Properties In Marion County Oregon

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As you search the Willamette Valley for real estate, be sure to look at properties in Marion County, Oregon. Encompassing nearly 1,200 acres, Marion lies in the heart of the valley, flanked by the foothills of the Coastal Range to the west and those of the Cascades to the east. Home to the state capital of Salem and 19 other cities, it's a great place to call home. With a countywide population of nearly 300,000, Marion's economy depends primarily on government. Agriculture and the food industry are also important.

There are more than 110,000 residential properties in Marion County, Oregon as of the last census. Approximately 63 percent are owner occupied. The median value of a house is approximately $130,000. You'll get a more accurate sense of property values, however, once you narrow your focus on a particular city or community. Three-bedroom houses in Salem range from just under $79,000 to about $450,000.

The central Willamette Valley is a great place to live, but you don't necessarily want to live just anywhere or in just any house. Is it the best use of your time to search for just the right property? Are the MLS listings you're accessing online up to date? What you need is the expertise of someone with their finger on the pulse of the local market. Your best bet in a search of properties in Marion County, Oregon is to find a realtor who specializes in Marion real estate.

Properties in Marion County, Oregon: Local Highlights

Willamette Valley is not only Oregon's agricultural belt but as well, and no surprise, its wine country. More than 20 private vineyards dot the central valley, along with 50 covered bridges and a host of botanical gardens. Outdoor recreation is a large part of life in Oregon. From skiing in the Cascades or Rockies, to white-water rafting on the Columbia River, Oregon is a paradise. Fishing and boating on the Willamette River in the central Valley are especially popular.

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