Retire in Bend, Oregon

Bend Oregon is a Great Place to Retire!

My own hometown, Bend, Oregon was rated as one of the top places to retire in the United States! It has been highlighted in a recent edition of America's Best Low-Tax Retirement Towns.

One of the key reasons for the selection is its low overall tax rate. Among other things, there is no sales tax in Oregon (which makes shopping so much more fun!) Property taxes are fairly reasonable.

Although there is a state income tax, payment of the tax is deductible on your federal tax return. The rate is not exorbitant, either. Of course, during retirement, you are not usually earning money. So income tax may be less relevant.

In determining the "best low-tax retirement towns," researchers collected information on tax rates in states across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Then, they calculated potential tax liability for a range of income-level couples.

Bend, Oregon's rank was 7 out of 173 towns in the income/home value scenario of $30,000/$125,000. Housing and living costs, recreational opportunities, overall climate and other factors were also included in award of certain cities as top retirement spots.

* All photographs in this hub are the property of the author, Stephanie Hicks. Please contact me for permission to reprint or reuse.

North Sisters - near Bend, Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks
North Sisters - near Bend, Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks | Source
At Lava Butte - 10 minutes south of the city
At Lava Butte - 10 minutes south of the city | Source
The top of Lava Butte, near Bend and Sunriver
The top of Lava Butte, near Bend and Sunriver | Source

Why is Bend Oregon a Great Place to Live?

Although I'm nowhere near retirement yet, I can definitely attest to the fact that relocating from Seattle, Washington, to Bend, Oregon has saved our family a lot of money.

Bend is still a relatively small city, only 75,000 people. However, including the greater area, with Redmond, Sisters and Prineville, Central Oregon now boasts well over 150,000 residents. An international airport serves the region, in Redmond, approximately 20 minutes north of the city. Daily flights to Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are available.

Among the many budget-friendly aspects of living here, are the following:

1. Short commute. We live only 4 miles from downtown (as opposed to 25 miles out of Seattle, previously). With a 10-minute drive to work, trips to the gas pump are far less frequent than they were before. Given the price of gas these days, we have saved over $50/month, on each vehicle! Its amazingly easy to get around here.

2. Lower child-care costs. This was really unbelieveable! The cost of twins in daycare was - and is - exorbitant. However, we are saving over $300 per child here in Central Oregon, compared to the cost in the Seattle area. Over the course of a year, we ended up funneling the extra money from these savings into college accounts.

3. Fun, outdoor recreation. We save a ton of money by playing and exploring outside. Instead of trips to the movies or the mall, the weather in Bend is usually sunny, allowing us more frequent opportunities to hike or swim in one of the many beautiful areas surrounding our home.

Black Butte Ranch - about 25 minutes away from Bend, Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks
Black Butte Ranch - about 25 minutes away from Bend, Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks | Source

What to Do in Bend, Oregon

The area is a tourist destination much of the year. Great skiing and snowboarding is available at Mt. Bachelor, 20 minutes west of the city. During the summer, sunny warm days draw crowds to the area to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking. The Deschutes River flows right through downtown. Many parks line the river, allowing for casual enjoyment of its natural beauty.

Festivals and farmers markets are a regular staple of the summer season. Very inexpensive and family-friendly, some of these events are even free! Don't forget the BendFilm Festival in the fall - an independent film enthusiast's dream! And, you can attend an outdoor concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheatre, right in the heart of the Old Mill Shopping District. Again, the cost of these events is much more affordable than "big city" prices.

Easy living in Bend, Oregon is fun and affordable. Its no wonder that retirees looking to save some money during their golden years will choose to spend them in Central Oregon.

The three Sisters in Winter (c) Stephanie Hicks
The three Sisters in Winter (c) Stephanie Hicks | Source

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Comments 79 comments

bogey047 8 years ago

Sounds good, I am getting Tax to death in Connecticut. I am looking to move elsewhere because I am retired and need to get some tax breaks. I just hope the Democrats don't win the October election because if you think its bad now wait until they add more taxes.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

You should visit Oregon and check Bend out!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

I'm in CT too, and hate the weather, traffic, high prices... :(

Oregon looks pretty perfect - those pictures are beautiful!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Amy Jane! All photos by yours truly! I really love getting out and enjoying it here. Come visit! :-)


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Caregiver-007 8 years ago from Florida

Thumbs up! The photos alone stole my heart before I even read about low taxes. Makes you definitely want an outdoor lifestyle. My only drawback is cold - Spent too many years in New York, Washington, and Atlanta. But it's still most tempting! Great work.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Right, Caregiver. It can be cold during the winter. At least (from my perspective) its not damp too. Thanks for commenting - Steph


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erinlis 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Sold! I'll see you in about 20 years!


