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Old 05-18-2020, 02:39 PM
 
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"...tropical breezes and desert landscape." -- Hi! Curious what state you ended up in, because desert landscapes and tropical breezes don't usually go hand in hand because of the difference in humidity. I'd love a place like that. Thanks!
That poster's posting history indicates they are in the Phoenix Metro... not sure what they mean by "tropical breezes" as I doubt those exist there, unless they are referring to the short commute from AZ down to Baja California in Mexico which might have tropical "ish" breezes.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:16 AM
 
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"...tropical breezes and desert landscape." -- Hi! Curious what state you ended up in, because desert landscapes and tropical breezes don't usually go hand in hand because of the difference in humidity. I'd love a place like that. Thanks!
I moved to the far East side of the Phoenix Valley. A bit higher than Phoenix, a bit cooler and and with more afternoon rain showers in the summer time.
I suppose the phrase "tropical breezes" might not be accurate for some as this is a high sanoran desert, it feels tropical to me in many ways.
I don't regret my time in Oregon but I've been here in the desert almost 9 years now and I am extremely happy here. I can't imagine living any where else. I think I'll be here until I die.
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Florence, OR
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My husband and I retired and moved to Florence 1.5 years ago and love it. We are in Heceta Beach area, just outside the city limits on the north end. Florence weather is mild, not usually too hot and not usually too cold. When it is 98 in Grants Pass it is 70 in Florence. Yes, it rains. However, most days there are breaks where the sun comes out and I am able to take the dog for a walk. You do have to skip going to the beach when it is windy. I have found plenty of days for a pleasant 3 mile walk on the beach with my dog. There are people there but not a problem social distancing. If you like warm/hot sunny days, you won't like Florence. I have found that the sun comes out a lot more than I expected. Plenty of sun for me. Also, some areas of Florence are a lot windier than others, like Fred Meyer store, probably where trees were removed. I would think the golf course areas would be really windy. Beach area where I live has ocean woodlands that acts as a barrier.

I suggest checking out the Siuslaw News. It covers all the events and archives articles that are available. You can't compare it to city life but it offers a lot for a town of 8800 people. Outlying areas probably increase it another 8000.

There is the most charming movie theater that offers a large variety of movies, including current main stream movies, documentaries and cultural and art movies. They also have the best popcorn, offer a variety of drinks including beer and wine, and have a nice lounge area with tables and chairs. Never crowded, people are polite and no one sits right in front of others. You can park right in front of the theater, something I find amazing.

If you like outdoor activities, hiking and scenery, Florence is great. Lots of wildlife, bear, cougar, bobcat, coyote, etc. I even saw a Fisher on my property. There are groups you can join that offer activities like birdwatching, hiking, etc.

Homeless and drug issues are nothing compared to where I lived in the Bay Area of CA. It seems to be isolated to the south part of town. I did rent in that area while looking for a home to buy and really did not find it a problem. It depends on your tolerance level. I never saw anyone misbehave.

Old Town is wonderful. Right on the river and offers good restaurants and shops.

I have found medical surprisingly good. Peacehealth offers good services and are connected with Eugene/Springfield. Although your primary will be a Physician Assistant, you are also assigned a specialist if you have a particular health issue like a cardiologist. The equipment for testing was better than Kaiser in CA. I was very impressed. There are enough good dentists in town and not hard to get in in a timely manner.

One thing I don't like is how hard it is to get vendors to do house and garden maintenance. We bought a fixer upper and had a hard time finding reliable vendors. Eventually, I was able to find good ones.

My biggest complaint is the lack of veterinarians. One isn't taking new clients and the only other one it takes 3 weeks to get an appointment. There are two options, one in Reedsport and another in Veneta, a 30 minute and 1 hour drive for me.

Shopping is adequate. You can get anything in Eugene/Springfield or Amazon. Delivery is great here.

When I was looking to buy I took the time to check out every area. I also checked out outside the city limits in the lake and beach areas where lots are bigger with more natural habitat and seclusion, yet still just minutes to town. Very few rentals available, I was very lucky to get one right away. And lucky I found the right property to buy. You have to be patient.

