If you're looking for a new place to live or even a place where you can just invest in some real estate, you might be thinking only about large cities. However, that type of thinking can really limit the best places that are available to you. Sometimes, it's the smaller cities that have everything there is to offer. In this particular case, you would probably regret the decision not to consider a place like Sandy, Oregon. It's a relatively small city that has a population of just under 10,000, but it's also one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places that you're ever likely to see. The question is, why should you consider living there or purchasing real estate in the area?
One of the first things you're likely to notice when you look at the area is how beautiful it all really is. Sandy is known as the Gateway to Mount Hood, being a mere 25 miles from Portland. The area is filled with old buildings that are made of stone and a town square that looks like it's been there since the 1700s. It truly is a beautiful place and it's not like any other town or city that you’ve probably ever visited.
Another thing that makes this such a popular area is that in the summer, it rarely reaches more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. For people that are tired of baking in the heat for eight or nine months out of the year, this can seem like absolute paradise. Other things that make this place worth investigating involves the ability to live in rural areas that are still well served by the community, as well as the general demographics of the region. Most people that live there have a good education and make above average income. In addition, despite the relatively small population, there are no less than three schools that serve the area, all of them well respected.
If you're worried about what it might be like to live in a smaller area, there's no need to be. A major road runs directly through the center of downtown and the city even has its own public transit system that takes people to and from the Portland area several times a day. If you decide to work in the area, you might be like one of the several residents there that decide to operate your own business. However, if you would prefer to work in a bigger city like Portland, all you need to do is take the public transportation offered from downtown Sandy into the city and then back again at the end of the day. It really doesn't get any easier and it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds, being able to enjoy living in the wilderness and working in the big city all at the same time.
Depending on where you do decide to work, income is usually above average for this particular area. As a matter of fact, many people that have decided to start their own business in the Sandy area are easily making more money doing that than they were working at corporate jobs in other parts of the country. The types of jobs that do well here involve things like arts and crafts, working as a wilderness guide, or even becoming a Park Ranger. Of course, you can start all kinds of jobs related to these activities that are tailored to fit your skills and interests. All it takes is for you to sit down and commit the time to figure out what you want to do and then market it diligently.
There's no doubt that this is a town that's growing. For a city that's so small, they have traditionally been fairly progressive in the way they approach things. Furthermore, if you incorporate the many individuals that live in the rural areas outside the city limits proper, the population almost doubles. There's no doubt that this is a city that's changing with each passing day and for the most part, it’s changing for the better. It's no wonder that so many people have decided to invest in real estate in this area.
If you're looking to buy a home in the area or invest in real estate that can serve as a rental property, expect to pay a little more than the average in the state for a house but you can also make a good profit in a fairly short amount of time. Most houses in the area sell for an average of about $160,000 and you can easily turn around and rent that same house for $1,200 to $1,400 a month. Before you know it, you might even be making the decision that it's time for you to live there on a permanent basis yourself.
Written by Garrett Parker
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