Connie 8 years ago

I've lived in Bend for 3 years; came from Richmond VA. It is as beautiful as those photos show. Yes, we have snow, but the greatest is when we watch it snow up on the mountain- which makes the winter sports enthusiasts & the economy happy- but it's not snowing here in town. Also that we have sun almost everyday.

But I have to tell ya, I don't want you all moving here. In 3 years Bend has grown by nearly 15,000. I love the small town atmosphere, but it's beginning to fade as everyone wants the perks like in the bigger cities they came from.

Nice presentation, Steph of a lovely small city.


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sligobay 8 years ago from east of the equator

Never been to the US pacific coast but you make it sound great. The snow looks great on those mountains but we rarely get freezing temperatures in Ireland, and i don't think that I could appreciate the cold temperatures.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes, sligobay, it is a lovely place to live. But, if you are not into cold temperatures, maybe not here. We have snow again this morning (March 30!) On the other hand, the temperatures are quite nice and warm all summer long (mid 80s from May through September), with little, if any rain.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Looks really pretty. Maybe one day for a holiday.


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Elixir 8 years ago from Portland

It is definitely the slow pace I'll be looking for. Thank you for the tips, Portland is nice but I think I'll be making that transition sooner than I thought.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Elixir - you should love it! Portland is a great city, but we're sold on Bend!


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

What a beautiful place to live! We are thinking about selling our house and moving to a less stressful place (We live in the SF Bay Area) The stress here is horrible- and even though I grew up here, I'm ready to get away from the hustle and bustle!

Great hub!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hey Dorsi - We did the same thing. I grew up in Seattle, but eventually had to get away from the traffic (and rain). I know its probably worse in the SF Bay area, but geesh. There are a LOT of California and Washington transplants here in Bend. :-)

Today, the weather is 85 degrees, sunny, clear, people are out running along the river. It is days like this that I am so happy we live here.


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Oh it sounds wonderful...and not just for retirees. As someone who lives in New Jersey with the highest prooperty taxes in the nation, I'm green with envy over that low tax thing LOL Another great one, Steph


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Robie - thanks! Bend is great for all ages, and not just those in retirement age. Of course, it is nice to have our city recognized as a super retirement locale, but there are so many wonderful things to do for young families, recreation, scenery, etc. And, speaking of "green," Bend has got to be among the leaders in environmentally friendly places to live. Come and visit. :-) Steph


Jim Johnson CRS 8 years ago

Great blog! I've been selling real estate in Bend since 1981 and have sold many homes to retirees.


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Pamela S Wynn 8 years ago from Florida

My law partner was just out there taking the bar exam because she and her family plan to move to Bend soon. Thanks for the pictures. They never bring any pics back so I had not seen how beautifult it is. I definitely 'get it' now.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Pamela, Bend is indeed lovely, and I have written several more Hubs on the area, if you have found them. Anyway, the winters will be more difficult here than in Florida, but it an easy, friendly place to live. Your partner can email me for more information if she would like! Steph


Jim Johnson CRS 8 years ago

Bend is a great place to live! I have lived here since 1981 and raised my kids here.


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snarlmkiv 8 years ago

oregon is definitely a great place to retire. nice article. very nice indeed.

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mikeq107 8 years ago

Great Hub :0)

My wife and I have finaly decided to move to Bend....I have Lived in salem for 9 years and recently Tualatin where my wifes family live`s ...But we both need some healthy space and I have alwalys wanted to move to Bend. I have My own carpet and Uph cleaning Business and will start all over again out there. I have traveled most of Central OR on my motorcycle and used Bend as my Starting point. I love the peace and quiet out there. Growing up in Ireland I alwalys dreamed of riding through cowboy land ;0) and when I first saw the high desert I thought I was in heaven...Well I soon will be LOL and I love to cross country ski...Did it in Mi for 3 years so the cold does not bother me...

