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Old 08-08-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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Hi, I looking for the best place to live in Oregon for a single straight woman in her 40s in a dog friendly environment (I have a pug). Looking for a nice community, not far from the coast and also near day hiking. I recently found out I can not eat gluten (wheat etc) so a community that understands and has options available would be great. I would love to be in a community with other singles so maybe I would have the opportunity of meeting a soulmate and a community that also has families as I enjoy the balance. I have an 80 year old mother I would also want to relocate in an assisted living facility near where I reside. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I think you should consider Eugene. It's vegan/gluten-allergy/etc friendly. I had the best cheesecake in the world there, and it was vegan. (Sweet Life). There are also several good assisted care facilities.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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Portland or Eugene, definitely. I spent five years in Eugene and I can tell you they have a lot of options for people with alternative diets.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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Just to add to the previous comments, Eugene has some great dog parks, so definitely no problem with finding dog-frinedly environment here. On the gluten-free front, you may want to check out www.glutenfreeeugene.org . Apparently, there is a gluten intolerance support group in town and lots of restaurants and grocery stores offering gluten-free options.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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Cool eugene as a place to live

Having lived here for years i can say this a college town. Duck country! If you have any seasonal allergies DO NOT MOVE HERE! Eugene is the seasonal allergy capital of the WORLD, not just the USA. We grow a lot of grass here and the pollen count gets very high. Normal is 200. It was 800 and above for at least 3mos and even reached 990! Housing is rather expensive if renting. Good luck finding an apt. that has a washer/dry hookup for less the $750 and that is a one bedroom! I would look in Springfield for newer housing. Much of Eugene is older homes if living near downtown. Buying a home you could do OK if you live way out of town.. High crime in the west part due to gangs and stay away from the bike paths at night. Gangs! I live inthe west part and there are frequent car breakins even the decent neighborhoods.. Coburg is a beautiful town and you might look there.Very cloudy and very rainy in the fall and winter from Oct to at least May. You will have to supplement your Vit D as you will only see the sun for 4mos. There is a lot of depression due to this. Healthcare is good as long as you don't need to be hospitalized. You must go to Springfield to find a hospital unless you only need the ER and not be admitted. If you do go to the ER at Sacred Heart in downtown Eugene and need to be in the hospital you and your insurance will have to pay for an ambulance ride to Springfield! I would never consider retiring here. There are some good assisted living facilities here for your mom. Expensive but nice. Good luck! As soon as my mom's trust is settled I am out of here to FL where all the apts allow dogs and cost at least $150 to $200 a month cheaper. I need sun for my mental health!
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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Chesgold, I too hope your mom's trust settles soon.
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