Corvallis is a great place to grow up, earn a living, settle down, retire, enjoy a second home, or own investment property. Corvallis has that small town feel with big town sophistication. A refreshing, warm, welcoming college town, centrally located between the big cities of Eugene and Salem and just close enough to the Oregon Coast or the mountains to allow for day trips that could include crabbing, whale watching, fishing, boating or a quick ski outing. Because of its central location, Corvallis also offers easy access to local wineries and breweries, lush forests, antique stores, and art galleries.
Corvallis has a vibe that can’t be reproduced. The young and young-at-heart are very active in this community. There is always something going on… art, music, theater, lectures and sporting events and more. Annual events like DaVinci Days and Corvallis Fall Festival contribute to the fun.
You may want to take a stroll or ride your bike along the Corvallis Riverfront and enjoy the view of the Willamette River, check out a variety of art pieces, shop or stop and enjoy a meal. From early spring to late fall, Riverfront Park is home to the Corvallis Farmers Market, an open air market where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, living plants and other local goods. In winter you can find the Farmers Market at the Benton County Fair Grounds.
Corvallis is a town with loads of creative genius. Corvallis is famous for producing writers, entertainers, artists and for some pretty famous inventions, like maraschino cherries, Meredith Brooks, the original Gidget, Brad Bird, Linus Pauling, and Jon Krakauer, just to name a few. I recently learned that the computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart who lived in Corvallis and attended Oregon State University.
The Corvallis 509J School District is recognized as one of the top school districts in the Pacific Northwest. It’s amazing what a group of caring individuals can accomplish. Parents are encouraged to be involved. Teachers and administrators really care about the school and the students. Volunteers raise funds for things like playgrounds, computer equipment, field trips and athletic events. When I’m asked what the best school is, my only response can be “They are all great! Check them out for yourself. Only you can know how your child will “fit.” Schools are dynamic environments, made up of students, teachers, administrators and parents, they are changing all the time.
Linn-Benton Community College is one of Oregon’s largest two year community colleges and offers general education courses, professional technical training, lower-division college transfer courses, continuing education classes, lifelong learning opportunities, distance education, and credit courses during evening hours or weekends. Students can earn a degree without having to attend class on weekdays. Students who attend Linn-Benton come from Linn County and Benton County equally. The school also offers adult basic education programs and education programs for students with disabilities.
Oregon State University is the state’s oldest institution of higher learning, founded originally in 1858 as Oregon Agricultural College. OSU offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields. OSU is Oregon’s main source of applied research in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, engineering, electronics, home economics and environmental sciences. OSU is part of the Pac 12 Conference, which is one of the major conferences in the nation.
LBCC & OSU Degree Partnership Program is a time saving, cost saving educational opportunity program by which you can enroll in both Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University simultaneously! The two are approximately 15 minutes from each other. Once you fill out a single application you can have access to student fee based services at both schools. Financial aid is offered to qualified students who are enrolled in both.
Top employers in the area are Oregon State University and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Corvallis also has any number of entrepreneurial businesses, many affiliated or supporting the larger employers in the area. High tech, scientific and service related businesses abound in this busy town.
There are a great many opportunities for anyone considering relocating to Corvallis or the mid-Willamette Valley. There is a huge variety of types of homes, from acreage to condos, historic and new construction. If you’re considering a move to Corvallis, contact me for a free relocation package and/or current listings. I’m happy to help.