My wife Peggy and I are preparing to hit the road fulltime in our new RV. That means that our home of the past ten years in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley is now on the market for sale. This post on my blog is designed to give potential buyers an in-depth look at our five acre property and house. For buyers from outside the region, I have also included information on recreational and cultural opportunities in the area.
If you are looking for an affordable home that features forests, rivers, lakes, and wildlife, this may be for you. The house is ideal for a mountain retreat. It backs up to over a million acres of national forest. The beautiful Applegate River is located out front. Our living room, patio, and sunroom all provide gorgeous views of the Siskiyou Mountains. Fast internet makes this house ideal for remote work.
I’ve divided this post into three sections: 1) Property, 2) The house and out-buildings and 3) The surrounding region.
FIRST: THE PROPERTY
We live on five wooded acres that include white oaks, Ponderosa pine, red cedar, Douglas fir, big leaf maple, madrones and manzanita. There are hillsides, flat areas, and a canyon with blackberries where wildlife likes to hang out. We also co-own property with our neighbors on the Applegate River directly across the road from our land. The upper section of our property borders on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest.
There are two access roads: One directly from Upper Applegate Road; the other from a neighborhood shared road. While GPS brings people to our direct access, lower road, it is fairly steep. We recommend that visitors use the shared road. Turn left at the mile 13 marker on the Upper Applegate highway, drive up the road, turn right at the top and drive down the road just past the pole barn and turn right on our upper driveway. It will bring you directly to our house.
Given that our property backs up to the National Forest, wildlife is abundant. Deer live on the property, as do squirrels. Raccoons, fox, a skunk, and possums come by to visit and occasionally set up housekeeping. We’ve even seen a bobcat a couple of times. Bear come down off the mountain on occasion. Coyotes and cougars live in the area but are rarely seen. Bird life is abundant. There is even a bald eagle family in the area.
SECOND: THE HOUSE
The home is a modern three bedroom, two bath, 1500 square foot manufactured house that sits on a cement block foundation. It has a living room, family room, kitchen (with a skylight), dining nook, breakfast counter, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a laundry room. We have modified one of the bedrooms to serve as an office with a built-in wood desk, file cabinets, drawers, and book cases. (It can still be used as a bedroom or craft room.) Each of the bedrooms has a closet with the master bedroom having a walk in closet. There is also a coat closet. The house has a peaked ceiling and the living room has a modern, open floor plan with the kitchen and the dining nook, all of which give the house a larger feel than its 1500 square feet would suggest.
The house comes with central heating and air conditioning, a heat pump and an attic fan. It also has an energy star rating reflecting how well it is built. Combined with energy efficient appliances, this means our monthly bill for our all-electric house averages out to $109 per month over the year. The water heater was replaced last year. The refrigerator, washer and dryer, stove, microwave, and dishwasher will remain with the house. All of the appliances except the stove have been replaced in the last five years.
Starlink Internet provides the house with fast internet service which, as the Starlink site says, “enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet. Users can expect to see download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s and latency as low as 20ms in most locations.” Arrangements will need to be made to transfer the service but the satellite dish, router, and modem are already in place. Combined with the separate office, the house is ideal for working from home.
A patio, cedar deck and a 140 square foot sunroom are located in front of the house. A covered porch is located at the side door entry next to our parking area. There is ample parking for vehicles and an RV as well. There are three sheds on the property: What we call our garden shed, a tool shed, and our pump house, which also includes good storage space. The total space for tools and storage between the three sheds is 250 square feet. Each shed includes metal shelving units that we are leaving. The pump house has a loft and the tool shed a work bench. An attractive pole barn sits on the upper property.
Water is provided by a well which includes a 2,000 gallon storage tank. Sewer and waste water are handled by a two tank septic system with a leach field.
We have painted the house and added new carpets in the past two years. We added Leaf-Filter gutter covers this past year, which eliminates the need to clean the house gutters. We have also replaced the HVAC’s duct system under the house.
THIRD: THE REGION
Scenic, recreational, and cultural opportunities abound in the region.
Whether you are a hiker, runner, backpacker, bicyclist, kayaker, boater, whitewater rafter, downhill or cross country skier, snow boarder, fisherman, hunter, or even paraglider— you will find opportunities to pursue your sport within a few minutes to just over an hour from our house.
Or maybe your idea of recreation includes wine and/or beer tasting. The Applegate Valley is one of Oregon’s premier wine growing regions with some 20 vineyards available to visit. A number of brewpubs exist in Medford and Ashland as is typical of the Northwest. Both Jacksonville and Ashland are delightful walking towns. Jacksonville is a quaint historic, goldrush town. It also features the summer outdoor Britt Festival that attracts nationally renowned performers. Ashland is home to the Southern Oregon University and the world famous Ashland Shakespeare Festival. A variety of restaurants are found in Jacksonville, Medford, Ashland and other surrounding communities.
