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Waterfront 2006 Modern Wine Country Home .62 acres & 231' of Salt Creek frontage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, couch, 2 memory foam sleeping mattresses, 2.5 Baths Sleeps 12

The Salt Creek Retreat is a 2006 built 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on .62 acres with 231 feet of creek front on a pie shaped lot. The home is modern with up to date furnishings and comfy beds. It's the last creek side home on dead end street so it feels like the country even though its only 3 blocks to downtown Amity with a wonderful city park, wineries, bank, restaurants, shops, gas station and market.

This modern home is furnished with comfort and convenience in mind with comfy beds and cozy living area. It's great for relaxing and enjoying the countryside and creek views from 2 upstairs bedrooms, back deck or living room and kitchen windows. It's also set up for those on business trips with desk (in china cabinet) in living room and master bedroom and Wi-Fi.

Downstairs has living room and kitchen with high tongue and groove pine ceiling and creek side windows and door to wrap around deck looking at Salt Creek below. Deck overlooks Salt Creek to the West and Amity Hills and Oak Forest to the North and East. There’s a 1/2 bath and 4th bedroom (as of Halloween 2016) created by remodeling 2/3rd of garage with tongue and groove pine ceiling/wall and art. Living area has comfy microfiber couch, couple chairs, smart tv with netflix and stereo. China hutch has desk that opens up and office chair.

Upstairs the home has 3 bedrooms upstairs with walk in closets. The 2 smaller bedrooms have West facing windows with great views of Salt Creek and share a large bathroom with a tub. One of the creek view bedrooms has a pine dresser and queen log bed with comfy bed right next to the window. The 2nd creek view bedroom has a pine dresser and bunkbed with full on bottom and twin on top. The master bedroom faces East with Amity Hills views and has a pine queen log bed and dresser in large closet, desk and private bathroom with tub.

More Details

Erich Degner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Erich Degner

I run a mail order business in Sherwood and Amity is a quick 35 minute escape to the countryside and nature. I wanted to start a vacation rental business where travelers can stay and relax in a spectacular natural setting within walking distance of a downtown and wineries. I found this perfect home on Salt Creek in Amity to start my endeavor. We clean the home with non-toxic cleaners and stock it with recycled paper products. I live 1/2 hour away so email, calling or texting is preferred if you have questions or issues.

Erich Degner purchased this house in 2009

Why Erich Degner chose Amity

The home has a million dollar view of Salt Creek and countryside. The home is downtown Amity, incorporated in 1880 and still an unspoiled Yamhill County farm town with population of only 1700. There is a mix of old homes, new homes and some manufactured homes in the safe neighborhood with lots of kids. It's 2 blocks to wonderful Amity City Park and 3 blocks to downtown Amity, elevation 162' in the heart of the Yamhill Valley. Downtown Amity has an Espresso drive through, restaurants, antiques, small market, a couple tasting rooms and Chevron.

The location is bullseye in the middle of Oregon Wine Country with wineries North, South, East and West. McMinnville (Mac) is 5 minutes North to shopping and only 10 minutes to historic downtown. Salem is 17 miles and you can drive in an hour to Portland, Cascade Mountains or the Coast. The home is in town so very walkable but also private since it is last creek side home on a dead end street, adjacent to Oak Forest.

What makes this house unique

The Salt Creek Retreat home is the perfect centrally located home for relaxing in wine country or exploring the Willamette Valley, Oregon Coast, Portland or Cascade Mountains. There are a couple nice country walks from the home. Shortest one is to walk through the City Park and head West on Bellevue Hopewell Hwy, cross the Salt Creek bridge and then take right on SW Lancefield road for a great view of the home from the farm and take as long a walk as you want in the country. The second is cross Hwy 99W, head East on Rice Lane past elementary school then take a left up SW Amity Vineyards Rd or continue straight on Rice Lane as both road eventually dead end up on the Amity Hills.

The home has great West facing views of Salt Creek and there are farms, countryside and the Coast Range off in the distance on the other side of the creek. Western Sunsets are spectacular when weather cooperates. There is great wildlife viewing with many song birds, hawks and Blue Herons that live on the creek. There's also fish, ducks and beavers that live in the Salt Creek riparian area and all you can eat blackberries from August to September. There’s a side yard on North Side of the home that stays nice and cool and shaded and from side yard there is a trail down to the part of the property that contains 231 feet of creek front and hidden canoe.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Enjoyed staying here for the eclipse. The park down the road was a great place to see it. We also went to Salem for the river walk and Lincoln City for the coastline. Blackberry season was a great addition to the visit, thank you!
Aug 2017
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Amity House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms have Montana pine queen log beds wth soft mattresses., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
printer/fax machine, stereo, bikes(2 adult bikes and one kids bike), friendly small town


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Waterfront 2006 Modern Wine Country Home .62 acres & 231' of Salt Creek frontage
average rating of 4.25 based on 50 reviews

