Salemtowne is a 55+ active adult golf community located on the west side of the Willamette River in Polk County, less than three miles from the center of Salem, Oregon. Salemtowne was developed on the site of an historic orchard, owned by the Wallace family and their original farmhouse has been incorporated into the main activity complex.
Salemtowne has Salem city services. In the business area of West Salem, only a few-minutes drive from Salemtowne, there are basic services such as gas stations, beauty and barber shops, banks and financial institutions, a post office, a public library, a fire and ambulance service, grocery stores, restaurants, and several parks. The Salem area offers all the amenities that most small cities offer including medical facilities, a hospital, a university and a community college, shopping malls, large retail stores, a wide range of restaurants, parks, state fair grounds, baseball stadium, hotels/motels, campgrounds, lodging, art museums and movie theaters. All of this is available while enjoying the rural beauty of the Willamette Valley. Oregon’s spectacular coast or beautiful mountains can easily be reached in under two hours, and Portland is just one hour away. As an adult community, Salemtowne offers a private executive golf course, swimming pool, woodshop, fitness center, activity rooms, RV or extra vehicle storage and many more amenities.
The community was established in 1967 and contains 462 individually-owned homes and condominiums. While the majority are freestanding homes, there are also two small groups of condominium units. Most houses are one-story with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two-car attached garages.
What you need to know
Buying a home in Salemtowne includes membership in the Salemtowne Civic Association (SCA). SCA is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of enhancing and protecting the value, desirability, and attractiveness of the real property in Salemtowne. As an owner, each household has an easement-of-use for all the common facilities and property.
Salemtowne is governed by a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions, the Bylaws, and Rules & Regulations, which have been adopted to retain the qualities that initially attract residents to Salemtowne. The community is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by association members, who are supported by Board-appointed Committees. In addition, there are full/part-time employees that include the Office Manager, Bookkeeper, Superintendent of Grounds and the Ground’s Crew. Responsibility for maintenance of the residences rests with the owner of each home.
To maintain the character of Salemtowne as a residential community for persons 55 years of age or older, under provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 as amended, all homes in Salemtowne require occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older. In addition, no one under 18 years of age may be a resident of Salemtowne. However, children are welcome as guests for periods not exceeding 45 days in any twelve consecutive months.
For 2022, the annual assessment per household due is $1122. This helps maintain the golf course, common grounds and community facilities. There is also a one-time buyer transfer fee of $2655 and $500 administrative fee for a total of $3155 collected at closing. . The majority of the Membership Fee is applied to the Asset Replacement Fund, which provides for major repairs or the replacement of common property items; examples include: roofing, painting, the irrigation system, office equipment, and mowing equipment. A lesser amount contributes to the Operations Budget and supports required administrative work.
The majority of Salemtowne homes are one level with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two-car garages. The majority of homes are one of about a half dozen original floor plans – although many have been modified over the years. A small number of the newer homes have custom floor plans. A limited number of homes located on the bluff are two-level with walk-out basements.
In addition to single residence lots, there are two small groups of condominiums. The condos are each governed by their own bylaws and rules as well as the bylaws, and rules and regulations of the Salemtowne Civic Association and State Statues. Each of the condo associations also have annual assessments & Reserve Fund for the maintenance of the condo units. This is separate and in addition to the annual assessment for Salemtowne Civic Association.
The Garden Court Condominiums are a small association of 12 condo units located on Oakcrest Drive NW. The majority of these units are one-story with one or two bedrooms. Most of the units have a view to the south, which includes the golf course and the fields beyond.
The Townhome Condominiums are a small association of 10 condo units located on Winslow Way NW. These units are either one-story, one bedroom or two-story, two+ bedrooms. All of the units have gorgeous views to the east, which includes the golf course and fields beyond.
Salemtowne has no rental restrictions and simple rules regarding owners renting their property. The rules provide that owners are responsible for their renter abiding by the Association rules. Upon renting, the owner transfers their easement of enjoyment of the common property and facilities to their renter. Owners considering renting should review the Rules & Regulations to understand the process.
The Association does not provide property management of rental properties. Prospective renters need to contact the property owner or their designated property manager.
The Salemtowne Civic Association does not handle property sales. Prospective buyers should contact a local real estate agent or any of the web sites that list properties for sale. Potential buyers are encouraged to spend time visiting the community; you will meet some wonderful and friendly people.
If you’d like more information, please contact the Salemtowne Civic Association Office.