Otis is an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, Oregon, a half mile north of Otis Junction on Oregon Route 18. It is near the Salmon River. Otis post office was established in 1900 and was named after Otis Thompson, nephew of Archibald S. Thompson, the postmaster. U.S. Route 101 used to pass through Otis until a curvy and hilly section of road was rerouted in the 1960s. Otis Junction is at the intersection of the former terminus of Oregon Route 18 and the former alignment of U.S. 101. The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology has an Otis mailing address but is located nearer to the coast on Cascade Head. The Otis ZIP code, 97368, also covers the community of Rose Lodge. Today Otis and Otis Junction are considered synonymous.
Otis is very low in crime compared to other areas; everyone living in this area keeps an eye out for each other and reports suspicious activity.
Last year, average home listing prices in Otis decreased 12.7 percent, perhaps reflecting the waning popularity of the local area. The average listing price this year is $281,903 from a previous $322,989. Meanwhile, number of for-sale homes on the market marginally increased 8.1 percent, from 37 to 40 listings. In this vicinity it is possible to find some homes that provide gorgeous lake views, offering beautiful sunsets right on the porch. Plenty of the lots in Otis provide country-style living, which will be appreciated by those who are fans of nature and outdoor activities. The outside will look as good as the inside with the homes in this city that have been professionally landscaped.