Relocating to Astoria from Arkansas- Help?

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Kimberly

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Aug 11, 2009
 
Hi, I am seriously considering relocating to the Astoria area. I currently live in Arkansas, but have traveled most of the country. I've never been to the Oregon coast, but came across Astoria as I was searching for areas in the U.S. with year around cool climates. From what I understand, the weather there is usually never too warm or too cold. I don't mind cold, but the vast heat and humidity of the south has really become too much for me. I'm also looking for a different type of people and culture. Although I grew up in the south, the lifestyle is just not for me. I am a single 28 year old and would really like to start all over somewhere else... somewhere without the heat!

I've noticed that there aren't a lot of posts on this forum, but if anyone read this perhaps you could give me some information. I've tried to order visitors guides from Astoria, but haven't had any luck at all in getting one sent to me. There also isn't really an abundance of info. on the net. I know the town size is about 10,000. Where is the nearest larger town? Somewhere with a hospital, doctor offices, maybe even a college or university? What is the lifestyle like? Are there many people near my age? Are there mostly young families or older retirees? Grocery stores, clothing stores, restaurants, nightlife? Is it a clean town? Crime? From pictures, it appears very beautiful, but I know some pictures can be deceiving. Is it as beautiful as I think?

I am going to try visiting in either September or October. Are there any decent, but cheap hotels in the area? Is Astoria a tourist town? If so, when is tourist season? Is it difficult living in a tourist town?

Does the Astoria area have nice fall foliage? If so, when is the normal peak time? I would like to visit during this time, if possible.

Basically, I am asking for any and all information anyone might have. I really appreciate your time and would love to hear from anyone in the area. You can reply to me here or you can reach me at kimberly.randall@gmail.com

Thanks so much.
Kimberly

Clarksville, AR

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Aug 13, 2009
 
I guess not many people really visit this site. Well, I will be checking back often so please leave any info you have here or send it to me at my email address listed above. I would appreciate it so much. Thanks.
Mark

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Aug 19, 2009
 
There are several hotels in town; finding one in September or October should not be a big problem.

We do have a hospital in town as well as there is another one in Seaside. However our hospital does not have a fantastic reputation in town.

We have a small, but active Community College--Clatsop Community College ( www.clatsopcc.edu ).

This used to be a big lumber and cannery town, but the lumber jobs are all but gone and we only have a few canneries left.

Tourism has really taken off in this town. We also have some cruise ships that stop here. The tourist season peaks in summer. However is is not as crazy as Seaside--it get busier since it sits directly on the coast. We have several museums in town as well. There are several historical sites around here as well.

We run the range from kids to retirees in this town.

Nightlife is OK, there are a few places to go to have fun and dance. The Wet Dog Cafe is pretty popular. We also have two movie theaters in town, plus another in Seaside.

Crime is is not too bad, but is present. However it is not as bad as any big city.

This city is fairly clean. We have been getting an influx of new people coming in and a lot of run-down places have been or are in the process of getting fixed up.

In town we have a large Safeway market for groceries. In nearby Warrenton there is a Fred Meyers, Costco, and a Home Depot. Seaside has more shops including a nice outlet mall. Both Seaside and Astoria have several tourist shops; though Seaside has a lot more of them.

If you're looking for more, Longview, Washington has the nearest Walmart and Winco Foods as well as several mare shops. Sometimes the money you save is well worth the price of gas.

One thing you'll have to get used to living here is all the rain. We don't get a lot in the summer, but the rest of the year is pretty wet. It does get humid here, but it is nothing like the south. Weather is fairly mild with winters not getting too cold and summers not getting too hot compared to the rest of the state. It can get very windy here as well.

The nearest large city is Portland, Oregon. It is a good drive away, but it makes for a decent day trip.

Since a large part of this town is built on a slide zone, usuable property can be somewhat expensive. We got lucky and are only paying $430 for our one-bedroom, but after we leave, the landlord will probally jack the rent up at least $100.

Astoria is a pretty place to live. There are several nearby communities that would also be a good place to live. Warrenton and Hammond are nice. There are a few communities across the bridge in Washington as well that may suit you as well.
Kimberly

Clarksville, AR

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Aug 20, 2009
 
Mark, Thanks so much for your reply. I was wondering if anyone might see my post. Your info. is great and very welcome, as I have had a difficult time getting any relocation info at all. Astoria and the surrounding area really sounds like a lovely place. I might even consider an area like Seaside as well, from what you describe.

I really thank you for taking the time to post here and being so helpful. I am excited about my trip to the area soon and hopefully have found a place to call my new home.

If you or anyone else would like to post any other info, I am thirsty for it, so please do.

Thanks again!
Mark

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Aug 22, 2009
 
One more thing: the downtown area is a grid of one-way streets. Be careful about which street you turn onto. I've seen a couple of people go the wrong way on these roads.
Mark

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#6
Aug 22, 2009
 
Just noticed that my city said Portland. LOL It should be Astoria.

Expect Seaside properties to be really expensive. It's right on the ocean and therefore property values are higher than Astoria. Astoria is up the Columbia River and has some protection from Tsunamis. ;)
Kimberly

Clarksville, AR

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Aug 22, 2009
 
That's ok, my city is wrong also. It must have something to do with the internet service provider, I would guess. I'm excited about visiting the area and am so looking forward to it! I actually plan to fly into Portland and drive down the Oregon coast from Astoria south and then down the CA. coast... across either Nevada or Arizon, Colorado, and on east back to Arkansas. It should be a fun road trip with lots to see and do. I still have no concrete plans yet, so I guess I'll just drive and stop if I see something interesting.

I have also been looking at the average temps throughout the year. It doesn't really look like it ever gets warm enough to get in the water (Which is honestly fine with me. I could go forever without the horrid heat again). Are there actually days where you have beach weather? I have lived in Southern Florida and remember well how difficult it could be during tourist season. The population basically tripled and everything was so crowded, the traffic was terrible, there was no point in tryin to go to the beach or go to dinner. It was just so packed. I hope that isn't the case in your area.

By the way, Mark, thanks for all of your help. It is much appreciated and it's always better to get advice from a local than to rely solely on travel guides, etc. I'll have to buy you a drink when I finally make the move!
saddlemt

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Dec 20, 2009
 
Hi Kimberly, I just stumbled on this forum. i know its late december, but i have lived here all my live, born in seaside, graduated from Knappa (12 mi east of astoria) w/ exeception 4 yrs in gresham (way east portland, mt hood) while attending college. I currently live in gods country= Olney, or. bout 10 miles SE of astoria. Hope you had good look around. i am not much your elder. if you need more info feel free to email- saddlemt@wwestsky.com (i live near saddle mt. beautifll hike on clear day)
ps you might already be a neighbor, yes?
jon
saddlemt

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Dec 20, 2009
 
My city (state too) is way wrong also obviously!!!

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