Eugene Gay Realtor | Living a Hip Alternative Lifestyle in the Emerald City

According to the Advocate, Eugene Oregon is one of the gayest cities in all of North America. It also gets top marks when it comes to being a green city; it is known for its progressive, humane policies and its nurturing and preservation of the local natural environment. The city of 156,929 has a traditional, romantic side as well that includes old-fashioned, covered bridge, farmer’s markets and classical music festivals.

Eugene is an inland city located about fifty miles east of the Oregon Coast where the McKenzie and Wiliamette Rivers meet.  It is so green with trees it is sometimes called “The Emerald City.”  If you want to live in a city there activists, artists and residents with alternative lifestyles seem to run the place then Eugene is a good choice for you.  It is also home opt the University Oregon, which has conducted many interesting lifestyle experiments there that have continued on until this day. This includes a large farmer’s market with no employees, a tenant-run development and the unique Center for Appropriate Transport (dedicated to the use of bicycles instead of cars.) The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System has a network of 42 miles of shared-use paths, 81 miles of bicycle lanes and five pedestrian bridges crossing the Williamette River.

Geographically the city is stunning.  To the North is the rocky outcrop known as Skinner Butte and the Coburgh Hills. Spencer Butte, a similar majestic outcropping, is just south of the city.  The entire city is surrounded by foothills and forests and enjoys warm dry, summers and temperate winters with light snowfall.

The city has twenty-three neighborhoods in total, so it is best to consult with a resident Eugene gay realtor to find out which one suits your property investment needs. One of the hippest neighborhoods is Whiteaker, which has gone from glum to a bustling artsy neighborhood with many indie coffeehouses, art galleries and funky bars.  The city is small enough that it does not have a distinct “gay ghetto” but it does have many bars with strong LGBT ties including Sam Bond’s Garage and the dance club Cowfish.      

The average price per square foot for Eugene, Oregon was $167 from May 13 to July 13, 2007.  Home prices have risen 10.9% since the same period last year.  The average listing price for a home for sale, as of Aug 7, 2013, was $317,596.

Most of the homes here tend to be bungalows or ranch-style. They also tend to be one story or if more than one story, built with decks and extensions into the side of rock outcroppings.  Urban areas are very much enhanced by the city’s public art program, which has commissioned many murals and sculptures as well as a huge exhibition and performance space called the Hult Center.

For more information about this beautiful place to live see the Eugene Oregon Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.eugene-or.gov.