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Old 10-26-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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I would love any information from those of you who have chosen Ashland, Oregon for your retirement home. We have found a house, and probably will be moving in the Spring, and I would like to hear perspectives from recent retirees, pros, cons, any surprises good or bad, etc. Our realtor is fabulous, and says it's the best place she's ever lived, and we're hard pressed to get any negative comments out of her. I know it can't be that perfect!!

Plus, if anyone has found part-time work, where, and was it difficult to come by? I know there's not many employers other than SOU, Shakespeare, the hospital, and retail.

Any input would be great. Thanks!!
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Congratulations on your choice, and on finding a house. Other than the fact that Ashland is pretty upscale, there are no down sides to living there. The town offers plenty for a retired person to do, both the town and the surrounding countryside are gorgeous, and any service or shopping you can't find in Ashland can be found in Medford, just a few miles away.

The town really is that perfect, the down side being that everyone wants to live there, so it is very expensive by Oregon standards. If you have found a house you can afford, you have taken care of 90% of the expense. Congratulations are in order.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:11 PM
 
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Actually, I think the answer is "everyone from California."

Very touristy, love the International Shakespeare Festival they run all through the summer. So if you like Shakespeare or the theatre arts, probably best place in the world to live!

It's also a college town (southern oregon university), albeit much smaller than UO or OSU, so factor those in as well.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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I'd like to hear more from any retirees living in Ashland, as I'm contemplating moving there also.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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I am contemplating a move from California to Ashland, Oregon. I love the upscale, but yet small community atmosphere of Ashalnd. Does Ashland have a gay community for residents? Because Ashland is a locale for college students is this a problem for the residents? Thanks for your input.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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Ashland is PRIMARILY peopled by retiring Californians, I would guess many if not most Ashland posters would be able to give their impressions. I am a midcareer working stiff, but my impression is that it is a great place to retire, safe and nice, and with a lot to do, but pricey. For negatives, jobs are hard to come by and pay is very low.

There is no bad side of Ashland, other than the demographic pressures driven by gentrification. For instance, two of our five schools closed over the last ten years for lack of students due to unaffordable housing for most families. Then, since the few families that move in are wealthy, many of the kids my son's age (7) are in a new private school. Consequently, the town is rapidly greying. It is a bit odd that the town has been so absolutely reshaped by imported wealth, but it is undeniably still a great community with much character and civic engagement in a splendid setting.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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The college isn't really a problem. In fact, there is a program there for adults with various course offerings. The students add their own 'vibe' to what would otherwise be a graying community, with all of us retirees descending on the town from California. It is a charming town overall with the annual Shakespeare Festival being a big draw for people all over the country. My eldest daughter works in a shop downtown and meets shoppers and theater-goers from just about everywhere.
Overall, we are happy here but I miss being closer to the beach so a move in our future wouldn't be out of the question. If not, this is a good place to have landed.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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I am a retiree, but not in Ashland. I'm about 40 miles away, between Medford and Grants Pass. I prefer living in the forest in an area less expensive than Ashland. But I visit Ashland quite often and find it to be a great little town. It is definitely the cultural center of Southern Oregon. The University atmosphere, quaint shops, Shakespeare Festival, Lithia Park, etc., all give it a big city feel without the big city. But then again, what big city has an abundance of deer, and occasional (rare?) visits by bears and mountain lions? Nature is right outside Ashland's door, and often the two intermingle. It's really a lovely town, and although I wouldn't want to live there myself, I'm very thankful it's so close by.

Edit: Just noticed how old this thread is. By now, the OP could probably tell me more about Ashland than I already know.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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Haha! I did not notice that until now.

I was tempted to ask rhetorically, if there was anyone who had NOT retired to Ashland.
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