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Florence Oregon

Florence, Oregon is a small, idyllic town on the central Oregon Coast. With a rich history, one tradition claims the city was named for State Senator A.B Florence, who represented Lane County from 1858-1860. Another is that Florence was named for a French vessel that shipwrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on February 17, 1875.

Florence, Oregon is a town with many faces – it is a beach town, a harbor town, a forest town, a river town, a lake town, a retirement town, a town for young people, a commercial center, a civic-minded town, a literary town, a cultured town, a vacation town, a hometown.

According to Robert Powell of Market Watch, Florence gets "high marks for ambiance: There are massive dunes to hike, sea lions to watch, lighthouses to photograph, golf courses to blaze and mushrooms to hunt. Plus, there’s Old Town, which features art galleries and antique stores." With its pleasing climate, excellent schools, numerous recreational activities, diverse economy, rising incomes, and safe, small-town atmosphere, Florence is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

If this sounds intriguing to you and we don’t satisfy your curiosity here, give us a call. Do you want more specific information, like how to find the best bass fishing hole, great live music or local theatre productions? We have answers for you.

Florence Oregon

Florence is located along U.S. Highway 101 at the mouth of the Siuslaw River and is popular for its lush green forests, lakes, river, and beautiful dramatic coastlines. Florence is also accessible via Oregon Highway 126, which runs through the Willamette Valley from Interstate 5 at Eugene, then along the Siuslaw River through the Coastal Range to the Pacific Ocean.

Whether you prefer to travel by road, rail, air, or sea, Florence is just a hop, skip, and a jump (or flight) away: 48 miles north of Coos Bay and the North Bend Airport, 50 miles south of Newport, 55 miles west of Eugene and the Eugene Airport, 164miles southwest of Portland and the Portland International Airport.

Florence Oregon Retirement

Florence, Oregon has become a Mecca for retirees who are young-at-heart. Baby Boomers have discovered what the early settlers discovered over 200 years ago - that it is a great place to live. Age-restricted active-adult communities offer a range of services, social events, amenities, and activities to attract and serve residents. After all, 55 is the new 35.

Note: Age-restricted 55+ housing--80% of units must be occupied by at least one-person aged 55 or older per unit. Residents under age 55 may occupy no more than 20% of units. The primary intention of this rule is to prevent the loss of exemption due to situations in which a surviving spouse or heir wishes to occupy the unit.

Florence, Oregon is roughly 5 miles wide (from the Pacific Ocean on the west and to the east) and 8 miles long (from Southview in the north to Westlake in the south) with a river running through it. The actual city limits encompass an area of about 2.5 miles west to east and 2.5 miles north to south.

As in all towns and cities across America, the community of Florence is comprised of a number of neighborhoods. In order to assist you in deciding which areas and/or neighborhoods might appeal most to you, let us orient you to the geography of Florence and the characteristics of those neighborhoods.

In-Town: Refers to the area within Florence city limits. The area extends from the Siuslaw Bridge north to Munsel Lake Road and includes 2 golf courses, Florence schools, the hospital and doctors’ offices, shopping, community services, and beautiful Old Town. There are several gated communities in town. Sandpines, Ocean Dunes and The Cottages have lovely custom homes adjacent to Florence's two fine golf courses. Mariner's Village is a small gated community on Rhododendron Drive comprised off modest homes, many of which are Cape Cod style. It is distinguished by its fenced and locked area for homeowners to store RV's and boats. Shelter Cove and Fawn Ridge, also on Rhododendron Drive, are comprised of more expensive custom homes some of which have spectacular views of the Siuslaw River, the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon sand dunes. Lots are available in both these neighborhoods to build a custom home. Rhodoview Dunes is a small gated neighborhood located on top of a ridge. Many of the homes have spectacular high views of the Pacific Ocean or the Siuslaw River estuary and the Coastal Range mountains. Services are city water and sewer.

Beach: The Beach area extends north of the city limits, west of Highway 101 up the coast to Florence’s only oceanfront community, and east along Heceta Beach Road to Highway 101. The Beach area has one gated community, Kla-ha-nee, comprised of more expensive custom homes with prices beginning around $650,000. It is the only ocean front gated community in the Florence area. Heceta South is a beautiful neighborhood of custom homes on one-third acre lots with prices beginning around $350,000. This area is distinguished by the fact that much of the native vegetation remains. Ocean Woodlands is an older neighborhood with half acre heavily vegetated private lots. Homes are both custom built and manufactured. Idylewood is a popular custom built neighborhood close to the entrance to the North Jetty and the beach. A few building lots remain. Water service is by Heceta Water District and sewer is private septic systems.

