Goats Road, Mechling Road, Leavitt Lane, Mohawk Valley Oregon Real Estate

Goats Road, and its two offshoots, J Mechling Road and Leavitt Lane are beautiful places to live in the scenic Mohawk Valley in Lane County, Oregon.  Hobby farms and country properties abound, and homes with acreage are popular, but not frequently on the market.  The Springfield Country Club is nearby on Sunderman and Marcola Roads, and some properties have Mohawk River frontage.  Mostly this area is a bedroom community to Eugene and Springfield, with both being only a few minutes away.

The Mohawk Valley is east northeast of Springfield and generally follows Marcola Road.  Goats Road bisects Sunderman Road 1/2 mile from Marcola Road.  Goats Road is about 1 1/4 miles long, and eventually dead ends.  Mechling Rd. and Leavitt Ln. are short offshoots from Goats Rd.  There are about 30 total properties on all three roads.  All three roads were named for owners that at one time held abutting property.  Information on the properties is below.

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Goats Road was developed first, with the oldest house dating to the 1920s.  J Mechling Road and Leavitt Lane were developed mostly in the last 20 years.  Property sizes range from under an acre to over 50, with 5 acres and under being especially common.  Values, according to the County, range from 144K to over 500K, so there’s quite a range. Sales data from RMLS, over the last 24 months, reveal 0 actives, 0 pendings and 4 solds; information was current at the time of this posting.  Prices ranged from about 160K to 460K.

Zoning designations common along the Goats Road area are:  RR5 and EFU.  The area is not within any UGB designation, so land development and building permits are controlled by Lane County.  The Goats Road area is in the Springfield School District, and schools are Yolanda, Briggs, and Thurston.  Much of the Goats Road area is within the 100 year flood plain so flood insurance may be necessary.

The Mohawk Valley, including the Goats Road area, is part of the Western Cascades.  Some 30 to 40 million years ago this area was ocean and the volcanoes to the east of the shoreline erupted ash and lava to form the Cascades.  The Mohawk Valley area is thought to be about 30 million years old  At several times, the land tilted upward and the ocean eventually retreated to its present location, about 60 miles west.  The area was glaciated in the Pleistocene era, from 2 million years ago, until about 11,000 years ago.

The Mohawk Valley, and probably all of Lane County, is thought to have been inhabited for about the last 10,000 years.  The aboriginal inhabitants fared poorly with the coming of European settlers, mostly because of disease.  Europeans had antibodies which the Native Americans did not, and disease decimated the Natives.  The few remaining natives in the Mohawk Valley were moved in 1856 to the Grand Ronde Reservation, which most of us know these days for the Spirit Mountain Casino.

When the Surveyor General’s office surveyed parts of Mohawk valley from 1853-1855 there were about 17 settlers in Mohawk valley.  Now, there are between 3 and 4 1/2 thousand people, depending which areas you include.  75% of those work in Eugene Springfield and the average travel time to work is under 1/2 hour.

For the early settlers subsistence farming was their primary activity.  It is hard to imagine living here without good roads, power, water and central heat, but they did it; it was no doubt a very difficult life.  One lumber mill was present in 1855, near where the Riverview Market on Marcola Road now stands, but logging and lumber milling didn’t become an economic force until decades later.  Without a good means of transport, the settlers didn’t have much use for lumber, other than to build houses and outbuildings for themselves.  Early settler’s cabins were typically under 400 square feet.

The Mohawk valley is about logging, which took off in the 1890s when SP purchased the O&C lands.  Logging remained strong until about the 1960s or 1970s, when most of the big timber was gone.  About 1/2 of the Mohawk River Valley is still in industrial forest, and the trees are on a 45 year rotation.  Logging continues to occur in the Mohawk Valley, and I still hear it up in the woods, but is by no means the economic driver that it once was.  When you fly overhead or look at an aerial map, it’s easy to tell the logging sites.  Cut-lines tend to be at right angles or follow ridge lines and they stand out.

