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Old 05-02-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Hello, and thanks in advance for any information you might give me.

I am a single 66 year old female who will be fully retired by June. Currently still working a few odd hours a week. I live in Northern California. I have always planned on moving into Oregon once I am fully retired. My online research has narrowed my choices down to Silverton and McMinnville, but I am open to other suggestions. (I will admit that for a long time Eureka, CA was also in my possible plans but I am less interested in that town now.)

I will be renting and my retirement income will be very modest. No one wants to live in an unsafe area, and neither do I, obviously.

I drive but at some point down the road, some years from now, I would like to give up my car. I am still active now and in good health but things change. So I am trying to ascertain where will best suit my needs both now and in the future.

As much as I would like to be in a quiet locale I need to consider proximity to grocery stores and medical offices/hospital etc. library, parks and such. I am looking for a community that is not closed to newcomers, especially an older single woman, and a place where I can volunteer and become a part of it.

I love being in nature and if I no longer hike as I once did I still enjoy being on a trail, I just do not go so far nowadays or travel so fast.

I love being near water either rivers or streams, and not too long a drive from the ocean.

I hope to drive up and visit next month and would like to have a clearer sense of where I can be looking beforehand so as to make good use of my time.

Many thanks.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I don't live close to either community but both have excellant reputations. Obviously McMinnville is a shorter drive to the beach.

I would caution you against wanting to live too close to a river (says I who have family members who live on a houseboat ) or wetlands. Small streams don't have flood control. Although you will be renting, and it is unlikely that water will ever get more than knee high, treasured antiques and photos could be damaged.

Did you consider King City? http://www.ci.king-city.or.us/
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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I don't live close to either community but both have excellant reputations. Obviously McMinnville is a shorter drive to the beach.

I would caution you against wanting to live too close to a river (says I who have family members who live on a houseboat ) or wetlands. Small streams don't have flood control. Although you will be renting, and it is unlikely that water will ever get more than knee high, treasured antiques and photos could be damaged.

Did you consider King City? City of King City, Oregon: Home
Thank you for the link. I will read it right now. I do not plan on living so close to running bodies of water that flooding would be a concern every time it rains.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I am not at all concerned about flooding every time it rains. Our highest water levels occur during the 'spring freshet' when there can be significant snow runoff.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Hello Anne66 I too have interest in McMinnville and will gladly share my thoughts about the town after I get back from a trip up there in mid May. I too am looking for a new retirement destination in Oregon.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Both have fair transportation. Silverton from town to Salem, but not so much intercity.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: oregon
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Anne
Your going to like Silverton, it has a good hospital, new senior center, its own herd of black tail deer,
Oregon Gardens to wander threw and more.I live in Salem but spend time volunteering at the gardens.
A call to the Senior Center might answer some of your questions..
Where in NorCal are you coming from?We came up from Fairfield-Suisun 9 years ago and haven't looked back.
Have a safe trip up.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:56 PM
 
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Anne
Your going to like Silverton, it has a good hospital, new senior center, its own herd of black tail deer,
Oregon Gardens to wander threw and more.I live in Salem but spend time volunteering at the gardenstha.
A call to the Senior Center might answer some of your questions..
Where in NorCal are you coming from?We came up from Fairfield-Suisun 9 years ago and haven't looked back.
Have a safe trip up.
Thank you mamh a lovely description. Great idea about calling the Senior center as well. (I live in one of the small Gold Country towns.)
Many thanks to the other posters as well.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I know the most about McMinnville, since I have family in the area. My 92 year old mother just had heart valve replacement surgery, and was in Hillside Village skilled nursing. The care was excellent, the facility was clean, and staffing levels were adequate. I also have a cousin living in the Hillside Manor assisted living facility, which covers many acres of apartments. The facility seems well maintained and well managed. There is a modern medical center and a good staff of specialists, but my mother's heart surgery was performed at St. Vincent's in Portland.

Bus schedules for McMinnville are on line at Yamhill County Transit Area

The coast is just a short trip down Hwy 18 from McMinnville. There are also alternate routes that are a fun drive in themselves. Just west of Carlton (small town north of McMinnville) you can start down the Little Nestucca River to the coast, which is a great drive on a curvy forest road. Plan to average maybe 40 mph.

One advantage of McMinnville is Linfield, a small private university, which contributes a lot of culture to the town. You will find well produced stage plays and concerts throughout the winter, when outdoor activities are not so much fun. Chemeketa Community College also has a satellite campus in McMinnville, which offers quite a few classes of interest to seniors.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Either town is a winner. Of the two McMinnville would be my choice because of Linfield and proximity to the coast.

FYI St. V's is a center of excellence for cardiac surgery.
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