Fairmount Hills is a charming neighborhood located in South Central Salem, Oregon. The area is known for its beautiful homes, friendly neighbors, and stunning views of the city. Home of Mahonia Hall, also known as the Governor’s Mansion and the T. A. Livesley House, named after the original owner. Some of Salem’s prominent citizens have called the Fairmount Hills neighborhood their home – Dr. William Cusick, Curtis Cross, Henry Fawk, and others. From Cape Cods to Arts and Crafts to Victorians to French country, this neighborhood has varied architectural styles that are truly beautiful. This mix and match of architecture make for a nice walk through the neighborhood. Large trees have been growing for a century and the fall can bring bright colors to the neighborhood as a result.
You don’t typically hear the words Governor’s mansion and cheap real estate together. Fairmount doesn’t go against the grain in this regard. Real estate in this neighborhood tends to be more expensive for the older, historic homes than you would find in Bush Park or Court-Chemeketa. You can find the occasional small cottage, but they will be more expensive. Some homes have been incredibly restored and some are waiting for your restoration plans.
With its proximity to Bush Park and downtown, this neighborhood has many plusses. It would be a fairly easy walk to Salem hospital or Willamette University, as well as, the state offices. You can walk to the library, or grab some coffee and cake at Konditorei. Easy downtown access, nice varied architecture, large mature landscaping, and solid south Salem schools give this neighborhood many positive attributes.
It is unlikely you will find a home under $400,000 in this neighborhood. If you do, it will need significant work. Most homes are in the $600,000-$1,000,000 range.
Neighborhood Life in Fairmount Hills
Fairmount is a very friendly neighborhood. The neighborhood has a block party, social gatherings, a 4th of July parade, and even their own house painter who has painted many of the homes in the neighborhood. It is walkable to coffee, White’s diner, Best Little Roadhouse, and Konditorei.