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Florence Oregon Real Estate

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Whether you choose to purchase Florence, Oregon Real Estate in an active adult community, a golf course or country club community, waterfront living, an Old Town condominium, that combines housing, work, shopping and recreation, or if independent/assisted living or continuing care is needed, we have it all.

For those who crave an active lifestyle, there are two major golf courses in Florence, Oreogn - bike and canoe trails, birding, boating and fishing on 18 lakes, the Siuslaw River and the mighty Pacific, a new Senior Center, a just-expanded library, a Boy's and Girl's Club, bowling alley, dance and live-theater groups, the ukulele club, hot yoga classes, the Elks, Moose, Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimist and much more. The Arts are important to area residents. Cultural organizations and performances include the Florence Last Resort Players, the Community Chorus of Florence Oregon, and the Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble. The Lane County Community College in Florence, Oregon has a Lifelong Learning Center where "mature adults" can take inexpensive classes and trips.

We will provide you with valuable information crucial to making your retirement destination decision. One very important consideration is ‘quality of life.’ With a click of the mouse, you have access to information about the Florence, Oregon Real Estate market and useful information such as climate conditions, cost of living, medical services, property tax rates, area recreation, cultural activities, houses of worship, restaurants, shopping, and much more.

Once you make the decision to retire and relocate to Florence, Oregon - our goal is to make buying your Florence, Oregon Real Estate and relocating a seamless transition. You can search for your dream house through our local Florence area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or request that we do it for you. Let us put our collective real estate experience to work for you. Not only do you benefit from our thorough knowledge of the Florence, Oregon real estate market, but also from our inside knowledge of area neighborhoods. Make use of our relationships with local lenders and other service providers to help meet your individual needs as you relocate to Florence, Oregon. We will counsel and guide you step-by-step through the entire Florence home buying process by providing you with timely and accurate information and advice.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Retirement Lifestyles

Florence, Oregon Real Estate has become a Mecca for retirees who are young-at-heart. Baby Boomers have discovered what the early settlers discovered over 200 years ago - that it is a great place to live. Age-restricted active-adult communities offer a range of services, social events, amenities, and activities to attract and serve residents. After all, 55 is the new 35.

Note: Age-restricted 55+ housing--80% of units must be occupied by at least one-person aged 55 or older per unit. Residents under age 55 may occupy no more than 20% of units. The primary intention of this rule is to prevent the loss of exemption due to situations in which a surviving spouse or heir wishes to occupy the unit.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Gated Communities

The gated communities of Florentine Estates and Greentrees Villagehave much to offer. Amenities include clubhouses featuring card and billiard areas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, computer stations, arts and crafts. Prices in these communities begin at about $80,000 and go up to $400,000.

Developers have recognized the desire of Buyers for security and prestige. In response, Florence, Oregon gated communities have become a popular phenomenon worldwide. Gated communities typically include controlled entrances and usually offer amenities such as country clubs, golf courses, fitness centers, and club activities. Florence has several such communities: Sandpines and Ocean Dunes are both golf course communities with Club Houses. Rhodoview Dunes, Mariner's Village, Shelter Cove, Fawn Ridge, Kla-ha-nee, Southview and South Shore offer a variety of special locations. For example, Rhodoview Dunes and Southview are each located on a ridge where many of the homes have stunning ocean views. Kla-ha-nee homes are ocean front or close to ocean front. South Cove homes are on acre lots, many of them lakefront with their own dock.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Golf Course Country Club

Is golf your obsession? Do you want to step out your back door and onto the course? On the other hand, do you simply enjoy the beauty of manicured fairways and greens? Whatever your tastes, the Florence, Oregon area offers two golf communities with golf to suit any ability amid extraordinary natural beauty. Test your skill on some of the world’s finest courses, Sandpines a Rees Jones designed course and Ocean Dunes Golf Links built by noted architect William Robinson and rated 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Old Town Florence

