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A Mill House In The Heart Of Old Bend

Bedrooms 2
Space 810 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Steven and Lynn Wren
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

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.


Old Bend Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 810 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathtub with shower recently installed subway tile. New water efficient toilet.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • 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.


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A Mill House In The Heart Of Old Bend
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 44 reviews

An absolutely perfect cottage, and great bikes; best location in Bend!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED this cottage. I've visited Bend yearly for the past 10 years and stayed at different rentals, and I can say this is my absolute favorite. The location is ideal; central and close to all the breweries, shops, and parks. The 4 bikes are perfect for cruising around town. The back patio and grill are the best spot in town for a quiet dinner! The house also has EVERYTHING you'll need for a perfect vacation - laundry, well equipped kitchen, soft linens, and dog bowls and bed. I'm already looking forward to next year. Wish I lived here! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wish we lived here full time too! We put a lot of time and energy into this little place always keeping in mind what amenities are necessary for our and our guests comfort. Thank you for such a detailed review.
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Quant Cottage in the heart of Bend

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Fantastic Location!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and great home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great space and location!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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10 Barrel Brewpub
"Best time to visit is off hours. Excellent beer, food and conversation with Bend's friendly..."
Riverbend Park
"This is the launch for floating the Deschutes through town. Foot paths wind south to the par..."
Deschutes Brewery
"Brewery tour is quite informational, impressive facility, free tastings."
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
"Food, beer, fire pit hangout for locals, Turkish Soaking Pool that can't be missed."
Jackson's Corner
"Great food and drinks. "
Drake Park and Mirror Pond
"The classic downtown park along the Deschutes River. Take Georgia across Bond and Wall, righ..."
Newport Avenue Market
"High end but very fun to browse."
The Old Mill District
"Excellent shopping center with movie theater, restuarants, walking trails on the Deschutes R..."
Les Schwab Amphitheater
"Concert venue for big name artists."
Devore's Good Food Store-Wine
"Funky little food store with many healthy choices. We love to grab a picnic lunch here on th..."
Crux Fermentation Project
"An easy bike ride from the house Crux is our favorite brewery. They produce a good variety o..."
Strictly Organic Coffee Co
"To close to the house to need the bike. Also have food. Busy patio."
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Redmond Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Boneyard Brewing 1/4 mile
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Rivers Edge Golf Course
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Eugene, Oregon
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 97
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
many excellent choices within 1/2 mile
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mt. Bachelor Ski Area
Nearest Beach
190 Miles
Oregon Coast, Florence, Oregon
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $200

Payments more than 30 days out can be made by check for full amount or credit card. Less than 30 days credit card only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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