Setting: Bandon lies 236 miles southwest of Portland, 130 miles southwest of Eugene, and 89 miles north of the Oregon-California state line.
The Attractions: Small-town ambience thrives in a glorious natural setting. A great variety of activities abound, from beachcombing to boating, fishing to hiking, surfing to storm watching. Crabbing, mushrooming, and berry picking are seasonal pursuits. Residents are friendly, casual, and welcoming to visitors and newcomers.
The Drawbacks: Few well-paying jobs exist. The setting is far from major metropolitan centers, though the Coos Bay/North Bend metro area, 26 miles north, has major shops and department stores.
Housing Options: Modest older homes provide one, two, or three bedrooms. Small, inexpensive cabins dot the woods. Houses on the bluffs and in the dunes near the ocean are in demand―especially those with spectacular views of the sea.
Your Next-door Neighbors: A sculptor, a bookworm, a retired engineer, a logger, a fisherman, a retired college professor. About 2,800 people live in town, with a total of about 5,500 in town and the outlying communities combined.
What It Costs: A small number of cabins and cottages (most of them upriver or in the woods) can be found for less than $100,000. Older houses in town run from $100,000 to $200,000. Large houses on the bluffs and in the dunes near the ocean run from $300,000 to $600,000 and higher, depending on size, quality of view, and beach access.
Where You'd Spend Free Time: On the beach or in the woods by the Coquille River. Meeting friends at Bandon Baking Co. and Deli, the Station Restaurant, the Arcade Tavern, or the Wheelhouse Restaurant and Crowsnest Lounge. Watching the sunset from South Jetty Beach, Coquille Point, or Lord Bennett's restaurant. Buying cheese at Bandon Cheese Factory, bread from Bandon Gourmet, and fresh fish or crab at Bandon Bay Fisheries. Golfing at Bandon Dunes Resort or the Face Rock Golf Course.