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Old 05-29-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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I work from home and have a low quality of health so I am looking for that "perfect place" that doesn't exist, but hoping someone will have some suggestions of where to move in Oregon based off my list below.

1. Clean air year round - if possible, i know the warmer can usually mean worse air and forest fires
2. Moderate temps - 4 seasons, low humidity
3. Lower Population - between 1k -90k population.
4. Affordable - homes renting under $1k and small homes selling under $150k
5. Forest - want to live in more rural settings, in forest or near river or lake, I love the outdoors
6. Natural Living - organic foods, farmer market, farm to table, local buying, medical marijuana
7. Community - eco friendly folks, hippies, spiritual openness, intellectuals, community connection

Thank you so much for any suggestion it is VERY appreciated!!

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Old 05-29-2019, 07:24 PM
 
Location: WA
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Nothing like that in Oregon that I can think of.

I would suggest Costa Rica.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:59 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Well, the Applegate / Ruch / Williams probably hits most of the things on the list (as does Ashland), but nothing in any of those areas is even close to the affordability of #4 on your list. The smoke from the summer fires has been very bad the last couple years, too, as in weeks of unhealthy air quality.

The median house price in Ashland is $465,000. Out in the Applegate the price varies quite a bit, as many properties include acreage, which is always expensive in Oregon, but the bottom line seems to be in the $300,000 and above range.

Also, if you work from home and need good internet, many rural areas in Oregon outside of town boundaries don't yet have high speed internet.

All of Western Oregon has the damp, cool, rainy winter, it's pretty much just a matter of how much rain (between 18" a year and 90" a year).
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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Which items on your list are requirements, and which are just bonus features? Because yeah, nothing exists in Oregon that meets all your criteria. The air quality alone rules out the majority of the state between the coast range and the high desert. The remaining areas fail on either budget, climate, or community.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Well, the Applegate / Ruch / Williams probably hits most of the things on the list (as does Ashland), but nothing in any of those areas is even close to the affordability of #4 on your list. The smoke from the summer fires has been very bad the last couple years, too, as in weeks of unhealthy air quality.

The median house price in Ashland is $465,000. Out in the Applegate the price varies quite a bit, as many properties include acreage, which is always expensive in Oregon, but the bottom line seems to be in the $300,000 and above range.

Also, if you work from home and need good internet, many rural areas in Oregon outside of town boundaries don't yet have high speed internet.

All of Western Oregon has the damp, cool, rainy winter, it's pretty much just a matter of how much rain (between 18" a year and 90" a year).
Thank you for such a detailed response, its greatly appreciated. I didn't realize how expensive OR had become over the last 10 years. I expect bad air quality from fires anywhere there is a forest, but sad to hear they have been so bad in recent years. I definitely know I wouldn't want to live along the coast, and anytime i've visited any where in OR it seems that rain is present or just around the corner. I will check out the places you mentioned at the beginning of your post and see what rentals are like and also pricing in the surrounding areas around those areas (and i'll make sure to check if the area gets high speed internet yet).
This has been a great help, thank you so much for replying!
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:30 PM
 
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I don't know of any place that meets ALL your criteria. But reading the list and between the lines in terms of the cultural element... it made me think of Takilma in Josephine Co.

Lots of pot growers out there, a much smaller community than you'd prefer, air will likely be smoky in the summer, houses more expensive (but better than a lot of places in OR), hot and dry in the summer, rainy enough in the winter to support the forest, great rivers and lakes, eco-aware, organic farming, some communal living, alternative type folks and excellent tie dye. Closest small town of any substance is Cave Junction (quite close), then north to Grants Pass for a small city, or out to the coast for Brookings.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:36 PM
 
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Which items on your list are requirements, and which are just bonus features? Because yeah, nothing exists in Oregon that meets all your criteria. The air quality alone rules out the majority of the state between the coast range and the high desert. The remaining areas fail on either budget, climate, or community.
My top three are
1. Natural living - i need a place that has health food stores of some kind or at least within 30 minutes
2. Affordable - paying off student debt and also need to start saving
3. Weather - i've lived in places with 50" of rain or 30" of snow and 150 days of sunshine yrly, and didnt like it.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:56 PM
 
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I don't know of any place that meets ALL your criteria. But reading the list and between the lines in terms of the cultural element... it made me think of Takilma in Josephine Co.

Lots of pot growers out there, a much smaller community than you'd prefer, air will likely be smoky in the summer, houses more expensive (but better than a lot of places in OR), hot and dry in the summer, rainy enough in the winter to support the forest, great rivers and lakes, eco-aware, organic farming, some communal living, alternative type folks and excellent tie dye. Closest small town of any substance is Cave Junction (quite close), then north to Grants Pass for a small city, or out to the coast for Brookings.
Now we're talking woohoo!
Just did some research on the area and while its obviously smaller I do well in teeny towns and enjoy them very much. I also like the rainfall and sunny avg days per year and the yearly avg weather looked good too. Ahh!! I'm gonna do more research and take a trip there this summer, ah yay! You've given me hope, haha. Seriously, thank you so much for your time to give a response I greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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You didn't say where your coming from. I think anywhere in the Rogue Valley would fit your needs. Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and any of the little out lying communities. However, I think Klamath Falls gets over looked allot. Yes it's colder in the winter but nice most of the rest of the year. Maybe a bit more conservative, but there is an active counter culture and cost of living is way cheaper than Medford. Medford has more stores and things to do, if your into shopping or live music and hippie stuff, then again most of that cost money. Klamath is a bit more laid back and has less gang activity, maybe because there are less people. I don't know.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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It doesn't meet all of your criteria but McMinnville might work. Maybe Joseph? Silverton would work too except for the housing price.
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