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King City

15245 Southwest 116th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97224

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Established, Wooded 55+ Community of King City in Portland, Oregon Boasts a Variety of Home Styles and a Bounty of Amenities

Progessive Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, not far from Mount Hood, in northwestern Oregon. It is the site of King City, a lush 55+ community with nearly 1,300 condominiums, town homes and single family homes. This is an established place, built in the 1960s and 1970s, and it does not have a cookie-cutter feeling.

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The grounds are rife with pines, dogwoods, maples, flowering bushes and streams. Some homes are nearly engulfed in vegetation.

The condos are single level living but in two story buildings. Exteriors are wood or brick, and each unit has a patio or balcony and car port parking. Sizes range from 660 square feet to a little more than 1,200 square feet. The town homes are single story and have 1,000 square feet to nearly 1,800 square feet with an attached garage that faces the street. The single family homes are both one and two levels and have 1,045 square feet to 1,700 square feet with an attached garage. Exteriors are brick, wood and vinyl.

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Prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Single family home HOA fees are approximately $350 per month. Condo owners pay an addtional $255 per month, and town home owners pay an extra $163 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.

Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, an extensive libary, a fitness center, a golf course, a putting green, a games room, an arts and crafts room, a woodworking center and more. In excess of 40 clubs and groups keep residents active.

Dating from the 1830s, Portland is today known for its liberal politics, farm-to-table dining, bountiful green spaces, environmentalism and large system of public transportation options.

The city also has six hospitals, most of which are accredited, and it has a VA hospital.

Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 43 inches of rain and three inches of snow each year.

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Visit tinyurl.com/hmcs4bp for more information. Go to =www.kingcityhomesforsale.com/listings55 for listings.

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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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Newer Communities vs. Older Communities

Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.

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