Living within walking distance of Old Town Florence's famous bridge, it's coffee shops and seafood restaurants, it's gazebo on the river and it's fishing fleet, it's art galleries and live-performance theaters is the dream of many who decide to make Florence, Oregon their home. Whether it's an apartment, a condominium home overlooking the water and the Glenada Dune or a turn of the century bungalow, Old Town has a little bit of everything. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to your childhood years when the family enjoyed going downtown. Leave your car at home and walk to Splash and Bonjour to find that divine little dress, get a lush ice cream cone at BJ's, chow down on Pacific halibut at The Waterfront Depot, catch the Farmer's Market on the Boardwalk, or buy Dungeness crab fresh off the boat. You can do it all within an easy stroll.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Waterfront Communities

Whether you have your own boat or simply want to enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Siuslaw River and Glenada Dune, the Florence area provides easy access to area rivers, lakes and ponds. Florence, Oregon is located on a small bay on the Siuslaw River, about four miles from the Pacific Ocean, as the salmon swims. Do not overlook the beautiful Siltcoos River, which flows into the Pacific from Siltcoos Lake, the largest lake on the Oregon coast. Some of the area's most prestigious properties offer marina facilities, while others have river access and most have lakes or ponds.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Retirement Communities

Should you or your loved ones need independent/assisted living or a continuing care facility, Florence boasts some of the best. Levels of living offered include independent living, assisted living, supportive living, memory-impairment, and skilled nursing facilities. The emphasis is on nurturing and enhancing quality of life through planned programs designed for mental and physical stimulation.

Spruce Point is a senior assisted living and memory care community comprised of 65 assisted living apartments and 25 units for state-of-the-art Alzheimer's Care.

Regency Florence is a 72-bed skilled nursing community. The community provides skilled care, intermediate care, respite care, hospices services. Regency Florence meets the unique needs of residents, addresses family concerns, and helps residents with expedient recovery. Regency Florence respects the dignity of each individual and aims to provide quality of life. Residents can choose between a number of activities each day, including arts and crafts, outings, and other specialized activities that keep residents active.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Places of Interest

Old Town’s Victorian Christmas
Heceta Head Lighthouse
The Old Town Summer Market
Strolling Bay Street from Edwin K. B&B To Bridgeport Market
Seafood at The Waterfront Depot/Bridgewater/Pomodori’s
Waconda Brewery & Wine Bar
Ice Cream at BJ’s Creamery
Munsel Creek Bicycle Trail
Art at Backstreet Gallery
Festival of the Lakes
The Smothers Brothers at
Three Rivers Casino
Harvesting Mussels at North Jetty
Playing links golf at Sandpines CC
Swimming at Coastal Fitness
Bald Eagles Riding the Thermals
Kite Flying on the Beach
The Pioneer Museum Storytellers
A Siuslaw Coffee Roasters Mocha
Belly Dancing Lessons at LCC
The Winter Folk Festival
The Siltcoos River Canoe Trail
Arts & Crafts Festivals at the Florence Events Center
The Florence Boys & Girls Club
Siuslaw River Triathlon
“Coastal Cuisine” Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
Lemon Yellow Gorse in Bloom in February on the Rocks
Dining at King Estate Winery
Eating Sun-warmed Blackberries
Water Skiing on Woahink Lake
Tailgate Parties at Ducks Games
The Skate Park at Miller Park
The Oregon Coast Orchestra
100 year old Rhody Festival
The Siuslaw News
A Night with a Ghost at Heceta Lighthouse B&B
Number 1 Retirement Town in America in 2004
Saturday Old Town Art Walks
The Myrtlewood Factory
Slug Races
Oregon Iris in Spring
Veteran’s Day Parade
Dungeness Crab Any Time
Hiking the Hobbit Trail
Ukelele Concerts
Beading Workshops at Brown Dog
Charter Fishing Tours
Flights Over Florence
Gingerbread House’s Gingerbread
Tubing the Siuslaw River
Hiking to Kentucky Falls
4th of July Fireworks over the Siuslaw River
Massages at Sequoia’s Day Spa
Sunsets over Glenada Dune
Sipping Wine on the Beach in Front of a Blazing Bonfire
The Sea Lion Caves
Walking your Dog on the Beach
Boris Karloff’s Room at the Lighthouse Inn
Art & Funky Clothes at Silver Lining Boutique
Salmon Runs on the Siuslaw River
Riding the Oregon Dunes in a Big Dune Buggy
Purple Pelican Antique Mall
Darlingtonia State Natural Site’s  Cobra Lilies
Chowder, Blues & Brews Festival
The Sand Master Jam
Pick-your-own Blueberries
Agate Hunts at Strawberry Hill
The Conde McCullough Bridge over The Siuslaw River
Treasure Hunting at three Thrift Stores
Pitch and Putt Carpet Golf
Horseback Riding on the Beach
Digging Clams at Low Tide
Plays at the Florence Playhouse
Sitting by the Dock on the Bay
Hot Yoga in Old Town
The Flotones
Dancing to Curtis Delgado at Travelers Cove
Crabbing on the South Jetty Pier
Rods ‘N Rhodies Car Show
The Market on the Boardwalk
Port of Siuslaw RV Park
Driftwood Shores Resort
Whale Watching at Cape Perpetua
Craves Fine Dining
The Siuslaw Public Library
Trillium drifts on the Pioneer Trail
Orange crawdads up River
Florence Humane Society’s Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser
Spotting Sea Stars and Anemone in a Tidal Pool
Antiquing in the Antique District

