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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 - 5 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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

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 Drake Park

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.


Drake Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Outside quiet hours 10pm-6am
  • No extra folks without prior permission No events or parties
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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
State and National Register of Historic Places


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(26 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful historic home near Drake Park and downtown Bend
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Lovely home and PERFECT location to walk to downtown Bend!

  • 5 of 5

My five best friends and I recently stayed here for three nights in June and it was the perfect home for us. Lots of cozy seating areas (the porch!), plenty of rooms and comfy beds for sleeping all six of us and best of all, it was only a couple of blocks walk to downtown Bend. Tons of great towels for bathing and the kitchen is well appointed. We loved it and will definitely come back. The owner Rick was awesome too, very communicative and gave us a tour of this historical home at the start of our stay. Highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house and location

  • 5 of 5

The Putnam House is in the perfect location for a stay in Bend. It is in a nice quiet neighborhood, a 3 minute walk to downtown or Drake Park, and a 5 minute walk to the brew pubs. The house is roomy, the kitchen is well equipped, and the yard is beautifully maintained. We will definitely want to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This home is even more beautiful in person - the porch was such a relaxing place and the lot is elevated so it felt very private. Location is perfect walking distance to Galveston/Westside, Downtown and even Old Mill area. The kitchen was fully stocked with any dishes/utensils needed and the owner even met us there to walk through a tour of the homes history and answer any questions. I definitely recommend this home and would love to stay again someday.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Putnam House. It was perfectly comfortable and had everything we (and a 3 year old!) needed. The location is great. Beautiful neighborhood, close to the park and downtown. It could not have been better.

Extra pluses: great kitchen with every you would need.

And Rick is a great, very responsive host.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Family Big Fun!

  • 5 of 5

Life is like a box of chocolates....... this was my favorite......

Our 7 person party (2 adults, 5 teens) fit perfectly and had wonderful time.

Thanks to the hosts who set the house up with every need anticipated.

We’ll be back

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful long weekend at the Putman house. There was a small scheduling mishap when we arrived but Rick promptly took care of it and we were in the house in no time. This house is so close to town and Drake park, quick four block jaunt. The bedrooms are great sizes with very comfortable beds and the house did not carry sound at all. Our favorite part was the kitchen. It is a great updated kitchen with a cozy couch for people to hang out while others cook. There is everything you need to make all your meals at home. I highly recommend this house and hope to come back again! Already trying to get my family to come down this summer.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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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
35 Miles
Elk Lake
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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