North: This area extends north from Heceta Beach Road on the west side of Highway 101, north from Munsel Lake Road on the east side and is sometimes referred to as the North Lakes Area because of the 12 lakes located there. There is one gated neighborhood north of Florence, Southview. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, many of the homes have magnificent long views looking south to the Siuslaw River jetties. It is comprised of more expensive custom homes. In addition to this gated neighborhood, there is a new non-gated subdivision, The Reserve, located a few miles north of the city limits. It is comprised of more modestly priced custom homes. Lots are still available for building, some of which have Heceta Lake views. There is a common area around the lake for walking and a small park with picnic table and gazebo. Water service is either by Heceta Water District, private wells, or lake water and sewer is private septic systems.

South: The area extends south from the Siuslaw Bridge to the Lane County Line and includes Glenada, Dunes City, and Westlake. Referred to as the South Lakes Area, it includes 6 lakes, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Honeyman State Park. There are two gated neighborhoods south of Florence. South Shore has more expensive custom homes on lan acre or more lots, many with private docks on Woahink Lake. Sunset Cove is a new gated neighborhood with more expensive custom homes on half acre lots. The neighborhood features a common dock and common area on Woahink Lake. Lots are available for building a custom home. Water is provided by private wells, lake water, or community water systems and sewer is private septic systems.

East: Extending east of the city limits near North Fork Siuslaw Road and up the Siuslaw River, this area includes Mapleton, Deadwood, Swisshome, and along Highway 126 toward Eugene. Outside of Mapleton City Limits, water is provided by private wells or river water and sewer is private septic systems.

Coast Village: This gated park is located right in town. Own your own lot for full-time living or vacation getaways in your RV, manufactured home, stick-built, or combination of these. Enjoy wooded seclusion and the amenities of the park, which include a pool, sauna, community center, laundry, and post office, without giving up the convenience of living in town. Homeowner’s association dues, currently $130.00 per month, cover the costs of the amenities, garbage service, city water and sewer.

Greentrees: This planned, adult 55+ gated community of manufactured homes is also located within the city limits. Own your own lot, each naturally vegetated with coastal beauty, and enjoy the community amenities, which include a pool, lap pool, tennis court, sauna, hot tub, gym, library and community center. Homeowner’s association dues, currently $146.00 per month, cover the cost of the amenities, cable tv, garbage service, city water and sewer.

Florentine Estates: This premier gated, 55+, manufactured home community is located on 180 lush, wooded acres in the heart of Florence and extends north to the city limits. Own your own lot and enjoy the amenities, which include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna, gym, tennis courts, large community center, and garbage service. Homeowner’s association dues are currently $77.00 per month. Services are city water and sewer.

Should you or your loved ones need independent/assisted living or a continuing care facility, Florence boasts some of the best. Levels of living offered include independent living, assisted living, supportive living, memory-impairment, and skilled nursing facilities. The emphasis is on nurturing and enhancing quality of life through planned programs designed for mental and physical stimulation.

Spruce Point is a senior assisted living and memory care community comprised of 65 assisted living apartments and 25 units for state-of-the-art Alzheimer's Care.

Regency Florence is a 72-bed skilled nursing community. The community provides skilled care, intermediate care, respite care, hospices services. Regency Florence meets the unique needs of residents, addresses family concerns, and helps residents with expedient recovery. Regency Florence respects the dignity of each individual and aims to provide quality of life. Residents can choose between a number of activities each day, including arts and crafts, outings, and other specialized activities that keep residents active.

The gated communities of Florentine Estates and Greentrees Villagehave much to offer. Amenities include clubhouses featuring card and billiard areas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, computer stations, arts and crafts. Prices in these communities begin at about $80,000 and go up to $400,000.

Developers have recognized the desire of Buyers for security and prestige. In response, Florence, Oregon gated communities have become a popular phenomenon worldwide. Gated communities typically include controlled entrances and usually offer amenities such as country clubs, golf courses, fitness centers, and club activities. Florence has several such communities: Sandpines and Ocean Dunes are both golf course communities with Club Houses. Rhodoview Dunes, Mariner's Village, Shelter Cove, Fawn Ridge, Kla-ha-nee, Southview and South Shore offer a variety of special locations. For example, Rhodoview Dunes and Southview are each located on a ridge where many of the homes have stunning ocean views. Kla-ha-nee homes are ocean front or close to ocean front. South Cove homes are on acre lots, many of them lakefront with their own dock.