Medford, which is 45 minutes away, serves as the regional shopping center for Southern Oregon. In addition to stores to meet all of your shopping needs, it has two major hospitals and the Rogue Valley-Medford International Airport with direct flights to Portland, Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Denver.
Farther afield, Crater National Park, the Redwoods National Park and the beautiful Oregon Coast can all be reached in a 3-4 hour drive.
Peggy and I hope you have found this overview of our home, property, and region valuable. We are located at 13975 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville, Oregon. For details on our property and costs and/or to schedule a visit please contact our realtor Kelly Quaid (541-941-8056) or Olivia Garrison (458-212-4460) at Ramsey Reality in Ruch or Jacksonville, Oregon.
30 thoughts on “For Sale: An Affordable Oregon Home that Has Great Views and Borders on a River and a National Forest”
How fortunate you have been! Good luck with the sale!
Yes we have been Ray. It was close to perfect for that particular stage in our live. And thanks.The Realtor believes it will go relatively fast. –Curt
Wow, what an amazing property. Hope you get a good price.
Thanks Peggy. We really hope that whoever buys it finds some of the same joy that we have in it. –Curt
All he best with your new voyage and hope it sells soon.
Thanks, Gerard, Much appreciated. –Curt
I’m glad we were able to visit while it was still yours. What a beautiful home you have had. I couldn’t help but think of all the memories tucked into nooks and crannies there. So much laughter, adventure, and love to surround the next occupants is in those walls. Whatever will you do with your fabulous collection of art from around the world? It won’t all fit in Iorek. I hope your kids have favourite pieces, so they can hold them for you. Well, anyhow, it’s a good time to sell and it’s an incredible place. Hold out for exactly what you want, because you will get it. Best of luck in a smooth sale, and for a future of smooth sailing. This decision must have been hard to make, but it must also be so exciting! Hugs to you both. ❤ Pedro & Crystal
Both visits were special, Crystal! And yes, lots of memories. The art is all going with us. 🙂 Many thanks. –Curt and Peggy
I love the tastefulness of your home and the art. I think this is super exciting! You were meant to wander I suspect. Good for both of you.
Thanks, Cindy. And you are right. Born to wander. 🙂
I love what I saw – but most of the pictures didn’t load more than a quarter to half in the 5 minutes I waited. I guess my internet (cable) is just too slow!
Sorry, Margy. I posted more photos than usual to show the property. –Curt
Gorgeous Curt.. good luck! 💖💖💖
Awww shuckens! and here I thought we’d eventually meet up… someday! 😊
Thanks for making me green with envy at the views and the neighbors and simply everything. It’s hard to imagine the joyful spirits that you’ll leave behind. Be sure to find someone to befriend the natives as you two have.
Wishing the two of you happy travels wherever your next trail takes you! 🙏💞
Looking forward to Curt and Peggy’s next chapter….
Peggy and I are planning at least half of our travels to be in the West, Gunta. I’m still a Westerner at heart. We may meet yet. 🙂 And thanks. –Curt
What a beautiful place you have. Good luck with the sale!
Thanks, Alison. _Curt
Hello Curt, I feel sad to see you leaving this wonderful home which you have allowed us to visit and share (online) over the years. I hope your new adventures are as fulfilling as all the others you have written about and shared. All the best, Hilary
It’s time Hillary. The open road is calling and I want to get Peggy closer to our kids who all live on the East Coast. I/we will miss this place, however. –Curt
“Great views” is an understatement I believe😊 Not many people have a National forest as a backyard. Sad to see you’re leaving such a cozy place, but then, when the wilderness is calling, there is only one way to follow and wander the world. Wishing you all the best, in both selling the house and pursuing your journey! xx
Thanks much, Christie. There is still a lot of beautiful country to see out there. 🙂 It’s time to go and explore more! –Curt
One of the best property descriptions I’ve ever seen! Shouldn’t take long 😀
Thanks, AC. And here’s hoping. 🙂 –Curt
So you’re taking the plunge! Pulling up stakes and off on your traveling adventure full time. You have a beautiful spot, Curt, and it must be hard to give up even if the timing is right. Happy travels.
It’s a big step, D. And yes, we will miss our’ home in the woods,’ but it is time. Thanks. –Curt
Best wishes for the future, Curt, and hope the transition to mobile life goes well. This enticing description is surely a good start!
Hi Dave… Thanks. It was a lot. I disappeared from the blogosphere for almost two months. We are back, however and on the road. Will be checking in… –Curt
Good luck with the house sale, Curt. It looks lovely, and I’m sure leaving will be bittersweet.
Hi Lexi, Peggy and I have finally escaped and are on the road! Sorry for the long delay in responding. As I explained we were totally buried under moving and house sale for almost two months! Thanks for the comment. Bittersweet, yes, but being on the road is a delight, as always. Thanks. –Curt