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Old 09-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #21
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If you don't mind commuting, you could move to Timber. An absolutely charming little community.

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Old 09-09-2012, 12:13 AM   #22
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I spent the last 4 years riding in Western Europe where speed limits are closer to California than Washington or Oregon and lane splitting is encouraged to reduce traffic. So yeah, I'll have to adjust back to the more sedated driving culture of PNW.
Wait, you went the speed limits?

I lived in Germany for a couple years too, hehe.

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Old 09-09-2012, 01:58 AM   #23
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I love Portlandia. Portland's cool too.

PS, grew up in Beaverton (please spare me the jokes) and it's boring as fucking hell.
Ima pour a 40 for all my homies on Murray BLVD. Wutwut!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:00 AM   #24
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There are a lot of nice places. I live in Beaverton over by progress ridge, very south side of Beaverton. Nice area. Another nice area is the opposite end on the other side of 26, I own a rental over there. This area in terms of postal is NW Portland but is basically still Beaverton. Nice neighborhoods and easier to get to freeway. I work in Hillsboro and the tannasbourne/ Union station area is nice. And yes the thing we all hate most is people that do not drive the speed limit. Usually driving a Prius or some sort of Subaru or possibly a minivan.

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:01 PM   #25
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You'll need some dreadlock wax, patchouli, a quarter pound of pot, and a prius.
Wow dude, spot on!! We moved here 3 years ago... We arent "granola" by any means but still love Portland

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:20 PM   #26
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Portland is a parochial city, meaning it is on a scale small enough that you won't ever feel like you're in a big city. Even the city streets are smaller than the average.

I live in the city limits, in southwest (Hillsdale/Multnomah Village and not far from the Garden Home area), and like it for its proximity to the city. I can be in town in 15 minutes by bicycle, bus or car at almost any time. And, I can be in Beaverton in less time than that.

But, almost any place in the Portland metro area has nice and not so nice neighborhoods. I'd pick up a city guide from Willamette Week newspaper or the visitor's bureau and read about the different parts of the city, what they offer, and see what appeals to you. Then, look for housing prices/rental prices to see what's in your price range.
SW portland in between downtown and beaverton. You will have a ten minute trip to either. Also the crime rate in the right neighborhoods is close to 0. Several people in my hood leave there bike out unchained, not one taken in the four years i live there. I did grow up in the SW hills tho so I'm a bit bias.

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Old 09-14-2012, 07:59 AM   #27
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So, you didn't really mention what kind of 'vibe' you're looking for. Here's an over-generalized run down of the general area:

SE Portland (close in): arts and music... many people bicycle commute. It's pretty much the bohemian, "granola" part of town.

NW Portland (close in): the 'trendy' part of town. lots of galleries and shops. People hang out there to be seen.

SW Portland (close in): downtown. just downtown.

NE Portland: used to be the 'poor' section of town... more and more it's becoming gentrified and kind of the 'new trendy' area. But further out, it's still fairly low-income.

North Portland (5th quadrant): Very 'neighborhoody'. Reminds me of a New England city in some ways. a little run-down in spots, but generally a nice place.

That's pretty much Portland itself. The burbs each has it's own vibe...

Beaverton has Intel and Nike, so LOTS of the people there have migrated from other states. Which means the 'Portland Culture' isn't as thick here. It's not Northern Cali by any means, but it is more homogenized than Portland.

Hillsboro feels very small-towny to me (at least the western part). A bit more 'neighborhoody' than Beaverton, bu still pretty homogenized.

That's all I really feel like getting into right now. Sorry I insulted anyone's fav part of town, but... it's a freakin forum post... get over it.

I've been here since '97. I've lived in several states, and visited lots of countries (somewhere north of 25). Overall, I LOVE Portland. The weather isn't the best in the world, but the general vibe of the city is one I dig. If you like beer (and LOTS of beer), this is the place for you. and if you're a home-brewer... PM me; we'll make a batch some time.

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Old 09-14-2012, 08:08 AM   #28
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I live in Cornelius between Hillsoboro and Forest Grove property is cheaper and the commute to Beaverton is all back roads, fewer cops, more twisties, and less traffic. The 24 miles to work is actually fun. My two cents Portland is best when you live on the fringe of it not in the middle of Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro or Portland. Beaverton is good but stay away from 217 area as a commute.

