"My husband and I spent five days here over our anniversary in October. We've stayed in 4-5 house rentals in Bend and this has been the BEST, hands down. The location can't be beat - literally steps to the Newport Market, a 5-min walk to several of Bend's best restaurants and cafes (Chow, Backporch Coffee, trendy Spork), a 10-15 min walk to downtown and also to popular 10 Barrel brewery (and The Lot, a great pod of food trucks - with beer!), and a short drive to NW Crossing, which just opened a branch of one of our favorite bakeries in the entire world, Sparrow Bakery. It's also just a 5-10 min drive to gorgeous Shevlin Park which is filled with aspens and dog-friendly running/hiking trails. We ran there every morning.
The house is just as incredible as its location. First, it's super eco-friendly and the architecture is unique. The materials are beautiful including the polished hardwood floors and the stone (river stone?) doorknobs. Second, the overall layout works really well for privacy and space if you are traveling with a large family or several couples. There are two levels and the staircase leading to the second floor divides the second level into two very separate areas - one with the MBR and HUGE bathroom and the second with two smaller but lovely bedrooms, a full bath and a washer/dryer. Third, the downstairs living area is very comfortable. The kitchen looks brand new, was fully stocked with everything we needed, and had lovely finishes and high-end appliances. It would be a great place to entertain. Finally, it seems very dog friendly (yeay!). We didn't bring our dog on this trip but would do so in the future. A lot of rentals are more what I'd call "dog tolerant" but this one seems truly "dog friendly". The only two downsides are the stairs (if you or your dog have any problems with stairs) and also that the yard is on the side and is small, though it is fenced in. There's a reserved parking spot (not really needed in Bend but appreciated) in the back and even though the house sits on busy Newport, noise was not a problem. The house does not have views.
Brian, the owner, was great to work with - very responsive and friendly, so BEND! We especially liked that the house is keyless - we used a four digit preset code (that we chose) to enter the yard and the house. Overall ,we thoroughly enjoyed our time here and plan to stay again on a future trip."
Guest: Angelique L.
Date of Stay: October 2014
Review Submitted: February 8, 2015