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Nifty Thrifty - Affordable, Convenient Hotel/Motel Alternative!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casual, affordable and oh so conveniently located, Nifty Thrifty is the answer for singles, couples and small families seeking elbow room on a visit to fun and funky Eugene. Park the car in the attached garage: Around the corner (29th and Willamette) you’ll find a gourmet market, and a variety of restaurants and shops. Bring a bike or take advantage of the two bus lines that are just steps from your door – either way, you’re within minutes of Fifth Street Market, the Hult Center, Saturday Market, the University of Oregon campus and Hayward Field, or Autzen Stadium. It’s only 20 minutes by car to the Lorane Valley wine country, less than 60 to the whitewater beauty of the McKenzie River, and less than 90 to hike or ski the Cascades. Nothing’s out of reach from this location!

The one-story 1950s-vintage house features two bedrooms, a full bath, hardwood floors, a fireplace, a private fenced and landscaped backyard (roses!) and a laundry. The full-sized kitchen is equipped with all the appliances you’ll need to pull together breakfast at the dinette or serve dinner in the dining room. If there’s business on your schedule, there’s a workstation in the master bedroom and WiFi throughout the house. The neighborhood is quiet, safe, friendly, and eclectic. You might hear the neighbor’s chickens softly clucking now and then, but don’t worry – no roosters!

Said a recent guest: 'Nifty Thrifty was the perfect choice...ideally located, close to shopping, public transit, the university, and Amazon Park with its bicycle & running trails, children's playground and a great dog park. The home is spotless with all the extras one could need, even a garage for the car. The back yard was perfect for our pooches, completely fenced with plants and lawn and a small patio with a table and chairs. The neighborhood is extremely quiet with very little traffic other than the local residents. All in all, we couldn't have been more pleased...and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a vacation rental in Eugene.'

The details:

• Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom.

• Full-sized bed in the second bedroom.

• Sofa-sleeper (queen) in the living room.

• Air bed and cot available for child use, with special owner permission.

• The house is ramp-equipped for handicapped access, though not all interior doorways are accessible.

• All linens and most cooking supplies are provided.

• Quiet dogs are welcome with owner permission.

More Details

Ellen W.
Member since: 2010
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Ellen W.

With my husband and two teenage children, I've traveled the world -- always on a budget, preferring to spend my money on interesting locations and new experiences instead of luxurious lodging. I've brought my personal travel philosophy to Nifty Thrifty, where you'll have a place of your own with all the comforts of home. And, thanks to our very reasonable rates, you'll have the extra spending money you need to make your visit to Eugene and the Willamette Valley memorable. When you stay at Nifty Thrifty, you're not dealing with a distant owner. My family and I live just seven blocks away, and we're always happy to answer a question, solve a problem, or make a suggestion. Come visit us! We know you'll be pleased!

Ellen W. purchased this house in 2000

Why Ellen W. chose Eugene

This house was in the family and just too sweet to let go. It's perfectly located for anybody coming to Eugene for any reason, and it's our pleasure to share it with you! Check our over 100 five-star reviews to see the many ways that Nifty Thrifty pleases its guests and leaves them promising to book again soon.

What makes this house unique

If you've ever wished you could be a local, just for the length of your stay, Nifty Thrifty lets you do that. Neighbors will nod and wave, you'll see a variety of people passing on bikes or on foot on this quiet street, and when you venture forth to shop or find a meal, you'll be taking the same steps your neighbors do day after day. Have a conversation at one of the two bus stops that are each less than a block away. Pick up your morning coffee at the bakery/deli, browse the farmer's market (in summer), select something delicious to bring home from the best markets in town, have a beer at the sushi bar or a cocktail at a stylish restaurant -- it's all just two blocks from your home-away-from-home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We ventured here from a faraway land – Oz. We truly enjoyed our stay here and wish it could have been longer. However, moving on is life on the "Wicked" stage. Wishing you all the best! Dancing through life, Justin, Ryan, and Ryan Patrick.
Apr 2011
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(104 traveler reviews)

Nifty Thrifty - Affordable, Convenient Hotel/Motel Alternative!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 121 reviews
Portland, OR

Oregon Ducks Basketball Weekend Get-away

  • 4 of 5
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We rented this property for a weekend to visit Eugene for a Ducks basketball game. Including the big win over Arizona, we enjoyed our stay at the Nifty Thrifty. Ellen, the proprietor, is super responsive and helpful - though we had no issues that needed particular attention.

The property itself is clean and adequately appointed. The published pictures are very representative of the real thing. Perhaps its best asset though is location. We walked to a great Thai spot our first night, found a quaint bakery / cafe the following morning, and made a short drive (less than 10 minutes) to Matthew Knight Arena for the game. Super convenient and easy all the way around. We also were able to get our pups out between rain showers to nearby Amazon Park, which was thoroughly enjoyable for all on four legs, or two!

