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Nifty Thrifty - Affordable, Convenient Hotel/Motel Alternative!

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Cozy, Casual, and Well-Located


Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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.

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Some games and toys provided....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We welcome one or two quiet, clean dogs when notified at the time of booking. We charge a pet fee of $20-50 depending on number and breed of dogs....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Ramped access to home, but interior doorways may not be accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Also contains a computer work station....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Living room Sleep Sofa (Queen sized, high quality).

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books:

    We have both 'serious' and popular reading options....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Bring your own DVDs or rent locally....moreless

  • Games:

    We have a few games and puzzles....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Our cable package is currently deluxe, but that is subject to change. Please inquire. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Smart TV in the living room, smaller older TV in the kitchen....moreless

  • Toys:

    Soccer ball, badminton set....moreless


  • Budget


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

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


  • Dining:

    Kitchen seats 4 on low stools with a view of the garden. Dining area of living room seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A portable unit is available for the master bedroom in season. We also have ceiling fans in both bedrooms and the dining room, with several portable fans available on site....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    It's an old one, but works fine for surfing and printing out boarding passes....moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage parking for one vehicle....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Thermostats in each room for maximal comfort....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Sofa, recliner, and an upholstered chair big enough to read to a child in! Also television, a DVD player (bring/rent DVDs) and a selection of books. There's a good-quality radio in the kitchen, too....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway parking for one or two vehicles....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free of charge....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    At times we have free firewood onsite, too! But burning must not occur during local air-quality no-burn periods....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee unit....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough to serve 12!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Uncommonly well equipped, including small appliances -- such as mixer, crockpot, wafflemaker, blender, toaster oven -- and a variety of spices and kitchen staples....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    We generally maintain staples and spices, and often more! We always tell guests to look before they shop....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large. No icemaker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Glass-top range and large oven, all-electric....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Small patio with wrought iron outdoor table/umbrella for dining. There is also a round plastic table available, with six additional chairs. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Landscaped yard and garden featuring flowers and fruit (blueberries, grapes, pears and apples)....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane is filled each year in May....moreless



from 110 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 28 - Sep 4, 2017
1 night min stay
$100 $110
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

NCAA Track Finals
Jun 7 - Jun 10, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
UO Graduation
Jun 16 - Jun 19, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
UO Welcome Week
Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$90 $100
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $20 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.3%


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 for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • 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!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Southeast Eugene, Eugene, OR, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Speaks: spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cozy, Casual, and Well-Located

    Cozy, Casual, and Well-Located

  • Comfortable Living Space in Pleasant, Walk/Bus Neighborhood

    Comfortable Living Space in Pleasant, Walk/Bus Neighborhood

  • Seating for Six -- Four Chairs and a Bench

    Seating for Six -- Four Chairs and a Bench

  • Private Fenced Yard with Patio, BBQ, and Roses

    Private Fenced Yard with Patio, BBQ, and Roses

  • Workstation with Computer in Master Bedroom. View Our Guest Links!

    Workstation with Computer in Master Bedroom. View Our Guest Links!

  • Small but sufficient full bath, recently remodeled!

    Small but sufficient full bath, recently remodeled!

  • Well-Stocked for Cooking, with Room for Extra Cooks

    Well-Stocked for Cooking, with Room for Extra Cooks

  • Fireplace, Flat-screen TV, 
Free WiFi, and Plenty of Good Books

    Fireplace, Flat-screen TV, Free WiFi, and Plenty of Good Books

  • Save Money by Eating in, with a View of the Garden.

    Save Money by Eating in, with a View of the Garden.

  • Queen-sized Bed in Master Bedroom

    Queen-sized Bed in Master Bedroom

  • Full-sized Bed in Second Bedroom, Garden Views

    Full-sized Bed in Second Bedroom, Garden Views

  • Nifty Thrifty Looks Forward to Welcoming You!

    Nifty Thrifty Looks Forward to Welcoming You!

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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