Mike ;0)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Mike - send me an email whe you guys get here, or even beforehand so I can point in directions for homes, schools, business and more. Be sure to check out the Chamber of Commerce website for your business! Last winter we got a ton of snow. So far this year, its been unseasonably mild in Bend. Today (Nov. 16), it was over 70 degrees!! WOW. You and your wife will love it here. Cheers, Steph


mikeq107 8 years ago

Hi Steph ;0)

Wow 70`s that is unseasonably mild. I remember some years back in Ireland my mother calling me to say that it was in the high 80`s in early January and the daffodils were already blooming there - only time thats ever happened. Thank you! I will send you an E-mail.

What I look forward to the most is being able to ride out into the desert on a whim or going to the lava caves to think LOL or taking our RV up to Paullnia Peak on a friday night and having  a camp fire and of course getting away from the allergies of the valley, I alwalys feel like a new person in the higher elavations. have a great week! Mike :0)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Mike - you can do all that and more. What I love about Bend is that in about 10 minutes, you are away from the City and off into the wilderness. Paulina Peak is incredible. The Lava Caves are really cool too - we went to the Lava Cast Forest this summer (I have a Hub on it). Drive about an hour and you can see "Hole in the Ground" and Fort Rock (another Hub....) some awesome geological formations. Anyway - yes, you should get some relief from the grasses and allergies of Salem. I lived there for 3 years in the early 1990s. Aaaachoo!!


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bladeguy 8 years ago

You say that daily flights are available to Portland, but aren't they expensive? Or at least the the cheap, short-hopper trips we're used to out West on Southwest, Alaska, et. al.

It's only a 3 hour drive to Portland, so it's an easy 3-day weekend if you ever need the bright lights of the big city.

Thanks for the hub!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi bladeguy, most of the flights from Portland to Bend and back do cost more than the price of gas (especially these days). The primary carrier is Alaska Air/Horizon. Depending on when you book the flight, it can be as low as $100 each way. Still, as you mention, it is an easy 3-hour drive - except in the winter when the passes are bad. :) We get to Portland several times a year and though its nice, there is certainly no need to "escape" from Bend!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oregon is such a beautiful state! I am new to hubpages.......new to writing blogs, in fact, and TWO of my hubs have been about Oregon. Intend to write more. The two weeks of vacationing in Oregon sold me on the idea of living there! Maybe someday............?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Peggy!! We love it in Bend! So nice to meet someone else who is posting about Oregon. Cheers, Steph (I am going to go check out your hubpages)


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Too bad I'm a Canadian. It sounds perfect. I've been hearing about Bend for 45 years, since my college buddies used to travel there for ski races. Then, when I started working in the outdoor world in the Canadian Rockies (see my Hub The Weeping Wall), I started meeting climbers, skiers, and mountain bikers who raved about the place.

We've got nice places up here, too. But the trouble is all the rich folks from across our country and yours flock to them, bid the housing prices up to astronomical heights, and then modest incomced simple living folk like me can't afford to live there.

For example, Canmore, AB. When I first started living and working there, I could have bought a house for $10,000. Old mining town, with a shut-down mine. Later, I did buy a house, with another couple a couple of investors for $80K. Got a bit screwed on the handshake deal when I sold my half but that house is now worth at least a half a million dollars. A basic 3 bedroom condo in that town is worth nearly a million!

What's a poor old fella to do. Ah, retire to Bend! Hmm… you got me thinking!


Chiak 7 years ago

Great information - sounds like lots of great outdoor activities!

What can you grow in a garden in Bend or do you need a hothouse? What do they sell at the farmer's markets? Are there any farms near Bend or all west of the Cascades?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Chiak - there are farmers' markets in Bend, from April through October. Beyond that, you'll have to pay for imported fruits and veggies. :) The fresh food here is the best! At farmers' markets, you can get peaches, pears, avocados, apples, oranges, meat products, lots of flowers, strawberries, apricots, olives, and so much more!

As for growing your own, my neighbor does tomatoes, my in-laws (in sisters) do cherry tomoatoes. We also grow herbs at our home. The climate is somewhat tough with the coldness overnight, but during the day, it can get quite warm. I would think a hothouse would do great!


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Maria K 7 years ago from Sedona, AZ

Hi!

I can't sleep and found your article while setting up my own hub. Thank you for the wonderful photos.

I finally convinced my husband NOT to go to Telluride, CO, as we have done for eight years straight.  We'll be checking out Bend this summer!  We are looking for a place to live after I finish nursing school.

Please visit my profil page to see if you would like to have breakfast with us while we are there :>)

Do you know anyone in your network who might want to swap houses (we live in Sedona, AZ) during July/early August? 

