The Oregon coast is so stunning, it’s easy to want to live or vacation there regularly. However, choosing an exact place to buy a house can be more difficult. The Oregon coast has many towns you could love. Still, here are seven great places you might want to look at first.
Yachats is a tiny coastal town surrounded by natural beauty. You can go to the Suislaw National Forest to the south or wander the almost untouched coastline. Despite the town’s small size, there are several great restaurants and coffee shops, so you don’t have to travel far to get a nice breakfast or dinner out.
Cannon Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the Oregon coast, and that popularity is well-earned. The town has a beautiful downtown with an equally beautiful beach, memorable for its giant Haystack Rock. It’s a perfect place for artists to live, too. The town has a vibrant art culture, kept alive by the Cannon Beach Arts Association, and art galleries are scattered throughout downtown. It’s also close enough to Portland for a day trip, so you can easily visit the city for concerts, festivals and other events.
Although Manzanita is only one square mile, every inch of the oceanside town is worth visiting. It has seven miles of sandy beach to walk on, and the downtown has a quirky atmosphere. Nestled between two state parks—Oswald West to the north and Nehalem Bay to the south—the town is nice place for outdoor enthusiasts to live. Both State Parks have secluded beaches, hiking trails, and places to go fishing. You can also go paddle boarding, kitesurfing, camping, horseback riding… The list goes on. Then, after day trip to the beach, you can enjoy food from the local Tillamook cheese factory, just 25 miles away from Manzanita.
If you love good local beer, Astoria has a few excellent microbreweries for you to try out. You can get beer from Fort George, Wet Dog, and Buoy, all with breweries in downtown Astoria. These pubs are also a meeting point for the FisherPoets Gathering, a community that celebrates commercial fishing through poetry, song and prose. Besides great beer, culture and coastline, Astoria has many beautiful Victorian homes for sale. Each house has a unique touch, from bamboo heated floors to clawfoot bathtubs. These homes are alone a reason to move to Astoria.
If you’re planning to raise a family on the Oregon Coast, you might want to live in Rockaway Beach. It has a fantastic beach with soft sand and an active community with family-friendly festivals, including a Pirate Festival, a Kite Festival, and an art fair. Perhaps most importantly, Rockaway beach has the best school district on the Oregon Coast, so you won’t have to sacrifice your kids’ education in order to live on the coast.
Depoe Bay is the Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast and a perfect town for anyone who’s passionate about ocean life. From March to December every year, you can see the pod of grey whales that live by Depoe Bay, along with other species that pass by. Humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoise and blue whales have all been spotted near the town. You could easily see 5-15 whales per day in the summer and fall, and many more in the winter! Just sit on the shore or go out in a boat, and you’ll spot a whale. You can also get involved at the Whale Watching Center to stay up-to-date on the sightings and whale migration.
A quiet and friendly community in Tillamook County, Neskowin is a hidden gem along the Oregon Coast with less tourists, a small population, and plenty of beach to enjoy.
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