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Old 10-18-2006, 12:11 PM
 
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Hi there-
My husband and I are planning a move to Eugene and are curious about the various neighborhoods in the area. We have to live in a house since we have 2 big spoiled dogs, but we are on a somewhat limited budget ($180-220k). I've seen alot of affordable houses in the Danebo neighborhood, but I'm guessing there's probably a reason why it's cheaper. Is anyone familiar with this or other neighborhoods in Eugene that they can recommend on our budget? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:04 PM
 
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Definitely lower end for this area with a Weyerhauser plant (smokestack) dominating the west skyline and very active train tracks on the east side. Beware any houses listed in the "Trainsong" area unless your idea of "song" is train whistles all hours of day and night. Danebo area in general made up of some stick-built but a lot of prefab (mfg.) housing close together, at least in the price range you mention. On the plus side, there's a big wetlands park nearby and it's easy access to ocean (Hwy. 126 - aka 11th Street here in town) and downtown via Roosevelt Ave. There are bike paths to get around on too. $250K will get something decent in a decent older neighborhood.
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:58 PM
 
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Becylou,

I asked this same question elsewhere in this forum. You might want to look at the responses I received.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:20 PM
 
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$250K will get something decent in a decent older neighborhood.
This is good advice. It would be well worth it to stretch the upper end of your budget range just a bit. Even $240 will probably move you up to a more favorable housing bracket.
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the candid responses! Believe me if we had an extra $30k I'd be more than happy to spend it. Maybe we'll just have to settle for a condo until we can save some more, or a big honking fixer...
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:14 PM
 
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or a big honking fixer...
Not many of those around, either. During the real estate bubble of 2002-2005ish, "house-flipping" became a temporary career for a number of freelancers, and Eugene had more than its share. Fixer-uppers are the bread-and-butter of that enterprise. I've look for those homes myself, and if they're available there is usual something really really wrong with them.
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:46 PM
 
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Great. Guess I should get used to sleeping in my car
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:11 PM
 
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Going down the east side of Danebo is Hwy 99N..The RR Tracks are east of it & serve as the dividing line between the River Road/Santa Clara and the Danebo neighborhoods..The overwhelming majority of homes in Danebo are WEST of 99 and train noise is no problem...Off of Royal & Barger avenues west of Beltline several new subdivisions are going in only one of which is manufactured homes...(I work out there every day)..
New schools have also just been built....Another area you might consider is the Thurston area of east Springfield; lots of new subdivisions, some on a very attractive hillside...Thurston is at the entrance to the gorgeous McKenzie River valley and the Cascades...
A Real estate agent I know has said that the market is "softening" & becoming more of a buyers market..I should think you could do quite well in either of those areas with 220K...Both the Danebo & Thurston neighborhoods are looked down upon by elitist Eugeneians who view most things thru the prism of PC fashionability.....Church attendance is higher in those areas then in other parts of Eugene and the politics generally more conservative....
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