Veneta Real Estate & Community Information

Veneta Real Estate & Community Information

Located in Lane County, Oregon, Veneta is a city that’s home to over 4500 residents.  Veneta is also located near the shores of Fern Ridge Reservoir.  Named after his daughter, Edmund Eugene Hunter founded Veneta in 1912. She died at the age of 91 in the year 2000.  Veneta is popular as the site of the annual Oregon Country Fair since 1970, and is legendary to Grateful Dead fans as the location of a concert they played at the fair.

Veneta became the 10th incorporated city in Lane County in 1962.  The need for clean water pushed the decision, due to hepatitis outbreaks at the time.  The Board of Directors of the Veneta Improvement Association originally wanted to form a water district, but went a step further with incorporation. Due to their efforts, Veneta now has a state-of-the art water and sewage system.

Shopping & Dining

Veneta has a number of stores and restaurants that make it a great place for both residents and stopping on your way to the Pacific Coast.  Markets and discount stores include Bi-Mart, Ray’s Food Place, and Albertsons, along with various convenience and specialty food stores.  For more shopping, Veneta is just a few minutes away from a large number of stores on W11th in Eugene (the main road leading from Eugene to Veneta), along with Valley River Center.

Veneta is a great place to live if you love good food.  Enjoy lunch with a spiritual tinge at Our Daily Bread Restaurant, set in an old church that was remodeled and turned into a great little restaurant. Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant is a great local Mexican restaurant hailed by locals for its friendly service and great food. The Broadway Grill is a recently opened restaurant featuring pulled pork BBQ and delicious burgers. Also be sure to try Cup of Joe, Bonne Chance Bistro, and Robbie's Windowbox Caffe.

Parks & Recreation

Veneta is located next to Fern Ridge Reservoir, Southern Willamette Valley’s largest lake.  Fern Ridge is perfect for water sports like wind surfing, flat water kayaking, water skiing, sailing, swimming, and fishing. People come from all around to view the waterfowl and other wildlife in the wetlands.  Orchard Park is one of the many shoreline parks around the lake and offer picnic facilities.

Veneta also has a number of fine parks inside the city limits. Veneta Community Pool is a newer regulation sized facility built in 2010. Bolton Hill Sports Complex covers 11 acres and has new back stops, baseball diamonds, and other improvements.  Other parks include Territorial Park/Skatepark, City Park and Community Center, Oak Island Park, Ralph Johnson Park, 5th Street Park, and Fern Park.

Education

The Fern Ridge school District serves the students of Veneta, along with Noti, Elmira, and Walton. Veneta Elementary is located within the city.  Middle school and high school students attent Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School.

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