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Houseboat Heaven - Romantic Riverfront Suite in SW Portland

Bedrooms 1
Space 51 m²
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Riverfront 1 Bed/1 Bath Suite w/ Private Entry

Pristine, serene, IN-CITY private houseboat master SUITE (not the whole houseboat) on the lovely Willamette River. This is a small, upscale floating home community, the only one actually within Portland proper on the downtown (southwest) side of the Willamette River. Located 2.5 miles directly south of the downtown core, but an island of tranquility between checking out the Portland action.

Portland is famous as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, wine and beer connoisseurs, garden lovers, foodies, art lovers, water sports - you name it. My houseboat is located right smack in the middle of it all and just seven minutes by car or Lyft/Uber from downtown Portland. And no bridges to cross!

*NOTE: Guests do not have access to the main portion of the house where I live, nor do I have access to your waterfront suite, except in an emergency. There is a private guest entry. While the lower waterside deck is shared with me, I do my best to give my guests privacy most of the time except for those times when I need to occasionally water plants, or do my daily paddle board. But I have my own decks upstairs, too. :)

The master suite has a private deck entrance, bath and sitting area. Gorgeous new waterside cedar deck. Enjoy wildlife, fish, swim, sip wine by the river-rock gas fire pit. Faces west to park setting and beautiful sunsets.

* You've never slept on a bed this comfortable! A lush new memory foam queen mattress with Pottery Barn linens and plenty of great pillows.

* Private bath with tiger bamboo flooring, nine-foot cedar ceilings, double granite sinks, heated towel racks, heated bidet, and 6-ft soaking tub which is a shower/tub combo.

*A small nook is located off the sitting area with a good-sized bar fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and tea maker.

* Guests must sign waiver to use bikes.

* WIFI, of course.

* No local cable TV - Roku with Netflix, HBO, Hulu Plus, and dozens of other cable channels.


* Nice-sized refrigerator with small freezer

* Microwave

* Dishes, glasses & utensils included

* Coffee pot, coffee

* Electric hot water pot with tea

* Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, lotion included

* Alfresco dining table for six.

* Beach towels included.

* River rock gas fire pit on deck for those lovely evenings by the fire with your glass of wine

* A small safe is provided for your valuables.

* Includes use of 2 adult mountain bikes. (Helmets must be worn, locks used and waiver signed.)

* Wifi, of course.

* 42-inch wide screen TV with HBO and Roku for Netflix, Pandora, etc. No local cable.

* Electric candles are provided. (No candles may be burned inside.)

* Iron and ironing board

* Local food and activity guides provided. (Leave your comments!)

* 2- 7 min to great food, bars, shops on this side of Willamette and in quaint Sellwood community, just over the bridge.

* Just over bridge from Sellwood Farmer's Market on Wednesday afternoons

* Natural grocery store/deli - 300 yards away (Zupan's); and New Season's (1.5 miles, 7 minutes)

PLEASE NOTE: No cooking in the room other than heating in the microwave. Lots of great restaurants nearby!


(In-between eating and drinking!)

* Oak Park just across the river for beaching, summer concerts, walking the nature paths. and historic amusement park

* Riverfront Loop - Great biking path right by the houseboat which connects to Springwater Corridor just over the Sellwood Bridge. - An easy 11-mile loop through downtown Portland with fun brewpubs and restaurants along the way.

*Rent stand-up paddle boards and kayaks within a half mile of houseboat.

* International Test Rose Gardens - (4.7 miles, 15 min drive, overlooking downtown) Stunning rose gardens famous the world over with astounding city views!

* Portland Zoo : great summer concerts, gorgeous zoo! (13 min,, 5.6 miles)

* Edgefield McMenamin's: Fabulous outdoor music venue, with small golf course, and amazing, eclectic, historic hotel with about a dozen unique bars to wander through. Used to be an old poorhouse. Great place to spend the night and use their outdoor soaking tubs!


(If you ever get tired of all that vibrant, eclectic Portland offers!)

* Multnomah Waterfalls: (38min., 33 miles) Hike the trails or just gawk at this famous two-tiered, 620-foot waterfall - the tallest in Oregon. Well worth a stop on your way to nearby hiking!

* Willamette Valley Wine Country: (45. min. southwest) 440 wineries, 17,000 acres of vineyards with 75% devoted to the area's world-class Pinot Noirs. Make a day!

* Spectacular hiking, fishing, skiing on Mount Hood just over an hour east.

* Stunning beaches 1 hour west to the fabled Oregon Coast

* Hood River: (1:10 min., 68 miles) This windsurfing, kite-surfing, beer and wine mecca sits on the Columbia River. Well worth a day trip! Go thirty minutes up the backside of Mt. Hood to hiking and skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge.


