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Old 12-01-2007, 12:25 AM
 
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A new job offer if prompting my wife and I to look into moving to Corvallis. We would like to rent a 2 bedroom house with a little room to grow flowers and vegetables while we get more familiar with the town and the real estate market settles down.

Any hints on where to find listings of the sort of property we desire? I had a look on Craigslist and it seems most of the rentals of any variety were in Albany. Is this a seasonal thing, perhaps, or are there better sources of information I should be looking at?

Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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A new job offer if prompting my wife and I to look into moving to Corvallis. We would like to rent a 2 bedroom house with a little room to grow flowers and vegetables while we get more familiar with the town and the real estate market settles down.

Any hints on where to find listings of the sort of property we desire? I had a look on Craigslist and it seems most of the rentals of any variety were in Albany. Is this a seasonal thing, perhaps, or are there better sources of information I should be looking at?

Thanks!
Take a look at the classified ad section of the local paper (http://www.gazettetimes.com). There are also a few property management companies that handle house rentals. Try Googling "Corvallis property management."

I don't think you'll have a problem finding a rental house. Even though the students are in town, there's been a significant increase in the amount and quality of rentals in town over the past couple of years, so I think inventory has improved. Be careful of where you look, though. Near campus you'll be more likely to have student neighbors, with the accompanying "problems."

Dang--I'm old now. I like my neighbors quiet.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Albany, OR
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6 years ago my family and I moved here from Hawaii, I was taking a job at OSU. We looked in Corvallis for a rental and ended up buying a home in Albany. There just wasn't much available that suited us (we have 2 girls in school).

I think jjpop is probably right in that there is more inventory out there now with regard to rental HOUSES. With the amount of inventory in the housing market there are quite a few people who are renting because they can't sell (not as much in Corvallis as in other areas though). I KNOW that he is right with regard to campus locale.

The commute from Albany is only about 15-20 minutes and I did it for 4 years and never found it to be at all stressful...its a pretty easy drive.

You might also include Philomath in your search.

Also, you may want to look at homes in Corvallis that are on the market for sale...and have been for a while. Perhaps they would be interested in getting a quality renter for a short period of time; giving you a place to live while you look...and them a cash flow to manage until the market swings back.

Best of luck and welcome to the mid-Valley.

Dave
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:55 AM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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we used to rent a duplex on Oak when I was very small.....3bdrm w/a little garden off the back patio....
have you thought about a duplex rather than a house? Youre not always going to get crappy neighbors. One duplex we lived in, this couple from S.Cali moved in....she and her husband became our best friends. We even installed a gate between our yards
anyhooo, just a thought.
Best of luck to you!
Tiffany
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:42 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the suggestions

I tried using the classifieds linked from Corvallis Gazette Times: Your Source for News in Corvallis, Oregon but it redirected my browser to some third party site last night. I used a different browser today and I now see many listings that sound like they might suit us and fit our budget. Thanks for the tip, jjpop. I will contact the property management companies next.

Dave, we would consider Philomath. What is it like, there? We have been doing the 20 minute commute thing and would rather avoid it if at all possible. I may need to drive around doing consulting/sales work in the area, but my wife should be able to work in town, which might make it possible to ditch one of the cars, which we would love to do. . . . I will start checking into homes stagnating on the MLS, too, as a possible option for finding our next home.

Yes, Tiffany, we are open to renting a duplex. We are living on a few acres with another person in her own home right now, so the idea of living around someone else is not new or unwelcome to us. But like you say, it really comes down to whether that someone else is someone you like and are compatible with.

Thanks, all, for the well wishes. If anyone has any more tips or insights, please keep them coming.
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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I can say a bit about Philomath--a close relative lived there for about 20 years and put her 3 kids through the school system.

I think you could find something there, but it is a much smaller town (about 4000 population) so you won't find as much to choose from. However, there is a bike path that parallels the highway from Philomath into Corvallis, so bike commuting is a realistic option. Of course, as I'm writing this right now it is absolutely pouring outside, and about 39 degrees, so you (or your spouse) would have to be pretty hardy to make that commute on a bike. I think it's about 4 miles or so from Philomath to the OSU campus, which is close to the center of Corvallis.

Philomath is a town that is continuing a long transition from a timber mill town to a commuter suburb. There is some pain accompanying that transition. Check out the website for the documentary "Clearcut" CLEAR CUT: The Story of Philomath, Oregon . Although the film is focused on the local high school, it gives you a good view of local politics and personalities. Heads butt there quite frequently, but for the most part it's a nice town with lots of friendly folks.

And a shout out to tiffela--some close friends of mine just sold their house on Oak, just about a block off of 9th Street. It's the oldest house on the block, surrounded by apartments and duplexes. They never had any problems living there (occasionally pot smoke would waft by, but the pot smokers were pretty quiet and polite...)
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:52 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the Philomath rundown, Jjpop

I appreciate having a better sense of how that fits in. We will consider living there. It looks like we will move sometime in January.
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