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THE LIST

As a proudly self-proclaimed Eugene aficionado, I make it my business to get to know the best this city has to offer, whether that's the most decked out hardware store, the coolest local events, or the best damn rueben sandwich you've ever eaten. It's a big job, but someone's gotta do it. I catalog my findings here every quarter in a brand new version of  THE LIST. Partly as a love letter to my city, but mostly to get you out experiencing it yourself.

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THIS CITY IS IN MY BONES

No, seriously. As a born and raised Eugenian, a Sheldon High School and University of Oregon graduate (go Ducks!), and a diehard Yumm sauce fan, I know this city like the back of my hand! I'll always be the first one to pipe up when it comes to recommending local spots.  So, let's indulge my geographical love affair and talk about some of the reasons Eugene is such an amazing place to live...

UNIQUE EUGENE NEIGHBORHOODS

Getting to know each of Eugene's unique little pockets of homes has been one of the things that's made my career in real estate so fun. Each area has its own character and personality. The truth is, we all like our own distinct "flavor" of home, which means where you choose to live matters depending on what matters to you. Here are a few of our city's most standout areas and what makes them special.

FRIENDLY ST NEIGHBORHOOD

This area is filled with gorgeous craftsman and bungalow homes with the kind of character you rarely see these days. It's also incredibly walkable, with lots of locally-owned businesses a pleasant stroll from your front door. This is an amazing area to live if you love getting to know your neighbors, like homes with a little personality, or love supporting local haunts.

NORTH GILHAM NEIGHBORHOOD

An established neighborhood that's experienced recent expansion and new development. Residents here get to enjoy mature trees, wide streets, and highly desirable schools. These homes have easy access to freeways, grocery stores, and shopping. This is a great area to live if you have children going through the school system or want a home that may not need too many repairs.

THE SANTA CLARA AREA

Formerly farm land, Santa Clara is along the River Rd stretch and offers both older farmhouse style homes and recently developed neighborhoods. Whatever your home aesthetic, all residents get to enjoy close proximity to the area’s parks, farmstands, schools, and shopping centers. A perfect choice for any open fields and fresh fruit and veggie lover!

THE SPYGLASS NEIGHBORHOOD

This neighborhood is a golfer’s dream! The spyglass neighborhood sits on the hill above the Oakway Golf Course and is ideally located for privacy, while still offering close proximity to everything you need. Most homes have more square footage with some very unique custom architecture, plus some townhomes at the base of the hill for those who don't need that much space.

THE FAIRMONT NEIGHBORHOOD

This neighborhood borders some of the most beloved parks in the area and offers a short commute to the University of Oregon. Most home are large and sprawling with lots of custom architecture. This is a great area to live if you're attending university or enjoy the beautiful natural areas that often accompany that college campus life.

THE CHURCHHILL NEIGHBORHOOD

This safe haven has become a favorite for growing families and offers an amazing environment for households with kids of all ages. Homes are spacious but most occupy small lots. This area has seen tremendous growth in recent years and a real boom in young family activity. A great area to meet other families and really embrace that tight-knit neighborhood feeling.

THE MALABON / FERN RIDGE AREA

On the outskirts of town, the Malabon / Fern ridge area offers a more "rural" look and feel for those looking for more land. This is an amazing place to settle if you want that farmland lifestyle but still want to stay close to the conveniences and amenities of a bustling town.

HISTORIC WASHBURNE DISTRICT

One of the most well-loved areas in the city, this neighborhood boasts charming bungalows and homes bursting with character and has a real fan following. Its older homes nestled in a quaint community give this area a distinct identity that's a perfect fit for those looking to buy something a little more unique with a cozy, "tucked away" feeling.

THE THURSTON NEIGHBORHOOD

On the east end of Springfield, buyers flock to the Thurston neighborhood for the desirable schools, nearby parks, and public pools. This area also enjoys convenient proximity to shopping centers and freeways. A fabulous community for those raising kids or fur babies who love the outdoors.

