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Florence Oregon Real Estate

Florence Real Estate

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Florence, Oregon is a small, idyllic town on the central Oregon Coast. With a rich history, one tradition claims the city was named for State Senator A.B Florence, who represented Lane County from 1858-1860. Another is that Florence was named for a French vessel that shipwrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on February 17, 1875.

Florence, Oregon is a town with many faces – it is a beach town, a harbor town, a forest town, a river town, a lake town, a retirement town, a town for young people, a commercial center, a civic-minded town, a literary town, a cultured town, a vacation town, a hometown.

According to Robert Powell of Market Watch, Florence gets "high marks for ambiance: There are massive dunes to hike, sea lions to watch, lighthouses to photograph, golf courses to blaze and mushrooms to hunt. Plus, there’s Old Town, which features art galleries and antique stores." With its pleasing climate, excellent schools, numerous recreational activities, diverse economy, rising incomes, and safe, small-town atmosphere, Florence is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

If this sounds intriguing to you and we don’t satisfy your curiosity here, give us a call. Do you want more specific information, like how to find the best bass fishing hole, great live music or local theatre productions? We have answers for you.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Location

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Florence is located along U.S. Highway 101 at the mouth of the Siuslaw River and is popular for its lush green forests, lakes, river, and beautiful dramatic coastlines. Florence is also accessible via Oregon Highway 126, which runs through the Willamette Valley from Interstate 5 at Eugene, then along the Siuslaw River through the Coastal Range to the Pacific Ocean.

Whether you prefer to travel by road, rail, air, or sea, Florence is just a hop, skip, and a jump (or flight) away: 48 miles north of Coos Bay and the North Bend Airport, 50 miles south of Newport, 55 miles west of Eugene and the EugeneAirport, 164miles southwest of Portland and the Portland International Airport.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Demographics

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A top retirement choice, Florence is one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon with a current estimated population of 8,270 within city limits, serving an area-wide population of nearly 22,000.

0 – 18 16.8%
19 – 24 05.0%
25 – 44 16.0%
45 – 64 23.9%
65+ 38.2%

Median Age: 55.8 Yrs

White 95.88%
Other Races 2.23%
Native American 0.92%
Asian 0.55%
African American 0.28%
Pacific Islander 0.14%

Florence Real Estate ∙ Climate

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Florence enjoys a very moderate climate with cool summers, mild winters, seasonal storms and spectacular sunsets. Temperatures drop to an average low of 37 degrees, especially in December and January, and reach an average high of 69 degrees during the months of August and September. The average annual rainfall is about 76 inches; humidity averages 88% in January and 57% in July.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Community Facilities & Services

Florence is the largest community in western Lane County and is a center for medical care, education, business, and other services. There are department stores (2), retail and specialty shops (dozens!), restaurants (25), fast-food chains (10), banks/financial service centers (10+), churches (25), hotels/motels/bed & breakfasts (500+ rooms), nursing homes (2), parks (10+), a casino and hotel, an event center, bowling alley, and golf courses.

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce
Why is Florence one of the best places in the United States to live?
Peace Harbor Hospital
This state-of-the-art facility providing exceptional medicine, is a full service, 21-bed, acute care, Level IV trauma center.
Florence Municipal Airport
30+ aircraft currently based; the runway measures 2916’ x 60’. Jet fuel and tie down parking are available.
Siuslaw Public Library
A literary gemstone with over 61,200 books and other printed material.
Florence Events Center
Check the calendar for events such as an evening at the theater, a conference for 500, an elegant wedding, or Chowder, Blues and Brews.
Lane Community College
Meet all academic requirements to achieve Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with lecture and distance learning courses, or just have fun.

Other services include...

Florence City Hall Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
Florence Justice Center Oregon DMV
Florence Humane Society US Post Office
Florence Food Share US Coast Guard
Western Lane Ambulance Boys and Girls Club
Adult and Family Services Lane County Youth Services
Boosters Senior Center Senior & Disabled Services

Florence Real Estate ∙ Employment

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Florence fares well in the area of job prospects, especially in the three sectors of greatest interest to retirees – services, retail, and finance, which includes insurance and real estate. Approximately 22.9% of the working population is involved in education, health and social services, 19.9% work in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food services fields, and 16.1% work in retail.

