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Old 10-06-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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Hey everyone!

So I just accepted a permanent Forest Service job in Prineville and am now trying to figure out all of the logistics of what I need to do now to get ready. I would really appreciate any local advice as to what I should do.

One of the main things I am wondering is if I should live in Prineville or in Redmond. I am 25 and Prineville seems to be a town where someone my age wouldn't really be able to get out and meet anyone. Is that true and if so I guess living in Redmond would be the best option? I'm a pretty outdoorsy person (road biking, hiking, climbing) so could I find some clubs or groups that I could meet people at?

I also drive a 2015 Honda Fit and am a bit worried as to whether or not my car could handle the winter weather with a commute from Redmond to Prineville. I don't really know how bad the weather gets around there, but I remember some folks telling me they get quite a bit of snow up there. Do I need to get snow tires and tire chains, or could I maybe get by with just all-weather tires?

I have been looking around at homes in Redmond as well and I managed to find a 3 bedroom trailer park home up for sale for $22,000. This seemed like a pretty damn good deal to me, but I still don't really know much about the area. Would renting be a better idea? I've heard that some homes in some these smaller communities have a lot of problems with them due to addicts living in them.

If there is any information that any of you guys wish you had known before moving to the area or that newcomer should know, I would love to hear it. Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Hey everyone!

So I just accepted a permanent Forest Service job in Prineville and am now trying to figure out all of the logistics of what I need to do now to get ready. I would really appreciate any local advice as to what I should do.

One of the main things I am wondering is if I should live in Prineville or in Redmond. I am 25 and Prineville seems to be a town where someone my age wouldn't really be able to get out and meet anyone. Is that true and if so I guess living in Redmond would be the best option? I'm a pretty outdoorsy person (road biking, hiking, climbing) so could I find some clubs or groups that I could meet people at?

I also drive a 2015 Honda Fit and am a bit worried as to whether or not my car could handle the winter weather with a commute from Redmond to Prineville. I don't really know how bad the weather gets around there, but I remember some folks telling me they get quite a bit of snow up there. Do I need to get snow tires and tire chains, or could I maybe get by with just all-weather tires?

I have been looking around at homes in Redmond as well and I managed to find a 3 bedroom trailer park home up for sale for $22,000. This seemed like a pretty damn good deal to me, but I still don't really know much about the area. Would renting be a better idea? I've heard that some homes in some these smaller communities have a lot of problems with them due to addicts living in them.

If there is any information that any of you guys wish you had known before moving to the area or that newcomer should know, I would love to hear it. Thanks.
If the trailer looks good, buy it. There is no point to renting if you can own.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:18 PM
 
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Get a home inspection. Visit park at least 3 times including once on weekend / night. Talk to 5 plus neighbors. Check with city / county about crime / health / any new development talk. Ask owner and tenants about rent increase history. Could you handle moving the home if you had to or wanted to? How old is it? Need to finance? Talk to a bank or credit union early in process. Check on all the utilities.


Even if you (and maybe an appraiser) think the price is fair, you might act non-commital and then offer 3-7k less and see what they say.


Ask boss or a few co-workers what they think of park, buying immediately. Have there been any recent layoffs? Budget cuts looming for next year?


Meetups, mostly in Bend https://www.meetup.com/cities/us/977...mek8eIkkm8MbfG

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Old 10-07-2018, 07:49 AM
 
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Link to Redmond crime mapping tool.

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Old 10-07-2018, 02:48 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If you like outdoor activities, live in Prineville and drive to Bend for social activities and festivals. It's an easy drive.

There is a good, and new, hospital in Prineville and all the day to day shopping you need. You drive to Redmond for shopping at Walmart and you drive to Bend for Costco. Everything else you need is available in Prineville.

Weather in Prineville is better than weather in Redmond or Bend. Rent is cheaper, lakes for boating or fishing are closer.

Prineville or Redmond, you will have to go to Bend for night life.
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