There's so much history to be discovered in Albany and Corvallis, from fascinating museums to the many historic buildings which have been preserved into the present day. Albany's historic districts each offer something unique to see, including historic homes, businesses, and museums that tell the story of how the community has developed over centuries. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Albany's historic districts and attractions.
The Monteith brothers were Scottish immigrants who moved to Oregon from Albany, NY, and played a key role in starting the city of Albany, OR, that we all enjoy today. The Monteith District, which bears their family name, is home to the Monteith House museum, which showcases the history of both the family and the community they helped start, all housed in a beautifully, authentically restored historic home.
Nearby, you'll discover the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, the perfect place for getting kids interested in local history. The carousel is historically accurate to the period when it was first built more than a century ago and has been updated with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals. After the kids have had their fun riding the carousel, be sure to check out the museum and gift shop, which are located at the same site.
This district is also where you'll find some of Albany's most spectacularly designed historic churches, with the English Gothic-style United Presbyterian Church, as well as the towering spires and Carpenter Gothic design of the Whitespires Church, which was constructed in 1891. You can download a guided walking tour of the Monteith District, provided by the Albany Visitors Association, to ensure that you get to visit every interesting landmark.
The Hackleman District is largely a residential district, though it is home to St. Paul's Methodist Church, the earliest church building in Albany that's still in existence today. The big highlights in this district, however, are the spectacular historic homes that were built here. The Chamberlain House, the historic home of former Oregon Governor and Senator George Chamberlain is still known as the tallest home in Albany. The Ralston House, located across the street, is known for its stained-glass windows and ornate design, while the Goltra House was the first plaster-walled house in the city.
Downtown Commercial District
The Downtown Commercial District features one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in Albany, which is no surprise since this is where the Monteith brothers opened the community's first general store. Today, the Downtown Commercial District features historic homes and businesses built from when the community was settled in the 1840s through the early 1900s. Notable buildings include the Flinn Block, constructed in 1887, the Straney & More Livery Stable, built in 1892, along with many other buildings converted into present-day homes and businesses.
In addition to its diverse collection of historic homes and businesses, Albany is also home to the oldest airport in the Northwest and one of the oldest in the world. First established in 1909, a few short years after the Wright Brothers' flight, the Albany Municipal Airport has been in continuous operation ever since. It's also the only airport in Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by to see the historic airport, learn more about its stories, and see the classic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet that's on display.
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Are you ready for some festive fun just in time for the holidays? There are events coming up in Albany and Corvallis to suit every interest, from live holiday music to local shopping and fun runs. Our real estate agents have more details on some of the holiday events around Corvallis and Albany that you'll want to mark down on your calendar.
Is a home for the holidays at the top of your shopping list this year? Our team is here to help you achieve your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.
If you love art, then you're sure to find some fantastic places to explore around both Albany and Corvallis. With historic theaters, amazing art galleries, vibrant arts centers, and extensive educational resources, you can easily connect with the local arts scene whether you're interested in discovering new art or learning more about how to create your own. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 6 destinations for art lovers around Albany and Corvallis.
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Oregon's Willamette Valley is known as one of the West Coast's great wine regions. But we also have a burgeoning craft beer scene here, with exciting new microbreweries popping up all the time.
Cool fall weather makes this the perfect time of year to savor the best local, seasonal flavors these brewers have to offer. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Willamette Valley breweries!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas.
Our real estate agents know that choosing a college can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Even beyond the learning aspect, there's something to be said about the unique culture of a college town. When you're looking at Albany and Corvallis real estate, the perks and benefits stand out.
In fact, Corvallis has been called Oregon's "Best College Town."
The news comes from a recent report by Reviews.org, which used a variety of data, including the cost of living, population, college graduation rates, and employment, to find the best Oregon college town with 250,000 or fewer residents.
It could be said that Corvallis has a little bit of everything, which is part of its unique strength.
While many colleges create a friendly and outgoing vibe around their campus, only a select few can get into the Top 50 Friendliest College Towns in America. This honor, researched by Great College Deals, is another way Corvallis stands out: It is ranked #2 Friendliest College Town in the United States.
The report specifically calls out Corvallis' beautiful scenery, which has been carefully preserved through decades of community efforts to keep green spaces healthy and lush. First-time visitors will also find many opportunities to tour the community and its surrounding amenities.
For example, you can get a free tour of pristine Starker Forest and its managed forest lands, appropriate for individuals or small groups. Or tour Chintimini Wildlife Center to see Oregon State University students and alumni work to rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals.
Plus, Oregon State University itself holds tours on a regular basis. With a history dating back more than 150 years, it is the state's largest university – its community encompasses about 33,000 students (including some 27,500 undergraduates) and more than 2,600 academic staff.
Oregon State University Is the Centerpiece of College Life in Corvallis
Oregon State University's 420-acre main Corvallis campus is the heart of Corvallis and only about two hours south of Portland. In 2008, the original campus designed by renowned architect John Charles Olmsted was designated a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.
Many local events have a strong connection to the Corvallis campus, and it is not unusual to see the public visiting for dramatic performances, sporting events, music, or guest lectures. With 16 distinct residence halls, there is something to suit every taste. The great majority of first-year freshmen live on campus.
Oregon State University has an elite reputation for its athletics programs. Reser Stadium, located on the campus grounds, is home to the football team. The official golf course, Trysting Tree Golf Club, offers both a 50,000-square-foot green and a state-of-the-art practice bunker.
Oregon State University has long been a leading force in online education. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report named its online bachelor programs #5 overall in the United States. The online psychology B.A. ranked #2, and the Bachelor's in Business program was ranked #4.
