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Beautiful historic home near Drake Park and downtown Bend

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large home in a quiet residential neighborhood with best location in Bend.

This historic California bungalow was built in 1911 and is perched on a double lot a block from beautiful Drake Park and downtown Bend. George Palmer Putnam (Putnam Publishing) had the home built for Dorothy Binney (heiress of Crayola Crayons), his first wife. After leaving Bend, Putnam became Amelia Earhart's promoter and later, her husband.

When built, the living room was the largest room in Bend and in the early years it was used for church services, town meetings and social gatherings. It has four spacious bedrooms (3 king size beds and 1 queen), a large dining room with separate fireplaces in the dining and living rooms. The front porch becomes the favorite spot in warm months, tucked under an ancient ponderosa pine, a perfect place for a glass of wine with friends. It overlooks the tiered yard and has views of Drake Park with Mirror Pond beyond. The large kitchen/family room is stocked with great cooking gear and has a full pantry.

A couple blocks away is the public library as is Mcmenamin's, with its soaking pool and movie theater. You'll enjoy walking a block into town to find many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and specialty shops. This downtown location is near The Old Mill district with more restaurants, shops and a Regal movie theater. It is also near the iceskating rink, the take out spot for floating the Deschutes River and numerous brew pubs.

More Details

Rick Denton
Member since: 2015
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Rick Denton

Now retired after a thirty year career in the wine business, I am enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer. Fly fishing, skiing, hiking, lake swimming and riding my electric bike.

Cooking has always been a passion and I still love to cook for any one who is hungry.

Rick Denton purchased this house in 1983

Why Rick Denton chose Bend

This beautiful four bedroom home is in the quiet residential neighborhood of the Drake Park Historic district and you can walk to all Bend has to offer......Deschutes River, hiking trails, downtown restaurants and shops, beer pubs, bike shops, library and churches.

What makes this house unique

This historic neighborhood and proximity to downtown Bend create a unique ambiance for those wanting to be in walking distance to restaurants and shops.


Old Bend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • 2 bathrooms 1 shower 2 bath tubs ( one is the original 1911 claw foot enamel)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • four large bedrooms 3 California King, 1 TempurPedic and 2 memory foam 1 Queen size
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
State and National Register of Historic Places


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Beautiful historic home near Drake Park and downtown Bend
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

The house is in a great neighborhood. It's set up for lots of relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We liked that we were so close to downtown Bend. There's a couple of nice parks close by.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful gathering in this historic home

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Rick who had kindly shoveled the path and cleared parking spaces for arrival on a snowy and very chilly afternoon. He led us through the house, pointing out the historic details of this beautiful, well kept home. He left us with all we needed, and we made sure we knew he was at hand if there was anything we needed. It felt like our family home, so comfortable, cozy and plenty of space for our large gathering. The beds were comfortable and bedrooms large with plenty of room to spread out. Christmas decorations were in each room; beautiful, delicate and very festive. Everything we needed to cook a wonderful family dinner was at hand in the an avid cook I was very impressed by all this beautiful kitchen had to offer..including the sofa in the corner, a favorite retreat for a nap. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect home for our extended family, and we hope to be back this summer to experience the warmer side of Bend! The snow falling was beautiful to watch from the front room, and the fire in the huge wood stove kept us toasty warm. We loved bundling up and our walks in Drake Park, strolling in town; great shops, restaurants and Deschutes Brew pub! Thanks to the Denton family for opening their amazing home to us!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charm & History all wrapped up in one!

  • 5 of 5

What a memorable Thanksgiving week spent in Bend with our whole family! The Putnam House was a great choice for us. Loved the proximity to every where. We rented bikes from Hutch's and had a ball riding all over Bend. A guided Fly fishing trip was a great experience too. One of us ran the 10K on Turkey Day to benefit the local boys & girls club which was a ton of fun to be a part of. The 3 Deer that appeared and hung out in the yard most mornings and ALL day long on Thanksgiving day was an unexpected delightful surprise! The kitchen is very well equipped which made us feel at home. Loved the couch in the kitchen! Surprisingly the one shower situation worked out just fine. The beds are very cozy and comfortable. This house is chock full of vintage memorabilia taking you back in time for sure. Rick was available to us when we had a question and made us feel welcomed.

We will remember our stay in Bend at the Putnam house forever~ for that I am grateful

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Historic Home in Ideal Location in Bend

  • 5 of 5

Rick was very easy to work with - quick to reply, and walked us through and gave us a tour upon arrival.

The house itself is in immaculate condition - clean, gorgeous, historic, and in a very convenient and safe location. Only downside was that there was just one shower in the house. Otherwise, it was a wonderful stay and even with the shower situation, I would absolutely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Historic Property in Premiere Bend Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a family wedding and our whole group stayed in the home. The property is the historic Putnam House and feels like a large and grand family home. Our toddlers loved the outdoor swing and we enjoyed dinner on the porch and big breakfasts in the kitchen and dining room. The property was very clean, comfortable and the host very helpful and welcoming. We would like to stay here in the future, so much better to have our large family under one roof and so close to the fun of the downtown Bend area.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly recommended this house

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of eight stay here for a long weekend. More than enough space in this historic house that is very well kept. The location is perfect and the owner, Rick, was great.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
deschutes brewery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
widgi creek
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Pine Tavern
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
mt bachelor
Nearest Beach
190 Miles
Car: necessary

Very close to Downtown Bend, with great dining and shopping. As well one block from Drake Park and Mirror Pond. Brew tours and cycle pubs can pick up here


Rates & Availability

Old Bend House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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