Sunderman Road, Lane County Oregon, Real Estate

Sunderman Road is a beautiful little loop in the scenic Mohawk Valley in Lane County, Oregon.  It’s quite private, and country properties abound; while homes with acreage are popular, they are not frequently on the market.  The Springfield Country Club borders Sunderman Road in places, and golf course view real estate is available.  Country properties with both river frontage and valley view are also present along Sunderman Road.  One especially attractive aspect is that it’s only 10 minutes to Springfield

The Mohawk Valley is east northeast of Springfield and generally follows Marcola Road through and past the town of Marcola.  Sunderman Road loops from Marcola Road, past Old Mohawk Road, and adjacent to the Country Club, and returns back to Marcola Road after about 2 1/2 miles.  As Sunderman crosses Marcola Road it changes name to Hill Road.  Only about 130 properties exist on the Sunderman Road area, ranging from 1/3 acre to 46 acres, excluding the country club, with 5 acre parcels being the most common.  Some 40 properties aren’t developed, so it’s still possible to build your dream home along Sunderman Road.

The County shows the value of properties along Sunderman Road from about 99K to over 517K, with a median value of around 241K.  Property Sales data from RMLS over the last 24 months reveal 0 actives, no pendings  and 2 solds.  Most houses along Sunderman road were built in the 1970s.  The oldest home dates back to 1890, according to the County.  House sizes range from 800 SF to 5,800 SF, with a median size of 1,900 SF.  Median house value, according the County, is about $125/SF, at the time of this posting.

Zoning designations common along Sunderman Road are:  RR5, RR10, F2 and EFU.  It is not within any UGB designation, so land development and building permits are controlled by Lane County.  Sunderman Road is in the Springfield School District, and schools are Yolanda, Briggs, and Thurston.

The area around Sunderman Road was originally settled by seven pioneering families in the mid 1800’s:  The Scotts, Washburns, McGowans, Ramseys, Hardistys, Gullifords and Staffords.  Gulliford and Stafford family members are buried in the pioneer cemetery near Sunderman Road.  The Staffords came out West along the Oregon Trail in 1852, seven years before Oregon’s statehood.  Sunderman Road has been has been slowly subdivided and built up since the pioneers, but isn’t fully built-out.  Further building and development is possible, although rare, due to Lane County’s restrictive zoning ordinances.

Interesting features along Sunderman Road are:

  • The Springfield Country Club:  A beautiful, affordable, 68 acre, 18 hole golf course, originally formed in the 1950s.
  • Mohawk Elementary School:  A 12 acre, little country school.  The school was opened in 1964 and closed in 2011.
  • The Mohawk River:  Approximately 30 miles long.  It joins the McKenzie River along McKenzie View Drive.  The Mohawk has no dams on it and is flood prone during  heavy rains.  Areas between Goats Road and Tree Farm road are especially prone to high water.
  • McGowan Creek:  Named after one of the pioneers who settled the Mohawk Valley.  It crosses underneath Sunderman Road near the intersection of Hill, Marcola and Sunderman Roads.
  • Stafford Pioneer Cemetery:  The final resting place of some of the Mohawk Valley’s pioneers and their descendents.
  • The Mohawk General Store:  Actually at the intersection of Donna and Hill Roads, across the street from Sunderman Road, the store was a community hub and hotspot in the early 1900’s, and the old dance hall upstairs is still there.  It is currently a small community market.

Branch Roads off Sunderman Road:

  • Goats Road
  • Tree Farm Road
  • Keller Lane
  • Edgehill Road

Sunderman Road is a beautiful spot to own real estate.  Buying or selling country property in Lane County can be a challenge, but a good realtor who is familiar with the area can be a great aid to you. If you are interested in real estate along Sunderman Road or other country properties in Lane County, Oregon, please contact me.  Or you can search listings here.

