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Old 08-24-2011, 11:10 AM
Location: Victoria Woods, CA
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Hello Oregonites from a couple of Arizonians! I know you will boast how lovely your weather is compared to ours and with good reason as we may reach 114 today, but how is your weather throughout the year? Do you get snow in Coos Bay? We currently live in Fountain Hills, which is beautiful, but considering the NW. We love being near and seeing nature (that's why we are currently drawn to the bay area), humane animal treatment, good neighborhoods and a friendly community in general. Is there a Home Depot, shopping malls, etc. within a 20-30 minute drive from Coos Bay? Thanks to all in advance who may respond.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:25 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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I would go so far as to say it's probably the worst place you can move to in Oregon.

It has the highest unemployment rates in the state. Also among the highest drug use in the state. Coos Bay's economy has been hit hard again and again and again over the years and never has a chance to recover from the last recession before it's hit again. Coos Bay's biggest export is kids growing up and getting the &#$@()*^#@*!&^ away.

Coos Bay rarely gets snow. I've seen it there once, maybe twice, in thirty years, and that melted off within hours.

There is lots of "nature" in Coos Bay. But it's just something that is there, nobody really cares or thinks twice about it. No hiking trails or mountain biking trails. There are a few camping grounds around, but are not terribly interesting. The beach isn't warm enough to lay out on or go swimming. Fishing is kind of hard because most of the roads up into the National Forest are on private lands, and there aren't a lot of lakes with fish anyways. You end up going a ways north for that. The other option is dune buggy fun in the Sand Dunes north of town.

The "Dead Zone" off the Oregon Coast has heavily effected Deep Sea fishing Tourism in addition to the those who relied on it economically. This was before the current economic recession, before that it was the fourth major down turn in the lumber industry.

The community is friendly in general, but the neighborhoods aren't that great. This is bottom of the economic barrel Oregon. You'd be hard pressed to find worse even on one of the Indian Reservations. A lot of people live nearby on rural farms and make ends meet with a few head of livestock and personal gardens. Hunting and fishing are necessities to make ends meet and not recreational.

There is a Home Depot in North Bend (which is effectively the same City as Coos Bay, I doubt that the two towns have had a difference in opinion about anything since they both incorporated) There is one shopping mall that barely registers as such, it's a medium sized strip mall by todays standards. Your next nearest mall is East in Roseburg about an hour away. The area is pretty much cut off from the rest of Oregon. There is one highway north (101 on the coast,) or you have to head east to Roseburg. South is just miles and miles of farms, forests, and small towns well into California.

I have family in Coos Bay. I love the area, and would live there in a heart beat if there was a job for me. But the pace is very, very, very slow. Friday nights are stay at home and watch TV or read a book. That is if you can afford a TV or a book. Or you head over to the Casino and spend your SS check on the slots.

The town is a great place to visit and "get away from it all," but I highly recommend against anyone moving there. Don't go expecting to find a cute little downtown area packed with shopping and dining options. You're going to go for the views of the ocean crashing against majestic cliffs, or to watch a Winter Storm coming in from the ocean (HIGHLY recommend everyone do that once.)

If you're dead set on that entire area, at least look further South at Brookings or North to Florence. Both towns are larger and not so isolated, with a lot more amenities and better economies.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:39 PM
Location: Oregon Coast
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There is no Home Depot in North Bend. Roseburg is the nearest.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:55 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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Originally Posted by seashelly View Post
There is no Home Depot in North Bend. Roseburg is the nearest.
You're right! It looks like the Tribes didn't like the Home Depot and axed it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:03 PM
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The initial response is somewhat alarming. I was considering a move to Coos Bay, but after reading that post by hammellr I am concerned that Coos Bay is not a good place to bring 11 and 13 year old boys.

How bad IS the drug problem, and, what drugs?

Are the schools OK, or are they falling apart?

Any and all additional feedback about Coos Bay including web sites with statistics would be helpful.

