Check out the area between Harrison Blvd, 36th St, Grant Ave, and 29th St. The houses are well-kept, the neighbors are friendly. The schools have a good reputation (Jefferson Elem, Linus Pauling Middle, and Corvallis High School). As your kids grow they can easily get to the high school. I'm selling my home on 33rd Street, and my kids walked to the high school in nice weather. It's also close to OSU, but not in the college rental area. If you like college events you are close enough to walk. Hope this helps, and good luck!