Residential Real Estate In Oregon

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Chances are good that your search of residential real estate in Oregon won't be in its lightly populated eastern half. To the north are the Blue and Wallowa Mountain ranges of the Rockies, the Snake River, the impressive depth of Hells Canyon, and the John Day River--a wonderland for visitors and naturalists. To the south are the Steen Mountains and the vast almost desert-like stretch of the Harney Basin.

Looking for Residential Real Estate in Oregon

Your likely choices for a house to call home will be somewhere in the western half of the state. The spectacular and rugged Pacific coast, the lush Willamette Valley, or along the Deschutes River east of the Cascades are all appealing. Your first step is to find a realtor, especially if you're coming in from out of state. You may know that the median price of a home is $152,000. You may have searched week-old MLS listings on properties around Portland or Eugene. Is that the best use of your time?

Oregon is a wonderful place to live, however, no question of that. When Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the vast northwest in 1805, he had an inkling of what they might find. Word on the natural beauty of the Oregon Territory spread quickly. Once settlers began arriving in the 1840s, they flocked to the Willamette Valley. The bulk of residential real estate in Oregon is still here.

The five major cities of Oregon--Portland, Salem, Eugene, Beaverton, and Gresham--are all in the valley. This is where your hunt for residential real estate in Oregon will probably focus. Not only are your choices of houses and schools wider, but you probably want to enjoy the local vineyards, the nearby Pacific coast, the covered bridges, natural parks, and urban conveniences as well.

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