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Old 12-07-2008, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Default Most affordable parts of Oregon ?

Where would you recommend we look to retire to for the following?
Mild summers and winters, not too much rain, as little snow as possible, not too humid.
Small town(with basic grocery shopping, Walmart,etc).
Affordable housing
Low crime
Plenty of lakes nearby to fish
Mountain views
Catholic church
Reasonablby close to coast would be a bonus.
THANKS.
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Hi Jim MAc. I think part of the problem is that the things you have on your list don't match up to equal a city. The most affordable places would be in eastern Oregon beyond Bend. Cities like Pendleton or La Grande are priced reasonably. However they are quite a way from the coast.

If you get close to the coast you'll get quite a bit of rain. I live close to the Coos Bay/North Bend area on the coast. We get around 64 inches of rain per year. Prices for homes are close to the U.S. average.
Some places that might fit you needs would be Roseburg,Grants Pass or Medford. These cities will run more for homes than eastern Oregon. Good Luck finding a new home in Oregon.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thanks Waterlily. As my post stated, reasonably close to the coast would be a "bonus". So there's a lot of lakes near Pendleton and Lagrande? Any other areas I should check out?
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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As Waterlily said, there probably isn’t anywhere that has everything you want.

Eastern Oregon is the most sparsely populated and the most affordable. Because it is rural and there aren’t things like sushi bars and a lot of high paying jobs, it isn’t for everybody. But since you are retiring, you might be interested.

I can give you information on Baker City which has a population of about 10,000.

Baker City is in a valley with mountains on each side. It is in what is called the high desert (sagebrush, not Lawrence of Arabia), but much of it is irrigated and various types of hay are grown. It is ranch country, so you see a lot of cattle and horses. If you drive down a road outside of Baker City, you will typically pass by fields with irrigated hay and some with grazing cattle. Then you might come to a hilly area with sagebrush and shrubs. Then you might come to a mountainous area with pine forests.

If you are in the city you don’t know you are in the high desert – there are lawns and trees everywhere, just like in a normal city.

At one time, many years ago, when Baker City was a very wealthy gold mining town, many beautiful and expensive buildings were built. In recent years, many have been restored and are on the National Historic Register. For example, The Geiser Grand Hotel:

A lot of effort has been put into this. Because of it, Baker City, especially the downtown is probably one of the nicest looking small cities in Oregon.

To answer some of your questions:

Mild summers and winters? Not really, but not too extreme. It gets warm, sometimes hot, it the summer, but the humidity is low and it always gets very cool at night. At one time I lived in humid Northern Illinois, 15 miles from Wisconsin, and the summers in Baker City are much, much more comfortable. It gets cold in the winter with snow – probably not as much snow as you get in Wisconsin and maybe not as cold.

Shopping? Two major supermarkets and a Bi-Mart store and a lot of locally owned stores in town. A 40 minute drive to a Walmart Supercenter.

Affordable housing? Yes.

Low crime? Very low.

Fishing? I don’t fish, but it’s one of the major pastimes in Eastern Oregon. Not only lakes, but many rivers and streams. Here is a list of lakes. Probably not all of them are good for fishing:
Baker County, Oregon Fishing Lakes | Fishing Works

Mountain views? Here is a picture I took from my kitchen window:


Catholic Church? You’re in luck here. A picture I took:


Plus some articles:
Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Once-wild gold-mining town, Baker City celebrates Catholic history | Catholic Sentinel
Make sure you scroll down to see Fr. Julian's photographs of Eastern Oregon on this site:
St. Francis De Sales Cathedral

Close to coast? Unfortunately no. About a seven hour drive.

Here is a link to the city Web site:
Welcome to Baker City, Oregon
and the Chamber of Commerce:
Baker County Chamber of Commerce

Last edited by karlsch; 12-07-2008 at 07:29 PM..
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I think it might help if you prioritize what you are looking for. Oregon is mostly made up of small towns, but people define that differently. We have a lot of rivers in Oregon, but I wouldn't say that we have plenty of lakes. Also you might want to define affordable.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Grants Pass, OR
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Grants Pass
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:34 PM
 
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Considering the various things you are looking for, I would encourage you to look in Southern Oregon, Medford - Grants Pass area. It is fairly close to the Oregon coast, it has warm summers and generally mild winters (little or no snow), and there are several small towns in that area that might suitable. Depending on which town you chose, you would have several choices of shopping, services, and medical facilities within a 30 minute drive. Also, there are Catholic churches in both Grants Pass and Medford.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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I hope to retire in Oregon too, but it has to be the coast. Coming from an area where property values are not generally high, I'm prepared to live in a condo and sacrifice space for the beauty.

The information on Baker City and the photos were very interesting.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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I like LaGrande. Sort of on the main corridor, and a college town (somewhat). Eagle Cap Wilderness and Wallowa Lake not too far away.
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