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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:
July 15, 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 4.9130435 based on 132 reviews
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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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5

Perfect house for our trip!

  • 5 of 5

Nifty thrifty was the perfect house for us for our trip to Eugene! We were working/attending Black Sheep at the fairgrounds and wanted something close by. This house was great! Close to the grounds, walking distance to restaurants and shopping, easy to find. The owner is wonderful! She met us at check in and walked us through the house. Very cute and very clean 2 bedroom, with plenty of space. We were so happy to have a full kitchen, beautiful back yard, and a comfy quiet place to return to at night. Thanks Nifty Thrifty! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meeting you two fiber-friends was a delight! Thanks for the excellent explanation of the carvings on Nifty Thrifty's Jamaican chair -- I'm totally stealing that story to share with future guests, because it's not only humorous, it could well be accurate of the carver's intent! And those beautifully knit socks: wow, Gina, they fit perfectly and I will wear them with joy. Needless to say, I do hope to host you two again --and maybe your missing third -- next year! --Ellen
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5

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Very quiet and clean. Really enjoyed how ever thing was within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Hope we'll see you guys again sometime! --Ellen
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5

A wonderful house in South Eugene

  • 5 of 5

The Nifty Thrifty is a great house in South Eugene! It's really close to the Amazon trail and dog park, which we walked to every day of our stay! We were also able to have a small gathering for friends and family in the backyard, and Ellen & her husband were more than accommodating to our needs! The house is very clean and comfortable and you can tell it has been lovingly cared for. It's pet-friendly, and Ellen provides covers for the furniture for peace of mind. I would stay here again in a second! Thanks Ellen & Ken!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Website Description is Right: Affordable, Convenient Choice

  • 5 of 5

Very positive overall experience and impression. Well-kept, well-stocked and comfortable home. Owner responded nicely and promptly to every communication. Everything about the property was just as described in the listing.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Lou! I'm glad you thought Nifty Thrifty to be a good value! I hope your travels take you back to us again soon...maybe for the NCAA Track and Field finals again...or for the Pre Classic...or one of the other many sports-related (and non-sports-related events) that Eugene is famous for! --Ellen
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Wonderful and centrally located

  • 5 of 5

Perfect little house for a weekend stay. Backyard was fully fenced, perfect for letting our dogs run around. Extremely welcoming and courteous host. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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

South Hills House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 28 2017 - Sep 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$100
From
$110
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
UO Welcome Week
Sep 21 2017 - Sep 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 2 2018
1 night minimum stay
$85
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
May 25 2018 - Jun 14 2018
1 night minimum stay
$100
From
$110
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
NCAA Track Finals
Jun 6 2018 - Jun 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
$520
Flat fee
 
 
UO Graduation
Jun 15 2018 - Jun 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
$140
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Jun 19 2018 - Aug 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
$100
From
$110
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$90
From
$100
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: 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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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