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Old 09-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #29
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I echo UglyBaldMan's view of the Portland Metro area.

I've moved several times for work to towns I was less familiar with at the time. It typically took me 1-3 months of actually being in the town before I had a better idea of where I really wanted to set up shop.

When I moved here I initially looked at SE, then NE and finally set up shop in N

If your work is providing a relo package that includes 1-3 months of lodging, I'd find a short-term nice place close to work and minimally unpack. Use that month or so to get first-hand experiences of the different neighborhoods and go from there.

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:09 PM   #30
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I echo UglyBaldMan's view of the Portland Metro area.

I've moved several times for work to towns I was less familiar with at the time. It typically took me 1-3 months of actually being in the town before I had a better idea of where I really wanted to set up shop.

When I moved here I initially looked at SE, then NE and finally set up shop in N

If your work is providing a relo package that includes 1-3 months of lodging, I'd find a short-term nice place close to work and minimally unpack. Use that month or so to get first-hand experiences of the different neighborhoods and go from there.
No matter what work pays for, find a place that is close to work for the first 6 months or so. After you move in, do what Coconut says, and then get out and about learning the various parts of the metro area. I do know I hated living in Hillsboro. My hobbies and friends were in SE Portland, and making that commute to hang out with them was a nightmare.

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Old 09-14-2012, 05:09 PM   #31
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So, you didn't really mention what kind of 'vibe' you're looking for. Here's an over-generalized run down of the general area:

SE Portland (close in): arts and music... many people bicycle commute. It's pretty much the bohemian, "granola" part of town.

NW Portland (close in): the 'trendy' part of town. lots of galleries and shops. People hang out there to be seen.

SW Portland (close in): downtown. just downtown.

NE Portland: used to be the 'poor' section of town... more and more it's becoming gentrified and kind of the 'new trendy' area. But further out, it's still fairly low-income.

North Portland (5th quadrant): Very 'neighborhoody'. Reminds me of a New England city in some ways. a little run-down in spots, but generally a nice place.

That's pretty much Portland itself. The burbs each has it's own vibe...

Beaverton has Intel and Nike, so LOTS of the people there have migrated from other states. Which means the 'Portland Culture' isn't as thick here. It's not Northern Cali by any means, but it is more homogenized than Portland.

Hillsboro feels very small-towny to me (at least the western part). A bit more 'neighborhoody' than Beaverton, bu still pretty homogenized.

That's all I really feel like getting into right now. Sorry I insulted anyone's fav part of town, but... it's a freakin forum post... get over it.

I've been here since '97. I've lived in several states, and visited lots of countries (somewhere north of 25). Overall, I LOVE Portland. The weather isn't the best in the world, but the general vibe of the city is one I dig. If you like beer (and LOTS of beer), this is the place for you. and if you're a home-brewer... PM me; we'll make a batch some time.
solid post. I love the granola part of town, people are super friendly out there... and I love granola.

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Old 09-14-2012, 05:23 PM   #32
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Huh interesting not one person mention Tigard. Its right next to beaverton, it has many places to look at as beaverton. Yes I grew up there.

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Old 09-14-2012, 08:56 PM   #33
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Stopped off at the McMinamins Kennedy School last weekend. The Boiler Room bar is interesting. The food selection in that bar was minimal, got the hummus plate, but there are other rooms and a full blown sit down restaurant too.
Got a Ruby ale. My shoulders were sore, so I got a shot of Sambuca to go with. Damme, but those went together well.

Close in to Downtown, nearly every property is a '20s bungalo with postage stamp yard, a townhouse condo conversion or highrise apartment.
Have to get about 20 miles out to get much more than a half acre for less than a half million.

Have a friend out in Tiguard. Works for HP, so a computer geek.
His yard isn't much more than the foundation footprint. That's what was in vogue when that area was developed.
Didn't get specifics on how much he paid.

