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Old 07-10-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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Please help us find a Eclectic - Bohemian place to move on the west coast.

Hello everyone,

We are facing a sizable dilemma and would appreciate any assistance that could be offered.
We are interested in finding a new place to live on the West Coast, ideally in or near a metropolitan area.
(We are moving out of conservative Orange County Ca)

We would like the place to be generally liberal and not exclusionary or restrictive in the way that people live and act. We would like a town and/or neighborhood which is GLBT friendly and minority friendly as well.
(It is really okay if someone wants to have purple hair ! file:///C:/Eudora%20Mail/Emoticons24/!3a-)%20Happy.png (broken link) )

We do not want pretentiousness. We don't care if our neighbor drives a BMW or a VW and we prefer it to be a non-issue. We would love to live in a place where a starving artist and an affluent CEO can be friends, sit down and have coffee, and this would be a normal occurrence.

It would be nice if you could find shops close by like Coffee houses, Bakeries, restaurants, pubs, bookstores, small Ma&Pa shops, etc as apposed to new - large shopping malls.

Preferably, the town/area would not be specifically one age group, i.e, we don't want only young professionals, or only families, or only elderly retirees.

We would like it to possibly be near to some body of water such as the ocean, lakes, or rivers.
Nearby Parks would be nice too.

Ideally , but not a "must have" would be an older more historic town which has Victorian, Edwardian or Craftsman style homes, colorful if possible.

We do not need the entire region we live in to be like this, as that simply isn't possible, but just a town or part of a town somewhere would be wonderful. Cost is not the primary issue either.

So basically a Bohemian - Eclectic neighborhood where all sorts of people are welcome.

Thank you all very much !!!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:22 PM
 
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Fremont/Wallingford area of Seattle. It was once a bohemian neighbourhood, I don't know if it's still the same.

Ashland, Eugene Oregon. Also the Hawthorne area of Portland.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Eureka/Arcata (a bit small). Portland. Eugene. Seattle. Even Tacoma possibly. Anywhere in the NW practically.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Portland or Berkeley.
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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Idyllwild
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Most of the cities in the northwest would fit what you want. Some liberal areas would be Eugene, Portland, and maybe San Fransico. Do keep in mind that the weather would be a change for you. It's not all sunshine up here in the northwest.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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Hi, Gentle_Patience,
Check out Port Townsend, WA or Bellingham, WA.
Both great places.
For bigger cities, Portland or Eugene sound like what you're looking for.
It's been a while since I've lived out there, but I think they've only gotten better in the intervening years!
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:50 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Oakland, perhaps?
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Does anyone know about areas in Seattle like the Capital hill area ? Someone posted about the Fremont/Wallingford area so we will check that out too.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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I'd second Oakland. Especially the north parts of the city.
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