Post # 1
I’m curious if there are any Bees from Portland. If so, can you tell me about it?
Darling Husband and I might be relocating there for about a year with his job (we are still waiting to hear the details of the relocation package from his company to decide if we want to do it). His job would technically be in Vancouver, Washington but we’d be able to live in either Vancouver or Portland (and we’re leaning towards Portland).
What can you tell me about the city? What about Portland vs. Vancouver? We’re thinking we’d like to live downtown. What are the best areas of downtown that we should focus on?
Any advice or words of wisdom are appreciated!
Post # 3
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Post # 4
I can’t imagine living in downtown, but I also hate the city haha. I love Portland, to visit, but we live out of town and we love it. If you want to live in downtown though and love the urban life, check out the Pearl District. As a fair warning, living within the hustle and bustle is NOT cheap!
Vancouver may be a good option just because in Washington, there’s no property tax. That’s the only plus side, though, in my opinion. I find Vancouver very confusing and am a born and bred Oregonian so naturally I have to dislike “the other side of the River” 😉
There’s TONS to do up here, you’ll definitely love it! Some of the “must sees” are Mt Hood (Skiing/snowboarding in July, anyone?), Mt St Helens, and of course…the coast. Darling Husband and I personally love the central coast vs northern coast like Seaside and Cannon Beach just because it’s less touristy, but heck, take a trip down 101 and see the whole thing!
Post # 5
I lived in Vancouver for a few months but I prefer Portland. It is more expensive in general but we don’t have sales tax. Vancouver feels inaccessible to me and you have to drive everywhere. Portland feels small, ya I like it here and don’t believe the crap about the rain. We do get lot’s of cloud cover but it rains way more in Seattle.
Post # 6
I live on the west side, about a 15-minute bus ride to downtown. I definitely prefer living in Portland over living in Vancouver. We do have state tax, but no sales tax! Lots to do: museums, restaurants, etc. Beaches and mountains close by. I moved here in 1995 from Cali, and I do not regret it. Message me if you have any questions!
Post # 7
Hey! Depends on your budget and what you’re looking for.
There are some really nice sky-rise apartments in downtown, but they are definitely on the expensive side. But depending on what you like to do, they’re in the midst of tons of great happy hours, near Keller auditorium and the Portland Art Museum, just a trolley ride away from Portland Saturday Market or Farmer’s Market (or walk, it’s really not that far.) Take the max (public transit train) out to the Zoo, the airport, through down town, etc…)
Looks like you are moving from Georgia… Portland has beautiful summers (once they get started) but it’s pretty much cloudy/rainy the rest of the year.
I lived in NW, great location if you want restaurants, bars, bakeries, and fun things to do all the time, terrible if you’d like to say… park your car, or go to bed before 11pm. NE is really cute it’s not downtown but Portland is really neighborhood centric and neighborhoods have a lot to offer as far as dining and entertainment. A lot of people like SE… It’s not my scene, it’s likely what Portlandia is based on…
Check out “close in” neighborhoods if you find downtown to small or expensive for what you’re looking for, it will give you neighborhoods that are close.
Good luck! A year in Portland would be fun… check out the local breweries, wineries, coffee shops, chocolateries, and all the ies… we have great artisans here!
Post # 8
I grew up in Portland! I love it there.
Downtown is kind of an awkward area to live in…The Peal District is right next to downtown and is super trendy and expensive. Northwest is a great area- they have a good mix of apartments and houses and neighborhoods. The East Side has a lot of up and coming neighborhoods that could be fun- it’s a little less accessible to downtown but it’s a bit cheaper over there. And each neighborhood kind of operates in it’s own little community. The West side has tons of great neighborhoods and can range from reasonably priced to super expensive. Portland has a great transit system too!
Good luck! I hope you enjoy your time there!
Post # 9
@Mrs.KMM: Thanks for taging me!
I went to college in Atlanta, so I can tell you all about differences between living there and living here in Portland . I love both places, for totally different reasons. (Grew up in Portland, moved a lot but am now back).
Personal preference: I would rather live in Portland than Vancouver, WA. HOWEVER, rush hour traffic from Portland to Vancouver can be a nightmare! (If you live in Portland and he commutes to Vancouver, you might be going against traffic – but usually I5 gets pretty backed up going both ways.)
I would suggest looking in close-in NE Portland (or even some parts of North Portland) as well as downtown. (Again, traffic in/out of downtown can be quite heavy during drive time/rush hour).
It sounds like you’re interested in more of a city type of neighborhood. What other features/amenities are you looking for?
Post # 10
I grew up in Vancouver..it’s fine city, but nothing exciting really. But I’m not a city person and I’ve migrated south of Portland into wine country. Only really go to Portland for the occasional concert or beer fest 🙂 A lot more happens in Portland than in Vancouver (the good and the bad).
Post # 11
I grew up in GA and moved to OR in August 2011.
I LOVE Portland. I’ve only been to Vancouver once and there wasn’t much too see. I’ve heard housing/property taxes are cheaper living in Vancouver. I agree with what others are saying about living downtown – it’s really expensive and a lot of places don’t have a parking garage, so you have to fight for parking on the street.
There is no sales tax in Oregon, but no state tax in Washington – I think it evens out for the most part. If you move and want someone to check out apartments for you I’d be happy to do that and send pictures, videos, etc.
Post # 12
Thanks for tagging me. The other ladies probably have better info to share, but I love being outside Portland (west side) since I love the coast. There are lots of things to do in Portland and throughout the area. I do love it here. To me, it’s much better than the East coast.
Post # 13
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Thanks for the advice ladies! We’re definitely hoping to do the “city living” type of setup if we move out there and want to really be able to take advantage of the light rail and street car systems (as well as just having things within walking distance). We have a house in suburbia here in Atlanta (which we love) but we do think it would be fun to do something different and really place ourselves somewhere where we can take advantage of everything Portland has to offer.
We don’t need a ton of space out there. We’re thinking 1-bedroom apartment but would also be willing to do a studio. We would like a parking garage as we would have both our cars out there and I don’t want to have to be constantly fighting for street parking. It would also be nice to be close to some sort of park area where we can walk our dog.
We’re both pretty used to traffic (I’ve lived in LA and Atlanta has pretty horrid traffic too) so we aren’t too concerned about that. I doubt it can be much worse than what we’ve dealt with before. 🙂
We’re really excited to (hopefully) be able to explore wine country, hike in the beautiful mountains, venture down to the coast, go to Portland Timbers games, and check out what the city has to offer. Now we just have to wait to see if his company is going to decide to send us out there! 🙂
Post # 14
@Mrs.KMM: Good luck, and keep us posted! 🙂
Post # 15
There are tons of places in the Pearl that are dog friendly (parks, etc.) – also, a lot of people walk their dogs on the waterfront in downtown. Portland is (thankfully) very dog friendly.
Post # 16
@Mrs.KMM: Awesome! I know the traffic isn’t as heavy at in ATL or LA, so you’ll be fine 🙂
I suggest looking in the following areas:
N. Missisippi neighborhood (so fun, close to downtown PDX and Vancouver)
South Waterfront (newly developed, parking, most apartments/condos give you free passes to the Portland Streetcar, which will zip you to the other parts of downtown and beyond…)
NW Portland/Pearl District/Alphabet District (a few parks scattered through, most buildings have garages, lots of loft style apartments/condos, and close access to downtown and other parts of portland)
Good luck! Keep us posted.