Mr. Bunny and I, having moved to Nevada from Oregon, are strongly considering a move back pretty soon here. Reno is nice, but it ain’t home. However, we don’t just want to return from whence we came: Eugene. It’s a beautiful city and we have family and friends there, but that would feel like taking a step back to me. We had very good reasons for leaving Eugene, and I feel like those reasons still stand firm.
So, in considering other areas in Oregon, we brought up the idea of the coast, specifically Newport. Having grown up in the area, I’ve spent much time there and always enjoyed it. I love the ocean, I like the weather there (yes, I like rain and wind and lots of it)…and best of all, a quick search around online led us to discover that housing there seems quite reasonable, unlike Florence, where my mother lives and where a small condo will set you back to the tune of 400 K. The job market does not seem sparkling, but we’ve made do with worse.
Does anyone here on the SDMB live in the area? Can you tell me anything about the job situation, housing, general social climate (another thing we enoyed the last time we visited Newport in May was how many cool little clothing stores, tattoo parlours, antique shops, etc. seem to have cropped up…Newport seems to have developed, dare I say it, a Scene??)? Thank you much!