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Find the Ideal Home Near the Best Schools in Eugene

by Sherri Smith

Looking for a great school to send your children?  If you’re planning on buying a home in Eugene, then you no doubt want to find a home near the best schools.  Greatschools.org has rated the best schools in Eugene according to test scores, reviews, and other criteria.  They gave a rating of 8 out of 10 to 10 schools in Eugene!

Here are the top 3 schools on that list, along with a search for homes near those schools.

Spencer Butte Middle School
500 East 43rd Ave Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 790-8300
Search For Homes Near Spencer Butte Middle School

South Eugene High School
400 East 19th Ave Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 790-8000
Search For Homes Near South Eugene High School

Edgewood Community Elementary School
577 East 46th Ave Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 790-8700
Search For Homes Near Edgewood Community Elementary School

You can use our powerful home search tool to find homes for sale near any school in the Southern Willamette Valley. Or give us a call at 541-284-8083 to find the perfect home near the school of your choice.

Check Out Our Featured Listings in Eugene

by Sherri Smith

If you’re looking to buy a home in Eugene, then check out these two featured listings located on Norkenzie Rd and 8th Ave.  Whether you want to live downtown or in the suburbs, these great homes have what you’re looking for.

1071 W 8TH AVE, Eugene

This vintage home in the heart of Downtown Eugene comes with hardwood floor, arhced entryways, and woodburning fireplace. Also has a finished basement with bath and laundry room and partial kitchen. Its close proximity to the University of Oregon and the Washington-Jefferson St bridge make it the ideal location for students or commuters, as well as being an outstanding investment property.

Visit the property detail page for more info and photos!

2864 NORKENZIE RD, Eugene

Here’s a nice 3 bed, 2 bath home for your family in the desirable Cal Young area - close to Cal Young Middle School and Sheldon High School, Valley River Center, and the Oakway Mall. Comes with gas fireplace, master bed w/ full bath, spacious living room, and 2 car garage. Kitchen comes complete with appliances.

Visit the property detail page for more info and photos!

Find more great homes in the Willamette Valley on our Featured Property page.

Find the Perfect Home at the University of Oregon

by Sherri Smith

One of the many reasons that people move to Eugene is The University of Oregon, home of the Ducks.  Students from all over the world come to learn here at one the best Universities in the nation, if not the world.  The University is the lifeblood of the Eugene area, fueling the economy and certainly its real estate.  Understandably, homes for sale in the University of Oregon community are prime real estate.

Whether or not you’re a student, living in this community has many advantages. If you’re a student, certainly being within walking distance of campus has its obvious advantages.  But if you’re not a student, you still benefit from all the same amenities. 

There’s a vast array of shopping and dining options, both on and near campus. You have the largest book store in Eugene, Smith Family Books.  Just next door is the downtown Eugene area, where you’ll find all manner of specialty stores and restaurants, such as the seasonal Eugene Saturday Market and Farmer’s Market.  Just across the Willamette River is the Oakway Mall and Valley River Center, the largest mall in Eugene.

There’s many great reasons to buy a home in the University of Oregon community. Check out our University of Oregon Real Estate and Community Information page and use our powerful property search tool to Search University of Oregon Homes For Sale.

Buy Your New Home in Eugene - The Emerald City!

by Sherri Smith

Eugene is famous for many reasons. It’s the home of the University of Oregon and the Ducks Football program. It’s famous for its artistic and music community. It’s known as “Tracktown USA” and is where Nike was born.  Eugene is known for its natural beauty and is virtually covered with trees and surrounded by rolling hills.  There’s miles of bicycle trails to not only navigate the city without a car, but to enjoy all its unique features and Willamette River.

If you’re looking to move to a truly unique city, the Eugene certainly fits the bill.  There’s large city amenities, yet a strong sense of community binds Eugenians. 

And if you want to get away to the country, skiing, the coast, or Portland, just pick a direction and start driving.

There are some truly fine homes for sale in Eugene. And make sure to visit our Eugene Community & Real Estate page for more great reasons to move to Eugene, “The Emerald City.”

Here’s a preview of some of the great homes for sale in Eugene right now.

Upcoming Live Events In Eugene

by Sherri Smith

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, or the Southern Willamette Valley, then you’ve chosen the ideal place for entertainment and live events. Take a look at some of the upcoming shows featuring major artists happening right here in the Emerald City in the next few weeks.

Ben Folds – Tue, Oct 25 – 8:00, McDonald Theater

Michael McDonald – Tue, Oct 25 – 7:30, Shedd Institute

Chicago & Earth Wind and Fire – Tue, Nov 8 – 7:30, Matthew Knight Arena

About the Venues:

McDonald Theater – McDonald Theater opened in Eugene originally in 1925 as a movie house.  It now serves as a theater and music venue. It also has the distinction if being listed on the National Register of Places.

The Shedd Institute – Also known as The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, it is a performing arts company, cultural arts center, and community music school located in downtown Eugene.

Matthew Knight Arena – This recently built basketball arena was built in Eugene by the University of Oregon and is located on its main campus.  The venue regularly hosts major performing artists and of course, U of O Duck basketball.

Don't miss out on a good time when you move to the Eugene-Springfield area. Check back on our blog every week for more moving advice and things that make the Southern Willamette Valley the best place to live.

Fall Maintenance Tips

by Sherri Smith

It's October already and the heat waves are finally behind us. It's that time that native Oregonians live for in Eugene and Springfield. The leaves are finally turning and before long the Coburg Hills will show off their fall glory for the Willamette Valley to admire.

