Welcome to the Heart of the Myrtlewoods.
Take a moment to get to know Myrtle Point, Oregon. We are a strong, vibrant community nestled in the foothills of the coastal mountain range. Located just minutes from Pacific Ocean beaches and forested mountain peaks, our town is central to all of the beauty and activity of Oregon’s South Coast.
Myrtle Point is a great place to live, to work, to raise a family and build a business. Make your home in the Heart of the Myrtlewoods.
Area: 1.6 sq miles
Population: About 2,500
Median resident age: 44.9
Average home value: $148,727
30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean
30 minutes from the Coos Bay Area
1 hour from the Interstate 5 corridor
3 hours from the Redwoods
The Myrtle Tree
The abundance of Oregon Myrtle (Umbellularia californica) trees in the area gave Myrtle Point its name. The native range of the Oregon Myrtle only extends from southwestern Oregon south to northwestern California.
The natural habit of the Oregon Myrtle is a single stem that grows into a symmetrical round form. Multiple stems emerge if the main trunk is broken or cut down, however. Large myrtle seeds are a popular food source for wildlife. Oregon Myrtle leaves are fragrant and are often used by cooks in place of bay leaves.
The wood of the myrtle tree is a hardwood prized for its beautiful grain and variability. Popular myrtlewood products include bowls, cutting boards and tables.