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Top Places to Build on the Pacific Coast of Oregon
November 13, 2023 at 8:00 AM
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At Christensen Contracting, we know that the Oregon coast has some of the most beautiful and prized real estate in the Pacific Northwest. With its picturesque beaches, dramatic cliffs, charming towns, and abundance of outdoor recreation, this region attracts new residents and visitors alike. For over 20 years, we've helped clients build their dream homes and commercial properties along this treasured shoreline.

Our team has worked with property owners up and down the Oregon coast, from Portland to Coos Bay. We understand the unique building conditions created by the ocean climate and landscape. We also appreciate the region's pioneering spirit and close-knit coastal communities. In this article, we want to share our insider's guide to five of the top places on the Pacific shoreline to consider for your next construction project, whether residential or commercial. With the right location, contractor, and vision, you can build the perfect coastal retreat or thriving local business.


Located in the central coast region, Newport is one of Oregon's largest coastal towns. It offers a vibrant working waterfront with tourist amenities. The historic Bayfront area contains art galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops. Just north of town, Nye Beach provides a classic Oregon beach neighborhood with charming cottages and easy ocean access. With its mild climate and small-town feel, Newport is ideal for residential or mixed-use development. The city offers a range of commercial properties along Highway 101 and Highway 20 for business expansion.

Lincoln City

Situated in the north-central coast region, Lincoln City spans seven miles of sandy beaches. It contains a variety of neighborhoods and communities, from the serene Roads End district to the bustling outlet mall area. A marina, casino, and golf course add recreational flavor. With families and retirees flocking to Lincoln City for its affordability and location, demand for housing remains high. Vacation rentals also prove popular in this tourism-driven town. Prospective builders will find available lots scattered throughout Lincoln City and its outskirts.


The picturesque town of Florence sits near the mouth of the Siuslaw River. With its dunes, forests, and beaches, Florence offers the perfect landscape for those seeking natural tranquility. Yet it also provides modern suburban amenities like shopping centers and parks. The revitalized Old Town district along the harbor highlights Florence's growing food and cultural scene. Leisure travelers visit often, making tourism a major industry. But Florence manages to maintain its small-town atmosphere. New residential subdivisions accommodate families and retirees looking for homes. Local economic incentives make Florence favorable for commercial development too.


For a truly peaceful coastal retreat, the village of Yachats can't be beat. Located in Lincoln County just south of Cape Perpetua, Yachats contains only around 700 full-time residents. Its rugged shoreline, surfing waves, tight-knit community, and artistic flair give Yachats its relaxed yet lively ambiance. Options for new homes consist mainly of ocean-view lots, conversions of older cottages, or multi-unit developments. The small commercial district features green businesses, galleries, and eateries. Yachats prides itself on responsible growth that preserves the surrounding natural environment.

Coos Bay

On the southern coast, Coos Bay provides the largest metropolitan area on the Oregon shore. Its protected bay and river system create a thriving port. Diverse industries like fishing, timber, and shipping sustain the local economy. The historic downtown offers antique shops and cultural attractions. As the largest city on the southern coast, Coos Bay provides opportunities for developers seeking commercial properties like warehouses, retail spaces, and offices. Residential neighborhoods accommodate single-family homes, condos, and apartments. With affordable real estate and city amenities, Coos Bay appeals to buyers from first-time homeowners to retirees.

Get in touch with Christensen Contracting for general contractor services on the Pacific Coast!

Whether you decide to build your next project in the thick of a coastal community or on a remote oceanfront lot, Oregon's Pacific shore offers options for every lifestyle and budget. Just be sure to select contractors experienced with the region's maritime climate, tougher building codes, and unique landscapes. For personalized guidance on planning your Oregon coastal build, contact the professionals at Christensen Contracting today.

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