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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Hood River is also one of the world's premiere wind surfing spots due to the high winds generated by the gorge and its 4,000-foot cliffs. The Lewis and Clark Trail, Multnomah Falls, and Mount Hood appeal to other outdoor adventurers. Other local attractions include visiting orchards and vineyards. The population is just over 5,800, although over 20,000 people live in the area.

There are many nice outdoor shops and good restaurants in the downtown. Hood River is located in Hood River County. The city of Portland is about 60 miles away.

Where to Retire in Hood River and Home Prices

Housing choices as you get away from the river often have stunning views. Architecture tends to the Victorians and Craftsmens. There do not appear to be many apartments or developments for active adults. According to Zillow,  the median listing price was $676,126 in early 2023. The hottest properties are those with river views and walkable to town. Property taxes are assessed at $16 per $1000 assessed value. Oregon has a law that restricts or compresses the amount of property taxes that can be paid.

What Is Special about Hood River

• Wonderful scenic and recreational activities • Views of Mount Hood  • Wind surfing capital of the world • Blossom Festival • Harvest Fest • Charming downtown by the river • The International Museum of Carousel Art • Oregon Cascades Birding Trail • Farmers Market • NY Times article on Hood River

What Is Not Special about Hood River

Not for those looking for an urban environment. Hood River is a bit seasonal.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hood River is located at the confluence of Hood and Columbia rivers and 30 miles north of Mt. Hood. The terrain is hilly as you leave the river and rises to major mountains such as Mount Hood and Mt. Saint Helens.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several museums in the area, including the International Museum of Carousel Art and a Historical Museum. The Columbia Center for the Arts presents plays and other cultural events. The community has a number of festivals and other events through the year to make for a lively scene.


Crime in Hood River is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

The Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is here.


Portland International Airport is 74 miles away. There is a bus station.

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