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Dream Big - Dream Of Your New Condo in Eugene, OR
Eugene, Oregon, is the proud seat of Lane County and is the state's third most densely populated city. Eugene, affectionately known as "Emerald City" and as "Track Town, USA," is known for its beautiful, natural spaces and focus on the arts. So if the sound of a condo in Eugene, OR, gets you excited, one call to us will help make owning a new home possible.
A New Home, A New Life
The city of Eugene has been built along the Willamette River. It is known for its shopping and culinary experiences, the entertainment it specializes in for the entire family, and its sporting events. Eugene is also home to many trendy craft breweries and attractions that appeal to counter-culture history buffs.
Before European colonizers arrived in the area, modern-day Eugene was home to the Kalapuyans for as long as 10,000 years. The Native American peoples made "seasonal rounds" and moved around the countryside foraging and preserving acorns, berries, and the bulbs of the wapato and camas plants. The Kalapuyan people called the Eugene area "Chifin," sometimes recorded as "Chafin" or "Chiffin." Other Kalapuyan tribes also lived in the Eugene area. These tribes were the Pee-you or Mohawk Calapooians, Winefelly or Pleasant Hill Calapooians, and the Lungtum or Long Tom. However, the Kalapuyan tribes' home area became threatened in the 1800s due to the settlement of Europeans. Displacement was a serious concern, but the epidemics brought by colonizers were even more severe. The first colonizers in the area were French fur traders at the beginning of the 19th century. The French negotiated for land from the Kalapuyans because they had good relations. The two groups also traded and engaged in marriages, increasing the strength of their bonds. Officials named the town after Eugene Franklin Skinner, who arrived in 1846 with 1,200 other settlers. Skinner built the first Anglo cabin on a hill known as Skinner's Butte. The Kalapuyans advised him to erect it on higher ground to avoid flooding. It became a trading post and the official post office in January 1850. At the time, the colonizers called the area Skinner's Mudhole but changed the name to Eugene City in 1853. They incorporated the city in 1862, and it became known as Eugene in 1889. Columbia College became the first educational institution in the town, followed a few years later by the University of Oregon in 1876. The city experienced an economic, developmental, and population boom throughout the 20th century. There was an exception in the early 1980s when a downturn in the timber industry resulted in high unemployment rates. But by the mid-1980s, the economy recovered and started attracting high-tech industries. Eugene has been home to much activism, specifically community activism. For example, it is the birthplace of Beyond Toxics, a nonprofit environmental justice organization founded in 2000. Additionally, Animal, Copwatch, Food Not Bombs, and Critical Mass rights activists form a large part of the city's Whitaker district.
Things to do in Eugene
Things to do in Eugene
Eugene, Oregon, offers a range of activities and attractions, such as the following:
Alton Baker Park. You will find this park along the banks of the Willamette River. It is home to bicycle trails and other recreational facilities for everyone to enjoy.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Authorities established this center in 1982, which is the focal point of Eugene's cultural scene. It is home to the Eugene Ballet Company, the Eugene Concert Choir, the Eugene Opera, and the Eugene Symphony. It also exhibits permanent and temporary art collections.
Cascades Raptor Center. The center, which is home to eagles, falcons, and hawks, nurses these injured birds back to health. Visitors are allowed entrance all year round to understand the rehabilitation process better.
Eugene Science Center. This science-themed museum offers educational and interactive displays for children and adults. Visitors will be amazed by the exhibit hall and the planetarium.
Eugene is 43.74 square miles, with 0.02 square miles of water. The city has 23 neighborhoods spread across the land and between its hills. You will find Skinner Butte to the north of downtown and Coburg Hills lying northeast of the city. Both the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers flow through Eugene.
Over 168,000 people live in Eugene, of which 95% are U.S. citizens, and 7.59% were born outside of the country. One hundred and thirty-one thousand people in Eugene are white, over 9,000 people in the city are Hispanics, and close to 9,000 are mixed race.
The median household income is $50,962, and the average property value is $288,600. This figure is a bit steeper than the national average of $240,500. Property taxes run at around $3,000, and the homeownership rate is 47.3%
Close to 83,000 people in the city are employed. The primary industries in Eugene include health care and social assistance, educational services, and retail trade. The sectors which offer the highest salaries are mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction, utilities, and public administration.
Arts in Eugene
Arts in Eugene
Eugene's population is known for being alternative, which is attributable to the city's distinctive hippie component. This attribute is visible in the city's arts, history, and the entertainment it produces today. The city is also famous for its outdoor attractions, so much so that its slogan was the "World's Greatest City for the Arts & Outdoors." This slogan changed to "A Great City for the Arts & Outdoors" in 2010.
Like many other towns across the U.S., you will find a "Saturday Market" in Eugene. Eugene's Saturday Market was founded in 1970 and is open every Saturday from April through November. Follow the signs to locate this market adjacent to the Lane County Farmer's Market. If you want to sell your goods here, know that it requires all vendors to grow or create their products.
The city celebrates its history in its museums: the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Oregon University, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, the Oregon Air and Space Museum, and the Lane County History Museum. Eugene is also home to over 20 private art galleries like the Maude Kerns Art Center, Lane Arts Council, and the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts.
Schools in Eugene
Schools in Eugene
The Eugene School District governs Eugene's school system. This school system encompasses four full-service high schools and alternative education programs like international and charter schools. In addition, the Bethel School District manages the Bethel neighborhood encompassing 11 schools, like the alternative Kalapuya High School and the traditional Willamette High School. Additionally, Eugene provides multiple higher education possibilities, with the most prominent institution being the University of Oregon. Others include Bushnell University, Lane Community College, New Hope Christian College, Gutenberg College, and Pacific University's Eugene campus.
A New Life Awaits in Your Eugene OR Condo
Eugene, Oregon, is a paradise for art lovers and outdoor junkies. Further, the city offers some of the best schooling opportunities in the country, with thriving professional opportunities waiting for the students after they graduate. So start your new life in Eugene, OR, by buying a condo from which to explore this beautiful "Emerald City."
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