TheShooter "Jim"
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:27 PM
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My brother is thinking, SERIOUSLY, of moving up there - this neighborhood (robeson drive, Coos Bay, OR - Google Maps - this is a Google map link)

He's supposedly got a guy who owns 3 acres and is looking for a caretaker to live on the property, long term. Supposed to be on corner of Grinnell and Robeson. The guy's older brother died last month and supposedly left him the property - it all sounds VERY sketchy...

He's got two boys, 11 & 13, both troubled. I am terrified that the boys will be heading into a severely depressed town with no support in the schools to help them along. MY brother is a disabled vet on a fixed income, so the "free rent" is appealing to him, but the place is supposed to be very small.

Is that a good area? From the Google satellite views, it looks kinda rundown, trailer park area.

I am very concerned for him and his boys.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:50 PM
Location: Victoria Woods, CA
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Arrow Read previous posts also, theshooter.

I really appreciated the posting from hamellr because it was very informative. I searched 'coos bay, or' on the forum search and started going thru old postings from like 2008-present. From the postings, 2008 still wasn't too bad but by last year things got tough for alot of people and your neighbors may not be the best. As for schooling, I would not want my nephews to have to try to get a good education there--pretty slim chance, I believe. I think one poster hit the nail on the head in an old thread that said nobody moves to Coos Bay except a few retirees and a writer from time to time and the kids that can move away for an education, do so. It's good that you research for your brother and help him out--best of luck to find him a good safe place to raise his children.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:09 PM
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Thanks GreatDay - I am trying to be supportive of this idea of his - who wouldn't be tempted by living rent free for 5+ years, but I just don't know if it is legit...

In any case, it's good to have a place like this where I can find out some info for him.

Thanks to all so far!!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 AM
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There are a number of considerations in making a move from AZ to OR. First of all, I would leave Arizona to move to anywhere, even Kazahkstan or Calcutta, especially if I had two adolescent children. Arizona is just not the place to be raising children these days; there's too much hate in the air, too much loony politics. The laws are constructed for the benefit of the state's iconic resident: a 67-year-old in a golf cart. And from time to time AZ elects leaders who are completely insane. Ecch.

As far as Coos Bay itself goes, yes, the economy there is in the tank and will probably stay there. But that's true for the rest of Oregon as well. Coos Bay is a bit worse, though, because it's a resource-based economy there and the two major industries--fishing and logging--have depleted those resources so drastically that there aren't enough left to sustain jobs (local goobers, of course, blame the environmentalists for the fact that when you cut down all the trees, there aren't any more trees to cut down).

Crime, drug use, etc. are more symptomatic of the economic times than anything else; in other words, there's nothing about Coos Bay that makes it a meth-head's paradise or anything like that. In any case, there's more crime and drugs in any single square mile of, say, L.A. than in Coos Bay. It only suffers by comparison with the (relatively) more prosperous parts of Oregon.

As far as natural surroundings go, the Coos Bay Area is kind of a dump compared to the rest of the Oregon Coast, but you are near some really nice areas. Just keep in mind that you aren't all that close to the beach, if that's your thing. The town itself is pretty run-down and workaday, with surprisingly little shopping (and a big ol' casino smack dab on the waterfront, where they charge $26.95 for the dinner buffet and deal $25 blackjack; clearly, not meant to attract the locals).

Coos Bay may be specific to your plans, but if I were moving to the Oregon Coast, it would be the absolute last place I would pick. I find the whole area depressing.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:43 AM
Location: Oregon
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oh come on, think positive you guys! for 2 young teen boys? get into the beach dunes , dunebuggys, horses, camping, whatever. That and the tall forestlands on the way, are all I can remember about coos bay. The hugest beach dunes in Oregon. we rode horses on them endlessly after camping nearby. never met any druggies or trouble at all. it was brief but beautiful and I would just keep my kids busy if I raised them down there.

coos bay, dunes - Google Search

how's about a few videos???? http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...bay+dunes&aq=f
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