glad to read by the fireplace. Thanks for providing good bedding (quality pillows and down duvets - makes such a difference!). We didn’t do much cooking this trip, but I could see that the kitchen would have had everything that we needed.

  • Submitted: 12-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Moody, BC

Eclipsed our Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The "Cottage in the Hoods" set the stage for what was to be an excellent and memorable adventure witnessing the total eclipse. Our family required a Portland spring point, departing at dawn to venture into the path of totality, which turned out to be a wondrous event, but our memory of the experience was greatly enhanced by our stay in this remarkable cottage the night before. It oozes charm and character, is spotless and well-equipped, and provides a perfect location to experience Portland as a local, affording convenient and central access to the City and its surroundings. Our only regret of the brief adventure is that we would have liked to have stayed longer in this exceptional accommodation. We have stayed in several VRBO listings, and none have disappointed, but few have been as impressive as this one. It receives our highest recommendation, and we hope to be back!

  • Submitted: 18-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage in the most appealing area of Portland

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location. Everything was close by and within walking distance. Cozy and comfortable! Will stay again on out next Portland adventure

  • Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Alberta Street or Beaumont Village (many choices)
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Rose City (18 hole public golf course)
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Union Station (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Alberta Street or Beaumont Village (many choices)
Nearest Ski
48 Miles
Mt. Hood
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Cannon Beach
Car: necessary

Our quiet neighborhood is flat - therefore walk-able and bike-able. Our home is just two blocks from the Going Street Bikeway, where cars take a backseat to bikes on this East/West bicycle thoroughfare. Adults and kids will enjoy Wilshire Park, just 1/2 bock away.

And for foodies who prefer doing their own cooking, New Season's grocery is just a 12 minute walk or a 4 minute bike ride away.

The happening Alberta Arts District, McMenamin's Kennedy School, and an emerging restaurant/bar district at 30th & Killingsworth nearby offer exciting eating and nightlife options as well as galleries and unique boutiques. Just west of the property, Beaumont Village offers a quieter option for shopping, dining (some great breakfast options!) and welcoming coffee shops. Old Salt Marketplace, one of Portland’s hottest new restaurants, is just down the street on 42nd Avenue.

In addition to bicycles provided, public bus service is just a few blocks away. Visitors can also access Car to Go, or private taxi service and 'sharing' economy taxi services. Light Rail serves downtown and the Airport, with the nearest station just a short cab or bus ride from our property.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Northeast Portland, Oregon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Season
Mar 16 2018 - Jun 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$382.83
Cleaning fee C$95.71

Monthly rates available upon request. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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