Greetings from the red rocks,

Maria


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Maria, that would be great fun to connect when you are here in town - shoot me an email from my profile page. As far as swapping houses, you might want to put up a post in the forums here at HubPages - I'll bet you'll get a response. I'll see if there is anyone here in Bend that would be interested. I'm actually off to an Oregon Women Lawyers meeting right now and I have some good networks there!

Best, Steph


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama

hi steph, great hub, when do i move in, can't afford a place of my own, can do odd jobs to pay my way, handy in the kitchen too. just kidding, but i do love that area and the coastal area also with all the big rocks in the surf.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Ha ha ha - Roger! We're all in the same boat. Great deals to be had in the real estate and rental market here in Bend right now! The coast isn't too far away either. :)


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portronics 7 years ago

Hi.. i am from india and i have visited oregon 2 times now... i really love it..!!


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Drake's Compass 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Hi Steph!  My wife and I are happy on the South Carolina coast, so we're not looking to move anytime soon.  However, we would like to visit Oregon sometime, as it's one of 8 states I have yet to see.  We considered Seattle at one point, but the dreariness of constant rainy weather (plus the traffic and expense) was a dealkiller for us.  Does Oregon get more sunshine on average than Washington state?  (*I know that the "Places Rated Almanac" always ranks Oregon metro areas' climates among the highest...health and nutrition is important to us, and a mild "paradise" climate is great for that!)


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Drake's Compass - there are many, wonderful places to see in Oregon. Portland is much like Seattle, though - rainier and cloudy/cool. Central Oregon is just great this time of year. They say we get 300 days of sunshine a year. Winters tend to be cooler than on the west side of the mountains, but the climate here overall is tops! That is one of the main reasons we moved here from Seattle. Oh, and regarding expense - no sales tax in Oregon, versus nearly 10% in Washington! Cheers, Steph


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Drake's Compass 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thank you for the summary, Steph. We have family in Seattle, so maybe next time we visit there, we'll swing down and check out the pristine Beaver State!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Drake's Compass, do visit Bend Oregon! It is so lovely here (we had an especially wonderfully gorgeous early summer day today). Best, Steph


Heather Smith 7 years ago

Hi, I am actually just emailing to ask what I could tell my mom to do in Bend and to meet people there. She is 57 years old and she has lived there for 4 years and is very lonely. She has not met many people and wants to get out and do things but doesn't want to do it alone. Any suggestions? my email address is onetrendychic@hotmail.com.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Heather, I'm sorry to hear that your mom is lonely here in Bend. There are some things she could do to get out and meet people, however! This time of year, there are Farmer's Markets all over town. The best one is Wednesday afternoon 4-7 p.m. at Drake Park. There are also a few Saturday markets around, one near Northwest Crossing. The first Friday of every month is the "Art Walk" downtown. Its not really so much about art as it is a community gathering. Retailers offer free drinks and appetizers and there is often live music. Its lots of fun. The Art Walk is year-round. There are also several festivals, including the BendFilm fest in the fall - independent films, plus Winterfest and Summerfest. Both events have lots of booths, art, goods, community organizations also have information available. Of course, there is an active faith community here too. I'm pretty active in my church, and there are so many around town, plus synagogues. Oh, another cool thing is to attend the free Sunday concerts at the Les Schwab amphitheater in the Old Mill District. These are on Sunday afternoons through the summer. A variety of music, and always fun. Best and I hope your mom finds some fun things to do here! Stephanie


Grace E. 6 years ago

In the 60's I lived in Chiloquin Org. I have been to Bend many times things have changed up and down. I have always loved Bend. In the 80's I all most bought a house there and moved my children and I from Spokane. My husband died and I thought it would be a better place to raise my children. My children are by-racal and I was told maybe it would be hard on them there. So we stayed in Wa. My chilldren are grown now and I am remarried. In the 90's we went back to look at Bend again we were living in Wisconsin. My husband couldn't find a job there so now we are 2009 and we want to retire in Bend. I am here to tell anyone who can find a way to subport your self it is the best place ever to live. We are in our 60's now and hope to be relocated in the spring or early summer and I am looking forward to getting out of the 50 below temps and into the beatiful high country and dry weather your cold is nothing and I love four seasons. The hard part is moving 2000 miles away from my children and Grandchilden but now they will have a nice place to visit. I enjoyed reading your ads. Grace E.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Grace, so glad to hear that you'd consider Bend! I've been to Spokane a number of times too (as well as Wisconsin). The weather here is great - snow and a dry cold during winter (rarely below zero), and beautiful, amazing summers. Shoot me an email if you plan on visiting and I'd love to show you around! :)


