Loren and Suzie had a wonderful wedding in Medford this weekend, which also gave me a chance to see some friends and check out the area. Below is an excerpt from an email I wrote to a friend about Medford:
Medford’s downtown is much older than Asland’s, uninspiring and virtually abandoned on Sunday morning. Medford’s downtown is also surrounded by car dealerships and motels. The homes near Medford’s downtown are also old with old cars strewn all over the place. The neighborhoods felt safe though (I went running through them this morning). Clearly, though, the desireable part of Medford is east of I-5, in the foothills. There are lots of new homes there, many with city or (brown) foothill views. They were beautiful too—not cookie cutter tract homes—for less than equivalent property goes for in Bend.
In addition, I had a chance to go running in Medford along the Bear Creek recreation trail. Though pretty nice and runs adjacent to the creek, it also happens to go right under (and along) I-5, which is noisy. Not quite the ambience I was looking for while running. It seems like the place to live in Medford is definitely east of I-5.