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'Up the freeway is easy': With housing tight in Eugene, Creswell is on the grow

Realtor Dave Hemenway said that, in most cases, the houses in Creswell cost 10 to 15 percent less than in Eugene. (SBG)

CRESWELL, Ore. - Ron Gernhardt's family moved to Creswell, 10 miles south of Eugene, for a reason.

"We came here cause we really wanted a house and our kids were ready to start school and we really wanted them to go to a small school," Gernhardt said, "and we wanted a place a where we could afford a house."

Creswell doesn't have a growing business community, but the town is close enough to Eugene for commuters.

"It's really not a very hard commute. Up the freeway is easy," Gernhardt said. "I worked in North Eugene for 30 years, and you know it's 23 minutes. It took people who lived at River Road almost just 5 miles away almost as long to get to work than it did me."

Between 2010 and 2015, the population of Creswell grew 3.1 percent.

According to one realtor, Creswell will continue to grow because of previous planning.

"Creswell, probably starting about 15 years ago, decided they wanted to grow," realtor Dave Hemenway said. "So they set aside a lot of room in their urban growth boundary so there's room to grow. And that has really been helpful and it took off. And they're still getting the benefits of that."

Hemenway said that, in most cases, the houses in Creswell cost 10 to 15 percent less than in Eugene.

That's a big deal to Gernhardt.

"I do think a lot of people end up here because it's affordable," he said. "I mean, affordable housing is a real big deal."

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