HOA, CCR and NA’s

Most people have heard of HOA’s:  Home Owner’s Associations.  Salem Oregon has some HOA communities but generally speaking they are not a large part of our real estate market like in some parts of the country.  HOA’s are always formed for condo developments and sometimes for single family developments as well.  The local golf club…

Off Leash Dog Parks

Salem is dog friendly and dogs are allowed in all parks, provided they are on a leash. It goes without saying that your dog needs to be properly trained before you should take them to a park.  While Salem itself doesn’t have a leash law, for now, dogs are required to be on a leash…

Homeschooling

Homeschooling is actually fairly common here.  We have many groups, statewide as well as local, for families that are considering home schooling their children.  Homeschoolers have some specific rules they have to follow in Oregon and you can read the rules at the Oregon Department of Education site.  There is also excellent information at the…

Charter Schools

In some states Charter and magnet schools are really common.  While Salem has charter schools, they are still relatively new to the area.  Charter schools are public schools so there isn’t an additional cost to attend, other than parental provided transportation.  In Salem, entry into the Charter school is strictly by lottery.  Parents that want…

Private Schools

If you are considering moving to Salem Oregon and you are a parent, I know one of your questions is about school choices in the area.  Salem has some private school choices, both religious and non-religious. Private schools Abiqua (k-8) Abiqua is currently in the process of expanding their school.  They will be relocating to…

Ugly Ducking to Swan: Salmon Run

As you drive down high street here in Salem Oregon, the mustard yellow building kind of jumps out at you.  The first time I saw this finished building I wasn’t sure what to make of it.  Was it seriously ugly or seriously cool? Salmon Run was built in 2004 by Curry Brandaw. It is a…