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Woodburn Estates

1776 Country Club Rd., Woodburn, Oregon 97071

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In Oregon's Beautiful Willamette Valley, Established 55+ Woodburn Estates Has Single Family Homes, a Clubhouse, a Golf Course, a Restaurant and a Quiet Quality

Woodburn sits surrounded by farmland south of Portland in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley and is the site of Woodburn Estates, a settled 55+ community with 1,510 single family homes. Constuction took place between 1961 and 1995, giving the development settled, quiet quality.

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Home sizes range from 625 to 1,616 square feet, and most floor plans have two bedrooms and one to two baths. An attached one car, sometimes two car, garage, storage areas, a fireplace, and a covered patio are common. Upgrades might include granite countertops and hardwood floors. Exteriors come in a variety of cedar siding colors, including gray, white, blue and others. Roofs are composition shingle. Each home has a small front porch. Lawns are small - some need a little TLC.

Resales begin in the high-$100,000s. A one time deed transfer fee and yearly HOA fees help maintain common properties.

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All owners are members of the Woodburn Estates and Golf Corporation and must pay an annual membership fee (rumored to be $650). Membership allows complete access to the 5,398-yard golf course, putting greens, pro shop and attendant activities.

The community clubhouse has an exercise room, aerobics studio, indoor pool, library, billiards table, and art studio. Its 300-seat auditorium has a full kitchen and hosts weekly dances as well as tournament award shows. Line dancing, zumba, mixed chorus, and writers workshop are a few of the community clubs and classes. The Country Cottage Restaurant is open to non-members and members and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sandwiched between the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, residents are minutes from hiking and biking. Woodburn has museums, galleries, and an outlet mall. Chemeketa Community College offers a wealth of personal enrichment opportunities. The city manages parks, an aquatic center, and a portion of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail. Woodburn's La Fiesta Mexicana celebrates the end of harvest with parades,

Woodburn does not have a hospital, but Silverton Hospital is 10 miles away in Silverton and accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures are in the high 70s and mid 80s, and winter temperatures in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and one of snow per year.

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Visit woodburnestatesgolf.com for more information. Go to hpihomes.com/oregon/woodburn/senior-estates to see homes for sale.

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Oregon:

English and Spanish sailors spotted the Oregon coast in the 1500s and the 1600s, respectively. Captain Cook mapped part of the coastline while he was seeking the Northwest Passage. Captain Robert Gray, helming the Columbia, discovered a large river and he named it after his ship. A fur depot called Astoria, established by John Astor, was formed in 1811.

For years the British, particularly the Hudson Bay Company, and the Americans occupied this area, with squimishes common. The Oregon Treaty of 1846 resolved the conflict, finally establishing a boundary between British North American (modern day Canada) and the U.S.

The region has a large wood and lumber industry, as well as important paper and salmon industries. Peppermint, blackberries, boysenberries, cover seed crops, black raspberries, loganberries, and hazelnuts are important crops. Electric power from the state's many dams fuels the manufacturing sector.

Popular sites include Crater Lake National Park, Bonneville Dam, Mount Hood, Hells Canyon, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, and the Columbia River Gorge. From its rugged coastline to its large evergreen forests, Oregon is a very pretty state.

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Stats:

Population - 4,093,465 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 30% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 77% 

Median household income - $51,225 

Median home value - $237,300 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Designed for Aging

Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.

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