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Im from the Phoenix Metro area and Im looking to move to the Portland area. I need some cooler weather, green trees, and all around nicer people.

Any places I should look? Any places I should make sure I stay away from?

I would prefer to get a house outside of town a little ways. I wouldnt mind a 30 min drive into town as long as I had a little property.

Anything else that is exciting up there? I think Im going to take a little vaca there and check it out. Anything that is a must see?

Thanks for the help.
 

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One of the first questions is: Are you going to be working in Oregon?

You may find it's cheaper to live across the river in Vancouver. You only lose 9% of your check to Oregon for their income taxes, and the school system is better. Right now the property taxes in/around Portland have gotten to usurious levels, and a lot of people are bailing.

However if you enjoy city life, Portland's a pretty good place to live. Thanks to one of the former mayors, parking downtown has been severely curtailed, and your best bet to get around is their unusually good mass-transit system, which combines buses with rail. There are some "artsy" neighborhoods like Sellwood where I get looked at funny with my Titan and tennis shoes instead of driving a Prius and wearing Birkenstocks.

Portland's situation is pretty ideal for a 'big' city: you're about three hours from great skiing in the mountains, and about the same distance from the Pacific coast. Canon Beach is the Carmel of Oregon. Drive SW from Portland about 25 miles, and you're in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. Drive E about 100 miles or so, and you enter the Columbia Valley wine country.

People here tend to be genuine, authentic, and honest, respecting of privacy. There are a few snobby exceptions in some areas, but you get that anywhere. Some folks comment on the "coldness" of Northwesterners, but that's because we don't have time for the "two-second friendship" as found in some cities; but if you're willing to stand and chat for a couple minutes, you'll find we warm up.

Drawbacks? Yeah, it rains. We have lots of dark, cloudy days during the winter. Figure on three weeks at a time without seeing the sun. We don't get tons of rain, instead it's just spread over a longer period of time. It's no wonder that Starbucks started in this part of the country.

Hope this helps you. :cheers:
 

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I guess the second question is, Portland Oregon? Or Portland Maine? Both "up" from Phoenix... just opposite ends of the country. It's very nice in Maine, too. Lots of seafaring types and trees between little towns. Oh, and you can't beat the price of lobster there! 2 whole pounders with fries for $10.99!!!!! Find THAT anywhere less than 2 hours away from the seaport! Not busting on you... Just kind of rambling, I guess....
 

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Yes Im going to be working. Ive been in the finance industry for quite a few years but Im not sure if im going to stay in it or not. It might be time for a career change. My Fiance is a Funeral Director and she will just be tansferring to a new location there, so that wont be an issue.

Im a pretty avid outdoorsmen, so being able to get out and do stuff is really important to me. I love to go camping, fishing, and hunting. The city life isnt extremely important to me and not at the top of my list. But the jobs offered in the cities and the salaries are what keep me there. I was hoping to get a place maybe about 30 mins outside of town with a small parcel of property and just do the commute. It sure would be nice to be able to go outside and sit on the porch without breaking a sweat because its 115 degrees outside.

Anything or any parts of town I should specifically avoid?
 

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I think Maine might be a little too far for me. Ive never been to the East Coast, so it might be time to visit just to check it out. Ive heard a lot of good things about most of the states out there.
 

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Well, they're really beautiful in the spring and fall with the fresh green or the turning of the fall colors.... Just be wary of the potholes..... We grow them with pride on this side of the world. :lol:
 

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I live in Vancouver and commute to Clackamas everyday which is on the east side of p-town. That is about a 30 min drive in the am and an hour drive in the pm. Just more time to listen to my awsome sterio. There are alot of nice areas on the east side where I work. There is alot of building going on there but you can get into the country really quick. I have lived all my life in vancouver and that's where I would look if I were you. Look into the Ridgefield area and the Battleground area. Lots of land out there. I was looking at a piece of property last night near Battleground, just over 5 acres of great flat land. They were asking $250,000, which is a little high but a great piece. By the way you can hunt or fish within about an hour in all directions. Personally I like to Stergeon fish on the columbia but you can also hit the ocean for salmon or bottom fish. We have great deer and elk hunting also. I better get back to work but I hope this helps.
 

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I grew up (not up really) in Astoria. What they say about Washington is true. They spend their taxes on good education & social programs. Oregon is in the s hole on that stuff. If you do move to the Portland area, you'll damn yourself to the rest of the state as a "Portland Hunter". A guy with a been everywhere, done everything attitude, and may have. But he never found how to get his head out of his a . Good luck, have fun.
 

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I too live in Washington and work in Oregon. Many consider Vancouver, WA. a suburb of Portland, OR. Moving to Washington would be your best bet IMO. Better schools, lower property taxes, and the people are friendlier. If you do move to Portland, stay away from NE Portland. High housing costs and lots of crime...
 

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I too live in Washington and work in Oregon. Many consider Vancouver, WA. a suburb of Portland, OR. Moving to Washington would be your best bet IMO. Better schools, lower property taxes, and the people are friendlier. If you do move to Portland, stay away from NE Portland. High housing costs and lots of crime...
exactly. If you dont choose vancouver area, look in clackamas county, lower property tax than multnomah county. Outside Oregon city you could probably find a nice little piece like you are talking about.
 

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LOL

OK, here it is Dyno/Titan meet at Bremerton on 8/18 Sat. (Heads up for you Ghostface)

PM me if you are going for sure as we need to prepay. Also posted on CT.

Show your love for the NW and your Titan. LOL

I am going for sure. Count on it. But if we get less than 6 Titans signed up then I will set up a Friday dyno.

Show your support for the NW.

WildMike
 
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