The Fairmount neighborhood, our pick for number 2 in our list of Eugene’s Top 5 Neighborhoods, is well-loved for its close proximity to the University of Oregon campus and Matthew Knight Arena, its plethora of mid-century modern homes, and the walking trails and nationally-renowned rhododendron gardens of Hendrick’s Park.
The narrow streets that weave up and down the hill where Hendrick’s Park sits are a world unto themselves, secluded from the bustle of campus life but just minutes from the University, downtown Eugene, and the shopping and other amenities of South Eugene.
Real estate in the Fairmount is in short supply, though. Many of the families have been in the neighborhood for generations and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. That’s why we’ve been excited to list this home, located just several minutes walk from Hendrick’s Park.
1525 Prospect Drive is a unique mid-century split-level which has been lovingly updated while still staying close to its 1950s roots. If you’re bored by the state of contemporary home design and looking for something with more character, this is a home worth your attention.
A sizable self-contained addition was built in 2003. Though it’s sided with cedar instead of the brickwork of the original house, the two still mesh seamlessly. The two dwellings are connected via a covered breezeway with its own separate entrance, making the addition a perfect candidate for a grandmother flat or perhaps a student rental.
A crow’s nest space with expansive windows offering great natural light and easterly views could make an ideal office space for students, professors or creative professionals. The addition’s present laundry space is large enough that it could be easily furnished with a kitchenette, while bonus space downstairs adjacent to the garage offers plenty of storage space or even space for an art or craft studio.
The first floor of the main house offers an open combined living/dining space with a fireplace, hardwood floors, wood paneling, and sliding glass that open out onto an expansive deck installed just several years prior. The kitchen was updated recently, with granite countertops, pantry space, a cooking island and a second dining space. A den with its own full bathroom is located above the main living space and could make an excellent entertainment room, office, or reading room.
The downstairs offers not just one but two master suites, one of them with a walk-in closet and deck access with its own separate entrance, reachable from the street via a walkway underneath the breezeway. “Separation of space” is a key phrase here: with so many entrances and possible living arrangements, this property is ideal for multi-generational households or group living situation, if you’d like to take a chunk out of your mortgage bill by renting out parts of the space.
1525 Prospect Dr. is certainly a unconventional property looking for just the right owner, but if you’re looking for an unique space to match your own unique needs, it could be just the home for you. We’re happy to schedule a viewing or put together a listing package for your own home–just contact our Eugene office today.