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Walkable neighborhoods in Salem Oregon

If walkable neighborhoods in Salem Oregon are what you are after, then hopefully you like vintage homes. Maybe you want to go down to one car or no cars, or maybe walking to work at the Oregon State Capitol, Willamette University or Salem Health Hospital is what you want. Maybe you like to walk and bike around town, walk to a local place for dinner or walk to your local coffee house for open mic night. With the Broadway revitalization access to independent movies, pizza and burgers are just an easy walk or ride away. You want easy access to downtown with tree-lined streets and old historic homes? If you are that home buyer, then the central Salem neighborhoods are what you are looking for.

walkable neighborhoods in Salem Oregon

Historic home in a walkable neighborhood

With one of the Historic District neighborhoods located in its bounds, old homes are the crux of homes located here. From Grant and Highland up north to Englewood to the east, and Richmond to the south, there is an older neighborhood for any price range. Grant and Richmond/Capital Park are designated heritage neighborhoods and have an active community within their bounds. Just outside of McRae Park and Grant are a section of newer construction homes and townhomes if you want to have a newer home. They don’t come on the market very often, but there is potential to get a home that was built in the 2000s rather than in the early 1900s.

walkable neighborhoods in Salem Oregon

a bungalow in a walkable neighborhood

If new and urban is what you are looking for the downtown core has three condominium projects with the luxury units at the Rivers, and the more moderately priced units at the Meridian and The Church Street condos.  There are also downtown apartment offerings at the South Block, Court Yard, and micro-units at the Nishioka Building. There will be new apartments going into downtown over the next few years as well.

The neighborhoods all have access to bus routes, sidewalks, and bike lanes for the potential to live without a car, if you work downtown.  Getting over to Lancaster for work from these neighborhoods would be a little bit harder, but you could access what you need daily.  During the spring to fall they are all walkable/bikeable to the Salem Saturday Market for fresh produce which is located downtown on Marion Street. The Saturday Market usually runs April to October.

Watch our local real estate videos and read about downtown core areas. Click on the image below and start to explore where you might want to buy your next downtown core home.  Feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices? Take our neighborhood quiz to get you started in narrowing it down.