Hill Road

Hill Road is a beautiful little loop in the scenic Mohawk Valley in Lane County, Oregon.  Hobby farms and country properties abound, and homes with acreage are popular, but not frequently on the market.  Properties with both river frontage and valley view are present along Hill Road.  One especially attractive apspect is that it’s only 10 minutes to Springfield

The Mohawk Valley is east northeast of Springfield and generally follows Marcola Road through the town of Marcola.  Hill Road loops from Old Mohawk Road and returns back to Marcola Road after about 4 1/2 miles.  Only about 120 properties exist on Hill Road, ranging from 1/3 acre to 116 acres, with 5 acre parcels being the most common.

The County shows the value of properties along Hill Road from about 50K to over 650K, with a median value of around 250K.  Property Sales data from RMLS over the last 24 months reveal 1 active, no pendings  and 5 solds.  Prices ranged from 160K to 399K, and average price per square foot was:  $123/SF.

Zoning designations common along Hill Road are:  RR5, F2 and EFU.  It is not within any UGB designation, so land development and building permits are controlled by Lane County.  Hill Road is in the Springfield School District, and schools are Yolanda, Briggs, and Thurston.

Hill Road was named after the Hill Family, who lived at least through the 1950s of what is now McKenzie View and Hill Roads.  The area around Hill Road was originally settled by four pioneering families in the mid 1800′s:  The Scotts, Washburns, Listers and McGowans.  It has been slowly subdivided and built up since then.  Further building and development is possible, although rare, due to Lane County’s restrictive zoning ordinances.

Interesting features along Hill Road are:

  • The Mohawk River:  Approximately 30 miles long.  It joins the McKenzie River along McKenzie View Drive.  The Mohawk has no dams on it and is flood prone during  heavy rains.
  • Spores Creek:  Named after the pioneer who named the Mohawk Valley.  It crosses underneath Hill Road about midway down its length.
  • The abandoned Weyerhaeuser railroad:  The elevated roadbed can be seen in places along Hill Road if you know where to look, such as near the old Grange building.
  • Valley View Cemetery:  I remember quite old graves in there, but haven’t been back to verify this.
  • The Mohawk General Store:  A community hub and hotspot in the early 1900′s.  The old dance hall upstairs is still there, I’m told.  It’s one of the few places inside of which you can still wear cork boots.

Hill Road is a beautiful spot to own real estate.  Buying or selling country property in Lane County can be a challenge, but a good realtor who is familiar with the area can be a great aid to you.  Realtors know more about property, its values and idiosyncrasies than anyone else. If you are interested in real estate along Hill Road or other country properties in Lane County, Oregon, please contact me.  Or you can search listings here.

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