Eugene Real Estate and Community Information

Eugene Real Estate and Community Information

Eugene, Oregon is a city located in the southern end of the Willamette Valley. Eugene is the 2nd largest city in Oregon and is the county seat for Lane County.

Eugene is world famous for many reasons. It is the home of the University of Oregon and it's football team, considered one of the best college teams in the nation. The University's brand new basketball stadium, Matthew Knight Arena has also hosted such international entertainment acts such as Elton John and Billy Joel.

Eugene is also known for it's natural beauty and recreation options.  There is a bicycle trail system that connects both Eugene and it's neighboring city, Springfield, allowing easy access to the entire metropolitan area without the use of a car. The McKenzie and Willamette rivers run through Eugene, making it an ideal place for boating, fishing and kayaking.  The bicycle trail system runs along the Willamette River, allowing easy access for these activities.

For those who love sports, Eugene, also known as "Track Town, USA", has much to offer.  Nike was founded here.  And in 2021 Eugene will host the 18th Track and Field World Championships. And of course there are the U of O Football home games played at Autzen Stadium that are almost always played to a packed crowd.

Eugene was originally known as "Skinner's Mudhole" after it's founder, Eugene Skinner.  Then it was named Eugene City until 1889, when the name was shortened to Eugene.

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Shopping & Dining in Eugene Oregon

Eugene is home to a wide array of shopping options.  Most notable is Valley River Center, regarded as one of the largest shopping malls in Oregon.  Valley River Center is home to such staples as JC Penny & Macy's, along with dozens of smaller stores, food court, and restaurants located in and around the mall. It also houses a large theater with IMAX capabilities.

The Oakway Center is also a popular shopping center in Eugene. It was recently renovated to include stores that are angled toward a finer shopping experience. It also includes Trader Joe's, along with a number of restaurants.

On the Eugene-Springfield border lies the Gateway Mall, also recently overhauled.  Gateway was previously an entirely indoor mall, but was converted to combine stores that have access from the outside. Gateway Mall houses such anchor stores as Target, Sears, and one of the only Cabella's in Oregon.

The Eugene Saturday Market along with the Farmer's Market is a major shopping attraction in Eugene.  Located in downtown Eugene next to the Lane County Courthouse, the market features vendors who sell handcrafted items that they themselves make. The Farmer's Market also features locally grown produce.

Dining options abound in Eugene. The Oregon Electric Station has been a fine dining experience in Eugene for decades.  Located next to the railroad tracks in the former train station, the decor features converted railroad cars where patrons dine. It is actually a restaurant complex that features 3 lounges in addition to the main restaurant. It was formerly owned by track and field legend Alberto Salalzar.

Other great places to eat in Eugene include King Estate Winery, Marche, Sabai Cafe & Bar, Cafe 440, Tacovore, and Sweetwaters.

Eugene OR Parks & Recreation

Eugene is bursting at the seams with parks. At the south end of Eugene, Spencer Butte stands as one of the official and most recognizable natural features of Eugene. Spencer Butte Park allows visitors to hike to the top of the butte, allow a breathtaking view of the Willamette valley and surrounding mountains, most notably the Three Sisters to the east near the city of Bend.

Hendricks Park, located near the U of O campus, is known for its rhododendron garden and memorial for the legendary U of O runner Steve Prefontaine, who was killed in an auto accident.

Alton Baker Park is another major park in Eugene, located next to the Willamette River.  The park features duck ponds, bicycle trails, dog park, & disc golf course.  It also contains the Cuthbert Amphitheater, an outdoor music and drama venue.

The city maintains an urban forest, and trees are strictly protected. The University campus is considered an arboretum that is home to over 500 species of trees.

Only an hour away from Eugene is the Oregon Coast to the west, and skiing to the east at Willamette Pass.  Eugene is also surrounded by lakes and reservoirs, the Oakridge mountain bike trails, the Coburg Hills, and further to the east, the Three Sisters mountains and wilderness area.

Living the Life in Eugene OR

As of 2010 the Eugene population was 156,185, with today's estimated population at 163,460. Eugene's biggest employers are Peacehealth, the University of Oregon, and the Eugene School District.  The largest industries are wood products manufacturing and recreational vehicle manufacturing.  Also located in Eugene is the corporate headquarters for Bi-Mart and Market of Choice.

Eugene Oregon Education & Health

The University of Oregon is the dominant institution of higher education in Eugene.  Other higher education institutions include Lane Community College and New Hope Christian College.

The school districts in Eugene are The Eugene School District, and the Bethel School District.  The Eugene School District, otherwise known as 4-J, serves 4 high schools and many alternative education programs. The Bethel School District is home to Willamette High School and the alternative Kalapuya High School, which are two of the 11 schools in the district.

The Knight Library is the largest library in Oregon and is home to collections of more than 3 million volumes and over 100,000 audio/video items.

Three hospitals serve the area.  Most notable is Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.  Sacred Heart also has a location on the University campus. Oregon Medical Group also operates several clinics in Eugene.