U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 12-07-2008, 03:12 AM
Location: Wisconsin
561 posts, read 1,024,780 times
Reputation: 503


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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 12-07-2008, 04:50 PM
Location: Wisconsin
561 posts, read 1,024,780 times
Reputation: 503
43 views and NO replies ?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 05:22 PM
Location: Oregon Coast
1,849 posts, read 5,927,674 times
Reputation: 1358
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 06:33 PM
Location: Wisconsin
561 posts, read 1,024,780 times
Reputation: 503
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?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Location: Baker City, Oregon
3,144 posts, read 5,061,561 times
Reputation: 4463
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 08:29 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 10:28 PM
Location: Salem, OR
13,193 posts, read 29,413,241 times
Reputation: 10691
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 10:41 PM
Location: Newport, OR
144 posts, read 315,172 times
Reputation: 91
Grants Pass
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2008, 11:34 PM
54 posts, read 249,949 times
Reputation: 61
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2008, 10:53 AM
Status: "I Don't Believe You- Pink" (set 5 days ago)
696 posts, read 1,016,153 times
Reputation: 854
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2008, 02:29 PM
758 posts, read 1,944,080 times
Reputation: 336
I like LaGrande. Sort of on the main corridor, and a college town (somewhat). Eagle Cap Wilderness and Wallowa Lake not too far away.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2013 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top