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Old 06-01-2021, 10:20 PM
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I've been on this wonderful and informative forum a few times. I've been contemplating a move from San Diego to Ashland for the past several years but haven't made the decision yet........

I'm one of those types of people who has a decent amount of savings and social security income but not enough to buy a house.....or at least anything over $300K. I am single so I don't mind living in an apartment and living a simple life. I've noticed there are some senior income restricted apartments (can't make more than $41K) such as the Ashley apartments that are very affordable (around $700 a month).

I was wondering if anyone knows someone who lives in the Ashley apartments or any other similar residential housing for seniors? Just looking for some feedback to the pros and cons of living in these types of apartments. I'm also open to renting a guest house or condo but I've noticed that decent rentals are scarce and I'd probably have to pay from $1K to 1.5K a month for something that is not targeted for seniors. It's not that I can't afford to pay more but I'd be living more comfortably if I kept my rent below $1K.

Then I could join the tennis club in Ashland and buy an electric bike

Also, I don't mind being on the south end of town as it's located close to the Market of Choice. Not that I don't like the co-op but it gets pretty crowded downtown.

I've put myself on the waiting list at Ashley......might be six months to a year wait but that's okay with me.
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Old Yesterday, 09:04 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Ashland is not the most expensive place in Oregon but it make s the top 2-3. That makes it an odd choice for a person with limited income.
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Old Yesterday, 10:53 AM
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I am fully aware of the cost of living in Ashland......thanks for pointing that out. I have family in other areas of Oregon (mainly Eugene) and would like to live closer to them yet not in their backyard..... I'm also drawn to Ashland for its small town atmosphere and close proximity to nature. The cost of living where I live now is much higher than in Ashland but I"m not moving for that reason although it will certainly help. Like I said before, I live a simple life, rarely drive my car (which is paid off), have zero debt, decent amount of savings, don't plan on buying real estate therefore I'll have no property taxes; in fact my rent will probably be less than what people pay for their property taxes.

The purpose of my question was to ask if someone knew anything about the Ashley apartments or other senior apartments in the area (I might be willing to live in Talent but not Medford). There are hardly any reviews on the internet so I'm reaching out to others who might have some feedback.
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Old Yesterday, 11:29 AM
 
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I don't know anything about the Ashley apartments, but I lived in Ashland for 20 years (moved away in 2019) and totally endorse your plan! It's a superb little town. If you can get an apartment or other dwelling that fits your budget, it's a perfect place to retire. Talent's nice, but I bet you'd regret not holding out for Ashland.
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Old Yesterday, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for your kind reply Jessie and endorsing my plan. It's always nice to gain a vote of confidence when one contemplates a big move.

Yes, I'm 99% sure I'll stay in Ashland.

I also follow a spiritual path that has quite a few members in Ashland for being such a small town, so I'll most likely settle there.

I hope you are happy in your new surroundings.
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Old Today, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I've been on this wonderful and informative forum a few times. I've been contemplating a move from San Diego to Ashland for the past several years but haven't made the decision yet........

I'm one of those types of people who has a decent amount of savings and social security income but not enough to buy a house.....or at least anything over $300K. I am single so I don't mind living in an apartment and living a simple life. I've noticed there are some senior income restricted apartments (can't make more than $41K) such as the Ashley apartments that are very affordable (around $700 a month).

I was wondering if anyone knows someone who lives in the Ashley apartments or any other similar residential housing for seniors? Just looking for some feedback to the pros and cons of living in these types of apartments. I'm also open to renting a guest house or condo but I've noticed that decent rentals are scarce and I'd probably have to pay from $1K to 1.5K a month for something that is not targeted for seniors. It's not that I can't afford to pay more but I'd be living more comfortably if I kept my rent below $1K.

Then I could join the tennis club in Ashland and buy an electric bike

Also, I don't mind being on the south end of town as it's located close to the Market of Choice. Not that I don't like the co-op but it gets pretty crowded downtown.

I've put myself on the waiting list at Ashley......might be six months to a year wait but that's okay with me.
Jackson County has been hit hard by a major disaster. Currently 2,500 people in Southern Oregon are homeless or living in FEMA trailers. Those people will be ahead of you for any housing that becomes available. You absolutely, positively, will not be able to rent an apartment in Ashland at any price for the foreseeable future. Unless you want to be homeless living on the street or in a vehicle, stay in San Diego.

Southern Oregon families displaced by wildfires get temporary housing, hope - oregonlive.com
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Old Today, 02:26 AM
 
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The complex the OP is interested in is income-restricted senior citizen housing. He'll be on a waitlist, which he already knows, he'll only be competing with very few, if any, of those who lost homes after last year's fire in Talent.

Ashland is on the top of my current short list, OP. I rented an Airbnb for a couple of weeks later on this summer, and I noticed something interesting while I was looking at different temporary rentals — a lot of them have a minimum stay of 30 days, and some of the prices were somewhat reasonable. Might be an idea while you're waiting on the Ashely complex to have something.
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Old Today, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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The complex the OP is interested in is income-restricted senior citizen housing. He'll be on a waitlist, which he already knows, he'll only be competing with very few, if any, of those who lost homes after last year's fire in Talent.

Ashland is on the top of my current short list, OP. I rented an Airbnb for a couple of weeks later on this summer, and I noticed something interesting while I was looking at different temporary rentals — a lot of them have a minimum stay of 30 days, and some of the prices were somewhat reasonable. Might be an idea while you're waiting on the Ashely complex to have something.
In the OPs budget of less then $1,000 a month? I'm not sure why you think that senior citizens would not be impacted by the fires. I know people who have lived in Medford for decades because they have never been able to rent a place in Ashland. I can not imagine why the situation is not 1000 times worse now. The complex the OP wants to rent in is only 40 units, and only half of the units are subsidized. The non-subsidized units would not be in their price range. So the OP is shooting to get into one of 20 units, in the middle of a disaster area, with thousands of people in need of housing. The OP would have a better chance of winning the lottery and getting rich, then getting into one of those apartments.
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Old Today, 09:42 AM
 
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OP. Reading the messages above I'd suggest you call the Ashley apartments and see how long their waiting list is. If it is only 20 rent restricted apartments and the list is dozens long, then you pretty much can tell how long your wait will be.
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Old Today, 09:57 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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.........income restricted apartments ........

So what I am hearing you say is that you want to move into Oregon, into one of the most expensive towns, and only the most expensive town is good enough for you, and you expect the taxpayers of Oregon to pick up a large chunk of your housing costs.


Am I hearing that correctly?
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