Sunderman Road, Feb '13

Sunderman Road, Feb ’13

Mohawk River, from Sunderman Road

Mohawk River, from Sunderman Road

Mohawk River

Mohawk River

Mohawk Elementary School

Mohawk Elementary School

Cool looking barn off Sunderman Road

Cool looking barn off Sunderman Road

Greens at Springfield Country Club

Greens at Springfield Country Club

Golfing in January

Golfing in January.

Springfield Country Club Greens & Mountain views.

Springfield Country Club Greens & Mountain views.

Clubhouse at Springfield Country Club

Clubhouse at Springfield Country Club.

Corner of Sunderman and Marcola Roads

Corner of Sunderman and Marcola Roads

McGowan Creek just after it passes under Sunderman Road.

McGowan Creek just after it passes under Sunderman Road.

Mohawk Valley, Lane County, Oregon Real Estate

The Mohawk Valley in Lane County is a beautiful spot to own real estate.  Pastoral and treed landscapes abound, creekfront and riverfront are also available.  Much of the property is close-in and only a few minutes to Springfield or Eugene.  Property changes hands regularly, with over 60 parcels sold in the last 2 years, but finding your ideal set up may take some time and some looking.

There are currently 19 properties actively for sale and 4 pending, according to RMLS, at the time of this posting.  You can search properties here, or contact me and I’ll do it for you.  Prices range from 37K to 1.2 Mm, when actives, pendings and solds are looked at for 24 months.  Medians for the following were:  price 265K, house size 1,800 S.F., price per square foot $128/SF, acres 4, and property tax per year $1,800.

There are about 1,400 parcels in the Mohawk Valley, with slightly more than 1/2 being unaddressed, undeveloped property.  It’s still possible to find bare land and build the place of your dreams, although development of country property can be challenging.

RMLS is organized by areas, and the Mohawk valley is area #250, which runs north to the Lane-Linn County line, South to the McKenzie River, West to where the Mohawk River joins the McKenzie River and east to northwest of Mt. Nebo and southeast of Wendling.  McKenzie View Drive is a transitional street; the east portion is in the Mohawk Valley area until the Mohawk Joins the McKenzie about midway down, and McKenzie View turns into the Coburg area, #240.  Likewise, Camp Creek is a transitional street; at the start, towards the intersection with Marcola Road, it’s Mohawk Valley.  Midway down, going towards Walterville, it turns in to the McKenzie Valley area, #233.

The Mohawk and Springfield School Districts serve the Mohawk Valley.  High schools are either Mohawk or Thurston.  Nearly all of the property is outside the Urban Growth Boundary, which means Lane County, not a more localized municipality, controls the land development and building permits.  The town of Marcola has public water, but other properties are served by well.  Virtually all properties have private septic tanks.  Natural gas service is rare, but bottled or tanked propane is more common.  Mailing addresses are either Springfield or Marcola.

Interesting or unusual features of the Mohawk River Valley follow.

Some of the main roads and streets in the Mohawk Valley follow.

Buying or selling real estate in the Mohawk Valley, like all Lane County country property, is more challenging than urban properties.  A good Realtor can be an invaluable asset to you.  If you have an interest in or questions about properties in the Mohawk Valley, please contact me.

It's not hard to find rustic barns in the Mohawk Valley.

It’s not hard to find rustic barns in the Mohawk Valley.

Real estate with working barns is also common in the Mohawk Valley, Lane County, Oregon.

Real estate with working barns is also common in the Mohawk Valley, Lane County, Oregon.

Mohawk Valley, looking southeast.

Mohawk Valley, looking southeast.

Mohawk Valley Floor looking towards the hills.

Mohawk Valley Floor looking towards the hills.

Typical pastoral scene in Mohawk Valley, Lane County Oregon.

Typical pastoral scene in Mohawk Valley, Lane County Oregon.

There are way more trees than people in the Mohawk Valley.

There are way more trees than people in the Mohawk Valley.

Buying and Selling Real Estate in Lane County Oregon

Pastoral scene 3 miles from Eugene Oregon

Pastoral scene 3 miles from Eugene Oregon

Lane County continues to be a great place to live and to own real estate. Prices seem to have risen from their bottom at the great recession and are steadily climbing. Combine this with very low interest rates and many are buying and selling real estate in 2013.

