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Nifty Thrifty - Affordable, Convenient Hotel/Motel Alternative!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casual, affordable and oh so conveniently located, Nifty Thrifty is the answer for singles, couples and small families seeking elbow room on a visit to fun and funky Eugene. Park the car in the attached garage: Around the corner (29th and Willamette) you’ll find a gourmet market, and a variety of restaurants and shops. Bring a bike or take advantage of the two bus lines that are just steps from your door – either way, you’re within minutes of Fifth Street Market, the Hult Center, Saturday Market, the University of Oregon campus and Hayward Field, or Autzen Stadium. It’s only 20 minutes by car to the Lorane Valley wine country, less than 60 to the whitewater beauty of the McKenzie River, and less than 90 to hike or ski the Cascades. Nothing’s out of reach from this location!

The one-story 1950s-vintage house features two bedrooms, a full bath, hardwood floors, a fireplace, a private fenced and landscaped backyard (roses!) and a laundry. The full-sized kitchen is equipped with all the appliances you’ll need to pull together breakfast at the dinette or serve dinner in the dining room. If there’s business on your schedule, there’s a workstation in the master bedroom and WiFi throughout the house. The neighborhood is quiet, safe, friendly, and eclectic. You might hear the neighbor’s chickens softly clucking now and then, but don’t worry – no roosters!

Said a recent guest: 'Nifty Thrifty was the perfect choice...ideally located, close to shopping, public transit, the university, and Amazon Park with its bicycle & running trails, children's playground and a great dog park. The home is spotless with all the extras one could need, even a garage for the car. The back yard was perfect for our pooches, completely fenced with plants and lawn and a small patio with a table and chairs. The neighborhood is extremely quiet with very little traffic other than the local residents. All in all, we couldn't have been more pleased...and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a vacation rental in Eugene.'

The details:

• Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom.

• Full-sized bed in the second bedroom.

• Sofa-sleeper (queen) in the living room.

• Air bed and cot available for child use, with special owner permission.

• The house is ramp-equipped for handicapped access, though not all interior doorways are accessible.

• All linens and most cooking supplies are provided.

• Quiet dogs are welcome with owner permission.

More Details

Owner
Ellen W.
Member since: 2010
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Ellen W.

With my husband and two teenage children, I've traveled the world -- always on a budget, preferring to spend my money on interesting locations and new experiences instead of luxurious lodging. I've brought my personal travel philosophy to Nifty Thrifty, where you'll have a place of your own with all the comforts of home. And, thanks to our very reasonable rates, you'll have the extra spending money you need to make your visit to Eugene and the Willamette Valley memorable. When you stay at Nifty Thrifty, you're not dealing with a distant owner. My family and I live just seven blocks away, and we're always happy to answer a question, solve a problem, or make a suggestion. Come visit us! We know you'll be pleased!

Ellen W. purchased this house in 2000

Why Ellen W. chose Eugene

This house was in the family and just too sweet to let go. It's perfectly located for anybody coming to Eugene for any reason, and it's our pleasure to share it with you! Check our over 100 five-star reviews to see the many ways that Nifty Thrifty pleases its guests and leaves them promising to book again soon.

What makes this house unique

If you've ever wished you could be a local, just for the length of your stay, Nifty Thrifty lets you do that. Neighbors will nod and wave, you'll see a variety of people passing on bikes or on foot on this quiet street, and when you venture forth to shop or find a meal, you'll be taking the same steps your neighbors do day after day. Have a conversation at one of the two bus stops that are each less than a block away. Pick up your morning coffee at the bakery/deli, browse the farmer's market (in summer), select something delicious to bring home from the best markets in town, have a beer at the sushi bar or a cocktail at a stylish restaurant -- it's all just two blocks from your home-away-from-home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We ventured here from a faraway land – Oz. We truly enjoyed our stay here and wish it could have been longer. However, moving on is life on the "Wicked" stage. Wishing you all the best! Dancing through life, Justin, Ryan, and Ryan Patrick.
Apr 2011
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Amenities

South Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Budget
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Also contains a computer work station.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Living room Sleep Sofa (Queen sized, high quality).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9166665 based on 137 reviews
5

Cozy home, just right for our weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Ellen's home was just perfect for our family of 4 (adults) and small dog. It is walking distance to many restaurants, some shopping, a wonderful free dog park and a running/walking path. We enjoyed grilling in the backyard and just relaxing when we weren't out on an adventure. We enjoyed meeting Ellen and her husband. Theresa and family

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, private, excellent access, cozy and clean. Thank you for making our stay a 5 star experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great rental!

