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Old 07-18-2020, 03:24 PM
 
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Oregon is a hunting and fishing state. No matter where you live in Oregon, your neighbors will have guns. There will be someone in your neighborhood who owns ATVs for their kids. That's a weak reason to avoid rural areas. I once had a sweet, gray haired, 80 year old tenant who owned guns and went deer hunting every year. She was proud of her marksmanship, and incidentally, lived in the middle of town.
The issue isn't having someone living nearby who owns a gun. That doesn't scare me. The issue is living next to someone who does shooting/target practice for 3 hours a day. Or near a range where you might hear guns going off all morning.

Similarly, ATVS or motorcycles (dirt bikes) by themselves aren't the issue. The issue is if you have a neighbor with a 10 acre property and their kids are racing around in ATVs all afternoon and all you hear is the sound of their engines.

Right now I live in a development, we have a homeowners and some ordinances. The house behind me however is zoned differently. The guy who lives there has a German Shepherd tied up outside that barks for hours. And every Sunday he's out there with chainsaws because it seems all he does all summer is cut and split firewood. And on the weekend his kids drive ATVs around so all we hear are the engines.

I would rather avoid those things, which are less likely in a development or neighborhood. There's no shooting within city limits normally, in a town like Corvallis.

As far as ATVs, they are great if used properly. The problem is people go out when the ground is wet, they can cause a ton of trail damage- rutting, humps, washboarding etc. And people often drive them where it's not allowed.
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:01 PM
 
Location: WA
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The issue isn't having someone living nearby who owns a gun. That doesn't scare me. The issue is living next to someone who does shooting/target practice for 3 hours a day. Or near a range where you might hear guns going off all morning.

Similarly, ATVS or motorcycles (dirt bikes) by themselves aren't the issue. The issue is if you have a neighbor with a 10 acre property and their kids are racing around in ATVs all afternoon and all you hear is the sound of their engines.

Right now I live in a development, we have a homeowners and some ordinances. The house behind me however is zoned differently. The guy who lives there has a German Shepherd tied up outside that barks for hours. And every Sunday he's out there with chainsaws because it seems all he does all summer is cut and split firewood. And on the weekend his kids drive ATVs around so all we hear are the engines.

I would rather avoid those things, which are less likely in a development or neighborhood. There's no shooting within city limits normally, in a town like Corvallis.

As far as ATVs, they are great if used properly. The problem is people go out when the ground is wet, they can cause a ton of trail damage- rutting, humps, washboarding etc. And people often drive them where it's not allowed.
In the upscale suburbs it's not guns and ATVs and chain saws. It's leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and gas powered string trimmers that I hear every weekend. Plus all the hammering and sawing going on by people who are having their decks re-built and such.

But I take your point. When we lived in Texas we lived next to a rifle range. After a while you don't even hear it anymore but people who come to visit certainly do.
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Old 07-20-2020, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Have you considered the towns of Dallas or Monmouth? Wander north on Highway 99W. Silverfall would be the go-to guy for real estate in the mid-Willamette Valley.
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Old 07-20-2020, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Newport, OR
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Also, check Lebanon or Sweet Home.
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Old 07-20-2020, 09:35 PM
 
Location: WA
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Also, check Lebanon or Sweet Home.
Seriously? Those are even further away from Corvallis and more rural/redneck than Albany.

OP is a highly educated 50-something single who presumably wants a social life in addition to space for the dog. That isn't going to happen in Lebanon or Sweet Home.
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Old 07-21-2020, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Newport, OR
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Lebanon is closer than Dallas or Monmouth and just as secluded. I'm always for small towns and can drive to the cities if I want to be around lots of people. To each his own.
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Lebanon is closer than Dallas or Monmouth and just as secluded. I'm always for small towns and can drive to the cities if I want to be around lots of people. To each his own.
I don't think the OP wants small towns. I think to be helpful we need to try and read about what other people want vs. what we personally like.
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Old 07-21-2020, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Newport, OR
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I don't think the OP wants small towns. I think to be helpful we need to try and read about what other people want vs. what we personally like.
That's true. When I read someone mention Monmouth, I thought I'd mention the others. Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2020, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Monmouth is at least a college town, only 20 miles from Corvallis on 99W. Corvallis would certainly have a larger percentage of educated people, but then you have to deal with the students. As someone pointed out to me once, if you go on a picnic, you have to live with the yellow jackets.
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Old 08-19-2020, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Corvallis
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I assume the OP is in touch with Realtors in Corvallis?
I live in SW Corvallis and 2 older houses on 1/4 acre lots just came up for sale on Whiteside just down the street (Long Ave) from where I live.
A good friend of mine started the Eco Village Co-Housing and I think a unit in there might be for sale.
The Eco Village is close to the paved & dirt trails in Willamette Park.
There is lots of good biking around Corvallis.
I mainly do road biking now and volunteer at the Corvallis Bicycle Collective.
If you move here get in touch and I can show you some good routes.
The Mid Valley Bike Club is also helpful for introducing new folks to this area's biking possibilities.
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