Florence Real Estate ∙ Taxes

According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group, Oregon ranked 39th among the 50 states in state tax collections per capita for fiscal year 2007, the latest year for which rankings were available.

Furthermore, Lane County in which Florence, Oregon is located, ranked 329th out of 783 counties in the U.S. in property taxes paid on owner-occupied housing for the period 2005-2008.

The State of Oregon received $.93 of federal spending for each dollar of tax paid in 2005 the latest year for which data were available, a ranking of 36 among the 50 states. The State of Washington ranked 38th. California ranked 43rd.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Top Place to Retire

HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 1, 2004--Florence, Oregon is America's top place to retire, according to the completely revised and updated 2004 edition of Retirement Places Rated (R) (Wiley, Inc., ISBN: 0-7645-4438-1; September 2004; 352 pages; $23.99).  This long-awaited update of the #1 book on retirement reflects the concerns and priorities of the boomer generation as they leave the workforce and relocate to communities across America.

Author and retirement expert David Savageau based his rankings on exhaustive research and analysis, as well as his travels.  The top ten cities are:

Florence, Oregon
Scottsdale, Arizona
Charleston, South Carolina
Melbourne-Palm Bay, Florida
North County San Diego, California
Tucson, Arizona
Medford-Ashland, Oregon
Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fayetteville, Arkansas

A total of nineteen places have been added to the list, including Cedar City, UT; Las Vegas, NM and Chestertown, MD.  Returning after a long absence are Burlington, VT; Chewelah, WA; Flagstaff, AZ; Fort Royal, VA and Key West, FL.

The book picks out 203 retirement destinations across the U.S., based on safety, affordability, age-based demographic trends, population size and natural resources, then rates and ranks them according to six major factors - ambience, cost of living, climate, personal safety, services, and the economy (especially important to seniors who plan to work during their retirement).

Boomers today seem to have different priorities and to place less importance on a mild climate and traditional leisure activities - like golf and shopping - and more on a community's ambience and cultural authenticity.  Many in this generation plan to continue working part- or full-time during their retirement, making a strong local economy more important than ever.

Not every highly-rated destination will appeal to every potential retiree, so Retirement Places Rated(R) offers more than numbers.  The book begins with a list of 45 questions, which help readers identify the factors most important to them.  Then it explains those factors in six in-depth chapters:

Ambience takes into account historic architecture, access to beaches, lakes and rivers, scenic and recreation areas, quality restaurants, and cultural amenities.

Cost of Living quantifies typical expenses for big items such as housing, utilities, food, transportation, and health care.  This chapter also looks at how local taxes affect retirement income.

Climate rates the comfort of each location, taking wind chill into account in the winter, measuring humidity in the summer, looking at year-round psychological factors such as cloud cover, rain, and fog, and warning about hazards such as snow, ice, high winds and thunderstorms.

Personal Safety measures annual violence and property crime statistics for each location, as well as the latest 5-year trends.

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