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S Central Salem * Willamette U / Wine Country / Close to EVERYTHING

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Comfortable private cottage/house, close to everything in-between south central Salem's prestigious Fairmont Hills and Bush's Pasture Park neighborhoods. Originally built around 1917, extensive renovation provides you with a new kitchen and 2 remodeled / updated bathrooms. Master bedroom upstairs is over 500 square feet and open feeling. Central heat and ceiling fans through out. Ice cold air conditioners to keep up with the occasional summer heat (somewhat rare in Salem). Queen sized beds and fresh linens in each bedroom. Cable TV and High Speed Wireless Cable Internet. Very private and quiet.

5 Blocks to Bush Park. Very close to Willamette University and Salem Hospital. Governors Mansion on same street in adjacent Fairmont Hills.

5 Minutes or less to the historic and quaint downtown Salem. 5 minutes to hundreds of commercial businesses (restaurants, shopping, grocery, theaters and other services).

Keywords: Charming Central Salem Cottage. Quiet. Completely remodeled house, with new kitchen and bathrooms. Large master bedroom with private bath and second bedroom and bath. Two High Density (stackable) Memory Foam Single Bed Mattresses for Twin or King when laid side by side. Walk to bus stop (half a block away) or drive to downtown in 3-4 minutes. Walking distance to a number of restaurants.

We don't live in the house and all the dates that come up as unavailable on the VRBO calendar represent confirmed bookings for guests. It's never too early to book for any open dates.


Visit Privet Market on South Commercial for some fresh home made hearty bread, European meats and cheeses for a great picnic then head out to one of the dozen wineries that surround Salem for a taste of Oregon. This will give you a start!

Honeywood Winery – The oldest producing winery in Oregon has created award-winning varietals − including their delicious fruit wines − for more than 75 years.

Redhawk Winery – Enjoy a picnic lunch on an open field as you overlook the beautiful Willamette Valley. The tasting room − featuring a fun and relaxed atmosphere − is open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. year-round.

Witness Tree Vineyard – This winery is named for an ancient oak tree that was used as a surveyor's landmark in 1854 during the Oregon Trail years. The varied microclimates at the vineyard facilitate earlier ripening of the fruit which produces exceptional wines.

St. Innocent Winery – The wines are handcrafted to complement food and extend the pleasure of a meal. The tasting room is open 11 a.m – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (May 1 through October 31).

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks – The cidery creates outstanding hard ciders from uncommon apple varieties. The tasting room is open the last Friday of each month and by appointment.

Johan Vineyards – Owner Dag Johan Sundby, the descendant of a long line of soil cultivators, moved to the Willamette Valley to make his mark on the ancient Pinot noir grape.

Cherry Hill – Take a scenic stroll through the vineyard or relax on the patio with a glass of delicious Pinot noir. The tasting room is open weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (call first) and weekends 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Left Coast Cellars – Past the entrance gates – a piece of art depicting the natural Left Coast Cellarsgrapevines seen beyond them –you'll experience handcrafted, estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Pinot noir.

Eola Hills Wine Cellars – The famous all you can eat Sunday Brunch comes with two tickets to experience this winery's award-winning varietals.

Firesteed Celllars – Visitors can experience elegant fine wines at the newly remodeled tasting room and retail shop.

Orchard Heights Winery – The owners of this winery also operate a chocolate factory in Hawaii specializing in gourmet confections using Macadamia nuts, pineapple and Kona coffee beans. Chocolate and wine together – fantastic!

Cubanisimo Vineyards – Dust off your dancing shoes and channel your inner moves at the monthly salsa lessons held at Cubanisimo. Celebrate the wine experience Cuban Style!

If you prefer locally craft brewed beer or cider to wine, new places are opening each year. You can sample dozens of local brews at either of the Venti's Taphouse locations - both locations are 5 minutes away and some of the brewers having tasting rooms as well.

Salem also has its share of great coffee shops and restaurants downtown and nearby. You will be hard pressed to find something you don't like at The Wild Pear in downtown (5 minutes away) but get there early. It's no secret that they are doing a great job. Excellent coffee and cake at Gerry Franks Konditorei. You don't really have to know how to pronounce it to enjoy it. Great Sandwiches and Salads at Break Point coffee.. the list goes on and on.

If you are visiting Salem for the first time and need some pointers drop us a line for our insider tips!

Registered with the City of Salem as a legitimate rental business. Certificate No: 0157 issues March 27, 2014

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About Joseph

Native Oregonian from this area. Professionally educated in Oregon and abroad but returned to Salem in 1994. Live in the Bush Park neighborhood 5 blocks away and love this family friendly area so close to Salem's quaint downtown restaurants, theaters and shopping which are truly walking distance away, or a very short 3-4 minute car trip.

Joseph purchased this house in 2012

Why Joseph chose South Central

Convenience convenience convenience! We live and work in this very neighborhood and know first hand how convenient and desirable a location it is. Less than a 5 minute drive to Willamette University, Salem Hospital complex, Downtown Salem and the State Capitol. Also a 5 block walk to the 90 acre urban Bush Park with its Rose Garden, Art Barn, Historic Bush House and a soap box derby track.

Centrally located in the Willamette Valley - this is only an hour away from Portland, and Eugene, and Corvalis.

