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Old 07-11-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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Hey, what are some nice areas to live that would be a central location between Eugene and Albany? Moving to the area from VA and looking for somewhere in between the two cities. Looking for a nice area to live in and very good school system (elementary school)

~Whitney
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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There's not a lot directly between them. Halsey or Brownsville would be about the only things close to a midpoint. I don't think either is known for their schools, though I haven't researched those districts specifically.

Coburg if you wanted to stay just north of Eugene, or maybe Tangent if you wanted to stay south of Albany but near it. Harrisburg or Junction City if you wanted to commute via 99 rather than I-5.

Lebanon technically is south of Albany, or Corvallis west, but in both cases the commute itself to Eugene would be longer. That said, if you weren't going every day it's only 45 minutes or so and not the worst drive.

Off-hand I'd guess Corvallis is by far the best of those districts if you want 'very good' schools.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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You should come and visit first. The areas between cities here is very different from back East. I'm from Maryland so I can relate. The populations between cities is very tiny.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:25 PM
 
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Hey, what are some nice areas to live that would be a central location between Eugene and Albany? Moving to the area from VA and looking for somewhere in between the two cities. Looking for a nice area to live in and very good school system (elementary school)

~Whitney

Coburg. Small town. Poor School. Harrisburg. Same story. But many value small-town living and the attention the schools provide make up for what they lack.

Junction City and Monroe would also be on this list.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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Check out Coburg. They have an awesome charter school now that feeds into a wonderful middle school (Cal Young in the 4j district) and for high school try to encourage your kids to get involved with IHS. Eugene high schools are not that great on their own, you really need to get involved in honors or IHS to receive any benefit.

Coburg's charter school will also gain the most awesome band teacher ever next year: Mr. Powell. He is a bit of a local celebrity and he is a wonderful music teacher. He has been at a few different schools in the Eugene area but will be joining Coburg Charter next school year!

Coburg Community Charter School | Rooted in Community

There's really not alot between Eugene and Albany... mostly farms and fields and a few little towns that feel like little "country towns" but that are not very big at all. Coburg is close enough in so that even though it is a small town, you're close enough to Eugene so that you don't feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere.

If you're going for that out in the middle of nowhere feeling, try Blue River. Cute town! Very beautiful and the schools would be the McKenzie School District. The drive isn't bad, actually. I used to do it frequently. http://www.mckenzie.k12.or.us/
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