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Old 07-10-2006, 11:32 AM
 
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Oh, please Brookings isn't that bad! Don't scrap an idea because someone told you something on a forum. Check it out for yourself!

It's gorgeous, and a nice place to raise kids.
It is beautiful, but I disagree on it being a nice place to raise kids. I can hardly think of a worse place in the state to raise kids (especially if you prioritize your child's education). As a retirement area, the community does not invest in child-friendly ammenities. A lot of kids get in trouble with the law because there is nothing for them to do here. Few high school graduates in Brookings end up going to college and making something of themselves.

Reality check: Brookings gets 103 precipitation days a year.

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Old 07-15-2006, 05:21 PM
 
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Hmmmm. Is it really THAT bad on the coast? You make it sound as though a person would have to be a complete nutcase to think of living in Brookings, and even more certifiable to contemplate Coos Bay. I've got 4 boys but just 2 left in school, 9th grade and Kindergarten. I can afford sonething in the $400K-500K range without a mortgage to come up with every month so my income doesn't need to be much, however, I don't want to sit around all day and am an event planner so I need a resort for corporate work or some (non-exsistent, evidently?)idyllic spot for weddings/private parties. I lived in England as a child so rain, fog and damp don't terrify me, but one does like to see the sun now and again. Any ideas at all, or must I stay in this godforsaken desert?
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Old 07-16-2006, 08:18 PM
 
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...I can afford sonething in the $400K-500K range without a mortgage to come up with every month so my income doesn't need to be much, ...Any ideas at all, or must I stay in this godforsaken desert?
If you can afford that, then why not some place near the central California coast like Ventura or San Luis Obispo?
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Old 07-16-2006, 08:20 PM
 
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It isn't that Brookings and Coos Bay are "that bad". It's more a matter of where you are in your life journey. Many retirees find that they suit their needs fine; they're just not family-oriented, nor are they good places to build a career (low salaries, high cost of living, no opportunities for continuing education).
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:16 AM
 
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Default Brookings

I just wanted to say that I just moved to Brookings with my family. I have two brothers who already lived here and we fell in love with it while visiting. I am homeschooling my son who is in kindergarten. This is a very small town, but I love it. It does rain here quite a bit, but that makes the air clean and keeps it beautiful! I have heard that there is a great "homeschooling community" here. I am actually doing some research about it online right now. I don't know anything about the schools here, I just know that I wouldn't want to send my children to a public school anywhere! Don't give up on Brookings, it's wonderful. You should go to beautifulbrookings.com
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:07 AM
 
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Default The Oregon Coast is very kid friendly

I don't know the experiences of others here, but we've been raising four kids on the North Oregon Coast for over 6 years and it's been an outstanding place for them to grow up. We spent 8 years prior to that in the Army traveling the rest of the U.S. and the world, and I've never found anyplace that compares to here. If I tried to move my family now, my kids would never want to go. I've also lived in California and Arizona when I was younger.

I think that good kids will prosper almost anywhere and misguided kids will get into trouble wherever they are. We're in Seaside, OR where the High School has about 550 kids. The Elementary School is around 250. We know all of the teachers and the kids in both schools all know each other. The teachers are excellent and do a fantastic job inspiring and teaching our kids. Ours range from 8 to 16 years old. They are involved in bands, choir, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, school plays and other community events. All of these activities are very well supported by the community and the schools.

The rain is harshest from November through about March, but the rest of the year is extremely nice. Even the rain is nice. It helps you look forward to spring. We spent at least 30 to 40 days this last summer either swimming in the local lake or playing on the beach 1/2 mile from our house. The kids will get in the ocean anytime the sun is out (including February; I've got it on video), but most adults wont try the water in the mid-50's without a wetsuit. We had several days this summer in the 80's, and maybe a couple of days over 90, but that's pretty unusual. Most of the summer was in the 70's or high 60's. You get acclimated after a short time and I rarely wear a coat except at night during the winter. I've never worn one during the summer.

I lived 10 years near Phoenix, Arizona while I was a teen and graduated from HS there. You couldn't get me to move back there for any amount of money. I would end up spending half the year indoors just to avoid the heat. You can always dress up for the cold, but you can never undress enough to compensate for the heat. Also, the only traffic we get here comes from the tourists all coming here to play. Our church normally has about 200 people on a typical Sunday, but in the summers and any long weekend it can be 400 to 500 from all the vacationers. They only get to enjoy it for short periods, but we get to live in this beautiful place year-round.


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Old 10-06-2006, 01:40 PM
 
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Thanks, it sounds like I should scrap the Brookings idea and leave it to the mature folks. Anyone know of a seaside town that isn't opposed to the idea of, should I say it?...(gasp) children?
Brookings is a great area, I have family there and their children are in a wonderful private school. There is a new hospital and college to be built just north of town. The downtown has just been upgraded the people are great.
Just 7 miles north of town is an area called cape ferrilo it is up in the hills and has thousands of acres of pasture land and sunshine. Give it a visit, especially in the winter and fall months.
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:42 PM
 
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Brookings is a great area, I have family there and their children are in a wonderful private school. There is a new hospital and college to be built just north of town. The downtown has just been upgraded the people are great.
Just 7 miles north of town is an area called cape ferrilo it is up in the hills and has thousands of acres of pasture land and sunshine. Give it a visit, especially in the winter and fall months.
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Old 10-07-2006, 06:27 PM
 
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There is a new hospital and college to be built just north of town.
Some clarification here.
1.) There are no plans to build a hospital in Brookings. The issue is brought up from time to time, but the latest consensus is that it would make no sense to have 3 separate small hospitals over a fifty-mile stretch of coastline (Gold Beach and Crescent City each has a small county hospital).
2.) U.S. Borax has promised to donate some land at its master-planned community at Lone Ranch for a satellite campus for SWOCC - Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. Whether or not a satellite campus for a community college should be called a "college" is subject to debate. In any event, it's only at a preliminary stage of consideration. U.S. Borax may sell the property to a development corporation in Bend. Who knows what will happen then?
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:40 PM
 
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Some clarification here.
1.) There are no plans to build a hospital in Brookings. The issue is brought up from time to time, but the latest consensus is that it would make no sense to have 3 separate small hospitals over a fifty-mile stretch of coastline (Gold Beach and Crescent City each has a small county hospital).
2.) U.S. Borax has promised to donate some land at its master-planned community at Lone Ranch for a satellite campus for SWOCC - Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. Whether or not a satellite campus for a community college should be called a "college" is subject to debate. In any event, it's only at a preliminary stage of consideration. U.S. Borax may sell the property to a development corporation in Bend. Who knows what will happen then?
Actually plans do exist, it is part of the pre-app process for the development.
Whether the college will be a satellite or not has not yet been determined. You have to start somewhere, its a town of less than 7,000 people.Borax will bring another 1,000 new homes with an average of 3 people per. 2.--- if you want to be exact.
Regardless, these things will come about. It is part of the approval for development process. And should be a consideration for those wanting to raise a family there or retire. I suggest for more accurate info call the Coos county planning dept.
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