Welcome to Eugene Oregon
Eugene, Oregon home of the University of Oregon, is comprised of 15 commonly classified neighborhoods in real estate searches. Eugene, also known as “Track Town USA” or “Nike town”, has hosted the Olympic Track Trials 4 years in a row. We take pride in our excellent public transportation system and “bike-ability” and are listed as one of the Top 50 cities for cycling enthusiasts.
About Eugene’s Neighborhoods
One to four individual neighborhood associations are situated within each area to compile statistical data and represent the members of these individual communities and those that reside there.
Learn more about Eugene, Oregon Neighborhoods below!
Bethel-Danebo is located in west Eugene with Hwy 99 to the east, Greenhill Road to the west; Clear Lake Road to the north. Home to many young families and first-time homebuyers, the Bethel-Danebo area has been one of the consistently fastest growing areas of Eugene over the past decade and offers convenience to main thoroughfares, shopping and eateries. An equal mix of established homes and booming new construction.
College Hill Area
College Hill is the area between Willamette and Friendly Streets and 18th and 29th Avenue. Several of the homes in this area have beautiful views of the city. Single-family residences reign in this area, with over half of them owner occupied. College Hill is steeped in history, with many historic homes in this neighborhood and true pride in ownership abounds.
Eugene's trendiest area with newer boutiques, many restaurants (in several price ranges), tea and coffee shops and wine bars, thanks to some serious efforts at reviving the area around downtown Eugene's pedestrian mall (which was ripped out in 2002, reopening the streets to car traffic). The corner of Broadway and Olive Streets downtown is known as the "Barmuda Triangle" due to the eight bars on this corner. The Eugene bus depot is also located here. High-end apartments and condos, single family residences, along with new student housing, comprise most of the dwellings in this area. Every month, the “First Friday Art Walk” takes place, featuring the numerous boutiques and art galleries situated in this area, open to all. Home of the Hult Center for Performing Arts and close to the commercially successful shopping area of 5th Street Public Market, you are sure to find something intriguing within a two block walk in either direction.
Fairmount is just east of the University of Oregon campus. The area owes its name to a short-lived 19th-century town known as Fairmount City. Annexed into the city of Eugene in 1902, this areas legacy is preserved in generously-sized residential lots and a large neighborhood park- part of which was later incorporated into Hendricks Park. Many residents enjoy the easy walking distance to several commercial districts featuring conveniences such as restaurants, groceries, bakeries, vets, and more. The Fairmount Neighbors Association is very active and takes pride in creating neighborhood events such as farmers markets and a plant exchange program.
Ferry Street Bridge Area (FSB)
Ferry Street Bridge is located just North of the river from Downtown Eugene. The Ferry Street Bridge Neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 5 to the east; the Willamette River to the south and west and Randy Pape Beltline on the North. With several shopping centers, 2 golf courses, a medical center, parks, and restaurants in the area, residents enjoy several bike paths and bridges along the beautiful Willamette River and appreciate the bike friendly nature this neighborhood offers.
Friendly Street Area
Friendly Street bisects the neighborhood from North to South. The street was named for Sam Friendly, a much-loved 19th century mayor of Eugene, and one of the visionary individuals who secured the location for the University of Oregon. Many of the trees planted along the street are thanks to the Friendly Neighborhood Association, and a general love of design and landscaping are seen throughout the neighborhood, with the colorful, diverse flourishes Friendly are residents pride themselves in. Close proximity to shopping, eateries and nightlife round out an amazing community.
The Gilham neighborhood contains many amenities including major shopping centers, several grocery stores, parks, fire station, police station and a golf course. One of the most desirable areas of Eugene for its schools and family-centric neighborhoods, North Gilham consistently ranks high in internet searches of Eugene area homes. “Movies Under the Stars” hosts family open-air movie screenings throughout the Summer months and is close to Eugene’s beloved Camp Harlow. A solid mix of original homes and high-end new construction.
Laurel Hill Valley Area
The physical boundaries of the Laurel Hill Valley Neighborhood are defined as the watershed bounded by a ridge line around the valley that starts at Hendricks Park at the west; to 30th Avenue to the south and continuing along knolls of 870 feet and 897 feet elevations at the southeast; and northward to a knoll of 898 feet elevation and continuing northwest and north along Laurel Hill Drive to the Glenwood exchange and Interstate 5. The key word is watershed, and includes the knoll known locally as Moon Mountain. It is an area with a unique rural character within the city limits and the Urban Growth Boundary. The area enjoys easy access to I-5 and the University of Oregon campus. An ideal location to buy a home if you access I-5 north or south for your business dealings or commute.
River Road Area
River Road is the area defined by the Northwest Expressway to the West; Randy Pape Beltline to the north; the Willamette River to the East and the Southern Pacific Railroad lone to the south. Neighborhood sits northwest of downtown and with its river bike paths it's easy to get around town from here. Mostly residential, with some supporting businesses, this older community boasts large lots and a mix of old and new construction.
Santa Clara Area
Santa Clara is defined by The Randy Pape Beltline to the south; NW Expressway to the west; Beacon Lane to the north and the Willamette River to the east. River Road is the direct artery towards Chambers and downtown Eugene. This area is well appointed with family-friendly parks, shopping, rec centers and schools. Dotted with orchards, this part of town is a mixture of both new construction and older family homes.
South Hills Area
The South Hills region of Eugene lies between SE Eugene and SW Eugene. This diverse area includes upscale homes as well as low income housing, schools, the popular Ridgeline Trail, and other amenities. Many homes in the South Hills of Eugene feature breathtaking mountain and city views.
Southeast Eugene Area
Southeast Neighborhood also includes a large part of the south hills region. The SE Neighborhood is locally politically active and over 60% of homes are owner occupied. Deer and wild turkeys roam the area, giving you a feel of the country in the city. Both hiking and biking are popular here, thanks to accessible trails, rolling hills and a pedestrian friendly attitude.
Southwest Eugene Area
Many choose to live in this area for all it offers. Abundant hiking trails, schools, parks, shops and restaurants serve the neighborhood and with proximity to many major thoroughfares throughout Eugene, getting where you need to go is a breeze. There is a mix of residential, multi-family and commercial properties throughout this area.
University Area is bordered by 30th Avenue to the south; Franklin Boulevard to the north; Hendricks Hill to the east and Willamette Street to the west. This area is defined as that which immediately surrounds the University of Oregon campus. You can bike or walk most everywhere you could want to go. With a mix of single-family and multi-family residences, along with a healthy mix of rental homes, apartments and condos, the campus area also features shops, restaurants and entertainment, becoming of a well-served college campus area.
Eugene’s oldest neighborhood is defined as the area north and south of the Southern Pacific railroad line, just a few blocks from the Willamette River, roughly between 3rd and 6th avenues. "The Whiteaker" or "The Whit", is Eugene’s upstart “alternative” part of town, and those that live in and operate their businesses within this area describe it as neighborly, artsy and full of bohemian “flair”. From the pastel and brightly colored bungalows, wall murals, Red Barn Natural grocers, boutiques and award winning breweries (Oakshire and Ninkasi Brewing, respectively), many of the neighborhood residents operate businesses within the community. Home to the “Whiteaker Block Party”, residents of The Whit, and people from surrounding communities, gather for live music, street performers, local goods, tasty food and beverages and all of the eclectic appeal that this neighborhood has to offer. Perfect for people watching!
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