* Check-in: 3pm Check-out: 11am

* Please let me know your arrival time by at least 48 hours before your stay so I can plan to meet you and give you the quick tour.

** IMPORTANT: Individual liability releases MUST be signed upon arrival by all parties BEFORE use of recreational equipment.

* I do NOT accept children under 15 years of age for water safety reasons. I love kids but it can be dangerous here with unprotected dock edges EVERYWHERE!

* Absolutely no pets, although, yes, I love dogs and have a very gentle 50-lb labradoodle.

* No more than TWO PERSONS per stay. There is only one queen bed and no room for an air mattress or sleeping on the deck. Sorry! And no, they cannot sleep on the couch.

* No parties please, other than small dinners on the deck. ( ...Heavy drinking and/or partying do NOT mix with houseboat risks of living on top of water. Trust me.)

* Bugs? Almost none. Really.


* Only 10 car minutes south of downtown Portland, 15-20 min. by bike along riverfront trail;

•Three miles north of downtown Lake Oswego

• 2 miles from downtown Portland (7 minutes)

• 2.4 miles to OHSU tram (8 minutes) (or drive to OHSU in 12 min.)

• 6 miles to Portland State University (12 min.)

• 16 miles to Nike (27 min.)

• 18 miles from Intel in Hillsboro (32 min.)

• Bus line just 1 block away


* NOTE ABOUT SEASICK QUESTIONS: My houseboat - floating home, technically - is VERY stable. You may notice a very SLIGHT movement once a day or less, but mostly you will not even know you are on a floating home. That has never been an issue with anyone down here in big homes like mine. In addition, I am on the inside on something like a lagoon, so I miss the main channel turbulence. Plus, my entire float was completely rebuilt in 2015 to add even more stability so, no, you won't get seasick. That being said, there's always a first...

** I reserve the right to limit swimming or bicycle usage during certain times of year under any of the following circumstances:

* I deem weather conditions are unsafe.

* I believe a person is under the influence of a substance that may impair them.

* I believe a person is not fit enough to be safe.


I want to keep my guests safe so they'll come back...

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Jennifer Moran
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house boat rental in Lair Hill, Oregon

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 51 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Double granite sinks, heated towel racks, heated bidet, six-foot soaking tub, tiger bamboo floors, tongue-in-groove cedar, nine-foot ceiling.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Includes a new queen, pillow-top mattress with memory foam, Pottery Barn linens, extra pillows, sitting area, nook with microwave, fridge and coffee maker plus Starbucks coffee and local tea. Sitting area and bedroom open directly onto deck and waterfront.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Floating home communities live in close proximity to each other so we work at being good neighbors. This is NOT a party house and no other guests are allowed to visit without previous permission from me. (I don't mind a couple of folks, but parties are NOT permitted.) Please be respectful of quiet hours, as well as the rest of the time. We like to have fun and hope you do, too, but if you are bothering the neighbors I reserve the right to ask you to quiet down. If it gets really bad, I can ask you to leave. So please be mellow and respectful. If you come in late or leave early, please do it quietly - we WILL hear you.


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Muddy Rudder
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Downtown Maxline
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
I-5 or 405
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Buffalo Gap Saloon and Eatery
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt. Hood
Nearest Beach
.2 miles - right across the river.
Car: recommended

We are the ONLY houseboat community in southwest Portland and one of only three such communities on the Willamette River. Literally ten minutes out of wonderful downtown Portland where you can eat, drink and shop to your heart's content. Or cross the river to historic/vintage inspired Sellwood, and SE and NE Portland for eclectic foodie heaven. Wine country is 45 min. west, the gorgeous coast an hour west. Ski Mt. Hood 1:15 min east. Paddle board rental and lessons are available five minutes away on the river, as well as kayaks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$75.51
Damage Deposit C$188.77

Rates are subject to change before reservation is confirmed by payment.
* CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if canceled at least THIRTY days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled within 30 days of your arrival. NO REFUND if within 7 days of arrival. Thanks for understanding! This is a business, folks.

** NO PETS, so please don't ask. I love dogs and have a labradoodle on the premises, but there isn't room. And it can be dangerous.
** Parking is limited to ONE car.
** We are respectful of each others privacy and quiet hours here at the marina, and all live very close to each other. If you are extremely loud or disrespectful during quiet hours (roughly 10 or 11pm to 8am) I reserve to the right to make you leave and refund half your money. Please - I don't want to do that!
** And finally, just so you know, five percent of my proceeds go to help the homeless in Portland. I am lucky to have a beautiful home and feel fortunate to be able to help others who don't. :)

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.

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