3500 Sq Ft house on 2.75 acres - 4 Bdrm 3 Ba Sleeps 8, on the McKenzie River
About Jane Terry
Our family has rented VRBOs on and off, and finally decided to purchase a vacation home for ourselves to be closer to our children and grandchildren. We closed on this property in September 2015, and have been busy making it a home-way-from-home for ourselves, and opened it up to VRBO guests early 2016. We love this property - it's rich in natural beauty, and we are excited to offer it to other travelers. This is our second home, and we share it with you presuming you will take good care of our things while enjoying this spectacular home. My husband is a Buckeye, while I was born and raised in southern California. My parents were from the Portland area, where we ultimately raised our children (in Tigard, OR). Our grown children now have family here, and Whispering Pines will be our place to reconnect. We hope it will become a second home to a small group of regulars, and it becomes the place they too reconnect with friends and family over lovely dinners, long walks and lingering talks. We enjoy entertaining, and we enjoy our family. We want the experience here to be the same for you as it is for us - which is why we have extensive kitchen tools and gadgets, outdoor seating, and nooks and crannies to sit in. Use the house as base camp while you explore the Eugene Cascades, or use the house to take refuge from the world - either way it is here for you. Kids love to crawl into the window seat benches. Young adults generally like to curl up in the over-sized round swivel chairs, and the game players camp around the large coffee table in lower common area. While we love Whispering Pines for its natural beauty and respite for the soul, it is also close enough to snow for our adult kids and our grandchildren to go for a day of fun at Woodoo, Sisters, or Bend, and close enough to Eugene for Duck games. My husband and I no longer ski, but we wanted kids to have access to that recreation. For us, the forest and river satisfies our souls, and inspires our hearts
Jane Terry purchased this House in 2015
Why Jane Terry chose Vida
We weren't looking to buy a house when we found this property, but its majestic beauty and useable riverfront just took our breaths away. The drive onto the property was reminiscent of Brigadoon, the mythical village hidden in the hills of Scotland. Once inside the house, we saw the marvelous wood used in the interior design of this custom home, the spacious layout of the house, and then we went outside to the deck. There, we fell in love with the river - the long stretch of riverfront, and the forested paths leading us to Marten Creek. We have rented homes on the river before, but the difference between those homes and this one is that in those homes the river was loud and wild, rushing by. Here, it runs steady, but mild and calm in the warmer months. There are large rocks out back that have a drop-off to the river. From these rocks you can fish, jump in the river and float, or just sit and enjoy the views. Downstream, where the Marten Creek empties into the McKenzie, is a shallow area for wading into the water, or you can take some chairs down there and sit in the water, or do some fly-fishing from there. Just under 3 acres, the combination of 2+ acres of forest, a large house, and big beautiful rocks out back, all on a secluded level lot, made it irresistible to us. We think you will find it irresistible, too. Living in a city as we do now, we do not like to hear traffic noise when vacationing. Hwy 126, which runs along the river, serves as a main thoroughfare for logging trucks and if you look where we are on the map, you will see this property is far from the hwy. Two things keeps the area quiet - there are acres of hazelnut trees between the hwy and river, which sit at a higher elevation. We are happily buffered from Hwy 126 both by distance and elevation! Here, we have a river, old-growth trees, a solid bank to fish from, a creek to wade in and a stillness in the air. The perfect place to reflect, relax, or reconnect with friends and family.
What makes this House unique
The most unique benefit you are sure to enjoy is the close proximity to the river and the creek. Over time, the changes to land use laws no longer permit homes to be this close to the river. The property is not manicured or landscaped - it is groomed for fire prevention and entertaining, but otherwise the land is naturally filled with trees, ferns and other growths. Rhodies were brought in 20 years ago, and there are a few Japanese maples, but otherwise the land is natural. There are three favorite sitting areas along the river, where you just melt into your seats and watch time go by - or in the summer, watch rafters go by. Breathe in deeply - the pine scented air will fill your lungs, exhale and feel the release. Then sit back and enjoy the company of your friends, your family, or your own self. The hikes in the area are beautiful. There are dozens of trails and most recreational hikers will do fine. There is a lovely walk off property along the river heading North on a paved road, with little traffic, that goes for miles, but because Whispering Pines is remote, most day hikes will be along a scenic drive to get to your destination. Larger day trips would include Crater Lake - 2.5 hours away (140) , but an early depart time, and allowing 3 hours for being there, and you could do it in a day. Stop at Ike's Pizza to bring dinner home; Mt Bachelor, also 2.5 hours away (120 mi); Hoodoo an hour away (60 min), and Bend is 105 minutes (99 mi) away; Mt Hood 3-1/4 hours (188 mi); Coast is 90 minutes (80 mi). Portland is 134 mi, 2.25 hours. The area is blessed with several beautiful trails & waterfalls. We like to stay local when at Whispering Pines, and get in a local hike or two (see our FaceBook page for photos of local hikes), be at the house on that river with all those trees around us. Whether you are coming for an extended stay, or are passing through to another destination, Whispering Pines is a special treat you are sure to enjoy.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Must be pre-approved.Must be pre-approved.
No pets - No pets. No pets.
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great location for a relaxing weekend
We had a small family reunion here and it was fantastic. The house and grounds are even nicer than the photos. We will visit again for sure. Thank you all for making this a great holiday weekend.
Relaxation and Adventure in Vida
Looking for a property by the river in a quiet environment but with sufficient nearby activities to raise the heart rate and we found it in Vida. Myself and my three young adult children had a wonderful time.
Whispering Pines far exceeded our expectations! The view of the river was stunning, and the paths around the property were so fun to explore. The owner has provided so many extras that go well and above what you would expect in a rental. We are already talking about returning to this well cared for, incredible home on the river.
Thank you Kim! We enjoyed having you and your family and hope to see you all again next year. Thank you for taking care of our home.
Truly enjoyed our stay!
Amazing home on an amazing river
This house has it all and it’s perfect for the whole family. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home!
Private home, on large parcel filled with old-growth trees and ferns. The road does not have thru traffic, and is quiet. There are local businesses (cafés, etc) that support this quiet lifestyle. Lane County, Eugene Cascades is host to several activities revolving around the outdoor life. This is the ultimate get-away place - whether you are in town for a Duck game, hiking, or just seeking some quiet time, this is tranquility at its best.