Bend Oregon is outdoors oriented and the perfect place for a second career
You want to retire to Bend Oregon if you are ready to ditch the daily job grind but not ready to sit on a couch and grow fat. Bend is a outdoorsy place vibrating with opportunity and a can do attitude that is infectious. Listen as REALTOR pal Greg Fischer shares Bend Oregon lifestyle, prices and homes in this latest interview.
Who is Greg Fischer?
Greg is the Broker of Record at Fred Real Estate in Bend Oregon and the Director of Growth
Greg chose Bend like a lot of people. The population has grown a lot in the last 5 years, and they expect to double (to a pretty sparse 90,000) in the next 5 years.
What do people how retire to Bend Oregon love?
Bend is different from Tahoe that it is a year ’round economy, not a seasonal destination. You will love that it feels like a vacation all the time.
If you retire to Bend Oregon, what is the economy?
Central Oregon has had historic high unemployment. They are a little more isolated. But lately manufacturing- food and sporting equipment. They have a huge brewery culture (Bend Ale Trail is a huge deal), it is a number one beer destination. This laid the ground work for other related industries to make their way to Bend.
There is also a huge technology sector that is growing. Lots of start ups, venture capitalists and remote workers from Seattle and the Bay Area. Facebook opened a data center for mid level IT types. Sony is another company is investing in the area.
When you retire to Bend Oregon, what will the people be like?
This is the place for those who love ideas. Ideal for REI rebate recipients.
Non- Athletic minded people: There is a great music scene, Oregon style Blue Grass, there is an amphitheater in town with major acts, John Mellencamp is due to play next week. Concerts and festivals is located in areas walkable to restaurants and mellow clubs.
What is the people vibe: Casual. People are friendly, not rushed or stressed. The city is compelled to grow. They are adding infrastructure and people. This creates an interesting mix of progressives and older conservatives, but Greg sees them cooexisting very well.
What are homes prices like when you retire to Bend Oregon?
You can get a few years old home on the outskirts of town with a smallish yard (like 6k lot) for about $350,000. If you want to be in town you’re looking about $500,000 – $600,000 for a high-end lifestyle. These homes are mostly character homes remodeled and move in ready.
Greg can be reached at 541-408-9239.