Eugene Airport is easy to get to, easy in and out, not crowded. I would pay more to have the convenience if the flight is available. Portland is 3 hours away.

Florence is a mainly a retirement community that is composed of people from all over, although, overwhelmingly white America. I do miss the diversity of the Bay Area in CA. Lots of churches. Politically, there is diversity with both conservatives and liberals.
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Old 06-26-2020, 05:21 PM
 
Location: WA
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My husband and I retired and moved to Florence 1.5 years ago and love it. We are in Heceta Beach area, just outside the city limits on the north end. Florence weather is mild, not usually too hot and not usually too cold. When it is 98 in Grants Pass it is 70 in Florence. Yes, it rains. However, most days there are breaks where the sun comes out and I am able to take the dog for a walk. You do have to skip going to the beach when it is windy. I have found plenty of days for a pleasant 3 mile walk on the beach with my dog. There are people there but not a problem social distancing. If you like warm/hot sunny days, you won't like Florence. I have found that the sun comes out a lot more than I expected. Plenty of sun for me. Also, some areas of Florence are a lot windier than others, like Fred Meyer store, probably where trees were removed. I would think the golf course areas would be really windy. Beach area where I live has ocean woodlands that acts as a barrier.
It's like where I live now at the edge of the Columbia River gorge.

The rule I've found to be universally applicable is that views equal wind. If the wind can see you then it can find you. We live backed up to a greenbelt with tall maple trees behind us. When I walk the dog in the winter and get to the wealthier neighborhood above us on the top of the hill with all the expensive views I get pelted with wind. The difference within one block is night and day. Those gorgeous views of Mt. Hood and the city lights come at a cost.

I think it is the very same along the ocean. If you are on a bluff with 270 degree views of the ocean then there is nothing between you and every single storm or westerly breeze coming off the Pacific. Cutting down all those trees for the views comes with a price.
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Old 08-15-2020, 03:40 PM
 
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Perfect day in Florence today. Low 80s and a slight breeze. Overall, though, I think it's been windier than usual this year — wind blew down my greenhouse last month.
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Old 08-16-2020, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Florence, OR
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I agree, Metlakatia. It has been much windier this year than last year, my only comparison since we are fairly new here. I had heard about the July winds. It continued in August. Mornings are nice with wind picking up in the afternoon.

Yesterday it was 114 in the Grants Pass area and low 80's here in Florence. While everyone else is suffering in this heat, I feel like I am living in paradise!
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Old 08-16-2020, 03:51 PM
 
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Old Town is wonderful. Right on the river and offers good restaurants and shops.
The thing I like most about Old Town is that it's not just for the tourists. Some out-of-town guests were surprised that we needed reservations on a rainy Monday night in February for the Waterfront, but we got the last table. Everyone there was a local. I was taking glass classes pre-pandemic, but...

I work remote, so I just stay under my rock and get Instacart anymore.

I'm trying to resume walking on the beach, so if you see someone with a standard white American Eskimo, that might be me.
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Old 08-16-2020, 04:39 PM
 
Location: the Gorge
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I used to own an Eskimo and an Eskie mix; they were wonderful dogs and I miss them very much.

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I agree, Metlakatia. It has been much windier this year than last year, my only comparison since we are fairly new here. I had heard about the July winds. It continued in August. Mornings are nice with wind picking up in the afternoon.

Yesterday it was 114 in the Grants Pass area and low 80's here in Florence. While everyone else is suffering in this heat, I feel like I am living in paradise!
we are having a streak of over 100 days and low 80s sound like heaven.
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Old 08-16-2020, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Eh, because my sister lives there.....
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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A little bit south of Florence, this is the first Summer weather we have had this year. It's been mostly cloudy and cool. This weekend I turned on my AC unit for the first time this year. A few days ago I was actually running the heat in my apartment. This is the first time we got over 80 this year. Hell, it's the first time we even got over 71.
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