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Mountain Meadows

857 Mountain Meadows Dr., Ashland, Oregon 97520

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A Variety of Home Styles, Plenty of Social Activities and Inspiring Views are Highlights of Mountain Meadows, an Established 55+ Community in Theatrical Ashland, Oregon

The owner-owned, 55+ community of Mountain Meadows is in Pretty Ashland, Oregon and has been in business since 1996. Inspired by Madeline Hill, a former regional manager of the state senior services division, the community stretches across 27 acres dotted with trees and flowering vegetation.

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The community contains 65 houses and 161 condominiums. The 100+ floor plans range from modest 1,000 square foot condos to roomy craftsman-style bungalows. Most have hillside or creekside views, a garage or a parking space, a covered porch or a balcony.

Prices start in the mid-$200,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are bound to change. Rentals are also available.

The debt-free owners' association maintains a clubhouse, a dining room, a fitness center, a community garden, parks and common land. The fitness center has an exercise pool, hot tub, cardio machines, a weight training circuit, and a personal trainer.

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Groups and activities include a ski group, a bike group, a writing group, meditation classes, a chorus, a book club and a theater club, as well as Friday Forums, artists' exhibitions, concerts, and a cabaret.

Ashland is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which runs from February to October and is the country's largest repertory theater. The Oregon Cabaret Theater hosts musicals and comedy year-round. The Ashland New Plays Festival has an international following. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the local Southern Oregon University campus has almost 100 offerings per term. The town's 93-acre Lithia Park features two ponds, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, and miles of hiking trails.

Asante Ashland Community Hospital is a Level IV Adult Trauma Center. It is not accredited by the Joint Commission but is accredited by DNV Healthcare, an accreditation agency that was approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008.

This area sits at 1,900 feet above sea level and has a four season climate. January daytime highs are usually in the 40s and 50s, with lows in the 20s and 30s. Summer daytime temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, with lows in the 50s. Annual rainfall, which often comes in the form of misty drizzle, is not as much as might be expected, averaging just 20 inches.

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Go to www.mtmeadows.com for more information.

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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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