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Old 09-15-2012, 03:46 AM   #34
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I have to say that I love the area I'm in. NW Portland, east of Bethany. Decent roads right around the corner, I can be in the Pearl District in ten minutes without taking the freeway. Don't have to worry about 26 since I'm already on the "other" side of downtown. Just flat out works from a commuting standpoint. Can be a little expensive, but there are cheaper parts of it.

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Old 09-15-2012, 05:41 AM   #35
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I love the granola part of town, people are super friendly out there... and I love granola.
Same here. I lived in SE for a while. Loved being able to walk (or take a short bike ride) to everything. I'm in the west hills right now, but I def miss the SE.

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Old 09-15-2012, 06:15 AM   #36
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Huh interesting not one person mention Tigard. Its right next to beaverton, it has many places to look at as beaverton. Yes I grew up there.
Maybe there is a reason it has been left out. I grew up in Tigard/Tualatin. If you aren't married with kids, it sucks. If you are a kid, it sucks more.

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Old 09-16-2012, 03:31 AM   #37
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Lots of excellent opinions! Thanks.
I have pretty much settled on the area between Aloha and the river and northwest heights and the northern part of Tigard. I've taken into account commute, rent/property prices, distance to downtown and availability of public transport. Some neighborhoods look better than others, but I'll just have to drive around once I arrive to see for myself.

There is one neighborhood that comes up in my research consistently that is outside of the area described above - Sellwood Moreland within the city limits of Milwaukie. It appears to be just over the river, but the Sellwood bridge would put me west of the river within a minute. How bad would the commute be from there to Central Beaverton?

Google suggests going north to downtown and then hopping on 26. I suspect traffic through downtown and onto the freeways would be painful. Using the Sellwood bridge to cross the river and then jumping on highway 10 is the shortest route, but wonder if the traffic would be lighter.

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Old 09-16-2012, 06:18 AM   #38
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..... is one neighborhood that comes up in my research consistently that is outside of the area described above - Sellwood Moreland within the city limits of Milwaukie. It appears to be just over the river, but the Sellwood bridge would put me west of the river within a minute. How bad would the commute be from there to Central Beaverton?

Google suggests going north to downtown and then hopping on 26. I suspect traffic through downtown and onto the freeways would be painful. Using the Sellwood bridge to cross the river and then jumping on highway 10 is the shortest route, but wonder if the traffic would be lighter.
that is where I live, the Ardenwald neighborhood. Multnomah county is building a new bridge to replace the Sellwood bridge, and it will take a couple of years. Traffic hasn't been too bad yet, but expect delays for a while. After crossing the bridge, head north on macadam, west in Taylor's Ferry, then north on Terwilliger, west down Beaverton/Hillsdale hwy. if traffic is light, takes about 20 minutes to 217. I usually give myself 35 minutes if I have a schedule to keep.

If you want specific neighborhood info pm me. I live a block from Ardenwald Elementary school. I can be to downtown Portland in 20 minutes by car/motorcycle, 35 by bicycle, and the bus takes me an hour. It is a quiet neighborhood, with a good mix of residents. Nobody too rich or too poor. Grocery stores a mile from my house, library 1.25 miles, and the only real drawback is no bar in stumbling distance of home.

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Old 09-16-2012, 06:26 AM   #39
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There is one neighborhood that comes up in my research consistently that is outside of the area described above - Sellwood Moreland within the city limits of Milwaukie. It appears to be just over the river, but the Sellwood bridge would put me west of the river within a minute. How bad would the commute be from there to Central Beaverton?
I've lived in this area for 20+ yrs, folks are laid back and it's a nice central location for the things I like to do (track time, back roads, mountains, rivers, music, SW WA/E OR). I work at Nike, the commute in isn't bad but if 26 is screwed it can take an hr.+ to get home. This area also has one of the better mechanics in town (Ron-RPM) If you're not doing the normal 9-5 the commute would be gravy!

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Old 09-16-2012, 08:28 AM   #40
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I would live as close to work as possible. There is no real "bad" area in Beaverton. The worst thing about the suburbs is they have no real personality, just a bunch of big box malls and residential neighborhoods. If you want more city, move closer to the west end of Portland. If you want more country, move west of Beaverton. If you commute during normal rush hours I would highly recommend living west of the Willamette River unless you like being stuck in traffic hell every day.
This! Spot on!

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