Jordan Gulasky and her partner recently relocated from Cannon Beach, where they rented week to week, to Nehalem, where they found a “super affordable” home to buy.
Gulasky and her husband worked at Sea Level Bakery in Cannon Beach. With a combined income of about $40,000 a year, they struggled to find a new place to live after leaving their old residence.
“In spite of our connectivity and how much we are in the community serving coffee and baking bread, we gave up that lease for a myriad of reasons and are now in a friend’s extra space paying her week to week,” Gulasky said this summer. “There’s no rental agreement and we would have loved to find one.”
Gulasky also spoke about the lack of community in Cannon Beach in connection to the lack of housing.
“It’s been pretty frustrating and there’s definitely the idea of being a young person and wishing there was a community, that there were other people in my age range who work similar jobs,” she said. “No one else can find a way to live here, so we have a severe lack of youth community. I travel pretty far to engage in activities with people my age.”
Gulasky, who now works at Oregon Coast Cannabis in Manzanita, said the move was positive in that she found “more of a community” just south of Cannon Beach. She said Cannon Beach has many second homes and little affordable housing.
— Lyra Fontaine