Corvallis Is a Terrific Place to Learn, Launch a Career, or Grow a Family
Lots of Oregon State University graduates choose to stay in Corvallis, while some migrate to Albany or other larger cities. No matter your choice, Corvallis will give the student in your life the opportunity to build a foundation for success in class and beyond.
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There's so much to look forward to this fall around the Willamette Valley, including a busy schedule of special events for every interest. Whether you're in the mood to hunt for antique treasures, meet up with auto enthusiasts, or enjoy a classic community festival, there's an event coming up with your name on it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop.
The Great Pumpkin Run – 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
Support a great cause and have fun in the process when you participate in The Great Pumpkin Run, which will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2022. There will be 5K and 10K runs in the morning, as well as a fun obstacle course event for kids. There's also a costume contest for participants of all ages. This event supports the Home Life organization, which assists community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let us help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.
Local wineries are gearing up for a packed schedule of special events near Albany, Corvallis, and throughout the Willamette Valley this fall, with something to suit every taste. Sample some of the best wine that the Willamette Valley has to offer while you enjoy fun activities like rooftop yoga, live music, comedy shows, and even salsa dancing classes. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 events from local wineries to look forward to this fall.
Searching for a home close to your favorite Willamette Valley winery? Our team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.
While downtown Albany is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a vibrant present and future! Much like Corvallis, Albany's Willamette Valley neighbor, the city has retained downtown's classic charm while incorporating art, restaurants, and other contemporary features.
Our real estate agents take a look at some of the places and events that make downtown Albany a must-see location for locals and tourists alike.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant - 208 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Sybaris Bistro - 442 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Vault 244 Bistro - 244 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Brick & Mortar Café - 222 W 1st Ave. Suite 4, Albany, OR 97321
First Burger - 210 SE 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97322
Sweet Red Bistro - 208 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Loafer's Station - 222 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321
At a time when many downtown areas are declining due to the appeal of the suburbs, Corvallis and Albany are bucking the trend. Both cities have received awards for successful revitalization of their downtown areas.
Its thriving downtown is one of the factors that landed Corvallis in the top 15 of Liveablity.com's best small to mid-sized cities to live. Our real estate agents know there is something for everyone in the downtown area.
A drive through the Willamette Valley reveals one of America's most productive wine regions. With more than a dozen wineries within 30 miles of Corvallis, our real estate agents are always proud of the wines our local vineyards produce.
The Heart of Willamette Wine Passport is a great way to get acquainted with some of those wines. This passport offers an opportunity to experience 13 amazing wineries, including these local favorites:
The Willamette Valley is celebrated for its small family-owned restaurants, diners, and eateries of all kinds. Our real estate agents know well that also includes plenty of bakeries.
Let's take a closer look at just a few of your many local options:
See for yourself why life in the Willamette Valley is extra sweet. Contact us today to discover more about the local area.
Albany and Corvallis are both communities filled with fascinating sites, from wonderful museums to gorgeous examples of historic architecture. Summer is the perfect time to explore the historical spots in this corner of Oregon. Our real estate agents have the details for a memorable history tour near Benton County.
Whether you're buying, selling, or just looking, our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany and Corvallis, OR areas.
The fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley supports an incredible variety of local farms that produce everything from organic fruits and vegetables to poultry, eggs, and honey. As a result, we also have some incredible eateries that serve locally-sourced fare. Our real estate agents recommend ordering farm-to-table dishes from these local restaurants!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! Fresh farm-to-table food is just one of many things that make our little corner of the world special, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Benton County and the surrounding areas.
Thankfully, Benton County and surrounding areas have plenty of ice cream shops that your sweet tooth is sure to enjoy!
Take another tip from our real estate agents and stop off for a frosty ice cream treat at one of these great restaurants in the Willamette Valley.
Life is sweet in the Willamette Valley. Learn more when you contact us at Valley Brokers for all your real estate needs.
The Willamette Valley is home to so many high-quality farms, meaning there are ample opportunities to pick your own produce!
Visiting local pick-your-own farms is a favorite pastime for our real estate agents. It's not only a great opportunity to stock up on some freshly grown fruits and vegetables, but it's also a weekend activity that's fun for the whole family. Plus, it helps support our local farmers! Here are some of our favorite Oregon pick-your-own farms. Many of which are open year-round while others will be opening soon for the summer harvest!
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No matter if you're looking for homes in Corvallis or Albany, Benton County is a welcoming place known for its natural beauty, vibrant local economy, and plenty of restaurants full of culinary delights. One unbeatable Benton County tradition is brunch, that meal between breakfast and lunch.
Our real estate agents know that a spot of brunch is a terrific way to boost your energy before you head out for a day looking at the best local homes. You have plenty of ways to enjoy brunch in and around the Benton County area, but which one will tempt your tastebuds the best?
Let's look at some of the most popular spots for brunch in Benton County:
Every morning is a good morning when you start your day in Benton County. Contact us to learn more about what Benton County has to offer.
Stretching 150 miles through Oregon, the Willamette Valley is legendary for being one of America's great wine regions. At the heart of the valley, is Corvallis and Albany which both offer spectacular scenery, plenty of art and culture, and some of the best wineries in the Pacific Northwest.
Spring marks the beginning of the wine season for many local wineries, and it's a great time to savor the flavors of the Willamette Valley.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Corvallis and Albany. It's a truly unique place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the Willamette Valley.
Are you already dreading the spring break cries of, "There's nothing to do?" Fortunately, that's not the case around Corvallis and Albany, which offer convenient access to a wide variety of family and couple-friendly attractions. Our real estate agents are putting these wonderful activities and places on their spring break itinerary.
Whether you follow an active lifestyle or prefer cultural pursuits, the Willamette Valley is the perfect place to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers for answers to all your real estate questions.