Grace E. Ruediger 6 years ago

We are moving out west in March or April I had to have my knee replaced and had some complications and just starting to get around. The doctor told me he did not want me to traval just yet because of clotting. We are getting excited about our move yet I am concered about the drugs, crime, break-ins, Rudeness of the people that was written about above my last comment. Yet even where we live in Plover Wisconsin. We have people moving in from Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and so on. The crime is getting so bad Drug srores being broken into, people being killed. And we live in Amish Land Know one can be as rude as the mid west or East Coast Anyhow it is everywhere. We just want to live where we have three seasons and still have our health. Maybe we will see you in three mos.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Grace,

Shoot me an email when you are going to be visiting Bend, OR! The housing prices are pretty low these days, and if you can stand renting for a while, they might even drop a bit more (as of Feb. 2010). It is just beautiful and we love living here - plenty to do, but not too big of a place so you don't have to worry about traffic and crime is relatively low too.


Jim Johnson 6 years ago

Bend is a great place to retire! Several of my home sales last year were to retired folks from out of state as well as in state. Bend is a great place to live!!


Bend Oregon Real Estate 6 years ago

Lots of great content and even though our market has taken a bit of a tumble, we're still one of the most fantastic places to live in the United States. Thanks for being such a fan of our area and providing meaningful information.


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kcreery 6 years ago from Whistler Canada

Great information on Bend here. I love Oregon. If I could retire I would and I would have to visit this lovely place.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks - we love it here! Its beautiful, clean and a great place to raise kids (for those people shy of retirement age)!


Paula Del Rosario - Philippine Condos 6 years ago

Awesome that place looks so breath-taking! Some of my clients are looking for retirement properties I'll show them your hub.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Wonderful Paula! If they need a tour guide for Bend, Oregon, just let me know :)


crzywlfwmn 6 years ago

I just the love central OR. I want to retire in the area, living in Ohio I am so tired of the humidity.

I can hardly wait to retire.....I hear there are wolves in OR. whoo-hoo


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

I've actually seen coyotes and badgers on my runs around here in Bend! Not any wolves, but I'm sure they are out there too ;-)


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Thanks for the information. Oregon looks wonderful, but cold. I'd like to retire there for the summer only, I think. We had wolves in Limousin, France until very recently and there is a reserve for them here. The howling is so spooky I'm not sure that I'm that keen on reintroduction.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes, it can definitely be chilly during the winter here in Bend, Oregon. But its usually sunny and nice - even with snow on the ground. Cheers, Steph


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

Hi Steph, As I checked out your profile page, I realized that we were in Bend during our extended RV trip through Washington and Oregon. Made it to the top of Paulina Peak and camped near Newberry National Monument on our way to Crater Lake. We loved central Oregon, and this gives such a nice overview of Bend. Your photos are terrific! I'm going on to read more of your articles on Bend– for our next trip.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Stephanie - what a small world, isn't it? I've written a number of hubs on the Central Oregon area, including one on Crater Lake. Thank you so much for the compliment (I really love photography too). Cheers, Steph


Cynthia 6 years ago

We negotiated Bend, OR., when we were ready to make a final move. It is the snow that makes me feal uncomfortable. When I have to get out in the winter and shovel the ground around my car, then I do not see that as a great retirement place. We decided to move towards the coast. Yes, it has rain, but now snow shoveling. Bend is a wonderful place to visit in the summer though. Great weather in the summer and nice hotels. My daughter and I love to visit the small town of sisters too.


BEND OREGON 6 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this article... as a resident, it accurately depicts Bend, OR. (yes it gets cooler in winter, but still mild for NW winter temps).


KenNTx 5 years ago

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Mary Beth 5 years ago

Hellooooooo from the Fl Keys !

Yup, thinking about moving to Bend... Time for

A change. "Julie" from the Chamber was Terrific !

Hope to visit this Summer if fuel doesn't raise

through the roof. Thanks for the info.


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liquidgranite 5 years ago

Looks like Heaven! Great hub.