We'd definitely recommend this property for travelers on a budget, with pets, or who want lots to do nearby.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Patrick! The neighborhood really can't be beat for restaurants and services, all within walking distance. And yes, the dog park is a plus! Thanks for bringing extra mojo for our Ducks, who showed you a magnificent upset! --Ellen
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Lovely stay at Nifty Thrifty

  • 5 of 5
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I recently made my second visit to Nifty Thrifty and I enjoyed it thoroughly both times. The first visit was a girlfriend's getaway, and the second time was for a family vacation. The rental is very economically priced for such a comfortable, clean, and cozy house which is furnished with all the necessities. I love the location, as it is close to shopping and restaurants, not far from the University, while also being walking distance to Amazon Park's running trails and dog park. Ellen has thought of everything. We were able to do laundry after spending a day at the beach in Yachats, and then cook dinner and watch a movie on the Netflix/Amazon Prime-enabled television to relax in the evening. We brought our dog along and it was wonderful that it was so easy to walk to the dog park, or just visit the fenced back yard. We were there around the holidays and there were even a few Christmas decorations! Thank you Ellen for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Shannon! I appreciate the detail with which you extolled Nifty Thrifty's virtues, and look forward to hosting you and yours again! --Ellen
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Perfect again

  • 5 of 5
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We stayed at Nifty for the multiple time and as usual, everything was perfect. Incredible value and Ellen makes it all so seamless - we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Steve! I appreciate your kind words and your continuing loyalty to Nifty Thrifty! --Ellen
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5
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Felt like the comforts of home. Beautiful yard with fresh fruit for the picking. Ellen made it so easy I stayed an extra night. My first visit to Oregon and wish it could have been longer. I will be back looking forward to staying at nifty thrifty again..

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Kathy! I'm so glad you were able to see so much of our state by using Nifty Thrifty as your base. Portland, the Cascades, Crater Lake, you really worked it! And I got such a kick out of your son's reaction to the grapes growing in the garden. Looking forward to hosting you again soon! --Ellen
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Great location, great experience

  • 5 of 5
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My sister and I just came back to Nifty Thrifty last month for the second time. We drive up to Eugene every year to visit friends, and like the other reviewer, consider this our home away from home when we visit. The house is very clean and comfortable plus has cable w/HBO, what more could you want? I echo the other reviewers' comments about the hostess. Beyond being friendly and accommodating, her response time to any question is so quick. You sure don't find that kind of communication on Airbnb, that's for sure. We're already looking forward to coming back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Barb! Seeing customers like you return year after year is a great pleasure. Thanks for being in town at the right time to help us eat up the pears from Nifty Thrifty's back yard tree, it was a bumper crop this year! I enjoyed the little rub at VRBO's competition in your review, since VRBO was in this vacation-rental space first and remains best! --Ellen
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Greatest Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed here for 12 days. This was our third time at this location. It is perfect since it is close to shopping, restaurants, and is in a quiet friendly neighborhood. We consider this our home away from home when we come to Oregon to visit our son. Our hostess is so accommodating and friendly. She will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aw, thanks, Linda! At its best, operating a vacation rental feels just like this -- like a partnership between me and my guests. Nothing makes me happier than to see people refer to Nifty Thrifty as their home-away-from-home. See you next time! --Ellen
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"Great place for a run or a stroll along the river path."
Owen Memorial Rose Garden
"In bloom much of the summer."
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Hult Center for the Performing Arts
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Hendricks Park
"Lovely hilltop park landscaped with rhododendrons and woodland plants. It's a great Sunday a..."
Market of Choice
"This is the best gourmet and all-purpose market in town, and it's just a block from Nifty Th..."
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Ron's Island Grill
"Good Hawaiian food to eat in or take out, healthily made."
Humble Bagel Co.
"Great onsite-made bagels of many varieties, also the Humble Beagle restaurant."
"Best fish market in town. You can get freshly made fish and chips to go or to eat on the patio."
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Car: not necessary

In-town sights and activities: Eugene Saturday Market, Oregon Country Fair (July), UO Football, US Track and Field Trials and the Pre Classic meet, wine-tasting at King Estate and many other wineries, live theater, UO art and natural history museums, Fifth Street Market (destination shopping), Art and the Vineyard (July), and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum (hiking, bird-watching, swimming hole).

Out of town but nearby: McKenzie River (whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, touring, hiking, Willamette Pass (downhill and cross-country skiing), Cottage Grove (covered bridges), Corvallis (OSU and downtown shopping), and much more!


Rates & Availability

Southeast Eugene House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Prefontaine Classic
May 26 2017 - May 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
May 28 2017 - Sep 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
NCAA Track Finals
Jun 7 2017 - Jun 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
UO Graduation
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
UO Welcome Week
Sep 21 2017 - Sep 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.3%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Please contact owner for monthly quotes, discounts may apply. Event pricing is based on double occupancy, add $15 per adult per night for additional occupancy. UO home football games carry a two-night minimum and rates are similar to Summer weekend pricing. Children under the age of 12 at time of a stay are free with a double occupancy booking. Owner reserves the right to reject one-night stays or add a cleaning fee prior to confirmation. Pet fees are also subject to change for more than one dog (no cats). Tax ID #4840 (Eugene) and BIN 014627718 (Oregon).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Southeast Eugene House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Also contains a computer work station.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Living room Sleep Sofa (Queen sized, high quality).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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