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Old 03-07-2012, 06:32 PM
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Hello all - and Aloha,

I really need the help of Oregon residents; I've been to Oregon and simply love it all.

I currently live in Hawaii and have been here since 1978. I wish to move with my husband who will be retiring in a couple of years and I am retired due to disability.

I know many people have asked about moving to the coastal region and I've read thru the responses, however, my reasons are a little different for wanting to move exclusively to the coastal area.

I have multiple sclerosis and days are numbered so to speak. Many people with MS don't do well in hot weather, and Hawaii is absolutely the worst place for me to be as heat/humidty worsen my symptoms. Many people I know who have MS in Hawaii have moved to places like Washington state and Santa Cruz seeking cooler weather.

For starters I have no wish to live in California or Washington (I've lived in both and they're very expensive.)

My husband and I will both be on social security and retired and we have some IRAs to help us get through our last decade. We both love the ocean and wildlife and nature.

Because of the cooler climate, even though MS sometimes flares in cold weather, we feel my health will benefit.

We believe that we will be able to pay cash for a double wide trailer and lot or a pre-fab and lot. (By the way, we're in our 60s).

We prefer a quiet area, but will also need to have access at least within a day trip to Portland, Eugene, or Salem because I'll need a neurologist familiar with MS. I'm willing to make the sacrifice of the long drive as all of the cities near Freeway 5 get too hot for me in the summer.

We also prefer not to be in a logging community because of the big trucks, and would like to be near other people our age, preferably where there is local arts/crafts and an atmosphere of acceptance (I've always found people in Oregon to be very friendly).

I enjoyed Seaside, but feel it's too expensive. Northern coastal Oregon would be nice because it's closer to Portland but I'm open to all possibilities in the coastal area as long as I can get to a big city within a day should I need to see a specialist.

I've read about the Lincoln area, and it sounds positive for retirees because of the hospital, though I have no idea if they have resident specialists. I live on Maui so I'm used to living where only one specialist per medical issue resides.

We're hoping to find a Double-Wide or a Pre-fab & lot that we could pay cash for up to $70K-$80K tops, a little more is possible. Is that at all a reasonable expectation for the coastal area or are we way off base?

We are both able to drive - we just want a beautiful, serene place to spend the golden years - and hopefully fit in well with a new community.

Any and all suggestions welcome - (sorry for the length of this post)!

Thank you! (Mahalo!)

fallen leaf
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:18 PM
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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For what it's worth, I picked Rockaway Beach for a lot of the same reasons (I work in PDX, so I need to stay close enough for the periodic physical commute into the office).

The average age of most folks along this stretch of coast is between mine and yours (I'm in my 40's).

Not sure what you can get for $70k-$80k offhand, though. Avg. pricing around here off-beach hovers between $130k - $180k with frequent spikes above that. Now inside the bays (Nehalem, Tillamook, Bay City, perhaps Garibaldi, Hebo, etc) may find better pricing.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:43 PM
Location: North Carolina
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florence is a really nice area and only about a 45 min drive to eugene for medical but probably out of your price range if you want to be real close to the water. reedsport and north bend are not too bad as well and are quite a bit cheaper but it's about 2 hours to eugene and there both former logging towns. MS is very common in the northwest so you should be able to see a good doc in most medium sized towns like roseburg, eugene, medford and probably even north bend as there is a good sized hospital there although it's been decades since I've been to that part of the country.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by fallen leaf View Post
We're hoping to find a Double-Wide or a Pre-fab & lot that we could pay cash for up to $70K-$80K tops
I think that is going to be your biggest challenge.

You can pretty much live anywhere up or down the coast and be within a days drive to Eugene or Portland.

I am pretty sure there are people who full-time RV on the coast. Or they stay there during the summer and go somewhere else during the winter. Not sure if that's something you would even consider, but it might fit your price range better.

