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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:
March 21, 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
  • 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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Beautiful historic home near Drake Park and downtown Bend
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

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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Location, charm and loads of room

  • 5 of 5

This charming house is full of photos and antiques; it feels like home . There are four big bedrooms and lots of other spaces to relax and a real fire place. It is so fully equipped and perfect for cooking and entertaining. Rick is super to deal with and very reliable and friendly. The shops and restaurants and Drake Park are mere blocks away; the grocery store is a two minute drive. We wish we had had more time but we really recommend Bend and the Putnam House; perfectly situated. More perfect? A hot tub would be a great addition.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Get Together

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 couples and 2 grand babies fit perfectly in the Putnam House. Its location right by Drake Park and downtown Bend was ideal. We visited in early October and enjoyed a spectacular display of Fall colors.

We all enjoy cooking and found everything we needed: the cookware and pantry are well stocked and there were fresh herbs and plums growing in the garden. But on those days when we returned late from a day of golf, Bend’s restaurants were a short walk away.

The house has plenty of bath towels, kitchen towels and dishes. We liked the flexibility of having two dishwasher drawers instead of one large dishwasher.

Our 4yr and 2yr old grandsons enjoyed the expansive living room for playing with toys and running around but also loved cuddling on the couch in the kitchen where the family gathered a lot. The two separate gathering areas provide good spreading out room.

This house is not focused around a big screen tv (which we liked). And, yes, the one shower presented some challenges for a group our size but it really wasn’t that difficult to work around.

Rick was very accommodating and welcoming. When my daughter and her family were notified that their morning departure flight was canceled, Rick was able to extend their checkout time to allow the boys to nap before their afternoon flight.

I recommend this house to large family groups that want to stay in a warm, lived in home.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house close to downtown

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Putnam house. The house is big, comfortable, and well appointed. We especially loved hanging out on the lovely porch. Kitchen is big and well stocked, although we ate out quite a bit since there were so many restaurants in easy walking distance. Bedrooms were large and comfortable. Rick was very helpful getting us settled. We look forward to another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great house. Good for a family.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location. We could walk to everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Drake Park and Mirror Pond
Riverbend Park
Les Schwab Amphitheater
Jackson's Corner
Five Fusion & Sushi Bar
Historic Drake Park
Metolius River
Trattoria Sbandati
Wanderlust Tours
Deschutes Brewery
The Old Mill District
Deschutes River
Ariana Restaurant
Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
Pine Tavern Restaurant
Mother's Juice Cafe
Cafe Sintra
Footbridge to Drake Park
The Lot
Miller's Landing Park
Tin Pan Theater
Des Chutes Historical Center
Sun Country Tours
Primal Cuts Market
Old Historic District
The Barrel Thief
Bend Oregon
Strictly Organic
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
High Desert Museum
Benham Falls
Deschutes Brewery Restaurant
10 Barrel Brewpub
Victorian Cafe
Tumalo Falls
Sunriver Stables
Sparrow Bakery
Lava River Caves
Strictly Organic Coffee Co
Riverside Market
Dandy's Drive-In
Sunnyside Sports
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
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.