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Beautifully situated at the southern end of the Willamette Valley is the city of Eugene, Oregon. Approximately 60 miles east of the Oregon coast, Eugene has the distinction of being the second largest city in Oregon and also serves as the seat of Lane County. Named after Eugene Franklin Skinner, the city got its start when Mr. Skinner built the first cabin in the area. It was used as a trading depot and later a post office. The timber industry brought people to the area and a bustling city emerged. What began as a small town is now known for the plethora of art, recreational, educational and business opportunities available to residents and visitors.

Shopping and Dining

A wide-variety of shopping and dining establishments provide plenty of options for the people of Eugene. Located in the heart of downtown, the Fifth Street Public Market offers unique, locally owned shops, while Oakway Center offers a diverse mix of local boutiques and national chain stores and restaurants. Be sure to also visit Valley River Center for a top notch shopping mall experience. Valley River Center features over 100 shops and boutiques, numerous restaurant and fast food dining options, as well as a movie cinema that boasts 15 theaters, including an IMAX theater.

Whether looking for fine dining, a quick meal, Eugene has it all. The Oregon Electric Station is adored by locals for their extensive menu, great atmosphere and plentiful specials. For a great pizza, head to Track Town Pizza. If you’re looking for a healthy option on the go, visit Café Yumm! for a variety of unique dishes that are built on beans and rice and that are topped off with your choice of vegetables, chicken, tempeh, tofu, cheese and their original Yumm! Sauce. Other notable dining restaurants local to Eugene include Cornucopia, The Steelhead Brewery, Beppe & Gianni’s Italian restaurant, Café Soriah Mediterranean cuisine, Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen, Marché Restaurant and Sabai Café Thai Cuisine.

Parks and Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate the ample opportunities available in the area. Biking, running, rafting, kayaking, hiking and camping are all favorite recreational pastimes enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. With over 100 parks and nature areas, and numberous local hiking opportunities, such as Skinner’s Butte and the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, help explain why Eugene is often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Eugene, Oregon real estate also boasts some of the finest recreational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Eugene is well-known for being home to the University of Oregon, which provides many collegiate level sports to be enjoyed residents of all ages. Perhaps the most popular sport offered by the university is Oregon Ducks Football, who has become a nationally ranked powerhouse in NCAA Football over the past several years. Autzen Stadium is home of the Oregon Ducks Football Program and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 places to watch a college football game in the nation. In addition, Hayward Field. is home of the Oregon Ducks Track & Field and also host of the Olympic track and field trials in 2008 and 2012. This distinction has given the city of Eugene the nickname, "Track Town."

To go along with the University of Oregon’s multitude of sports, residents can also take in a Minor League Baseball game with the Eugene Emeralds. The Eugene Emeralds, commonly referred to as the Ems, are a Single A Minor League team associated with the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball club. The team shares their home stadium with the University of Oregon’s Baseball team at PK Park. Every summer, the Ems celebrate our nation’s birthday with a home game and spectacular fireworks display! This is a tradition that become a favorite for many living in Eugene.

Music lovers will enjoy the numerous local musicians that call Eugene home. The Cuthbert Amphitheater is a beautiful outdoor concert venue located at the edge of Alton Baker Park. The amphitheater offers live music from nationally acclaimed musical acts throughout the summer.

Living

Eugene, Oregon real estate is highly sought after due to numerous factors. Ranked in 2005 as one of the Best Cities to Live and also as one of the Best Green Cities, Eugene has experienced a population growth of almost ten percent since the 2000 census. With a population of 156,185 citizens, there are plenty of residents that will attest to the many reasons why Eugene is a great place to live. Large manufacturing industries, technology companies and many multinational companies, such as Nike, originated in Eugene. The median home price for Eugene, Oregon real estate is $192,200. Along with the affordable living, healthcare and quick transportation there are many reasons why so many people are eager to call Eugene home.

Schools, Health, Transportation

One advantage to Eugene, Oregon real estate is the educational excellence that exists in the area. Eugene students are serviced by two public school districts and many private school and home school options. The Eugene 4J School District educates over 16,000 students in 35 schools. An alternative school, international school, and three language immersion programs help to provide for the wide-variety of educational needs. West Eugene students can attend one of the nine schools in the Bethel School District. Well-known for the established special needs and talented and gifted programs, the Bethel School District provides excellent academic choices to their 5,700 students.

Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene residents have ample opportunities for higher education. Founded in 1876, the university is highly regarded as a world-class teaching and research establishment. The area is also the home of Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University. Several technical and trade schools also provide education and career assistance to the people of Eugene and the surrounding area.

In addition to being the area’s largest employer, PeaceHealth Medical Group has a solid reputation for providing quality healthcare. With a wide-variety of medical and support services, Eugene residents are given the convenience of excellent healthcare close to home. Established in 1955, the McKenzie-Williamette Medical Center in Springfield also offers quality healthcare options to the Eugene area. The 113 bed facility offers inpatient, outpatient, medical, surgical and emergency care.

With a commute time that is almost ten minutes less that the national average, it is easy to see that transportation in and around Eugene is quick and easy. This is made possible, in part, by the Lane Transit District which operates a rapid transit bus route between Eugene and Springfield. Quick access to Interstate 5, Oregon Highway 126, Oregon Highway 99, and The Randy Papé Beltline expressway makes for easy traveling around the area. For air travel, the Eugene Airport provides direct flights to a number of cities in the Western United States, including Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

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