But with fall of course comes the time when we need to take care of our homes in preparation for winter. Sometimes winter in the Eugene area can be mild. But we know that cold snaps and even snow can come out of the blue. So here are a few tips to get ready.

Clean gutters and downspouts. The Eugene / Springfield area has no shortage of trees, and that means clogged gutters. Installing gutter guards can save a lot of time and hassle. Because no one really likes cleaning the gutters.

Cooler temperatures can make this an idea time to paint. Just make sure there's no rain in the forecast. And yes we all know how quickly the weather changes here.

Inspect the roof. Hire a professional to examine the roof for wear and missing shingles. Now is the time to fix any damage before the really rainy weather hits.

Inspect wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Oregonians love a good fire when it gets cold. Inspecting chimneys now will prevent possible disaster later.

Clean and replace filters in your heating system. Hire a licensed heating contractor to inspect your filters and replace them if needed.

Inspect windows for leaks and drafts. Changes in humidity in Eugene can cause window seals to crack and shrink.

Use raked leaves for compost or mulch. Eugene residents are known for sustainable practices. Using your leaves as compost or mulch is a great way to keep the cycle of life active in your yard.

These are just a few tips to get you started on preparing for winter. Check back each week for more tips and advice for living in the Willamette Valley.

Looking For Culture? Look at Eugene!

by Sherri Smith

If you haven't been to Oregon, you may not have heard of Eugene.  Usually people think about our big brother to the north, Portland, or perhaps the spectacular Oregon Coastline. But if you want to move to a medium sized city with big city culture, then Eugene is the perfect place to call home. Here's a list of the top 5 places in Eugene for arts and culture.

1. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Since 1933, this museum provides guests with a diverse way to view art.  With over 4000 works of contemporary and historic art on display, you could easily spend all day here.  Best of all, admission is a very affordable $5.

2. Shelton McMurphy Johnson House

This historic landmark was built in 1888 and is one of Eugene's most historic landmarks.  This Victorian home is on the list of National Historic Places and is used for events and private tours.

3. Hult Center for the Performing Arts

This unique concert hall was built in 1983 and is a cultural staple in Eugene.  Its home to the Eugene Symphony and also features world class performers and entertainment.  Just the building itself is a sight to behold, with it's towering wood beams in the foyer and huge lattice design in the main concert hall.

4. University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

This museum dates back almost 100 years and houses artifacts and fossils.  It has 4 divisions, each housing several distinct collections.

5. McDonald Theater

This historic theater was originally a movie theater in the 1920's.  Now its a theater for performing arts and usually hosts live shows and concerts.

These are just a few of the cultural attractions in Eugene, as those who live her will attest.  If you're thinking of moving to a culturally diverse city, Eugene is the place to be.

Bad Homeowner Habits You Should Break Right Now

by Sherri Smith

For homeowners in Eugene, it seems that home maintenance is a never ending list.  It's easy to put things off over the years until it becomes a bad habit.  Are you one of those who leaves the spare key in the flower pot and forgets to close the windows on vacation?

There are plenty of bad habits that can cost you as a homeowner in Eugene. Here's a short list of 3 habits you should break right now.

1. Not Cleaning Your Gutters - We all know how Eugene weather can be during the fall and winter.  We all get clogged gutters.  Especially with those helicopter leaves.  So when that happens, water can't flow through the gutters and can seep into the foundation.  That can cost you dearly. So make sure to clean the gutters.  It's dirty job, but it has to be done.  Or better yet, hire a professional in Eugene to do it for you.

2. Leaving the Lights On - Remember when you mom used to yell at you for leaving the lights on?  She was right! Especially when you leave the house, there's no reason for all the lights to be on.  You could leave on a few here or there to give the appearance someone is home. Or better yet, use a timer or other automated light control system.

3. Not Cleaning Lint Traps - Not cleaning the lint trap can be dangerous.  Clean the lint trap after every time you use your dryer.  If lint builds up, it is an extreme fire hazard.

Keeping on top of your home maintenance in Eugene can be done if you break the bad habits. This is especially important if you plan on selling your home soon. But it's worth it in the end.

5 Things to Do For Free (or Almost Free) In Eugene

by Sherri Smith

Are you new to Eugene or wanting to visit?  Eugene is without a doubt one of the best cities in America, not only because natural surroundings but because of the culture.  And whether or not you're budget is tight, there are plenty of things to do.  Here's a list of 5 things to do in Eugene to get you started.

1. Laser Light Show - The Science Factory, located next to Autzen Stadium, is well known for its laser light shows.  Shows start during the holidays and include holiday music, country, pop, retro, hypnotica and classic rock.  The classic rock shows are the most popular, featuring the likes of The Beatles, Metallics, Led Zeppelin, and the classic rock masterpiece, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

2. Eugene Saturday Market - This outdoor market is a Eugene staple and features handmade good from dozens of local vendors.  It's located on the corner of Oak St and 8th St downtown. Next to it is the farmer's market, featuring locally grown produce.

3. Hike Spencer Butte or Mount Pisgah

4. Relax at Alton Baker Park - Alton Baker is a major park in Eugene, and features riverfront bike paths and pedestrian bridge.

5. Ice Skating - The Rink Exchange is located at the Lane County Fairgrounds and features regular public skating sessions.

These are just the tip of the iceberg of things you can do in Eugene.  Check back on our blog for more reason you should move to Eugene.

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