The area in the Goats Road area was originally settled by two pioneering families a little after 1850, the Gullifords and Hardys.  All of the property on Goats Road, J Mechling Road, and Leavit Lane can be described as Township 16S, Range 2W, and sections 26 or 35.  This is where William Gulliford and Charles Hardy had their original homesteads, established between 1852 and 1855.  Both appear to have come to Oregon via the Oregon trail in 1852.  In 1859, William Gulliford’s son John Married Julia Ann Hardesty, showing folks did love thy neighbors back then.  The original settlers chose the best ground for farming and grazing because their livelihoods depended on it.  Farming and grazing exist to this day along the Goats Road area.

One of the original surveys from the 1800s showing the Hardesty and Gulliford homesteads.

One of the original surveys from the 1800s showing the Hardesty and Gulliford homesteads.  Added arrows point to the section numbers.

Goats Road, J Mechling Road and Leavitt Lane are beautiful spots 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 Goats Road or other country properties in Lane County, Oregon, please contact me.  Or you can search listings here.

Yes, there are goats along Goats Road.

Yes, there are goats along Goats Road.

Cows and horses too.

Cows and horses too.

And barns as well.

And barns as well.  (c) by Robyn Hine, used with permission.

Pasture along Goats Road.

Pasture along Goats Road.

Old filbert orchard along Goats Road.

Old filbert orchard along Goats Road.

Sunrises are prettier in the country.

Sunrises are prettier in the country.  (c) Robyn Hine.  Used with permission.

Mechling Road sign, Lane County Oregon

Goats Road Street sign photo, Springfield, Lane County Oregon

Leavitt Lane sign photo, Springfield, Lane County Oregon

Hill Road, Lane County Real Estate

Hill Road is a beautiful little loop in the scenic Mohawk Valley in Lane County, Oregon.  Hobby farms and country properties abound, and homes with acreage are popular, but not frequently on the market.  Properties with both river frontage and valley view are present along Hill Road.  One especially attractive apspect is that it’s only 10 minutes to Springfield

The Mohawk Valley is east northeast of Springfield and generally follows Marcola Road through the town of Marcola.  Hill Road loops from Old Mohawk Road and returns back to Marcola Road after about 4 1/2 miles.  Only about 120 properties exist on Hill Road, ranging from 1/3 acre to 116 acres, with 5 acre parcels being the most common.

The County shows the value of properties along Hill Road from about 50K to over 650K, with a median value of around 250K.  Property Sales data from RMLS over the last 24 months reveal 1 active, no pendings  and 5 solds.  Prices ranged from 160K to 399K, and average price per square foot was:  $123/SF.

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

Hill Road was named after the Hill Family, who lived at least through the 1950s of what is now McKenzie View and Hill Roads.  The area around Hill Road was originally settled by four pioneering families in the mid 1800’s:  The Scotts, Washburns, Listers and McGowans.  It has been slowly subdivided and built up since then.  Further building and development is possible, although rare, due to Lane County’s restrictive zoning ordinances.

Interesting features along Hill Road are:

  • 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.
  • Spores Creek:  Named after the pioneer who named the Mohawk Valley.  It crosses underneath Hill Road about midway down its length.
  • The abandoned Weyerhaeuser railroad:  The elevated roadbed can be seen in places along Hill Road if you know where to look, such as near the old Grange building.
  • Valley View Cemetery:  I remember quite old graves in there, but haven’t been back to verify this.
  • The Mohawk General Store:  A community hub and hotspot in the early 1900’s.  The old dance hall upstairs is still there, I’m told.  It’s one of the few places inside of which you can still wear cork boots.

Hill 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.  Realtors know more about property, its values and idiosyncrasies than anyone else. If you are interested in real estate along Hill Road or other country properties in Lane County, Oregon, please contact me.  Or you can search listings here.

Picturesque Hill Road, Lane County Oregon.  About 10 miles from Springfield.

Picturesque Hill Road, Lane County Oregon. About 10 miles from Springfield.  January ’13

Quaint scenes abound along Hill Road

Quaint scenes abound along Hill Road

Still a working barn, it shows its history.

Still a working barn, it shows its history.

Horses and other pastoral scenes are common along Hill Road.

Horses and other pastoral scenes are common along Hill Road.

Pretty pasture with the road leading off to adventure.

Pretty pasture with the road leading off to adventure.

The Mohawk General Store has stood for 99 years.

The Mohawk General Store has stood for 99 years.

The old Mohawk Grange.

The old Mohawk Grange.

Where Hill Road stops.

Where Hill Road stops.