Florence Oregon Active Lifestyle

For those who crave an active lifestyle, there are two major golf courses in Florence, Oreogn - bike and canoe trails, birding, boating and fishing on 18 lakes, the Siuslaw River and the mighty Pacific, a new Senior Center, a just-expanded library, a Boy's and Girl's Club, bowling alley, dance and live-theater groups, the ukulele club, hot yoga classes, the Elks, Moose, Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimist and much more. The Arts are important to area residents. Cultural organizations and performances include the Florence Last Resort Players, the Community Chorus of Florence Oregon, and the Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble. The Lane County Community College in Florence, Oregon has a Lifelong Learning Center where "mature adults" can take inexpensive classes and trips.

We will provide you with valuable information crucial to making your retirement destination decision. One very important consideration is ‘quality of life.’ With a click of the mouse, you have access to information about the Florence, Oregon market and useful information such as climate conditions, cost of living, medical services, property tax rates, area recreation, cultural activities, houses of worship, restaurants, shopping, and much more.

Once you make the decision to retire and relocate to Florence, Oregon - our goal is to make buying your Florence, Oregon and relocating a seamless transition. You can search for your dream house through our local Florence area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or request that we do it for you. Let us put our collective real estate experience to work for you. Not only do you benefit from our thorough knowledge of the Florence, Oregon market, but also from our inside knowledge of area neighborhoods. Make use of our relationships with local lenders and other service providers to help meet your individual needs as you relocate to Florence, Oregon. We will counsel and guide you step-by-step through the entire Florence home buying process by providing you with timely and accurate information and advice.

Florence Oregon Golf Course Country Club

Is golf your obsession? Do you want to step out your back door and onto the course? On the other hand, do you simply enjoy the beauty of manicured fairways and greens? Whatever your tastes, the Florence, Oregon area offers two golf communities with golf to suit any ability amid extraordinary natural beauty. Test your skill on some of the world’s finest courses, Sandpines a Rees Jones designed course and Ocean Dunes Golf Links built by noted architect William Robinson and rated 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.

Florence Oregon Old Town Florence

Living within walking distance of Old Town Florence's famous bridge, it's coffee shops and seafood restaurants, it's gazebo on the river and it's fishing fleet, it's art galleries and live-performance theaters is the dream of many who decide to make Florence, Oregon their home. Whether it's an apartment, a condominium home overlooking the water and the Glenada Dune or a turn of the century bungalow, Old Town has a little bit of everything. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to your childhood years when the family enjoyed going downtown. Leave your car at home and walk to Splash and Bonjour to find that divine little dress, get a lush ice cream cone at BJ's, chow down on Pacific halibut at The Waterfront Depot, catch the Farmer's Market on the Boardwalk, or buy Dungeness crab fresh off the boat. You can do it all within an easy stroll.

Florence Oregon Waterfront Communities

Whether you have your own boat or simply want to enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Siuslaw River and Glenada Dune, the Florence area provides easy access to area rivers, lakes and ponds. Florence, Oregon is located on a small bay on the Siuslaw River, about four miles from the Pacific Ocean, as the salmon swims. Do not overlook the beautiful Siltcoos River, which flows into the Pacific from Siltcoos Lake, the largest lake on the Oregon coast. Some of the area's most prestigious properties offer marina facilities, while others have river access and most have lakes or ponds.

Florence Oregon Demographics

A top retirement choice, Florence is one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon with a current estimated population of 8,270 within city limits, serving an area-wide population of nearly 22,000.

0 – 18 16.8%
19 – 24 05.0%
25 – 44 16.0%
45 – 64 23.9%
65+ 38.2%

Median Age: 55.8 Yrs

White 95.88%
Other Races 2.23%
Native American 0.92%
Asian 0.55%
African American 0.28%
Pacific Islander 0.14%

Florence Oregon

Florence enjoys a very moderate climate with cool summers, mild winters, seasonal storms and spectacular sunsets. Temperatures drop to an average low of 37 degrees, especially in December and January, and reach an average high of 69 degrees during the months of August and September. The average annual rainfall is about 76 inches; humidity averages 88% in January and 57% in July.

Florence Oregon Community Facilities & Services

Florence is the largest community in western Lane County and is a center for medical care, education, business, and other services. There are department stores (2), retail and specialty shops (dozens!), restaurants (25), fast-food chains (10), banks/financial service centers (10+), churches (25), hotels/motels/bed & breakfasts (500+ rooms), nursing homes (2), parks (10+), a casino and hotel, an event center, bowling alley and golf courses.

