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New Homes in Salem

Discover Life in Oregon's Capital


Salem, the capital of Oregon, is enveloped in the lush beauty of the Willamette Valley. Renowned for its rich history, Salem is where culture and nature live harmoniously. Salem offers a tranquil yet vibrant lifestyle, from the serene Willamette River that bisects the city to the captivating historic buildings that dot its landscape. Whether you're drawn to the outdoors, interested in exploring Oregon's rich cultural tapestry, or looking for a family-friendly community with job opportunities in various industries, Salem provides a unique backdrop for every kind of dream.

LGI Homes is proud to offer stunning, affordable, high-quality homes in Salem in new construction communities brimming with amenities. Our homes are designed with you in mind, featuring modern fixtures, energy-efficient appliances and features. Every move-in-ready residence includes our signature CompleteHome™ or CompleteHome Plus™ package. Experience the blend of traditional charm and contemporary living with LGI Homes in Salem.

Embrace Life in Salem

  •  #1 '7 Best Places to Live in Oregon in 2024' (Houzeo)
  • #2 '10 Best Places to Live in Oregon According to Real Estate Experts' (Travel + Leisure, 2023)
  • #10 '10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Oregon' (Ad Mortgage, 2024)
  • #11 'The Best Places to Live on the West Coast in 2023 - 2024' (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Willamette University, in Salem, is the oldest university in the Western United States. The university opened in 1842; it offers various programs in liberal arts, business and law.
  • Salem is in Willamette Valley, a 150-mile valley in Northwest Oregon, home to hundreds of wineries. The region is well-known for producing Pinot noir. Significant cities in Willamette Valley include Portland, Salem, Bend, Beaverton, Corvallis and Eugene.
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  • Colorful tulip filed in the morning in Woodburn, Oregon
  • Fall colors on rolling hills of grapevines at vineyards in Oregon.
  • Falls Colors ar South Falls in Silver Falls State Park
  • Oregon State Capital Building in Salem, Oregon
  • Pedestrian Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge in the Riverfront City Park in Salem, Oregon, USA, over Willamette River
  • Willamette University in Salem, Oregon
  • Winding trail through trees at Silver Falls State Park

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Frequently Asked Questions

Continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions about our homes, community and the area.

What makes Salem unique as the capital of Oregon?

Salem combines the accessibility of urban amenities with the charm of a close-knit community set against the backdrop of Oregon's natural beauty. It's a city where history meets modernity, offering residents a rich cultural scene, diverse culinary experiences, and a strong sense of community.

What is the climate like in Salem, Oregon?

Salem residents enjoy a mild climate with wet, cool winters and warm, dry summers. The Salem area gets most of its rainfall from October through April; summers are sunny and pleasant. The weather is ideal for agriculture and extremely pleasant for tourists and locals.

What industries thrive in Salem?

Salem is in the heart of Oregon's wine country, and agriculture plays a significant role in the local economy. Major employers contributing to a stable and growing job market are education, government services, agriculture and healthcare.

What educational opportunities are available in Salem?

Salem is home to Willamette University, Chemeketa Community College and Corban University, offering residents a range of higher education opportunities. The city's public schools are part of the Salem-Keizer School District, the second-largest in Oregon at the time of writing. At the end of 2023, the school district employed nearly 4,000 individuals full-time and served approximately 40,000 students.

How does LGI Homes ensure quality in their Salem properties?

LGI Homes is committed to superior construction and excellence in homebuilding. We always use high-quality materials and modern construction techniques and implement standards exceeding those of the homebuilding industry. Like every home we build, our residences in Salem come with a structural warranty.

What upgrades are available in new LGI homes in Salem?

Every LGI home in Salem includes a suite of designer upgrades at no extra cost for homebuyers. Homes include upgrades throughout, such as fantastic curb appeal, upgraded cabinetry, countertops, flooring, lighting, finishes, kitchen appliances, integrated technology and more. View more details about our CompleteHome™ upgrade package.

What is Salem's living cost compared to other Oregon cities?

As of this writing, the cost of living in Salem, Oregon is generally lower than in Portland, Oregon's largest city, and other well-known cities such as Bend and Beaverton. Housing, in particular, tends to be more affordable in Salem, where it costs less to purchase a home than it does in Portland, Bend and Beaverton. Salem is one of Oregon's top ten most affordable places to live.

What makes Salem an excellent place to consider moving?

Salem is the political heart of Oregon and a center for agriculture, emphasizing sustainable living and local produce. The city's green parks, public gardens and easy access to outdoor activities like hiking in the surrounding hills make it a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

What sets LGI Homes apart from other homebuilders in Salem, Oregon?

LGI Homes is unique because it only sells move-in-ready homes, is transparent with home prices and every home includes a designer upgrade package at no extra cost to buyers. New homebuyers can move into their LGI home within 30 - 45 days after finalizing their mortgage paperwork. Plus, in most communities, LGI takes care of closing costs.

What large cities are near Salem?

Portland, OR (43 miles); Vancouver, WA (50.2 miles); Tacoma, WA (162 Miles); Seattle, WA (187 miles); Sacramento, CA (446 miles); Stockton, CA (490 miles); Riverside, CA (500 miles) and Las Vegas, NV (731 miles). Miles are measured using Google's Maps distance measurement tool and do not reflect the distance if you took a significant freeway or Interstate.

What is the population of Salem, Oregon?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Salem in 2022 was 177,487; for comparison, the population of Portland, Oregon, during the same time was 635,067. Salem and surrounding areas are expected to grow significantly through 2035.