In the heart of western Oregon separated by the Willamette River lie the cities of Eugene and Springfield, the Northwest’s fifth largest metropolitan area. Known for its high quality of life, the Eugene-Springfield area is defined by its community spirit, appreciation for the arts and opportunities for educational pursuits and outdoor activities. Add to this, a climate that’s just right year round and you have one of the best places in the nation to call home.
Eugene Oregon real estate is surrounded by a wealth of scenery — coastal drives, lush golf courses and majestic snow-capped mountains. With over 2,000 acres of parkland, Eugene offers running, hiking and biking trails for every level of expertise, flatland to challenging bumps and hills. The tranquility here cannot be compared when in the form of an equestrian trot along the sands or a picnic at the edge of a hot spring.
Miles and miles of mountain wilderness are available year round for campers and backpackers. At Willamette Pass Resort, both winter sports and summer gondola rides are within easy reach. And few regions can boast of still having not just one but more than a dozen covered bridges. Guided tours by land or water get you acquainted with this fantastic area. And soon enough, you’ll know the gems that make Eugene-Springfield so special.
A flourishing arts scene is concentrated at the magnificent Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the area’s hub for dance, vocal, theatre and other performing troupes. Annual highlights in the cultural community include the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Festival of American Music, numerous outdoor summer productions and the Eugene Celebration. Artistic inspirations are easily derived from the purple streaked skylines of night and the strong golden horizons of sunrise.
Education is of prime importance to the local community, and the desire to maintain an enduring tradition of excellence and diversity is ongoing and strong. The public school systems within the area have over forty elementary schools and over twenty junior and senior high schools. Supplementing these educational opportunities are many diverse community resources, which include museums, libraries, art galleries and special centers for the disabled.
Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene sees many a gathering spring from community camaraderie brought about by the teams of its beloved Ducks! The University's Hayward Field serves as the center of the “Running Capital of the U.S.,” as Eugene is called. And its Autzen Stadium is undergoing expansion for both University and high school events.
When you see the homes for sale in Eugene Oregon, you see neighborhoods with characteristics that reflect who you are. With the reservoir nearby, Danebo offers immediate opportunities for recreation and relaxation away from busy schedules. Homes with covered patios and backyard lattice archways are perfect to unwind in and catch up on old times with friends. If you love log cabins, earthy interior accents and a “welcome to my world” atmosphere of majestic woods and private entrance, head over to South Eugene.
Homemade treats from gatherings at a nearby u-pick farm can be the reward for an afternoon of treasure hunting. Crest Drive, still part of the south section, appeals to those who want both city and country views. Generously sized floor plans make everyone feel like royalty. Luxurious indoor pools serve as a getaway without ever having to leave. And vibrant garden space gives you room for your favorite flowers and vegetables.
If you love to play host or hostess, a Far West condo has the kitchen you need. And you get to enjoy a full range of fitness and social amenities without having to maintain them yourself. Close to the fairgrounds are the majestic homes in Jefferson Westside. This is where contemporary meets grand — realty reminiscent of colorful storybooks come to life.
For a quiet low-key town where children play in tree houses and where stepping stones and wind chimes lead to a cozy pellet stove, come to Trainsong. West Eugene and Churchill are both near the wetlands, where you find tree canopies, soil rich for dessert grapes and acres for your little ones to run about.
With the Cascade Mountains and the Willamette and McKenzie rivers as backdrops, Springfield offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. It’s just across the river from Eugene and the perfect location for skiing, rock climbing and water activities. Springfield Oregon real estate offers beautiful mornings for sipping coffee or tea on your bedroom balcony and evenings great for relaxing in a spa tub or snuggling beside your master-suite fireplace. Community theater, cultural festivals and seasonal celebrations bring everyone together. And the 5th Street Public Market is the place to discover Springfield’s energizing community spirit.