A 5 minute drive to the scenic Minto Brown-Island Park which is adjacent to the Willamette River where you will find miles and miles of excellent paved biking and walking trails or the River Front Park on the Willamette. A new bridge connecting Riverfront Park and Minto Brown-Island Park is under construction and will make access by foot or bicycle even easier.

Walk or bicycle across the amazing foot bridge where a train once shuttled residents from West Salem to Downtown Salem. This is the best view of the Willamette River in the Salem area on the north end of Riverfront Park

What makes this house unique

Location. Location. Location. The five star reviews speak for themselves, but the convenience to downtown Salem and the central location in the Willamette Valley make this property ideal for any visit to this beautiful Oregon. Excellent base for trips to the Stunning Oregon Coast, the beautiful Oregon Wine Country, or day hiking in Silver Falls State Park. Close to great restaurants, parks and quaint neighborhoods in Fairmont Hills, Bushes Pasture Park and downtown Salem.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us rent your home in Salem. It is a beautiful spot and was perfect for us as we moved our daughter into Willamette. Now that we will be more frequent visitors to Salem, we will rent again!
Jul 2015
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South Central House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , First floor bathroom combination tub/shower sink toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Second floor 3'x5' shower, toilet and sink
  • Bathrooms were completely redone and finished in 2012. Hairdryer in each bathroom. Freshly laundered towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master with en suite + 2 Memory Foam Single Mattresses
  • 2nd floor Master large enough to utilize a queen sized aerobed (provided) for additional guest / children. 3rd set of linens provided for aerobed. Aerobed can be made up in advance at guests request.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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S Central Salem * Willamette U / Wine Country / Close to EVERYTHING
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 23 reviews

Fanstatic retreat in the best location in Salem

  • 5 of 5

Love the old home flavor with the updates. Perfect fit for us and the outdoor space was a pleasure to use.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Super convenient location and a perfect set up for us. Family in Salem and we could not have picked a better spot to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Medicine Hat

Perfect !!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as part of our vacation. Owner has taken great care to ensure our stay was good as it could possibly be. Great communication and information provided on the rental making the stay as carefree as possible. Good location with easy access to everything we needed. Owners attention to detail and upkeep of property makes this one of the best VRBOs we have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Salem Charmer

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed her for a week in May and were delighted with the home. It is well-appointed, conveniently located, neat, clean, and charming with a lovely, guest-friendly back yard. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for our daughters wedding in Independence, the location was perfect. The house is very clean, up to date and comfortable. I was in charge of baking her wedding cake and was a little nervous, but the kitchen and oven worked out great, the cake was perfect! The owners were very responsive to all my inquiries. Will defiantly stay here again, if you are looking for a Salem rental...look no further, this is it!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Has some of the feel of my grand mothers house from the 1950s but with all the modern appliances. The Best Little Roadhouse and that was within walking distance, the White restaurant for breakfast across the street from the roadhouse. Nice backyard for relaxing outside. Would come back and have recommend to others already.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Willamette University
Oregon State Capitol
Bethel Heights Vineyard
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Northern Lights Theater Pub
Word of Mouth
Boon's Treasury
Historic Elsinore Theatre
Historic Deepwood Estate
Best Little Roadhouse
Jonathan's Restaurant -- CLOSED
Bentley's Grill
La Capitale -- CLOSED
"Le Capitale Bistro Burger and Rob's cocktails are 5 star!"
Salem Saturday Market
"Dont miss it!"
Venti's Cafe
"Excellent food and beverages. Great staff and best local beer selection."
Venti's Cafe & Taphouse
"Great atmosphere and very close. Excellent beer selection, full bar, great food."
"Cool funky and new in Salem. Great salad entrees and the dessert was amazing."
Witness Tree Vineyard
Break Point Coffee Co.
"Excellent Sandwiches and coffee. Drive thru and eat in. Local favorite"
Five Guys
"If you are a burger lover, dont miss this spot. Originally from the NE - now two locations i..."
Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Best Little Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Salem Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 22 and 99 E
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
4-5 blocks
Nearest Ski
89 Miles
Hoodoo Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
58 Miles
Pacific Ocean
Nearest Point of Interest
Best Little Roadhouse
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Break Point Coffee
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Dutch Brothers Coffee
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Straight from New York Pizza
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Bush's Pasture Park
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Govenors Mansion
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Minto Brown
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Riverfront City Park
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Willamette University
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Salem Public Library
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Daynight Donuts
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Ventis Cafe and Taphouse
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French Press
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Roths Fresh Markets
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5 Guys Burgers
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Wild Pear
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Ventis Downtown
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Marco Polo Global
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Salem Health
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Fred Meyer Grocery
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Domino's Delivers
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Post Office
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City of Salem
Nearest Point of Interest
Elsinore Theater
Car: recommended

Oregon's Famous Wine country begins on the outskirts of Salem a very quick 15 minute drive away. Sample amazing cheeses at the Willamette Cheese Factory on your way out. Visit the locals farmers markets for amazing bounty of berries, fruits, veggies and local meats. Bicycle along the Willamette River at Riverfront Park and enjoy the amazing scenic view from the pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River at the north end of Riverfront Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $155
damage deposit $200
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.8%

Reservations are considered bookings after signed rental agreements are received from guests and payments are processed.

50% at booking and balance 14 days prior to occupancy. Bookings less than 14 days require full payment at booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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