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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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

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 South Hills

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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9117646 based on 153 reviews
4

Nice house and owner. Very comfortable stay.

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed here before which is why we chose this property. Ellen keeps everything in working order and is a great host. House is convenient to shopping, restaurants, etc. although we choose renting a house so we can do our own cooking. If we have a need for renting in the area again, we would stay here.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable house, nice neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

We found Nifty Thrifty to be just what it claimed to be--a comfortable, affordable house in a friendly neighborhood. We were there for 9 nights, and would happily return.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best Bargain Ever

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here proved to be wonderful. Clean, well appointed, near restaurants, safe neighborhood, etc., etc. I honestly can't think of a negative. Look for yourself...there is not a better deal around Eugene than this home. Ellen was very helpful and gracious. This is now our go to VRBO when visiting our son in Eugene. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grants Pass OR
5

Nifty Thifty is just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. Neat as a pin! Owner lives very close and greets you and shows you around personally. Kitchen is very well stocked with everything you would need to cook a meal. Seating for 4 for dinner. Computer access and TV are great! Neighborhood near most staples that one might need -- good restaurants, Office Max, grocery store, great Thai restaurant, etc. Darling back yard. Garage. W/D. She is very accepting of pets as long as you are respectful and wipe feet and put provided covers on furniture. My dog loved it there. Good walking neighborhood too.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review! You captured so many of Nifty Thrifty's attributes! Tiny clarification: The dining room table has four chairs and a bench that seats two. The kitchen table seats four. Hope we'll see you again sometime soon! --Ellen
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PORTLAND
5

Nice & Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay even though we had to cut it short. The back yard was great for our "MAX". The location was great and the house has everything a person could ask for. We will definitely recommend it to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Portland, OR
5

This is why I don't stay in hotels any more

  • 5 of 5

Nifty Thrifty is exactly why I no longer stay in hotels - it was super quiet, comfortable, easy, and has a kitchen. Ellen was extremely easy to work with and she was as flexible as she could be with our uncertain schedule. We only stayed one night, but I would definitely return! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review! By all means, let's do this 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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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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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