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Old 04-18-2010, 07:29 PM
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Default Please tell me some towns that fit this description!

I am looking for a few towns that have these qualities:

Medium sized town - Not packed with people like a city, but big enough to have some stuff going on. Perhaps a college town?

Character - Looking for a place where there are restaurants, coffee shops, and stores with a unique vibe and charm. Not cookie-cutter/chains.

Outdoor lifestyle - Looking for a community with lots of walking/running paths, parks, farmers markets.

Views - looking for the that unbelievable oregon green.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:59 PM
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Maybe Corvallis? It is also close to the beach and the mountains. I recently read that its real estate is on the rebound too.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:36 PM
Location: Salem, OR
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Corvallis is probably the closest thing based on that criteria. Not sure what you mean by medium sized city though. It is about 40-50k people.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:26 PM
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Thanks guys -yeah, I would say 30-50K seems in the range. Thanks so much - I posted this on the Portland forum too and got a bunch of Corvallis mentions too - I will definitely be checking this town out.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:57 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Portland has what you are looking for. Check SE Hawthorn St. Great mass transit, jogging trails galore, and a huge selection of things to do.

Other than university functions, Corvallis is pretty dead. You have to drive to Eugene or Portland to find a decent performing arts center.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:15 PM
Location: Manzanita, Oregon
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Default consider Manzanita

It's a little village on the north coast of Oregon. Yip, coffee shops (2 of them), summer farmers market, abutted to a state park with miles of walking, riding and running paths. But hey! Why not run on the gorgeous 15 mile long beach. I did when I was younger and the packed wet sand was an ideal running surface. And the beauty of the setting was the best run experience ever.

No chain stores here. All are locally owned and run. 5 Nice restaurants in the village, 2 book stores, 2 grocery stores, health food store, and of course, our pet store since dogs rule here. Nice Game and toy shop, clothing boutiques and even a Fair Trade store with lots of neat inventory from around the world. Several spas. Local Recreation District is 2 miles away and has a great fitness center, pool and programs for all ages. The little city park has tennis courts, volley ball sand court and playground for the children.

Best of all, the community is friendly and welcoming. Impossible not to make friends here right from the get go.

We built a home here 15 years ago while working overseas. Retired 3 years ago, and this was our choice, even after living and working in London, Nice, Beijing, Jakarta, Singapore, and more. This place is so neat!

So much so, we are now preparing to build another home on a bigger piece oif land than our present 8000 sq.ft., corner lot. Soon as it sells, the adventure begins again.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:13 PM
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You might want to consider Newberg especially if you either have kids or are interested in wine. I moved to Newberg about 7 years ago and LOVE it. There are lots of parks, tons of bike paths and if you live in town it is a very walkable area. The Newberg / Dundee area is stunningly pretty with some fantastic restaurants and it is situated between Portland and the beach. It is one of those towns where everyone knows that on valentines day you order from Abbys for the heart shaped pizzas, we all wait for the day that Rays opens back up for the year so we can get local fruit and veggies and for Christmas well you have to go to the Big Red Barn.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:19 PM
Location: Cottage Grove
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I agree with Newberg and Dundee. I would suggest Forest Grove but i don't really know the place. Seems fitting for what your looking for though.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:01 AM
Location: Austin
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I agree with Corvallis.
College Town, small City, farmers market downtown on weekends, easy access to both Coast and Mountains.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:13 PM
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Yes, Forest Grove works.
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