When people think of Corvallis, they think of a place that´s vibrant with the excitement of Oregon´s leading research university, Oregon State University, complete with a myriad of programs for all ages and highly competitive Pac-12 sports. The area´s regional medical center and a host of businesses in high tech industries known for their environmental sensitivity. Corvallis is a very livable city with small town familiarity. Corvallis real estate is in a perfect location at the confluence of the Willamette and Marys Rivers, 45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean in Newport, 90 minutes from skiing, between Eugene and Portland in the Willamette Valley.
Corvallis boasts a high percentage of highly educated people, one of the highest concentrations of PhDs in the nation. The influence of members of the university, Hewlett-Packard and Good Samaritan medical center communities is profound and can be seen in local support for schools, the library and many other activities. The community involvement is one of the many reasons Corvallis real estate is so attractive and why relocating to the area is such a great idea. People in Corvallis tend to be more involved in community decisions than in many larger cities. There´s a wonderful local paper, the Corvallis Gazette-Times, that helps people stay connected to what´s happening in the community. If you´re interested in volunteering, this is the place to be.
"Corvallis boasts a high percentage of highly educated people,
one of the highest concentrations of PhDs in the nation."
Corvallis city leaders tend to want to preserve the character of our community through slow growth policies, environmental consciousness and attracting businesses that fit this community. There are a number of historic districts in town where there is particular awareness of these needs. In other parts of town, people renovate older ranch-style homes with new high energy efficiency features. There are many people starting to add solar panels and other sustainability features to their homes, making Corvallis real estate green and environmentally friendly. Outside of the city, in Benton County, there are many opportunities for living a more sustainable lifestyle within a short distance of town.
Downtown Corvallis is the center for Benton County´s shopping experiences. With that, we consider downtown Corvallis to be the dining room of Corvallis. Many restaurants and shops are located along the new Riverfront Park, funded several years ago by Corvallis residents to show their support for Downtown. Some local favorites are Big River, Del Alma, Strega, Aqua and countless others. Because people come to Corvallis from all over the world, we have more than our fair share of outstanding ethnic restaurants. You can find choices of authentic Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai, South American, Mexican and many other cuisines. Many downtown Corvallis shops are locally owned, providing personalized service at reasonable prices and helping you to find items they may not normally stock. For more extensive shopping experiences, we also have a number of larger chain stores including Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond and more.
Schools in Corvallis and throughout Benton County are well known for their excellence. Parents form supportive groups for each school and help to build their character and programs. In the past few years, Corvallis voters supported new buildings for Corvallis High School and Linus Pauling Middle School and significant modernizations to all other schools in the district. Philomath schools are known for their smaller classroom sizes and excellence in programs with a surprisingly high percentage of students going on to college for a smaller district.
The weather in this area is generally mild which is great for maintaining reasonable utility bills. Summers are so beautiful with very few days of high temperatures. Winter starts in late October and lasts through March. You might be surprised that the rain in this part of Oregon is generally more a mist than a downpour. Spring and Fall are perfect here not much rain, gorgeous clear blue skies, mild temperatures. If you´re a gardener, you´ll love this area because everything grows! Plus, there are Master Gardener programs and plenty of terrific nurseries to help you.