Salem, Oregon

Cherry City

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Young Professionals

While Salem isn’t Portland in terms of a downtown scene it does have bars and restaurants and several condominium and apartment buildings, many new with more on the way, where you can live and walk out at night. If you are lucky enough to work downtown then you can skip the car and maybe get a bike for taking advantage of all the bike lanes that run throughout the city. The
demand for more affordable housing in cities near the major metros on the west coast means downtown should be on the rise for years to come.

  • Downtown

Central Area


Central Salem has beautiful Historic District neighborhoods with beautiful vintage homes. They are extremely walkable to the State Capitol, Willamette University or Salem Health Hospital so if you work in any of those locals you’ll like it here. Although these neighborhoods are a bit quieter than the newer downtown blocks they still have walkable access to the Broadway revitalization zone, which has casual pubs, pizza joints and movie theaters for local entertainment.

  • Central Area
  • Historic District

Illahe Hills


If golf club living is your preference then check out the Illahe Hills neighborhood. Home to Creekside Golf Club, it is filled with upscale and luxury homes, all within a golf cart ride to the club. No membership in the club is required to live in the neighborhood so you can enjoy the lush greenery and never bother to don the cleats. You can also sign up for a social membership if you want to enjoy the meals and cocktails without the links. If you prefer luxury homes without the golf community vibe then look at Croisan Mountain. All luxury homes set up high with beautiful views and plenty of room for the kiddos to play on the tree-lined blocks and big yards.

  • Illahe Hills
  • Croisan Mountain
  • Laurel Springs
  • Alderbrook