LOCATION: Ashland is just 15 miles North of the California border, on the West side of Interstate Highway 5. We are located in the south end of the Rogue Valley surrounded by the Cascade Mountains a few miles to the East and the Siskiyou Mountains to the West. We are about 6 hours by car from San Francisco and 3 hours from the Pacific Ocean.
ELEVATION: 2,000 plus feet above sea level.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE: With 4 distinct seasons, the average rainfall is 19 inches per year. Average summertime high is 87 degrees and average wintertime low is 30 degrees. The 170 day growing season begins April 30th. The average humidity in spring is 65%, summer 52%, fall 70% and winter 83%.
CITY GOVERNMENT: Mayor and City Council, 15 advisory boards and committees staffed by volunteer citizens.
SCHOOLS: Public-3 elementary, 1 mid-high, 1 high school and Southern Oregon University with approx. 5,000 students, offering 37 baccalaureate and 8 graduate degree programs. Private: Montessori, Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts, Rogue Valley Christian, St. Mary's and many others.
REAL ESTATE: The average price of a home sold in Ashland in
2000 was about $241,000 (up 20% over 1999) (Median=$210,000)
2001 was about $283,000 (up 17% over 2000) (Median=$244,000)
2002 was about $297,000 (up 5% over 2001) (Median=$260,000)
2003 was about $328,000 (up 10% over 2002) (Median=$294,000)
2004 was about $391,000 (up 19% over 2003) (Median=$350,000 up 19%)
2005 was about $465,000 (up 17% over 2004)
(Median=$420,000 up 20%)
2006 was about $484,000 (up 6% over 2005) (Median=$444,000 up 5%)
The market here has proven to be stable and favorable for investment. (These statistics, from Southern Oregon Multiple Listing Service, include only single family residences in the Ashland city limits).
PROPERTY TAXES: Approximately $15 per $1,000 of the "assessed" market value (not the purchase price of the property). The assessed value for taxes is determined by the county each year (not based on the purchase price of the property).
STATE INCOME TAX RATE: 9%
TRANSPORTATION: Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport is just 25 minutes North in Medford. Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) provides bus service within Ashland and also to Medford.
RECREATION: Mt. Ashland, only minutes away, offers day and night downhill skiing for the novice and expert. The area has cross country skiing, hiking (Pacific Crest Trail runs within 10 miles of town), fishing at one of the three lakes around Ashland or on the nearby renowned Rogue River. You can also enjoy water-skiing, swimming or enjoying a day of fun at the Emigrant Lake park and water slide just 10 minutes away. There are seven golf courses in the Ashland-Medford area.
SHOPPING: Ashland stores have most everything you need with 4 major supermarkets, department store, hardware store and many small boutiques. There is also a regional shopping mall in Medford, just a 20 minute drive north.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Ashland is home of the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival which runs plays from February through October, with over 700 performances and 10 plays of a Shakespeare, classic and contemporary mix. There are also about 5 other theater groups based in Ashland. The nearby National Historic Landmark town of Jacksonville hosts the summer Britt Festival, booking nationally known entertainers like Chicago, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Sheryl Crow or our local Rogue Valley Symphony for an evening of entertainment under the stars.