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Old 12-04-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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My husband and I were in Gold Beach a couple of years ago on vacation and really are considering retiring there. I understand that the economy is really suffering. I know about the shortage of grocery stores and restaurants. I have read the other threads on Gold Beach but still have a couple of questions.

We're from northern Utah. When people ask why in the world we would consider moving to a place that gets so much rain as Oregon, our response is "You don't have to shovel rain". I really don't think that weeks of rainy weather would get me down. I hate heat. I hate snow. All other weather is acceptable. Which means that I'm happy and comfortable in Utah about four weeks out of the year. I don't mind driving to Coos Bay for shopping every couple of weeks. (I mean honestly, where else in the world would a grocery store run be accomplished on a drive as beautiful as that one?) My dream is to sit by a fire with a good book and look out on either the river or the beach. If I never see snow on the ground again, it would be good. It can rain sideways for all I care. We don't eat out much because I love to cook.

So, given all of that... What would the average single family 3 bedroom (for visiting grandchildren) home on the river cost? Are property taxes unusually high? Will two politically liberal non-Mormon ex-pats from Utah be able to make friends with neighbors? Can I grow a vegetable garden?
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:37 AM
 
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Default Consider an alternative to Gold Beach; that is Brookings-Harbor

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My husband and I were in Gold Beach a couple of years ago on vacation and really are considering retiring there. I understand that the economy is really suffering. I know about the shortage of grocery stores and restaurants. I have read the other threads on Gold Beach but still have a couple of questions.

We're from northern Utah. When people ask why in the world we would consider moving to a place that gets so much rain as Oregon, our response is "You don't have to shovel rain". I really don't think that weeks of rainy weather would get me down. I hate heat. I hate snow. All other weather is acceptable. Which means that I'm happy and comfortable in Utah about four weeks out of the year. I don't mind driving to Coos Bay for shopping every couple of weeks. (I mean honestly, where else in the world would a grocery store run be accomplished on a drive as beautiful as that one?) My dream is to sit by a fire with a good book and look out on either the river or the beach. If I never see snow on the ground again, it would be good. It can rain sideways for all I care. We don't eat out much because I love to cook.

So, given all of that... What would the average single family 3 bedroom (for visiting grandchildren) home on the river cost? Are property taxes unusually high? Will two politically liberal non-Mormon ex-pats from Utah be able to make friends with neighbors? Can I grow a vegetable garden?

Have you considered Brookings? It's about 30 miles south of Gold Beach and has more to offer regarding shopping. There is also a river (the Chetco) along with that beautiful ocean. It's warmer (but not hot) in Brookings than anywhere else on the coast becasue of the Chetco (warm air blows down the Chetco from inland) and you can grow more here becasue of it. I grow tomatoes but visit our local farmers market weekly (twice a week from June - Oct) and there is lots of fresh locally grown produce.

I think anyone can make friends, it takes time to be close, but I haven't run in to anyone unfriendly. Check out the local paper here in Brookngs, the Curry Coastal Pilot, check out the Port of Brookings Harbor website, check out the webcam of the port, etc. Brookings is also closer to CA for a different variety of stores and closer to go inland (Medoford/Grants Pass).

As for the rain, it hasn't been weeks and weeks of it here; yes, there has been a lot, Brookings does get more, but it's called the banana belt for a reason. This morning it was sunny, this afternoon there were showers, this evening some harder rain but now it's stopped. My point is it's not gray and cloudy and gloomy here every day like some people would lead you to believe. Farther north, yes, but not here.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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My husband and I were in Gold Beach a couple of years ago on vacation and really are considering retiring there. I understand that the economy is really suffering. I know about the shortage of grocery stores and restaurants. I have read the other threads on Gold Beach but still have a couple of questions.

We're from northern Utah. When people ask why in the world we would consider moving to a place that gets so much rain as Oregon, our response is "You don't have to shovel rain". I really don't think that weeks of rainy weather would get me down. I hate heat. I hate snow. All other weather is acceptable. Which means that I'm happy and comfortable in Utah about four weeks out of the year. I don't mind driving to Coos Bay for shopping every couple of weeks. (I mean honestly, where else in the world would a grocery store run be accomplished on a drive as beautiful as that one?) My dream is to sit by a fire with a good book and look out on either the river or the beach. If I never see snow on the ground again, it would be good. It can rain sideways for all I care. We don't eat out much because I love to cook.

So, given all of that... What would the average single family 3 bedroom (for visiting grandchildren) home on the river cost? Are property taxes unusually high? Will two politically liberal non-Mormon ex-pats from Utah be able to make friends with neighbors? Can I grow a vegetable garden?
You're not allowed to retire out-of-state, little sister. What would I do if I only got to see you maybe once a year?
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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I have not considered Brookings, but I will now. Despite my sister's insistence that I can't leave Utah, I have a feeling that if I found someplace where it didn't snow in winter, she might either follow me, or visit for extended periods (like from November to May). I really don't think I can be 80 and living where I don't see anything green except pine trees for six months out of the year, and where I will be shoveling snow with a cane in one hand.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Some have said that Brookings get's its weather from Sacramento.

Another advantage of Brookings is that it isn't far from Crescent City, CA which might offer additional health care options.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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Default moving to gold beach!

My husband is looking at a job at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, OR.
Does anyone know about the hospital? We are especially concerned that he will get enough hours working there to actually afford to LIVE THERE.
Is funding for the hospital solid?
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Default we are from Utah also

My husband and I are now living in Northern Utah and we're excited to get out of this climate.
My husband is looking at a job at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, OR.
Does anyone know about the hospital? We are especially concerned that he will get enough hours working there to actually afford to LIVE THERE.
Is funding for the hospital solid?
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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UtahRoots, we can so RELATE, my husband and I live in Colorado at 9,000 ft. and our winter is 6 to 8 months long. We're tired of shoveling snow and really miss the ocean and fresh seafood. The highlight of our year is when the hummingbirds return for a few months. My husband is retired and I hope to do the same soon. Would love to live some where that we can grow a garden again. So, we also have been looking at Brookings and Gold Beach area, however we've never been there. So, any info. you can give me would be great. I was born & raised in No. CA and we love the central coast (Monterey area) but we know that we can't afford to live there, therefore we're looking at the No. CA coast & So. OR coast. I hope you find what your looking for...take care
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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Default Gold Beach area

I too live in Monterey and plan to retire in Gold Beach. Been there several times and took time off once to mingle with the locals. It's a nice area. Kinda reminds me of area of PG and Carmel. It is RIGHT on the coast. A lot fo retirees there. The main drag runs along the coast. The further north you go the more open space between coastal towns.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Pretty dang nice weather lately... Google


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