Just over 80 miles south of Portland, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, lies the community of Corvallis, Oregon. Traditional suburban neighborhoods, clustered near the center of the community, are made up of single-family homes on lots of varying sizes. Homes further out from the epicenter of town tend to be spread apart, offering country living on multiple-acre, forested lots with a cabin-like feel.
Corvallis is well known as the home of Oregon State University and offers all the amenities of a college-town. The city has been recognized as being one of the top ten college towns in the nation. Residents value education, learning and advancement, as evidenced by the city being ranked number one for patents per capita. The annual da Vinci Days, a three-day festival of science, art and music, is not to be missed. There are many other cultural events throughout the year and even a self-guided walking tour of local art and architecture. Theaters, an art center and many on-campus events offer year-round cultural experiences.
Outdoor recreation is a popular pastime among the residents of Corvallis, and there are many parks, trials and nature preserves to explore. The city has over 60 miles of paved and unpaved biking and hiking trails. In 2011, the city received a gold rating from The League of American Bicyclists for being a bicycle friendly community. Birding is also a popular activity in and around the city, and the local Audubon Society leads frequent trips on foot or by bicycle. Enthusiasts can visit the E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area and several other parks to get a glimpse of a variety of species. The big city of Portland, several national forests and the famous Oregon coast are all within a two-hour drive. With homes of all types, a variety of recreational opportunities and a wealth of natural beauty, Corvallis won’t disappoint.