I moved from southern CA to northwest OR almost 5 years ago and I love it in the pacific northwest. I am currently looking in WA for land to retire. The land in OR is more expensive and not having to pay sales tax doesn't make up for that difference at least not for what I can see. I am trying to find 5+ acres with a home because I want to invest in something that is already established. Being older and single I do have some limitations and my biggest concerns is having enough usable land to garden and build a green house. It certainly is a challenge, I would suggest to anyone wanting to look in this area to spend time here first to understand the land and most importantly the weather.