Also, I just googled very quickly for a list of neurologists on the oregon coast and quite a few names opped up... several in Astoria and two in Coos Bay... have you called your insurance to see if they can send you a list? With our insurance we can log on to the website and search the database ourselves... maybe you can do that?
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:09 PM
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Thank you all so much for the information. Especially regarding neurologists - I hadn't thought of contacting my insurance, haggardhouseelf - great idea!

I had found some double wides for sale listed online within my price range - but I realize one has to actually see to know what you'd be getting!!

There is also the possibility of buying a mobile home and renting space in a mobile home park. I don't think we'd be comfortable with an RV at our age, but thanks for the suggestion. Otherwise, will check into other options such as you suggested, Random Walk.

We aren't intending to have beach front property - and were planning to rent for awhile and check out all coastal options - perhaps a retirement community. I do realize that property along 101 is limited, but we are hoping for serendipity. I do realize that in reality we may have a long search ahead of us. If we have to go inland, it would be difficult, but I've dealt with hot summers for over 30 years now - heat is a hardship for people with MS as some of you may know.

Renting is a possibility, but we would really like just a modest little place to call home. It's the beauty of Oregon that we love, and would like to live in a community again (where we are in Hawaii is extremely rural and isolated!).

Thank you again so much. My husband and I will keep searching. Interestingly enough, I just discovered through genealogy research that I have a distant cousin who lives near the Lincoln area. I haven't talked to her yet about suggestions for moving, as we've mostly been trying to figure out how we're related (turned out to be five generations back!), but I'll ask her for ideas as well.

Take care everyone, and any further suggestions are most welcome. Thanks again - Linda
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:55 PM
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Would you be opposed to mountain areas? Higher elevations stay cooler year-round. You will have to deal with snow in the winters. But, even the coast has warmer days (though not as many as the rest of Oregon) and certainly humidity.

The first year we lived in Oregon, we decided on a whim to finally drive out to see Crater Lake.

It was August.

So off we go, in our shorts and sandals... bippity-boppity cruising along to Crater Lake. It was a beautiful clear sky kinda day... bright happy sun...

As we get closer to the park (we're still in our car, mind you, we hadn't left the car since we got into it back in hot summery Eugene...) we start to see patches of snow on the ground.

Huh? It's August? How can there possibly be snow? (I'm from Texas.)

We drive into the park and it's a winter wonderland. Everything is white. A family and their kids are... sledding! We see a guy on snowshoes walking around. I look down at my bare feet with sandals on. My kids are wearing swim shorts (it is a LAKE, you know... in Texas when you go to a LAKE you come prepared for some possible swimming... lol)


As we drove along the road that wraps around the park, we could see where they plowed to clear the road. Snow was several feet thick along the sides of the road. OMG!

It was beautiful, but boy were we freezing cold!! lol

Anyway - I'm just saying... if you really want to be in a colder area all year... you might want to look for higher ground.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:32 PM
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One important thing to remember about most of the Oregon Coast:

The weather can be chilly in the summer, and warm in the winter. Really. Some of the highest temps during the winter are found along the coast, especially the southern coast including Bandon. Some of the lowest temps during the summer are also found here. Might be 90 in the Willamette Valley (Eugene, Albany, etc.) and 55 on the coast. This is typical.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:30 AM
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Hi - appreciate the warning, however my husband and I have lived near the beach since we were six and seven years old.

There are some people who cannot live without the ocean and that is us.

Also, I simply cannot tolerate the heat of inland areas in summer because of my health.

Only time will tell where we are meant to go. It remains my hope that coastal Oregon is a possibility.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:56 AM
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This might interest you:

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Before you buy... you might want to check to see where the nearest sand dunes are. Because evidently, they like to eat houses.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:05 PM
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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I haven't seen any nice homes for sale in your price range. Here are some rentals close to Gold Beach.

Gold Beach, Oregon - News and Visitor Information

Best of Luck to you...

I love the Hawaiian Islands. When i served in the Navy on an LST, we had operations around the islands.

Kauai is my favorite.
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