While there are tons of beautiful places to live in Oregon, buyers that are looking in smaller towns should take a close look at Bandon real estate. The small town of Bandon, with its modest population of 3,066 people, has more going for it than one might think. In fact, back in 2010 it gained the distinction of being named by Budget Travel as one of the top Coolest Small Towns in America. The town of Bandon was founded in 1873 by an Irish family that gave the town its name based on the town of Bandon, Ireland, from which they came. It's located in Coos County and can be found on the south part of the Coquille River's mouth, making for some gorgeous year round scenic views.
Shopping and Dining
As small of a town as Bandon is, it might come as a surprise that the shopping and dining options are rather plentiful. Residents can find a number of local restaurants nearby their Bandon real estate. In fact, there's a nice variety of eateries to choose from. Alloro's Wine Bar features local seasonal seafood, meats and produce paired with fine wines for an excellent local dining experience. The panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean at Lord Bennett's complements the fresh food and quality wine served here. If you have a sweet tooth or just want to savour a fine desert Coastal Mist Chocolates is the place to go, or have them cater. Residents looking to enjoy breakfast should make their way to the Minute Cafe, while those in the mood for a burger and a drink should drop in at Foley's Irish Pub. Those who want to go out to a higher end establishment shouldn't hesitate in reserving a table at The Loft Restaurant & bar. Considering the fact that Bandon real estate is located right by the river as well as not far from the Pacific, it makes sense that there are some great seafood spots around town. Local favorites include the Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant, Edgewaters, Tony's Crab Shack and the Wheelhouse Restaurant. These are just a small sampling of the wide variety of restaurants in and around Bandon. Residents also have numerous shopping options. Local stores worth checking out include Winter River Books, Devon's Boutique, Gypsy Wagon, The Toy Room and the Whiskey Wagon flowers and gift store. A good area to go to in search of shopping and dining options is the Old Town area of Bandon, which welcomes visitors with an arching sign reading Welcome to Old Town.
Parks and Recreation
Outdoors lovers are going to really appreciate the amount of parks and recreation options available to them, especially since many of them are in very close proximity to Bandon real estate. Residents and visitors alike should be sure to check out the Shores Acres State Park, which is perched on stunning sandstone cliffs overlooking the Pacific. This park contains gardens that boast flowers and plants from all over the world. There are also two rose gardens and an oriental-style pond to enjoy. During the holidays, the gardens are lit up with thousands of lights and decorations. Then there's the Bandon State Natural Area, which provides a number of picnic areas as well as access points to the beach. Visitors can go hiking on one of the park's many trails, swimming, fishing and more. There are plenty of other things to do around Bandon as well besides just visiting its parks. The area is a popular attraction amongst tourists looking to engage in storm watching. The West Coast Game Park Safari is also a big attraction amongst tourists and can be found just south of the town. Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that they can hit the greens at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which consists of five different courses, four of which are regulation length. These regulation courses are championship courses that include Bandon Trails, Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald, all of which are often considered some of the top courses in the state by those who play here.
The unemployment rate in Bandon is only 2.7 percent, which is very respectable in comparison to the 6.8 percent state unemployment rate and the 6 percent national unemployment rate. The largest employers in Bandon include Oregon Overseas Timber, Hardin Optical, the Bandon Dunes Golf Course, School District #54C and the Southern Coos Health District. Two of the biggest industries in Bandon are the timber and fishing industry, although the tourism industry has grown a lot over the last few decades.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
Bandon real estate is located within the Bandon School District #54C. The district has three schools and serves around 750 students.
Residents have access to the Southern Coos Hospital, which provides 24-hour emergency care.
Bandon is located nearby a number of major roads, including US Hwy 101, State Hwy 42, State Hwy 38 and State Hwy 126. Residents will also be within a short driving distance of the Southwest Oregon National Airport. The only public bus system available is Greyhound – most residents get around by driving their personal vehicles.
Photos courtesy of Cal Mukumoto