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce
Why is Florence one of the best places in the United States to live?
Peace Harbor Hospital
This state-of-the-art facility providing exceptional medicine, is a full service,
21-bed, acute care, Level IV trauma center.
Florence Municipal Airport
30+ aircraft currently based; the runway measures 2916’ x 60’.
Jet fuel and tie down parking are available.
Siuslaw Public Library
A literary gemstone with over 61,200 books and other printed material.
Florence Events Center
Check the calendar for events such as an evening at the theater, a conference for 500,
an elegant wedding, or Chowder, Blues and Brews.
Lane Community College
Meet all academic requirements to achieve Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with
lecture and distance learning courses, or just have fun.

Other services include...

Florence City Hall Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
Florence Justice Center Oregon DMV
Florence Humane Society US Post Office
Florence Food Share US Coast Guard
Western Lane Ambulance Boys and Girls Club
Adult and Family Services Lane County Youth Services
Boosters Senior Center Senior & Disabled Services

Florence Oregon

Florence fares well in the area of job prospects, especially in the three sectors of greatest interest to retirees – services, retail, and finance, which includes insurance and real estate. Approximately 22.9% of the working population is involved in education, health and social services, 19.9% work in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food services fields, and 16.1% work in retail.

The largest individual employers are Peace Harbor Hospital, Three Rivers Casino and Hotel, Siuslaw School District, and Fred Meyer Department Store.

Florence Oregon Schools

Florence, and the nearby community of Mapleton, provides schooling for nearly 2,000 students. Our kids develop strong groups of friends and a myriad of activities that surround them daily.

Head Start of Lane County
Siuslaw Primary School
Siuslaw Middle School
Rhododendron Elementary School
Siuslaw High School
Lane Community College

Florence Oregon Parks

Whatever playtime activity you seek, Florence’s parks can fill the bill. Looking for forests and flowers, playground, walking, jogging and biking paths, picnic tables, baseball or softball field, skate park, tennis or basketball court, horseshoe pits, or a public river dock for crabbing and fishing? Florence is the place for you.

Gallager’s Park
Harbor Vista Park
Munsel Creek Bike Path
Greenway Park
Munsel Road Park
Old Town Park
Pepperoaks Park
Pocket Park
Rolling Dunes Park
Singing Pines Park
Miller Park
Honeyman State Park

Florence Oregon Recreation

Fishing, boating, hiking, and cycling are all a part of daily life in Florence, Oregon. We enjoy miles of sandy beaches, a dynamic river, beautiful lakes, endless mountains, and ocean sunsets. Florence is also a vacation destination for many and offers a limitless supply of recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

You may also want to sand board, dune buggy, rent an ATV, skateboard, go horseback riding, golf, do some birding or beachcombing, hunt, fish, camp, bowl, see a movie or a play, work out at a local gym, or go fly a kite.

Sandpines Golf Course
Sand Master Park
Ocean Dunes Golf Links
Siuslaw National Forest
Avalon Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course
Sand Dunes
Miller Park Skate Park
Sandland Adventures
Carl G. Washburne State Park
Holiday Bowl
C & M Stables
Aero Legends
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum
Florence Events Center
Florence Cinemas
Three Rivers Casino and Hotel

Florence Oregon Lakes

Situated on a bend of the Siuslaw River and surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes, Florence ranks fishing and water sports as major activities. Some lakes are seasonal, but most are year-round and range in size from 3 acres with .5 miles of shoreline to 3160 acres with 27.8 miles of shoreline. In fact, Siltcoos is regarded to be the largest lake on the Oregon Coast. Ask us about the best places to fish.

Alder, Buck and Dune Lakes Munsel Lake
Perkins and Elbow Lakes Siltcoos Lake
Sutton Lake Cleawox Lake
Collard & Clear Lakes Tahkenitch Lake
Erhart, Georgia & Lost Lakes Mercer Lake
Threemile and Carter Lakes Woahink Lake
Lily Lake Siuslaw River

Florence Oregon Points of Interest

Florence, Oregon is the gateway to the incomparable Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, stretching south for 40 miles, and plays host to the World’s Largest Sea Cave and other attractions. Come explore, play, shop, stay.

Heceta Head Lighthouse
Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside
Historic Old Town Florence
Devil’s Elbow
Sea Lion Caves
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
Historic Siuslaw Bridge