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Old 11-14-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: La Pine Oregon
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I am moving to Bend in the spring. We came in the summer and liked it allot. The rentals in the outlying areas being about half the price we pay here helped us decide. Does anyone know about good gym or fitness clubs in the area, also affordable karate/dance/gymnastic classes for small children? Are the schools in Bend/Redmond good? What about the night life clubs and such? Also after I am settled I plan on looking for a job at a nursing home, any ideas on what ones are good.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Bend Oregon
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I am moving to Bend in the spring. We came in the summer and liked it allot. The rentals in the outlying areas being about half the price we pay here helped us decide. Does anyone know about good gym or fitness clubs in the area, also affordable karate/dance/gymnastic classes for small children? Are the schools in Bend/Redmond good? What about the night life clubs and such? Also after I am settled I plan on looking for a job at a nursing home, any ideas on what ones are good.
Rentals are still a bargain but rental fees will continue going upward the longer the housing crisis continues. There are several fitness clubs in Bend - you'll need to shop around to find the one that works best for you. That being said, Bend Parks & Recreation has wonderful fitness programs that are very reasonably priced for residents (including kids) so you should check then out before buying a membership somewhere. There are also private classes for kids in various studios. Bend and Redmond have different school systems, with Bend overall superior to Redmond. West side Bend's schools generally perform better than east side Bend schools. Someone else will need to address nightlife - there is some but this is a small town - don't expect big city nightlife here. There is one nursing home in Bend, called Harmony House. It's going to build a new facility some time in the next year or two. Right now they are in an old building but the management is great as is the nursing staff (I have volunteered there). There are several assisted living and alzheimer care facilities in Bend, most of them on the east side of town close to the medical facilities. The nicest and most expensive is Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor (SW Bend). There are also some companies that provide in-home nursing care. If you are a CNA, the wages will be low.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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If your success in Bend will depend upon your getting a job at an assisted care or nursing home, I suggest you contact them before you move to determine if they have any openings. That way you will have an idea of whether or not anything is available.

Here's a website that may help.

Nursing homes in Bend, OR - Free Ratings & Reports
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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I hear from a lot of people that move here before they find work and realize that it is harder to land that job than they think. I would suggest securing a job before you move. I am one of the lucky ones that found a job before I moved into the area but i have heard the saying that bend is "broke with a view" before.

Night life is nothing like a bigger metro, but I found it to be pretty decent. What is your definition of 'night life'?? Bend is a small/medium size town that is pretty isolated to bigger metro areas such as Portland, Boise and Seattle, but you still have plenty of cultural, dining, and alcohol options. The independent music scene here is picking up steam and is pretty known. Between the breweries, restaurants, music and a handful of events…bend has its own identity of nightlife.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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West side Bend's schools generally perform better than east side Bend schools.
Hard to believe this opinion since the "East Side" High School, Mountain View High School is ranked as one of the top 5 High Schools in the entire state (including private schools).
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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Jayleen,

Those are all good questions when it comes to moving to a new community. In terms of gyms in Bend, the largest and most popular is probably the Athletic Club of Bend (ACB). They offer just about everything and cater to families pretty well I think. Where are you planning on living? That may help you decide, because most members are on the westside (where ACB is). They do offer karate classes, but not sure about dance. I'm sure there are dance-focused organizations you can find. Schools are comparable to the national average - overcrowded and underfunded. There is a private elementary and middle school, but no private high school. If you are looking for the best education, Summit High School, located on the westside, is your best bet. Nice facilities that attract the best teachers in the area. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:12 AM
 
Location: relocating
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Default Bend And Tellecommuters ???

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I hear from a lot of people that move here before they find work and realize that it is harder to land that job than they think. I would suggest securing a job before you move. I am one of the lucky ones that found a job before I moved into the area but i have heard the saying that bend is "broke with a view" before.
Very interesting although I am very sorry to hear this and sympathetic, since I am also hearing this from Bend's competitors. Did you know that Bend's twin city - Flagstaff, Arizona - their nicknames are "Poverty with a View," and "Ghetto in the Meadow?" Both cities are almost identical in terms of the terrain, scenery, isolation, and vegetation although Bend WAS once more pro-growth than Flagstaff until recent years.

In terms of jobs, what's the Tellecommuting situation in Bend? How many people tellecommute to larger cities such as Denver, Salt Lake, and San Francisco? Who is your Internet provider? Tellecomunications is the future, and I believe will be the solution as highly educated people EXIT the overcrowded metros.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Telecommute the grocery store and gas station over to your house. Zipcar won't work in Bend.
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