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Nifty Thrifty - Affordable, Convenient Hotel/Motel Alternative!

South Hills, Eugene, OR, USA
  • House900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

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.


Ellen W.

Member Since 2010
Premier Partner
This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
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 South Hills

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!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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).


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Budget


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Air Conditioning
                    A portable unit is available for the master bedroom in season. We also have ceiling fans in both bedrooms and the dining room, with several portable fans available on site.
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Computer Available
                    It's an old one, but works fine for surfing and printing out boarding passes.
                  • Garage
                    Garage parking for one vehicle.
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                    Thermostats in each room for maximal comfort.
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                    Sofa, recliner, and an upholstered chair big enough to read to a child in! Also television, a DVD player (bring/rent DVDs) and a selection of books. There's a good-quality radio in the kitchen, too.
                  • Parking Off Street
                    Driveway parking for one or two vehicles.
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                    Free of charge.
                  • Wood Fireplace
                    At times we have free firewood onsite, too! But burning must not occur during local air-quality no-burn periods.


                      • Coffee Maker
                        Mr. Coffee unit.
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                        Enough to serve 12!
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                        Uncommonly well equipped, including small appliances -- such as mixer, crockpot, wafflemaker, blender, toaster oven -- and a variety of spices and kitchen staples.
                      • Microwave
                      • Pantry Items
                        We generally maintain staples and spices, and often more! We always tell guests to look before they shop.
                      • Refrigerator
                        Large. No icemaker.
                      • Stove
                        Glass-top range and large oven, all-electric.
                      • Toaster
                        Toaster oven.


                          • Dining
                            Kitchen seats 4 on low stools with a view of the garden. Dining area of living room seats 6.
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 6 people


                              • Books
                                We have both 'serious' and popular reading options.
                              • DVD Player
                                Bring your own DVDs or rent locally.
                              • Games
                                We have a few games and puzzles.
                              • Satellite / Cable
                                Our cable package is currently deluxe, but that is subject to change. Please inquire.
                              • Television
                                Smart TV in the living room, smaller older TV in the kitchen.
                              • Toys
                                Soccer ball, badminton set.


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    Small patio with wrought iron outdoor table/umbrella for dining. There is also a round plastic table available, with six additional chairs.
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                    Landscaped yard and garden featuring flowers and fruit (blueberries, grapes, pears and apples).
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                    Propane is filled each year in May.


                                      • wheelchair accessible
                                        Ramped access to home, but interior doorways may not be accessible.


                                          • live theater
                                          • arboretum
                                          • cinemas
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • churches
                                          • museums
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants
                                          • synagogues
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • miniature golf
                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • eco tourism
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • bird watching
                                              • scenic drives
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • laundromat
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • rafting
                                                      • cross country skiing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • ice skating
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • racquetball
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • rock climbing
                                                      • roller blading
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • snowboarding
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • water skiing
                                                      • whitewater rafting
                                                      • wind-surfing

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: Noon

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                        134 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Best Bargain Ever

                                                        Scott H.

                                                        Our stay here proved to be wonderful. Clean, well appointed, near restaurants, safe neighborhood, etc., etc. I honestly can't think of a negative. Look for yourself...there is not a better deal around Eugene than this home. Ellen was very helpful and gracious. This is now our go to VRBO when visiting our son in Eugene. You will not be disappointed.

                                                        Nifty Thifty is just perfect!

                                                        Great place to stay. Neat as a pin! Owner lives very close and greets you and shows you around personally. Kitchen is very well stocked with everything you would need to cook a meal. Seating for 4 for dinner. Computer access and TV are great! Neighborhood near most staples that one might need -- good restaurants, Office Max, grocery store, great Thai restaurant, etc. Darling back yard. Garage. W/D. She is very accepting of pets as long as you are respectful and wipe feet and put provided covers on furniture. My dog loved it there. Good walking neighborhood too.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Thanks so much for your review! You captured so many of Nifty Thrifty's attributes! Tiny clarification: The dining room table has four chairs and a bench that seats two. The kitchen table seats four. Hope we'll see you again sometime soon! --Ellen

                                                        Nice & Comfortable

                                                        GERARD B.PORTLAND

                                                        We enjoyed our stay even though we had to cut it short. The back yard was great for our "MAX". The location was great and the house has everything a person could ask for. We will definitely recommend it to friends and family.

                                                        This is why I don't stay in hotels any more

                                                        Nifty Thrifty is exactly why I no longer stay in hotels - it was super quiet, comfortable, easy, and has a kitchen. Ellen was extremely easy to work with and she was as flexible as she could be with our uncertain schedule. We only stayed one night, but I would definitely return! Highly recommend.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Thanks so much for the review! By all means, let's do this again sometime!! --Ellen

                                                        Comfortable home, quiet neighborhood and convenient location.

                                                        John O.Mojave, California

                                                        When visiting cities for possible places to retire, the goal of our stay in Eugene was live like residents in a comfortable home in a quiet neighborhood. Having a garage and backyard were added perks. Nifty Thrify is walking distance to restaurants and stores including Market of Choice. Short walk to the separate (large and small breed) dog parks at Amazon Park was a bonus! Ten minute drive to downtown.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Thanks, John! I'm glad to hear that the house suited your needs so well! You were great guests! For those who may read this, I'll note that the distance from Nifty Thrifty to downtown (mapped to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts) is 2.1 miles, from 29th Avenue S. to 7th Avenue S. The time it takes to drive it owes to stoplights, not distance. --Ellen

                                                        OLD GUY REUNION

                                                        Paul B.

                                                        Three old guys who served in the USAF 55 years ago wanted to visit an old AF buddy in Eugene who has cancer so we rented Nifty Thrifty for a few days. The house was perfect for us and we plan to return in the near future.


                                                        South Hills, Eugene, OR, USA

                                                        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!


                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                        Tax Rate

                                                        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).

                                                        134 Reviews
                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5
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