Many Californians Buy Second Homes in Coos Bay, Oregon

Real Estate Agent with Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker DRE #00697006

My husband and I sometimes talk about where would be the best place to live at retirement. Neither of us are from Sacramento, and I prefer the ocean over just about any place inland. Homes along the coast in California are extremely expensive, even a small home, and although prices are better in Hawaii, I don't think I will be able to persuade my husband to live year-round in Hawaii. We might need a summer place in the states somewhere. We've been talking about buying a second home now, way before retirement, if we can just come to a compromise on where.

He brought up Coos Bay, Oregon, as he's much more of a rugged outdoor enthusiast than me. I will go hiking, for example, but I don't want to go more than 3 miles or so, and definitely not straight uphill. Otherwise, he will have to listen to me describe my immediate experience in ways he'd probably prefer not to hear. You can read more in my personal blog today and see all of the photographs at this link: Delightful Coos Bay, Oregon, and Blankets of Fog.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (7)

Jennifer Provencio
San Diego County and Central Valley - Oceanside, CA
The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I would love to have a second home on the coast. It's amazing how expensive properties are on the California coastline.

Jul 04, 2015 04:46 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have to admit, as soon as you mentioned Coos Bay, OR as a potential retirement locale, I went straight to searching for homes there online.  Lots of variety and not too pricey.  If you can deal with the weather, would be great.  I'm not a fan of the gray days of the pacific northwest, but my husband would LOVE it.

Jul 04, 2015 10:35 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Jennifer Provencio Well,  we don't need a mansion, just a little house with a couple of bedrooms and a couple of baths. Still upwards of a million. If we want the oceanfront, and we do. Otherwise, why bother?

Chris Ann Cleland Let's get our husbands together and they can go live somewhere cold, wet and foggy and they can visit you and me in Hawaii. Sound like a plan?

Jul 04, 2015 12:08 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Elizabeth.  With all the family living within no more than a 20 minute drive from our home I don't think I can get my wife to move anywhere.  You bet I would move in a minute but I know it is not to be so....

Jul 04, 2015 08:12 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Coos Bay sounds wonderful, Elizabeth.  I'm thinking you may enjoy a second home there.

Jul 04, 2015 08:45 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  The client that bought in 2008 will not lose money if she bought in good areas.  Prices will return to pre 2008 levels,

Jul 04, 2015 09:36 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That sounds like a perfect plan.  Sunny beaches are way more our thing.

Jul 05, 2015 08:17 AM