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful area. The house is in a great location just outside Salem. Erich was extremely helpful and thoughtful. I couldn't have asked for a better place to spend two weeks in Oregon.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country Charm Modern Convenience

  • 5 of 5

Cute country home at the end of street (quiet and feels remote). I love the creek and views of wild life and the farm off in the distance. Kitchen had everything I needed to make a giant feast with plenty of servings to feed a large group. Kids love the park a couple blocks away with skate park. Deck gets great afternoon sunshine-perfect for lounging, yoga, tea/wine with friends, or just nature viewing. The rustic log beds were a big hit! Comfy and cute. Close enough to McMinnville if you need anything a city provides, yet tucked away in the country so you can get away from it all. Very easy & quick drive to the coast- we went to Pacific City for the day. There's a canoe to take into the creek if you are feeling adventurous- we went on a little paddle and saw some interesting birds. Erich was a great host and took great care of our needs- we needed to check in early. We will definitely be back again and again to enjoy the home, the land, and the area. Great Home and HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and quiet!

  • 4 of 5

Queen beds were very comfortable and it was a great location for us.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palm Springs

Expensive, but the house is not great, downstairs bedroom unuseable due to gasoline fumes.

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately, this house was not up to the standard we have experienced many times with HomeAway. Our family made it work, but we booked it thinking there would be a downstairs bedroom for my elderly Mom. The converted garage "bedroom" smelled so strongly of gasoline that we had to keep the door closed and stay out. Mom ended up on the couch and I slept on the floor by her. The stairs are very steep, but the upstairs bedrooms are much nicer. The deck is a little wobbly, but the view of the river and trees is lovely. The kitchen was adequate for making family meals. The price was considerably more than I have paid for much nicer places. I could not reach the host at any time after booking. I am sorry to say, as a loyal HomeAway client, that this house was disappointing.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately customer said she couldn’t reach me after booking but she called while I was at my son’s Junior High Graduation. I called right after it was done, talked to her. The home has no gas, it’s all electric. Its possible lawnmower in 1/3 of garage that is still garage was venting fumes so I told customer to put outside and leave garage door open a few hours to vent and lawnmower was outside after customers checked out and is stored outside now. My son and I have slept in downstairs bedroom which is newly remodeled Halloween 2016 with no fumes issues and I had a dozen customers before this one that stayed in 2017 with no complaints about fumes. The stairs to upstairs are normal grade as the 2006 home is up to modern building codes. Deck gets stained and jacked up every fall since it settles and boards warp during raining season and will be fixed again this fall but is safe now. There are no comparable creek front homes with nice view that sleeps 12 people for this price in the area. I keep the newer home clean, constantly update the inside. Since my son and I were going to Costa Rica for his graduation present the day after customers check in, I pulled an all nighter and worked on the home for 48 hours before their arrival and the home had never been nicer with new rugs, comforters, pictures and thermal curtains in all rooms.
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Had a great time in a cozy property.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in this out of the way, very quiet, peaceful property. The owner left notes every where which we found funny and quite helpful. Tons of black berries. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice central location to coast, vineyards and mountains. Quiet neighborhood.

  • 3 of 5

While the property was centrally located for our needs we were a bit disappointed in the quality of the property. The neighborhood is a little "sketchy" but that said, we had no issues. The access to the creek is really nonexistent as the blackberries (very tasty by the way) and high grass really prevent stream access. We were disappointed in the cleanliness of the property on arrival. The bathrooms were cleaned well but much of the living area didn't appear to have been swept. We did have ants but we were able to deal with them with some spray. The kitchen faucet wasn't functioning properly which wasn't the end of the world, but it was inconvenient. It was particularly hot during our stay and the window air conditioning units simply couldn't keep up, particularly upstairs. Having the multiple bedrooms was really nice and the mattress quality was quite good. We never did find the canoe but it didn't really matter since we couldn't figure out where we would have launched it. Make sure to contact owners in advance to have the information on the key lockbox location, they have it well placed for security (think treasure hunt). If you are there the last weekend of July, make sure to attend the local fire department's pancake breakfast. Huge crowd and fabulous pancakes - get the blueberry pancakes! The property was satisfactory for our trip with a couple of grandkids but we were a bit disappointed in the quality of the maintenance. Blessings

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Portland International Airport(PDX)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Marias Resturant and Bar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Wheatland Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bayou Golfcourse, 9301 SW Bayou Dr Mcminnville, OR
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Salem Amtrack Station
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Interstate 5 at Brooks via Wheatland Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Maria's Mexican Grill
Nearest Ski
89 Miles
Mount Hood Ski Bowl
Nearest Beach
47 Miles
Pacific City
Car: recommended

Wineries, downtown Portland, McMinnville and Salem, Evergreen Aviation Museum and Waterpark and Spirit Mtn Casino. Great central location close to Portland and between the Cascade Mountains and Oregon Coast (1 hour drive to all 3 places). Only 10 minutes to historic downtown McMinnville and 5 minutes to grocery stores.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning fee $99 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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