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Sat Dec 12, 2015, 12:45 AM

What it like living in Eugene?


I'm flying out for a job interview and I really don't know much about the livability of the city. I have a wife and 10-year old so I'll need decent public schools.

I'm moving from a small southern city where one's dollar goes far. Cost of living set Eugene at 35% more than where I currently live but housing seems off the chart even for I would consider low end starter homes.

I really like the idea of living in more liberal city and state.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 12:59 AM

1. I like it here.

The schools are ok. Unfortunately, citizens don't vote for the school levies like they should. Eugene is a very liberal/progressive town which I like. It's a clean town with good water and ok air-it's in a valley which can get kinda smoggy in the summer but nothing like LA, Seattle, etc. I think it's a great place for kids, lots to do with the U of O here. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 01:02 AM

3. Good to hear.


I'm staying at a hotel on the western edge of the university area. Is that walking distance to interesting downtown venues?

How is mass transportation within the city? Out to the burbs? The business is near the university.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 01:00 AM

2. It's not as liberal as you might hope, but pretty tolerant. If you're blue, stay south of the river

Remember, no sales tax. That helps but yes, housing is expensive. Oregon has strict laws about development, which is one reason it's so beautiful, but it does drive up the cost of living.

May here is the most beautiful thing... I moved here in the 70's and never wanted to leave.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 01:06 AM

6. Yeah, I'm worried I'll need to ask for so much money in order to pay mortgage that it


might price me out.

I just don't want my family to feel like their standard of living is going down while I make a career move.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 01:02 AM

4. Eclectic

You'll be welcome

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Response to WheelWalker (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 01:04 AM

5. That's very nice.



Thank you.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 02:18 AM

7. We thoroughly enjoy living in the Eugene/Springfield area.

We moved from the Palo Alto California area in 1991 to a 60 acre parcel about 5 miles east of Springfield that included a 350 sq ft cottage (1920's vintage). We lived in the cottage for about 18 months while designing and building a house. No kids. Both my wife and I were able to commute (Colorado and California) and telecommute for our jobs. We planted blueberries as a commercial crop on 30 acres (~42,000 bushes). We are both semi-retired now.

Eugene and Springfield are, for most intents and purposes, one town. Lane County Transit District provides reasonable bus service in and between the two towns, and to outlying towns to the north, south, east, and west. Springfield is viewed a bit as the working class cousin of Eugene, the university town, but neither stereotype really holds up. Median house value in Eugene (from Zillow) is $237,300, expected to rise 3.1% within the next year; value for Springfield (from Zillow) is $188,100, rising 3.3% in a year. Median sale prices are $243,302 (Eugene) and $204,465 (Springfield). I can't give you a comparison of school quality, but I am sure you can find some info online. Good restaurants and brew pubs galore in the two towns.

Easy access to the coast and to the mountains. If you miss the 'big city', Portland is only 2 hours away.

Good luck with your job opportunity and your prospective move.

- DG

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 09:41 AM

9. Sounds like you the DreamGypsy has made a dream life.


I'm very impresssed.

Thank you for the helpful information.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 03:07 AM

8. We visited earlier this year and loved it. The feral hippies kinda shocked this old hippy....

so we'll be moving to Springfield, more of a blue collar hippy town. We were pretty impressed with Oregon, there ARE pockets of RW gun crazies, but having been in Texas for the last twenty years, I foresee very little problem living around them.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 09:42 AM

10. I have to look into Springfield more.



Thank you.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 09:55 AM

11. Very lively craft food and beer scene, everybody gardens and I've never seen 10sqft...

gardens produce so much in quantity and variety. In the whole of Oregon, I've never ever been anywhere else in the US where motorists are so considerate of pedestrians and drivers do not tailgate.

I better stop - I'm starting to gush! I love Oregon.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 12:56 PM

12. That reminds me that I should ask a question about beer, but I'll post it to the whole group.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 12:59 PM

13. So I could use some help on the local craft beers of Eugene or Oregon more broadly

I'm sure I will be taken out for drinks and beer will be the drink of choice, but I've always been a low-brow beer drinker. I'm a Miller High Life kind of guy. When I feel like splurging I get Moosehead or maybe a Peroni. Yeah, I'm a lager guy.

Is there a Eugene or Oregon lager that anyone can recommend? I don't want to diss the local beers.

The google provided some useful info:

Full Sail Brewing's approachable Session Lager came in at No. 1, with two other Oregon beers making the top 10 -- Ninkasi Brewing's Venn Dortmund-style Lager and Caldera Brewing's Lawnmower Lager.http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2015/03/surprise_oregon_lager_ranks_no.html


At least I won't appear as a complete neophyte with these three requests.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 06:49 PM

14. On my way to Eugene. Stopover in PDX



It seems like everyone in Portland wears black. Maybe dark gray for variety.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 12:19 AM

15. In Eugene now. Rainy.

The hotel says this is normal winter rainy weather that y'all get from late fall to spring.

Everyone I've met so far has been very nice. Had dinner with a prospective colleague and I'm excited about the all day interview tomorrow (8am to 4 pm).

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 04:02 PM

16. Eugene is a wonderful place filled with wonderful people.


I'm sitting in a tea house nursing a pot of English breakfast tea and feeling really great about this job prospect, the community, the politics, and a bright future (metaphorically speaking of course because it's been a wee bit cloudy and rainy).

I may not get this job, but it's been a nice visit.

You have a great thing in Eugene.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 03:17 PM

17. I love it up there

I'm an aging hippie, so I fit in. Housing is so cheap, too, compared to L.A. Not sure if I will retire there, it's a possibility. I'd just rent if I did.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 03:33 PM

18. It is nice. The cost of living is a relative thing, though.


The people I met from California all talked about how cheap housing is in Eugene, but its 35-50% more than where I live.

I just need to factor that in if I move there.

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