The largest individual employers are Peace Harbor Hospital, Three Rivers Casino and Hotel, Siuslaw School District, and Fred Meyer Department Store.

Florence Real Estate ∙ Schools

Florence, and the nearby community of Mapleton, provides schooling for nearly 2,000 students. Our kids develop strong groups of friends and a myriad of activities that surround them daily.

Head Start of Lane County
Siuslaw Primary School
Siuslaw Middle School
Rhododendron Elementary School
Siuslaw High School
Lane Community College

Florence Real Estate ∙ Parks

Whatever playtime activity you seek, Florence’s parks can fill the bill. Looking for forests and flowers, playground, walking, jogging and biking paths, picnic tables, baseball or softball field, skate park, tennis or basketball court, horseshoe pits, or a public river dock for crabbing and fishing? Florence is the place for you.

Gallager’s Park
Harbor Vista Park
Munsel Creek Bike Path
Greenway Park
Munsel Road Park
Old Town Park
Pepperoaks Park
Pocket Park
Rolling Dunes Park
Singing Pines Park
Miller Park
Honeyman State Park

Florence Real Estate ∙ Recreation

Fishing, boating, hiking, and cycling are all a part of daily life in Florence, Oregon. We enjoy miles of sandy beaches, a dynamic river, beautiful lakes, endless mountains, and ocean sunsets. Florence is also a vacation destination for many and offers a limitless supply of recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

You may also want to sand board, dune buggy, rent an ATV, skateboard, go horseback riding, golf, do some birding or beachcombing, hunt, fish, camp, bowl, see a movie or a play, work out at a local gym, or go fly a kite.

Sandpines Golf Course
Sand Master Park
Ocean Dunes Golf Links
Siuslaw National Forest
Avalon Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course
Sand Dunes
Miller Park Skate Park
Sandland Adventures
Carl G. Washburne State Park
Holiday Bowl
C & M Stables
Aero Legends
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum
Florence Events Center
Florence Cinemas
Three Rivers Casino and Hotel

Florence Real Estate ∙ Lakes

Situated on a bend of the Siuslaw River and surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes, Florence ranks fishing and water sports as major activities. Some lakes are seasonal, but most are year-round and range in size from 3 acres with .5 miles of shoreline to 3160 acres with 27.8 miles of shoreline. In fact, Siltcoos is regarded to be the largest lake on the Oregon Coast. Ask us about the best places to fish or play (or get naked!).

Alder, Buck and Dune Lakes Munsel Lake
Perkins and Elbow Lakes Siltcoos Lake
Sutton Lake Cleawox Lake
Collard & Clear Lakes Tahkenitch Lake
Erhart, Georgia & Lost Lakes Mercer Lake
Threemile and Carter Lakes Woahink Lake
Lily Lake Siuslaw River

Florence Real Estate ∙ Points of Interest

Florence, Oregon is the gateway to the incomparable Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, stretching south for 40 miles, and plays host to the World’s Largest Sea Cave and other attractions. Come explore, play, shop, stay.

Heceta Head Lighthouse
Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside
Historic Old Town Florence
Devil’s Elbow
Sea Lion Caves
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
Historic Siuslaw Bridge

Florence Real Estate ∙ Retirement Communities

Florence, Oregon is roughly 5 miles wide (from the Pacific Ocean on the west and to the east) and 8 miles long (from Southview in the north to Westlake in the south) with a river running through it. The actual city limits encompass an area of about 2.5 miles west to east and 2.5 miles north to south.

As in all towns and cities across America, the community of Florence is comprised of a number of neighborhoods. In order to assist you in deciding which areas and/or neighborhoods might appeal most to you, let us orient you to the geography of Florence and the characteristics of those neighborhoods.