THE CAL YOUNG NEIGHBORHOOD

The Cal Young area is very central with a diverse selection of housing offerings, including condos, large homes on oversized lots, or midsize homes with low maintenance lots. The great schools and ideal location to the rest of the city mean this location is amazing for families and single homeowners alike.

MOST LOVED LOCAL PARKS

Alright, I'll admit it. I'm a total sucker for a sunny day in the park with a thrown-together picnic, my family, and my two pups. Here are the secret (or maybe not so secret) spots I go for a little Vitamin D.

OAKMONT PARK

This one is awesome for kids with basketball hoops, a great play structure, picnic tables, and a water feature they can play in during the summer to cool off.

EMERALD PARK

Stay entertained for hours with a huge playground, on-site skate park, picnic tables, and a recreation center on the grounds.

RIVERPLAY DISCOVERY

VILLAGE PLAYGROUND

On the Willamette River at the base of Skinner’s Butte, this is a beloved playground with tons of recent upgrades.

ARROW PARK

Springfield’s newest park! Includes a bicycle skills course, walking paths, basketball court, and two big playgrounds.

AMAZON PARK

This park has a huge play area with unique playground equipment, lots of open lawn to lounge on and a local pool next door.

ISLAND PARK

Near the river, this picturesque park is an amazing location for an adults-only stroll or a beautiful playground spot for kids.

WILLAMALANE PARK

This expansive park has great playground equipment, space for field sports, a skate park, basketball courts, and horseshoe pits.

HENDRICKS PARK

While there's not a major play structure here, this park does offer a great big swing set up in the trees and you can’t beat the walking trails through the Rhododendron Garden.

WALK-WORTHY HIKES & TRAILS

There's no better way to get your blood pumping, let the stresses of your day melt away, or soak in a little natural wonder than a hike (or a good old fashioned stroll!). And what better place to do that than in beautiful, lush, green Oregon cradled in the stunning Willamette Valley? Check out my favorite local walk-abouts and try them yourself next time you're craving a little outdoor splendor.

SKINNER BUTTE PARK

Right on the river, this one is a great adventure when you're looking for a gorgeous view. For those who want to take it easy, you can drive to the top and get out to take it all in or enjoy a short (but steep) jaunt up for some lovely panoramas of the city. 

SPENCER'S BUTTE

For a more forested experience, try Spencer's Butte with its tree-covered hiking trails that offer many different paths to the top (it's a real "choose your own adventure" vibe). Enjoy amazing views from the butte once you reach your destination.

MOUNT PISGAH

This location gives you two options depending on your ability or mood. There's a rigorous hike to the top of the mount, or a peaceful and meandering walking trail around the arboretum. Both offer their own unique beauty that's unforgettable.

HENDRICKS PARK

By far one of the most beautiful parks in the Eugene area, Hendricks offers towering old growth trees and a stunning variety of Oregon native florals. This is one of my favorite places to escape the city without actually having to leave town.

ALTON BAKER PARK

If you're looking for a beautiful and level walking path that also gets you some views of the Willamette River, this is the park for you.

RIDGELINE TRAIL SYSTEM

This trail system running through Spencer Butte park is peaceful, wooded, and picturesque. More than a stroll but not strenuous enough to be considered a hardcore workout (aka: my favorite kind of trail). 

AMAZON HEADWATERS TRAIL

A well kept gravel trail with many different paths to take, quaint bridges over creeks, and plenty of beautiful natural scenery.

WILD IRIS RIDGE PARK

This hike offers a moderate incline and ends with great views. A local favorite, this path is accessible both to the public and via neighborhood access points for nearby homeowners. 

MOUNT BALDY

Located on the south end of town but it feels like you’re far from home! This spot has great parking and is an excellent hike with kids with a well-maintained trail and plenty of diverse natural landscapes to enjoy.

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