Strolling down the tree-lined streets in the Bush Park Neighborhood in the fall and watching the colors swirl around you, makes you crave a hot bowl of soup when you get home. The historic architecture creates a sense of cozy charm that seems part of an era long gone by. It has Deepwood Estate and the Bush house and barn within the neighborhood. There is a reason this is a desirable neighborhood.

Bush Park Neighborhood Home

Like other historic neighborhoods, Bush Park homes vary greatly in architecture, size, and amenities. Part of this neighborhood is located in a designated Historic District. The Historic District is on Lefelle and within one block of Bush park as well as across Mission street in Gaity Hill. You will also find a smattering of homes that are on the National Register of HIstoric Places as well. This neighborhood is just south of the Bush Pasture Park with a couple of streets to the north of the park, as well as, a small section called Gaity Hill.  The neighborhood is split between two school districts for elementary – McKinley and Bush. If schools are important to you, double-check the boundary lines since the boundary line runs through this neighborhood.

The neighborhood is set a little bit farther away from downtown than other neighborhoods, but it is still an easy walk into downtown from Bush Park. It is also an easy walk to Willamette University, Salem Hospital, and the downtown core for such delicious treats as a dinner out at Amadeus, Epilogue, Rudy’s, a beer at Venti’s, or an evening at the Elsinore Theater. The park itself is home to the Salem Art Fair & Festival and several other festivals in the summer months such as the derby and the sofa races. Yes, you too can easily walk to the park from your home to watch people race sofas down the derby track. I might suggest a cup of coffee from Archive, Issacs, Bentleys, or The Gov Cup.

Bush Park has a jogging trail that runs around the park so home buyers that want a nearby running trail, this neighborhood might be a good choice for you. If you aren’t a runner, you can always walk the trails. Gallagher Fitness Resource just a few blocks away in the downtown core will have the right shoes just for you.



Home Prices in Bush Park

Homes can sell for $350,000 for the small cottage fixers or $950,000 depending on the house, the size, and the condition. The investors are out in force in this neighborhood so if you are looking for a fixer, you will likely face stiff competition from the local investors.

Neighborhood Life in the Bush Park Neighborhood.

The neighborhood splits between McKinley Elementary and Bush Elementary which both feed into Leslie Middle, and South Salem High School.  With donuts close by, you will often see the South students grabbing a few while on lunch break.  The neighborhood is walkable to many local places including White’s Diner, Konditorei (make sure to get the strawberry cake when it is in season), Rancho Miramar, Santiam Wine and Bistro, Basil and Board, and Gamberetti’s.

It is a short walk to Salem Hospital and Willamette University as well.  It is easy to catch a show at the Elsinore Theater and walk home.