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Old 05-02-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Hi All. I could use your help. I am considering moving to Eugene and want to check out prices for rentals and buying a condo or apartment. What neighborhood would you recommend for a woman in her late 30's, no kids (ie, no suburbs) with a good job (good pay), who wants to be in walking distance of restaurants, bars, parks, etc.? I have a small dog, so I would like a small yard or patio. Assume cost is no issue, within reason (no million dollar house or $3000 rental).

What neighborhood should I consider? Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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Eugene is an interesting city. There are only the suburbs and downtown. For a single person in their 30's I would say downtown but then youre dealing with the mix of homeless folks, street kids and students from the CC and university (ie: parties). Since youve ruled out suburbs this is basically your only other option. Rentals in this area are spendy (again, because its a college town). Since you have a pet and want outdoor space you will be spending quite a bit on a rental. Do you already have a good paying job or are you planning on looking once you get here? Unemployment here is very high.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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Sounds like downtown is your best bet for the mix of restaurants, bars and parks that you desire within walking distance. The Whitaker neighborhood is the only other place that has those features. Copsgirl is correct about the, "the mix of homeless folks, street kids and students from the CC and university" issue. From what you said, it sounds like you can afford the rent, which is higher than some places, but it's all relative. If you can find a month to month rental at first, then you can take some time to find yourself a long-term neighborhood that fits you. Things can change from block to block around here, so it's best to check out any rental in person before signing on. There is a mixture of elements downtown, that's for sure. Some of the parks do have their share of bums sleeping off a 40-ouncer during the day, but then again, there are still kids out playing and having fun at the same time. Maybe you just need to wear rose-colored glasses when you go out.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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Thanks for the info! If I do move, it will be for a job, so that is secure. Do any of the suburbs have a central street or "downtownish" area? That would be another option.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the info! If I do move, it will be for a job, so that is secure. Do any of the suburbs have a central street or "downtownish" area? That would be another option.
No, the only walkable area with the shops and retaurants is downtown or near campus (UO). You realize Eugene is a small town right?
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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Well, the Friendly Area Neighborhood area could be an option. Here's a link to a map of all the neighborhoods: https://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=1624
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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Well, the Friendly Area Neighborhood area could be an option. Here's a link to a map of all the neighborhoods: https://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=1624
Thanks for posting that! Delving a little deeper, I discovered that there are links to pdfs with detailed information about each neighborhood, including demographic breakdown by age, race, percent renters/owners, etc. on this page:

Eugene, OR Website - 2011 Neighborhood Analysis

This is really helpful for people trying to get a bit of a feel for each neighborhood before visiting.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:44 PM
 
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There are some really Cool downtown Condo's and Apartments
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:04 AM
 
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I'm not clear on whether you're wanting to rent or to buy. There's a big development of quite nice apartments (with patios) on Broadway -- pricy but urban and hip. The Lincoln School condos are also quite chic -- they have a big courtyard. And there's a complex near Lincon and 9th that's very nice, with balconies and patios. There are a lot of options, and all of these are close to downtown. But the real secret is that nearly every place in Eugene is close to downtown. Unless you go to the far-distant corners of the city, every place is reachable from every other place in twenty minutes or less. And since many restaurants, clubs, and other places of interest are located somewhere other than the downtown core, you'll be driving (or biking) from no matter where you live. I'd recommend staying south of the river and not out along River Road, as the bridges and River Road have bottlenecks at rush hour (or as it's called in Eugene, rush minute). Apart from that, nearly every neighborhood is conveniently situated.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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When I was single, I lived near 29th and Willamette. While it's technically a "suburb," there are a lot of locally-owned businesses and places to walk to. It's a good neighborhood close to downtown.
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