Rich and magnificent with its lodge-quality craftsmanship, Whispering Pines Oregon has over 300 feet of river frontage, and 600+ feet of creek frontage. It sits on 2.75 acres of land bursting with rhodies, trees and ferns. Located just below Marten Rapids, it offers easy access to fishing, floating or just jumping in on a hot day. Built on a rock foundation, the river front is solid rock - which gives you one large, natural patio to play on.
Summers on the McKenzie are a special treat for all ages. Are you from CA and miss your seasons? Consider nestling in here and watching leaves change in the fall, or come in winter and read by the roaring fire after walking in the cold cold temperatures. Summer recreation can begin as soon as Spring begins to burst through the ground once again. You can find more photos at our site, WhisperingPinesOregon, or our Facebook page, Whispering Pines Oregon on the McKenzie River.
As you enter Whispering Pines, you will discover that it sits on a gated, private parcel, bordered on the West by the Marten Creek stream, and to the North, the McKenzie River. The neighborhood is generally quiet. Your days and nights will be on a property that is just shy of 3 acres, bursting with old Douglas Firs, leafy ferns, 20-year old rhododendrons and much more. It is tranquil and quiet – a perfect get-away place. The common area in your vacation home features two fireplaces (with custom, beautiful Yew mantles), lots of window seating, and plenty of outdoors to roam, explore, and reflect. This site is unusual because of its close proximity to the water. You won't find many sites like this one.
The house is and will remain rustic, however, in 2016 we upgraded a few things for a better experience - new quartz kitchen counters, new family room recessed lighting, new 8-man hot tub, new rock fireplaces, new custom yew mantels, new paint, and new skylights. The main level is 2400 sq feet, and the upper wing is 1100 sq ft. The main level has the Master (King) bedroom, and a second bedroom with a 2nd King bed, and has the two common areas with dining area. The upstairs wing has two bedrooms (two Queens), and a sofa in the sitting area. The upstairs bathroom is shared between the two upstairs rooms, and has a private showering room separate from a general use area. A balcony offers views of the property. The upstairs wing is connected to the main floor via an enclosed breezeway – which gives the upstairs wing complete privacy. All beds have been upgraded to feature custom pine frames crafted by a local artist.
There is plenty of outdoor seating along the banks of the river, on the back decks, and on property. (The decks, by the way, are of Ipe wood, which speaks to the quality of materials used on this property). Paths through forest lead you to Marten Creek. Large rocks that rise above the river allow you to fish in the river, or when water is warm, to jump in and float. Outside fires are allowed as code permits. See more on the gallery page to get a better idea of the treat you are in for when you are on property. We have a portable grill for you, that operates on propane (one tank provided), and makes outdoor grilling super easy. There is a Traeger onsite; if you know how to use it we can make it available to you.
Can't miss your workout? We understand – and have a weight room with free weights, kettle bells, bench press, leg press, elliptical, stretch straps and stability ball. While many of you will come to escape city-life, we do offer the modern conveniences of Wifi and cable TV. Amenities in each bathroom include hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, shampoo, lotion, Q-tips cotton balls, and (of course) towels. HVAC throughout, 2-car garage, and washer and dryer, ironing board and iron (although most never have a use for this in your laid back, easy lifestyle here).
The area is also rich with water falls, rivers, streams, hiking trails, fly-fishing, rafting, kayaking, biking, cycling and even rock climbing and tree climbing. Hunting season begins in fall, guests are responsible for their own compliance with local and state codes.
Ike's Pizza, Vida Café, and other small restaurants and cafés are nearby, as well as a market. Be sure to check your hospitality news that will arrive in your in-box after your reservation as been confirmed. This will have more information for local activities.
This home is serene, and is filled with functional art – a maple tree dining table, a teak bench from Bali, a teak root coffee table, and cute tree and bear tables. The rug in main room is silk and wool, hand knotted from Tibet. We know you will love the very relaxed setting here at Whispering Pines, however, be aware there are inherent risks being close to water (see below). Because of this risk, and because of the custom functional art, children under 12 need approval to stay – we want the opportunity to speak with you and make sure this property is a good fit for you.
We are pride-of-ownership owners, and have been upgrading many of the features. As such, we invite similar, like-minded people to come stay at Whispering Pines on the McKenzie River (also known as Whispering Pines Oregon). You must be willing to love this home as we do while you are there - it is not a place to treat as any other rental- this is a beloved second home for us. While accidents happen, and we understand the normal wear-and-tear, we do ask that you treat the house kindly and respectfully. Once you have booked with us, you will have access to online tutorials on how to use the hot tub, popcorn machine, entertainment system, and other household mechanics to ensure you have a rich and fulfilling time.
Since we are right on the water, in an effort of complete transparency, we are making you aware of the following:
NOTICE OF DANGEROUS CONDITIONS
THERE ARE RISKS INHERENT IN THE USE OF THE WATERWAYS (MCKENZIE RIVER AND MARTEN CREEK) THAT BORDER THIS PROPERTY, AND THESE RISKS CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURIES, INCLUDING SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURIES THAT COULD CAUSE DEATH; AND THERE IS AN INHERENT RISK OF DEATH BY DROWNING.
ALL USERS OF THE WATERWAYS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.
ALSO, THE HOT TUB SITS CLOSE TO NEIGHBOR'S BEDROOM - AFTER HOURS PLEASE KEEP CONVERSATIONS LOW SO AS NOT TO DISTURB OUR GOOD FRIENDS.
Here is a little background for you on our river. The McKenzie River is a 90-mile tributary of the Willamette River - it drains part of the Cascade Range East of Eugene and flows westward into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley. It originates as the outflow of Clear Lake, is named for Donald MacKenzie, a Scottish Canadian fur trader. The fish include Chinook Salmon, Mountain Whitefish, and Bull and Rainbow Trout. Dippers, mergansers, bald eagles, ospreys and various ducks feed on the fish. The Northern Spotted Owl lives in the dense forest on the west side of upper McKenzie Basin in Linn County.
Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on trails in the McKenzie watershed. The river is popular for boating, especially fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting.
Goodpasture Rd is a quiet street with homes on large parcels. Whispering Pines is protected from Hwy 126 noise by its unique location in relation to the highway. Not many homes along the river have our curb-appeal, our privacy, and our protection from highway noise. It is a jewel, and it is well-loved and well cared for. Treat yourself to its beauty.