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Old 08-01-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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Default Need advice on Small Town America near Portland

It looks like our daughter and family may be moving to SW Portland in the near future -- quite near Providence St Vincent Hospital. If they go out there, we will probably follow, so I've been looking at Real Estate websites.

We'd like to be within half an hour of them, and we much prefer Small Town America to crowded towns that flow into one another. Can someone suggest areas we should consider, please?

Thanks!
Judy
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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We just went to Vancouver, across the bridge from PDX, yesterday for the Hawaii festival, and it was quaint and pretty. My mom is thinking of moving there from East Coast to be close to her grandkiddies.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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We've thought about Vancouver as well as the Portland area. I think we'll definitely go out and look at it, but it seems like in order to get out of the Vancouver metro area we'd have to go quite a bit further from the kids. And if we're moving out there to be near them, seems like we ought to be within easy quick visit distance.

Are there financial advantages to living one side or the other of the river and the state line?
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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I should add, we've kind of looked at Wilsonville with some interest, but the demographics are all so young -- we are both in our 70s, or will be by the time we get there, and we'd like not to always be WAY OLDER than everyone else everywhere we go in town :-)

I"ve also considered McMinnville -- but it seems like it would be further from the kids than I'd like to be.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Well, you won't find 'small town America' within a half hour of Providence St Vincent Hospital. There are some cute older homes in that neighborhood and homes in neighborhoods that you may find appealing.

I have no idea about your desired lifestyle, but there is a continuing care retirement residence, Holliday Park Plaza, nearby. We recently purchased in a co-op after looking at many a condo. Learned a LOT.

Almost all the senior developments would be a schlep on the freeway, an option that I feel is less and less attractive as we get older. Add to that the fact that there are few activities for the grandchildren nearby... a non-starter for us. OMSI and the Zoo are great places to take grandchildren of any age. Around the Zoo there are very nice single family dwellings and several apartment buildings worth considering.

Husband is well into his 70s and I am not much younger, PM me for the skinny on grandparent living options in Portland.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:22 PM
 
Location: PNW
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You could look at Forest Grove, Banks, or North Plains on the west side of Washington county. They would both be about 30-45 minutes to St. V's.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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Thanks, Fig -- I hadn't looked at North Plains or Forest Grove yet, so I'll check them out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Forest Grove would be my suggestion too. Check it out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Be sure to use GoogleMaps (or other similar resource) to verify estimated travel time.

That said, Forest Grove is a nice little town.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Oceanside and Chehalem Mtns.
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I agree with the others. Forest Grove sounds like exactly what you want.
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