  • 5 of 5

'Nifty Thrifty' says it all! Ellen does a great job with this rental home.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Peggy! Glad your stay was a good one, and I hope that we'll see you again sometime! --Ellen
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5

what a vrbo house should be

  • 5 of 5

everything you need Ellen provides. it is the absolute best equipped home we have stayed in and she is absolutely the best owner you could have. the location is fantastic for Eugene. Ellen is a very fine lady and an outstanding landlord. thank you Ellen for a very happy time in Eugene.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver
5

Great place to stay in Eugene!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here and recommend it as a comfortable and spacious place to stay in south Eugene. This isn't a high end luxury property, it's more like a comfortable home that has been lived in. It was very clean and functional with good amenities. It's also a great location, very close to some restaurants, including an excellent Thai place just down the street, and high end grocery store very similar to Whole Foods very close by. It was bonus to be able to park our bikes in the garage and enjoy a BBQ in the backyard.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for touting the house's attributes! In a world full of properties furnished by IKEA, Nifty Thrifty -- as photos show -- has a more settled look. It's furnished for comfort! And, truly, the neighborhood can't be beat. It's got everything you'd need within a block or two, yet it's quiet. Glad you had a chance to use the grill and give your bikes a spin! Hope to host you again sometime! --Ellen
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good place to stay

  • 4 of 5

excellent, furnished house with everything necessary for a good stay. Well kept, comfy place.

Very convenient to shops and highways.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Cliff, for capsulizing Nifty Thrifty's attributes so well! You included something I don't often think to cite: the house is a straight shot west of Eugene's southernmost exit, 30th Avenue South. It's easy getting into town, and easy getting out! Hope to see you two again sometime! --Ellen
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Map

Autzen Stadium
"UO Duck Football!"
Eugene Airport (EUG)
"We love our easy-peasy airport. It's pretty, too."
University of Oregon
"So many concerts and lectures to choose from."
King Estate
"An absolute must-visit. Casual yet elegant -- have dinner, or just sip wine with a small pla..."
Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15
Hayward Field
"Historic Hayward Field is what makes us Track Town USA. Even if you're not a track and field..."
The Cooler Restaurant & Bar
"Perhaps the best sports bar in town. But we have another closer to Nifty Thrifty -- the Flyi..."
Alton Baker Park
"Great place for a run or a stroll along the river path."
Owen Memorial Rose Garden
"In bloom much of the summer."
Sweet Cheeks Winery
"Another great close-by winery. This one sits at the crown of a small hill with a lovely view..."
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
"We enjoy a wealth of entertainment year-round at the Hult. See if you can figure out why we ..."
Hendricks Park
"Lovely hilltop park landscaped with rhododendrons and woodland plants. It's a great Sunday a..."
Market of Choice
"This is the best gourmet and all-purpose market in town, and it's just a block from Nifty Th..."
Laughing Planet Cafe
Glenwood
"Here's the place to suit everyone in your party, as the menu is wide and varied. Try their t..."
Cornucopia Bar & Burgers
"One of Eugene's little neighborhood joints. Small and often crowded, so go early -- especial..."
Ron's Island Grill
"Good Hawaiian food to eat in or take out, healthily made."
Humble Bagel Co.
"Great onsite-made bagels of many varieties, also the Humble Beagle restaurant."
Newman's
"Best fish market in town. You can get freshly made fish and chips to go or to eat on the patio."
Prince Pucklers
"Locally made and wonderful ice cream in amazing flavors. Try the Euphoria Sundae."
Off the Waffle
"Gourmet waffles (Belgian Liege style), with combinations of toppings that can sound weird --..."
Car: not necessary

In-town sights and activities: Eugene Saturday Market, Oregon Country Fair (July), UO Football, US Track and Field Trials and the Pre Classic meet, wine-tasting at King Estate and many other wineries, live theater, UO art and natural history museums, Fifth Street Market (destination shopping), Art and the Vineyard (July), and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum (hiking, bird-watching, swimming hole).

Out of town but nearby: McKenzie River (whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, touring, hiking, Willamette Pass (downhill and cross-country skiing), Cottage Grove (covered bridges), Corvallis (OSU and downtown shopping), and much more!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $200

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Please contact owner for monthly quotes, discounts may apply. Event pricing is based on double occupancy, add $15 per adult per night for additional occupancy. UO home football games carry a two-night minimum and rates are similar to Summer weekend pricing. Children under the age of 12 at time of a stay are free with a double occupancy booking. Owner reserves the right to reject one-night stays or add a cleaning fee prior to confirmation. Pet fees are also subject to change for more than one dog (no cats). Tax ID #4840 (Eugene) and BIN 014627718 (Oregon).

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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