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Hi everyone! For the past four years my husband and I have been traveling throughout the country side looking for THE BEST PLACE to relocate to in a couple of years. I grew up in Northern Wisconsin (so called god's country) and met my husband and moved to Minnesota......and we are needing help fast. My youngest son will graduate high school in two years, and we need to get out of this weather.
I noticed on an earlier post when someone said oregon isn't a place to move to if you dont like cold weather from november through february............well here in Moose Lake MN we have snow starting from october through april. NO LIE, and we have lots of below zero weather, and i've had enough.
We first thought we'ld move south, the weather there is great in the winter, but the heat and humidity will kill us in the summer.
We loved out west in Montana and Colorada, but there are issues with water and gas wells, which we are finding out is an issue in a lot of western states.
All this time as we're traveling throughout the country side looking for THE SPOT, oregon keeps cropping up in my mind.....however my husband is under the assumption that it's raining all of the time. I think he's wrong...i hope he's wrong...
However last night as I was doing online research I stumbled across Joseph, and my heart literally skipped beats and started racing. It's EXACTLY what we're looking for. We love the mountains, but we are tired of the cold six months of the year. We have horses, and are looking to settle down to a slower pace of life, and I was wondering if anyone could tell us more about Oregon and/or the joseph area.
Where can we find a nice quiet town, doesnt have to have anything real special, where we can AFFORD a home, and maybe find some type of work.
Tell us where in oregon is the ideal slow way of life, where people still wave at you when you drive past, and where they like transplants! I saw an earlier post where someone didnt think it was right that oregon doesnt allow self service..i think that is GREAT. JWe all need to stop and go back to the way it used to be, where gas stations not only pumped your gas, they also washed your windows and checked your oil!!! that is exactly what we're looking for. We are tired of the fast pace of life, and we want to enjoy nature and see mountains!!! I want to find a town that has old fashioned values!!
Sorry for the ramblings, but we are running out of time and I just want to find my own little piece of heaven here on earth. Where would you suggest?????
I'm not sure how many jobs(especially high paying) there would be in Joseph since it is a small town.
I have not lived there, but I vacationed up at Wallowa Lake in the summer, it's a beautiful area. Joseph is somewhat of an artist community, there's a bronze sculpter there and at least one art gallery. Joseph is on the Eastern side of Oregon, so as general rule there will be less rain than Western Oregon and being at a higher elevation, you are more likely to see snow in the winter. I would suggest you visit it not only in the summer when there are a lot of tourists, but also in the fall/winter to see for yourself. Even if you decide Joseph is not right for you, it's a beautiful place to visit.
If you do visit, be sure to go to Wallowa Lake and ride the tram to the top of the mountain, it's a beautiful view(the tram only runs in the summer from June to Labor day). The tram does cost to ride, I'm not sure how much it is now, it was $20 last time I rode it. I thought it was worth the money.
thank you very much for you advice!! Do you know how far away is the nearest air port??? We will definitely take the tram! Do you know if there are water issues around the eastern side? We just want to find an area that is the true god's country, and deep down i feel oregon might be the right area. Just trying to find out which parts. We dont mind the snow as long as it's not five months of snow!
Jobs are going to be pretty scarce in Joseph, but it's very beautiful country.
You might look at Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne, Sisters, Madras, Klamath Falls, La Pine, La Grande or John Day/Canyon City, which are all larger than Joseph (although the last one is marginal). All of those, with the exception of La Grande, are high desert, and might not be the "green" that you're used to.
Southern Oregon, west of the Cascades, might do as well - Jacksonville, Medford, Grant's Pass.
I think you just about described Oakridge to a "T" with the type of town you are looking for. We're in the foothills of the Cascades on the WEST side, where the climate is milder than the east side. Joseph is absolutely beautiful. So is Oakridge, with the milder climate. We even have a tram close by, too, as we are 20 minutes from a ski area, yet we are just a tad above 1000 feet elevation. The climate here is described as "above the fog line, below the snow line".
We love the friendly, small-town atmosphere around here. It really is like stepping back in time to America's "Golden Age" right down the A&W drive-in in the middle of town.
We're about 45 minutes from the Eugene/Springfield area, so we are close to all major shopping and services. Land and housing is still quite reasonable, even much cheaper than what you'd have to pay down the highway in Eugene.
If you make it this way, we'll be happy to show you around Oregon's best-kept secret. In the meantime, here's the city-data page to get you started:
I live in Joseph. If you are looking to get away from 6 month long cold, snowy winters, Joseph isn't for you. Last year it was 10 degrees on Halloween. By Thanksgiving we had plenty of snow. Our last snow was on June 21st this year! It was a very hard winter, but the old timers will tell you it was "normal" and that the past several years before 2008 were "mild". It is still very COLD and plenty of snow! The worst part for me is the winter driving. It scares me to death and any decent shopping is at least 70 miles away. I say decent, because groceries are overpriced locally and the selection is minimal. Fresh fruit and produce are very hard to find in the winter. The nearest Walmart is in La Grande, which can be a pretty icy and treacherous drive in the winter. Nearest Costco is in Clarkston, Washington. Nearest major shopping hub is Boise, Idaho or Kennewick, Washington. I do tons of shopping online and take a trailer when I go to Costco! We have kids in school here and won't move until they are out. I like Idaho. Somewhere along the Clearwater river maybe, Orofino seems nice, maybe Graingeville. When we moved to Oregon, we seriously considered Prineville (Oregon). It is beautiful and close to Bend.
If you have any health problems, it seems like most Specialists are in Walla Walla, Spokane or Boise. A friend of mine had breast cancer and drove to Walla Walla twice a week for Chemo. It is not available around here I guess. We have general practioners and a couple of dentists. A small, but new hospital, but most folks get transfered out for anything serious. My son's orthodontist is in Walla Walla, but fortunately he comes over here a couple times a month!
If you are still considering Joseph, there are good things. Summer is GORGEOUS, but we are inundated with tourists and if you live in town the noise of motocycles, bar music, and traffic at all hours gets a little old. We try to get out of town on the weekends. So much hiking and exploring to do and so little summer to do it in!
One word of caution . . . Real Estate is seriously overpriced right now. Homes are not selling for the listing price. If you are planning to buy, make sure you get a fair price . . . be prepared to aggressively negotiate! Consider buying in the winter months . . . you will get a better deal.
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