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Review 3950: Historic Hawthorne Rentals, Hawthorne Ranch House
3bed/1bath house in Portland, Oregon
November, 2008, 4 nights
This house is located in the Hawthorne/Belmont district of southeast Portland. It is on a quiet, residential street just two blocks from Belmont Street with lots of local shops and restaurants. Downtown Portland is a 15 minutes drive and the airport is 20 minutes away.
Everything was within walking distance. There is a small market a block away and a Thai restaurant on the corner. The supermarket, coffee shop, and many other restaurants are only a few blocks further.
The house is a newly renovated ranch style in a quiet residential area. There is a large two car garage, but there was plenty of street parking as well. The front door opens into the living room/dining room with the bathroom and three bedrooms down the hall. The rooms are small, but the open plan living area never felt cramped. We were five adults and a two-year old.
There is a small outside patio with a BBQ and seating area. The small, fenced yard was quiet and private, but not well maintained. The yard was badly overgrown. This may have been because it was November, but comments from previous renters seemed to indicate that this was a recurring problem at other times of the year.
The house was clean and comfortable with enough seating for six in the living/dining room. The furniture was obviously fairly new. There is cable TV in the living room and two of the bedrooms and free WiFi.
There are queen beds in two of the bedrooms and a twin/full bunk bed in the third, so this would probably work best for two couples and a couple of kids, although we did have twenty-somethings in the bunk beds. The beds were very comfortable with nice linens. The one bathroom was clean with a tub/shower combination.
The kitchen was fully equipped with plenty of good pans, dishes for more than six people, and lots of extras ... toaster, blender, coffee maker, and more. It was a nice kitchen to cook in, with lots of counter space and room for several people to be in at once.
Problems or Bonuses
It was important to us that the house be child-friendly as we were traveling with my two-year old grandson. It was more than we could have hoped for. There were plenty of toys and games to keep him occupied, plastic dishes and glasses, a crib and high chair and even a stroller for the walks to the park.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners, Shelley and Chris, are Historic Hawthorne Rentals and have several places in the same neighborhood. All of the arrangements were handled easily and efficiently by email and there were no surprises. We didn't need anything while we were there, but they live nearby, if necessary. We paid $600 for four nights.
We were in Portland for a wedding and other family and friends stayed in two other Historic Hawthorne Rental units. They were extremely satisfied as well.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly stay here again or in one of their other units if I needed a smaller place. It was not fancy, but clean, comfortable, a great location and a great price. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in Portland.
Things to do in this area
Because we were there for a wedding we had little time for unscheduled activities. We did manage a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts (try the bacon/maple bars...really!) and walked to Pine Street Biscuits for the breakfast biscuit with gravy.
Laurelhurst Park is about six blocks away and the 30 acres of walking paths, the duck pond and kid play area is wonderful for kids and adults alike for a little quiet time.
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