I admit I’m biased, but I think Lane County is the best place to be in Oregon, and Oregon is considered a great place to live and to retire. Portland was recently ranked as number 2 in the nation for desirability for places to retire, and other Oregon cities often make the list.. Lane County is probably best known for its trees, water and Ducks. Natural beauty and recreation opportunities abound, and we’re a tourist hot spot. Eugene Springfield, Oregon’s second largest city, is known for both the University of Oregon and it’s relaxed eco-friendly lifestyle. Eugene is close to everything–both 5,000 ft. mountains and the awesome Pacific Ocean are only an hour’s drive away. And, our nice local airport makes everything in the world reachable within in a day or two.

Buyers and sellers of real estate in Lane County fall into a few broad categories:
• Retirees
• Vacation home owners
• Regular citizens living and working here
• Investors.

Lane County is a popular spot for retirement. Our cost of living is relatively low and our climate is mild. Taxes aren’t unduly high. We also enjoy low crime rates. Our health care system is good and we have the largest hospital between Portland and San Francisco. We’re also soon to get a very large V.A. hospital. On balance, Lane County stacks up well against other areas for retirement.

Vacation homes are also popular in Lane County. Some folks maintain a home in the city for doing urban activities or watching Ducks games. Florence and nearby areas have many coast cabin retreats. And, the McKenzie River is known for its beauty and fishing, so has quite a few vacation homes. Of course, Eugene, Florence and the McKenzie communities also have many year round regular residents.

Many find Lane County a great place to live and work. Our property values are relatively cheap compared to other cities on the West Coast, and jobs are available, although not always plentiful. Low crime, low commute times, and good schools make Lane County appealing.

Lane County has no shortage of real estate investors and investment property. Eugene Springfield are the main markets for commercial, industrial and housing real estate. Secondary markets are Junction City, Creswell, Cottage Grove and Florence. A subset of investment properties is student housing, which is found primarily in Eugene, the place with the most students, and to a lesser extent in Springfield, due to its proximity to Eugene. Occasionally, parents will buy their U of O students houses in which to reside while at school, although this isn’t overly common. Bell Real Estate is one of Lane Counties leading property management firms, and has been locally owned since 1964; we understand rentals, commercial and investment property.

Lane County has 350,000 residents, in round numbers. It’s at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, fairly close to the 45th Parallel, which is midway between the equator and north pole. It’s known for its temperate, if somewhat rainy climate. Geography ranges from flat coastal plains, to grass & pasture lands, to vineyards, to mountainous rugged wilderness areas. Over 1/2 of the population lives in Eugene Springfield, and the population density overall in Lane County is low. Over 1/2 the county is in forest, and about 1/2 of the land is owned by the government. Town size ranges from small and barely noticeable to the second largest city in the State, Eugene.

Notable towns in Lane County include:
• Eugene
• Springfield
• Florence
• Junction City
• Creswell
• Cottage Grove
• Oak Ridge.

When you are interested in real estate, whether buying or selling, a Realtor can be a great aid for you. Realtors know more about property, its values and idiosyncrasies than anyone else. If you are interested in real estate in Eugene Springfield, or anywhere in Lane County, Oregon, please contact me.  Or you can search listings here.

McKenzie View Drive Real Estate

Photo of McKenzie View Drive

McKenzie View Drive: January 2013

McKenzie View Drive is a desirable location, but with only 50 or so houses, there usually isn’t much real estate activity.  Lately, that’s changed and we have had quite a bit of activity on McKenzie View.  McKenzie View is an interesting street, running between Eugene and Springfield, Oregon.  At only 6 miles long, it hugs the base of the Coburg Hills in between the Mohawk and McKenzie Rivers, and is very picturesque.  McKenzie View starts just north of Armitage Park and the historic Coburg Railroad Bridge, constructed in 1887, and moved it its current location in 1907.

