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Considering move to Portland OR-what should I scout out when I'm visiting?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by cowboy1964, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. cowboy1964

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    I'm eyeing a possible relocation to Oregon, most probably somewhere around Portland. If I have a day or two to spend there what should I see to give me a taste of what living there would be like? I know it's a broad question but am just looking for ideas. I'm not house hunting or getting that specific, I just want a general feel for the region as I've never been there or anywhere close to there.
     
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  2. wrenrj1

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    All I can say is that my brother and his wife/daughter live there. Housing is expensive as it is in places where people want to live. We grew up in the midwest, my bro. won't move. Been there several years ago, great place to be if you can afford it, and great access to the beach or the mountains.
     

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    I would look elsewhere. I think SF may be less liberal, if that means anything to you.
     
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  6. Atomic Punk

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    Vancouver. close enough that you can go into portland any time you want. but has decent prices on housing and food.
     
  7. Dubble-Tapper

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    id have to call BS on that one.

    as someone with an actual basis for a valid opinion, id say portland is an awesome city with something for everyone. the northwest is among the greatest regions on the continent. plenty for the outdoorsman and sportsman, awesome food and music culture, and a couple of the most gun friendly states the contiguous 48 have to offer.

    me personally, id look about 45min to an hour east in the Columbia River Gorge. Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, Stevenson, all great little towns without the hassle of the big city. if you need the city, its 45 min away.
     
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    High income tax, lots of traffic and wall-2-wall liberals.

    The DO have a MUST issue CCW permit for residents.

    If you can, live and work across the river in WA State and avoid the taxes, traffic and most of the liberals.
     
  9. Hoser423

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    For only two days, I'd recommend 1 in/around Portland itself. Just zig-zag around the neighborhoods, get a feel for the overall lay of the land so you can remember areas to look at closer. If you are serious about moving, this is a good investment of time.

    Second day you could go east into the Columbia River Gorge. Breathtaking. Go one direction on I-84 on the OR side and back on Rt.14 on the WA side. Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls etc. You might add Mount Hood, drive around it or go to Timberline Lodge. Others may vote for the coast, but with limited time I'd highly recommend the gorge.
     
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    Some of the most beautiful old growth forests in the world within easy driving distance from Portland. Lots of rain.
     
  11. CAcop

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    I take it you have never lived near SF. SF is the most liberal city in the most liberal state in the union. 83% of the people in SF voted for Obama. It's about 10% Republican.

    I have in-laws around the Portland/Mt. Hood area. Even though it is not Texas it still isn't anywhere close to SF.

    If you want to know what OR is like just stand in the shower.
     
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    This is one of the places I wold move to if I moved up there. Seaside, OR is another place but it is hard to get to in a two day trip.

    I would recommend checking out Portland and it's burbs the first day, then head east along the Columbia River Gorge for the second. Marine drive near the airport is nice. It is a nice long drive along the Columbia.
     
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    I'm with the guy above(#3), I'd look elsewhere unless you had a good job lined up. Yes, they do have nice mountains around. By all means, check it out if it interests you. I used to live in WA State. I'd go where the good job is or what helps your career.
     
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    you'd live in Seaside? really? theres literally not many jobs unless you are 17 and want to flip pizzas, serve chowder, or make cotton candy. also, you can drive to seaside in less than 2 hours from portland.
     
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    you can get a taste of the gorge from the 84 and the 14, but if you wanna see and do the cool stuff, you gotta exit the major roadways. epic stuff everywhere, Ice Caves, world class camping, secret water holes and falls, look out spots, views, etc.

    ive lived all over, Louisiana, California, Texas, Missouri, and The Columbia River Gorge is where ill die.
     
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    Ugly girls with square glasses, dreadlocks and stinky wool clothing. Spoiled, rotten trust fund metro sexual males, who have been raised by their liberal, single mothers.


    In my humble opinion.
     
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    I love Oregon, and never plan to move. When I go travelling elsewhere, I miss home tremendously. I love the culture (where I live), the weather, the easy access to beach, mountains, and desert.

    That said, I would never live in Portland. It really is different from everywhere else in the state. 3rd least churched city in America next to San Fran and Portland Maine, and liberals are indeed the vast majority.

    I highly recommend Oregon. Just not Portland, Oregon. If you don't mind big city living then you'd probably like it. If you want to be close to Portland, I recommend looking in Beaverton, Clackamas, Tigard, Hillsboro, or Lake Oswego.
     
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    I am mostly thinking of retirement. Actual working years I would stay here of close to it. About the only way OR works for me now is if I quit and go back to school. Cost of living is far cheaper there than here.
     
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    it must have been your cologne.

    ive met, befriended, worked with, and partied with just as many if not more, dime piece college age girls, good ol' country boys, ghetto street types, foreigners, and punk/metal types than i ever have encountered ugly hippy chicks or metro trust fund babies.

    the funny thing is, any major city has just as many if not more of those types than portland does, just do to numbers. New York, LA, Frisco, all have hippies and metros in huge numbers.

    people see Portlandia the show and think they have Portland figured out. its just not the case. dont let GT posts make up your mind, come see for your self. ive been in the area since 2000 and ill never live anywhere else.
     
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    i see, and yeah, it would be a great place to kick back and enjoy retirement. But Lincoln City has everything Seaside has to offer + a Casino!

    in all seriousness my area (the gorge) has been pretty much turning into a retirement age area, which is fine for me, laid back people and money coming into the community.