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A Mill House In The Heart Of Old Bend

Old Bend, Bend, OR, USA
  • Bungalow810 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

2 bedroom 1 bath historic mill house bungalow two blocks from downtown.

This remodeled, bright, comfortable, 1920's lumberman built bungalow is in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of downtown Bend. Designed and furnished for easy living it features a large well stocked kitchen in case you are not walking to one of the many nearby restaurants. The original fir floors, trim, and lava rock foundation speak to its historic charm.

This thoughtfully decorated historic home is full of new, contemporary furnishings and fibers. The interior features a cozy living room with a chaise sofa and chairs, Smart TV and charging stations for electronics. The two bedrooms have queen beds with high end mattresses and bedding. Energy efficient front loading washer and dryer units in the laundry room are for your use and convenience.

Enjoy the flat screen Smart TV with WiFi and access to Netflix, Hulu and other sites from the home screen.

The private backyard is fully fenced. Off street parking and the garage provide storage for your toys.

St Francis McMenamin's and Wall and Bond Streets, numerous coffee shops, breweries, and restaurants are very short walks from the house. The Deschutes river trails, Drake park, and the just completed White-water Park and skating rink are a few short minutes walk away. Old Mill shops are eight blocks. Two cruiser bikes, Nellie and Floyd, are in the garage ready and waiting for touring the local areas.


Steven and Lynn Wren

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About Steven and Lynn Wren

After searching the Pacific Northwest for the perfect place to hang our hats in retirement we found Bend offered the places and spaces for all of the outdoor and cultural activities we enjoy. Even better, all of these places are within an hours drive. The town offers our favorite beverages, excellent restaurants, and entertainment all a short walk from our historic home. The idea of walking and biking to escape the constant need of a car was high on our priority list. We are fortunate to have found the place, Bend, and the space, our Wren's Nest to enjoy for many years. We are delighted to share what we enjoy with others. Even the drive over the Cascade Range to sunny Bend is the beginning of our scenic adventure. If we are not hiking, Nordic skiing, kayaking, biking, or exploring the high desert, we are enjoying the culture and festivities Bend offers. There is always entertainment or adventure just outside, a short walk or ride from our door.

Steven and Lynn Wren purchased this Bungalow in 2013

Why Steven and Lynn Wren chose Old Bend

Location, location, location. We wanted to downsize and live in a comfortable home in the heart of Bend. That we found a solid, comfortable, historic property made this choice of home even more special. To be located on a quiet, neighborhood street just steps from all the town of Bend has to offer sealed the deal.

What makes this Bungalow unique

The mill house is located in a designated Historic District of Bend. All dwellings and businesses within this district are required to retain the turn-of-the-century exterior conditions when improving a property. This home's stacked lava rock foundation, original fir wood floor and other vintage details of the era are retained along with updates to interior spaces.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • High end mattresses and linens. Quiet and private rooms. Both have closets, luggage racks and places for your gear.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathtub with shower recently installed subway tile. New water efficient toilet.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          In the Historic District at the edge of downtown Bend.


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Brand new Central AC for Summer 2016!
                    • Garage
                      The large detached garage at the end of the driveway will hold all of your toys.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central forced air gas. New, quiet, energy efficient unit.
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Front loading. Energy efficient.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Chaise sofa, chairs, end tables, ottoman. Charging station for devices. Small Library of local guide books and regional literature.
                    • Parking
                      Off street driveway with room for 2 vehicles. On street space for one vehicle.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Front loading. Water and energy conserving.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker on one side, hot water maker on the other for teas, hot chocolate or other hot beverages.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Stocked for the cooks. Sharp knives. New non-stick cookware. Blender, coffee maker, coffee grinder, mixer bar tools, necessary kitchen gadgets.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Stocked for every day use. Salt, pepper, sugar, spices, oil and other condiments.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Bar height dining at counter with stools and table height dining with 4 chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Guides to area activities and trails provided.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu Ray DVD player.
                                • Games
                                  Board games and outside games.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Wifi. Hulu and Netflix.
                                • Stereo
                                  Wireless / Hardwire Bluetooth speaker adapts to your music player devices.
                                • Television
                                  Smart TV
                                • Toys
                                  Corn Hole and Ladder Toss - outside games to play in the faux grass, fenced side yard.
                                • Video Library
                                  Small collection of DVD movies.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      There are four bikes; two town cruisers, no gears, 2 1970 Schwinn his and hers vintage with gears. All with helmets, locks, bells, lights and a pump in the garage.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Private high fenced back yard with deck, patio, dining table, chairs, umbrella, a gravel outdoor 'living room' with 4 adult and 2 childrens Adirondack chairs. 2 backpack-able festival chairs.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Sunny south facing front yard. Faux grass, fenced side yard for outdoor games.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill with 2 level grill space and separate side burner.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      The garage will hold the gear you bring.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      The garage will hold the gear you bring.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              St Francis McMenamin's salt water soaking pool, two blocks. $5 per soak per person. See page in guest binder for directions and pool use times.


