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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.

Sell Your Home Faster and Make More Money

by Sherri Smith

Are you getting ready to sell your home this spring in Eugene-Springfield? It may seem a daunting task to get everything in order.  But there are some basic things you can do to make sure you get the most money from the sale of your home and sell it faster.  Here’s a few tips to consider.

First Impressions

So how does your house look from the street? It makes a huge difference.  Sometimes buyers will drive by before asking for a showing.  So make sure you tidy up the yard. Mow the yard.  Plant blooming flowers.  Power wash the siding and walkways. Wash the windows and repaint the porch floor if needed and make the porch as inviting as you can.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

Make those floors shine and the windows sparkling clean.  This is an important step, but it’s straightforward.  Hire pros if you need help.  The extra cost is worth it in the end.

De-Clutter

Get rid of all the extra stuff in the house.  No matter where you send it, it needs to go. You want to have a clean slate for buyers to imagine themselves living there. They can’t do that if they can’t see it through all the clutter. And yes, that includes family photos and artwork.

Eugene - The Dog Friendly City

by Sherri Smith

If there's one thing you can say about Eugene residents is that they love their pets! Eugene has a great variety of off-leash dog parks, dog boarding and sitting, and even a dog friendly winery!  If you're thinking about buying a home in Eugene and you have a canine companion, then you won't have any problem taking care of your valued family member.

Here's a list of all the dog-friendly hotels, parks, and services in Eugene:

Dog Friendly Hotels:

Days Inn Eugene Downtown/University 

Valley River Inn 

Hilton Eugene 

Pet Friendly Extended Say Hotels:

Residence Inn Eugene

Dog Friendly Wineries & Vineyards:

King Estate

Off Leash Dog Parks:

Armitage Dog Park 

Alton Baker Park 

Amazon Park 

Wayne Morse Family Farm 

Pet Boarding/Sitting:

Willamette Valley Dog & Cat Motel 

Lucky Dog Day & Night Care 

Skinner Butte Park – The Jewel of the Eugene Parks System

by Sherri Smith

There are many great parks in Eugene, but the one that stand out as the best is certainly Skinner Butte Park.  Centered around it’s prominent landmark, Skinner Butte, the park covers over 100 acres along the Willamette River.  The columns climbing area is clearly visible from the busy Washington-Jefferson Street Bridge by the thousands who travel over it every day.  It’s such a central part of the Eugene landscape that we sometime take it for granted.  But the park definitely deserves a closer look.

The historical significance of the park is the foundation of the city of Eugene itself.  The park occupies land claimed by Eugene Skinner back in the 1800’s, making the park the birthplace of the city.

Skinner Butte Park encompasses a wide range of facilities and amenities.  In addition to the butte itself and the climbing area, there’s bike paths, hiking trails, RiverPlay Discovery Playground, Campbell Senior Center, Lamb Cottage, Skinner City Farm community garden, acres of lawn and meadows, picnic areas, and so much more.

RiverPlay Discovery Village Playground is the go-to place for children in Eugene. It combines the history of Eugene in a unique playground environment. The playground is not only a blast for the kids, but teaches them about the culture and history of the area.

All in all, Skinner Butte Park is a recreational treat and a must if you plan on buying a home in Eugene.  

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.

The Top Eats In Eugene

by Sherri Smith

Eugene is known for many things.  The U of O, its artistic community, and especially for its great food. Every year, TripAdvisor.com comes out with its list of best restaurants in every city in the US.  Here’s the top 4 restaurants in Eugene for 2017.

King Estate Restaurant

Voted the #1 restaurant in Eugene, this restaurant is located at the King Estate vineyard.  Their focus is on pairing Northwest wines with regional cuisine.  Many of their seasonal ingredients are grown in their own organic gardens and orchards.

Marche

Located in the 5th Street Public Market, Marche features a menu based on seasonal and regional food. As such, their menu changes seasonally, always focusing on fresh ingredients.  Their menu includes dishes such as Seared Tombo Tuna, Morocccan Vegetable Tagine, and Braised Bison Short Ribs.

Sabai Cafe & Bar

For the best Thai food in Eugene, Sabai is the place.  Opened in 2009 by Thailand native Mon (Duangkamol) Sutthiwari and longtime Eugene resident Tim Murff, Sabai’s amazing food reflects Mon’s passion for the cuisine of her native homeland.

Cafe 440

Reviewers rave about the great food and amazing service at Café 440. Located at The Oakway Mall, it’s easy to find location and outstanding food make it an ideal place to eat for a night out with friends.  They feature a broad menu and full service bar.

This list just scratches the surface of all the amazing places to eat here in Eugene. Check out the full list of top Eugene restaurants.  And check back on our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home in Eugene.

These Top Featured Listings Feature Outstanding Rural Living

by Sherri Smith

Our top featured properties offer a great variety of features for the money.  Living in rural Willamette Valley will be a joy in these outstanding properties in Creswell and Pleasant Hill!

82888 CLAYTON RD, Creswell

This gorgeous home is the perfect place for seclusion in the woods! This home features artistic architectural details that complement the natural beauty that surrounds this sanctuary of a home. Features such as hardwood and tile floors, marble fireplace, and stained glass windows set the tone for relaxing with family and friends.

Visit the property detail page for more info and photos!

85870 EDENVALE RD, Pleasant Hill

Here’s a perfect piece of property if you’re in need of a combination of land and a great home. This home features nearly 20 acres of land, with a large barn and large fenced fields – perfect if you have animals!  The home is a very well maintained 1992 Goldenwest MFH home with a detached car port.

Visit the property detail page for more info and photos!

There’s more fantastic featured homes in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Creswell, and Dexter on our Featured Properties page.  And if you can’t find the perfect home there, then you can search for listings using our powerful property search tool.  

Low Interest Rates Increase Your Buying Power

by Sherri Smith

Did you know that interest rates are still relatively low?  According to Freddie Mac’s latest market survey, interest rates are currently at 4.09% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

This is great news!  Not only does a low interest rate impact your monthly costs, but also your purchasing power. Purchasing power is simply how much you can afford to buy for your budget. So as rates rise, your buying power decreases if you have a particular housing budget.

This chart shows the impact of rising rates if you plan on buying a home in the national median price range and keep your monthly payments at about $1100 per month.

With a quarter of a percent that rates rise, the value of home you can afford decreases by 2.5%.  Rates are predicted to rise to 5% by next year.  So now is the time to act if you plan on buying a home in Eugene, Springfield, or the surrounding communities in the Willamette valley.

Be Prepared For Extreme Weather

by Sherri Smith

We've certainly been seeing some crazy weather lately here in the Willamette Valley, and it's caught many off guard. And there's probably more to come, if the predictions are correct. Either way, it never hurts to be prepared for next time. Here are some tips that might help you weather out the next crazy winter storm.

Here's what you should do before the storm.

  • Add the following items to your emergency kit:

    • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways

    • Sand for traction

    • Snow shovels

    • Heating fuel

    • Blankets

  • Make a family communication plan in case your family is separated and communication is disrupted.

  • Install a weather alert app on your mobile device if you have one.

  • If a storm warning is in effect, minimize travel.

  • Bring pets inside during extreme cold.

  • Winterize your home.

  • Have plenty of drinking water to last several days without running water.

These are just a few tips, summarized from Ready.gov. Click here for more tips.

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