Why live in South Salem Neighborhoods?
South Salem neighborhoods have something for everyone, except affordability, generally speaking. From gated communities to upscale neighborhoods, golf course communities with HOAs, condos, townhomes, and everything in between, homebuyers can find what they are looking for down south.
Upscale South Salem neighborhoods
If you want golf course living, two large upscale communities are available in Creekside Estates and Illahe Hills. Creekside has an HOA, and Illahe does not (except for one loop and the condos/co-op within Illahe). These are popular South Salem neighborhoods for home buyers wanting upscale living. Upscale living is also available in newer construction neighborhoods around Bailey Ridge Verona Heights, outside of Woodscape, and behind Creekside for those that want to have homes that have that new home smell.
Acreage South Salem Neighborhoods
With ample rolling hills, acreage properties are abundant in Rosedale, Spring Lake Estates, Tanglewood, and Chinook Estates. Located in the south hills, view properties are a draw for people wanting to sit on a deck with a view of Mt. Jefferson or the coastal range or to have a few acres to board their horses for an easy ride on the weekends. If you are thinking of opening a vineyard, grape growers are just discovering the south hills and several new vineyards have opened up in recent years.
There is a great CSA and farm stand down south off of River Rd that is run by Minto Island Growers.
Established South Salem Neighborhoods
Older neighborhoods are abundant in south Salem and are the core of this area. Many have large trees and give neighborhoods a nestled feeling, like Sunnyridge, Alderbrook, and parts of the Woodscape and Cambridge neighborhoods. With access to local parks, close to schools, and well-maintained homes, these older neighborhoods are popular with home buyers.
South Salem has easy access to grocery stores, medical clinics, a handful of restaurants, and a 10-15 minutes bus ride or car ride downtown. Highway access varies depending on proximity to the Willamette River, but there is also access to several large parks, including Minto Brown, and off-leash dog parks. There are some greenspace trails as well for a quick after-work hike in the trees.
Good schools, easy access to daily needs and medical care, easier access to public transportation, good neighborhood, and large parks, and well-maintained homes make South Salem neighborhoods highly desirable within the city.
Those are just a few of the many south neighborhoods to consider. Watch our local real estate videos. Click on the images and start to explore where you might want to buy your next home. Feeling overwhelmed and need to narrow things down? Take our neighborhood quiz to get you started.