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Garage space for your own bikes, floats, skis, paddle boards, etc. Mounted bike work station. Floor pump. There are 2 festival chairs that can be carried to free music events in town with a zippered cooler and stowing pocket.

                                                                  45 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great little house in a perfect location downtown. Within walking distance to all of downtown

                                                                  Angie B.Roseburg, Oregon

                                                                  The house was well stocked with the essentials and were easy to find and use. All essential information was readily accessible. The house is cute and the beds were great. Didn't use the bikes but it's a great idea. Quiet neighborhood with good parking. The location is the best for downtown, we walked everywhere and it was super close.

                                                                  Quant Cottage in the heart of Bend

                                                                  Debra S.Red Bluff, CA

                                                                  Lovely little cottage right in the center of Bend. The only problem we had was with some hot water issues, but feel quite sure the owners will take care of this issue promptly. Very clean and comfortable little cottage.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your kind comments about Wrens Nest. I appreciate the feedback about the hot water. It is time for a new <> hot water heater.

                                                                  Fantastic Location!

                                                                  Ryan F.

                                                                  This is a updated 1920s home that has good upgrades. The beds are nice, though the bedrooms are 1920s small. But if you spend a lot of time in the house, you are vacationing wrong.

                                                                  What really matters is the house is located a 10 minute walk from a fantastic brewery/restaurant/bar scene and great park (Drake - home of Mirror Pond). It also has easy road access for getting out to Bachelor and parking for 3 cars (2 in driveway, one in front of house)

                                                                  Location, Location, Location makes this a great place to stay and experience Bend!

                                                                  Loved it!

                                                                  Jennifer M.

                                                                  We spent 3 nights at the Wren's nest last week, celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary. The house was perfect! Cute with comfortable furniture and all the amenities AND walking distance to all the pubs and restaurants. We explored Central Oregon by motorcycle during the day and that itself was an excellent experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back for sure. Thank you for thinking of everything!

                                                                  Great location and great home away from home!

                                                                  Sabrina M.

                                                                  My parents, my husband, our dogs, and I really enjoyed our long weekend! We were able to walk to most of the things we wanted to do (which included a concert at the amphitheater and mainly food) plus there were so many hikes within a short distance so the drive was no problem! The house was just what we needed and had a great back patio. I really enjoyed the contact with the owners of this property which made the stay that much more positive. We'd love to stay here again next time we come to Bend!

                                                                  Great space and location!

                                                                  Shanna M.Seattle

                                                                  We were very pleased with this rental and would suggest it to friends planning a visit to Bend. Downtown, Drake Park, and the Old Mill District are not more than a short walk from the house. The space was clean, comfortable, and truly had everything we needed for our visit. The central air conditioning was a wonderful creature comfort during back to back 80+ degree days!


                                                                  Old Bend, Bend, OR, USA

                                                                  Bend is central Oregon's four season hub for all types of outdoor recreation from snow skiing to mountain biking. The Three Sisters Wilderness, Cascade Mountain Range, and High Desert to the East provide endless opportunities for exploration. In town there are miles of walking trails, 15 microbreweries, many excellent restaurants, and a shoppers paradise on Wall and Bond streets and at the Old Mill. St Francis McMenamin's with it's Turkish soaking pool is 2 blocks away. The Deschutes river trails and parks are five blocks. Old Mill shops are eight blocks. Within a 30 minute drive of Wren's Nest there is Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, tubing, world class mountain biking, road biking, hiking, rafting, lake and whitewater kayaking, swimming and tubing. Of course there's plenty of porch sitting at the house.

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                                                                  45 Reviews
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