6. Coos Bay, OR
Median home price: $279,050
A good friend works at Bandon Dunes and I’ve been there a couple of times. It takes all day to get there – fly to SFO then take a 30-seater planer to Bend and then drive two hours – but once you get there, you’re at the coast for a great price!
Most folks probably don’t imagine spending their beachy retirement huddled up under layers of sweaters and blankets, but they’re missing out. The cliff-edged and chilly shoreline of Bastendorff Beach, just a short trip over the bridge from Coos Bay, is gorgeous, a wholly relaxing place to collect shells, pitch a tent, or ride a horse.
Many locals also take whale watching tours by boat, view masterpieces at Coos Art Museum, swing a 9-iron, or watch the pros play golf at the Bandon Dunes Resort, home to the Curtis Cup. Homeowners can look at the bay from their two-bedroom bungalow for just $169,000 or smell the salt air in a grand four-bedroom Dutch Colonial in the heart of town for a cool $649,000.
Coos Bay is very nice (but very rainy), and you would probably fly to Eugene or Medford (Bend is east of the Cascades, 250 miles driving to Coos Bay). Also low healthcare access, since it is so far away from anything.
Oh, yes it was Eugene!
I hate when articles like this expose my secret places. We were in Murrells Inlet, SC May of ’19. Good friends own one of the finer places. The “median” price is deceptive. There are houses in the $300s but not decent houses and certainly not anywhere near an inlet or ocean.