Relocating to Portland

Old May 28th, 2001, 10:27 PM
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I lived just outside Portland for a few years (now live in Belgium) and loved it. I like it MUCH better than Seattle, which is sprawling, has horrendously overpriced real estate, and atrocious traffic jams. The view of the water is fantastic, no doubt, but that's the only way in which I'd rank Seattle as the superior place to live.
Portland is NOT cheap, however. Also, apartments can be in short supply. My favorite neighborhood to live in would be NW 23rd (greener than the trendy Pearl area) followed by the upper end of the Park Blocks near the university.
If you're not into the bar scene, there are still plenty of ways to meet people--especially through outdoor activities like ski clubs, hiking groups, even birdwatching groups. You will also meet people at coffee bars, especially the neighborhood ones, not the downtown Starbucks. Become a regular at your favorite...
As for the weather, I thought the weather in Portland in summer was pretty close to perfect. The winters can be drab, but I didn't mind. In my book, better to have lots of grey days and drizzle than fires and high winds! Anyway, it's good for your skin--like an ongoing facial.
For families, I suggest living in the Vancouver, WA, area, particularly near Mill Plain/164th. Schools are good and you have a major $$$ advantage of not paying state income tax (WA doesn't have one) and by shopping in Portland, you don't pay sales tax either.

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