Just before McKenzie View dives under I-5, is the Armitage Park Boat Ramp, providing access to the McKenzie River, renowned for its beauty and fishing.  Armitage park provides year round camping and also has the distinction of being one of the area’s few off-leash dog parks.  Almost every time I go by it there are dogs and their owners out having fun.

Growing up in Eugene, as kids we’d talk about Mt. Baldy for some odd reason.  It’s a weird bare patch in the Coburg Hills, visible to most of Eugene and Springfield, looking north..  It’s to the southeast of the KEZI towers.  Mt. Baldy was originally called Richy’s Butte, apparently named after a mentally challenged person, who lived in a shack and rolled rocks down the hill.  The area by Mt. Baldy was first homesteaded around 1850 by John Cogswell, who built one of Lane County’s first frame houses; log cabins were the norm back then. While Mt. Baldy in the Coburg Hills is a large example of a bare spot in the landscape, several other prominent bald spots also occur and are visible from McKenzie View; soils are thin in these areas and they only support lichens, moss, grass and maybe a little brush, but no real trees, hence they appear bald from a distance.  Mt. Baldy is accessible from McKenzie View, but only through private property.  The Coburg Caves, a popular climbing spot, are nearby Mt. Baldy.

1853 survey showing Mt. Balday and Cogswell homestead.

1853 survey showing Mt. Baldy and Cogswell homestead.

Wildlife is common in the Coburgs and along McKenzie View.  It’s not difficult to see turkeys, deer, and the occasional bobcat.  Rare, but present, are bear, coyotes, foxes, porcupines and cougar.  There are nesting pairs of Eagles which are seen a few times a year and commonly seen are osprey.  One osprey lives on a telephone pole to the west of Hill Road.

Turkey Pic

Tom turkey in the Coburg Hills

Wild life of a different sort may also be found along McKenzie View Drive.  About a mile in from the Coburg side is Nudie Rock, which is a nude bathing beach.  When the weather is warm, it’s easy to find its location–just look for the flock of cars parked by the north side of the road.

Perhaps there’s something inspiring about the McKenzie River.  The initial meeting to form Nike happened in the late John Jaqua’s house on McKenzie view.  At one point, McKenzie View Drive housed another Nike heavyweight and one of Eugene’s most famous citizens:  Bill Bowerman.  Mr. Bowerman has passed on, so I can no longer ask, but I think it was at his house on McKenzie View that Mr. Bowerman used his wife’s waffle iron to create the waffle running shoe, which put Nike on the map.

Houses with valley views and river views are common, and they often fetch high prices.  Part of McKenzie View has a Eugene mailing address and is in the Eugene School System, and part is in Springfield.  McKenzie View is makes for a nice drive, if you want to get out of the city, and if you have questions on real estate, please contact me.

Purchasing or selling country property in Lane County is far more complex than for urban properties.  A good realtor familiar with rural property around Eugene Springfield can be an invaluable resource for you.  If you have questions about real estate, please contact me.  You can search listings here.

Columnar basalt above I-5 near McKenzie View Drive, Eugene, Oregon

Columnar basalt above I-5 near McKenzie View Drive, Eugene, Oregon

KEZI Towers (left) and Mt. Baldy, Coburg Hills, Eugene Oregon (right)

KEZI Towers (left) and Mt. Baldy, Coburg Hills, Eugene Oregon (right)

Historic railroad bridge on Coburg Rd., Eugene OR,

Historic railroad bridge on Coburg Rd., Eugene OR,

Historic railroad bridge at intersection of Coburg Road and McKenzie View Drive, Eugene Oregon

Historic railroad bridge at intersection of Coburg Rd. and McKenzie View Dr., Eugene Oregon

Sunset over McKenzie View Drive, February 2013

Sunset over McKenzie View Drive, February 2013

MeKenzie River from McKenzie View Drive.

McKenzie River from McKenzie View Drive.

Eagles live in the Coburg Hills.  (c) Robyn Hine.  Used with permission.

Eagles live in the Coburg Hills. (c) Robyn Hine. Used with permission.