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Old 11-26-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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Hello everyone! My partner and I (both 25 years old) are moving to the USA in January on green cards. We were set on moving to Portland, OR and then later Bend, OR, but we're having some trouble with state accreditation for my partner's job with the Oregon board and other states are far more lenient, so we may have to choose somewhere else (but hopefully not!).

If this is the case, we'd love your assistance with finding a new home! Here's some of our needs/wants:

- Adventure/outdoor recreation within close driving distance. Preferably mountains, hiking, downhill mountain biking/snowboarding, golf etc.

- Affordable. Our joint income will likely be somewhere between 90,000-110,000. We were looking for preferably a 2 bedroom apartment.. if not a single bedroom. Under $1400 a month but preferably closer to $1200.

- Vegetarian/healthy living friendly. My partner and I are cheat vegos (eat seafood) so a variety of vegetarian and seafood restaurants would be great.

- Central. We will only own one car so we are looking for somewhere with easy bike access and relatively close to downtown areas.

- Decent size population. Access to things like shopping malls/movies/sporting venues etc. Maybe 75,000+?

I guess these are the main points. If anyone could help us out it would be HUGELY appreciated. Not long until we move now and I guess we should know where to catch our connecting flight from LA to
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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Yeah, because Seattle is so affordable for someone looking to rent a 2br for $1200.

OP, my suggestion is to look into Denver. Meets your criteria pretty much to a tee.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Yeah, because Seattle is so affordable for someone looking to rent a 2br for $1200.

OP, my suggestion is to look into Denver. Meets your criteria pretty much to a tee.
Rents are rising at a ridiculous pace in Denver. $1200/mo for a 2br isn't as easy to come by as it used to be. It can probably be done, but it won't be in downtown.

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Old 11-27-2014, 12:01 AM
 
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:18 AM
 
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Yeah, because Seattle is so affordable for someone looking to rent a 2br for $1200.

OP, my suggestion is to look into Denver. Meets your criteria pretty much to a tee.
2 bedroom isn't exactly a MUST.. but just ideal. Seattle is up there for choices, but it seems Washington and Oregon are the two most up-tight regarding these accreditations so we're kind of looking outside Oregon/Washington ATM in case we can't get to either of those two.

I should have noted, we're more interested in the West Coast (including Colorado/Montana/Wyoming etc) than the East Coast. I much prefer the mountains over there, just personal preferance.

Denver is definitely on the list so far, it's somewhere we were looking. We liked the sound of Boulder though.. how possible is it to find a 1/2 bedroom for under $1300 there?

Thanks a lot for the input so far guys. Appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2014, 05:58 AM
 
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2 bedroom isn't exactly a MUST.. but just ideal. Seattle is up there for choices, but it seems Washington and Oregon are the two most up-tight regarding these accreditations so we're kind of looking outside Oregon/Washington ATM in case we can't get to either of those two.

I should have noted, we're more interested in the West Coast (including Colorado/Montana/Wyoming etc) than the East Coast. I much prefer the mountains over there, just personal preferance.

Denver is definitely on the list so far, it's somewhere we were looking. We liked the sound of Boulder though.. how possible is it to find a 1/2 bedroom for under $1300 there?

Thanks a lot for the input so far guys. Appreciated.
That's too bad since Asheville would meet all of your criteria dead-on.
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:10 AM
 
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I think Boulder is quite inexpensive.

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Old 11-27-2014, 06:30 AM
 
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I'll chime in for Denver based on your price point and preference for the west. Really though, Portland is probably your best option based on what you're looking for. I hope your partner can crack the accreditation nut in Oregon.
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I think Boulder is quite inexpensive.

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For the bolded part, no, it isn't.

The rest of your list looks good.
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