(Closed) Any Bees From Portland? May Be Relocating There For DH's Job ….

posted 7 years ago in Portland, Oregon
Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mrs.KMM:  I haven’t been to the Goose Hollow area in a long time… so I probably don’t have the most accurate/up to date information. A few years ago, I had friends who lived there and it was just OK (my car was broken into while parked on a busy street…). However, do some research – there are probably some nice places there (especially with the development of the stadium area).

Another area you might want to consider is the John’s Landing area (SW Portland). It is a little bit South of downtown, but still has good access to downtown at the Sellwood neighborhood (SE Portland, very fun). There are many condos/apartments that are on the river in John’s Landing (off of SW Macadam Street).

If we weren’t looking to move from a condo to a house, I would definitely love living in the South Waterfront area. If you work at OHSU you’d have zero commute and you’ll love the waterfront during the spring and summer!

Another option: I had a friend who lived in the Harrison Tower (SW, downtown, a couple blocks away from the river, easy walking anywhere). The building has a pool, a parking garage, great views, and it is right in the hustle and bustle of downtown. There are a few other apartments/condos in that immediate area (many of them advertise that they’re near PSU…)

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

im on the west side- i rarely go into portland. i dont like portland downtown- too many people,bike and car traffic.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a friend who lived in Goose Hollow; I actually really liked the area! One of the cool things about living there is that it butts up against Washington Park (which in turn feeds into Forest Park) on one side, and the other three sides are in/kind of on the edge of downtown. Washington Park has the Oregon Zoo, Japanese Gardens, and the Rose Gardens, as well as about a million walking paths that link into Forest Park (which is a HUGE park, endless hiking trails!). You’re within walking distance of the max (what we call the light rail), NW 23rd (great but pricier shopping, tons of restaurants), and a slightly longer walk/quick max ride to the waterfront/true downtown (like maybe 10-15 blocks).

I met my friend who lived in Goose Hollow when we were classmates at OHSU, and it was a quick transit for him to get to OHSU…on really nice days, I think he even sometimes walked! (It’s definitely a long walk though!). I’m not a city girl, but if I was going to try inner city life in Portland (on the downtown/West side), Goose Hollow is where I would choose. It’s super easy and quick to get out of Porland, and super easy to get around from there. It would definitely be a slightly longer commute into Vancouver, but fortunately from Goose Hollow there’s quite a few quick entrances to the highways…it’s just a matter of time of day for traveling. As someone mentioned, the I-5 bridge into Washington can get SUPER backed up. But then, most of the highways in Portland (or any city, really!) can get backed up during rush hour.

The Portland area is an awesome place to live, there’s tons of city things and outdoor things to do here, wine country is amazing, and our microbrewery culture is also huge. Beautiful beaches, Mt. Hood nearby, there’s definitely tons to do and see here! I currently live in a close suburb on the West side, but have lived in far SE (almost Milwaukie), the Montavilla neighborhood of SE, and grew up about 30 mins west of Portland, and I have definitely been all over the city for work, school, friends and fun (except for N Portland, that area I don’t really know). Anyway, good luck with your search! I hope you guys find somewhere you love (if you end up over here!)

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@anemily:  John’s Landing as far as public transportation isn’t that great.  I worked on Macadam for a while and the bus service was spotty.

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Kimberley25:  I worked on Macadam, too! 🙂 I did not use Trimet when I worked in that area, so that’s good to know. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@anemily:  I haven’t had a car in years because I’ve only worked downtown, except for the one job on Macadam.  Where I live now 2 buses are on my route, so there is a bus going to and from pdx every 15 minutes.  Smile

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you really are cool with a studio and don’t mind something that is considered really expensive in Portland you should check out Ladd it’s right downtown, on the park blocks, allows dogs, has a parking garage, everything you’re looking for. 🙂

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

As a PP said, other people will be able to give you a better idea of what’s out there!  We live east of Portland in Gresham.  About as far from the “City Living” area as you can get and still have easy access to all the awesome stuff to do downtown!  DO NOT forget to check out OMSI!  It’s so so so much fun!  Good luck!  You’ll love it here!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.KMM:  Ha I didn’t see this or else I would have chimed in earlier! From what I read, I see you are thinking inner Portland, on the west side. I would recommend also looking at inner east side or even North Portland! I’ve lived pretty much in every neighborhood, and Southeast and North have been my favorites and will allow you to find housing that’s more bang for your buck and still be close to public transit. Plus the east side is more fun (sorry west siders!). Have you had a chance to visit yet and get a feel for the neighborhoods?

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MissStumptown:  I have to agree – the east side is WAY more fun! (I’ve lived on both sides… very partial to close in NEP or NoPo) 🙂

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@anemily:  I love NoPo! I’ve lived in NoPo for the past year (in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood) and am now in the Kenton neighborhood. We love it up here! Plus we are a one car household and Fiance prefers the Max to get downtown for work, so it’s perfect for us.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.KMM:  Ah okay. Well I think you’ve got some great info in this thread. Hope it all works out for you two! And any other specific questions, feel free to ask. 

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hate to bring back an old thread but I just moved to Portland from Boston for my husband’s job too! I really appreciate all the suggestions of places to live since we’re looking for a place right now – it’s been so hard!

I don’t know anyone in Portland so Hi, ladies! I’m really loving the Northwest so far.

 

 

 

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