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
Nice duplex with 3 bedroom units and garages. Property is in good condition and nicely landscaped. Plus additional land of approximately 19,000 sf that could support ad...
- Courtesy ofCompass Commercial Real Estate Services
Mountain views, beautiful landscaping, and exceptional interior finishes set this home apart. Large windows keep this home light and bright with custom wood louvers in th...
- Courtesy ofHarcourts The Garner Group Real Estate
Picture Perfect! You will fall in love with this newer single story home as soon as you walk in the door. Great room floor plan with beautiful finishes which include hard...
- Courtesy ofColdwell Banker Morris Real Estate
This Northwest Crossing custom craftsman bungalow won't last long! Featuring 2018SF, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Office/Den (could be 4th bedroom), hickory cabinets, granite cou...
- Courtesy ofRemington Real Estate
Home is currently under construction and will be complete August 2017. Site boasts views across the private Fazio member course 18th fairway to Cascades & Mt. Jefferson....
- Courtesy ofPronghorn Realty LLC
One of just a handful of single level townhomes in Broken Top! This beautiful home boasts nice separation between Master & guest suites, a gorgeous gourmet kitchen w/slab...
- Courtesy ofTotal Property Resources LLC
Ponderosa Pine trees surround this lovely home. Tile flooring, wood wrapped windows, solid 6 panel wood doors, corian kitchen countertops, 3 door garage with 3rd bay as g...
- Courtesy ofRE/MAX Key Properties
Come home to this amazing one level home on small acreage nestled amongst trees, a creek, a pond, two bridges and nature itself. The master suite is separate from guest b...
- Courtesy ofLatitude 44 Realty
This single story country home needs some TLC Seller will contribute 3% towards buyers CC/prepaids for full price offer. Mountain views & pastoral setting. Vaulted w/fan,...
- Courtesy ofCentury 21 Gold Country Realty
Great single level home in the charming neighborhood of Braeburn. Close to trails, the Deschutes River and Mt. Bachelor. The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an office. B...
- Courtesy ofCascade Sotheby's International Realty
Peace and quite close to town, almost total remodel of 3,309sqft. home down to the foundation. This unique property comes with 2 acres of irrigated land with a large pond...
- Courtesy ofFred Real Estate Group
Fabulous gated Broken Top. 3-car grg+3BR+3 full baths + loft & hardwoods. Soaring vaults. Living area overlooks the elegant ambiance of the pond, waterfall & wildlife of ...
- Courtesy ofPacific Ridge Real Estate
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