Bandon : Oregon


What It Is Like to Retire in Bandon

This up and coming community offers a trifecta – world class golf, a perfect ocean setting, and small town charm. It’s Bandon, Oregon, located in the southern third of Oregon’s coast on the Coquille River. This growing town of just over 3,000 is often referred to as Bandon-by-the-Sea, and it is easy to see why. High cliffs go down to gigantic beaches pounded by the Pacific surf. Giant rock formations are laden with sea creatures that have to be seen to be believed. And all of this is a charming small town on the sea.

Bandon has always been a popular tourist destination. Its popularity has soared in recent years due to the presence of six of America’s finest golf courses (Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes run along the Pacific, while Old MacDonald, Bandon Trails, the Punchbowl, and  Bandon Preserve are newer offer different experiences). These tremendous golf courses are high above the Pacific with magnificent views of the ocean. The terrain is virtually identical with that of the western coast of Ireland, down to the gorse on the hillsides. The golf is similar to Irish courses like Tralee and Ballybunion. Well-heeled golfers travel the world to play here. The town has other attractions as well. Fishing and nature (storm watching is big here) offer excellent distractions, as does the cute but small downtown. Bandon is located in Coos County. Nearby towns worth looking at include Cannon Beach, Astoria, and Coos Bay.

Here is more information on taxes and what it is like to retire in Oregon, as well as in Bend OR


Where to Retire in Bandon and Home Prices

Housing opportunities for active adults 55+ vary. Most of the homes on and near the water, or set back in newer developments. The vacation home industry is very strong here, although we are not aware of any active adult communities - yet!

Zillow reports the median home value to be about $376,766 in mid-2021, and has been on the rise since 2012. But compared to many west coast communities, these prices are low.


What Is Special about Bandon

• Wonderful scenic and recreational activities • Wind and kite surfing, kayaking • 4 world class golf courses including Bandon Dunes and Pacific  Dunes • Cranberry Festival • Coquille River Lighthouse • Bullards Beach State Park. • Face Rock and other interesting rock formations • Storm watching

What Is Not Special about Bandon

It is remote. The roads leading to it are very mountainous

Who Will Like Retirement in Bandon

Retirees will like living here because of its beautiful and wild natural surroundings. The golf and outdoor activities such as fishing, windsurfing, and hiking are outstanding. The average age is 54, so it clear retirees like the area.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Bandon's economic star is rising. Tourism, golf, fishing, cranberries, cheese are the big industries.


Climate and Physical Environment

Bandon is located on the Coquille River on Oregon’s southern coast. Giant rock formations dot the coast. Going away from the water the terrain rises to become extremely mountainous. The average July high temp is 67 and the January average low is 38.  December is the wettest month (10"); it rains very little in the summer months.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Bandon Playhouse, along with the Bandon Showcase, presents plays and other cultural events. The community has an annual cranberry festival. Nature is celebrated here and there are many ocean, river and forest activities to pursue. The Shoreline Education for Awareness [SEA Inc.] is a local non-profit that provides education about the shoreline to increase people's awareness of the wildlife that lives there and its habitat. Nearby Coos Bay features a busy casino.


The crime rate is low.

Medical Facilities

The Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center is a small, rural hospital here in Bandon. It has 21 beds. About Bay Hospital is an acute care facility in Coos Bay (22 miles) with 172 beds. It is the largest hospital on the Oregon coast.


North Bend Airport (24 miles) offers flights  to Portland and United Airlines flies to San Francisco.

Valuable Links

Bandon Dunes Resort

What people are saying about Bandon

Did a college dissertation here (out of Oregon State Univ); beautiful place. It\'s been 25 years though since I\'ve been there.
Posted by rtorstenson on December 21, 2016

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