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Old 09-06-2020, 03:45 PM
 
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I know I'm late to the conversation, but I'll be making similar considerations when I retire in about 10 years. While either Corvallis or Eugene are great options I favor Corvallis. While Eugene is nice since it's in the I-5 corridor it seems a little less unique and busier. Corvallis is also nearer coastal mountains so it's more scenic.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL
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I too am late to the conversation, but for future readers I'll add a few things. Philomath used to be a rural timber town, but now it's a bedroom community for Corvallis. (I lived there until about 10 months ago.) To the far west side there are some fancy houses with big lots, as well as rural homes with acreage. Philomath is 10-25 minutes closer to the coast than Corvallis is.

Bend is not 1 hour from Corvallis. The drive takes longer because part of the route is mountain driving, one lane each way for a lot of it. During the winter there are periods of time when the mountain passes are closed between Bend and the Willamette Valley (Sweet Home, Lebanon, Albany, Corvallis, etc.).

Albany is denser than Corvallis and not an attractive city, except for the historic part of downtown and some parks.

North Albany is not really a city. It's more like a neighborhood that has a shopping center. Residents pay taxes to Benton County instead of Linn County.

Monmouth is home to a small, sweet university. But it's a small town. I wouldn't recommend it to a divorced person seeking a social life. The north part of Corvallis is 30 minutes away but on a state highway with one lane in each direction. During peak hours it can be slow going. And at population 57,000 or so, Corvallis itself is a small city, it's not like it has endless opportunities for socializing.

Having kids going to school in a place is not sufficient reason to relocate there IMO. Even so, the Valley is a wonderful place to live. The cost of living anywhere Eugene to Portland continues to go up fast.
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