Grace 5 years ago

After so many times trying to get to Bend Org. to live I just gave up. It makes me so sad. Yet the cost to move is more then we can afford on retirerment pay. It seem when we get close to making the move something new happens. Most of the time it is our children needing us for something. Its looking like they don't want us that far away. We did fly out to Bend about 4 mos. ago. We had a great time. Even if we cannot move out west its a great place to visit. People are so friendly, and it is so beautiful. I feel so happy when I am there. I thought retirement was for us but our kids seem to think its for them so we can spend more time and money on them. Sad In Wisconsin


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have driven through Bend Oregon a few times. I used to live in West Seattle back in the late 70's before moving back to Canada in 1982. Oregon is beautiful and I can see why you would like it so much there. Enjoyed reading your article.


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Bend-1HotProperty 4 years ago from Bend, OR.

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Shylow 4 years ago

Tell your mom to join groups or do on line dating. Go on line an find groups to join in the area. I have lived in southern cailf now for 34 years but I was born in Seattle. And Raise in Eureka. I love the area of Oregon but I have gotten use to warm winters not much rain which I really love. But if I sell my home an buy one for less I would not have to work or worry like I do now. Not into being cold anymore. I heard health inc cost more in Oregon also. Not sure what to do????


Carolyn 4 years ago

I visited up there and didn't care for it. Yes there was some pretty scenery but everything was dry dry. It was almost like desert and I don't like that, maybe I didn't see enough as we drove through from flying up and buying a car.

We live north of Houston and have for 20 years. Our weather can get hotter then Hades in summer but I still prefer that over cold. And I can raise vegetables and have lots of green. The last couple years though we have suffered under horrible droughts here. But the last couple of months we have had wonderful rains and everything is nice and green.

If you like living in an arid place and like semi desert I guess you would be fine.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes, its definitely the High Desert! Not much rain or precip, and can be cold over the winter. In summer, we get some beautiful weather. Of course, for me, I am comparing Bend to Seattle and Portland. I'd take this weather over theirs any day.... ;-)


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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

It looks beautiful there. It kind of looks like Utah!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes, there are some definite similarities! Thanks!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You wrote this years ago....WOW...I love this hub; partly because of your fantastic writing and partly because I love that area, which I've visited several times. Great job Steph!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Bill - thank you! This was one of my very first hubs, which is kind of funny now. I loved sharing my photos and my passion about living in Bend, OR. We love it here and hope that you let us know when you are in town next. And, I will return the favor and let you know when we come to Olympia in August this year :)


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louisehaz 3 years ago

Hi Steph - my husband and I moved to Scottsdale, AZ 16 plus years ago from Issaquah, WA. Like you I got tired of the rain, damp and cloudy weather. We have children and grandchildren still in WA state. We miss them and would like to be closer. I have been doing a lot of research on Bend and have been exploring the idea of relocating. We plan to spend some time there next August on our way to the Seattle area. I have read a lot of negative comments about Bend [source: other web sites]. What is Bend like today in 2013? As retirees would we be happy there? I am an outdoor person, as a matter of fact skied at Mt. Bachelor years ago with my daughter, Bend was a lot smaller then. Growing up on the East Coast, I miss the four seasons. Warm summers are important to me and so is a lot of sunshine. AZ summers are too hot and limits outdoor activities. Your input would be greatly appreciated. I have enjoyed reading your hub.


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stephhicks68 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Louise,

We definitely have 4 seasons - more so than Seattle/Issaquah! If you are an outdoor person, this would be a great place to retire. Be prepared for snow/ice over winter months. But plenty of sun, even when its chilly outside. Cross-country and skate-skiing are very popular, as is downhill at Mt. Bachelor. Your children and grandchildren may enjoy the sledding hills nearby, too. In the summer, unlike the Pacific Northwest, you can regularly count on sunshine.

My husband is from Sisters, and when we got married in 1995, there was not much to Bend. Today, it is nearly 90,000 in population. Lots of trails for hiking, running, walking dogs, river beaches, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, etc. The Cascade Lakes, just past Mt. Bachelor are amazing too. Bicycling is big here as well.

I would give a big thumbs up for outdoor enthusiasts. If you hate cold over the winter, Bend may not be it for you. Also, plenty of nice shopping and restaurants. I would think you would enjoy it. Truly, the only downside for us is that the Central Oregon area can feel a little isolated when mountain passes are dicey. Its a 3-4 hour drive to Portland.

Wishing you all the best! Email me for more information, Stephanie


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Carly Torino 3 years ago

Bend was selected as one of the top retirement locations for 2013 by Retirement and Good Living at retirementandgoodliving.com/best-retirement-locations-in-the-us-2013/

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