Downtown - Preserved Craftsman, Turn of the Century Home W/ Original Wood Work

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Last updated: 09/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

At Wine Country Properties, we believe in serving you by being responsive to your needs and by providing the best location and atmosphere to make your vacation memorable.

Experience wine country history in this unique, craftsman style home, custom built in 1910 for Walter Link, president of the McMinnville Bank, eccentric bachelor, and the original 'most interesting man in the world.' Walter lived his entire adult life in this home with his sister Alice, for whom the front upstairs bedroom is named. He loved McMinnville and built his home in the heart of downtown, just three short blocks' walking distance from his bank in what is now McMinnville's Downtown Historic District on Third Street.

This two-story, gentlemanly detailed property on Oregon's Historic Register is a perfect home away-from-home for either business travelers or vacationing couples who are looking for an upscale getaway while enjoying Oregon's wine country. The Walter Link house has one king-sized bedroom and two queen-sized bedrooms. There is one full bath on the upper level and a half bath on the lower level. The living room is open to a large dining room with a table that seats ten and a complete kitchen stocked with cookware and essentials. With its spacious entertaining area, it is also ideal for company or holiday parties.

The center focus of the Walter Link house is the living room's ceramic fireplace with hammered copper and brass accents that feature scenes from Walter's childhood in Bavaria. Walter's study, with its distinctive leather and brass riveted walls, is now this historic home's master bedroom. It's french doors open to a breakfast balcony with access to a beautifully landscaped, oversized, fenced-in, private back yard. The back yard has a built-in fire pit, patio furniture, barbecue and a propane heated lamp so you can enjoy your evening into the night. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the back yard's herb garden when cooking.

Many locals know the Walter Link house by the enormous redwood tree on the corner of its lot. Walter Link planted this redwood in 1896, and when city planners restructured the downtown streets in the early 1900s, they purposefully curved NE Galloway Street to accommodate the tree. Walter Link was fond of the woods and also planted the giant redwood near the McMinnville Public Library, which is McMinnville's official Christmas Tree.

Please note, where the Walter Link House is indeed a home, its many levels, hidden nooks, turn-of-the-century stairs and antique features are not conducive to families with children.

Events in Downtown McMinnville or Nearby:
*Art & Wine Walk, 3rd Sat. of Month 4pm to 8pm
*Farmers Market (Seasonal), Thurs. Starts May thru Oct.
*SIP! Wine and Food Classic, Evergreen Space Museum, Mar. 11th - 13th
*UFO Festival, McMenamins, May 12th - 15th
*Turkey Rama Festival, July 8th - 9th
*International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) at Linfield College, July 29th - 31st
*Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, Carlton, Aug. 13th
*Linfield Commencement, McMinnville, May 29th
*Dragging the Gut Festival, Aug. 25th - 27th
*Oregon Brews & BBQ, Grainary District, Sept. 9th - 11th

Dayton - Another Small Quaint Town in Wine Country, 8 Minutes Away
*Wine Country Memorial Weekend, May 28th - May 30th
*Dayton Friday Nights (Every Fri. Night), Jun. 3rd - Aug. 27th
*North Valley Cruzzers Car Show, July 16th
*Old Timers Weekend & Dayton Fire Dist. BBQ, July 29th - 31st

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1918 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside only....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered:

    We gladly invite your house trained pet for a nominal fee. Please be sure to mention the size/type of your four-legged family member in your inquiry. Thank you...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Adjoining bathroom with sink and stool....moreless

  • Walter's Room: 1 queen

    Located on upper level...moreless

  • Alice's Room: 1 queen

    Located on upper level...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Downstairs: toilet

    Accessible from living area and master bedroom....moreless

  • Upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The Walter Link House is located downtown, you never have to drive. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Fireplace with wood stove insert indoors and fire pit on patio....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    2 car driveway + street side...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Fireplace with wood stove insert indoors...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic items only...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Small bistro set outside Master bedroom, leads to deck/patio....moreless

  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor furniture provided....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Raised beds with garden herbs....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard


Write a review 4.4
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2016
May 26 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$160 $240
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Low Season 2016 - 2017
Nov 1 - May 24, 2017
2 night min stay
$130 $185
Fri, Sat
High Season 2017
May 25 - Oct 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$160 $240
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Maintenance Fee $29 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.8%


Please inquire about our monthly rates. Guests staying 30 days or longer - there is NO lodging tax. Guests staying 30 days or longer - cleaning fees vary depending upon length of stay.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 09/27/2016
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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
McMinnville Airport
0.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Grain Station Brew Pub - located 3 blocks east
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bayou Golf Course
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Salem, Oregon - head South
0.01 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1882 Grille - located across the street
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt. Hood/Meadows
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lincoln City - Pacific Ocean

Car: Recommended

The McMinnville Granary District is located on the east end of downtown (8th & Alpine). Home to 10 wineries, breweries, tasting rooms, restaurants, day spa & salon, coffee roaster, shopping & more. This is a casual place where you can bring your dog, eat indoors/outdoors and be entertained by music and events throughout the year.

If you are into exploring McMinnville, this is a MUST DO to put on your list. The old timber barn with open beams and rustic wood work has been converted into a micro brew pub. The menu features wood fire pizzas, tasty burgers and fresh salads that pair well with their craft beers and local wine selection.

If you are into a little music, check out their Brews & Bluegrass open jam session Tues. nights 6pm.

If you are a UFO attendee, the UFO parade on Sat. May 14, 2016 ends at the Granery District. The place is hopping with people all dressed up in their UFO garb.

If you are an Oregon Brews & BBQ supporter (local fundraiser for St. James Catholic School), the Granery District hosts the event every year - Sept. 9th-11th, 2016. Over 35 regional brewers, music and lots of BBQ.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: She had Wine Country Farmhouse…he had Walter Link House, and this is how Anita Borgaes and Larry Stevens met. Well, actually it was at the UFO Festival, but that’s another story. The result was another Vacation Rental, with now another one along the way. Both are natives who grew up with the wine industry; Anita picked grapes during harvest on one of the first vineyards in Dundee, Larry was raised on a farm in what is now the McMinnville AVA. Like Salmon, they returned after exploring the world to pursue their passion in their hometown: preserving historic properties and sharing Oregon Wine Country with the world. By joining forces—with Anita’s background in real estate and Larry’s background in construction—they have created a solid team in the growing family of Wine Country Properties.

Why the Owner Chose McMinnville, OR, USA:
Walter Link House located 532 NE Galloway St. is Larry’s first VRBO (2 blocks off 3rd St.). Walter Link was the President of McMinnville Bank and this home was his legacy. Larry is committed to preserving that legacy. We believe that if you are going to wine, dine and enjoy the downtown festivals, you should never have to drive. Those are the two things all of our locations have in common, character and walkability. This is Larry’s second home and our favorite. We know that you will love the property as much as we do.

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  • Dining Room into Living Room

    Dining Room into Living Room

  • Entry


  • Kitchen


  • Walters Room

    Walters Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Master Bedroom Balcony/Deck

    Master Bedroom Balcony/Deck

  • Fire pit and patio looking toward Master

    Fire pit and patio looking toward Master

  • Entrance view

    Entrance view

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Alice's Room

    Alice's Room

  • Upstairs Bath

    Upstairs Bath

  • Downstairs Bath

    Downstairs Bath

  • Back Patio area

    Back Patio area

VRBO #650298

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Downtown - Preserved Craftsman, Turn of the Century Home w/ Original Wood Work

McMinnville, OR, USA #650298

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