In-Town: Refers to the area within Florence city limits. The area extends from the Siuslaw Bridge north to Munsel Lake Road and includes 2 golf courses, Florence schools, the hospital and doctors’ offices, shopping, community services, and beautiful Old Town. There are several gated communities in town. Sandpines, Ocean Dunes and The Cottages have lovely custom homes adjacent to Florence's two fine golf courses. Mariner's Village is a small gated community on Rhododendron Drive comprised off modest homes, many of which are Cape Cod style. It is distinguished by its fenced and locked area for homeowners to store RV's and boats. Shelter Cove and Fawn Ridge, also on Rhododendron Drive, are comprised of more expensive custom homes some of which have spectacular views of the Siuslaw River, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon sand dunes. Lots are available in both these neighborhoods to build a custom home. Rhodoview Dunes is a small gated neighborhood located on top of a ridge. Many of the homes have spectacular high views of the Pacific Ocean or the Siuslaw River estuary and the Coastal Range mountains. Services are city water and sewer.

Beach: The Beach area extends north of the city limits, west of Highway 101 up the coast to Florence’s only oceanfront community, and east along Heceta Beach Road to Highway 101. The Beach area has one gated community, Kla-ha-nee, comprised of more expensive custom homes with prices beginning around $650,000. It is the only ocean front gated community in the Florence area. Heceta South is a beautiful neighborhood of custom homes on one-third acre lots with prices beginning around $350,000. This area is distinguished by the fact that much of the native vegetation remains. Ocean Woodlands is an older neighborhood with half acre heavily vegetated private lots. Homes are both custom built and manufactured. Idylewood is a popular custom built neighborhood close to the entrance to the North Jetty and the beach. A few building lots remain. Water service is by Heceta Water District and sewer is private septic systems.

North: This area extends north from Heceta Beach Road on the west side of Highway 101, north from Munsel Lake Road on the east side and is sometimes referred to as the North Lakes Area because of the 12 lakes located there. There is one gated neighborhood north of Florence, Southview. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, many of the homes have magnificent long views looking south to the Siuslaw River jetties. It is comprised of more expensive custom homes. In addition to this gated neighborhood, there is a new non-gated subdivision, The Reserve, located a few miles north of the city limits. It is comprised of more modestly priced custom homes. Lots are still available for building, some of which have Heceta Lake views. There is a common area around the lake for walking and a small park with picnic table and gazebo. Water service is either by Heceta Water District, private wells, or lake water and sewer is private septic systems.

South: The area extends south from the Siuslaw Bridge to the Lane County Line and includes Glenada, Dunes City, and Westlake. Referred to as the South Lakes Area, it includes 6 lakes, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Honeyman State Park. There are two gated neighborhoods south of Florence. South Shore has more expensive custom homes on lan acre or more lots, many with private docks on Woahink Lake. Sunset Cove is a new gated neighborhood with more expensive custom homes on half acre lots. The neighborhood features a common dock and common area on Woahink Lake. Lots are available for building a custom home. Water is provided by private wells, lake water, or community water systems and sewer is private septic systems.

East: Extending east of the city limits near North Fork Siuslaw Road and up the Siuslaw River, this area includes Mapleton, Deadwood, Swisshome, and along Highway 126 toward Eugene. Outside of Mapleton City Limits, water is provided by private wells or river water and sewer is private septic systems.

Coast Village: This gated park is located right in town. Own your own lot for full-time living or vacation getaways in your RV, manufactured home, stick-built, or combination of these. Enjoy wooded seclusion and the amenities of the park, which include a pool, sauna, community center, laundry, and post office, without giving up the convenience of living in town. Homeowner’s association dues, currently $130.00 per month, cover the costs of the amenities, garbage service, city water and sewer.
Greentrees: This planned, adult 55+ gated community of manufactured homes is also located within the city limits. Own your own lot, each naturally vegetated with coastal beauty, and enjoy the community amenities, which include a pool, lap pool, tennis court, sauna, hot tub, gym, library and community center. Homeowner’s association dues, currently $146.00 per month, cover the cost of the amenities, cable tv, garbage service, city water and sewer.

Florentine Estates: This premier gated, 55+, manufactured home community is located on 180 lush, wooded acres in the heart of Florence and extends north to the city limits. Own your own lot and enjoy the amenities, which include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna, gym, tennis courts, large community center, and garbage service. Homeowner’s association dues are currently $77.00 per month. Services are city water and sewer.

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