Oregon Real Estate – Going Hip and Green
Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is hip state that gets a lot of rain. This rain results in a beautiful green state, but doesn’t put a damper on the real estate market.
From the stunning Crater Lake to Pioneer Square in Portland, Oregon is a diverse state. The population ranges from hippies to the very conservative depending upon where you happen to be standing. There are forests, beaches, rivers and even deserts. All of this is typically within a couple hours drive from every major population center. Go skiing one day and sailing the next!
Portland is truly a big city with a small town feel. This dichotomy is a product of very careful planning, which has led to a lack of the urban sprawl seen in so many other cities. The architecture has a prominent east coast flavor, with red brick buildings on prominent display. The city is populated with coffee houses, bookstores and microbreweries. Indeed, Portland seems to be the home of the microbrew, with literally hundreds seeming to exist. For quality of life, Portland gets top marks.
If you’ve watched the movie “Animal House”, you’re familiar with Eugene. Yep, the movie was shot there. Eugene is a wonderfully eclectic mix of styles, politics and attitude. The home of the University of Oregon, the city is energized with student activities. On the other hand, Eugene also has a sophisticated side with operas, Bach classic music festivals as well as a symphony and ballet company. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Eugene is most visitors make plans to live in the city at some point in their life.
Oregon Real Estate
Oregon real estate is reasonably priced, but fluctuate wildly depending upon the particular location you are considering. A single family home in Portland will set you back $300,000 on average, while one in Eugene will run in the $325 range. The appreciation rate for Oregon real estate is a robust for 15 percent for 2005.
If you enjoy a bit of weather and the outdoors, Oregon is definitely a state to take a look at. Just keep in mind that once you move there, you may never leave.