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In Eugene’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Where’s the Missing Middle?

There’s a shortage of affordable housing in and around Eugene. If you’ve been keeping up to speed with our articles on Eugene’s housing market, this will not be news. The lower end of Eugene’s market is tight and getting tighter. (You can start with our third-quarter market report for Eugene or our Tips for Home …

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How Many Pot Shops are Too Many for Eugene? Yes or No to Buffer Zones

Eugene has a lot of cannabis retailers. Since Oregon’s legalization of marijuana in 2015, pot shops have sprung up in most every corner of Eugene. 50-plus applications have been successfully filed to-date by recreational and medicinal marijuana retailers, adding quantifiable evidence for the city’s reputation as a cannabis mecca. But some say that’s too many …

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ADUs like this one could soon fill Eugene

Eugene Needs to Get its Act Together on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

On July 1, Oregon Senate Bill 1051 quietly went into effect. Cities across the state now must take steps to help homeowners build ADUs–Accessory Dwelling Units, sometimes called tiny homes–on their lots. Eugene apparently didn’t get the memo. Homeowners looking for a lucrative income stream and renters struggling to find housing in Eugene’s tight market …

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Eugene fall colors along Willamette River

The Definitive Guide to Fall Events in Eugene, 2018

Like most cities, summer is prime-time for events in and around Eugene. But if you’re visiting Eugene or maybe thinking about relocating to Eugene, then there’s something you should know: For the Willamette Valley’s fortunate inhabitants, summer continues well into the fall. Expect sunny skies and warm temperatures through September and quite possibly into October. …

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Hiker viewing Koosah Falls on McKenzie River, Oregon

The McKenzie River Trail is a Must-Visit for Oregon Hikers and Bikers

Eugene and Bend, Oregon have a lot of things going for them, but it’s really their spectacular natural scenery that puts them over the top. You could practically throw a dart at a map of the area around either city and land somewhere beautiful. But if you’re planning an outing within driving distance of Eugene …

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Bring Goats, Chickens, and other Barnyard Friends to Your Backyard in Eugene

Imagine waking at the crack of dawn to the melodious sound of chickens clucking and goats bleating. You might think that you’ve been carried away overnight to a farm somewhere, but think again. You’re still in Eugene, and those sounds are coming from your own backyard. As a bonus, you’re about to enjoy the freshest …

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New home constructions like this are subject to SDCs

What SDC Increases Mean for Affordable Housing in Bend

It’s hardly news that housing in Bend is expensive and isn’t getting any cheaper. The reason why isn’t exactly news either: people want to live in Bend and many are willing to pay top dollar for that privilege. Options for affordable housing–which we’ll define somewhat arbitrarily as sub-$300,000 single-family dwellings–are few and far between. (Not …

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All You Need to Know about Underground Heating Oil Tanks: Introducing Eugene’s M. Carlton Construction

Few things can stall or even kill a home sale faster than the discovery of a potential underground heating oil tank during inspection. If you’re about to enter the real estate market either as a seller or a buyer, underground heating oil tanks are definitely something you should know about. Luckily, Eugene has a resident …

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