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Old 01-24-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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Seniors/retirees .... from your perspective, can you describe what life is like living on the Oregon coast?

What town do you live in? Fulltime or occasionally? How close to the beach are you?

Thanks for any responses
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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Seniors/retirees .... from your perspective, can you describe what life is like living on the Oregon coast?

What town do you live in? Fulltime or occasionally? How close to the beach are you?

Thanks for any responses
Well, we've had 1 foot at the coast for over 6 years, with the intention of "retiring" here. We're about there! Yeah! I don't know about other coastal towns, but I think Lincoln City has a lot to offer. For one thing, there are lots of classes one can take...from cooking, quilting, to all kinds of art. Another thing I discovered is that the art classes and art association fees are very cheap compared to Salem. Way back when, some lady started this so that it would be cheap for everyone and her legacy is continued....as soon as we are settled permanently, I am going to get involved with art. Also, this is a tourist town, and good or bad, it has a casino too. All year long there are events. I honestly do not think there is a weekend in the entire year where there isn't something going on. Last night I went to a Creedance Clearwater concert at the casino. But, just plain old beachcombing by myself is MY FAVORITE thing to do at the beach! I am about a 60-90 second walk from a beach access, because there are lots of them around Lincoln City.
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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OBL, our biggest bugaboo about moving to the coast full-time is medical care. Our neighbor here in Ashland is a surgical nurse, her husband is a sports medicine doctor, and they have a house in Nehalim. (Sp?). She warned us not to expect great medical facilities if we moved to the coast. Do you agree with this? It might be better in Lincoln City than the rest of the coast but that's too far north for us. Whaddya think? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: lincoln city
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Seniors/retirees .... from your perspective, can you describe what life is like living on the Oregon coast?

What town do you live in? Fulltime or occasionally? How close to the beach are you?

Thanks for any responses
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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well I live in Lincoln city moved here from Snohomish wa/in late 05. I really like a lot about the city except the weather,im finding as i get older the rain with wind is chilling,however i suppose considering the snow & ice in other places I have lived in my life time,i just have a short memory haha. Love the ocean ,hate the lack of shopping, Tanger mall is a tourist trap & Newport is over 20 miles across the Mountain on 2/lane terrible curvy roads. If you live here you pay more for gas,food,& most restaurant's are more expensive than Seattle. If your on a fixed income it's tough,but if you have retired well,it is a great place,quiet[winter time], lot's of classe's you can take & a nice quaint movie house down town. All in All it beat's a lot of place's I have lived as an Army Brat. Housing is expensive for the amount of local income & very few job's are available if you need to work. People are generally friendly unless you mention you lived in Ca. dont no why that is ,but i assume housing prices are out of reach for a lot of the local's & resentment about people coming in & buying . Oh well with economy as it is prices are dropping now & just put a coat & hat on & enjoy the peace & solitude of the beach when the tourists go home,that's when you really enjoy the beauty of the ocean & living here in Lincoln City.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Lincoln City, Oregon
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Default Oregon Coast is great for retirees

We've been living in Lincoln City for 3 1/2 years, and we love it here. We moved from the Central Coast of California when we retired. I don't find people unfriendly at all to transplanted Californians.

I do agree that lack of shopping choices is a bit of a nuisance, but what most people do is make a trip into Salem to go to the big box stores (Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.). We go about once a month. We make our list for the various stores, and make a day of it. We have lunch at McGrath's Fish House in Salem (mmmmm!).

As far as weather, you just never know. We've had a really mild winter so far, with the exception of a couple of weeks in December. January was fantastic, with a lot of sun. It really spoiled us, but we're sort of glad to get some rain, because hubby was talking about having to water our outdoor plants!
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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OBL, our biggest bugaboo about moving to the coast full-time is medical care. Our neighbor here in Ashland is a surgical nurse, her husband is a sports medicine doctor, and they have a house in Nehalim. (Sp?). She warned us not to expect great medical facilities if we moved to the coast. Do you agree with this? It might be better in Lincoln City than the rest of the coast but that's too far north for us. Whaddya think? Thanks in advance!
The medical care is less than you would find in a big city, but overall, not as bad as you are led to believe. Many specialists have abbreviated office hours in Lincoln City or Newport. Both towns have hospitals. Also, there are specialists in Corvallis, Salem, Newberg and Portland. There are family practice practices all over the coast line, including Depoe Bay. Pharmacies in Lincoln City and Newport. There are local fire departments that have EMTs and ambulance services.

The facilities and choices are not as large as big cities, but they are certainly there and it isn't far to a "big enough" hospital/city to get specialized care if needed.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Seniors/retirees .... from your perspective, can you describe what life is like living on the Oregon coast?

What town do you live in? Fulltime or occasionally? How close to the beach are you?

Thanks for any responses

We lived as youngsters, and will be returning to retire shortly, to Depoe Bay. It's between Lincoln City and Newport. Newport has great shopping on the wharf and decent restaurants. Scenery is spectacular, working fishing town, fresh sea food and medical facilities. They have a movie theater, performing arts center, interesting old town shopping (Nye Beach) and nice beaches for picnics, fishing and agate hunting. Nice gold course, lots of fun.

Lincoln City has outlet mall shopping, medical facilities, small theater facility, funky shops, art galleries and a really nice casino.

Depoe Bay is a small fishing village. Tourism is heavy, lots of restaurants, shops and fishing trips offered from several businesses.

Summer weather at the beach is beyond beautiful. If you enjoy fog, you'll get it. Mist to downpours available all winter and the occasional thunder and lightening storm to watch over the ocean.

We will be living a block from the ocean, no beach for most of the town, but access to many within a short distance.

Economy is down, jobs are fairly low pay, but available. Housing is a bit spendy considering the job market/ecomony but some deals are available. Medical clinic in town, hospitals in Newport and Lincoln City.

Many families have been there for generations, but there are lots of "newcomers". Quite a few retirees, but area is very active. Fleet of Flowers, Salmon Bake, Wooden Boat Show, Christmas activities.

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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She warned us not to expect great medical facilities if we moved to the coast. Do you agree with this? It might be better in Lincoln City than the rest of the coast but that's too far north for us. Whaddya think? Thanks in advance!
In general, I would agree with this. You will normally have to travel inland if you need to see a specialist or if you need the services of a trauma 1 medical center. Sometimes specialists from the valley make once-a-week visits to the coast. If you have a medical condition that would make it prudent to have quick access to a major medical center, you would probably want to buy insurance with one of the "life flight" helicopter services that flies patients into hospitals from the coast (this often takes just 30-45 min.).
There is somewhat of a silver lining to the small scale of services on the coast, though. A year ago I started to feel faint and had a friend drive me to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach. The physical plant looked like something out of the 1930's, but the staff was very competent and friendly. I was seen right away. The same thing happened a couple of days later when I happened to be in Medford. I went to the ER at Providence Medical Center. It was architecturally inspiring and everything looked state-of-the-art. But I had to wait 5 hrs. to be seen, and the staff seemed burned out and disinterested in my suffering. Doctors were unable to correctly diagnose my condition at either facility.
There isn't any pat answer to the difference in the state of health care services on the coast vs. the cities. It really depends on your own state of health, what your needs for medical specialists are and what your degree of dependency on medical infrastructure is.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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My neighbor just had knee replacement surgery at the Lincoln City Hospital. He said his care has been outstanding. In Lincoln City, specialists are here at least part-time, so he didn't have to travel anywhere else for full care.
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