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Old 11-05-2007, 06:27 PM
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My husband just retired and we are trying to decide where to go. We enjoy the Northwest and the Southwest both. One of us is from Washington and the other from Arizona. We will have a very low income and I have serious medical problems so living near a great hospital is important. We don't like the big city but having it within a reasonable drive is ok. I would welcome some ideas about communities that are affordable--more than Seattle or Bellingham. It would be nice to consider buying a starter home as we don't own our own. Also we enjoy nature and camping and it is ultimate that we have this type of recreation available--walking trails or nice scenic places to go. States that I have been to and enjoy are Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Arizona.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:22 PM
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I would suggest the People's Republic of Oregon if you foresee medical problems and want to be able to camp where it is really beautiful.

Medicare seems to fully funded there, unlike many states that are in funding shortfalls.

Think about near Salem or Eugene to be away from the city or Portland to find the best prices. The south is full of California folks and the prices have jumped. Either way, the homes in Oregon are nice and the wonderful camping is always nearby.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:05 PM
Location: Oregon Coast
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I agree. If you could be farther away from a big city then I'd suggest eastern oregon.
The prices for homes are less in most cities in the eastern part of the state. Places like Pendleton.La Grande, and Milton-Freewater would be worth a look. They do have hospitals out there. It will snow during winter but there is plenty of empty land. There are rivers and places to hike.
You may want to check out eastern Washington too.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:20 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by Waterlily View Post
...I'd suggest eastern oregon. ...

You may want to check out eastern Washington too.Waterlily?, Washington
Do your shopping well, limited income might make OR more attractive, but they have a terribly low income tax treshhold. Also consider if you will need VA or Kaiser Med care, - facilities are limited.

NE OR and SE WA have the Blue Mountains and a nice dry climate, just a tad warm in the summer, but cool nights for good sleeping.

Spokane has a med school, and pretty close to recreation. Look into Fairfield, to the SE. Probably lower home prices + a nice supportive community

I'd be sure to visit LaGrande, OR + Walla Walla and Waitsburg, WA and points nearby. Moscow, ID is worth a look too. I like Troy and Kedrick, to the SE of Moscow
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