Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Salem, Oregon - The Cherry City

An attorney who left the practice of law to devote himself full-time to the management of his growing portfolio of real estate investments, Paul Kerley owns and manages about a thousand residential units in and around the city of Salem, Oregon. A former licensed real estate broker, he has brokered hundreds of significant transactions, including one involving six power shopping centers with an aggregate value of $34 million. Paul Kerley owns a property management real estate firm, Commercial Property Resources, Inc. in Salem.

Nicknamed the Cherry City for its former prominence in the regional cherry-growing industry, Salem is the capital of Oregon and the seat of Marion County. Situated in the state’s northwest corner, it is home to about 160,000 people and ranks as the state’s third most populous city, after Portland and Eugene.

Because it is the state capital, government is the primary employer, followed by education and healthcare facilities. The city also serves as a major transportation hub for agricultural products, providing a convenient gateway to Interstate Route 5, which leads to Portland, just an hour west.

Founded in the Willamette Valley on the banks of the Willamette River in 1841, the city boasts four distinct National Register Historic Districts and a wide range of cultural opportunities, including the Mission Mill Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Elsinore Theater, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, among many others. In addition, Salem offers a broad range of dining choices, including traditional restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, franchise restaurants, coffee shops, and bistros. Visitors and residents alike can always enjoy the variety of sports and recreational opportunities available in Salem, including golf, water sports, and fishing.