Retire in Bend Oregon
Bend Oregon is one of the best places to retire in the United States. It has everything a retired person could want. The recreational opportunities are abundant; everything from mountain biking, hiking, rafting, golfing, fishing, rock climbing, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, general sightseeing and much more.
The weather is perfect. Moderate days and cool nights characterize Bend's year-round climate. Because of the high altitude and clear air, nighttime temperatures average 30° to 40° below the daytime highs. Evenings are generally cool, even in the summer, requiring sweaters or jackets. Annual temperature extremes show that only one year out of five has a temperature colder than -17° or warmer than 100°. Frost can occur during any summer month.
The average annual precipitation in Bend is less than 12 inches, over half falls between November and February, often as snow. Brief thunderstorms usually provide most of the light summer rain.
The average annual snowfall is 33.8 inches. Snow rarely accumulates to more than a few inches in depth nor lies on the ground for an extended period. Snow depth in Bend exceeds 24 inches in only one winter out of twenty. At Mt. Bachelor, the ski resort 22 miles southwest of Bend, snow normally reaches depths of 160 to 180 inches.
Bend was originally called Farewell Bend and received its name because it was at this place that travelers over the pioneer roads had their last view of the river. Today it is only a few hours drive to the Oregon Coast. Portland is 3 ½ hours away if you are looking for a big city. Redmond International Airport (Roberts Field) is only 16 miles North.
Bend is nearly the geographic center of the state and is also the most populated city in Central Oregon with a population of more then 75,000. To the east you will find high desert vegetation and to the west, Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. At an elevation of 3,628 feet, Bend enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, low humidity and cool nights provide the most common weather pattern.
Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in the state. Clear days average 158 days per year with an additional 105 days that are mostly sunny. Many of the remaining days provide substantial sunshine. Days that are totally cloudy do not often occur.
Bend is the outdoor recreation capitol of Oregon, with snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline. Bend is one of few places that visitors can literally ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Known as "the sunny side of Oregon," the Cascade Mountains act as a protective buffer, giving Bend only 12 inches of precipitation per year. That compares to 42" for Portland, 36" for Seattle and 20" for San Francisco.
St. Charles Medical Center is located in Bend and is the regional referral center for more than 230,000 people in a 32,000-square-mile area of central and eastern Oregon. With more than 240 physicians on its medical staff, representing 40 specialties and sub-specialties, and more than 1,950 caregivers, it provides many services usually found only in larger urban areas. These include open heart and neurosurgery, comprehensive cancer care, inpatient rehabilitation for stroke and major injury, sophisticated imaging technologies and more.
St. Charles is Oregon's' only level 2 trauma center east of the Cascade Mountains and has the region's only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital increased its inpatient bed capacity to 216 in late 2004 to keep pace with Central Oregon's population growth and is in the midst of expansions in facilities, technology and equipment.
St. Charles and the many other medical facilities in Bend provide state of the art health care for the retired person. Many of the nations top Physicians and Surgeons live in Bend because of the life style found in Central Oregon.
Bend also has golf courses for everyone. Central Oregon's spectacular high-desert landscape and ideal climate, four-star resorts, public, semi-private and private courses have been rated 23rd in he world as a golf destination by Golf Digest. Choose from more than 25 unique courses, some easygoing to championship layouts like Sunriver's Crosswater course, designed to challenge even the lowest handicappers.
Bend also has many volunteer opportunities. Habitat for Humanity, The Oregon High Desert Museum, Hospice, and Saint Charles Medical Center are only a few of the many opportunities to give back to the community.
Bend Oregon real estate prices are still moderate compared to some parts of the nation. The median home price is around $350,000. Real estate prices have been rising steadily over the past decade because Bend is such a wonderful place to live and retire.
If you are thinking of moving when you retire give Bend Oregon strong consideration. It is a great place to live.
Single Level Homes for Retirement
Single level, flat lot, end of the cul-de-sac with views of the Cascades. This is the SRV gem you have been waiting for, gourmet kitchen opens to great room with fabulous...
- Courtesy ofThe Hasson Company
Dreaming of living on property w/access to public land? This could be the one for you! Single-level home on 5+ acres just South of Sisters w/ direct access to National Fo...
- Courtesy ofCascade Sotheby's International Realty
Spectacular small acreage property that is charming and full of character! Enjoy single level living with this beautifully updated home. Dramatic high vaulted ceilings in...
- Courtesy ofHomeSmart Central Realty
Spectacular Custom Built Single Story Hm w/ Wonderful NW Cascade Views. Very rare FLAT driveway leads to Mahogany Stepped Entry. Travertine Floors, Volume Ceilings & Wall...
- Courtesy ofJohn L Scott Bend
Southwest ranch home...Cascade Mtn views...privacy...Very comfortable 1 level living with expansive great room & dining w/views. Wonderful kitchen w/solid counters, Vikin...
- Courtesy ofPonderosa Properties
Beautiful completely remodeled home in sought after gated Mountain High neighborhood. This single level homes boast hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen w/slab granite, st...
- Courtesy ofTotal Property Resources LLC
Gorgeous remodel features modern rustic design in highly desirable Saddleback West. Featuring new oak floors, alder cabinets, slab granite counters, energy efficient wind...
- Courtesy ofColdwell Banker Reed Bros Rlty
Terrifically appointed single level home on this 9.25 acres with Cascade views and lush green pastures. The foyer welcomes you to an open vaulted great room with views, i...
- Courtesy ofRE/MAX Key Properties
A country oasis just minutes to town, schools,airport and medical facilities. Several pastures for horses or livestock. 3 acres irrigation.Fenced with several outbuilding...
- Courtesy ofFirst Oregon Properties LLC
Timeless High Desert design & fresh interior finishes complement this custom designed Pronghorn Estates home. Overlooking the 10th Green & Fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Si...
- Courtesy ofBend Premier Real Estate LLC
Fantastic location on Aubrey Butte with great mountain views. This home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, new hardwood floors and a complete new outside paint including t...
- Courtesy ofBennington Properties LLC
This estate, designed by Eric Meglasson of Pique Collaborative Architects, is a modern masterpiece w/ sweeping Cascade Mtn views. It features 4 suites, fitness room, offi...
- Courtesy ofCascade Sotheby's International Realty
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